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[ Green Tips for the Holidays ]

So you live a green lifestyle all year long. You recycle, you minimize your impact by bringing your own bags and using a reusable cup for your morning coffee, you drive a low-emission car, and program your thermostat….you are set, right? Did you consider ways to green the holidays???? It doesn’t have to be difficult to make a difference!

* An obvious way would be to buy recycled wrapping paper, but you could take it a step further and use your old newspaper, or wrap it in another gift, such as a tablecloth, a scarf or a reusable shopping bag.

* As for the tree, real or fake? Cutting down trees and branches for decorations kills or injures trees, but a lot of the fake pine stuff is made from PVC which is toxic and energy intensive to make the plastic which releases gasses. There are fake pine decorations made from polyethylene which doesn’t carry the same health risks. Or use a potted real tree that can be planted in the spring.

*If you do use a real tree, be sure to give it new life at the end of the season! Mulch it or chip it. For more ideas check out the National Christmas Tree Association (www.realchristmastrees.org) and learn how to recycle it.

*LED lights are easy to find and will use a fraction of the energy that lights used to use. Use a timer for outdoor lights so they don’t stay on all night!

*Try upcycling! Get a little creative and turn something discarded into something usable. Recycle your old candles, jeans, tissue boxes, revamp glass bottles and jars, or turn old cookie tins into new fabulous gift tins. Pinterest.com is full of great ideas, just search UPCYCLE. There are thousands of ideas, surely one will appeal to you and your skill level.
Upcycle Candles
Glass Bottles and Jars
Give cookie tins a new life 

*Give green. Instead of giving someone another dust collector, donate to a charity that you or your recipient believe in. It’s a win-win! Some ideas to get you started:
Gifts that Give More
70 Years of Family Farming 
Sierra Club 
Nature Conservancy 

*If you do shop, shop local. Support the businesses in your local community and spend less gas driving all over. Art and craft shows are prevalent this time of year and you can support a local artist and give a gift of something thoughtful and artful. Pottery bowls can be esthetically pleasing and functional, or a hand knitted hat is stylish and warm.

*Eco-friendly gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Try gift cards for a group of friends to take a cooking class together. Make some jelly or jam, or bread that can be frozen for later. Be really green and give a worm composter so less food waste goes into the landfill. Try cloth dish towels and napkins as a gift to replace the paper ones. Give a fancy reusable water bottle or coffee/tea travel mug. Be super practical, and give LED bulbs or a blanket for the hot water heater. Reusable shopping bags are handy too! Programmable thermostat. Bus/train passes. Glass storage containers. A basket of nontoxic cleaners. Beeswax candles. Coupons to exchange for your time (ie babysitting or sharing a meal). Donate time to a local environmental group.

Eco Christmas
Eco Friendly Décor
Green Christmas 
Unique and Cheap Eco Friendly Gifts 
Green Gift Ideas

* December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day! Otherwise known as ordinary baking soda, bicarb has so many uses it belongs in every green house. Surely you have used it for your baked goods….but have you tried it as a facial scrub? Toothpaste? Or even deodorant? A paste of baking soda can relieve the itch from bug bites, and putting it in a bath can help relieve itchy skin and help you relax. Use it as a scrub to remove burnt on stuff from your pots and pans, mix it with vinegar to clean your sinks and tub, or even sprinkle it on your carpet before vacuuming to remove odors. And if you overindulge this season, use half a teaspoon in a glass of water to help with heartburn and indigestion.

51 Uses for Baking Soda

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[ ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN ]

ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN FEATURING DON CHEADLE

 

PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 15, 2016 – Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) – Entercom is launching a nationwide public service announcement (PSA) campaign on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), for which the company is donating $1 million worth of free airtime. The PSA will feature Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle discussing the importance of stabilizing the global climate for our children and grandchildren. The PSAs will run across 124 of Entercom’s stations in 27 top markets in the country beginning in August.

 

“I’m happy to help introduce more people to the great work of EDF,” said Cheadle, a film and television star and climate activist who donated his time to the project. “We’re in the fight of our lives against climate change and EDF has been a real leader in that struggle. So I hope this helps.”

 

The campaign is part of a larger Entercom initiative, 1THING, committed to promoting good environmental practices both externally among listeners and business partners and internally among employees.

 

“Entercom is deeply committed to reducing our environmental footprint and working to be a good corporate citizen to help ensure a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren,” said David Field, President and CEO, Entercom Communications Corp.  “We are proud to partner with the Environmental Defense Fund and help support their mission of solving the most critical environmental problems facing our planet.”

 

“I am grateful to David Field and Entercom for this generous donation that will help build our impact and bring our work to the attention of so many Americans,” said EDF President Fred Krupp. “And I’m grateful to Don Cheadle for the incredible gift of his time and talent. Without this kind of powerful support, we would not be able to do what we do.”

