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Tips for Safe Recycling

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Wed, 2018-06-06 13:32
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Recycling has become a part of everyday life in many ways. It’s creating jobs, saving money, protecting the environment, and protecting our health. Even as recycling is made easier with curbside pickup programs and separate disposal bins in public locations, the decision of what to put where can still be somewhat complicated. Here are some tips for properly handling and sorting items to uphold standards of health and safety within the process.

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Building a Sustainability Reporting Framework

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Thu, 2016-11-03 13:09
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According to data from the Sustainability Disclosure Database, sustainability reporting continues to increase on a yearly basis, with worldwide adoption rates. To improve the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, and Profit), organizations are looking to utilize a variety of measures to demonstrate compliance with sustainability ideas and principles. While the most popular reporting framework is the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), there are also other popular standards upon which organizations can improve sustainable operations.  Read more: Building a Sustainability Reporting Framework »

Turning Trash Into Holiday Treasure

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:27
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Recycling is good for the planet and your budget! Instead of spending money on new Christmas ornaments this year, why not take some “trash” and turn it into holiday treasure? In Part 3 of my series, I’ll give you five decorative crafts you can use as ornaments on your tree.

Here are a few simple Christmas decorations you can make from things that you would otherwise add to your recycling bin or trash pile:  Read more: Turning Trash Into Holiday Treasure »

How to Safely Handle CFLs

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Wed, 2018-06-06 17:06
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Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are one of the most popular energy-saving options because they emit as much light as a traditional bulb but use less energy. As simple as it may be to change a light bulb, there are some safety precautions that must be adhered to in order for the CFL to be an effective, safe, environmentally friendly option. Here are a few things you need to know when switching to CFLs:

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Upcycled Thanksgiving Wreaths

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:27
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It’s the time of year when the heat starts to dissipate and the crisp morning air takes your breath away; the seasons change, and in come the warm colors of fall, defined by the orange and brown hues in nature. There is nothing more comforting to me than the vision of pumpkins and wreaths in all of the wonderful autumn colors adorning houses. Moving into a new apartment just before the seasons started to change, I began thinking about how I could create my own fall decorations to save money, reuse materials, and personalize my new living area.

What's New in LEED Version 4?

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Wed, 2018-04-25 11:06
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At the Greenbuild Conference & Expo next month, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will reveal its new flagship product, LEED Version 4 (v4). The creation of LEED v4 is the culmination of years of feedback from various members and users, all of whom influence the adoption of new green building concepts in the marketplace. Given the USGBC’s mission to maintain a consensus and market-driven approach to the LEED standard, the new version will feature new and innovative credits that will propel green building forward.

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What Not to Recycle on Halloween

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Fri, 2014-08-01 10:11
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Halloween is only a few days away. With that will undoubtedly come lots of candy – and lots of waste. That means it’s time to investigate what to do with Halloween leftovers. I started out looking for ways to recycle Halloween candy and found that there is a network of dental offices that buy back extra Halloween candy to send to U.S. troops through Operation Gratitude. I like the idea but wanted to go one step further and address the waste from all those wrappers!  Read more: What Not to Recycle on Halloween »

5 Projects to Help You Green Your Halloween

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Tue, 2013-12-03 16:58
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Halloween is just around the corner so it’s time to get festive with fun DIY (do-it-yourself) decorating ideas. What better way to spice up your home for fall than by utilizing materials you already have--and maybe some that you were going to simply throw away! Not only will you be saving these products from ending up in the landfill, but you will also be saving yourself from purchasing new decorations made from plastic in a far-off factory, possibly under questionable labor conditions.  Read more: 5 Projects to Help You Green Your Halloween »

Tips for Troubleshooting Your Circuit Breaker

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Wed, 2013-10-09 13:44
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Your circuit breaker plays an essential role in the safety of your home by helping to protect your electrical wiring system from overheating. By sensing any electrical overload and interrupting the flow of electricity, circuit breakers help to prevent electrical blowouts that could lead to personal injury and even home fires. While most homeowners know the value of their circuit breaker, many do not know how to troubleshoot issues as they come up.  Read more: Tips for Troubleshooting Your Circuit Breaker »

Disney Expands Carbon Offset Program

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Thu, 2016-11-03 13:08
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The “Happiest Place on Earth” is well on its way to becoming the “Greenest Place on Earth.” Already a major player in the voluntary carbon market, Walt Disney is expanding its offset purchasing program by including indirect emissions related to its operations and increasing the price for carbon emissions to $11 to $14 per metric ton.  Read more: Disney Expands Carbon Offset Program »