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Green Your Kitchen

The kitchen is at the heart of many American households. But waste there can be a real problem. Here are a few tips on how to green your food-prep space.kitchen

Tip #1: Rethink the Fridge

Refrigerators account for about half of a typical kitchen's total energy usage, and much of that could be reduced. If you're shopping for one, look for the Energy Star logo. Other ways to reduce your fridge's carbon footprint: Keep its temperature between 35 and 38 degrees, check the door to make sure no air is escaping, and set it at a distance from hot appliances....

07/23/2014 10:25:08am
EPA Introduces New Graphic to Help Consumers Make Informed Choices about Insect Repellents

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new graphic that will be available to appear on insect repellent product labels. The graphic will show consumers how many hours a product will repel mosquitoes and/or ticks when used as directed.

“We are working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF labeling did for sunscreens,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “By providing vital information to consumers, this new graphic will help parents, hikers and the general public better protect themselves and their families from serious health threats caused by mosquitoes and ticks. ...

07/17/2014 01:54:53pm
July is UV Safety Month

Don't sunburn. The UV Index predicts the strength of solar rays. Check your UV Index so you know how strong the sun's rays will be, and avoid sun overexposure. July is UV Safety month.sun

07/15/2014 08:33:21am
Travel Light and Green

planeTaking a vacation this summer?  Well, jetting around the globe can really bloat your carbon footprint.  The Sierra Club has rounded up a few items that can help shrink that load.

  • To spot your bags on the carousel — and to make sure they find their way home if lost — tie MOTHERBOARD GIFTS' Circuit Board Luggage Tags onto your packs. They consist of cast-off computer parts and come in catch-your-eye colors. $20 for a set of three
  • The GREEN EARTH GUIDES lead you to public transportation, eco-minded businesses, and organic, vegan cuisine.
07/09/2014 12:03:22pm
Don’t Bring Unwanted Guests Home From Vacation

Summer is here, and that means vacation. Warm sunny days, relaxation, and maybe that family vacation to a seaside hotel or mountain resort. In hotels large and small, a problem is lurking: bed bugs. The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites, and generally irritating its human hosts.

Experts believe the increase in bed bugs in the U.S. may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about prevention, and ineffective pest control practices by hotels....

07/08/2014 10:04:13am
July is Park and Recreation Month

park and recSince 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This year's theme is OUT is IN, focusing on setting trends instead of following them, making 2014 the year people go outside, change their outlook, and get involved in their community through parks and recreation and so much more.

July is a great time to experience how parks and recreation can improves lives — from health and wellness to nature to community spirit and social equity....

07/07/2014 01:16:56pm
Grocery Store Scorecard

fish grillAre you having a cookout this 4th of July?  Maybe throwing some shrimp on the grill or having a clambake? 

Before you do your shopping for your big bash, check out Greenpeace's interactive Seafood Sustainability Consumer Hub

The Hub is designed to make sustainable shopping easy and includes grocery store rankings and full profiles for over 40 major stores across the country.  Many grocery stores have moved towards more sustainable policies that protect oceans and marine life, but many more still lag behind. ...

07/02/2014 09:03:16am
Make Your Summer Camping Trips Waste Free

campWhen you go on a camping trip, there are many items that you have to remember to bring-tent, sleeping bag, food, and, depending if you want to rough it or glamp, you might bring everything but the kitchen sink.  For your next camping excursion, try to make it greener by bringing as many re-usable items as possible.  Once you get used to that, it will be as easy as remembering to pack socks, or bring your toothbrush!

GlassDharma has a few suggestions on how to make your next trip waste free:

Pack kitchenware, plates, bowls, utensils, etc., instead of the more commonly seen paper and plastic ware....

07/01/2014 12:40:18pm
7 Apps for Green Road Tripping

Going on a road trip this summer?  Well, the Sierra Club has put together a list of apps for green road tripping that will keep your footprint slim and trim by offering low-carbon, high-adventure options for green summer fun.road trip

1. Zimride

Take a few cars off the road by carpooling. Zimride allows users to post and book rides with local Zimriders headed for the same destination. Detailed profiles help you get to know your future carmates and connect on social media....

06/30/2014 08:49:55am
Save Fuel on Your Summer Vacation

According to the Department of Energy, travelers can expect to pay less for gasoline this summer than a year ago – but just barely.  road trip

The Energy Information Administration predicts the typical American motorist will shell out $3.57 for a gallon of self-serve, no-lead gasoline, a penny per gallon cheaper than during the April to September period last year. 

