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Drive More Efficiently

eco-friendly drivingDriving a fuel efficient car, such as a hybrid, is a step towards lowering your carbon footprint.  But you can take it even a step further by driving your car more efficiently.  You'll save money on gas and cut down on contributions to climate change.

Drive Smart

Aggressive driving, such as speeding, quick acceleration, sudden braking, can lower your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and by 5% in the city.  Don't speed, either.  Gas mileage starts to decrease at speeds above 50 MPH.  These tips will keep you safter, too!  

Cruise control is another way to help reduce gas usage.  ... read more

2014 Most Fuel Efficient Cars

Are you planning on car shopping soon?  FuelEconomy.gov is a great resource for finding a fuel efficient car.   There are lots of options for fuel efficient cars nowadays, between electric cars, hybrids, or small compact cars like a Toyota Yaris or Honda Fit.  

A car with good gas mileage is not only more cost efficient, but it's also much better for the environment.  Highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year, primarily in the form of carbon dioxide.  This is a major contributor to climate change.

Here are the most fuel efficient cars of 2014, excluding electric cars:... read more

Reducing Air Pollution

air pollutionWhy is it so important to care about air pollution?  Janice Nolen, National Policy Adviser and State of the Air Project Director for the American Lung Association answers that question: "Because all of us have to breathe it. We don't have choices."  

Contributing to air pollution is something that we do every day and it can be hard to totally avoid.  However, there are still plenty of small steps that you can take to help clear our air.  ... read more

Recycling Oyster Shells

oyster shell recyclingInstead of selling seashells by the seashore...recycle 'em!  Many coastal communities have seashell recycling programs, oyster shell recycling in particular.  

Young oysters must attach themselves to a hard substance - often another oyster shell. If  the young oyster doesn't find a suitable substance, the the oyster will die.  Unfortunately, in areas where oysters are harvested frequently, there are oyster shortages so oysters are dying out.  ... read more

A Greener Day at the Beach

On a sizzling summer day, why not head to the beach?  Keep yourself and your families cool and enjoy some outdoors time and sunshine. Here are some tips to keep your beach visit as keen and green as can be! 

Picking the beach - I love to go to beaches at state parks.  Even though it's usually not free to park, I like to support state parks and their conservation efforts.  I usually get a season parking pass to our state parks here in Massachusetts and throughout the summer we visit local state parks with ocean beaches, lakes, and ponds.    You can also find the cleanest area beaches on the EPA website.    

Getting to the beach - Look for beaches walking/biking distance, public transit accessible, or the closest to home.  Maybe you don't live near the ocean, but there might be a lake beach narby.  If going with a group, consider carpooling.   ... read more

Worm Composting Dos and Don'ts


Keep it small. Keep it green. Keep it brown. And, keep it moist. If you want to maximize your composting results, there are clear do's and don'ts.

Many gardeners focus on a pile of garden and kitchen leftovers, layers of decomposing materials that form a nutritional soil amendment for the rest of the garden. But, composting with the help of hungry and efficient worms creates a nutrient-rich natural supplement your soil. 
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Is it Recyclable? A Quick Guide

are batteries recyclable?Some items are obviously recyclable, like glass or cans.  Other items, like pizza boxes?  Not so obvious.  Here's a quick guide to see if the item is indeed recyclable.  Click on the link for more details.

Books - Usually not, but sometime recycling centers will accept them.  Read more.

Drinking Straws - Sometimes, it's tricky. Read more.

Dryer Lint - No, but you can compost it.

Laminated Paper - No

Laptops - Sometimes.  Read more.  

Lithium Ion Batteries - Yes

Lottery Tickets - Sometimes.  Read more.... read more

Putting Parking Structures to Work With Solar Panels

Solar PanelsThe concept of solar parking structures is so sensible that it's bound to become a widespread phenomenon. At this point solar technology is rapidly improving and becoming integrated in our society quickly. Many companies throughout the US have implemented solar panels in one way or another. These solar panels are most commonly placed on the roofs of buildings, making use of space that is already regularly exposed to sunlight.

In sunny states such as Arizona where covered parking is a necessity, a new trend is catching on. Although it can be quite the investment, many companies and even some schools believe solar power is worth it and have installed panels on their covered parking spaces as well.

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What Can I Grow in My Hydroponic Garden?

hydroponic tomatoesToday I am continuing my brief series about hydroponic gardening.  

Earlier this week, I blogged about why hydroponic gardening is eco-friendly.  If that got you interested in starting your own hydroponic garden, you might also be wondering what kinds of crops you can grow hydroponically.  

At first, I thought that there was a limit to what you can grow in a hydroponic garden.   But I'm happy to say that I was wrong!

Surprisingly, you can grow almost anything in a hydroponic garden!   Here's a brief list of common hydroponic crops.... read more

Is Hydroponic Gardening Eco-Friendly?

hydroponic gardeningHydroponic gardening is a great option for many people.   It's awesome for urban gardeners with limited (or no) outdoor space.  It's also nice for people who live in cooler climates where you can't garden year-round.  

What is hydroponic gardening?  

Hydroponic gardening is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid using added nutrients an no soil.  Hydroponic gardening is often touted as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional gardening.... read more

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