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Environment

Green Resources

  • Civil Eats
    (http://civileats.com/)
    Focused on food politics, with over 100 contributors to the dialog about the American food system and its global effects, as well as sustainable agriculture and food systems.
  • The Daily Green
    (http://www.thedailygreen.com/)
    This online publication owned by Hearst Digital Media provides news and information about going green.
  • Eating Well Guide
    (http://www.eatwellguide.org)
    Find farms, markets, restaurants, and more, in the United States and Canada.
  • Eco-Friendly Guide
    (http://www.savewithgreen.com/)
    A guide to green living and green companies for a variety of products.
  • Farmbrarian
    (http://www.farmbrarian.com/)
    A collaboration between an academic librarian and a nutrition student, with reviews of books on growing and eating real food; an excellent resource for new books.
  • Grease Monkeys
    (http://whsgreasemonkeys.webs.com/)
    From Wilton High School. Think Green, Bleed Blue!
  • Greener Choices
    (http://www.greenerchoices.org/)
    From Consumer Reports, Greener Choices is a web-based initiative to inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally-friendly products and practices. GreenerChoices.org offers an accessible, reliable, and practical source of information on buying “greener” products that have minimal environmental impact and meet personal needs.
  • Green Guide
    (http://www.thegreenguide.com/)
    From National Geographic, the Green Guide makes living in an environmentally-aware way personal, practical and positive. Intended for general consumers, GREEN GUIDE (in its book, magzine and online formats) shows people how to make small changes that add up to big benefits for their wallets, for their health, and, of course, for the health of the planet.
  • Grist
    (http://www.grist.org/)
    A bastion of environmental news and commentary since 1999.
  • EnviroLink
    (http://www.envirolink.org/)
    EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news.
  • Learner.org
    (http://www.learner.org/interactives/garbage/intro.html)
    Learner.org offers a website on how communities can work to reduce waste.
  • Local Harvest
    (http://www.localharvest.org/)
    Find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
  • Mother Earth News
    (http://www.motherearthnews.com/)
    The mother of them all: the self proclaimed longest-running sustainable lifestyle magazine.
  • Organic Gardening
    (http://www.organicgardening.com/)
    This website to accompany the magazine of the same name provides organic gardening video how-to’s as well as free articles.
  • Pick Your Own Food
    (http://www.pickyourown.org/)
    Find a farm where you can pick your own food.
  • Planet Ark
    (http://www.planetark.com/)
    Planet Ark Environmental Foundation aims to work with people and business to teach them the simple ways in which they can reduce their impact on the planet, at home, at work and in the community.
  • Rainforest Action Network
    (http://ran.org/)
    Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.
  • Simple Steps
    (http://www.simplesteps.org/eat-local)
    The Natural Resources Defense Council provides this resource to look up what is in season anywhere in the United States.
  • Slow Food USA
    (http://www.slowfoodusa.org/)
    Find local chapters, read the blog, donate, or become a member of the Slow Food Movement, which seeks to connect communities and the environment.
  • Sustainable Table
    (http://www.sustainabletable.org/home.php)
    An excellent resource for educating yourself and the public about the public about the benefits of eating local, sustainable food.

Tips from the Environmental Protection Agency

How to address climate change at home, at work, on the road, and at school.
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/home.html

Making a few small changes in your home and yard can lead to big reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, increase the nation’s energy independence and save money. Explore our list of nine simple steps you can take around the house and yard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

Change 5 lights
Change a light, and you help change the world. Replace the conventional bulbs in your 5 most frequently used light fixtures with bulbs that have the ENERGY STAR label and you will help the environment while saving money on energy bills. If every household in the U.S. took this one simple action we would prevent more than 1 trillion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

Look for ENERGY STAR labeled products
When buying new products, such as appliances for your home, get the features and performance you want AND help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Look for ENERGY STAR-qualified products in more than 40 product categories, including lighting, home electronics, heating and cooling equipment and appliances.

Heat and cool smartly
Simple steps like cleaning air filters regularly and having your heating and cooling equipment tuned annually by a licensed contractor can save energy and increase comfort at home, and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When it’s time to replace your old equipment, choose a high efficiency model, and make sure it is properly sized and installed.

Seal up your home with better insulation and duct-work
Close up any visible cracks and gaps in your house, install adequate insulation, check that ducts are sealed and choose ENERGY STAR qualified windows when replacing old windows. Not sure where the cracks and gaps are? A home energy auditor can also help to identify areas with poor insulation and evaluate the energy efficiency of your home. By taking these steps, you can eliminate drafts, keep your home more comfortable year round, save energy that would otherwise be wasted, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Use green power
Green power is environmentally friendly electricity that is generated from renewable energy sources such as wind and the sun. There are two ways to use green power: you can buy green power or you can modify your house to generate your own green power. Buying green power is easy, it offers a number of environmental and economic benefits over conventional electricity, including lower greenhouse gas emissions, and it helps increase clean energy supply. If you are interested, there are a number of steps you can take to create a greener home, including installing solar panels and researching incentives for renewable energy in your state.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
If there is a recycling program in your community, recycle your newspapers, beverage containers, paper and other goods. Use products in containers that can be recycled and items that can be repaired or reused. In addition, support recycling markets by buying products made from recycled materials. Reducing, reusing, and recycling in your home helps conserve energy and reduces pollution and greenhouse gases from resource extraction, manufacturing, and disposal.

Be green in your yard
Use a push mower, which, unlike a gas or electric mower, consumes no fossil fuels and emits no greenhouse gases. If you do use a power mower, make sure it is a mulching mower to reduce grass clippings (PDF, 8 pp., 1.59 MB, About PDF). Composting your food and yard waste reduces the amount of garbage that you send to landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. See EPA’s GreenScapes program for tips on how to improve your lawn or garden while also benefiting the environment. Smart Landscaping can save energy, save you money and reduce your household’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Use water efficiently
Everyone can save water through simple actions. Municipal water systems require a lot of energy to purify and distribute water to households, and saving water, especially hot water, can lower greenhouse gas emissions. Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth. Do not use your toilet as a waste basket for toiletry items – water is wasted with each flush. And did you know a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day? Repair all toilet and faucet leaks right away. See EPA’s WaterSense site for more water saving tips.

Spread the Word
Tell family and friends that energy efficiency is good for their homes and good for the environment because it lowers greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Tell 5 people and together we can help our homes help us all.

Civil Eats

www.civileats.com

Focused on food politics, with over 100 contributors to the dialog about the American food system and its global effects, as well as sustainable agriculture and food systems.