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Who Will Win the 2010 Heart of Green Awards?

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via the Daily Green. The Daily Green’s Heart of Green Awards honor those people and organizations that take green to the mainstream — to the “heart&# of the American people.

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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter from Green Life Smart Life!

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White House Easter Egg Roll Goes Green

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Easter is just around the corner and everyone is anticipating the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s event will have a bit of a different, albeit healthier, greener feel to it. White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 5, 2010 with the theme of “Ready, Set, Go!”

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Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Manufacturing

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After 120 years of manufacturing incandescent light bulbs, Toshiba announced last week its planned to switch solely to CFLs and LED light bulbs.

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Abby’s Blog: We Add Up

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WE ADD UP is a global campaign using organic cotton t-shirts that literally “counts you in” to help solve the climate crisis. Every shirt is printed by hand with a unique number. YOUR number is your position in our sequential global count of people who are taking steps to do their part.

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Home Entertainment’s Take on the Green Life Project

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Green Living, Smart Living. December 22, 2009 By Dennis Burger. Email this page. Click the images below for bigger versions: Green in RI.

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Rhode Island Locavore Holiday Weekend

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The Rhode Island state flag. I'm all for hope. My wife and I had a friend from our hometown of Philly to visit at our current home of Wakefield, Rhode Island, this Fourth of July weekend. Excited to show her around, we decided to have a full-fledged Rhode Island locavore experience.

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Day 3 of Geothermal: Installation, Well Drilling and a Look at Equipment

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Here’s our slurry pit. . . . . . . . . . Here’s the well rig . . . . . . . . . . . . . That’s Hazard Stewart, he owns Newport Geothermal. Hi Hazard! . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Green Life Smart Life - Untitled Article

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When my husband and I embarked on this project I believed green living and a tech lifestyle could co-exist, what I found was that technology helped us be more energy efficient, more connected and smarter in the way we designed, built and live in our home. Looking back on the 24 months we have invested in this project, I have learned so much and have enjoyed sharing what I’ve learned with you, our daily readers.

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With a week left to file, did you remember your energy tax credits?

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I finished my takes last week, and all told we are receiving more than $38,000 in tax credits both federal and state from the installation of geothermal system and other ENERGY STAR products in our home in 2009. There were a lot of changes in the tax code this year so if you made home improvements, be sure to give your tax preparer your receipts so you can determine your deductions for 2009. To find out about rebates in your state, check out the DSIRE website.

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Hating on Enviromentalism

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I don’t get it. How can you call caring about the environment “earth-worshipping manure&# ? Or liberal happycrap? Do you have to be a liberal to care about the earth or eat local foods that taste great and don’t have chemicals? I mean I fully believe in the death penalty. Hell, I believe in an-eye-for-an-eye. I think welfare is for lazy people looking for handouts and women who aren’t smart enough to understand the concept of birth control.

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Spotlight on Creativity: Saturday Etsy Series

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If you are going to be doing any holiday entertaining in the upcoming months, my etsy pick of the week, hopejohnson , would be a perfect shop to browse for some unique colorful ceramic dishes for your table. Hope Johnson’s shop has bright one of kind pieces that range from dipping dishes to bowls. Everything is handmade in her home and ready to ship to yours. This California designer has a background in graphic design and photography and is inspired by plant forms and organic shapes.

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Organic Turfs Don’t Cost More

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Grassroots recently released a Turf Comparison Report analyzing the relative costs of maintaining a typical high school football field using a conventional (chemical) program and a natural (organic) program over a five-year period. The report, prepared for members of the New York State legislature, concludes that the annual cost of maintaining a field using natural products and techniques can be as much as 25% lower than the cost of conventional programs using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

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How to Clean Up After a Flood

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Since RI is presently still trying to asses the depth and breadth of damage cause by the historical flooding we all just faced, I though I’d look up and provide some tips on how to deal with the clean up after flooding. Across RI and surrounding states, homeowners are presently faced with one of the worst floods many of us have ever seen.

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Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative forms to foster adoption of the smart grid

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Washington, DC –To help build consumer acceptance and use of the smart grid, a group of smart grid leaders today announced the formation of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC). The founding members of the SGCC include consumer electronics and technology companies, retailers, consumer advocacy groups, and utilities dedicated to maximizing the value of the grid for consumers.

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UPS’s Green Smart Pickup Option

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UPS announced last week their new Smart Pickup option , a new “green” option within their Decision Green program. Smart Pickup is for small to mid-sized businesses and gives them the option of scheduling a pickup for a package only when a package is actually being shipped. UPS will use their technology to make sure a driver only stops at the customer’s location if and when a package is ready to be shipped.

