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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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[ 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Electric Cars ]

10. Did you know that the average American’s daily round-trip commute is less than 30 miles? With many electric vehicles having a range of more than 70 miles a charge, they are a reliable and comfortable way for Americans to get from point A to point B. For longer trips, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a back-up internal combustion engine may be a good alternative. Both help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and contribute to a cleaner environment. Watch the Energy 101: Electric Vehicles video to learn more.

9. The electric vehicle market is growing faster than you might realize. More than 7,000 plug-in and all-electric vehicles were sold in October 2012 — making it the highest month of electric car sales to date.

8. Currently there are 13 electric vehicle models on the market, and the number continues to rise. For model years 2013 and 2014, manufacturers are expected to debut at least 18 new plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles, including the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV and Fiat 500e — both of which were unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

7. Electric vehicles are a highly efficient mode of transportation. Up to 80 percent of the energy in the battery is transferred directly to power the car, compared with only 14-26 percent of the energy from gasoline-powered vehicles.

6. Unlike gasoline-powered vehicles, electric cars emit no tailpipe pollutants when running on electricity — cleaning the air we breathe and helping automakers meet the Obama Administration’s new fuel economy and emissions standards.

5. The battery technologies in almost all of the electric vehicles on the road today were created with support from the Energy Department, which also played a key role in the development of today’s lithium-ion batteries. Argonne National Laboratory developed breakthrough battery technology — a combination of lithium-rich and manganese-rich mixed-metal oxides that offers at least 50 percent more energy storage capacity — that is licensed by several companies including Envia, Toda, BASF and Compact Power/LG Chem. The Department continues to support the advancement of the next generation of battery storage technologies that will lower cost and improve range as part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research.

4. The battery is one of the most expensive parts of an electric vehicle, but technological advances are making batteries less costly. Before 2009, a 100-mile range electric battery cost $33,000. Today it costs about $17,000, and it is projected to drop to $10,000 by the end of 2015.

3. Beyond wiper blades and tires, all-electric vehicles require little maintenance, saving consumers money over the life of the car. Even the brake pads last longer in electric vehicles because they use regenerative braking to slow down — a method of converting the energy used to reduce the car’s speed into power that is stored in the car’s battery.

2. In the United States, electricity costs between 3 and 25 cents per kilowatt-hour while a national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.42. It costs only $1 for today’s all-electric vehicles to travel the same distance as a similar-sized gasoline car would on a gallon of fuel. This adds up to a savings of more than $2 a gallon or $1,000 a year in refueling costs, and the next generation of electric vehicles will bring even bigger savings.

1. A majority of the electric vehicle owners charge their cars overnight at home when the electricity costs are lower. But with more than 5,000 public charging stations across the country, refueling your electric vehicle while away from home is even easier. Check out the Alternative Fueling Station Locator to find one near you.

Want to know more about electric vehicles?

Source: Energy.gov

 

 

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[ The Wilderness Society is Celebrating the Wild Days of Summer ]

Currently, The Wilderness Society is celebrating the Wild Days of Summer – and who doesn’t like summer? Summer is the season of fun, and it offers the opportunity to reconnect with wilderness and share your love of wild places with others.  Join us as we celebrate and explore the wildest corners of America. While you’re busy celebrating your own, personal wild place this summer, The Wilderness Society is working hard to ensure the wild places you love are protected.

Interested in visiting a new wild place this summer? Break out the compass and find your way to our wilderness.org/wild for descriptions and pointers on must-see wilderness destinations and tips on wilderness activities, including hiking, camping, family-friendly fun, and much more.

About The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society is the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s public lands, the 635 million acres collectively owned by the American people and managed by our government. From well-known icons to hidden gems, these lands provide us all with clean air and water; abundant wildlife; havens for recreation, learning, and solitude; and a foundation for a healthy planet.  They are also important sources of renewable energy and vital natural resources that must be managed wisely. Visit us at www.wilderness.org

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[ June is a Great Outdoors Month ]

June is National Great Outdoors Month

Americans are urged to spend time in the great outdoors and to uphold our nation’s legacy of conserving our lands for future generations.  Friends and families can explore, play, and grow together from hiking and wildlife watching, to canoeing, hunting, fishing and playing in the neighborhood park…all activities that can help you stay healthy, active and energized.

You don’t have to travel to get a dose of the great outdoors.  Spending time in your own backyard can have the same effect.  Plan a cookout or picnic, go fishing or camping, hike, ride a bike, plant a garden, go to the beach (or river, lake or park), visit a local wildlife center, or even a zoo.  National Great Outdoors Month highlights the benefits of getting outdoors and enjoying our wonderful shared resources of forests, parks, refuges, and other public lands and waters.

