#70: Carbon Footprint of Plastic

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This week I would like to look more closely at our personal contributions to greenhouse gas emissions with regard to some of the most common single-use plastics that we use in our everyday lives. I will initially discuss the various … Read More

#67: Sealcoating Your Driveway

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A few weeks ago, the HOA for our town house complex announced that all public parking areas and driveways, in addition to the private driveways of those homeowners who were interested, would be sealcoated. The company that performed the sealcoat … Read More

Bottled Water: Panacea or Plague?

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by Dr. Tamim Younos Early civilizations used various types of vessels, made from animal skin or clay, to carry water from its source for consumption in royal palaces, peasant households and war zones. At present, the synonym “bottled water” refers … Read More

Earthworms: The Original Green Architects

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by Dr. Tamim Younos* Charles Darwin studied earthworms for 40 years. In his final book, The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms (1881), L. Sambourne’s satiric portrait of Darwin published in Punch, 1881, Darwin concluded, “It may be … Read More

Native Plants: Ragweed & Thistle

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During a recent long road trip to South Dakota, I had my share of exposure to two of my favorite (sarcastic) plants: ragweed and thistle. As I mentioned last month, both of these plants are members of the Asteraceae family. … Read More

Summer Celebrations (by Keara Moore)

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I spent Independence Day hanging out on Gravelly Point in Arlington, Virginia. Grills were fired up in the background, cheerful people played volleyball, airplanes swooped down overhead, and the river was full of boats – yachts, tour cruises, jet boats, … Read More

Cicadas. Why?

Before I continue with native plants, though there is a lot more I would like to cover on that topic, I wanted to touch on a topic that has recently become a major issue in a few parts of the … Read More

Native Plants: Asters

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A week ago the Green Team for my church, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, conducted a native plant giveaway. We offered various types of plants that grow in shade and sun and that each have various other qualities, … Read More

Week 52: One Year of Sustainability!

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This is it! Our goal in February of last year when Green Mondays began was to follow weekly objectives related to reducing carbon emissions and promoting environmental sustainability for 1 year or 52 weeks. If you can remember that far … Read More

Week 49: Health – PFAS in Your Water

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Last Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made the announcement that under the new Biden administration it would begin to regulate the concentrations of chemicals referred to as PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water. Stricter drinking water limits … Read More

Week 37: Carbon Emissions – Housing

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As we learned two weeks ago, activities related to housing represent the highest sources of carbon emissions both domestically (33.6%) and overseas (34.7%). Specifically within housing, emissions are predominately due to the two most common sources of energy used: electricity … Read More

Taking a Break for a Laugh

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I hope you all had a great 4th.  I decided this week to take a break from the green activities and send something that hopefully will make you laugh, which we are all in need of at the moment due … Read More

Week 18: Composting – First Step

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An important topic related to waste reduction is composting.  Composting is something I have been wanting to do for a while now but just felt it was complicated to begin and never took the time to do the research required.  … Read More

Week 8: Benefits of Cold Water

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This week we will again focus on reducing our carbon footprint by implementing actions that are included within the Home Energy section of the EPA’a Carbon Footprint Calculator (www3.epa.gov).  The specific action we will address is related to washing clothes.  … Read More