Thursday, May 9, 2013
Inspire your children to love and respect the earth by being environmentally-friendly.
Love begins in the home and so does the love for our earth. If you teach your children to respect the earth on every level, they will continue to realize the global impact of environmentalism when they become adults. This is important for the sustainability of life as we know it. Perhaps we can set off that spark in a child, making them want to learn more about the process and do more to help. If we've done our part, they might strive to become an environmentalist — professionally or at heart. Inspire children, plant the seeds early on, and they will flourish. We all strive to do "acts of kindness" for our neighbors, to cement better relations locally or worldwide — but perhaps we also need to do "acts of environmental kindness" too, to …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect -- and improve -- our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
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Wednesday, May 8
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* If you’re looking for a green job in the area, check out our jobs page …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here in East Windsor, Hightstown, and Cranbury.
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Friday, April 26
We're looking for all the great ways East Windsor, Hightstown, and Cranbury natives are working to preserve and protect the Earth. From composting to creative recycling, we want to hear what you do to minimize your carbon footprint, reduce waste, and just live a greener lifestyle. Please tell us in the comments below or upload a picture!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Want your grass to be greener? Here are some tips from the professionals and a list of local resources to help your grass grow without harmful chemicals and pesticides.
If you want a lawn that's easier to take care of, safe to play on and beautiful to look at, then follow these tips from the pros this spring. Ditch The Chemicals Since 1994 Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual and founder of SafeLawns.org, has helped homeowners get beautiful lawns without harmful chemicals. Tukey became a leader in the natural lawn care industry after becoming sick himself from excessive exposure to pesticides. Tukey says in addition to keeping pets and children safer, “organic lawn care also conserves resources, saves money and ultimately saves time.” Start with the Soil Your first step to a beautiful lawn is a soil test, says Tukey. “Get a soil test and check the most important three factors: Organic …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
All the tools you need to start composting in East Windsor, Hightstown and Cranbury - plus where to get free or low-cost compost for your garden.
If composting is an activity on your list of ways to live greener, here's a how to get started in East Windsor, Hightstown, and Cranbury. Emily Bishton, a designer of sustainable landscapes and an environmental educator for children and adults, says, "Home composting is a fun and easy way to make fabulous and free soil amendments to make all the plants in your garden healthier," Bishton says. "It also eliminates the carbon emissions that are needed to truck your food and yard waste to composting facilities, truck the finished compost back to a retail outlet, and then to your home.” Collecting Kitchen Compost Composting starts in the kitchen. First, you'll want to set up a system for catching compostable materials during your meal and snack…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Eating organic is good for your health and it's good for the planet. But sometimes, it can be hard to find. Here's where to get the best organic foods in and around East Windsor, Hightstown, and Cranbury.
Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30%? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33%? This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report. If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy. So eating organic is…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
From simple everyday changes to purchasing water efficient appliances, here's how homeowners and families can save water and protect our local environment.
Did you know only 1 percent of the total water resources on earth are available for human use? It's a fact, according the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Students at the Redmond, WA elementary school Explorer Community School know how to conserve water and protect water quality. They go on field trips to watch salmon returning to nearby rivers to spawn and they learn what not to toss down their drains at home that might hurt water quality and the creatures that live in their local streams and lakes. They also water the school’s garden with their parents in the summer with rainwater caught in two rain barrels. Lead teacher Susan O’Malley says that learning about water conservation from 1st grade on is part of the school’s …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Posters must be submitted by March 25.
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Saturday, March 9
East Windsor Township, through the Township Clean Communities Committee, is sponsoring a Poster Contest for all elementary school students to focus on Earth Day. The Theme of the poster is to promote any, or all, of the “4 R’s” of the Township Recycling Program Logo, which are: Winners from Grades K - 2 and winners from Grades 3 - 5 will receive awards of a Gift Certificate to Barnes and Noble ($75, $50, and $25, respectively, for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place). The awards are being donated by Shiseido America. Posters should be left by Monday, March 25 at your School’s Administrative Office or at the Mayor’s office within the East Windsor Township Municipal Building. Please be certain that the back of each poster contains the student’s Name, …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Here is the East Windsor, Hightstown and Cranbury guide to recycling all of your old things, from paper and glass to clothes and toys, plus some things you can do to benefit local schools and charities.
Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill. Find out how to recycle everything in East Windsor and Hightstown! Clothing: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe. East Windsor Township has partnered with the Rescue Mission of Trenton for a clothing donation drive this year. Clothing donation bins are currently located at the East Windsor Senior Center and East Windsor Fire Company No. 2/Rescue Squad…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Here is a list of ways to live a greener lifestyle, plus some resources to help you go green right here in East Windsor, Hightstown and Cranbury.
If you aren’t ready to throw some solar panels on the roof and ditch your power company, but would like to save some money by living a greener life, here are 20 tips to help you get started. Around the house: 1. Buy food, including spices and flour, in bulk. You’ll save money and reduce the amount of packaging that goes in the trash. BJ's Wholesale Club in Trenton and Sam's Club in Princeton offers bulk food options. 2. Make sure your thermostat is set properly. Lowering the default settings during the summer and at night could save you almost $200 a year, according to Energy Star. More tips at energystar.gov. 3. Insulate your hot water heater. To see if you need to insulate, touch your heater. If it is warm to the touch, it needs …