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How To Avoid Harmful Chemicals In Plastic

Reduce Exposure to Toxic Household Plastics

Reprinted from U.S. PIRG. Originally posted at https://uspirg.org/feature/usp/how-avoid-harmful-chemicals-plastic

Image: www.humannhealth.com

Everyday plastic items contain many chemicals, some of which have documented negative health impacts. Most notably, phthalates and bisphenols are known endocrine disruptors and have health impacts ranging from reproductive development and fertility […]

NatureFest Goes Virtual

Teaching children how to build birdhouses. Courtesy photos.

Joan Rech

NatureFest is an enjoyable and educational event sponsored by Friends of Moreau Lake State Park (just north of Saratoga Springs, NY). “Friends” is a non-profit group that sponsors activities and in general supports the park. NatureFest is their biggest event. Non-profits and government agencies […]

I LIKE Killing Flies!

Author is ready to take care of flies with his soap solution. Courtesy photo.

Larry Plesent

My wife owns a bakery and, as you know, flies and restaurants do not mix. Hence, the title of this month’s musing on all things natural and sustainable, “I LIKE Killing Flies”.

Did you know that all insects […]

Pathways

Artwork courtesy of Joyce Dutka.

David Fried

In a hectic world, I like to be surrounded by plants as I walk along, tasting, breathing it all in.

Like a bee visiting flowers, I walk the pathways between the plants.

When I walk around the farm, one path takes me from the blueberries to the […]

New DOE Rule For Evaluating Energy Conservation Of Appliances & Equipment

Appliance and equipment standards are saving consumers and businesses billions of dollars. Image: energy.gov

Effective date of this rule is October 19, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Final Rule amending its decision-making process for selecting energy-conservation standards by specifying that it will conduct a comparative analysis of the relative […]

Energy Efficiency Appears Prominently in New Climate Plans

Wendy Koch, ACEEE Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

United States Capitol in Washington DC at night

Energy efficiency appears prominently in recent proposals to address climate change, underscoring its ability to deliver dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Nationwide building retrofits, net-zero construction, fuel efficiency, electric vehicles, and industrial decarbonization — cornerstones of the […]

Efficiency Vermont’s Efficiency Excellence Network Contractor Spotlight:

Alliance Mechanical of Essex Junction, VT

The Alliance Mechanical Team. Courtesy photo.

Interview with Tim Campbell, Energy Solutions Manager

1. What is your area of expertise?

Alliance Mechanical’s expertise is in proactive maintenance, HVAC system repair and replacement, building automation, and boiler services, all for commercial customers. Building automation includes the latest energy […]

The Window In Winter: A Cool Little Microclimate

Side-by-side office windows. Window on right has thermal shade drawn, window on left is uncovered. Photo: Zone 6 Energy.

Nate Gusakov

“We really need new windows. There’s always a draft coming through them!” I hear this a lot from clients who are looking to improve the comfort and efficiency of their home. In certain […]

U.S. On Track to Pay Climate-Pollution Tariff to the E.U.

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act uses this three-part approach to reduce climate pollution. Image: Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Katharine Gage

When we purchase gas for our cars, food, clothes, and other everyday essentials, we pay the price listed on the items’ price tags. When deciding among similar items, customers will naturally pick the […]

Capitalism, Courage, and Justice

Alan Betts

The response of the United States to the confrontation with the COVID-19 virus has been revealing. The strengths and weaknesses of America’s core values of freedom, justice and courage have been exposed, along with the blatant immorality of capitalism and white racism. Little has changed since the famous “Tale of Two Cities” speech […]