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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Smart Landscaping Tips To Help You Save Energy (INFOGRAPHIC)

Smart Landscaping Tips To Help You Save Energy (INFOGRAPHIC) | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

There are number of other energy saving solutions, both solar and non-solar, that fall under the scope of home improvement projects, but sometimes, it’s the most down-to-earth strategies that can end up putting money back in your pocket.

Well-designed landscaping is one example of a potentially energy saving tactic for homeowners. By establishing a well-designed landscape that is suited to the regional climate and local weather conditions, homeowners can end up saving money on home energy costs, reducing the amount of water use, buffering their home from noise and air pollution, and staying more comfortable inside and out of the house. According to Energy.gov, a smart landscape design can reduce a home’s air conditioning costs by as much as 50%, planting windbreaks on three sides of a house can cut fuel consumption by 40%, and well-designed landscaping can pay for itself in less than 8 years.

Here’s a great infographic from Energy.gov that illustrates some energy saving landscaping tips...


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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic

From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. 

However, with the way our current food system works, processed foods such as chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers and candy are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, though, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy options. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks.


Do you know where your food comes from? Or what’s in it? How is a hotdog made? Today’s conventional food system depends heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and synthetic inputs that pose threats to our health — especially children’s.


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FarmRoof®'s curator insight, June 28, 2013 2:51 PM

What a great infographic!

sTreet's comment, July 5, 2013 4:03 AM
fantastic
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How Green is Your State? Find Out With This Interactive Map

How Green is Your State? Find Out With This Interactive Map | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
MPHOnline created an interactive map to determine the best and the worst (How Green is Your State?

There are many ways to assess the greenness of your home state. MPHOnline‘s approach was to consider a state’s energy makeup, gasoline consumption per capita, greenhouse gas emissions, air and water quality, recycling efforts and availability of public transportation.

Using this data from state energy, waste, transportation and environmental management agencies, MPHOnline created an interactive map to determine how each state ranks.


Visit the link and click on your state to see how it fares.


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Maryland:  Not Very Green, except, perhaps, on recycling.

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Electric Car's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:56 PM

Spend your hard earned dollars on research into free, clean energy hich maximizes output of solar, wind, other unused free sources of energy,  instead of "investing" in poisonous drilling and mining, shipping oil hungry equipment polluting the planet, and paying ever increasing prices for ancient fossilized sunshine just for electricity production.  

Maxwell Tech's curator insight, January 10, 1:18 PM

How green is your state? Check out this nifty interactive map from EcoLiving and learn about your state's green rating. Let's try to get more green on the map, U.S.!