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The Principal Solar Institute Documents Role of Solar To Power Organic, Local Food Production

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Principal Solar, Inc., a publicly traded solar energy holding company executing a unique roll-up strategy to create the world’s first distributed solar utility, today announced the release of “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Organic Food Supply.” Authored by James W. Keyes, chairman, Key Development LLC, R. Michael Martin, executive vice president, Business Development, PSI, and Brett T. Gage, research assistant, the paper examines how alternative energy resources, such as photovoltaic (PV), can enhance organic and local food production.

“In recent years, solar has become increasingly cost effective,” says Keyes, advisor to Principal Solar. “Organic certification requires that foods be produced without genetic modification, synthetic hormones, unsustainable practices, or use of certain substances.”

He adds that, of the various renewable energy alternatives available to fuel organic agriculture, PV solar systems are the most economical on the farm. Continue reading

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Keep America Beautiful – Plant Native Trees on National Planting Day

(3BL Media) Stamford, CT – September 6, 2012 - With the fall planting season now underway, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) is encouraging the public, municipalities and civic leaders to plant and re-plant using native species instead of exotic and ornamental plants that are less adapted to local ecosystems.

Through the first-ever National Planting Day (www.getgrowing.org), which KAB has designated on this Saturday, Sept. 8, the organization hopes to raise awareness about the importance of native species in restoring balance to the local environment, while creating vibrant, more beautiful communities. Activities will be happening this weekend and throughout the fall as KAB, its affiliates and its partners mobilize Americans to plant native species of trees, flowers, and plants. Continue reading

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Owens Corning Introduces Shingle Recycling Program

TOLEDO, Ohio, March 27, 2012 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ – Beginning today, Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), through its Roofing and Asphalt business, invites homeowners to take the Shingle Recycling Pledge as a way to show their commitment to keep old roofs  out of landfills by working with roofing contractors who practice sustainable building practices.

“According to the Northeast Recycling Center, up to 10 million tons of recyclable shingles are removed from the roofs of U.S. homes and buildings annually,” said Barry Hornbacher, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling program manager. “By pledging to work with professionals committed to recycling torn-off shingles into pavement, homeowners are helping to ensure their roofing renovation will have less of an environmental impact.”

To take the pledge in markets where recycling is available, homeowners simply visitwww.roofing.owenscorning.com and select “Recycle Now.” In addition to connecting with local contractors committed to shingle recycling, everyone who takes the pledge will also receive a free reusable tote bag while supplies last.  Homeowners who do not currently have shingle recycling available in their area can show their interest in shingle recycling by filling out a form on the website, which will help Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt rally support from contractors in their local community. To learn more, simply visit the Sustainable Roofing page on the site. Continue reading

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WORX Mows Through Grass with IntelliCut

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As gas prices rise, there’s more to consider than the vehicles parked in the garage. Factor in outdoor power equipment such as the lawn mower, and the escalating monthly gas budget may mean fewer meals out. For 54 million Americans that mow their lawn each weekend, that’s a lot of fuel and expense.

There’s a better way and one that requires no gas or oil. Battery-powered lawn mowers such as those from WORX® are friendly to the environment and neighborhood. These silent running machines go about the task with little fanfare. There’s no gas tank to fill, primer bulb to push or pull cord to strain a shoulder. Just squeeze the handle and go.

According to the EPA, each year, American homeowners spill 17 million gallons of fuel from outdoor power equipment. That’s more volume than the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska. Continue reading

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7 Tips How to Green Your Home with Houseplants

Houseplants, besides being a relaxing hobby and providing beautiful aesthetics to your home, can also help reduce indoor air-pollution, which is ranked as one of the top five health threats in America.

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you cannot only make a beautiful addition to your home, but you can also make your home a healthier place to live.

✔ Choose low-water, low-light houseplants – By choosing low-water, low-light houseplants, you will not only save water, but you will increase the likelihood your plants will live longer.

One of the most common reasons that houseplants die is because people forget to water them. Some of the most common low-water plants include the ponytail palm, china aster, potted marigold, globe thistle, ivy-leaved geranium, natal palm and the blue marguerite daisy. Continue reading

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First Projects Certified by SITES National Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

WASHINGTON, Jan 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Sustainable Sites Initiative(TM) (SITES(TM)) has announced the first three projects to be certified by the nation’s most comprehensive system for rating the sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes.

The corporate headquarters of an international manufacturing company, a new university green space and a children’s playground in an urban park are the first to be recognized for their sustainable land practices from among 150-plus pilot projects that began the certification process in summer 2010. These initial projects are the St. Charles, Missouri, campus of Novus International Inc.; the Green at College Park of the University of Texas at Arlington; and the Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tenn.

SITES is a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden. SITES was created to fill a critical need for guidelines and recognition of green landscapes based on their planning, design, construction and maintenance. The partners have collaborated since 2005 in developing a voluntary, national rating system and set of performance benchmarks for sustainable landscapes in areas with or without buildings. Continue reading

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Is it time to Green Your Home?

If you enjoy our tips for Greening Your Home, you’ll love our book!  The Ultimate guide to Greening Your Home contains over 300 Home Greening Tips that cover over 40 home categories. 

A green home is energy-efficient, uses water and natural resources wisely, creates minimal amounts of waste and provides a healthy and safe environment for your family.

The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to best green your home. The purpose of this guide is to provide you with all the critical information you will need in order to make your home a greener place to live. Continue reading

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9 Green Tips to Prepare the Outside of your Home for Winter

Below is an excerpt from the “The Green Guide to Winterizing your Home“.  Order the entire eGuide at our web store. Find hundreds of other green tips for your home at the product site for The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home.

There are a variety of things your should prepare outside your home for winter.  These include checking your chimney, cleaning your gutters, inspecting your roof and foundation, preparing your landscaping, and making sure your snow blower and shovel are ready and waiting.

✔ Prepare your fireplace and chimney – Your fireplace can provide your home with not only heat during the winter, but can also act as the central focal and gathering point of your home.  Before it gets too cold, you should take the following steps to make sure that your fireplace is ready for the winter season. Continue reading

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