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[ Green Tips for the Holidays ]

So you live a green lifestyle all year long. You recycle, you minimize your impact by bringing your own bags and using a reusable cup for your morning coffee, you drive a low-emission car, and program your thermostat….you are set, right? Did you consider ways to green the holidays???? It doesn’t have to be difficult to make a difference!

* An obvious way would be to buy recycled wrapping paper, but you could take it a step further and use your old newspaper, or wrap it in another gift, such as a tablecloth, a scarf or a reusable shopping bag.

* As for the tree, real or fake? Cutting down trees and branches for decorations kills or injures trees, but a lot of the fake pine stuff is made from PVC which is toxic and energy intensive to make the plastic which releases gasses. There are fake pine decorations made from polyethylene which doesn’t carry the same health risks. Or use a potted real tree that can be planted in the spring.

*If you do use a real tree, be sure to give it new life at the end of the season! Mulch it or chip it. For more ideas check out the National Christmas Tree Association (www.realchristmastrees.org) and learn how to recycle it.

*LED lights are easy to find and will use a fraction of the energy that lights used to use. Use a timer for outdoor lights so they don’t stay on all night!

*Try upcycling! Get a little creative and turn something discarded into something usable. Recycle your old candles, jeans, tissue boxes, revamp glass bottles and jars, or turn old cookie tins into new fabulous gift tins. Pinterest.com is full of great ideas, just search UPCYCLE. There are thousands of ideas, surely one will appeal to you and your skill level.
Upcycle Candles
Glass Bottles and Jars
Give cookie tins a new life 

*Give green. Instead of giving someone another dust collector, donate to a charity that you or your recipient believe in. It’s a win-win! Some ideas to get you started:
Gifts that Give More
70 Years of Family Farming 
Sierra Club 
Nature Conservancy 

*If you do shop, shop local. Support the businesses in your local community and spend less gas driving all over. Art and craft shows are prevalent this time of year and you can support a local artist and give a gift of something thoughtful and artful. Pottery bowls can be esthetically pleasing and functional, or a hand knitted hat is stylish and warm.

*Eco-friendly gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Try gift cards for a group of friends to take a cooking class together. Make some jelly or jam, or bread that can be frozen for later. Be really green and give a worm composter so less food waste goes into the landfill. Try cloth dish towels and napkins as a gift to replace the paper ones. Give a fancy reusable water bottle or coffee/tea travel mug. Be super practical, and give LED bulbs or a blanket for the hot water heater. Reusable shopping bags are handy too! Programmable thermostat. Bus/train passes. Glass storage containers. A basket of nontoxic cleaners. Beeswax candles. Coupons to exchange for your time (ie babysitting or sharing a meal). Donate time to a local environmental group.

Eco Christmas
Eco Friendly Décor
Green Christmas 
Unique and Cheap Eco Friendly Gifts 
Green Gift Ideas

* December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day! Otherwise known as ordinary baking soda, bicarb has so many uses it belongs in every green house. Surely you have used it for your baked goods….but have you tried it as a facial scrub? Toothpaste? Or even deodorant? A paste of baking soda can relieve the itch from bug bites, and putting it in a bath can help relieve itchy skin and help you relax. Use it as a scrub to remove burnt on stuff from your pots and pans, mix it with vinegar to clean your sinks and tub, or even sprinkle it on your carpet before vacuuming to remove odors. And if you overindulge this season, use half a teaspoon in a glass of water to help with heartburn and indigestion.

51 Uses for Baking Soda

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[ ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN ]

ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN FEATURING DON CHEADLE

 

PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 15, 2016 – Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) – Entercom is launching a nationwide public service announcement (PSA) campaign on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), for which the company is donating $1 million worth of free airtime. The PSA will feature Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle discussing the importance of stabilizing the global climate for our children and grandchildren. The PSAs will run across 124 of Entercom’s stations in 27 top markets in the country beginning in August.

 

“I’m happy to help introduce more people to the great work of EDF,” said Cheadle, a film and television star and climate activist who donated his time to the project. “We’re in the fight of our lives against climate change and EDF has been a real leader in that struggle. So I hope this helps.”

