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[ Love Song to the Earth ]

Check out the 411 and get the ‘Love Song To The Earth’ in your ear candy great for your ears and Mama Earth!

Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow , Fergie and more have joined forces to record a song about climate change.

Sean Paul, Leona Lewis and Colbie Caillat also appear on “Love Song to the Earth,” which was released Friday on iTunes and Apple Music via Connect. Benefiting  the United Nations Foundation and Friends of the Earth. Nicole Scherzinger, Natasha Bedingfield, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Balleriniand Victoria Justice also appear on the track

“Love Song to the Earth” will receive a wide release on Sept.

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[ Water Your Trees! ]

We received this article today from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and we thought it was too important not to share.  Enjoy and happy, responsible watering!

Remember to Water Your #ThirstyTrees


With the recent rising temperatures and lack of accumulative rainfall, we remind you to water your trees. Extreme conditions will quickly zap the life out of newly planted trees.

Give your trees 15 gallons of water, once a week, if it was planted within the last three years.

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[ As You Plant Your Garden… ]

It’s the time of the year when we start planting our gardens….and watering them!  As you move through these spring months, don’t forget to utilize some of the tips below to conserve water.  Taking just a few steps this spring can actually help you

  • Reduce outdoor water use by 20% to 50%
  • Save up to 10,000 gallons a year
  • Shave $30 to $70 off the average annual household water bill.

For some simple, easy steps, just go to http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/saving-water/how-to-save-water-when-gardening/#ixzz3YtkZkW4I



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Spring has come again, and with it one of my favorite holidays – the 23rdannual UN World Water Day was this past Sunday. This holiday is organized to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater and other resources needed throughout the world.

This year’s theme was “Water and Sustainable Development,” and focused on how water is the core of economic development and environmental sustainability. Freshwater serves as a key piece to the human ecosystem, and determines factors like health, energy and food.…

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[ Ditch the bottles! ]

You knew drinking tap water costs less than drinking bottled water, now there’s a new study that shows it saves energy, too. Drinking tap water rather than bottled water will help save more energy and costs less.

A study conducted by the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development Environment and Security in Oakland, California found bottled water consumes as much as 2,000 times more energy than tap water. The study also found the total bottled water consumption in the U.S. consumed 32 to 54 million barrels of oil in 2007.…

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[ Take the 4 liter water challenge ]

Did you know that the average American consumes over 400 liters of water a day – or about 100 gallons? (For those metrically disadvantaged, one gallon equals 3.78 liters.) Did you know that over 800 million people in some parts of the world survive on just 4 liters of water per day? That’s one hundred times less! If you think you’re using more than your fair share, fear not; I still encourage you to stay hydrated and drink your eight glasses of water a day (that’s almost two liters right there).…

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January marks the National Association of Professional Organizers Get Organized (GO) month, a nationwide movement encouraging businesses and individuals alike to clean up, organize and, by doing so, open new doors for living better.

Sounds great, right? But will donating Aunt Clara’s two-sizes-too-big Christmas gifts since 2001, and finally taking all those papers to the recycling center really have an impact on water conservation and you, personally, living more “water responsibly?”

I answer with a resounding YES!…

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[ Green Quiz: Holiday Spending ]

Green Quiz: Holiday Spending

The biggest shopping season would look much different if people chose to purchase goods and services that make a difference. 
If all American households shifted just 20% of holiday spending to green purchases, how much money would be directed to the green economy?

A. $320 million
B. $750 million
C. $3 billion
D. $12 billion

The correct answer is D. $12 billion. Take Green America’s holiday pledge to shop local and sustainable businesses and you can help support the green economy!
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[ Green Christmas ]

Holiday Recycling Tips – Dreaming of a Green Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

December 7, 2009 – 9:21pm — Matt Kegelman
Recycle this Holiday Season

Let’s face it, the holidays are a time when we create a lot of trash, and most of it destined for a landfill where it will take centuries to decompose, all the while leaching toxins into our environment. But how much of our holiday trash actually has to be thrown away?

Most of the gifts we give and receive during the holiday season come in elaborate packaging that includes cardboard, paper, plastic, Styrofoam and other materials.

