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Have an Eco Friendly Thanksgiving
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Have an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving! The time of year is approaching again to gather with family and friends and share your thanks over a big meal. Yes, Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner! While this season is usually a time to celebrate the land and its offerings, it can also be a time to give our respect back to the environment. Below are some ideas to make this...

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Halloween Ideas
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Halloween Ideas Thinking of making your Halloween eco-friendly this year? Hopefully the answer is “Yes!” Every October, millions of Americans spend billions of dollars preparing for Halloween. We head out to stores to stock up on candy, costumes, decorations, and other party supplies. Sadly, most of the Halloween goods we buy are not very eco-friendly—and...

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Eco Holidays
Monday, 19 December 2016
Eco Holidays The holiday season is upon us and with its cheer and merriment comes gifts, wish lists, and preparing for holiday parties. While in holiday mode it's important to be vigilant about how many more products we are using during this season. The holiday season can be fun and we can still be eco-friendly at the same time...

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Green Tips
Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Green Tips Here’s your green holiday season guide—the new twelve days of whatever you celebrate! It’s December and the holidays are upon us. Here's to hoping that Santa will bring all of us what we really need: Enough courage and compassion to do something for the environment! To help you celebrate the holidays in eco-friendly fashion, I’ve come up with green...

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China Trip
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
China Trip My last memories of Beijing, China were of blue skies and celebration in the summer of 2008. As many of you may remember, Beijing hosted the 2008 summer Olympics, bringing people from every nation together in the hustle and bustle of the capital of China. With a reputation for having very bad air pollution, the Chinese government ceased major industrial production...

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Top New Year Resolutions
Wednesday, 04 January 2012
Top New Year Resolutions The events of 2011 tested the resolve of environmentalists everywhere. The year was full of reminders of the kind of resolution it will take to continue to gain small environmental victories in 2012, but it was also full of events that should inspire us as we consider new resolutions...

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Green Yoga
Monday, 05 December 2011
Green Yoga From crow pose to tree pose, yoga evokes a physical and spiritual connection with nature. Through the concepts of karma and ahimsa, yoga teaches that every action – no matter how small – has consequences. By challenging yogis to mind their breaths, the practice fosters an awareness...

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Environmental Calculator
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Environmental Calculator How exactly do your daily actions impact the environment? What if everyone lived like you? Find out by playing with one of the dozens of eco-calculators available for free online! The most popular calculators determine your environmental footprint, which is a measure of how much land area it takes to support your lifestyle. According to the...

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Nature For kids
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Nature For kids Children are suffering from nature-deficit disorder. “I like to play indoors better, 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are,” a fourth grader in San Diego once told Richard Louv, author of The Last Child in the Woods. Instead of playing in the sun, children are exploring virtual worlds—television, computers, and mobile phones, just...

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Sustainable Living
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Sustainable Living I recently read a question posted on the Greeniacs Forum page that essentially asked, “how green are you willing to go?” I find this question intriguing—why would I feel uncomfortable doing some things but not others? My response is twofold: societal pressures and legal pressures, which undoubtedly go hand in hand. Laws are in place to enforce...

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Green Singles
Wednesday, 09 February 2011
Green Singles Looking to rev up your social life in 2011? If you are a green-minded single looking to meet other green-minded singles, here are some ideas to get your eco-mingling on! Try volunteering with a local environmental organization to look for a date with similar goals! Volunteering together to plant trees or clean up the local creek can benefit...

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Community Service
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Community Service Community service is a great way for people to give back to their community while supporting causes near and dear to them. It is also a great way to meet other like-minded individuals. Sometimes community service is a job or school requirement, and in such cases it is best to get involved in something you are truly passionate about so it is...

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Keeping Warm This Winter
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Keeping Warm This Winter Since the winter months started rolling around I have been digging out my old sweaters, scarves, and other winter garb from the bottom of my closet. For years I have been avoiding my thermostat to keep myself from cranking up the heat. Not everyone can do this, however, and heaters cause huge spikes in our energy usage every year around this...