 

The campaign is part of a larger Entercom initiative, 1THING, committed to promoting good environmental practices both externally among listeners and business partners and internally among employees.

 

“Entercom is deeply committed to reducing our environmental footprint and working to be a good corporate citizen to help ensure a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren,” said David Field, President and CEO, Entercom Communications Corp.  “We are proud to partner with the Environmental Defense Fund and help support their mission of solving the most critical environmental problems facing our planet.”

 

“I am grateful to David Field and Entercom for this generous donation that will help build our impact and bring our work to the attention of so many Americans,” said EDF President Fred Krupp. “And I’m grateful to Don Cheadle for the incredible gift of his time and talent. Without this kind of powerful support, we would not be able to do what we do.”

 

Entercom has previously partnered on PSA campaigns for Conservation International (CI), featuring Harrison Ford; 350.org, featuring Ellen Page; and most recently the Wilderness Society, featuring Dave Matthews, Betty White and Wendie Malick.

 

Founded in 1967, EDF builds lasting solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems, finding the ways that work so people and nature can prosper. Learn more at http://www.edf.org.

 

 

CONTACT:

Esther-Mireya Tejeda

610.822.0861

Esther-Mireya.Tejeda@entercom.com

@Entercom
About Entercom Communications Corp.

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., reaching and engaging more than 40 million people a week through its 124 highly rated stations in 27 top markets across the country. Entercom is a purpose-driven company, deeply committed to entertaining and informing its listeners with the best locally curated music, news, sports, and talk content, driven by compelling local personalities.  Entercom delivers superior ROI by connecting its customers and audiences through its leading local brands and unparalleled local marketing solutions, which include over 4,000 events each year, and its SmartReach Digital product suite.  Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@entercom).

 

 

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[ Curb Alternatives ]

It doesn’t have to end this way.

  1. Treecycling Programs
    Tree recycling and mulching programs are offered in most towns and cities. Check with your local department of public works on whether your community has a pick up or if you need to drop off your tree to be made into mulch. Also in some places they offer mulch to be picked up for personal use.
  2. Give Cover
    If you would like, you can keep the tree and use the needles as mulch. Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly. Ground covering crops, such as strawberries love resting on these mold free and moisture hardy mulch. The boughs can also be cut off and used to layover perennial plants, protecting them from the snow and heavy frost.
  3. Chip, Chip Hooray
    A fun afternoon might be renting a chipper and making mulch for personal use. When spring comes you will be ready to spread the chips. Chips suppress weeds and when decomposition happens nutrients are released into your soil.
  4. Trunk Coasters (Yes, it’s a thing)
    If you prefer you can cut the trunk into 2 inch discs and line walkways and flower gardens. Thinner slabs cut off the trunk can be used as coasters. Just apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep sap off your furniture and glassware.
  5. Bird Sanctuary
    If you have the space, take that tree in its stand outdoors. A Bird Sanctuary can be made by filling bird feeders and hanging them on boughs. Gather pine-cones and coat them with peanut butter and string popcorn. When the tree is brittle, chip it up into mulch.
  6. Burial at Sea/Pond
    If you live close to a lake or pond and your tree is chemical free, contact the proper authorities and find out if your tree can be sunk and made into a sheltering habitat for fish.
  7. Great Barrier Wreath
    Christmas Trees were used in New Jersey to help the sand dunes recover from Hurricane Sandy. If you live near a beach, you might call the local department of public works to see if Christmas Trees are used for shoreline stabilization.

So when the Holidays are over, don’t throw away that Real Christmas Tree. Take advantage of that tree being biodegradable and give back to the environment. A great way to be green.

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[ APRIL IS LAWN & GARDEN MONTH! ]

A recent survey showed that 81% of people say the look of their lawn/garden is important to the look of their homes. Whether you have pride in the look of your home, or you need an area outside to relax and enjoy.  How you upkeep your lawn and garden is very important to Mama Earth too!

PLANET, the national trade association for landscape professionals, offers homeowners tips for getting a great start on caring for yards this spring. Click here!