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[ Indy’s Air Quality ]

Did you know that Indy’s air quality is not up to the standard it should be?  Join 1 Thing and KnoZone.com to help clean up Indy’s air with some of these quick, simple steps:

1.  Leave your car at home. Indy has almost 2000 miles of bikeways to make biking to work easy and safe!

2.  Carpooling keeps our air clean and saves you money, log on to knozone.com and try out the commuter calculator and start saving today.

3.  Idling is bad for your car, bad for your wallet and bad for our air.…

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[ 10 Super Green Back-to-School Ideas ]

 by Jeanne Roberts There have been 0 comments

It’s that time of year again, as busy mothers round up the necessary pencils, pens, paper and protractors, and kids look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

The purchasing power of moms (and more than 80 million kids) is nothing to sneeze at, which is why we’d like to see the going-back-to-school shopping ritual giving more than a nod to environmental concerns. To that end, we’ve rounded up a set of tips and tricks for making the back-to-school process greener.

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[ Indy’s air quality ]

It may not look like it, but Indy’s air quality is in bad shape.  Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Reduce energy (turn off lights when not in use, use a programmable thermostat)
  • Combine all errands into one trip
  • Bike to work or an errand
  • Fill your gas tank after 6pm and fill it all the way
  • Don’t burn trash or organic yard material in the open
  • Avoid idling for more than 10 seconds in drive-thrus, schools, bank ATMs, etc.
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[ National Dump the Pump Day ]

It’s quickly approaching…National Dump the Pump Day June 19!

Indianapolis has a reputation for being a “car town.” But 1 Thing and IndyGo see it differently. Just doing “1Thing” on June 19 can make a big difference. Check out these facts:

  • On June 19, we  don’t care how you do it (walk, bike, catch the bus, carpool, crawl, hula hoop)—Just dump the pump!
  • IndyGo has 31 routes serving neighborhoods across the city. #whatsyourbus ?
  • All kinds of people ride the bus—in 2013 IndyGo delivered more than 10 million trips, breaking a seven year record.
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[ Electronics Recycling ]

Did you know that in the state of Indiana, it is illegal to throw away electronics? It’s true!  As the pile of used electronics grew as new technologies continue to be unveiled, the state recognized it needed to control the electronic waste. It enacted an electronic waste ban in January 2011.

According to Town Talk of Fishers Magazine, “Electronics contain heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium that can be harmful if released into the environment. Recycling electronics ensures that contaminates are safely managed and that valuable materials are reclaimed for the manufacturing of new products.”

Check with your local City or Town Hall for options on recycling these electronics.…

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[ Spring Cleaning the “Green Way” ]


By Jessica Root, Planet Green

Andrew Johnson/iStockImage Credit: DCL

Whether it’s the change in weather, the cosmos or our collective human psyche, the spring season always has a way of inspiring us to get rid of the heavy winter stuff weighing us down—from clothing to books, bedding and more.

Though it’ll be tempting to rip through each room and start chucking things into big, Hefty trash bags, think twice.

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[ Donate, Don’t Dump ]

With holiday gift-giving over, you may be left with a pile of products you no longer want, like clothing or electronics that are now outdated. On average, each of us tosses out 4 1/2 pounds of garbage every day!  A lot of that material is perfectly serviceable stuff and could be readily used by others.

Stop by a Salvation Army, Goodwill or independent thrift store, or check out your town’s recycling drop off locations. Shelters for women and families often accept items in decent shape.…

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[ February Fun Without the Waste ]

This Valentine’s Day, show your love for the earth by sending recycled-content greeting cards. Consider making new cards from scrap paper or by attaching new backs to the fronts of old cards—this can be a craft project for family and friends that helps everyone reduce paper waste while saving money! Also consider sending electronic valentines

Suggestion re-posted from the United States EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/hi-winter.htm#star


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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.
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[ 8 ways to make sure your Christmas tree is environmentally friendly ]

The holiday season can invite a number of agonizing decisions, many of which have an impact on our environment. Perhaps the most confusing of all of them is around what some also consider to be the most prized tradition of the holidays: the tree.