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The Fourth R Rethink
Tuesday, 06 July 2010
The Fourth R: Rethink! Someone has suggested a fourth R in the waste hierarchy: reduce, reuse, recycle, and RETHINK. A few days ago, thumbing through a magazine, I read a letter to the editor from a woman who complained: “Please stop putting ‘green’ articles in your magazine. They’re a dime a dozen.” I had to agree with her, even though I’m “guilty” of writing...

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Take A Green Vacation
Thursday, 01 April 2010
Take A Green Vacation! It’s Spring Vacation time, which gets me in the mood to plan a trip. Home or abroad, I’m still the same person who can’t bring herself to toss a pop can. Why should I leave my green ways behind me just because I’m traveling? Green vacationing means choosing activities that have less impact on the planet: staying closer to home, driving...

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Pop Culture
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Pop Culture The Greenest Characters in Pop Culture… Let’s take a look at some of the most enduring environmental figures in American pop culture. They are the products of imagination that brought environmental awareness to those too busy, or lazy, to pick up a copy of Silent Spring...

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Green Reading
Thursday, 11 February 2010
 Green Reading I know February might seem a little early for a Summer Reading List, but consider it preparation for global warming. Combine the chronologically organized works below with this Greeniacs article, and you will have more than enough books to bury your head into as the summers get longer and hotter…

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New Year’s Resolutions
Monday, 25 January 2010
New Year’s Resolutions Are you a New Year’s resolution-maker? Well, in 2010, countries across the world are making environmental sustainability resolutions! With the recent world climate conference in Copenhagen setting the precedent for a more environmentally progressive future world, many countries are implementing goals to limit their...

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How to Realign Your Lifestyle Using Eco Principles
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
How to Realign Your Lifestyle Using Eco-Principles With our global emphasis on green and sustainable living, many people are actively doing their part to engage in “green acts”. Whether it’s recycling, toting reusable grocery bags, there are a number of ways to engage yourself in balanced living. Step 1 to realigning your lifestyle using eco-principles is to begin seeing differently. See...

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Voluntary Simplicity
Wednesday, 06 January 2010
Voluntary Simplicity Americans are buying bigger houses, accumulating more products, upgrading continuously, working longer hours, being more productive, and becoming more in debt than ever before. In response, the voluntary simplicity movement emerged, driven by a fairly simple goal: rebelling against the consumerist culture of excess that had...

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Your Mother Was Right
Monday, 28 December 2009
Your Mother Was Right Everyone hates being told “I told you so”, and most women also hate thinking their mother was right. However, on stepping upon the threshold of 30, and with my mother now in her early sixties, I can’t help but notice that on a good day, she looks not more than maybe only five or ten years older...

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Ecotourism
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Ecotourism Is ecotourism really eco-friendly? The travel and tourism industry is the largest sector of the world business economy and is responsible for over 230 million jobs and more than 10% of the gross domestic product worldwide. Tourism is especially important to developing countries: according to the Global Ecotourism Factsheet, “for the world’s...

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My Holiday
Monday, 21 December 2009
My Holiday May Your Holidays be Green… The holiday season is one of America’s most excessive and extravagant times of year. However, I do confess, there is something about this time that sends chills of joy through me. It is a combination of the lights, people buzzing along the streets, Christmas trees and menorahs lit up all over town, great...

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Green Your 2009 Holiday Season
Friday, 11 December 2009
 Green Your 2009 Holiday Season! The holiday season is here! The 2009 holiday season not only marks the end of another year, but it also marks the end of a decade—a decade that has finally made the environment a priority. Global warming has been coined the word of the decade, major climate negotiations are currently taking place in Copenhagen, green technology...

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Eco Winter Wonderland
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Eco Winter Wonderland While most people go into hibernation mode during winter, wanting nothing more than to curl up around a fire with hot coco, there are those of us who start going slightly delirious at the thought of being caged in for the cold winter months. However, unless you’re in the Arctic, there’s no reason why you have to induce self imprisonment during...

