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[ Green Tips for the Holidays ]

So you live a green lifestyle all year long. You recycle, you minimize your impact by bringing your own bags and using a reusable cup for your morning coffee, you drive a low-emission car, and program your thermostat….you are set, right? Did you consider ways to green the holidays???? It doesn’t have to be difficult to make a difference!

* An obvious way would be to buy recycled wrapping paper, but you could take it a step further and use your old newspaper, or wrap it in another gift, such as a tablecloth, a scarf or a reusable shopping bag.

* As for the tree, real or fake? Cutting down trees and branches for decorations kills or injures trees, but a lot of the fake pine stuff is made from PVC which is toxic and energy intensive to make the plastic which releases gasses. There are fake pine decorations made from polyethylene which doesn’t carry the same health risks. Or use a potted real tree that can be planted in the spring.

*If you do use a real tree, be sure to give it new life at the end of the season! Mulch it or chip it. For more ideas check out the National Christmas Tree Association (www.realchristmastrees.org) and learn how to recycle it.

*LED lights are easy to find and will use a fraction of the energy that lights used to use. Use a timer for outdoor lights so they don’t stay on all night!

*Try upcycling! Get a little creative and turn something discarded into something usable. Recycle your old candles, jeans, tissue boxes, revamp glass bottles and jars, or turn old cookie tins into new fabulous gift tins. Pinterest.com is full of great ideas, just search UPCYCLE. There are thousands of ideas, surely one will appeal to you and your skill level.
Upcycle Candles
Glass Bottles and Jars
Give cookie tins a new life 

*Give green. Instead of giving someone another dust collector, donate to a charity that you or your recipient believe in. It’s a win-win! Some ideas to get you started:
Gifts that Give More
70 Years of Family Farming 
Sierra Club 
Nature Conservancy 

*If you do shop, shop local. Support the businesses in your local community and spend less gas driving all over. Art and craft shows are prevalent this time of year and you can support a local artist and give a gift of something thoughtful and artful. Pottery bowls can be esthetically pleasing and functional, or a hand knitted hat is stylish and warm.

*Eco-friendly gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Try gift cards for a group of friends to take a cooking class together. Make some jelly or jam, or bread that can be frozen for later. Be really green and give a worm composter so less food waste goes into the landfill. Try cloth dish towels and napkins as a gift to replace the paper ones. Give a fancy reusable water bottle or coffee/tea travel mug. Be super practical, and give LED bulbs or a blanket for the hot water heater. Reusable shopping bags are handy too! Programmable thermostat. Bus/train passes. Glass storage containers. A basket of nontoxic cleaners. Beeswax candles. Coupons to exchange for your time (ie babysitting or sharing a meal). Donate time to a local environmental group.

Eco Christmas
Eco Friendly Décor
Green Christmas 
Unique and Cheap Eco Friendly Gifts 
Green Gift Ideas

* December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day! Otherwise known as ordinary baking soda, bicarb has so many uses it belongs in every green house. Surely you have used it for your baked goods….but have you tried it as a facial scrub? Toothpaste? Or even deodorant? A paste of baking soda can relieve the itch from bug bites, and putting it in a bath can help relieve itchy skin and help you relax. Use it as a scrub to remove burnt on stuff from your pots and pans, mix it with vinegar to clean your sinks and tub, or even sprinkle it on your carpet before vacuuming to remove odors. And if you overindulge this season, use half a teaspoon in a glass of water to help with heartburn and indigestion.

51 Uses for Baking Soda

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[ ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN ]

ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN FEATURING DON CHEADLE

 

PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 15, 2016 – Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) – Entercom is launching a nationwide public service announcement (PSA) campaign on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), for which the company is donating $1 million worth of free airtime. The PSA will feature Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle discussing the importance of stabilizing the global climate for our children and grandchildren. The PSAs will run across 124 of Entercom’s stations in 27 top markets in the country beginning in August.

