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  • Thursday, November 19, 2015 7:31 AM | Anonymous

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  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 9:49 AM | Anonymous


    Reduce Waste

    • Collect and wash empty glass and plastic food containers - these are great for storing leftovers and can be sent home with your guests. Think you might not have enough? Ask your family and friends to bring their own reusable containers, jars and tins.
    • Keep decorations simple. There’s really no need to go any further than your own backyard or farmers market for some festive holiday décor – autumn leaves and gourds make a great seasonal centerpiece. For more party prep ideas, check out our guide to hosting your own green holiday celebration.
    • Remember to compost any unwanted leftovers and food scraps and recycle all food packaging and beverage containers.
    • As always, skip the paper greeting cards. Check out these free eco-friendly options from World Wildlife Fund and the Ocean Conservancy.
    • Finally, get ahead of the last-minute holiday hustle by planning to exchange gifts during Thanksgiving with friends and family you may not see in December. Not only will you save on postage, but thinking ahead could also prevent going overboard on boxes and packaging materials.

    Source:  Earthshare.org

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    For most of us Thanksgiving means big, bountiful feasts and the beginning of an often overblown shopping season. But we can add more meaning when we take the environment into consideration and think outside the realm of typical traditions. Here are some new green Thanksgiving tips (and some oldies but goodies) to help you and your family reduce waste and make it a green Thanksgiving.

    Green Thanksgiving Feasts

    • Searching for the best beverage selections for your holiday gathering? Opt for local and organic beer and wine. Plus, check out our tips for picking the perfect organic turkey and seasonal produce.
    • Really plan ahead for that big meal... not just the menu items, but the quantities. Our household waste can get out of control during the holiday season. You can reduce this by portioning your food supply based on anticipated guests. Write a list, stick to it, buy only what you need, and serve small(er) amounts. Visit this helpful online calculator from Love Food, Hate Waste for assistance. Then take a guess at how much food waste we produce at home on a regular basis -- check out our latest Green Quiz Challenge!
    • Serve tap water instead of bottled water at your holiday feast. Filter it first: check out Food and Water Watch’s new Guide to Safe Tap Water.

    Source:  Earthshare.org

  • Tuesday, November 03, 2015 10:07 AM | Anonymous


    Each fall, leaves turn from a summery, fresh green to autumnal, rich reds and yellows. As homeowners tackle the job of raking leaves, clearing gardens, and cleaning yard debris, they create a lot of noise and pollution. In fact, one gas-powered leaf blower can emit as much pollution as 80 cars! Here are some tips for a quieter, cleaner way to maintain the yard:

    Choose hand-powered or electric tools over gas:

    1.     Leaf blowers: Rakes are effective, and cheaper than using a leaf blower. Plus, you get a chance to burn some extra calories! If you need a power tool for a hard to reach spot (like your roof, or in between shrubbery), try an electric leaf blower rather than a gasoline-powered one. Electric leaf blowers are usually quieter, more energy-efficient, and get the job done just as well as their high-powered counterparts.

    2.     Garden trimmers: As an alternative to more energy-intensive trimmers, you can also try electric trimmers. Or, if you want to be a retro gardener, use manual shears to trim back evasive bushes and carefully prune your favorite tree.

    3.     Lawn mowers: Many yards are small enough that a hand-powered lawn mower does the job. Hand-powered lawn mowers are very quiet, replacing the roar of a power motor with the quiet whir of the lower-tech model. If you have a larger yard or one that requires heavier maintenance, research electric lawn mowers which make less noise and have a lower environmental impact.

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    Source:  Earthshare.org

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    A greener workplace can mean a lighter ecological footprint, a healthier and more productive place to work, and good news for the bottom line. Whether you're the boss or the employee, whether your office is green already or still waiting to see the light, some practical steps can lay the groundwork for a healthy, low-impact workspace.

    From how you get to work -- we recommend telecommuting -- to helping your company walk the walk through corporate financial investment in green, to getting a new green job that matches your career with your ideals, to starting your own green business, we break down your green workplace. Read on for all the details.

    Going Green at Work: Top Tips

    1. More Work, Less Energy

    For many people, a computer is the central tool at work. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be more than a modest energy saver. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day ("standby" settings will continue to draw power even when not in use). By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch (or a smart power strip), the whole desktop setup can be turned off at once (make sure to power down inkjet printers before killing the power--they need to seal their cartridges). Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they're needed. And of course, turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied.

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    Source:  Treehugger.com

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    As the leaves are turning color and dropping from the trees, keep the green alive — with this year's fall cleaning, that is. Follow our eco-friendly and energy saving tips to have your home ready for when the cold weather comes upon us while shrinking your carbon footprint at the same time.

    Let's start by greening up your utility bill, shall we?

    5. Turn Down the Thermostat: http://home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/fall-green-cleaning-tips.htm#page=1

    4. Start Composting: http://home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/fall-green-cleaning-tips.htm#page=2

    3. 120-degrees Fahrenheit: http://home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/fall-green-cleaning-tips.htm#page=3

    2. Elbow Grease: http://home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/fall-green-cleaning-tips.htm#page=4

    1. Plug Leaks: http://home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/fall-green-cleaning-tips.htm#page=5

    Source:  howstuffworks.com

  • Sunday, October 11, 2015 10:22 AM | Kim Jowers


  • Tuesday, October 06, 2015 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    Source:  Energy.gov

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:19 PM | Anonymous
    • Eat locally-produced and organic food. It has been estimated that 13% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions result from the production and transport of food. Transporting food requires petroleum-based fuels, and many fertilizers are also fossil fuel-based.
    • Cut the beef and dairy. It takes a lot of resources to raise cows, and it’s especially bad if you buy beef from somewhere like Brazil, where it was grazed on land that used to be tropical forest but was cleared for agricultural use. Deforestation is a top contributor to carbon emissions and thus climate change.
    • Avoid Robert Mugabe’s Birthday Party. This year attendees will be feasting on two elephants, two buffalo, two sables, five impalas and a lion. What a sad day in Zimbabwe for both food sustainability and economic inequality.

    Source:  Cotap.org


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