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Green Cities: Urban Forestry in NYC, Chicago and Seattle

Green Cities: Urban Forestry in NYC, Chicago and Seattle

It’s easy to take them for granted, but trees are a living, breathing part of our communities. Trees are commonly associated with where the grow naturally: forests, fields, mountains, and other “natural” areas. Although trees aren’t immediately associated with cities, urban areas are where trees have some of their greatest benefits—and that’s often where they’re … Continue reading

Make it Last: Clean (and Green) Your Clothing

Make it Last: Clean (and Green) Your Clothing

Let’s have a quick refresher on the environmental impacts of clothing production. One t-shirt requires the use of 700 gallons of water, 1/3 pound of pesticides and 14 pounds of CO­­2, while a pair of jeans will go through an estimated 919 gallons of water in its lifetime. Replacing your worn-out t-shirts and jeans with new … Continue reading

Spring Greening

Spring Greening

Ah, spring. For those of us in the Midwest, it feels like it’s taking a bit too long to arrive, but when it finally does, many of us will head to our closets armed with a plastic bag and intentions of getting rid of everything we don’t need. Spring cleaning isn’t the most enjoyable part … Continue reading

Earth Day 2013 – Four Ways to Celebrate

Earth Day 2013 – Four Ways to Celebrate

The world celebrates Earth Day every April 22, and while it may not garner the attention of the big gift-giving holidays, it’s the most important holiday of the year. Seriously – Christmas, July 4 and Thanksgiving are probably among the first days you think of when holidays come to mind, but if we neglect our … Continue reading

World Water Day 2013 – What Can You Do?

World Water Day 2013 – What Can You Do?

The U.S. Geological Survey states that about 70% of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and this probably seems like a lot. For several reasons, however, the Earth’s water supply is not endless – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The Earth’s population is growing by about 80 million people per year, and as more people … Continue reading

How Heavy is that T-Shirt You’re Wearing?

A Fashion Staple’s Heavy Impact on the Global Environment It’s winter again. Time to pull out your heavy wool sweaters and pack away those T-shirts. We all have our favorites – in fact, most of our T-shirts are probably piled in a closet, jammed in the bottom of drawers, emblazoned with logos from sporting events … Continue reading