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A celebration of Earth happens on Tuesday, April 22nd!  Happy Earth Day!  The month of April is a perfect time to do a ‘1 Thing’ that you can carry over into all the months of the year.  Click now to learn more!

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Recycling is easy… all you need is the basic ABC’s.  CLICK now to find out some of the best tips including how to make environment safe cleaning products!

Recycling is the collection, separation, processing and marketing of materials so they can be used again. If we don’t buy recycled, we’re not truly recycling.  Click Now to find out what and where you can buy recycled!

With spring comes the reaping of the composting benefits!  Get yours in shape today… Click to find out how!

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[ Video: Washington’s Skokomish Watershed to receive Legacy Roads and Trails funds ]

The film, which was first posted online in January and will be shown at the River Restoration Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon, on May 7, explores the connections between forest roads and the flooding and sediment buildup that threate

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[ Colorado oil and gas front group spends millions to improve industry’s bad reputation ]

Actions speak louder than words when it comes to responsible oil and gas development. But for some reason, the Colorado oil and gas industry just doesn’t seem to get that.

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[ Loan Guarantees for U.S. Renewables Making a Comeback ]

Federal loan guarantees for renewable energy, which spurred the development of massive projects like the recently completed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California – and roiled the 2012 elections – are emerging from hibernation.

More than two years after closing the last such loan guarantee, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Wednesday that it intends to make up to $4 billion available “for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.”

The announcement sets the stage for the DOE to offer support for projects that incorporate one or more of five broad technology types [PDF]:

  • “advanced grid integration and storage,” a key need in getting more intermittent renewable energy on the grid;
  • “drop-in biofuels,” which could directly replace conventional fossil fuels in cars, planes and ships and function within the current distribution system;
  • “waste-to-energy,” where waste gases and discarded materials are used in commercial-scale energy production;
  • “enhancement of existing facilities,” such as adding power-production to existing dams that don’t have it;
  • and “efficiency improvements,” a catchall that could range from residential building improvements to the recovery of energy from curtailed renewable energy systems.
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[ Solar Chimneys Can Convert Hot Air to Energy, But Is Funding a Mirage? ]

A veteran balloonist is among those who want to use solar updraft towers to generate power, but funding has been elusive.

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The Green Poll

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You can help support the Shriners Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, by bringing your drink can tabs to the East Stone Avenue Recycling Center. The City of Greenville will deliver the tabs to the organization so they can recycle them and use the funds to support their non-profit programs. If you would like a tab collection canister for your business, please contact recycling coordinator Brittany Keller at 864-467-8300.