Drawing straws
Aug15

Drawing straws

For Going Green It is estimated that Americans use 500 million plastic straws every single day. 500 million! Sounds questionable, right? While this number was calculated by the Be Straw Free Campaign, started by 9-year old Milo Cress in Vermont in 2011, and is quoted across the internet, there is no question that the ubiquitous single-use plastic straw is often a default part of the modern drink experience. Consider the number of...

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Block sun’s heat with awnings
Aug15

Block sun’s heat with awnings

Dear Jim: We need to block the intense heat from coming through my windows and door glass. We want to install awnings, but are not sure what is the proper size or material to get. What do you recommend? —Suzi K. Dear Suzi: The sun shining in through windows and doors can quickly overheat a room. This is the same basic greenhouse effect which is warming the Earth. The sun’s short-wave-length heat energy easily passes through...

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Editorial: Composting: Kids have got it down pat
Aug15

Editorial: Composting: Kids have got it down pat

(Editor’s Note: Our regular “Ask the Recycling Maven” columnist Amy Donovan is on vacation this month. In its place, we’re offering this editorial about her work in the schools.) Thanks to Amy Donovan, program manager of the 21-town Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, our kids are better composters than most of us adults. In fact, they’re so good that the district has attained a milestone: As reported recently, 38 schools...

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Shop smart at farmers markets
Aug15

Shop smart at farmers markets

NerdWallet The difference between the produce at farmers markets and supermarkets is more than “tomayto” versus “tomahto.” And buying fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers markets offers opportunities to save money in ways you might not find at a grocery store. The produce sold at most supermarkets is typically harvested before it’s ripe, says Chris Curtis, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets. Then it’s...

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Saving the night from light
Aug15

Saving the night from light

For Going Green How many humans does it take to change a light bulb? Well, that depends on how many recognize light pollution as a serious and growing problem. According to Smith College Professor of Astronomy James Lowenthal, environmental issues associated with light pollution have been burgeoning in this millennium, thanks to population growth and the world’s hungry enthusiasm for LEDs. “There’s nothing wrong with LEDs in general,”...

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Franklin County Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Franklin County Household Hazardous Waste Collection: Sept. 22 The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its annual household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Greenfield Community College Main Campus and Orange Transfer Station. Residents and businesses must pre-register by Sept. 14. Online registration forms may be completed at: http://www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/hazwasteday.html. Paper...

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