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Veggies Fresh from the Farm–Without Getting Dirty!

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…well unless you want to…. Imagine receiving a weekly delivery of farm fresh vegetables, flowers, dairy and pasture grazed beef every week without getting one ounce of dirt on your hands…for those that agree that a little dirt won’t hurt you, there are ways to get your farming fix by helping to plant crops for your local farmer and with each delivery you’ll smile knowing you played a part in cultivating the delicious bounty before you.

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Greenest Communities in Westchester win first Green Star Awards

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142-Point Evaluation Addresses Local Efforts on Climate Change, Sustainability and Environmental Health. Pleasantville, NY, March 24, 2010 — Grassroots Environmental Education, a non-profit organization, in partnership with the Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, announced today the results of a county-wide assessment of the efforts of towns and villages in Westchester County to address key environmental issues.

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Become a Jedi of the Farmer’s Market

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Now that spring has officially sprung itself here in our lovely state of Rhode Island my thoughts are drifting towards the 2010 farmer’s market season. I am a huge fan of the Aquidneck Growers’ Market ; I get there early so that I can get first dibs on all the goodies while sipping on an icy cup of deliciousness from Custom House Coffee.

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Green Homes Show Sales Gains in Real Estate Market, at least in the Pacific Northwest

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In the pacific northwest, homes certified as eco-friendly sold for 8.5% more per square foot and were on the market 22% less time than other homes, according to the ECert report that tracks new home sales from September 2007 through December 2009. Homes that underwent the strictest certifications sold for 25% more than non-certified homes. Certified home standards included Earth Advantage New Homes, ENERGY STAR ® , and the U.S.

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Abby’s Blog: Girl Scouts Going Green

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My mom likes to say this isn’t her girl scouts. Not that they used to ravage the earth or anything but the push to care for the earth is ever growing in the Girl Scouts today. In celebration of their centennial, the Girl Scouts launched the “Girl Scouts Forever Green&# project to challenge scouts to save energy and water. The project, which began in 10 councils and will be expanded nationwide, lets members track their specific accomplishments online.

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Spotlight on Creativity: Saturday Etsy Series

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This beautiful weather inspired me to feature an etsy seller that was bright, cheerful and influenced by nature – GLSL readers – meet Tracy Melton of focuslineart , an etsy seller/full time artist based in Knoxville, TN.

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Greener Product – a green building resource

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One of the most challenging things about working on a LEED or other green building project can be sourcing materials and specifying products that will not only gain points in a certification program but also represent the level of sustainability desired. If there are limited LEED experts in a given area, that challenge only grows for builders, architects, homeowners and contractors.

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Getting through the last of the local root vegetables requires some great recipes!

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I have a veggie secret. I love them. Not the way I like cake or pie but I really like them, more than most people I would assume. Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, asparagus, butternut squash, beets, broccoli, zuchini, I don’t discriminate. But at this time of the year, finding the fresh stuff gets tough and the ideas for new recipes get tougher. After combing the local farmer’s market on Saturday, all we had to pick from were the root veggies.

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How I lowered by total cholesterol and raised my good HDLs in a year of organic eating

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So a little over a year ago I had an annual check up that came back with some surprising results in regards to my cholesterol. It was high, really kind of high. High like you might expect to find on 55-year-old man who stops at McDonald’s for lunch every day. But I wasn’t that person I was neither male nor 55 and I NEVER go to McDonald’s or anything like it. I workout 3-5 times a week based on my schedule, I do a mix of cardio, Pilates and weight training.

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3 Easy Sustainable Home Improvement Measures

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In today’s world, it literally pays to be eco-friendly; green is the new in color; and if you’re not bothered about the environment, you’re the villain who is hastening the destruction of our wonderful planet. If you’ve owned your home for more than a decade or so, you’re probably only now beginning to understand why there’s a loud clarion call for green building measures. Your energy costs are soaring and you know you’re not using scarce resources in an optimal manner.

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Electrolux is taking cooking to a whole new level

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Electrolux is planning a whole new way to use your stove. Electronics are taking over and why not add a bit of intelligence to your cooktop? Electrolux is looking at ways to make pots and pans obsolete. They want people who enjoy cooking and those without any cooking experience to operate the same stove. Forget getting sauce splattered all over your cookbook, it’s not even a necessity in the kitchen anymore. .

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Walmart Announces Emission Reduction Plan; Can They Achieve Sustainability?

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On February 25, Walmart announced their emissions reduction initiative and promised to to eliminate 20 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from life cycle of products they sell around world by 2015. This announcement is a big one, considering Walmart’s supply chain contributes to 90% of the company’s carbon footprint and has more than 3,000 stores in the U.S. and almost 1,300 International operations.

