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5 Tips on Celebrating Arbor Day 2014

Posted by SEPCO

4/24/14 9:30 AM

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Friday is the 135th Arbor Day, a time to do something as simple as plant a tree to celebrate. Trees provide clean air by trapping carbon from the atmosphere and storing it. Trees also add shade, fruit and can be a focal point of a landscape project. Here are five things you can do to get involved.

 

1 Visit your local nursery and pick out something new for your yard. With so many choices available, you can pick something that is beautiful such as a jacaranda tree to something that is fruit bearing that you can harvest and enjoy. Or you can just get a tree that will stay green, no matter what time of year it is or something that will change to a beautiful rainbow to enjoy every fall. No matter what your preference is, your local nursery will have just the perfect tree available for you.

 

2 Volunteer at a tree planting event or get involved in local community event. From community beautification projects to working on a community garden, there are tons of ways for you to get involved in planting trees or vegetation to make the world a little greener.

 

3 Talk to your local government, school or green group and find out what local activities are happening or get one of your own started. Schools love getting their classes involved and teaching new ideas and lessons to their students. Local government offices can help you get involved in a local park or set you up with the correct people to make change happen.

 

4 Get your family involved by teaching them about the importance of making the world a little greener, set up a recycling program at home, plating a garden for you to enjoy year around and so many other ideas. Check out Nature Explore for some great information and resources on getting your family involved and activities going on near you.

 

5 Maybe you live in a city, far from nature. Go out and spend a day in nature by taking a hike, visiting a local park for a picnic, swimming at a local lake or at the beach, etc. There are so many things you can do go enjoy nature even when you live in a concrete forest.

 

For some more tips and ideas check out the Arbor Day Celebration Guidebook for great ideas and tons of other useful information. So what are you going to do for this Arbor Day?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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Earth Day 2014: Show Your Support for the Earth

Posted by SEPCO

4/22/14 9:30 AM

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It is Earth Day! Definitely one of my favorite holidays of the year. What are you doing to show your support for our Earth? Here is some great information on the history of Earth Day and what you can do to support your local community.

History of Earth Day

Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970 to help bring about awareness of environmental issues that were occurring daily. He was inspired by the student anti-war movement and wanted to reach people in the same way to make them aware of air and water pollution. This movement led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passed the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Earth Day took off from day one growing larger and larger with every year, and the fight still continues today. Read more about the history of Earth Day.

Getting Involved

Earth Day’s website provides some great resources to help you get involved. There is information on getting your school or organization involved in making a difference. You can get more information by visiting their website for resources or check out their events page to find something going on in your area. Even if you can’t get involved in a local group project, you can always do something on your own. Take your family on a walk and pick up the trash along the way or plant something or find something old and upcycle it into something new. So many thing can be done and you can have a blast doing them.

 

 

So what can you do for today, Earth Day 2014? 

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10 Amazing Environmentally Friendly Websites

Posted by SEPCO

7/28/11 10:30 AM

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I love all things green and wanted to point out some of my favorite websites for more information. Go check these out and let me know which ones are your favorites or what websites I am missing. I’d love to expand my bookmarks with more information.  
  1. Care2 – if it is creating a more green lifestyle, eating healthier, or taking action into causes you like; Care2 provides information on just about everything.
  1. MNN Mother Nature Network – “Improve your world” is MNN’s motto and the site does just that. MNN has up to date news and information on environmental and social responsibility issues that encompass your family, health, lifestyle, business, community and planet.
  1. Eartheasy – not just a blog to read, but products to actual put to use to make your life greener. The blog is full of great advice while their store covers just about everything inside and outside the home.
  1. Chasing Green – a site that shows small things that can be done in everyday living to improve the environment, look no further. Chasing Green provides projects, discussions, and encouragement for finding simple tasks to make a change.
  1. Smart Planet – focusing on business, technology, innovation and energy, Smart Planet gives a view to major aspects on how to improve all aspects of the environment.
  1. Earth Techling – a consumer publication that focuses on all types of green technologies from clean energy, electric vehicles, green gadgets, and green buildings.
  1. Clean Technica (cleantechnica.com) – news and individual’s views on solar, wind, water, and geothermal energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs. They also have more specific sites to choose from for other green topics.
  1. TED – Ideas Worth Spreading is the only mantra of TED. A conference that brings people from technology, entertainment, and design together to talk about all topics. A Greener Future is specific to helping the environment and making the world a greener and self sustaining place.
  1. Global Cool – inspiring people to think and live differently through work with celebrities and entertainment to show people how to live a greener life and enjoy it.
  1. Treehugger – from becoming informed, interacting, to taking action, Treehugger.com covers news, solutions, and product information. There is tons of information available for any type of audience.
Well that wraps up my top ten. Leave me a comment below with information on your favorites so I can go check them out and report back.
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