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Thanksgiving Surviving it in Green Style
Friday, 06 November 2009
Thanksgiving: Surviving it in Green Style Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this year we have a few green additions to our family. With my newly turned eco leaf and with one of our family members going vegetarian, this year Thanksgiving presents a whole new set of challenges.
But the idea of a green or even a vegetarian Thanksgiving seems like blasphemy...

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Overpopulation
Wednesday, 07 October 2009
Overpopulation All environmentalists want to curb the effects of wasteful and damaging human activity on the environment, but some environmentalists believe the root of major environmental problems is simply the rapid growth in the number of humans on Earth. This phenomenon is otherwise known as overpopulation. As demonstrated by the recent food...

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Spiritual Sustainability
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Spiritual Sustainability They say people in glass homes shouldn’t throw stones. Well, this is one glass home you’re not likely to find a squabbling pair in. In 1984, Buddhist monks in Thailand began gathering bottles to decorate their shelters. The interest not only attracted a lot of tourists but also resulted in a flood of donated bottles to...

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New or Used
Sunday, 30 August 2009
New or Used Fortunately, nowadays it is much easier to make eco-friendly lifestyle choices than, let's say, 20 years ago. Whether it is the car you drive, the oven you use, the clothes you wear, or even the everyday products you buy, there is a green alternative. I have made many changes in my life for the environment, but one question that still lingers...

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Back to School Green Style Add the 3 Rs to Your ABCs
Monday, 10 August 2009
Back to School Green Style: Add the 3 Rs to Your ABCs Back to school shopping is always a feeding frenzy. I’m in a hurry, and with each daughter insisting that she “needs” the hot pink erasers or the cute Post-It Notes, I end up tossing stuff willy-nilly into the cart and making my escape. One way to stop the feeding frenzy is to follow that tried and true formula: the three Rs. The first R means...

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Illegal Drugs and the Environment
Thursday, 09 July 2009
Illegal Drugs and the Environment Illegal drugs are a well-known menace to society. The social impacts and the effects that they have on the body are widely known. However, when thinking about the illegal drug industry, the environmental impact of producing these drugs is often overlooked. The most commonly abused drugs—marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin—also pose...

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New Urbanism
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
New Urbanism What is New Urbanism? New Urbanism is a recent trend in city planning that developed in the last few decades. The basic premise of New Urban neighborhoods is a rejection of all the environmental and social consequences of suburban sprawl. While originally a solution to housing congestion in cities, sprawl is now creating many more problems of its own...

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Summertime Live a Green Lifestyle
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Summertime: Live a Green Lifestyle A green lifestyle is an ethical commitment to conservation - or just simply a greater awareness of what we're consuming and what impact we have on our environment. Over the last few years, with the rise of a 'green' trend, we've seen a lot more companies not only catering to the green market, but making it easier to consumers to be educate...

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Treasure Island Music Festival Goes Green
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Treasure Island Music Festival Goes Green This festival was very green friendly displaying an awareness of helping the environment by providing compost and recycling trash bins throughout the festival, using solar panels to power the “Tunnel Stage,” offering a recycling store to accept used bottle, cans, plastic cups, and old cell phones in exchange for different prizes such as Vitamin...

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Making Your Wedding More Eco Friendly
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
 Making Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly Want to watch your environmental impact but still have a fantastic wedding day celebration? Couples all over the world are making it happen by finding simple ways to “green” their weddings. From invitations to wedding attire, there are many easy and low cost ways to keep your nuptial celebrations eco-friendly. While there are “green wedding...

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College Campus Environmental Movements
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
 College Campus Environmental Movements Purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs), installing solar panels, holding environmental rallies, and demanding organic and local food are just a few things that campus environmental groups around the nation have been up to. From small community colleges to big universities, students at campuses across the United States are joining...

