Junk Yard Day - A Fun Way To Teach Kids How To Be Eco-Friendly

Have you ever wanted to teach a child about the importance of being environmentally friendly? Have you heard of “Junk Yard Day.” When I was in elementary school we had a day called “Junk Yard Day” the cafeteria was filled with recyclable products, such as, newspaper, glass jars, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard. The cafeteria was also filled with buttons, glitter, glue, paint and colored construction paper. Each class was taken to the cafeteria and given two hours to look and create something new with the recyclable items.

Reducing your carbon footprint at home through reuse

Beyond reducing your consumption of resources and energy, the next best lifestyle strategy for decreasing your impact to help slow climate change is to reuse as much as possible. To find the carbon savings of reusing a particular item rather than throwing it in the trash, numerous factors must be considered – and it can get pretty complicated.

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The Clean Power Plan: How You Can Support It

In recent weeks, President Obama has unveiled the details of his new Clean Power Plan (CPP)1, promising to be America’s most sweeping attempt to curb greenhouse gas emissions to date. There are many questions about just how effective it will be, and, being a government-run initiative, it may seem that most of it is up to politics. However, there is still much, as the president would put it, “ordinary folks,” can do to decide the degree of its success or failure.

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The many benefits of car-sharing and carpooling

Given the rising price of public transport across the globe, the cheaper alternative car-sharing, is not just financially beneficial…

Carsharing; the new-generation, more responsible version of hitchhiking, is no longer just for those who ‘need a lift’ to the nearest music festival.

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Rust Belt Riders Composting: A Business to Support Community Gardens

By seeing value in what others throw away, Daniel Brown and Michael Robinson found a creative way to turn their passion for helping their community into a full-time job. The inspiration for their business came while they were running a community garden in Cleveland, Ohio. The garden was formerly the site of a factory, so turning the poor-quality compacted soil into fertile farmland was a constant struggle. They turned to composting as a means to improve the soil condition but had trouble procuring the volume of compost that they needed.

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How to have an Eco-friendly trip

It is summer time and people love to use this time to travel. But have you ever thought about green ways you can travel?

Air Travel: Many people travel by airplane, but have you ever thought about how traveling by airplane effects the environment? One air mile creates 53.3 pounds of carbon dioxide. Therefore one flight from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA (about 2,450 miles) produces a little over 65 short tons of carbon dioxide. An average plane holds 200-500 passengers; 0.24 pounds of CO2 is released per passenger per mile. Therefore one flight from New York to Los Angeles, CA with 200 passengers releases 117,600 pounds of CO2. If the flight has 500 passengers it would release 294,000 pounds of CO2 (http://blueskymodel.org).

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Saskatchewan's First Solar Co-operative

Major cities in Saskatchewan have the good fortune of being some of the sunniest places in Canada. Specifically in Saskatoon, on average there is 2268 hours of bright sunshine every year, 319 days annually with some bright sunshine and 49% of daylight hours are sunny.[i] Now enter the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES), an environmental non-profit organization based in Saskatoon, aiming to form the province’s first solar power cooperative.

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Is Everyone on the Same Page with Climate Change?

We all know there is merit in having different opinions and ideas, but is climate change really something to disagree over? For any important issue I think it's essential everyone is at least on the same page. Yet, while only 56% of Canadians hold the belief climate change is a product of human activity1, perhaps the most significant support a person can give is to be aware of our changing climate.

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How to Have a Green BBQ

One of the best parts of summer is grilling on the BBQ. But the question is, which BBQ technic is better for the environment? Charcoal or Propane?

Charcoal Facts

If you love to use charcoal for your cookout, read this and find out what charcoal does to the environment. When you have a cookout using charcoal it takes a lot of time to get a charcoal grill going. Charcoal is dirtier than gas but it comes from renewable resources.

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How much can composting help to reduce my carbon footprint?

Food waste represents 21.1% of the trash produced in the US even after recycling and composting are taken into account [1]. While reducing food waste is a great way to reduce your environmental impact, even the most careful households will still produce food scraps like egg shells, banana peels, and tea bags. The good news is that these and many other types of food waste are compostable, and you may be surprised by how much composting can help fight climate change.

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