Some fun ways to celebrate the great outdoors include:

  • June 1-25 – Go Camping America – Take the family camping in a tent, pop-up trailer, or RV
  • June 4th is National Trails Day – America has over 200,000 miles of trails for hiking, biking and backpacking.
  • June 4-12 is National Fishing and Boating Week.
  • June 11-17 – Great Outdoors Week – Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the outdoors, even if briefly, every day this week.
  • June 11 – National Get Outdoors Day, Fee Waiver Day in National Forests (sponsored by the US Forest Service which operates 17,000 recreation sites and manages 193 million acres of public land), and National Marina Day (showcases the fun and benefits of boating and the marina lifestyle).
  • June 21 – Fee-Free Day in National Parks – Fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.
  • June 25 – National Wildlife Federation’s 7th annual “Great American Backyard Campout” – Spend a night of outdoor family fun under the stars…right in your own backyard.

Communities across the nation celebrate nature and engage in fun outdoor activities during National Great Outdoors Month.  Check with campgrounds in your state, National parks or Forests, or visit your local waterfront.  The National Wildlife Federation’s website offers more inspiration to celebrate the great outdoors.  You can put in your zip code for a list of nature centers, parks, hiking trails, and other outdoor spaces nearby.  Visit www.nwf.org  and click “GET OUTSIDE” today. 

The National Wildlife Federation …Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.  NWF has offices across the country, including nine regional centers, and 48 state affiliates .  NWF gives voice to the wildlife conservation values that are part of our country’s heritage.

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[ Great 1Thing Deal ]

Reusable snack bags!

For a limited time only, you can get 50% off these cute reusable snack bags.  Perfect for lunches, on the go snacks & a great way to teach your kids to go green!

They are 100% cotton, lined with leak-resistant nylon; available in 2 sizes.

Free of BPA and phthalates and FDA approved for everyday food use.

You can buy them (while available) at http://www.getmyperks.com/publishers/entercom-neworleans/daily_deals/69743

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[ Green Kitchen Tips ]

kitchenThe eco-friendly kitchen begins with eating green, but it doesn’t end there.  Energy-efficient food preparation and cleaning habits and dodging toxic chemicals are also important if you want to have a truly healthy kitchen.

Boil Water in a Tea Kettle

  • Boiling water in a tea kettle is quicker and more energy efficient than bringing your water to boil in a pan, so when cooking veggies, boil the water in your kettle before transferring to a pan.  You could invest in an Eco-kettle which is cordless and saves a great deal of energy.

Use a Microwave and Slow Cooker

  • A microwave is the most eco-friendly way to cook, as it uses the least amount of energy.
  • Invest in a slow cooker, as it is the most energy efficient of the lot.

Use Wood Cutting Boards

  • Wooden cutting boards are better than plastic because they don’t pollute during the manufacturing process, and the wood has natural antibacterial properties.

Leave the Oven Open

  • In the winter, leave the oven door open after turning it off, as it will help heat the kitchen.

 

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[ Orange You Glad… ]

Household uses for orange peels…

  • Due to the high content of flammable oil in orange peels, dried peel makes a great fire starter or kindling.
  • It seems that cats don’t like the smell of orange peel, so you can place them around plants where you don’t want cats digging.
  • Dried orange peels can be placed in a cloth bag and placed in closets and cupboards to reduce musty odors.
  • A puree blend of orange peel and water can be applied to an area to discourage ants from crossing.
  • Most insects hate limonene – the oil in the peel.  Small piles of zest can be placed around an area to keep it free from flies and mosquitoes.  Some people claim rubbing orange peel on your skin will prevent mosquito bites.
  • To deodorize a garbage disposal unit, throw down a few peels while it’s operating.
  • While on the topic of garbage, placing orange peel at the bottom of your trash can, before putting the bag or bags in is said to reduce odor and also help discourage insect infestation.
  • Use the orange skin to scrub and deodorize your kitchen sink.

 

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[ Bike to Work Day is 4/11 ]

Bicycling to work is easy, safe and fun. If you’ve never done it before, NOLA Bike to Work Day presented by Entergy and Bike Easy is for you. Experienced riders will meet at five different locations and ride together to downtown. If you have time before work, stop by Gallier Hall for coffee and free safety schwag!

There are some specific group bike routes and more details on pre and post work-day group events at http://bikeeasy.org/events/archives/264/

bike contestPlus, you could even win a bike in time for Bike to Work Day!  Check out all of these contests for a Trek 7000 Bike!

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COMMUTER TIPS:

Bicycling to work is easy and safe. To have the best experience possible, follow the tips below:

  • Chat on Facebook to find a ride buddy or strategize your route. You can also plan a route with Google’s Bicycle Trip Planner or using the map above.
  • Act as if you were driving a vehicle – ride in the direction WITH traffic, stop at stop signs, be predictable
  • Routes that parallel busy streets are often better for bicycles. Look for smooth surfaces, low traffic speeds and volumes
  • Determine where you will store your bike while you work before you show up (many places have garage or locations inside!)
  • Wear comfortable clothing, it’s okay to change when you get to work
  • Make sure your bike is in working order the night before

 

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