Even though you will be paying a tiny bit less for gas than last year , you'll most likely still want to save more money...right? ...

06/25/2014 09:10:08am
EPA Orders Pennsylvania Municipalities to Improve Stormwater Management

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has sent orders to 85 municipalities in north central and northeast Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their programs for managing stormwater. EPA issued the orders to augment Pennsylvania’s efforts to ensure effective stormwater management programs are in place to improve water quality in local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, which is downstream of most of the towns cited by EPA.    

“In this age of changing climate and more frequent and severe weather events, managing urban stormwater is essential for protecting and restoring the waterways in our communities,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M....

06/24/2014 03:11:30pm
Keep Your Clothes Out of Landfills

Here's what you can do to keep your sneakers and bras out of landfills!

Your Sneakers: 

Worn out. Play on. Turn your old sneakers into places to play.

Nike Reuse-a-Shoe takes worn out athletic shoes and grinds them down to create a new material called Nike Grind, which is used to make high-quality sports surfaces including courts, turf fields, tracks and more.

Since 1990, Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe and Nike Grind programs have been collecting worn out shoes bound for the landfill and along with pre-consumer waste, turned this into sport courts and other products. ...

06/24/2014 12:57:14pm
5 Eco-Conscious Sunscreens

sunscreenThe best way to avoid getting a sun burn is to stay out of the sun, but who wants to do that when the warm weather has finally arrived here in Northeastern Pa.  So, if you plan on spending any amount of time outside, you should wear sunscreen to shield your body from the sun's harmful rays. 

Did you know that some sunscreens contain chemicals that can be harmful when they wash off in rivers and oceans and have been reported as agents in coral bleaching and can be absorbed by fish?  ...

06/19/2014 10:16:27am
Leonardo DiCaprio Makes $7 Million Pledge for Ocean Conservation

oceanCelebrity actorperson and do-gooder extraordinaire Leo DiCaprio is putting big bucks into the ocean: like 7 million of ‘em.

Because just like so many of us (just check our 4th grade yearbook), as a wee bairn DiCaprio dreamed of becoming not an actor… but something far more fishy: “Before I wanted to become an actor, I dreamt of becoming a marine biologist,” he stated.

And though that earlier dream didn’t really work out for him — much to his chagrin, we’re sure — thanks to his current position as forever-heartthrob of our ’90s-loving hearts, he’s seen just how poorly we’ve treated our mystical waters and wants to do something to do something about it....

06/18/2014 01:52:26pm
July is National Water Gardening Month

pondJuly is a great month to enjoy the water garden lifestyle.  While the installation of a pond is hard work, the peaceful sounds of a fountain or waterfall, and the colorful water lilies and other plants are a source of lasting beauty and enjoyment.  Many ponds are stocked with either Koi or goldfish, which can survive through the winter even in colder climates.  Ten percent of U.S. households have a water feature as part of their gardens and they spend close to a billion dollars a year on their hobby....

07/18/2012 01:05:57pm
Q&A: The First-Ever Expedition to Turkmenistan's "Door to Hell"

Go along with explorer George Kourounis as he becomes the first person known to venture into Turkmenistan's fiery, gas-fueled Darvaza Crater....

07/29/2014 03:06:22pm
The Wilderness Society supports commonsense renewable energy from federal lands
Neil Shader

The following statement can be attributed to Chase Huntley, senior government relation director for The Wilderness Society. Chase was invited to testify before the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on H.R. 596 and H.R. 1363.

07/29/2014 12:38:37pm
Bill to speed federal-state land swaps helps conservation and education
Neil Shader

The first is the “Advancing Conservation and Education Act of 2014,” from Rep. Rob Bishop (Utah) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (Oregon), which would expedite transfers of land between states and federal agencies.

07/29/2014 11:23:13am
U.S.-China Solar Fight Lurches Forward

If last week’s news that the U.S. Department of Commerce was imposing new duties on Chinese solar imports left you with a bad case of déjà vu, or at least wondering if the story would ever end, that’s understandable. It's been a long-running melodrama.

Oregon-based SolarWorld Industries America, a division of the German company SolarWorld, got it all going in October 2011. Drowning in a wave of cheap Chinese solar panels, it brought allegations of illegal dumping and state subsidies to U.S....

07/29/2014 09:56:25am
Paying Back the Land: What others are saying about the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act

One way to do this – and increase the amount of clean, renewable energy coming from these lands is through a bill called the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act.


07/29/2014 09:44:16am