5 Quick (Green) Tips for Lawn Care:

Fertilization: Spring is a crucial time to fertilize because it replenishes the food reserves your yard draws from while dormant in the winter and fuels grass’ rapid growth phase. Hopefully, you’ve been composting your kitchen waste all year long, and you have the means to make compost tea to fertilize your lawn and garden. This will produce a thick, healthy lawn that also helps prevent weeds. (And don’t worry: if you haven’t been composting, there are lots of packaged organic fertilizers on the market, but just like when shopping for organic foods, be careful and read the label).

Weed control: Apply a pre-emergent weed killer on lawns to prevent grassy weeds from germinating. Spring broadleaf weeds like dandelions, clovers and plantains, are best prevented by maintaining a proper mowing height and fertilization. After a mild winter, annual weeds that germinate in the fall, like henbit and chickweed, will be more visible and require higher levels of broadleaf weed control through herbicides. Never use chemical weed killers! Check out natural and effective options like Burn Out, (made from clove oil, vinegar and lemon juice) instead.

Pest control/Disease repair: Severe winters may increase the incidence of winter diseases such as snow mold and Bermuda dead spot. Proper cultural care is important in helping your lawn recover from stress related winter diseases. Properly timed fertilizer application and mowing at the recommended height for your grass type are two items that will aid in the recovery of your lawn.

Mowing: Contrary to popular belief, setting your mower at a very low height can actually increase weeds by exposing the soil surface to sunlight and removing stored nutrients in leaf blades. Cool weather grasses, such as bluegrass, ryegrass and fescues, should maintain a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches. Warm season grasses, like bermuda, zoysia, St. Augustine and centipede, should be kept at 1.5 to 2.5 inches tall. Also, think about skipping the loud, carbon-intensive, gas-powered mower for an electric or human-powered alternative. (TLC)

11 Time Saving Organic Gardening Tips:

1. Start with a plan. A well-thought-out plan saves you time spent trying to decide where you want each plant to go during the few hours you have to work outside.

2. Make quick beds. Create a new perennial garden simply by slicing under turf with a spade, flipping it upside down, and then covering the area with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips. Wait a few weeks and then cut into it and plant your perennials.

3. Stash your tools. Minimize trips to the shed by keeping tools close.

4. Cut off weeds. When low-growing weeds like chickweed or lamium grow into a mat, don’t bother trying to get rid of them one at a time. Instead, use the “shovel method” Debbie recommends. “With a sharp spade, slice beneath weeds, and then turn them over to completely bury the leaves,” she explains. Bonus: “As the leaves rot, the weeds nourish the soil like a green manure.”

5. Pile on mulch. Use a bow or flat-head rake to spread mulch efficiently, Lisa suggests. “With the rake’s tined edge, you pull and spread the mulch, and with the flat side of the rake, you even out the mulch on the bed,” she explains, adding, “Use a light push-pull action.”

6. Water wisely. Soaker hoses save you the time of standing with a hose or refilling a watering can, Debbie reminds us. “With pressure on low, the water can be left on for several hours while a section of the garden is slowly irrigated, freeing you to work on something else. Just keep in mind that tender seedlings still need to be hand-watered.”

7. Wind up hoses. Don’t waste time dragging and storing unwieldy hoses—for neat, easy storage, Lisa depends on both stationary and portable hose reels to put hoses away faster.

Build soil in place. No need to tote wheel-barrows full of compost to your garden. “I make compost right in the walkways of my beds,” Lisa says. “I layer newspaper with straw on top to prevent muddy shoes, and toward the end of the growing season, the straw and newspaper become a dark, crumbly compost. I add it right to the beds on each side of the walkway.”

9. Wash the harvest. Collect your produce in an old laundry basket. The basket acts as a strainer, allowing you to quickly rinse off dirt and debris from veggies and fruits.

10. Keep your shoes on. Stash plastic grocery bags by the door to cover your muddy shoes in case you have to go inside before you are through gardening for the day.

 

11. Take baby steps. Every minute is valuable when you’re pressed for time. Take a few moments when you have them so chores don’t pile up for the weekend. For instance, pluck a few weeds while waiting for the dog to finish his business outside or deadhead flowers while you’re waiting for the school bus to drop off the kids.

