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A living vertical salad bar in a break room in the Texas A&M AgriLife Center in Dallas.
02/24/2020
Urban agriculture and nutritious food production

A living vertical salad bar in a break room in the Texas A&M AgriLife Center in Dallas.

DALLAS, Texas -- A living, vertical salad bar in the employee break room is more than just a novelty at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at...

There are many benefits to trees.
02/22/2020
Top 22 Benefits of Trees

There are many benefits to trees.

Learn more about why we need to plant and care for trees.

China is reducing production and use of single-use plastics.
02/22/2020
China plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2025

China is reducing production and use of single-use plastics.

Find out more about China's move to ban single-use plastics by 2025 and the impact this will have on the plastic waste crisis across the planet.

How much energy can the average family save per year by switching to WaterSense labeled showerheads? 120 kWh250 kWh330 k...
02/19/2020
The WaterSense Current: Winter 2020 | US EPA

How much energy can the average family save per year by switching to WaterSense labeled showerheads?
120 kWh
250 kWh
330 kWh
See the answer in WaterSense Current.

The WaterSense Current is a quarterly update dedicated to news and events related to WaterSense.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
02/18/2020
Sustainable Development Goals | UNDP

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

You can help wildlife by switching to toilet paper made from recycled materials. Healesville Sanctury, Victoria, Austral...
02/18/2020

You can help wildlife by switching to toilet paper made from recycled materials. Healesville Sanctury, Victoria, Australia

The natural beauty of Doubtful Sound.
02/15/2020

The natural beauty of Doubtful Sound.

Researchers examined the "waggle dance" of bees and discovered that bees prefer strawberries over fields of oil see rape...
02/14/2020
Dance of the honey bee reveals fondness for strawberries

Researchers examined the "waggle dance" of bees and discovered that bees prefer strawberries over fields of oil see rape.

GOTTINGEN, Germany -- Bees are pollinators of many wild and crop plants, but in many places their diversity and density is declining. A research team...

USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists found that essential oils from Italian honeysuckle killed 100 percent of m...
02/13/2020
Honeysuckle scent controls mosquitoes

USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists found that essential oils from Italian honeysuckle killed 100 percent of mosquito larvae.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The delicate scent of honeysuckle also packs a powerful punch when it comes to knocking out the larvae of mosquitoes, including Aedes...

Harvard researchers found that in addition to energy-saving benefits, Green certified buildings are delivering billions ...
02/12/2020
The impact of green buildings on cognitive function

Harvard researchers found that in addition to energy-saving benefits, Green certified buildings are delivering billions of dollars in health and climate benefits.

Researchers from Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment on how green buildings positively affect health, cognitive function.

02/11/2020
The New Plastics Economy

The New Plastics Economy is a 3-year initiative to build momentum towards a plastics system that works.

The New Plastics Economy (NPEC): www.newplasticseconomy.org The New Plastics Economy is an ambitious, three-year initiative to build momentum towards a plastics…

Exciting trends in gardening. People who contact Extension offices are asking for information on things like growing nat...
02/10/2020
Gardening trends for 2020? Unconventional, sustainable

Exciting trends in gardening. People who contact Extension offices are asking for information on things like growing native plants, and edible landscapes.

WASHINGTON -- Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by...

The Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is dedicated to native New Zealand plants.
02/10/2020

The Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is dedicated to native New Zealand plants.

Biosolids in sewage are rich in nutrients that makes great fertilizer; however, they are often contaminated with toxic h...
02/09/2020
Microwaving sewage may make it safe to use as fertilizer

Biosolids in sewage are rich in nutrients that makes great fertilizer; however, they are often contaminated with toxic heavy metals like arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium. Researchers have found that they can remove 50% of the heavy metals by microwaving. They continue to work to remove more of the heavy metals.

TALLAHASSEE (THE CONVERSATION) -- My team has discovered another use for microwave ovens that will surprise you. Biosolids – primarily dead bacteria – from sewage...

