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Go Green! 50 Actions You Can Take Today

From DisneyFamily.com:

What can you and your family do to be kind to the environment TODAY? Here are 50 simple, earth-friendly actions.


  1. Buy eco! Super cool and environmentally friendly shoes, purses, skateboard earrings, platters, picture frames, batteries, cars, and more are readily available these days
  2. Recycle electronics, including computers, printers, cd players, and toys
  3. Build a garden using native plants
  4. Incorporate Integrated Pest Management practices into your garden
  5. Buy groceries in bulk
  6. Take a reusable bag to the grocery store
  7. Ride a bicycle to work or to take care of errands around town
  8. Watch environmentally themed movies such as Sacred Planet
  9. Carry a reusable mug, everywhere
  10. Use recycled-content copy paper

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How to Compost Almost Anything

From The Daily Green:

Composting is the ultimate act of green frugality, turning unwanted organic material into rich humus for use in the garden rather than sealing it in plastic trash bags to spend eternity in a landfill. But for some of us, composting is something even more special – a hobby, a passion, almost a religion. I’ve even named my beloved compost pile; “Gomer,” as in Gomer Pyle (get it?).

As compost enthusiasts say, “A rind is a terrible thing to waste.” But composting fruit and veggie rinds and other trimmings, along with leaves, grass clippings, shredded paper and cardboard is only the beginning. Here are some compostable items you might not think about:

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Really Free Market to be held Saturday

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Friday, May 21, 2010:

Recycling expands for Chugiak and Eagle River

From The Alaska Star, Wednesday, May 19, 2010:

Alaska Waste and the municipality of Anchorage’s landfill announced two major improvements to recycling in Chugiak-Eagle River on May 13.

The landfill’s renovated recycling center now accepts plastic and is expanded for ease of use, and Alaska Waste is offering subscription curbside recycling to an additional 6,500 households in Eagle River and Chugiak. Alaska Waste first made curbside recycling available in Eagle River to 1,600 customers in June 2008, with a current subscription rate of about 19 percent, according to recycling coordinator Katy Suddock.

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Homer teens lobby for greener habits at school

From The Homer Tribune, Saturday, May 8, 2010:
The girls responsible for changing things around ecologically get to see the fruits of their work daily when they eat lunch at Homer Middle School.

Amid a year of many awards and recognitions for their community projects, the girls added another: A Presidential Environmental Youth Award for Region 10, which includes Alaska, Washington and Oregon. They will receive their award on a trip to Washington D.C. later this month.

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Mother's Day Tips: 10 Ways to Repurpose a Vase

From eBay Green Team:

Like many dutiful husbands, my husband sees to it that I get flowers delivered to me on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. I love how the smell of the flowers fills the house and brightens my dining room table. While the flowers themselves only last a week or two before wilting and turning brown, the glass vases they come in accumulate on top of my china cabinet, gathering dust. They’re too nice to throw away, but what am I supposed to do with a motley assortment of cheap glass vases?

If you have a few random vases that you’re not sure what to do with, here are ten ways you can put them to good use.

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University of Alaska Fairbanks student helps campus go green

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Monday, May 3, 2010:

If Michael Golub isn’t readying cars to run on electricity there’s a chance he’s spending his time on bigger conservation projects. 

Golub is one of a handful of staff, faculty and students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks working on an emerging, student-initiated directive to make the campus greener. 

Golub had been converting vehicles to run on batteries when last year students approved a fee to improve energy efficiency and conservation, and invest in renewable energy. 

That money, matched by campus administrators, could mean close to a half million dollars per year during the next decade. The task of deciphering the 2009 student vote and putting that interpretation into motion has fallen to elected and administrative student leaders. 

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How to Go Green: Spring Cleaning

From Planet Green:

Throwing open the windows on the first warm day of the year is one of life’s great pleasures—until, of course, all that sunlight and breeze makes you realize how dusty, dirty, and cluttered your house has become during the winter hibernation. Even the messiest among us get the urge for spring cleaning—and though we don’t all act on it, those of us who do should keep the annual scrub-down as green as possible.

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Do we really need so much stuff?

From TODAYshow.com:

Sure, slipping on a cute new pair of boots feels good, but how long does that mood lift last? And how long will those boots last in your closet – and on this planet? GreenDAY’s Marisa Belger considered the hidden costs of her own belongings on a journey toward conscious consumption. Here’s what she found.


Europe Finds Clean Energy in Trash, but U.S. Lags

From The New York Times, Monday, April 12, 2010:

The lawyers and engineers who dwell in an elegant enclave here are at peace with the hulking neighbor just over the back fence: a vast energy plant that burns thousands of tons of household garbage and industrial waste, round the clock.

Far cleaner than conventional incinerators, this new type of plant converts local trash into heat and electricity. Dozens of filters catch pollutants, from mercury to dioxin, that would have emerged from its smokestack only a decade ago.

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