 

“I’m happy to help introduce more people to the great work of EDF,” said Cheadle, a film and television star and climate activist who donated his time to the project. “We’re in the fight of our lives against climate change and EDF has been a real leader in that struggle. So I hope this helps.”

 

The campaign is part of a larger Entercom initiative, 1THING, committed to promoting good environmental practices both externally among listeners and business partners and internally among employees.

 

“Entercom is deeply committed to reducing our environmental footprint and working to be a good corporate citizen to help ensure a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren,” said David Field, President and CEO, Entercom Communications Corp.  “We are proud to partner with the Environmental Defense Fund and help support their mission of solving the most critical environmental problems facing our planet.”

 

“I am grateful to David Field and Entercom for this generous donation that will help build our impact and bring our work to the attention of so many Americans,” said EDF President Fred Krupp. “And I’m grateful to Don Cheadle for the incredible gift of his time and talent. Without this kind of powerful support, we would not be able to do what we do.”

 

Entercom has previously partnered on PSA campaigns for Conservation International (CI), featuring Harrison Ford; 350.org, featuring Ellen Page; and most recently the Wilderness Society, featuring Dave Matthews, Betty White and Wendie Malick.

 

Founded in 1967, EDF builds lasting solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems, finding the ways that work so people and nature can prosper. Learn more at http://www.edf.org.

 

 

CONTACT:

Esther-Mireya Tejeda

610.822.0861

Esther-Mireya.Tejeda@entercom.com

@Entercom
About Entercom Communications Corp.

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., reaching and engaging more than 40 million people a week through its 124 highly rated stations in 27 top markets across the country. Entercom is a purpose-driven company, deeply committed to entertaining and informing its listeners with the best locally curated music, news, sports, and talk content, driven by compelling local personalities.  Entercom delivers superior ROI by connecting its customers and audiences through its leading local brands and unparalleled local marketing solutions, which include over 4,000 events each year, and its SmartReach Digital product suite.  Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@entercom).

 

 

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[ Curb Alternatives ]

It doesn’t have to end this way.

  1. Treecycling Programs
    Tree recycling and mulching programs are offered in most towns and cities. Check with your local department of public works on whether your community has a pick up or if you need to drop off your tree to be made into mulch. Also in some places they offer mulch to be picked up for personal use.
  2. Give Cover
    If you would like, you can keep the tree and use the needles as mulch. Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly. Ground covering crops, such as strawberries love resting on these mold free and moisture hardy mulch. The boughs can also be cut off and used to layover perennial plants, protecting them from the snow and heavy frost.
  3. Chip, Chip Hooray
    A fun afternoon might be renting a chipper and making mulch for personal use. When spring comes you will be ready to spread the chips. Chips suppress weeds and when decomposition happens nutrients are released into your soil.
  4. Trunk Coasters (Yes, it’s a thing)
    If you prefer you can cut the trunk into 2 inch discs and line walkways and flower gardens. Thinner slabs cut off the trunk can be used as coasters. Just apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep sap off your furniture and glassware.
  5. Bird Sanctuary
    If you have the space, take that tree in its stand outdoors. A Bird Sanctuary can be made by filling bird feeders and hanging them on boughs. Gather pine-cones and coat them with peanut butter and string popcorn. When the tree is brittle, chip it up into mulch.
  6. Burial at Sea/Pond
    If you live close to a lake or pond and your tree is chemical free, contact the proper authorities and find out if your tree can be sunk and made into a sheltering habitat for fish.
  7. Great Barrier Wreath
    Christmas Trees were used in New Jersey to help the sand dunes recover from Hurricane Sandy. If you live near a beach, you might call the local department of public works to see if Christmas Trees are used for shoreline stabilization.

So when the Holidays are over, don’t throw away that Real Christmas Tree. Take advantage of that tree being biodegradable and give back to the environment. A great way to be green.