 

Entercom has previously partnered on PSA campaigns for Conservation International (CI), featuring Harrison Ford; 350.org, featuring Ellen Page; and most recently the Wilderness Society, featuring Dave Matthews, Betty White and Wendie Malick.

 

Founded in 1967, EDF builds lasting solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems, finding the ways that work so people and nature can prosper. Learn more at http://www.edf.org.

 

 

CONTACT:

Esther-Mireya Tejeda

610.822.0861

Esther-Mireya.Tejeda@entercom.com

@Entercom
About Entercom Communications Corp.

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., reaching and engaging more than 40 million people a week through its 124 highly rated stations in 27 top markets across the country. Entercom is a purpose-driven company, deeply committed to entertaining and informing its listeners with the best locally curated music, news, sports, and talk content, driven by compelling local personalities.  Entercom delivers superior ROI by connecting its customers and audiences through its leading local brands and unparalleled local marketing solutions, which include over 4,000 events each year, and its SmartReach Digital product suite.  Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@entercom).

 

 

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[ Self-Sustaining Islands, The Future of Farming? ]

Future-of-Farming

With the advancement of technology growing each and every day, the occupation of farming may be heading out to sea… literally!

Swedish designers have conceptualized “Self-Sustaining Islands” which farm fish, fruits, and vegetables on large, floating barges outfitted with solar panels. Some of the key characteristics of these barges include:

  1. Modular – They can be linked together or separated, depending on the purpose of use
  2. Self-Regulating – They do not require complex control systems
  3. Multidimensional – Can be subdivided into smaller islands

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The floating farms would be divided into floors with the first flood dealing with fish, along with a slaughterhouse. The second floor would be a hydroponic farm powered by a desalinization plant in the bottom, which houses a farm storage facility. The third floor would be outfitted with solar panels and skylights responsible for gathering solar energy need for the islands to function.

The lack of soil initially sounds like an area of concern, however the floating islands’ IOT system regulates the atmospheric condition of the farms as well as replacing its pesticides. The farms’ design also compliments its self-sustaining functionality: Waste from the second floor can be used in the fish farm.

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(source: SeeDiscover.com)

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[ This Cool Glass Orb Generates More Power Than Solar Panels! ]

It almost looks like a modern art piece, but it is in fact the latest trend in harnessing solar energy. TheRawlemon Spherical Solar Energy Generator was discovered by German architect André Broessel and it is able to harness solar energy 35% better than solar panels and is even able to operate on cloudy days and at night! It operates almost like a human eye and it concentrates light by 10,000 times. They come in many sizes, ranging from small desktop sized spheres to charge your phone, to jumbo sized to power an entire building! 

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[ New Year, New YOU! ]

New Year’s Resolutions for a Greener, Healthier YOU!

 With the new year, comes new self-promises we make to enhance our lives. Whether it be fitness goals, cutting a bad habit, or some other goal you have set for yourself, the new year brings on a new you! So why not make this new year’s resolution a green one? The most popular resolutions are undoubtebly health-related. 2014 can be the year of a healthier you and a healthier environment if you follow these simple tips:

 1)      Lose weight – Join a Gym/Exercise More

  • Like the rest of the world, you’ll finally be putting that gym membership to use again this year! Don’t have time for the gym? Consider walking or biking to work! You’ll be losing pounds while reducing the amount of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Keep in mind the green ways you can keep your workout sustainable like using reusable water bottles made of organic materials at the gym instead of plastic bottles. Or choosing workout clothing or yoga mats made from organic materials. And don’t forget to wash away the sweat with organic soaps and laundry detergents which are less harsh on your skin and clothing and can actually prolong the life of your clothes.

 2)      Lose Weight – Start a Diet/Eat Healthier

  • A healthy diet is the perfect way to kick-start a new year! You can start by eating locally-grown organic foods that are incredibly beneficial to both you and the environment! While local and organic foods are a great option, they can get pricey and are not the ONLY option for a healthier and sustainable diet. A good rule of thumb is to eat fresh! Loose, fresh fruits and veggies are far better for your body and the earth than pre-packaged ones. Avoid anything with a lot of chemicals or preservatives. Another rule of thumb, is to check the ingredients! If you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients, then it probably isn’t the best choice for your health.

 3)      Cut a Bad Habit/Quit Smoking

  • Cutting a bad habit like smoking is not an easy task! It takes a lot of self-discipline and endurance to succeed. Cut the habit by picking up a new hobby like gardening or cooking. By focusing your energy on a new hobby, you can distract your cravings and put your energy towards something positive. Gardening is an excellent way to keep your mind busy and give back to the environment. Avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides and opt for a natural compost that you can make from scraps in your own kitchen!

