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[ For Old Electronics: Don’t Think Trash. Think e-Cycling ]

In 2013 each American household owned on average 28 electronic devices, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. But with advancing technology, sleeker, shinier and faster cell phones, computers, tablets, mp3 players and televisions are finding their way onto many holiday gift lists. And into the hands of American consumers.

But what about the old ones that are still perfectly functional? Think e-Cycle.

Rather than making products from scratch, recycling electronics keeps harmful toxins out of landfills, recovers valuable materials that can be reused, conserves virgin resources and results in lower emissions, including greenhouse gases which contributes to climate change.…

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[ Almost Like a Gift from Sandy ]

New York’s polluted Great South Bay is benefitting from a breach on Fire Island caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. According to a Reuters news article, the breach “…is allowing the Atlantic Ocean to surge in and out of the bay, and the water near the breach is cleaner, with more plentiful fish, than it has been in decades.” Hopefully the National Park Service will allow this breach, located in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, to remain open.…

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[ Don’t Trash Your Old Clothes ]

We all try to find ways to get more money back on our taxes.  One way is making a donation to a charity.  With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to clean out your closet and donate your old clothes.  Fleece, flannel, corduroy, cotton, nylon, denim, wool, and linen. All of these textiles can be donated when you’re finished wearing them, sleeping on them, or draping them over your windows.  Donating these items benefits your community and the environment. …

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[ First Commercially Available Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Hit the Street ]

Fuel cell electric vehicles are now available in the United States!  Offering completely zero emissions, these passenger vehicles have the driving range, ease of refueling, and performance of today’s gasoline vehicle. Originally used for space applications, fuel cells work like batteries, but they do not run down or need recharging. They produce electricity and heat as long as fuel is supplied.  Fuel cells produce electrical power without any combustion or carbon emissions and operate on fuels like hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.…

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[ DIY Waste Audit ]

recycleThe New Year will soon be here & with that comes resolutions.  I saw this article about a DIY waste audit and it got me thinking that this New Year a great resolution to make would be to generate less waste.  In order to do that, you would have to first do a waste audit.  It’s an easy and effective way to measure what you’re producing. When it’s completed you’ll have a better understanding of the waste you create and how to reduce it. …

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[ Eagles Fans Swoop In with “Green Light” Foods for Hungry Neighbors ]

The Philadelphia Eagles just wrapped up a month-long online food drive in which fans could purchase healthy foods of their choice that will stock two sites known as Green Light Pantries.

Laura Wall, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says these pantries stock only healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat meats and fish.

“We’ve got almost 3,300 pounds of food, so that’s going to serve the two Green Light Food Pantries for several months,” she says.…

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[ Poachers have African giraffes on the verge of extinction ]

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation says there were 140,000 giraffes 15 years ago. Now, their numbers are down to 80,000.giraffe

African giraffes are in danger of becoming extinct.

Hunting and poaching have decimated the continent’s giraffe population by about 40 percent, according to one estimate. There are now only about 80,000 of the animals currently in the wild.

As recently as 15 years ago, there were roughly 140,000 giraffes in Africa, according to a Giraffe Conservation Foundation study.

“People love giraffes, but they’re being taken for granted,” Dr Julian Fennessy, the world’s only full-time giraffe conservationist, told the Times of London.…

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[ Iowa Governor Brushes Off Cher Comments On Hogs ]

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is brushing off entertainer Cher’s criticism about hog crates.

Cher posted a message on Twitter Tuesday asking why Iowa farmers “torture pigs” in narrow gestation crates, and calling New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a “bully” for his stance on the issue.

Christie recently vetoed legislation outlawing gestation crates in New Jersey. New Jersey has few hogs, but some argue that Christie is influenced by the early voting status of Iowa, a state that raises more than 20 million hogs annually.

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[ Taking Energy Efficient Measures Now Can Loosen Winter’s Grip on Your Home, Wallet ]

If this winter is anything like last year’s, brace yourself for some high heating bills again. One way to lessen the squeeze on your wallet is by taking steps to make your home more energy efficient. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program offers energy and money-saving changes people can begin to make today.

Homeowners can start out by using ENERGY STAR’s Home Energy Yardstick, a free online home energy efficiency assessment tool. With information on the last 12 months of utility bills, the home’s square footage, and ZIP code, the Yardstick will tell a homeowner how their home’s energy efficiency compares with similar homes on a 1-10 scale (with 10 being the most efficient).…

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[ Obama Administration Selects 26 Communities to Develop Local Food Projects, Encourage Economic Expansion ]

Local Foods, Local Places Initiative encourages creative economic development in 26 communities in 19 states

Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support  to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically identified local food projects.…

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[ Green Gift Guide ]

Gifting is a powerful element to inspire others with our choice of gifts and introduce our family and friends to solutions that demonstrate that avoidance of single-use plastic alternatives is possible and desirable. There are alternatives! Discovering that the concept of choosing reusable products is gaining popularity shows that sharing our solutions with others can help speed up the process of this trend, resulting in the increased reduction of our collective trash footprint.

