How Do I Re-Use That!?
Rancid grease? No problem - make soap. Candle stubs? They make great fire starters. Check out this article on Mother Earth News for 100 ways to re-use pretty much anything. And if you still need help, Earth 911 has even more ideas.
World Health Organization Confirms That Air Pollution Causes Cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, which is based in Lyon, France. Read the full article here.
Local Landscaper Helps You Create a Sustainable Lawn and Garden
DigRightIn, a local lawn and landscaping service, uses an integrated approach to landscape maintenance and design that works with nature in sustainable ways. Their program includes soil sampling to see what is needed, core aeration for oxygenating the roots, compost and over-seeding for bare spots and thin turf grass to discourage weeds from coming in. They also offer hand weeding instead of chemical treatment. Read more here.
Don’t Waste Those Leaves - Re-Use Them!
Yep, it’s that time again - rake ‘em, drag ’em out to the curb, wait for the Village, repeat each week. Or, you can re-use those leaves to improve your lawn and garden! Learn how to get started here.
Nicor Offers Free Kit to Save Energy and Water
Looking for ways to reduce your energy and water use? The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program is offering a FREE energy-saving kit to each Nicor Gas customer household. Sign up here.
Composting Can Reduce Your Trash Volume and Improve Your Garden
More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting. Interested? The EPA has lots of information here.
Local Chiropractor Warns You to Check That “Natural” Label
Local Chiropractor Dr Vic Manzo wants you to make sure you know what’s in those foods labeled “Natural”. Read his blog in the LaGrange Patch here.
Dupage County Forest Preserve Hosts Green Activities
Learn about using a compass or a bow and arrow, and how to spot birds - these are just some of the programs being offered by the Dupage County Forest Preserve. Check out all the activities here.
How Big is YOUR Energy Footprint?
Have you ever wondered how your house stacks up against others? EnergyImpactIllinois has put together a simple way to find out here. Just type in your address to learn how your gas and electricity use rates compare on a square foot basis to others in your area. The site also has links to resources for steps you can take to reduce usage.
Local Resident Seeks LEED Certification for New Home
The Lewendowski family decided they wanted to build a LEED certified home - the first in La Grange. It’s been a long, strange trip, but it’s happening! You can read about their plans and progress to date on their blog.
EPA Site Provides Resources for Living Green
Our actions impact the environment. Today we realize that each thing we do can help or hurt our planet in many ways. We all need to take ownership of environmental protection. EPA has tools to help you learn and understand the issues and help you reduce your environmental footprint. Learn more at EPA's Sustainability site.
Our interactive blog for assessing the science behind the debate. Current resources for Climate Modeling, Alternative Energy Options, and Green Economics - links to current work that tries to set the record straight.