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Aug 30, 2011
Whether you’re planning a backyard dinner with friends or your child’s birthday party, here are some tips for making your next event eco-friendly on a budget! Send online invitations so you don’t waste paper. Facebook e-invitations and sites like Evite are perfect for getting the word out to your friends and family. Put out recycling [...]Read "Tuesday Tips: Make your Event Eco-Friendly!" full post.
Aug 23, 2011
In Texas, the summer seems like it may never end. Your first instinct is to make the inside of your house chilly, but consider setting your thermostat a few degrees less than the outside temperature. Keeping your temperature comfortable rather than cold can help you save on your energy bills. On cooler nights, open the [...]Read "Tuesday Tips: Use A/C Wisely" full post.
Aug 16, 2011
We know college students have an education, job and social life to maintain, so here is a quick list of steps you can easily take to be environmentally friendly while on campus. Transportation- If you live off-campus, consider taking the shuttle or bike to class instead of driving to campus multiple times a day. Textbooks- [...]Read "Tuesday Tips: College Edition" full post.
Aug 9, 2011
Buying and eating local foods can help solve a number of problems environmentally and economically. Farmers markets provide local food to consumers, meaning it travels a shorter distance to get to your kitchen than food from grocery stores, which can help reduce your carbon footprint. By shopping at farmers markets, you’re supporting local agriculture and [...]Read "Tuesday Tips: Eat Locally!" full post.
Aug 5, 2011
Texas Trees Foundation reminds everyone that the record heat and lack of rain means trees are under extreme stress and need more water. Irrigation is needed for trees and gardens year-round, but is critical during the hot summer months. “Under normal summer conditions, trees and turf should be watered three days a week,” said Matt [...]Read "Record Heat Puts Record Stress on Trees: Trees Need to be Watered During Period of Extreme Heat" full post.
Aug 2, 2011
Styrofoam has long been used as an effective way to protect packaged valuables, however this type of material takes years to degrade and is harmful to our environment. Instead, use an alternative to Styrofoam packaging. Organic packaging peanuts made from cornstarch are biodegradable in water or a compost setting, and still keep packaged valuables safe. [...]Read "Tuesday Tips: Use an alternative!" full post.