 4)      Manage Stress

  • There are so many ways for you to manage stress that are also great for the environment. Get out and go for a walk or plant a tree – exercise and natural sunlight give our bodies a substantial amount of Vitamin D that is beneficial to our overall health and can enhance our mood. On hot summer days, when UV rays are particularly strong, make sure to opt for a sunscreen that is free of petrochemical active ingredients and nanoparticles that are harmful to the environment. And always remember your sunglasses, hats and beach umbrellas during the summer months.

 5)      Save Money/Manage Debt

  • One of the easiest things you can do to save money is switch to a greener lifestyle. By switching to greener appliances in your home, you can save hundreds, if not thousands, on your utility bills! Eating healthier, exercising more, and quitting smoking can save you thousands on health insurance and future health bills. And little things can save money and waste like using reusable products such as water bottles, coffee mugs, and napkins to name a few.

 6)      Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Follow these simple tips for a greener year and a greener you! And keep reading our blog for more tips on how you can continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle throughout the year. Happy 2014! 
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[ Charity of the Month: The Columbia Water Center ]

In honor of Nelson Mandela, who recognized the connection between the environment and civil rights:

“We know that political freedom alone is still not enough if you lack clean water. Freedom alone is not enough without light to read at night, without time or access to water to irrigate your farm, without the ability to catch fish to feed your family. For this reason the struggle for sustainable development nearly equals the struggle for political freedom. They can grow together or they can unravel each other.”

1Thing supports the Columbia Water Center’s mission to creatively tackle water challenges of a rapidly changing world where water and climate interact with food, energy, ecosystems and urbanization. 

Why Water?

As worldwide populations grow and affluence increases, the demand for food and water is on the rise. At the same time, climate variability and change are making it difficult to provide water where and when it is needed. Floods destroy communities in one part of the world, while in another people trek miles every day just to get enough water to survive. Given its pervasiveness and the need for local action, water scarcity is becoming one of the most difficult challenges we need to address in the 21st century. 

What the Columbia Water Center does

Founded in January 2008, the Columbia Water Center is committed to understanding and addressing both the role and scarcity of fresh water in the 21st century. The Water Center was established for the purpose of studying the diminishing levels of fresh water and creating innovative sustainable and global solutions.

The Water Centers work is founded on the principle that meaningful improvements in water quality and access depend on resolving increasing water shortages. The greatest improvements in water sustainability stem from concentrating on the sector with the greatest consumption the agricultural sector. Much of our research, therefore, focuses on improving efficiency of agricultural water use, especially in the developing world where water problems are most prevalent.

The Water Center aims to provide rigorous, research-based knowledge as the foundation on which to make informed policy decisions about the management of water systems. The Water Center strives to change one-dimensional approach to water and instead study watersheds holistically.

In addition to research, the Water Center both sponsors a seminar series featuring talks on water-related issues, and develops educational opportunities, such as an internship program and water-related courses.

Learn more about the Columbia Water Center and how you can support their work.

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[ Curb Alternatives ]

It doesn’t have to end this way.

  1. Treecycling Programs
    Tree recycling and mulching programs are offered in most towns and cities. Check with your local department of public works on whether your community has a pick up or if you need to drop off your tree to be made into mulch. Also in some places they offer mulch to be picked up for personal use.
  2. Give Cover
    If you would like, you can keep the tree and use the needles as mulch. Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly. Ground covering crops, such as strawberries love resting on these mold free and moisture hardy mulch. The boughs can also be cut off and used to layover perennial plants, protecting them from the snow and heavy frost.
  3. Chip, Chip Hooray
    A fun afternoon might be renting a chipper and making mulch for personal use. When spring comes you will be ready to spread the chips. Chips suppress weeds and when decomposition happens nutrients are released into your soil.
  4. Trunk Coasters (Yes, it’s a thing)
    If you prefer you can cut the trunk into 2 inch discs and line walkways and flower gardens. Thinner slabs cut off the trunk can be used as coasters. Just apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep sap off your furniture and glassware.
  5. Bird Sanctuary
    If you have the space, take that tree in its stand outdoors. A Bird Sanctuary can be made by filling bird feeders and hanging them on boughs. Gather pine-cones and coat them with peanut butter and string popcorn. When the tree is brittle, chip it up into mulch.
  6. Burial at Sea/Pond
    If you live close to a lake or pond and your tree is chemical free, contact the proper authorities and find out if your tree can be sunk and made into a sheltering habitat for fish.
  7. Great Barrier Wreath
    Christmas Trees were used in New Jersey to help the sand dunes recover from Hurricane Sandy. If you live near a beach, you might call the local department of public works to see if Christmas Trees are used for shoreline stabilization.

So when the Holidays are over, don’t throw away that Real Christmas Tree. Take advantage of that tree being biodegradable and give back to the environment. A great way to be green.

