In Brunswick, Georgia, we researched the Hostel in the Forest. Tom Dennard gave us an extensive tour. He is the founder of the Hostel and also teaches a Backpacking Class at Coastal Georgia Community College. The Hostel in the Forest is a series of small, geodesic dome huts and “tree-houses.” There is no heating or air conditioning. There are extensive gardening plots, complete with solar panels to help pump water to the gardens. The Hostel has recycling bins for clear glass, green glass, brown glass, paper, cardboard… and if it’s a material that can’t be cycled, it goes in: “The Can of Shame.” Dennard noted that the Hostel is big on “reduce, reuse and recycle,” with a strong emphasis on “reduce.” During the tour, Dennard noted that the area used to be somewhat swampy, but for the past five years there’s been a tremendous drought here and all of it is currently dry. “Global warming,” he lamented. The Hostel hosts regular environmental education workshops. Note: It’s so crucial to have this environmental mindset from house to house in America these days in the face of climate change. We must become a Society of Conservers rather than a Society of Consumers.