Friday, April 27, 2012

Celebrating Trees

It's Arbor Day today! Why not plant a tree this weekend? Click here to go to the website for the Arbor Day Foundation. There is a wealth of information about trees at this site so check it out and have a


A magnolia tree in bloom.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Today's Energy Thought

If all of the 1 billion+ PCs in the world were collectively powered down for just one night, it would save enough energy to light the entire Empire State Building - inside and out - for over 30 years!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Earth & Arbor Days


Yesterday was the 42nd anniversary of the very first Earth Day in our country. And coming up later this week on April 27th is National Arbor Day. Why not make plans to plant a tree in honor of both?


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Today's Energy Thought

Today's Energy Thought is courtesy of the Vote Solar Initiative. Above is a one of their billboards with a fun message. To find out more about this organization click here to go their website.

So enjoy some solar energy and have a really nice day.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Today's Energy Thought

It's all about AC today. Before we know it, spring will turn into summer and then hopefully consistently warmer temperatures are just around the corner. So to get ready for the cooling season, here are just a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to operating your air conditioner more efficiently:

  • Get a tune up. Have your AC tuned up by a qualified heating contractor every other year. This will help it operate more efficiently and may prevent failures in the middle of peak cooling season.
  • Keep the condenser and filter clean. Keep leaves, grass and other debris away from the outside condenser. Also, clean the filter monthly and replace it as needed. A clean condenser and filter help the unit run more efficiently.
  • Keep vents clear. Make sure furniture and drapes are not blocking air vents. This allows the cool air to move out into the rooms and keeps your air conditioner from running more than necessary.
  • Turn up the thermostat setting. When home, set it a couple of degrees higher. Before you head out, move the setting even higher, about 78 to 80 degrees. Cooling the house back down a few degrees when you return costs less than keeping it cool while you are gone.
  • Keep thermostats clear of heat. Don’t place heat-producing devices such as computers or TVs near your thermostat. Heat from these could cause the thermostat to read a higher temp leading to excessive cooling and wasted energy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. This observance was founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and was first organized in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. In 2011 it was the 40th anniversary of the very first Earth Day.

From the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:

<<< Nelson had just toured the oil spill devastation on the coast of Santa Barbara and was flying to San Francisco when he read an article about recent popular teach-ins held on college campuses. The format struck him as a promising way to communicate this growing public concern to elected officials in Washington D.C. and state government. He imagined that:
"If we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force the issue onto the national political agenda."
Separate teach-ins were already planned at San Jose State, Dickinson College (Pennsylvania), and the University of Michigan—all organized campus-wide events drawing attention to ecological crises. Nelson aimed to unite these efforts and then extend them beyond the college campus. He announced his intentions at a speech in Seattle on September 20, 1969 and several major media outlets immediately broadcast the idea to national audiences.>>>

What are you going to do to celebrate Earth Day this year?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Earth Month Give Away

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) Resource Center and Library is sharing FREE resources during their Earth Month Give-Away on April 12 and 13. 

The MPCA's Resource Center and Library will host an Earth Month Give Away to share gently used resources on Thursday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, April 13, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its St. Paul office at 520 Lafayette Road North on the first floor.

From their website:

In the spirit of reduce, reuse and recycle during Earth Month, resources & displays from years past will be available free of charge to those who can put them to good use.
A wide-variety of these timeless environmental education and outreach resources are terrific for work-related presentations or displays, for sharing with your local school, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth-groups, community groups, neighborhood organizations, and more!
We invite you to stop in to peruse the materials and take any free resources or treasures you can use or share with others. An example what's available include:
  • Videos -- VHS and DVDs on a wide-range of topics appropriate for a variety of ages
  • Posters -- posters on environmental topics including water, recycling, waste reduction, etc. 
  • Fact Sheets and Brochures -- although the models pictured on the materials are years older the educational value of the material is timeless. Check out the variety.
  • Curriculum and education guides -- a number of K-12 curriculum and education guides on waste-related issues
  • Display materials and panels
  • Publications & books
For more information and complete details click here.

Happy Earth Month!