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[ Charity of the Month: The National Parks Conservation Association ]

“I think we’re better as a people if we understand our full history. It helps us not just in looking back at who we’ve been, but in looking forward to decide who we want to be. We must continue to expand the park system to mirror the changing demographic of our country and tell America’s story.”

-Clark Bunting, NPCA President and CEO


We believe that America’s national parks and historical sites embody the American spirit. They are windows to our past, homes to some of our rarest plants and animal species, and places where every American can go to find inspiration, peace, and open space.

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But these living, breathing monuments to our nation’s history, culture, and landscape need care and support to overcome the many dangers that threaten to destroy them forever. At the National Parks Conservation Association, we work every day to ensure our national parks get that vital care and support.

NPCA plays a crucial role in ensuring that these magnificent lands and landmarks are protected in perpetuity:

  • We advocate for the national parks and the National Park Service;
  • we educate decision makers and the public about the importance of preserving the parks;
  • we help to convince members of Congress to uphold the laws that protect the parks and to support new legislation to address threats to the parks;
  • we fight attempts to weaken these laws in the courts;
  • and we assess the health of the parks and park management to better inform our advocacy work.

“The most important thing I’ve learned from being involved with NPCA is that a single person can and does make a difference.”

–Bernadette Laqueur, NPCA Volunteer

In more than 90 years, we have grown to represent more than 800,000 members and supporters through our DC headquarters and 24 regional and field offices, all working to “protect and enhance America’s National Park System for present and future generations.”

Together, we can protect our national parks for this generation and those that come after.

Our members and supporters understand the importance of our work and help to make our work successful. We are the voice of our members, but they give us the power to speak on behalf of the parks, and that is important for us to remember.

For more information, please visit: http://www.npca.org/

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[ Is Vegetarianism Sustainable? ]

Being a vegetarian isn’t for everyone. Some people choose to be meat-free for moral reasons, some for health reasons, and some for both. But could being a vegetarian actually be beneficial to the environment? And can eating meat be considered unsustainable? Many people claim that being a vegetarian is actually good for the environment. It’s called environmental vegetarianism. It’s basis is that animal production is environmentally unsustainable because it produces pollution and uses up resources such as fossil fuels, water, and land. According to the United Nations Population Fund “Each U.S. citizen consumes an average of 260 lbs. of meat per year, the world’s highest rate.” 

No matter what you think about vegetarianism, consider a meat-free day or two each week. A vegetarian diet can yield a healthier lifestyle when properly executed and if we each cut back the amount of meat we consume by just a small amount, we can make a significant change for our planet. Making this small change once a week can be simple! Visit restaurants with plenty of vegetarian options! If you’re not familiar with many vegetarian recipes, restaurants can offer an array of tasty vegetarian options! Qdoba Mexican Grill lists all of their ingredients online and you can even filter the vegetarian options! And if you’re completely indecisive, check out their Craft 2 Menu! With Craft 2, you can order 2 perfectly sized portions of their most popular dishes! That means, if you’re traditionally a meat-lover, you can stick with your old favorite and try a new vegetarian option as well! For all 17 Massachusetts locations visit www.qdoba.com

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[ Charity of the Month: Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project ]

DolphinsThe goal of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is to put an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter once and for all. Dolphins are regularly captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. The Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters in countries around the world, but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation, and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity. 

The Dolphin Project has achieved many important victories for dolphins over the years. We brought the world’s attention to brutal drive hunts taking place along the coast of Japan, as seen in the 2009 Academy Award-winning feature documentary “The Cove,” ; we successfully negotiated for an end to dolphin slaughter in the Solomon Islands; we and we continue to raise awareness that captivity is cruel. 

Ric O’Barry has been working towards there goals for over 40 years, and he continues his quest to put an end to dolphin suffering. Be sure to stay tuned for information on how you can get involved and make a difference. 

To donate, take action and find out more info on Ric O’Barry’s  Dolphin Project please visit: dolphinproject.org

Earth Island Institute 

Earth Island Institute Logo The Dolphin Project is a proud part of the Earth Island Institute, a non-profit, tax deductible organization founded in 1982. The Earth Island Institute has a long and active history in dolphin-related causes. In 1986, through the International Marine Mammal Project, EII organized a campaign to urge U.S. tuna companies to end the practice of intentionally chasing and netting dolphins with purse seine nets, and to adopt “Dolphin Safe” fishing practices to prevent the drowning of dolphins in tuna nets. This campaign included a consumer pressure, litigation, and revisions of the US Marine Mammal Protection Act.  In 1990 a major breakthrough was achieved and the first companies pledged to become dolphin-safe.  Today 100% of American tuna have become verifiably dolphin safe. Through the International Monitoring Program, the Earth Island Institute regularly inspects tuna companies to insure consumers that the tuna they buy is truly “dolphin safe.” 

Earth Island Institute is an umbrella organization with has more than 60 projects working for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the Earth. For more information, please visit: earthisland.org.

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