Today is America Recycles Day

by Amy on November 15, 2014

RecycleDayChoose to recycle –  it is easy and by doing so you:

  • reduce waste going to the landfills,
  • reduce the energy needed to extract raw materials,
  • reduce use of raw materials,
  • and help create the ‘raw materials’ needed to make new stuff from old.
  • Oh and you could earn rewards…

It is easy and can be rewarding.

Pledge to recycle here –

If you live in Philadelphia, sign up for recycling rewards here –


Now For Something Completely Different

September 9, 2014

We did it! We moved from the bucolic countryside of Kennett Square into the heart of Bella Vista in Philadelphia.  From a two story, net zero, development house to a 4-5 story townhouse. From an overflowing, garden filled property to a patch of concrete.  Now that is completely different.  Something different filled with opportunity to […]

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Sustainability Books Worth Reading – Save the Bumblebees!

June 30, 2014

Looking for more information about sustainable design, construction and living?  Here are some great resources: A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees by Dave Goulson.  Would you like to read an entertaining book that contains tons of information about bumblebees – their importance to the natural world and our food chain? Then read […]

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Clearwater Beach Sustainability Travelogue

May 29, 2014

Sustainability is becoming a way of life in Clearwater. Although it never screams about sustainability the city is pretty progressive in its efforts. The first inkling is the signage along the bridge and roads that head over to Clearwater Beach that declare the gardens are irrigated with reclaimed water. Like other progressive cities, Clearwater has […]

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9 minutes a year

May 15, 2014

‘According to a new report from The Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), “Extensive research has found that the average utility customer spends nine minutes per year thinking about their energy use.”’  When Will Behavioral Energy Efficiency Hit the Commercial Market in a Big Way? by Linda Hardesty Accessed 5/15/2104 (Bold is from me) Nine minutes a […]

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Live Net Zero in Solar Powered Home

May 8, 2014

      Did you always want to live in a great neighborhood? Walk into the coolest town in America for world class restaurants and shopping? Enjoy lush gardens? Operate your house with solar power? Then look no further than Kennett Square.

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Lawyer Water

April 16, 2014

As I was waiting to meet with a lawyer the other day the receptionist asked if I would care for coffee or something else to drink.  “Water would be great.” was my answer. I was presented with a styrofoam cup and a bottle of water.  I know that this particular office has a kitchen with […]

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One Easy Way to Create a Water Budget For Your Home

March 4, 2014

Pull out your water bills for the past year and calculate total usage Divide through by 365 to obtain a daily usage number The EPA calculates standard US daily household water usage on three levels.  Take a look at the following chart.  Where does your consumption fit?     My 1990 tract house with 4 […]

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1000 Ways to Act Up On World Water Day – 3/22/2014

February 22, 2014

Well maybe not 1,000 but lots of ways… Learn more about the issues by reading some great books:         And checking out some great resources like: for lots of links to information about the world wide crisis  EPA for information about your drinking water  National Water Resources Association for conservation […]

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Host a Sustainable Movie Festival – 8 Great Films

February 18, 2014

What are you and your organization doing for World Water Day or Earth Day? Why not hold an environmental movie festival?  Here are some great films for you to choose from: Trashed. Jeremy Irons hosts this eye opening expose about the amount of garbage we generate and how it is or is not disposed of.  […]

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