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Sustainability in sports? No way. The stereotype for sports fans is a beer-drinking, wing-eating, hooting-and-hollering macho he-man wearing their favorite player’s jersey and holding a foam finger. But for that same exact guy to be a tree-hugging environmentalist? Not a chance. Don’t be so sure though. Because as of August 2015, 142 teams, 151 venues,...

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There are many benefits to installing green roofs. They also don’t carry many prerequisites. Typically, all that is needed is a flat or lowly sloping roof, a decent amount of sunlight, and vegetation conducive to the regional climate where it’s located. Unique Green Roofs When we envision a green roof, often we think of one...

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The lifestyle of a locavore – having a dietary preference for local food – can be difficult, particularly in areas where sustainability isn’t yet prevalent. However, as a person with an environmental conscience, I do strive to live this kind of lifestyle as often as it permits. Living in Long Island, New York, a region where sustainability...

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Cultivate, educate, and serve the community; these are the main goals of urban agriculture. Whether you have a green roof, are just growing in a small space, or are part of a co-op, urban food initiatives solutions can provide you and your community with providing local, healthy, and sustainable food options. Demand Towards Sustainable Food...

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Urban agriculture can apply a wide number of credit points when certifying a building with the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). The major categories that relate to urban gardening are Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, and Innovation & Design. The following information comes from the New Construction Guidelines from the LEED handbook. Sustainable Sites This category of...

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New solutions to water management are becoming ever more prevalent in towns and cities around the world. One such example is rain gardens. A rain garden is defined as a shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. The purpose of such a depression is to act as green infrastructure and to serve as a...

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Flowers are not just for spring dresses and table decoration – they make a great addition to your arsenal of culinary ingredients! One thing to keep in mind before you start eating your flowerbed is to make sure that there are no pesticides on any plant you are planning to eat (organic is best), and...

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Ecology, as most people understand, is described as the interactions of species in environmental systems. Aside from its textbook definition, it could also be looked at as the “Economy of Nature.” The types of ecology that are most focused on are physiological ecology, organismal ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. On this planet, ecology encompasses organisms,...

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Food independence has grown more popular in the past few years as climate change and marginal land use have become more of a political and social issue. We are running out of land, topsoil, and water to sustain the large-scale agriculture that we have practiced for generations. As global water scarcity and water pollution increase,...

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It’s an issue that has plagued every major city around the world. Food deserts exist in every major city of the country, especially in low income neighborhoods. What Are Food Deserts? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food deserts as urban neighborhoods and rural towns that do not have access to fresh, healthy,...

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