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My Organic Lifestyle
Sunday, 17 May 2009
My Organic Lifestyle As a child growing up in the Midwest, I was able to enjoy the luxuries of our seasonal vegetable garden and other fresh produce from local farms. I remember picking fresh berries on our camping trips to Lake Michigan and eating snap peas or cherry tomatoes directly from the vine in my backyard. I rarely considered washing these fresh picks...

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A Vegetarian Perspective
Tuesday, 05 May 2009
A Vegetarian Perspective For the greater half of my life, my daily diet has been vegetarian. My middle school years turned me onto the animal rights movement, causing me to dismiss red meat, and then white meat, and finally any form of seafood. As I got older, my taste for eggs and most dairy products began to fade, but I have yet to give up cheese and chocolate...

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Plastic Bags How Ive Said Goodbye
Monday, 27 April 2009
Plastic Bags: How I’ve Said Goodbye! Many years ago, as I was moving out of my college apartment in Boulder, Colorado, I was faced with a devastating decision. Did I really have to throw the loads of plastic bags that were shoved into one of my kitchen drawers in the garbage? It didn’t seem right to me. Not only was it dumbfounding that an eco-conscious town like Boulder...

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10 Easy Eco Changes
Thursday, 02 April 2009
10 Easy Eco Changes! In the past few years, we've discovered so many different ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. Everyone wants to go green, but not everyone has the time, money, and effort to do everything. Fortunately, changing just a few of these little habits can make a huge difference. Here are the top ten easiest (and cheapest) things you can do to go green...

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Working out Green Style No Gym Required
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Working out Green Style, No Gym Required! Too often human adulthood is comparable to a hamster running on a wheel. The routine of every day life seems to fall into the get up, go to work, go to the gym, make dinner, watch TV, go to sleep mode, leading to an unshakable cycle that comprises your life. This austerely-put realization should not be depressing in any way, it should propel you...

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Colleges The Green Trend Emerges
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Colleges: The Green Trend Emerges Choosing a college or university can feel like a full-time job. There are thousands of schools in the United States—each with its own claim to fame. Prospective students are forced to search through a pool of schools to find one that they can identify with and receive their desired education from. If the environment is a top priority, a new...

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Valentines Day Add Some Green to Yours
Thursday, 05 February 2009
Valentine’s Day: Add Some Green to Yours! The month of February brings us Valentine’s Day-that [sometimes] dreaded holiday of pressure and expectations. Whether you are single or coupled up, Valentine’s Day offers the tradition of card giving, flowers, chocolates, dinner, and of course, romance. Instead of stressing about how to make a dozen red roses or a heart-shaped box of chocolates...

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Holiday Season Make it a Green
Monday, 08 December 2008
Holiday Season: Make it a Green! Wow, it is already December! Holiday season is upon us. Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the New Year, or another holiday that you are celebrating, December is a month of giving, sharing, and consumption. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, in the United States we add an additional 1 million tons of garbage waste per week. Food...

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Celebrities Getting Green
Friday, 21 November 2008
Celebrities Getting Green Celebrities have become the bread and butter of our weekly news, whether we or they like it or not. Although tabloids usually focus on relationship status or weight and style changes, celebs do a lot of good for the environment that deserves positive attention. These aren't just famous people who pay thousands of dollars to attend an...

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Gyms Get Sustainable
Friday, 21 November 2008
Gyms Get Sustainable! Green gyms are popping up all over the world. It's no surprise that yet another kind of building is “going green”. How are green gyms any different? A unique and key feature of green gyms is that they can actually use the energy generated from people exercising and use that to power their facilities. The problem most health clubs...

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Bicycle Sharing Coming to a City Near You
Monday, 21 July 2008
Bicycle Sharing Coming to a City Near You? Imagine a world where everyone has access to a bicycle. In this world the air is cleaner, the cities are quieter, and everyone has a smile on their face. This vision (or something like it) may soon be realized in Washington, D.C. through a bicycle sharing program called “SmartBike DC.”...

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