So just in time for the gift giving season, GlassDharma has come up with a great list of eco-friendly gifts ranging in price from $5.00 to under $50.00.…
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[ Recyclemania! ]

College students: get your school to participate in a friendly, annual competition to see who can recycle the most on campus. EPA’s Wastewise is a partner organization. Registration is now open to participate in the 2015 Recyclemania, which begins February 1. http://recyclemaniacs.org

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[ Expectations for Gov-Elect Wolf to Protect Air and Water Quality ]

Governor-elect Tom Wolf will take office in time to oversee implementation of the Clean Power Plan, initiated by the Obama administration but developed by each state to address its own energy mix. Cindy Dunn, president and CEO with Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, says the plan is pragmatic and do-able and could benefit the state.

“The public’s spoken and they’re really looking to Tom Wolf to provide much-needed oversight of the natural gas industry with the clear expectation he develop strong environmental regulations like he has discussed to tackle, specifically, methane pollution,” Dunn says.…

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[ PA Voters Want Congressional Action on Renewable Energy ]

When the new Congress is inaugurated in January, Pennsylvania voters of all political persuasions are hoping for action on clean and renewable energy, according to a Hart Research poll commissioned by the Sierra Club.

The state already has several programs in place, such as financial incentives for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and the new poll shows that support for more programs is widespread, says Melissa Williams, national political director for the Sierra Club.

“Support for this plan is extremely high, and it includes large majorities of Independents and many Republicans,” she says.…

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[ Lehigh County Community Found With Extremely High Radon Levels ]

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is urging residents in the Center Valley area of Lehigh County to have their homes tested for radon. This comes after recent tests by the department and a DEP-certified laboratory revealed that several homes in that area have record high levels.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter a home through cracks in the foundation or other openings. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Pennsylvania and causes about 20,000 lung-cancer deaths in the U.S.…

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[ EPA Names 2014 Green Power Leaders ]

The agency recognizes leading organizations, businesses in Calif., Colo., Mich., N.J., N.H., Okla., Ore., Pa., Tenn., Va., Wash., Wis.

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and four suppliers across the country—including the cities of Philadelphia and Las Vegas, Apple, Kohl’s, and Trek Bicycle Corporation–for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change.

“By using more than 7.6 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, these communities, businesses, and organizations are leading the way in cutting U.S.…

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[ Is There A Crazy Amount of BPA In Cash Register Receipts? ]

I saw this story recently from the Sierra Club regarding BPA in cash register receipts.  I couldn’t believe what they found!  It’s going to make me think twice about grabbing my receipts.  Read below to find out more:

Ever since early exposes showed the endocrine-system-disrupting effects of the industrial chemical BPA, manufacturers have discontinued its use in water bottles, baby bottle, and binkies. (That’s why everyone drinks their water out of metal containers these days.) In estimating human exposure to the chemical these days, federal regulators assume that the main source of exposure to BPA is from food and beverage packaging.…

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[ What’s Your Climate Personality? ]

Take a few minutes out of your day today and take the EPA’s fun climate quiz!  You can share your results and find out what you can do to protect our planet.  You never know, you just might be a climate superstar!

http://www2.epa.gov/home/are-you-climate-ready

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[ EPA: Every American, Business and Community Can Play a Role in Increasing Rate of Recycling ]

In advance of America Recycles Day, on November 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls on communities, businesses, and individuals to leave the next generation a cleaner, safer and more stable world. The simple act of recycling reduces our country’s energy consumption, decreases our greenhouse gas emissions, and conserves our natural resources.  This year, on America Recycles Day, we celebrate all who do their part to build a more prosperous and sustainable future by raising the national recycling rate and instilling this responsibility in our youngest Americans.…

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[ United States Reaches Settlement with Hyundai and Kia in Historic Greenhouse Gas Enforcement Case ]

Hyundai and Kia to pay record $100 million penalty for selling vehicles that emit more greenhouse gases than automakers certified to EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced an historic settlement with the automakers Hyundai and Kia that will resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations based on their sale of close to 1.2 million vehicles that will emit approximately 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in excess of what the automakers certified to EPA.…

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