Simply Living Sustainable U

A Simply Living initiative that organizes and promotes events that educate and train people about sustainability topics and practices.

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Alternatives for Simple Living

Alternatives for Simple Living is equipping people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and create meaningful celebrations.

Blue Rock Station

Blue Rock Station is a sustainability center in the heart of Appalachia – featuring an Earthship, straw bale structures, traditional homesteading techniques, heritage and organic gardening… and more. Learn about upcoming workshops and enjoy a virtual visit to Blue Rock Station.

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S. Democracy Now!’s weekday War and Peace Report provides audiences with access to people and perspectives rarely heard on corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) is the national media watch group, offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship. FAIR works to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.

Free Press

Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, it promotes diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications.

New Road Map Foundation

New Road Map Foundation supports a Financial Integrity wiki to share what they’ve learned and create a “go to” place for people looking to integrate financial integrity into their lives.

Take Back Your Time

Take Back Your Time is a major U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment.

Free Press / Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism

Free Press / Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalismis Central Ohio’s progressive activist website offering current and archived articles, action alerts, and a guide to local activist organizations and progressive businesses.


Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 and is the one site you can count on to help make sense of it all.

WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM

WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM is Columbus’ community radio station and a project of Simply Living. Locally produced programming features public affairs, local music/musicians, and programs in Somali, French and Spanish languages.

Living Economies

Think Columbus

SOLE – Support Our Local Economy

Economic and Community Development Institute – Columbus, OH

Since its inception in 2004, ECDI has helped to start over 3,000 businesses in central Ohio through its Lending and Individual Development Account programs.  ECDI also provides Financial Literacy and Microenterprise Development Training, as well as Home Repair services for the elderly and disabled.

Columbus Green Building Forum

The Columbus Green Building Forum is an organization dedicated to promoting energy-efficient and environment-friendly building practices in Central Ohio.

Get Green Columbus

The Office of the Environmental Steward was created as part of Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s Get Green Columbus initiative. Funded in part with a grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, the Environmental Steward’s Office is dedicated to making Columbus a green community by focusing on Green Businesses, Green Neighborhoods, and Leading by Example.


Craigslist provides local classifieds and forums – community moderated, and largely free. You can find jobs, housing, goods, services, romance, local activities, advice – just about anything really.

The Freecycle Network or “Freecycle”

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,810 groups with 7,245,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun!

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is North America’s fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks with over 21,000 independent business members across the U.S. and Canada.

Local Matters

Low-income rural and urban households, though living in separate worlds, face similar challenges — and are linked by the food they eat. Local Matters works to create opportunities and forge common bonds, including linking farmers and Head Start families, creating community gardens, instituting projects at schools and colleges, and planning many other educational and practical ways to elevate local people and local foods. Local Matters is a charitable, educational and networking organization whose goal is to ensure that all members of our community have access to affordable, nutritious, fresh and local foods.

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

OEFFA is a membership-based, grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological, and healthful food systems. The OEFFA web site offers a statewide directory of organic growers, articles of interest to farmers and gardeners, and information about OEFFA and its activities.

Farmers Market Map of the United States

The USDA has compiled this national listing of farmer’s markers, including locations, schedule, and contact infomration. Click on any state to find farmer’s markets statewide. A wonderful source for vacationers and travelers, or get a list of markets right here in Ohio. Listings are alphabetical by city.

MAP Furniture Bank

MAP, a Columbus-based organization, serves as a free furniture bank for individuals and families in need. It was incorporated in March 1998 as a centralized clearinghouse for new, high quality, and used furniture, appliances and household goods. MAP is always in need of usable furniture and furnishings, and will be happy to arrange a pick-up at your home.

SOAR Energy: A Solar and Renewable Energy Buyer’s Cooperative

The Simply Living board has endorsed offering a renewable energy source to Simply Living members through SOAR–A Solar and Renewable Energy Buyers Cooperative. Learn more about this Findlay-based, member-owned energy aggregator and its work to promote green power and help make energy more afforfdable and clean.