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How We Built a Green (Lite) House


For (mostly) selfish reasons, we chose to be environmentally responsible when we remodeled our College Park home.

We are probably like a lot of people. We like to be aware of what we consume and what we waste, but we’re not fanatical about living a green life. We eat junk food on occasion and we often forget to bring our own bags to the supermarket. We’ve been known to drive to breakfast instead of walking to Christos, only a block away. You might say we live “green lite.”

So when we took on the enormous task of remodeling our two-bedroom, one-bath College Park cottage a few years back, we tried to be sensitive to the environment by using sustainable or recycled materials. But to be honest, a lot of our reasons for going green were selfish: an eco-friendly home costs less to maintain in the long run, looks better and provides a healthier place to live.
 

Every Little Bit Helps


You can lessen your impact on the environment in dozens of ways. Here are 9 products made with the three R’s—reduce, reuse and recycle—in mind.

Eco Crusaders


Like organic produce and hydrogen fuel cells, environmentalists come in all shapes and sizes. These four green advocates work in different ways but they share a single goal: taking care of the planet.

Paint the Town


The Orlando we see every day can look strikingly different from an artist’s point of view. With that thought in mind, we asked local artists to submit works that show the city and its surroundings through their eyes. Orlando magazine editors, along with Chuck Dinkins, the facility director of CityArts Factory, chose dozens of their submissions—paintings, photographs, pastel drawings and sculptures—to be exhibited in our seventh annual Paint the Town art show. The free exhibition opens March 19 at CityArts Factory. Here’s a preview of some of the artworks you’ll find there.

 

PAINT THE TOWN EXHIBITION:
CITYARTS FACTORY
MARCH 19 – APRIL 11, 2009
THIRD THURSDAYS PARTY: MARCH 19, 6-9 P.M.

 

 

Best and Top Doctors 2008


When you’re faced with making a decision on your health care, this may be the place to start. Two national organizations list the Best and Top Doctors, as recommended by their peers.

Best of Orlando

Best is so subjective.

One person’s idea of the best hair salon in town might be her neighbor’s hairiest nightmare. And somebody’s choice for the city’s best sportscaster could make someone else change the channel.

So when we asked you—our readers—to send us your nominations for the Best of Orlando in 83 categories, we knew there would be some disagreement. But we had faith that, somehow or other, you would arrive at a sort of collective wisdom.

That’s how it seems to work every year.

In our survey, you may recall, we were looking for the best in such areas as “Eat and Drink,” “Personalities,” “Goods/Services,” “Media” and the vague but useful “Potpourri.” Our categories range from such standards as “best brunch” and “best bookstore” to less expected entries, including “best place to get married,” “best pet accessories store” and “local hero.”

After you’ve looked at this list, keep it near. It just might come in handy.

Hungry for Recognition


Orlando has come a long way as a destination for fine cuisine. So why is it still viewed as a restaurant wasteland? It’s time for some respect.

Junior Achievement


Three decades after he led Boone High’s football team to one of its best seasons ever, Mark Hutsell watches his sons leave their marks as winners.