Sharing Cities: Building Local Collaboration

How do we get people talking about solutions to recycling challenges? Shareable has introduced a new book, Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons, to provide “a practical reference guide for community-based solutions to urgent challenges faced by cities everywhere.” The book includes 137 examples of local action taken in 80 cities around…

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How Bidets are Saving the Planet, One Spray at a Time

Every day, we witness copious progress in technology, science, housing, energy, and travel. But when it comes to personal hygiene, we’re still living in the 19th century. Most Americans use dry, bleached, expensive, and environmentally-damaging toilet paper when visiting the loo. We’re a germophobic, antibacterial-obsessed society, yet we still wipe,…

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Lawncare Myths

Many common lawncare practices create extra work for you and can actually damage your lawn and harm the environment. Here are  three common lawncare myths debunked to help you grow a greener lawn with less effort. The truth could set your Saturdays free.   Annual Dethatching Almost everything you’ve heard…

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Earthling Survey: Why Do You Recycle?

Express your opinion and help drive environmental change. Every week, Earth911 asks readers questions that can change the environmental perspective of the community and companies that want to know your expectations about sustainability practices, product design and recyclability, and much more. Why Do You Recycle? Which of the following best…

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Soil-Savvy Advice for Perky Plants and Tasty Veggies

If you want your yard to yield succulent vegetables, spectacular flowers, or enviable foliage, pay attention to your soil.  “It’s where the roots live. It’s the basis for life,” says Wendy Wilber, Florida Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator for University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).  For the dish on dirt, we…

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Reinventing the US Power Grid

We have an energy challenge in the United States — actually, a number of energy challenges. The American electricity grid is over 100 years old, and the cost to replace it is an estimated $4.8 trillion. It costs $750 per person annually to deliver energy through the current grid, and the cost…

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