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Make 2014 your healthiest yet! With these simple tips, you could be on your way to a healthier self AND a healthier planet! 

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The correct answer is Death Valley National Park in California.

In light of National Parks Week, you may be interested to know that Death Valley National Park is one is the largest in the lower 48 states.

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[ Video: Washington’s Skokomish Watershed to receive Legacy Roads and Trails funds ]

The film, which was first posted online in January and will be shown at the River Restoration Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon, on May 7, explores the connections between forest roads and the flooding and sediment buildup that threate

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[ Colorado oil and gas front group spends millions to improve industry’s bad reputation ]

Actions speak louder than words when it comes to responsible oil and gas development. But for some reason, the Colorado oil and gas industry just doesn’t seem to get that.

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[ Loan Guarantees for U.S. Renewables Making a Comeback ]

Federal loan guarantees for renewable energy, which spurred the development of massive projects like the recently completed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California – and roiled the 2012 elections – are emerging from hibernation.

More than two years after closing the last such loan guarantee, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Wednesday that it intends to make up to $4 billion available “for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.”

The announcement sets the stage for the DOE to offer support for projects that incorporate one or more of five broad technology types [PDF]:

  • “advanced grid integration and storage,” a key need in getting more intermittent renewable energy on the grid;
  • “drop-in biofuels,” which could directly replace conventional fossil fuels in cars, planes and ships and function within the current distribution system;
  • “waste-to-energy,” where waste gases and discarded materials are used in commercial-scale energy production;
  • “enhancement of existing facilities,” such as adding power-production to existing dams that don’t have it;
  • and “efficiency improvements,” a catchall that could range from residential building improvements to the recovery of energy from curtailed renewable energy systems.
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Green Tip of the Month

Reduce your heat consumption this winter AND stay warm! Programmable thermostats allow you to turn down the heat when you don’t need it (i.e. at night or while at work), and turn it up just before you get out of bed or come home. Having this kind of flexibility can make a big difference in your overall energy consumption and utility bills. For an extra push, consider turning off the heat to rooms that are not heavily used. 

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What is your goal for 2014?

Lose Weight
Quit a Bad Habit
Manage Stress
Save Money/Clear Debts
Eat Healthier

Check out our blog to find out how keeping your resolution can help our planet!