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Greening up your Spring Cleaning

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A couple of years ago after being fed up buying bottles of “green” window cleaner that never offered a larger sized re-fill version–I started making a few of my own cleaning products for everyday use around the house. Since then I have enjoyed a home free of that stinky cleaning product smell-which absolutely nauseates me just thinking about it, and keeps my lean budget a little meatier.

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RI Chapter of USGBC announces lineup of events and workshops

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The RI Chapter of the USGBC has been planning its events and workshops for the first half of 2010 and has provided an exciting line-up including the NFL’s Climate Change Initiative event coming in mid-March. Information and sign-ups can be found on the Chapter’s website. You’ve should become a member a member and get involved. Did you know? The National Football League Is Green.

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PickupPal Takes the Blind-Date Feeling out of Ride Sharing

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Launched in January of 2008 by John Stewart and Eric Dewhirst , PickupPal uses the force of the internet and social networking to connect drivers and passengers globally in a new age type of transportation marketplace. This is more than just organizing a boring carpool to commute to work with; PickupPal actually connects people through common interests like concerts, hiking, or even running marathons.

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Want to start your own weatherization business in NE? NESEA offers a class

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The residential weatherization industry is expected to grow dramatically as utility programs and government incentives make it more affordable for homeowners to make their houses more energy efficient. Whether it is improving insulation, replacing old windows, or sealing foundations, there will be millions of dollars spent on weatherization projects over the coming years, and there is a strong need for more contractors to provide these services.

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Abby’s Blog: Disney’s Friends for Change, Project Green

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I pledged Disney’s Friends for Change. This green movement for kids is lead by favorite Disney teen stars that stress environmental issues in the campaign, encouraging us to take action. As part of the initiative, kids will have the ability to choose how Disney will invest one million dollars in environmental programs to save water, save animals, stop pollution, and save the earth. Kids can pick a number of different ways to pledge.

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Time to Volunteer

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Volunteering is a great way to help your community. There are many organizations that will help direct you want to participate in cleaning up our planet! Rhode island has an entire center dedicated to volunteering. Cleaning up a park, planting a tree, volunteering at a local food bank, or even donating your time for a fundraiser are all wonderful way’s to help your community.

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Grossed out by the sweat during hot yoga?

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I took a hot yoga class once. Those who know me might say I run a little warm, others simply call me &# sweaty girl&# (affecti0nately). Hot yoga for a sweaty girl is not a fun sight. But I liked the class which is taught at our local All That Matters studio so I went about finding a solution and found the eQua Hot Yoga Towel .

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Skip a flush or change your system!

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Skipping a flush just doesn’t seem right, it’s a personal thing for me but I can’t see it being sanitary. There are so many way’s to go green and to help you save money and in return are also helping the environment. Putting low flow water heads throughout your home is a huge step. Putting in a waterless urinal in my bathroom doesn’t really seem like an option so many greenies have suggested to opt on flushing when not truly necessary. . The average toilet uses between 1.5

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E-waste Causing Problems for Countries

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A report was recently released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) about the rising problem of E-waste in countries like China and India. Electronic sales are said to grow immensely in the next 10 years, raising the question of what to do about all the E-waste that will come from it.

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Paper or Plastic? Plastic, please!

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The impossible question, paper or plastic? For once I think there is a possibility that saying plastic isn’t such a bad idea. We all know now that we have the option to recycle our used plastic bags. Supermarkets are making it very easy by placing bins near doors allowing you to dispose of the bags you have been saving in your basement stairwell for months. Although this is a great idea but can seem like an overwhelming and time consuming task, we all should be doing it.

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Spotlight on Creativity: Saturday Etsy Series

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This weekend I am moving into my new apartment, it is going to be wonderful and I am very excited but there is only one small problem! There is only one small closet. I am not quite sure you can call it a walk in (like they said in the ad) since it is built into the hallway stairs so for the first 2/3 of the closet you have to hunch over. This might not be an issue for some readers who have a moderate wardrobe but I have lots of shoes, dresses, coats, purses….you you get the picture, right?

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Bill Gates at TED2010: We Need Energy Miracles

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Of all the speeches and talks I’ve heard on climate change, Bill Gates’ recent TED2010 talk was the most pragmatic and thoughtful. Titled “Innovating to Zero,&# Gates touches on our need to strive towards zero CO2 emissions. Unlike other climate talks, which tend to either be full of hubris or broad reaching statements, Gates presented several clear ideas and equations for strategies that could potentially lead us to this goal.

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