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[ Green Traveling: Small Details for a Small Planet ]

Cliff Barre, a writer for the Peace, Love, and Travel blog

Peace, Love, & Travel with Cliff and TiffAs a guy who wants to explore the planet, but also help save it for future generations, I have picked up a few good tips for eco-friendly travel. With the right information, you can make your travels both exciting and environmentally responsible.

A truly green vacation actually starts before you leave the house. To minimize your carbon footprint while you are away, take the time to ensure that your electronics and appliances are not using excess power. While most of us have the sense to turn things off, not everybody knows that our electronic devices often consume power when they are simply plugged in. This same principle applies to your water, which can be turned off from the outside, and your water heater, which can be turned down or set to “vacation”.

While you’re traveling, you can minimize your environmental impact by buying locally sourced products. From a cultural standpoint, eating, shopping, and buying locally will mean truly experiencing the local culture. Environmentally, it means using resources that have not been shipped in from far away, using planes, boats and other polluters. To see the sights, seek out a local tour company, particularly one that operates under environmentally friendly principles. This means asking about how the tours affect the local community, and making sure to explore the environment in a responsible manner.

For a nice environmentally friendly getaway, Upstate New York offers many interesting attractions. Nature lovers will find the pristine Finger Lakes both calming and awe inspiring, while wine lovers will enjoy the variety of local wineries in the area. Near the city of Syracuse, travellers will find the newly opened Destiny USA, the world’s largest “green” shopping mall, certified by the LEED to be environmentally sustainable.

On the other side of the country, Portland, Oregon is another haven for the green traveller. The city itself is designed to be very environmentally friendly, with many opportunities for biking and walking among its many attractions such as the Saturday Market, the Oregon Zoo, and the Oregon Museum of Science. Why not get a little exercise, go green, and sightsee all at the same time, right?

Green travelling is about being conscious of our personal contribution to our surroundings. It involves being aware of many small details, but once you get used to this way of thinking, it isn’t very hard at all. We live on a planet that is worth exploring, and with a few good choices we can keep it that way.

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[ Charge Your Phone While Cycling ]

There are many reasons why biking to work rules. You save money, eliminate the stress of parking, get in a quick workout, and now, thanks to Aaron Latzke and David Delcourt, you can even charge your cell phone using kinetic energy generated from your ride! Yeah, we know, pretty awesome.

The Kickstarter campaign for the Siva Cycle Atom was launched a few weeks ago, and with only a few days left to pre-order, the project has already seen more than $110,00 pledged by 1,200 backers. Needless to say people are pretty excited. The Atom, which reportedly weighs about as much as a banana, is a small device that can be attached to the back wheel of your bicycle.

While you pedal, the Siva Cycle Atom converts the kinetic energy into electronic energy that charges up the Atom. You can choose whether to charge your gadget (phone, ipod, etc.) directly while riding or store the energy generated in the battery pack to charge your electronics when you finish your ride. So as long as you have your bike, you can rest assured that you won’t be caught without a battery charge.

 

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[ Live Nation Entertainment has partnered with Just Energy Group’s JustGreen Lifestyle to make the promotion company’s venues more environmentally sustainable. ]

The plan calls for JustGreen Lifestyle to evaluate 85 venues’ energy usage and purchase carbon offsets to make the facilities carbon neutral.

But all that environmental activity isn’t limited to venues.  The Live Nation/JustGreen Lifestyle alliance will also green-up the Portugal. The Man tour via an energy audit and carbon offset purchases.

“Together with JustGreen Lifestyle, we are offsetting the carbon footprint of 4,000 upcoming concerts to make them carbon neutral,” Live Nation Network president Russell Wallach said.  “We are also collaborating on a number of environmental education programs and promotions for fans, including a calculator to green concert commutes, enabling fans to calculate and offset their carbon footprint.”

Want to know more? Just click here.

Source:  pollstar.com

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[ Recycling: What does it mean to you? ]

By: Charleston Collins Jr.

