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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gift-giving over, you may be left with a pile of products you no longer want, like clothing or electronics that are now outdated.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 Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic? ]

As oil companies prepare to tap into Arctic oil, a new report from the National Research Council says we’re far from ready to clean up a spill.

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[ Mystery wild photo ]

The correct answer is Death Valley National Park in California.

In light of National Parks Week, you may be interested to know that Death Valley National Park is one is the largest in the lower 48 states.


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[ Scientific Wrangling Over Natural Gas and Climate Obscures the Need for Real Action ]

After decades of debate and with growing anxiety about climate change, the planet is no closer to a systematic solution to our collective energy challenge. Yet still we try.

At its impressive Vancouver gathering, National Geographic asked a simple question:  Is natural gas the bridge to a sustainable energy future? The meeting brought together an impressive group of industry specialists, community representatives, environmental activists, and Aboriginal leaders. The frank discussions ranged from highly specialized, technical observations to emotional appeals for environmental protection.…

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[ Oil and gas drilling could dim the night sky in Chaco Canyon ]

A thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon was a thriving cultural center for the ancestral Pueblo peoples of the Southwest. Multi-storied Great Houses containing hundreds of rooms lined the canyon and exotic birds and colorful pottery filled ancient marketplaces.


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[ Corn Waste for Biofuel Could Boost Emissions, Study Finds ]

The U.S. Department of Energy has been counting on leftover residue from corn cultivation—such as  stalks and cobs—as an abundant future source of renewable clean energy, and touted it as a potential goldmine for farmers as well.

But University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) researchers may throw a damper on those plans, with a newly published study in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change. They calculated that harvesting the corn residue may actually result in the release more climate-altering carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than federal environmental regulations allow.…

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[1Thing] Poll

What way will your yard "go green" this Spring

I will plant native plants
I will not use pesticides
I will remember to clean up my pet's waste
I will do all of the above

[1Thing] Tip

The average American uses 100 gallons of water A DAY!  Help reduce your water consumption and carbon footprint by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth!