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8 Eco-Friendly Renovation Tips

8 Eco-Friendly Renovation Tips

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Maybe you don't want a forest-green home, but you can still keep the environment in mind when you decide to renovate. Follow these tips to ensure an energy efficient and non-toxic home improvement project.

 

  • Think before adding square footage. According to This Old House, "adding unnecessary square footage doesn't just result in the excessive use and disposal of building materials—you also have to factor in the extra heating, air-conditioning, electricity, and furniture you'll need to service the living space."

  • Get an an energy audit.
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NYC Elementary Students Tell City to Ban Toxic Pesticides

NYC Students Tell City to Ban Toxic Pesticides

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Adapted from a post by EarthShare member Beyond Pesticides

New York City passed a pesticide reduction policy in 2005, but the law has not done enough to stop the use of toxic chemicals like glyphosate (Roundup) that endanger human health.

In 2014, NYC Public School teacher Paula Rogovin’s kindergarten class at PS 290, after learning about the dangers of chemical pesticides, wrote their Councilmember Ben Kallos, asking him to “Make a Law!” and stop the use of harmful insecticides and herbicides in city parks and public spaces.

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The numbers just don’t add up to justify drilling in the Arctic Refuge

Congress is on the verge of selling off Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling, and its members don’t seem to know they’re being conned. They have been sold a $1 billion bill of goods.

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BLM suspends needed methane rule, ceding regulation to states & industry

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The department is expected to announce a new draft rule in the next few weeks that could revise the existing regulation or rescind it entirely.

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While America focuses on tax bill, Congress is quietly trying to open our wildest place to oil drilling

The U.S. Senate has passed a Republican tax-reform package that contains a provision to authorize oil drilling on the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, placing the biological heart of one of our last pristine, untouched places in severe peril.

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