Some of the oldest forests are in New Zealand can be found around in Wellington Botanical Gardens.
02/09/2020

Some of the oldest forests are in New Zealand can be found around in Wellington Botanical Gardens.

Have you thought about eating bugs? They are a delicacy in parts of the world and have good nutritional value.
02/08/2020
Tasting DR Congo's insect delicacies

Have you thought about eating bugs? They are a delicacy in parts of the world and have good nutritional value.

Insects can be an eco-friendly alternative to meat and have long been part of DR Congo's cuisine.

Major producer of electricity in New Zealand.
02/08/2020

Major producer of electricity in New Zealand.

Since the 1880s the solver fern has symbolized New Zealand. The silver underside has been used to light the way at night...
02/06/2020

Since the 1880s the solver fern has symbolized New Zealand. The silver underside has been used to light the way at night. The moonlight bounces off the fronds. Very cool.

I visited a beautiful private garden near Auckland, New Zealand. Ayrlies has an outstanding collection of native New Zea...
02/05/2020

I visited a beautiful private garden near Auckland, New Zealand. Ayrlies has an outstanding collection of native New Zealand plants, including the silver fern. It’s been very dry there, but they will let the grass turn brown rather than add water. We can learn a lot from their gardening practices.

https://ayrlies.co.nz/home/

Smart condos in Toronto are helping homeowners reduce energy. The heating and air adjust when you go to work. The water ...
02/03/2020
Smart condos give lessons in green living

Smart condos in Toronto are helping homeowners reduce energy. The heating and air adjust when you go to work. The water system sends you a text when a pipe is leaking. A

A range of green tech solutions – from AI-controlled heating systems to water monitors that text you when there’s trouble – are helping homeowners power down.

Have you heard of the Earthship homes in New Mexico? Very innovative designs that don't use outside power.
02/01/2020
Taos 'Earthship' Community Highlights Sustainable Living

Have you heard of the Earthship homes in New Mexico? Very innovative designs that don't use outside power.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — It’s 29 degrees in Taos this early morning in late December when Kate Noonan walks out of EVE to start up her car.

Tips from a Berkley student about changes you can make to help the planet.
01/31/2020
7 steps we as students can make toward sustainable living

Tips from a Berkley student about changes you can make to help the planet.

While structural and systemic change is necessary to help the planet, we as individuals can do our part by developing sustainable living habits.

Congratulations to the amazing Georgia #radon poster contest winners!
01/31/2020
Gov. Kemp recognizes winners of UGA Extension Radon Education Poster Contest

Congratulations to the amazing Georgia #radon poster contest winners!

Gov. Brian Kemp recognized three students from northeast Georgia for their efforts to spread the word about the dangers of radon as part of the 2020 University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest.

TerraCycle founder created Loop, which focuses on reusing packaging. Surveys of users indicate that 2/3 of Loop customer...
01/29/2020
The Demand for Better Packaging Might Just Save the Planet

TerraCycle founder created Loop, which focuses on reusing packaging. Surveys of users indicate that 2/3 of Loop customers are drawn to the program because of packaging design. Only 1/3 prioritize the sustainability aspect.

Sustainability takes a backseat to product design for Loop customers.

Yes, there are still shopping malls. This New Jersey mall will be adorned with solar panels, that will produce about 4.2...
01/26/2020
Shopping green: Mall at Short Hills gets renewable energy initiative, 9,000 solar panels

Yes, there are still shopping malls. This New Jersey mall will be adorned with solar panels, that will produce about 4.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually. Enough to power around 403 homes.

The 3.49-megawatt system will produce 4.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually, the equivalent of powering roughly 403 homes for a year.

Healthy Homes Partnership
01/23/2020
Healthy Homes Partnership

Healthy Homes Partnership

A study of Finnish school children found that inadequate air quality was linked to the pupils respiratory and general health symptoms, such as colds, coughs and headaches. Researchers said more research is needed.

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