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[ Money in My Pocket? Yes, please! ]

Sometimes I think that “deals” or “offers” are too good to be true…and I usually am correct in my thinking. But this offer from EcoHouse Loan actually dispells my usual thinking. EcoHouse Loan is a program from INHP, a trusted nonprofit, the City of Indianapolis and the U.S. Department of Energy. It’s designed to help you afford upgrades on your hope that can ultimately save you money and help the environment. You simply go to EcoHouse.inhp.org to sign up for a free energy assessment of your home.…

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[ Green Traveling Tips ]


Green Traveling: Small Details for a Small Planet by Cliff Barre, a writer for the Peace, Love, and Travel blog

As a guy who wants to explore the planet, but also help save it for future generations, I have picked up a few good tips for eco-friendly travel.  With the right information, you can make your travels both exciting and environmentally responsible.

A truly green vacation actually starts before you leave the house.  To minimize your carbon footprint while you are away, take the time to ensure that your electronics and appliances are not using excess power.  …

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[ An EcoHouse Loan…..Improve Your Home and Save Money ]

Did you know that the right home upgrades can equal money in your pocket! A furnace on the fritz or drafy windows can actually be leaking money from your home. EcoHouse, an INHP program, has the way to help. You can get a free energy assessment (a $650 value), discounts on Energy Star appliances and learn more about an affordable energy efficiency loan program, simply by visiting www.EcoHouse.inhp.org

Stop letting money slip away..visit the site today to learn more.


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[ Beer Powers a Brewery ]

Beer!  And now that we have your attention, check this out


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[ 10 Ideas for 1Thing you can do in the New Year ]

If you are like me, you start every new year with a list of resolutions….and by the middle of January that list can be tossed in the trash!  Why not set yourself for success this year and pick just 1THING to shoot for…and have it be eco-friendly. Check out this list of 10 ideas you can do in this new year to reduce your carbon footprint. Don’t forget…it just takes 1Thing to make a big difference!



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[ Congratulations to Fishers Junior High ]

Congratulations to the students at Fishers Junior High in Fishers, Ind. for winning an iPad for their school from the Indiana Office of Energy Development. Fishers Junior High was one of 30 schools around the state selected to participate in an Energy Action in Schools program, designed to teach the students about energy conservation.

During the program, a team of students patrolled the school ensuring that all classrooms were recycling, turning off lights and computers at the end of each school day and windows were closed when the heat or air conditioner were running.…

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[ Green Tip for the 4th! ]

During the 4th of July, approximately 60 million barbecues are fired up across the U.S., consuming the same amount of energy it would take to power 20,000 homes for an entire year. This is a great time to consider ways to “green” your barbecue.

1.  Choose a cleaner-burning propane or electric grill over one powered by charcoal, which contributes more to poor air quality. Better yet, try a solar oven or stove that avoids emissions altogether.

2. Buy sustainable fish and hormone-free meat for the grill, or skip the meat and mix it up with locally grown veggies or fruit.…

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[ What does coal reform mean to you? ]

What does coal reform mean to you?

As the Department of the Interior kicks off their country-wide public meetings on coal reform, we elevate messengers from The Wilderness Society and its partners. The following testimonies are being submitted to the record during the comment period.
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[ Map shows the wildest land linking protected areas of the U.S. ]

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[ The Wilderness Society applauds new study on smarter transmission planning for renewable energy ]

Laura Bailey

Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service and Department of Energy published a study detailing how the West-wide Energy Corridors (WWEC) for transmission lines and pipelines are being used. The agency also announced a strategy for improving the WWEC through Regional Reviews.

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[ Human development gobbles up hundreds of miles of western land each year ]

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[ Wilderness Society praises local benefits of Maine Woods National Monument ]

Michael Reinemer

A private landowner currently owns these woods along the East Branch of the Penobscot River and wants to donate more than 87,000 acres to the United States. 


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[1Thing] Poll

What outdoor water conservation step do you practice?

plant mostly native plants
collect rain water in a rain barrel
water my lawn only when necessary

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