TAG: Green

A Parade Of Spring Green

A Parade Of Spring Green

Hints or vibrant displays of color on an exterior or inside of a room can bring it to life. Green is a perfect color choice for adding cues from nature and energy in a space. The following are a lineup of homes and rooms that feature colorful green hues. This glass wall in a master suite accents the outdoor landscape, which nests 2 huge oak trees that have resided on the property long before the home. The energy efficient build was actually constructed around the natural monuments, which provide great shading indoors and out. Selecting a few items to paint a cheerful green… read more

Kids With A Conscience

Kids with a Conscience

While some events and negative news can leave us questioning certain aspects of humanity at times, there are young individuals who bring hope with their positive acts. Some agencies and businesses are making it a point to honor youth who are trying to make a difference. Though they may not always be featured in the daily headlines, it is refreshing to learn about children who are proactive in making their surroundings a better place. Open to U.S. children, the President’s Environmental Youth Award has been in action since 1971. This initiative partners the President with the Environmental Protection Agency to… read more

Ways With Waste

Ways With Waste

The word ‘recycling’ is a ubiquitous part of our language. It means turning waste into a reusable product or even refurbishing it to reuse again, producing useful things from useless materials. Upcycling takes recycling one step further by using recycled materials to create a product which is even more desirable than the original product itself. It is extremely important to know the difference between these two practices because doing the correct thing will produce beneficial results for both you and the environment. Upcycling actually induces creativity. It requires people to think of creative ways of using old and damaged products and materials and… read more

New Domain Extension Lets You Go .Green

.green

Once upon a time, internet address extensions let users know when they were at a commercial site (.com), or an organization’s site (.org), but like most things on the web, those domain extensions were quickly subverted to just about any use (.gov and .edu seem to be the only ones with significance anymore). However, starting as early as next year, true sustainability advocates can opt to have a .green address to go with their green businesses, thanks to the efforts of DotGreen. Although the internet domain landrush is still building (with companies looking to buy their own brand name as… read more

Help Kids Go Green

Kids surround green world

In today’s day and age, eco-friendliness is a trending topic just about everywhere you look. However, kids might not understand the importance of eco-friendliness. For that, we present to you a wonderful list of websites, games, and creative imagination that will help you teach your children how to go green. Planet Pals This is an interactive and colorful website designed to help educate your children on what conservation means. There are games, crafts, cool activities, and a wealth of information formatted for your child’s understanding. There are resources for parents and teachers alike, so visit Planet Pals today. Amazon Green… read more

Teaching Green Values

Teaching children to be greener

The choices we make in our home and in our lives will forever affect our children and all of the following generations. Here are a few ideas for ways to help your child be more environmentally aware. 1. Toy Swaps: Children outgrow their toys quickly. In order to reduce waste and save a little money in the process, set up periodic toy swaps. Parents and their children can take old and unwanted toys to swap out for newer, more age-appropriate toys. If you can’t do a toy swap, find a consignment toy shop in your area. It is better for… read more

Green Thanksgiving

Sharing and preparing for Thanksgiving

One of the most important things to keep in mind when shopping for your Green Thanksgiving is to go local. Local not only will help support your local farms but the use of local products does not have to be driven across the country to get to you. Check for farmers’ markets, family farms, community-supported agriculture programs and U-Pick options in your area for the freshest produce, eggs, dairy and grass-fed meat. When shopping use reusable shopping bags to cut down on the waste polluting the oceans. Portion control can be a huge key to a successful Green Thanksgiving. Over… read more

Go Green with Halloween

Photography by Jenne Kopalek

Halloween is officially here with the ghoulish décor, sinister cider, and pumpkins galore. Have you picked your costume yet? Did you know that consumers spent over $2.5 billion on costumes last year? How do we keep Halloween green, save a few bucks, and create a pretty wicked Halloween costume. Here is a few ideas to get your haunt on. So let’s green that Halloween garb with a few spooky costumes. Here are a few of our favorite do-it-yourself costumes. Crash Test Dummy: Just a tad of lipstick and some black eyeliner and you can be everyone’s favorite crash test dummy…. read more

Green Roofs to Cool Cities

Green roofs in city

An oft-forgot aspect of rising temperatures is the additional increase in temperature in urban areas, known as the urban heat island effect. Essentially, concrete and pavement absorb heat and make the city hotter than the surrounding areas. Additionally, buildings absorb heat during the day, and release it at night. Of course, this heat absorption happens everywhere—it is simple science. However, the sheer amount of concrete and pavement covering the land and quantity of buildings in cities are what drive the temperatures up, inducing the heat island effect. Climate change is not the culprit for the increase in city temperature, though…. read more

Which Activist Are You?

Which environmental activist are you?

Take your pick. Apparently you can be light green, bright green, dark green…or no shade of green at all. As environmentalists, it’s interesting for us to not only consider our personal “shade of green”, but to also reflect on the specific roles we play as activists. When we challenge our own environmental perspectives (not just the perceptions of others), we have the opportunity to grow professionally and personally. We have the opportunity to be more effective in our actions toward a healthy and prosperous world. It all starts apparently with a certain shade of green… For those of you who… read more