*Organic Gardening has some great tips too!

*Here are some great pre-spring tips for your garden, which still may help out now!

Have a Happy Spring!

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[ Clean Your Files Day ]

Nothing ever happens in offices between Christmas and New Years and here at our office this time becomes known at “CLEAN YOUR FILES AND DESK” time!

The first Clean Your Files Day was in Chicago, 1995, to encourage individuals, offices and communities to increase the amount of paper they recycle.

Prepare for Clean Your Files Day by getting rid of old notebooks, homework, junk mail and all the other paper goods you no longer need. Fill up your recycling bin and let’s aim to make this the best Clean Your Files Week ever!

More information for the local Clean Your Files day will be posted on this site. Help the City of Greenville and the environment by recycling your file contents on this and every day.

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[ Plastic Bag Ban: Bring It On ]

California has now increased it’s ban on plastic bags from select cities to the entire state.  Many states now are embracing the ban on these harmful products including Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, North Carolina and more.  Also, plastic bag bans are increasing in other countries outside of the U.S.. Citizens everywhere from Australia to Mexico to China are growing more aware of the massively negative impact plastic bags have on the environment, wildlife and communities.

Plastic bags create extreme hazards. The trade-off is uneven for convenience of plastic handles. How do plastic bags negatively impact the world? Through litter, safety hazards, death of animals, pollution and oil production.

Litter: Each year, thousands of bags are dumped into landfills where they can sit and harm the earth and animals for hundreds of years. They are also common windblown litter, from landfills or community streets. They often move into storm drains and water ways and pollute our natural resources and have been known to cause flooding due to their blockage of drains.

Safety Hazards: Thousands of families across the world have suffered horrific losses from children asphyxiating on plastic bags.

Death of Animals: It’s been recorded that at least 100,000 sea turtles and other wildlife die each year due to the pollution of plastic bags. Animals mistake the plastic for food and quickly die from their bodies lack of ability to digest the material and the toxic breakdown of chemicals within the plastic.

Pollution: When burned, plastic bags release toxic fumes into the air. Not to mention the aforementioned pollution of waterways. Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They can take 400-1,000 years to break up into many tiny pieces of plastic, but are still indeed plastic.

Oil Production: It is estimated that 60-100 million barrels of petroleum are needed each year for the production of the world’s plastic bags. This drives up the already increasing cost of an already expensive and non-renewable natural resource.

Help fight for a ban on plastic bans in your state or city! Contact your state or local representative. You can find your elected officials here on USA.gov.  At that link you can also search for government agencies by agency or topic.

Ways you can help in the meantime:

  • Use tote bags for shopping. You can purchase these pretty inexpensively in most supermarkets or thrift stores.
  • Recycle the plastic bags you do have. Recycle boxes are commonly located in front of most supermarkets and are also accepted within some county recycle centers. Check your county website for locations.
  • Spread the word. Let others know about the harmful effects caused by plastic bags and provide them with links to articles such as this to help educate them on the issue.
  • Sign petitions. There are many petitions you can lend your voice to to help fight for bans on plastic bags in your area or around the globe. Here is one from Greenhouse Neutral Foundation.

To stay informed on the recent events in the battle for banning of plastic bags, check out plasticbagbanreport.com.

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[ Have your Guests RSVP to a Go Green Inspired Event! ]

So there are day-to-day activities that can simply be adjusted to fit a greener lifestyle; turning off the lights when    walking out of a room, not leaving the water running, walking and biking more, driving less. But what about those BIG moments in your life- do you take time off from contributing to the conservation of our environment to celebrate a special occasion?

The following is a list of ten “go green” tips to planning that big day!

Recycle
1) Use recycled, “plantable” or tree-free papers for invitations and thank-you letters.http://www.botanicalpaperworks.com/
2) Go Vintage- Purchase a chic vintage dress and accessorize modern. Getting married? Vintage rings are all the rage!
3) Donate leftover food to your local shelter.
4) Make sure the facility offers recycling…compost-even better!

