Sustainable Living

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resource and his/her own resources.

China's Green Fence: Impacts on U.S. Recycling

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Wed, 2018-06-06 13:15
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As the manufacturing sector of the Chinese economy increases, concerns about the environmental impacts of waste generation have led the Chinese government to enact the Green Fence Initiative. In an effort to reduce the amount of scrap waste (mainly plastic) imported from the United States that has led to worsening environmental conditions, Chinese officials have sought to implement waste management strategies through significant policy changes.

Sustainable Sites, Sustainable Trash?

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Mon, 2017-01-16 16:17
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If you’ve spent a day in the big city lately, you may have noticed a big change in the type of trash receptacles located around town. BigBelly Solar has redefined how we throw away trash by developing one of the coolest trash bins you will ever see. In 2003, BigBelly Solar jumped on the scene with its goal of transforming the way cities think about waste collection. The company wanted to offer a solution for the public space by leveraging renewable solar energy and information technology. With these goals in mind, the solar-powered trashcan emerged.  Read more: Sustainable Sites, Sustainable Trash? »

Garbage To Green in 5 Steps

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:45
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There are countless ways in which one can live a more sustainable lifestyle, and one of the simplest methods is available right in your own backyard. OK, it may not be there yet, but with a small investment, mostly in time and energy, you can turn a small section of your yard into an environmentally friendly recycling center that reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions, saves money, and nurtures the garden. By managing the natural decomposition of organic materials, such as yard and food waste, you can produce compost to enrich the soil without chemically enhanced fertilizers.  Read more: Garbage To Green in 5 Steps »

5 Ways to Go Green with Mobile Apps

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Fri, 2014-08-01 09:30
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There’s an app for that! How many times have you heard that in response to a solution you were seeking? In today’s smartphone-obsessed society, there isn’t much that can’t be researched, simplified, and accomplished using a mobile app. Environmental consciousness is no exception. The development of green apps is making it easier for us to measure, evaluate, and reduce our impact on the planet based on data available through a mobile device.  Read more: 5 Ways to Go Green with Mobile Apps »

3 Ways To Minimize The Water-Energy Nexus Problem

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Tue, 2013-07-16 14:59
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Water and energy are intertwined. Energy production requires water, and supplying water to the general population requires energy. The conservation and proper management of these resources are imperative to maintaining a balance between energy demand and limited resources.

When tasked with finding a solution, one thing comes to mind: energy conservation. The key is to start changing the perception of “green” and “sustainability” by encouraging consumers to view these as strategies aimed at energy efficiency and cost savings.  Read more: 3 Ways To Minimize The Water-Energy Nexus Problem »

12 Myths About Sustainability for 12/12/2012

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Wed, 2018-04-25 13:57
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In honor of 12/12/2012, Everblue wanted to dispel the top 12 myths associated with sustainability and green training.

MYTH 1: Nobody knows what sustainability really means.

FACT: The definition determined by the 1987 United Nations Conference coined sustainability as a way to “meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” The definition is really simple, and it can apply to a wide range of things from Fortune 500 companies to the government, and even single-family households.  Read more: 12 Myths About Sustainability for 12/12/2012 »

20 Ways to Save Energy This Holiday Season

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Fri, 2013-12-13 11:42
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While the holiday season is a time for celebration and reflection, it is also one of the most expensive times of the year. Between purchasing gifts, entertaining, and decorating, the financial burden is high. With energy usage largely contributing to seasonal costs, there are numerous ways to save both energy and money this holiday season.

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Being Green on Black Friday

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Mon, 2017-01-16 16:19
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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Some of you may be spending today working, but most of you have probably taken an early vacation and are awaiting the Black Friday rush. With around $10 billion to be spent in one day, Black Friday is a tremendous occasion that will promote sales and help boost our economy. On the other hand, with more than 200 million participants in the unofficial shopping holiday, Black Friday will likely have a negative impact on our environment. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are some tips on how you can “go green” on Black Friday.  Read more: Being Green on Black Friday »

Average American's Annual Energy Consumption

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Fri, 2015-07-17 11:50
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Mon, 2011-11-28 20:46
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Have you ever wondered what your energy footprint is in a single day? What about a week, a month, or even a year? How much waste or energy does your family consume? If you knew, would you be interested in changing your patterns? If you live in New York, are the winter month’s utility bills more than just an expensive financial obligation? If you live in Arizona, is your water usage vital to your quality of life?  Read more: Average American's Annual Energy Consumption »

Freedom, Energy, and the American Way of Life

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Wed, 2014-09-03 09:46
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Bike Lanes and Smart DevelopmentHappy Independence Day! July 4th is always a great time of year (Side note: I can’t believe it is already July 4th – Where did Spring go?). Anyways, I am spending this July 4th in Germany with my wife’s family. I spent five years with the US Army living in Germany. Being here for the 4th of July provides a very interesting perspective. First, it is hot and there is no air conditioning – anywhere.