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Alternative Energy

Alternative energy is energy derived from nontraditional sources, such as compressed natural gas, solar, hydroelectric, hydrokinetic, geothermal, wind, and nuclear, that does not rely on the combustion of fossil fuels like coal and oil, and therefore emits little to no greenhouse gases. These alternative energy sources can drastically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other green house gases entering […]

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Food Banks

As not-for-profit, locally managed organizations, food banks distribute food to those in need and educate the public on topics such as health, nutrition, and poverty alleviation, in an effort to eliminate hunger in the local community. Food donations come from individuals, businesses, especially those in the food industry, and other organizations. Learn More Hunger in America 2014 – Feeding America – a […]

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Hazardous Waste Recycling

Hazardous waste recycling is a specific type of recycling that focuses on the safe and effective use, reuse, or reclamation of hazardous materials. This includes items such as paints, chemicals, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, oils, antifreeze, fluorescent lights and batteries. Learn More Hazardous Waste Recycling – EPA Lehigh Valley Resources Household Hazardous Waste, What It Is, How to Handle It – Lehigh […]

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Passive Solar Energy

Through sustainable home design, passive solar energy systems can take advantage of natural energy characteristics and can efficiently heat and cool living spaces with minimal or no reliance on traditional heating and cooling systems. Some elements of passive solar design include optimally placed operable windows, thermal mass, (building material that stores heat to reduce temperature fluctuations) and thermal chimneys (which […]

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Biodiesel

Biodiesel is a renewable type of biofuel that comes from seed oils (canola, sunflower, soybean, etc.), reclaimed vegetable or animal facts, or algae. Learn More Biodiesel Fuel Basics – Department of Energy What Are Biofuels? – Cornell University Biodiesel Basics – National Biodiesel Board Lehigh Valley Resources Biodiesel Retailer Listings – National Biodiesel Board What is Biodiesel – Better Home Heat […]

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Biofuel

Biofuels are energy sources produced from living things or their wasters. Biofuels is a broad term covering any biomass sources used to generate fuel and includes such products as biodiesel and ethanol. It is considered a renewable energy source because its components can be regrown and harvested on an on-going basis. Learn More Biofuel Basics – Department of Energy Biofuel Facts for […]

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Carbon Offsetting

Carbon offsetting promotes a low carbon economy by compensating organizations that realize carbon reductions. Those organizations can then sell carbon credits to businesses that do not reduce their carbon usage. It allows individuals and organizations who wish to compensate for carbon emissions created through their own activities to purchase offsets which are then used to fund projects that reduce carbon emissions. Learn […]

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Climate Change

Climate change is the process by which, over the past century, the planet has warmed by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit due to an increasing presence of green house gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, compounds such as carbon dioxide and methane that trap heat. Learn More Climate Change – Basic Information – EPA Climate Change Facts: Answers to Basic Questions – EPA Climate […]

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Community Gardening

Community gardening is the process of renting small plots of land to local residents in neighborhoods, cities and towns on which they can grow plants of all sorts, as long as they adhere to the guidelines of the governing organization. Whether the goal is to generate produce for the needy, educate the public on the benefits of gardening, or simply […]

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