GLOBALLY: Recycling helps the environment and all the people, places, and things that live in it. Please make sure to RECYCLE!!!!!

 

* According to dictionary.com, (recycling) is “to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse.”

There are many reasons why we should recycle:

1. To reduce air and water pollutions around the world

2. To make sure that our health is good now and for the future

3. To help the national and state economy through the creation of new jobs

4. To save a lot of time, energy, money, and to conserve natural resources

Proper ways to Recycle:

A. Have some bins and/or bags where you can put material that needs to be recycled

B. When recycling, know the difference between recyclables and trash items

C. Recycle all papers, cans, cups, plastics, and anything that can be used again

D. During the recycling phase, remember to smile and have a lot of fun

Everything in life starts with self. Recycle and improve the environment!

Why not?

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[ AP – Beer will help power Alaska brewery ]

Looking for a creative approach to achieving sustainability? A brewery in Alaska is using an very unique renewable resource to power their facilities – their own beer. Click here to read more!

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[ PZEV: What does it mean? ]

PZEV

Recently, I purchased my first new car. As I was admiring my new purchase, I happened to notice the PZEV decal on the back of the trunk lid. I had seen this decal before on other vehicles, but I never understood what it meant. It turns out that the little decal in question can make a big difference in the quality of our environment!

Here’s a quick breakdown of what PZEV is all about: PZEV stands for Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle. To obtain this classification, a vehicle must meet these criteria:

• The vehicle must meet SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) standards. These standards state that the vehicle must reduce emissions by 76%-97% when compared to the vehicle’s base model. SULEV also mandates that a vehicle emit no more than .01 grams/mile of hydrocarbon, 1 gram/mile of carbon monoxide, .02 grams/mile of nitrous oxide, and .01 grams/mile of particulate matter[1].

• The vehicle must generate zero evaporative emissions from its fuel system[2].

• The vehicle must have a 15-year, 150,000 mile warranty on all components of the emissions-control system[2].

So, with that said, what does this mean for the environment? Probably the most notable and impacting effect is this: due to these stringent standards, PZEV-equipped vehicles are said to negatively impact the environment less while being driven than conventional vehicles do while sitting still[3]. This is due in large part to the fact that PZEV engines eliminate evaporative emissions from a vehicle’s fuel system, which prevents unused fuel from evaporating into the atmosphere.

With pressure mounting to find cleaner, more efficient transportation solutions, PZEV-equipped vehicles are being introduced into more and more areas, and automobile companies are introducing a wider array of PZEV-equipped models. If you are in the market for a new vehicle and would like to do one thing to help protect the environment around you, PZEV-equipped vehicles are a great choice!

Sources:

1. “Understanding Emissions Standards – PZEV, SULEV, ULEV, LEV”. The Green Motorist, 31 July, 2008. http://www.thegreenmotorist.com/index.php/understanding-emissions-standards-pzev-sulev-ulev-lev/
2. “PZEV – What does it stand for? What does it mean? What does it do? (Exhaust)”. Edmunds, 5 February, 2008.
http://answers.edmunds.com/question-PZEV-What-does-it-stand-for-What-does-it-mean-What-does-it-do-4036.aspx
3. “Getting there: a guide to planet-friendly cars”. E: The Environmental Magazine, 2004.
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1594/is_4_15/ai_n6140523/

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[ Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper is selling RAIN BARRELS again this year! ]

Now is the perfect time to buy your rain barrel in preparation for the upcoming rain this Spring and Summer at a cost of only $99.95.  Diverters can be provided for your downspout at an additional cost.

For organizations, schools, and churches seeking to educate others about saving water, Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper also has a Rain Barrel Donation Program.

If youi are interested in purchasing a rain barrel, or to see if your organization qualifies for their donation program, please contact Elizabeth Lamont at (716) 852-7483 ext. 19 or elamont@bnriverkeeper.org.

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