Reduce
5) Go Oh’ Nat-ur-al- Select vendors that work organically such as your florist, caterer & baker. Don’t forget about organic beverages. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/organic-cocktail-recipes.html
6) Travel time- Book a venue close to the majority of your guests. Consider hotel arrangements and coordinate Eco-friendly transportation. For a wedding, select a venue that can accommodate both the ceremony & reception.
7) Go Hybrid- If you must travel long distance, rent a hybrid and avoid the airlines to minimize travel impact.

Reuse
8) RENT your dishware & glassware and avoid disposables.                                                                                           9) Create memorable favors with thrift store finds! ie) handmade candles in eclectic tea cups.  http://www.marthastewart.com/273016/teacup-lights 10) Donate all decor to a local school, church or non-profit. Bought a wedding gown? Donate it!

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[ Take on litter ]

litterDid you know that in the 1st quarter alone of 2011, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department logged and disposed over 1 million tons of litter from illegal dumping sites? Reducing litter requires the passion of concerned citizens to combat the problem and education their communities. Here are a few quick tips on how you and your family can help.

  • Find a community group. Many neighborhoods are now utilizing social networks such as Facebook to organize groups of volunteers and events for community cleanups.  If you can’t find one through an online search, try speaking with some of your neighbors. If you can’t find one, perhaps you can start one yourself.
  • Make it fun. Find events that turn litter-clean up into competitions or games such as Greenville County’s Recyclemania Tournament where college teams compete to promote waste reduction activities.
  • Start early. Small children can help walk and pick up litter. They enjoy spending time with family members and emulating “grown ups” and the value of the lesson they learn will stay with them for years to come.

 

Upcoming Event:

Have you accumulated more paper than your home shredder can handle? Saturday May 5th Greenville County is having a Shred Event from 9am-Noon at three locations.

Whole Foods on Woodruff Road in Greenville

History Center/Chamber 25 in Traveler’s Rest

Fuddruckers on Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greer

Visit Keep Greenville County Beautiful for more details.

View our Helpful Links to find Recycling Centers close to you.

 

Sources:

KeepGreenvilleCountyBeautiful.org

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[ Green Remodeling Ideas ]

We have a new, well new to us, home.  It was actually built in 1970 but we recently purchased it and now we want to do some updating to it.  So before I did any updating I did a search for some information on how to update our house “green”!  Remodeling a home green is easier than you think.  Some of the reasons you SHOULD remodel green are it lowers energy consumption, reduces operating costs, conserves natural resources, increases the value of your home, improves your indoor air quality, reduces waste, improves quality of life and most importantly SAVES YOU MONEY!  Here are some great ways you can remodel green:

• Use non-toxic paints and sealants
• Install programmable thermostats
• Invest in energy efficient appliances
• Install natural flooring
• Use local building materials
• Choose natural fiber rugs and fabrics
• Select recycled material roof shingles and tiles
• Specify energy efficient lighting
• Insulate your hot water pipes
• Landscape with native plants

Not expensive things and they save you money in the long run and improve your quality of living!

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[ Help prevent cigarette litter! ]

I’m a smoker… I know it’s a nasty habit… I know I need to quit and I’ll get there.  The one thing I DO make sure of is that if I have to smoke I need to be cognizant of others around me.  I don’t smoke except where the city tells me.  I dispose of my butts in the appropriate butt places and I don’t throw them out my car window.  While I may smoke, I too, find it nasty to see butts on the side of the road, or in front of a door.  It’s one thing to have the bad habit, it’s worse when you can’t be considerate of others.  Here’s some information I found that I think it extremely helpful to all the smokers and non-smokers out there!

The City of Greenville and Keep Greenville County Beautiful (KGCB) are joining together to take part in the Keep America Beautiful® Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, a national program designed to reduce the impact of cigarette butt litter. The program will target cigarette butt litter throughout the downtown area through a concentrated and sustained effort.

Approximately 15 cigarette litter/ash receptacles will be strategically placed downtown in coordination with businesses and local merchants. Additionally, 400 pocket/portable ashtrays will be distributed. The purpose of the portable ashtrays is to make it convenient for smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts later in the proper place.
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Download Information on Cigarette Litter Prevention

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