Category Archives: sustainability_a_z_terms

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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Peak Oil

Peak oil is the expected point in time when the maximum rate of crude oil extraction has been achieved. Due to the non-renewable nature of crude oil, the rate of extraction will begin to decline after this point in time and will never reach this peak again. Learn More Have we reached peak oil? – How Stuff Works Peak Oil: […]

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Permaculture

Permaculture is a form of ecological design or ecological engineering that utilizes natural ecosystems as examples to establish more sustainable and self-maintained human settlements and agricultural systems. Local Resources Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild, an informal organization that welcomes all people interested in creating sustainable human garden, is a great resource if one would like to meet other permaculture advocates in […]

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Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is a type of energy resource that is derived from resources that can be naturally replenished within a human lifetime. Examples include solar energy, wind energy, biofuel, geothermal energy, hydroelectric power, hydrokinetic power, nuclear power and passive solar energy. Learn More Renewable Energy Technology Basics – US Department of Energy 2013 Renewable Energy Databook – US Department of […]

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Sustainable Design

Sustainable design aims to increase the performance of buildings by diminishing negative impacts of the structure on the environment and improving the health and comfort of building occupants. Learn More Sustainable Design – US General Services Adminstration Sustainable Overview – Whole Building Design Guide Principles of Sustainable Design – National Building Museum Lehigh Valley Resources Delaware Valley Green Building Council […]

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Urban Gardening

Urban gardening is defined as the growing of fruits, herbs, vegetables and other plants in urban environments. Due to the limited free space in cities, gardeners must strategically manage space as well as other resources, including water, soil, nutrients and light. This process can be accompanied by other sustainable activities, such as the collection and reuse of rain water, composting, […]

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Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air pollution occurs when gases or particles are released into an inadequately ventilated indoor space. In this situation, air quality can drastically diminish and affect inhabitants. Examples of sources of indoor air pollution include combustion sources such as oil, gas or tobacco products, building materials, furnishings, and cleaning products. Learn More An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) – […]

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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program run by the U.S. Green Building Council. The program sets the standards for sustainable building strategies and practices. To become LEED certified, a building, community or home must satisfy certain prerequisites and work towards points to achieve different levels of certification. Learn More LEED Overview – US Green […]

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Medication Disposal

The issue of drug disposal creates not only a troublesome social problem, but also an environmental dilemma that can only be solved through proper collection. Unused medications at home are susceptible to abuse by those for which they are not intended, and when people attempt to get rid of these drugs, they can often pollute the environment, affecting ecosystems. Related […]

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