Carpet and Carpet Pad Recycling

NAHB Research Center Annual carpet production for the U.S. market equals 1.5 billion square yards (approximately 485 square miles or enough to cover almost 90% of Houston, Texas, with carpet). Carpet typically lasts from 7 to 10 years (residential) or 5 to 8 years (commercial). Recarpeting accounts for 55% of …

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Backyard Wildlife – Questions & Answers

BellMuseum.org   What’s tunneling under my lawn? If your yard is criss-crossed with speed bump like tunnels, you probably have moles! In Minnesota we have two species of moles, the star-nosed mole and the Eastern mole. Both are small mammals, gray to black in color with large digging claws on …

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Best Thrift Store Buys

Eva Lewandowski If you’ve watched a local television station in the past week or so, you’ve probably seen the commercials for “Goodwill Halloween”, or more specifically for the costumes and decorations that you can find at your local Goodwill Industries retail thrift store. Reuse is a key component of a …

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Community Gardens

Anna Wasescha Farm In The City There is little agreement about the definition of a community garden, probably because the most important goal of such places is to create a healthy community rather than a healthy crop of flowers, vegetables or fruit trees. Betsy Johnson of Garden Futures in Boston …

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Wildfire: How to Keep Your Home and Family Safe

Lindsay Brice Do It Green! Magazine According to the pamphlet “Wildfire: Are You and Your Home Prepared?” three quarters of wildfires are caused by the careless actions of people. These fires are preventable. “In the Great Lakes Region, more than one-quarter, or 1500 fires annually, are caused by careless burning …

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Local and Organic on a Budget

Liz McMann Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op It isn’t easy to balance a commitment to local, organic and natural foods with a tight grocery budget. Americans have become accustomed to cheap food, rather than food that is a good value, meaning rich in nutrients, beneficial to the environment and supportive …

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Green Rooftops

Corrie Zoll Minnesota Green Roofs Council A green rooftop is a rooftop that incorporates plants as part of a building’s roofing system. Properly designed, green roofs are stable, living ecosystems that replicate many of the processes found in nature. Green rooftops can provide multiple ecological benefits including stormwater management, water …

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Co-Housing

Eric Hart Would you like to get to know your neighbors? Share tools, stories and memories? Create community? Co-housing makes these desires a part of your daily life, even with the busy lifestyles of today. Over the past decade, a growing number of people have discovered co-housing as a way …

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Share the Ride

Metro Transit Explore your transportation options instead of driving alone. Sharing the ride in a carpool or vanpool can save you money, help the environment and allows you to relax during your commute. To get started, visit http://metrotransit.org/rideshare and use the Rideshare Planner. It will automatically match you with potential …

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Go Green in Your Aparement

Chad Skally & Amy Pickett Skally Management Anyone can go green, no matter what type of home they live in, including an apartment. Many ways of living green are now seen as routine, such as: recycling, using compact fluorescent light bulbs, limiting air conditioning use and turning off appliances when …

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