July 2006

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Dirty South

Environmental issues affect our everyday lives, but they seem so over-arching and global that it's hard to know what to do about them. Here are five of the most important issues facing the Southeast—and five easy ways you can help.
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Southern Scorecard

What is the state of the Southern states when it comes to protecting public health and the environment? We’ve compiled a handy report card grading each based on the environmental programs and legislation they have in place:
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DMB Bassist, Stefan Lessard

On stage, Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard hangs back, providing the low end of the grassroots groove. But when he’s not on tour, he likes to get outside and play, snowboarding from coast to coast and mountain biking wherever he can.
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The Greenest Sport

In the spirit of one-up-man-ship, we at BRO decided to investigate the actual environmental impact of our favorite outdoor pastimes. Which is the most environmentally friendly? With three key factors in mind—resource extraction, gear production, and ecological impact—BRO uncovered the environmental shortcomings of five core outdoor sports to determine the winner of the Greenest Sport Award. The results might surprise you.
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Green Makeover

Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am a creature of habit. And many of those habits are bad. So it didn’t surprise me when the editor of Blue Ridge Outdoors called to ask me to undergo a “green makeover” and write about my experience. After all, I am the perfect subject for the experiment...
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Living the Green Life

Paper mills, tobacco farms, and coal mines have long degraded the Southern Appalachian landscape. But a resurgence of health and eco-awareness in urban centers across the Southeast is giving the Dirty South a cleaner, greener image.