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Eagles, Cowboys, Indians and other sports teams seizing green ground

August 26th, 2013

Did you know that the Philadelphia Eagles are completely green-powered? Or that the Dallas Cowboys run the field when it comes to composting? Now the EPA has collected all these sustainable sports stories, raising raising the bar (admittedly it was low) on green practices for stadiums and sports leagues.

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Scoring one for the planet at Cowboys Stadium

April 15th, 2011

They say everything’s bigger in Texas. Which is certainly true of the 100,000+ seat Cowboys Stadium, a mammoth edifice of granite and glass that defies architectural labels.

Big yes. But the Cowboys command the audience.

As for the stadium’s green-ness, those plush skyboxes don’t exactly define the movement. Still, it’s greener than you might realize, with natural lighting filtering in from overhead and from shimmering, sheets of side windows. End zone doors ventilate the place. It’s got fly ash in the foundation and a few other green features.

But perhaps it’s greenest feature is hidden on an upper level. There, behind closed doors, tucked inconspicuously next to the commercial dishwasher in the main kitchen is a large composter that gobbles the copious food waste generated by this giant event factory. Actually, the composter is quite modest in size; not much bigger than a commercial deep freezer. But the volume of food that it’s capable of crunching into almost nothing makes it seem larger than life.

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25 newly certified green restaurants you can feel good about (or even eat at)

April 14th, 2011

In celebration of Earth Day, the Green Restaurant Association has released a list of the restaurants, chains and cafes to attain the GRA certification this year. The list includes well-known affordable eateries like Panera Bread, coffee houses like Peet’s Coffee and upscale restaurants like those operated by celebrity chef Mario Batali (who’s joined on the list by chefs Eric Ripert and Rick Bayless).

Green Restaurant Association-certified eateries pledge to forgo using eco-unfriendly Styrofoam, minimize packaging and recycle or compost organic waste, seek out sustainable foods and reduce energy consumption.

Here are the prominent chains receiving certification this year:

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Let’s talk dirt: Organic additions, sweat can enrich the hardest soil

July 21st, 2010

By Harriet Blake Green Right Now Count yourself lucky if you live in a part of the country that has rich organic soil. Dirt in the Midwest and Mid Atlantic states tends to be easy to work with, while soil in warmer, drier Southwestern states requires some help. However, even if you live in an area with hard-to-work clay [...]

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What you need to know: Composting

March 15th, 2010

By Chris Reinolds

Composting can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. From piling green and brown things in a corner of the yard

Most compost bins need aeration, like this metal mesh enclosure. (Photo: Bureau of Environmental Services, Howard County, Md.)

Compost bins need aeration, like this metal mesh enclosure. (Photo: Bureau of Environmental Services, Howard County, Md.)

to buying that perfect compost bin, you’ll generate the same end result. Those of us who turn and nurture our piles can expect more compost in a faster time period, but regardless our gardens will benefit from a little or a lot.

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NYC Pizzeria Roberta’s reuses, recycles and grows its own food

February 1st, 2010

By Sommer Saadi
Green Right Now

New Yorkers have gotten pretty good at finding new places to grow plants: rooftops in Brooklyn, abandoned rail lines in Manhattan, and now they’re conquering the tops of old shipping containers.

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Harris Poll finds many Americans are actively green, others have not signed up

October 13th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

The latest Harris Poll on green behavior in America is a good news/bad news story.

The good news: Most people have done something that’s green, by recycling a computer or cell phone; switching to tap water from bottled; made their home more energy efficient in some way.

The bad news: Only a tiny fraction of US residents (2 percent) own hybrid cars and vast numbers of people have not “engaged” in most of the green activities the survey asked about, like for example composting (only 17 percent do), walking or biking to work (15 percent), or even getting a low flow shower head (17 percent).

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Plano’s Live Green program, a Texas suburb embraces sustainable ways

February 19th, 2009

By Harriet Blake

Plano, Texas, a sprawling suburb north of Dallas known for its fine homes, strong schools and high ambitions, is carving out a new facet of its reputation, that of the greenest city in North Texas.

Two years ago, the city of 260,000 introduced Live Green in Plano, a sustainability initiative that encourages its citizens to be good stewards of the environment. “We’re setting the standard in Texas, with our scope of programs and services offered,” says spokesperson Melinda Haggerty.

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It's autumn, leave those leaves!

October 6th, 2008

By Kelly Rondeau

The smell of autumn permeates the air. The cool, crisp weather signals fall’s annual crimson-colored foliage. For many an avid lawn keeper, the harvest season often means returning to the never-ending chore of raking and bagging leaves, then setting them at curbside for the weekly garbage haul-off. But stop right there.

Leaves are packed full of nutrients! Under normal growing conditions — with varied values, based on the source and condition of each tree — leaves are jam-packed with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, chloride, boron, iron, sodium, copper, and zinc. To simply rake and bag them up, only to be hauled off to the garbage landfill is a total waste of nature’s vast supply of rich nutrients, perfect for replenishing the soil.

So how do you go green in the fall? Start the process by not throwing away your leaves. There are alternatives. Mowing leaves, then mulching, and composting are the most effective way to reuse and recycle leaf mixtures. In addition, leaves can be used for overall soil improvement, directly working them into garden and flowerbed soils by tilling them in.

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The "Go Green Initiative" helps teachers, parents and kids green their campus

September 12th, 2008

By Kelly Rondeau

It’s back to the books for kids across America and going green in the classroom has never been so easy. With the help of a popular program called the Go Green Initiative, teachers have quick and simple access online to all the tools and resources needed to green a classroom, an entire school, or even a school-district.

Serving as the charter and flagship school for the Go Green Initiative, Walnut Grove Elementary School, in Pleasanton, Calif., first found out about the program in 2002 when Jill Buck, a mother of three, and PTA president, got creative and began asking “What else could we do to go green?”

“The school was doing some gardening, composting and recycling, but I wanted to do more, so I sat down at my kitchen table and started writing up the initiative,” said Ms. Buck (pictured left). “That was in 2002, and since then the program has just grown and grown: we’re now operating in all 50 states in the US, we’re in 13 countries, and on 4 continents; our website gets over 2 million hits a month; it’s an amazing program. Schools are finding us on the Internet and simply by word of mouth.”

Walnut Grove’s principal, Bill Radulovich, comments, “It all started here on my campus, as Jill (Buck) was my PTA president. As the charter school for this program, she first starting designing ideas to partner with waste management to help us with recycling waste, and that grew into networking and working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds that are distributed to different programs.

“Where once we had cardboard boxes to hold are recycling items, we now have huge 55-gallon gobblers, these huge barrels with slots that are really cool. She helped us gain more methods in the form of recycling and reusing and how to be more efficient overall.”

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Composting: Don't be squeamish, give scraps a second life

April 15th, 2008

By Harriet Blake Your first reaction might be YUCK. Composting is not for the squeamish among us. The definition alone is enough to turn you off: the aeorobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter, performed by aerobic bacteria, yeasts and fungi and in the later stages, assisted by ants, nematodes and worms. Organic gardening expert Howard [...]

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Composters, dig in, there are lots of choices

April 15th, 2008

By Barbara Kessler Manufacturers have pounced on the composting trend, giving you, the consumer, many choices for how you want to recycle your kitchen and garden waste. Here are a few: This Tumbleweed Compost Bin was Member Tested and Recommended by the National Home Gardening Club, according to Clean Air Gardening, an online store that [...]

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