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  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    If you want to heat a room with just one candle and save even more money you need to create thermal mass and then radiate it with terracotta pots. It more simple than you could ever imagine.

    After a crazy week when half a million people visited our site to check out the video, 'How to Heat Your Room for 8 Pence a Day', we thought you would appreciate a refinement of this idea that generates even more heat from a candle by increasing the thermal mass within the first pot. Please share this page too so that those who saw the first post can also test out this new design.



  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 7:31 AM | Anonymous

    Learn how the foods we eat influence our moods—and how common issues such as anxiety, depression and irritability might be tied to nutrition.

    Read more.

    Source: (Thanks Kim Jowers for passing this along)

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    Smart tweaks turn ordinary breakfasts into nutrient-packed meals.

    If you regularly scramble eggs or blend a smoothie for breakfast, you can congratulate yourself for starting your day off right. Eating breakfast can help you lose weight, control blood-sugar levels, and sustain energy for workouts. But even when your usual choice is generally healthy, it still may be missing key nutrients that runners need to perform their best. With the help of experts, we turned these reader-runners' go-to breakfasts into peak-performance fuel.

    The Fast Food Eater

    Busy working mom JoAnn Flett of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, has eaten a prerun toaster waffle with half a teaspoon of butter and a teaspoon of peanut butter most mornings for the past decade. The waffle delivers quick carbs to fuel her runs–and takes less than five minutes to prepare. But according to Kristine Clark, Ph.D., R.D., director of sports nutrition at Penn State University, Flett's breakfast lacks calcium, iron, and antioxidants like vitamins A and C–all needed for good health and to continue running strong.

    Makeover: Flett could boost her intake of quality carbs by swapping the traditional waffle for one made with whole grains. Topping it with berries and fat-free yogurt adds calcium and antioxidants while shaving calories and fat. Or she could ditch the waffle and have a hard-boiled egg (made ahead of time), a piece of fruit like an apple, and a single-serving container of fat-free Greek yogurt. The high-carb combo is just as quick to assemble but contains fewer calories with more protein to keep her full, says Clark.

    View the full article with tips for many other types of from Runner’s World here:

    Source: (Thanks Kim Jowers for passing this along)

  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    Lots of people start new workout plans in January. Why not make one you can stick with? Are you considering running? Below is week 1 from a 2-week beginner’s training plan. View the full 8-week plan and article from Runner’s World here:


  • Wednesday, December 24, 2014 11:09 AM | Kim Jowers

    Recently, the University of North Florida Public Relations and Advertising students proposed several marketing campaigns to launch the newly created First Coast Green Pages website and app, an initiative of the USGBC North Florida Non-Profit Chapter (USGBC NF).  The students were divided into three separate groups.  Each team, Collaborative Ink, Crystal Clear Communications and Creative Collaborative, was structured as an advertisement agency with its own campaign manager.  The campaign managers, along with USGBC NF Executive Director, Sarah Boren, were interviewed by Melissa Ross on First Coast Connect Click here to listen to the interview.  The 10-minute audio segment begins at 27:45 minutes. 

    The teams each gave professional oral presentations to their potential “mock client,” USGBC NF, and competed for the mock marketing job.  The groups suggested many innovative ideas to promote First Coast Green Pages.  Student groups presented ideas such as the creation of a #hashtag, #findyourgreen, and the introduction of a sustainability mascot to connect younger generations with the activities of USGBC NF through social media and at USGBC NF events.  Other ideas included green messaging by using moss graffiti on the outside of buildings around Jacksonville to make the movement more pronounced within the city.  The teams also presented public service announcements (PSAs) for both radio and television networks.  The PSAs were not only intended to reach out to younger crowds, but to also spread the power and simplicity of sustainability to all age groups.  The client was truly impressed with the quality of the campaigns.  

    After a vote by the USGBC NF Board members in attendance during the presentations, Crystal Clear Communications was awarded the job.  All three teams had many good suggestions that the chapter can use to promote First Coast Green Pages.  It was a win-win partnership between USGBC NF and the University of North Florida, working together to achieve common goals. 

  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Mix and match these three simple food-grade ingredients for glowing winter skin

    Raw Honey

    Honey promotes skin healing and has natural antimicrobial properties.  Simply massage it into damp skin to improve skin's health and appearance.


    On days when you need to slough off dry skin, add a bit of granulated sugar to your honey. The natural exfoliation will help your complexion shine.

    Olive Oil

    Winter can take a toll on skin.  Protect your delicate facial skin by adding a bit of extra moisturizing power to your face wash with olive oil.  Simply add a few drops of oil to your honey before rubbing into your face.  You can also pat oil on after washing and drying your face, but you may prefer a more neutral-smelling oil, such as grapeseed or sweet almond, for that purpose.


    Thanks to Kim Jowers for passing this tip along.

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Being eco-aware is everyone’s job, so involve your family, friends, and neighbors too. Here are some tips for creating good eco-habits, while having a deliciously good time. 

    Go local and orgo

    Each ingredient in the average Turkey Day dinner travels 1,500 miles to get to your table. Talk about an insane carbon footprint! Organic can get expensive but you don’t have to buy everything organic, just those foods that are loaded with pesticides, chemicals, additives and hormones. Check out our list here:  

    Skip the gobble gobble

    Turkeys are often given hormones to speed up growth and antibiotics to resist disease, and pesticides are used to grow the grain fed to the animals. All these chemical pollute our groundwater and rivers, and aren’t too good for our bodies either. So how about holding off on the turkey this year? Vegetarian meals have a much smaller impact on the planet, and with so many veggie recipe options, you won’t even miss the big bird.



  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:26 AM | Kim Jowers

    Giving Tuesday/#GiveUSGBCNFis live now.  If you are following us on Twitter or Facebook, you have probably already heard about it.  If you aren’t following us on social media, why not start now?  Just scroll down to the bottom and click on the social medium platform of your choice.  We love to engage in conversation with interesting members and potential new members.  It is always nice to hear what other like-minded individuals are doing to live healthier and greener lives.  What have you done recently that you would like to share?  Let us know by commenting and telling your story here. 

  • Tuesday, November 04, 2014 10:17 AM | Kim Jowers


    October was a busy month for USGBC North Florida. We had an excellent turnout for the 2nd Annual Green Lion Festival. It was a great opportunity for the Chapter and over 75 other organizations and green businesses to connect with Jacksonville residents.  Several USGBC NF members attended Greenbuild in New Orleans and provided highlights on the Chapter's YouTube Channel, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to engage with us through social media.  Let us know how we can help you. 

    November is shaping up to be a busy month as well.  We are participating in Giving Tuesday and introducing our social media campaign, #GiveUSGBCNF.  Stay tuned for more details soon. 

  • Monday, October 21, 2013 1:51 PM | Sarah Boren (Administrator)
    Green Building Is Global: Read about some exciting updates that demonstrate the global reach of green building in this letter from Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, and Founder of USGBC, to the USGBC Community.  
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