Hi. I’m David Guion, the Sustainability Scout.

What does it mean to live sustainably? 

You may have heard of three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. It can seem so complicated. It doesn’t have to be.

Sustainable living simply means practices we can keep up indefinitely without causing harm. Polluting the environment isn’t sustainable. But as many people have found, neither is trying to make drastic lifestyle changes all at once. 

Here’s the secret to sustainable living: find a few things you can easily do to be good for the environment and your neighbors. When they become habit, find a few more. And so on.  And you’ll be money ahead, because you’ll be wasting less than most people.

You might wonder if your choices as an individual really matter. And if you consider only the impact of your decisions, maybe they don’t. But the impact of tens of millions of people making similar choices adds up. We can all be part of the solution or part of the problem. 

Still, a lot of what we hear about it provides more heat than light, more emotion than reasoning. 

Where can you find carefully researched, balanced, and practical information that can help you live in harmony with nature?

Right here. Read Sustainability Scout regularly!

Earth in hands

Sustainability

Get a general overview of issues in sustainability. Sometimes it helps to look from the trees to the forest.  

Infrared tomography of heat loss. energy efficient improvements for an older home

Energy

Get practical tips and advice for using less energy in your home and in your car. 

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Food

Find some delicious recipes, as well as practical suggestions for grocery shopping and stopping food waste. 

green home

Green home

Learn about habits and products that will help you live green. 

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Lawn and garden

See how you can make your lawn and garden look beautiful more sustainably. 

Water faucet. Water conservation

Water

Find out about ways to use water more efficiently.

recycling container

Recycling

Learn what and how to recycle and what happens to it all after you have put it out. 

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Waste reduction

See how to reduce the waste you generate—and what to do with what you can’t eliminate.

Creation of Adam / Michelangelo. Environmental stewardship

Environmental stewardship

Learn how God always intended for us to take care of the planet, which is not what humans have ever done. 

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Climate change

Separate what the science says from the shrill rhetoric of many activists. 

It’s a jungle out there. A wilderness of clashing claims and rants about our environment. Let Sustainability Scout explore the jungle––do the research––so you don’t have to. Come here often for useful, reliable information and tips to enhance your green lifestyle. And check out my books.

125 ways to go green

125 ways to go green . . .

With all these practical tips, you’re sure to find some you haven’t thought of yet.

Before and after the first earth day 1970

Before and after the first Earth Day 1970

A view of environmental history from 50 years before to  50 years after Earth Day. Learn what problems we have solved since Earth Day, which we haven’t solved, and which ones no one had thought of yet. 

When the River Ran Gray cover.

When the river ran gray

The only book-length description of the third-worst coal ash spill in American history, the Dan River coal ash spill of 2014. What did industry, government, and environmentalists do wrong? And what can we learn from it?