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Green teachers can win $4,000 from the EPA

December 9th, 2013

Teachers who’ve created innovative environmental programs can apply for the EPA’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Winners will received $2,000 for themselves and $2,000 for their program from the EPA.

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These 7 gifts are perfect for nature lovers

November 29th, 2013

Give back to nature by helping restore forests, oceans and wildlife. Your contribution will boomerang back in countless ways, curbing climate change, teaching kids about the outdoors, feeding endangered monarch butterflies, making space for whales and even helping tree farmers. All you’ll get is that lousy T-shirt. (But this year, they’re actually pretty cool.)

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5 forest preserves where you can cut down your own Christmas tree (and why that’s OK)

November 27th, 2013

If you’re a stickler for an old-fashioned Christmas, you may be venturing into the woods this year, ala Clark Griswold to chop down your own yuletide tree. Surprisingly, selected nature preserves, state and national forests are open to controlled tree-chopping activities, though you may really have to go hunting for these locations.

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National Guard makes ‘no pets left behind’ a priority in Colorado floods

September 20th, 2013

The Colorado National Guard says the motto is “no pets are left behind” as they evacuate people from the raging floodwaters. Hundreds of pets have been ferried to safety with their owners via helicopter or rescued in ground operations.

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Food, skin allergies increasing in U.S. children

May 2nd, 2013

A government survey put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 in 20 U.S. kids has food allergies, a 50 percent surge since the late 1990s.

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Use this widget to check the air quality in your area

May 1st, 2013

Don’t be surprised by dirty air, find out now how your city or town rates by checking the American Lung Association’s U.S. database. It’s easy, just use this widget.

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Dreaming of a green vacation? Try using FlipKey

January 17th, 2013

Come mid-January, who isn’t dreaming of a tropical vacation?…We’re talking about solar-powered, LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), foliage-roofed homes in popular vacation spots from Taos to Thailand, the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, Vermont to California.
You can find these gems at a new service called FlipKey, which sorts its properties

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EnviroLog — the eco-friendly way to toast your tootsies

December 13th, 2012

If you burn wood in your fireplace during the winter, chances are good that you’re wasting a lot of energy and producing excessive, yucky particulate pollution….Enviro-log, which is created from crushed waste waxed cardboard, promises to burn cleaner than wood. Our tests confirmed that it appears to do just that.

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LED Christmas lights can save energy and aggravation

November 20th, 2012

Those old-style incandescent lights? They’re still around, certainly. But more and more, they’re being crowded out by the new kids on the illumination block: The longer-lasting, more energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) option.
LEDs have been around for a few years now, and they’ve got quite a bit going for them. Promotional materials tout energy savings of 80 percent or more over their incandescent brethren.

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Halloween generates a scary amount of trash: Here’s how to upcycle it

November 1st, 2012

Save those candy bags and wrappers, they’re recyclable.

Terracycle has partnered with M&M’s candies to help stem the flow of candy wrapper trash into landfills.

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Student contest offers big prizes for essays about healthier, sustainable school food

October 19th, 2012

High schoolers, are you fed up with cafeteria food. Do think “blech” and “meh” at when you see the day’s school lunch? Do you spend the noon break dreaming of a better, healthier menu?
Put those thoughts into words and you may win a prize

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Have a roaring good eco-Halloween at your local zoo

October 15th, 2012

Looking for some Halloween fun that’s more exciting than bobbing for apples but doesn’t involve the mindless destruction and waste of TP’ing the neighbors oak trees?

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