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International Buy Nothing Day

Have you become frustrated with trying to buy the perfect “whatever” to capture the beauty of the season? Consider siezing this bonus day off to take your family for a hike. Or maybe a game of Scrabble. A meal you make yourself.  Meet friends for tea, volunteer, draw, compose an incredible rock song with your kids or grand parents. Who knows what mischief you can come up with while your not standing in line, under fluorescent light, with a credit card in your hand, listening to a canned version of Jungle Land? The folks at International Buy Nothing Day believe there are bigger motivations
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Winter Musings on Home Compost Bins

Composting has so many great benefits, practicing it saves money, time and keeps residents mindful of the relationship between what they eat, what they throw out, and the health of their community. We’ve been talking about whether a municipal compost pickup or promoting backyard composting makes better sense for suburban communities in the Hudson Valley.  Some advocae for setting up rounds of municipal trucks that pick up 55 gallon containers of compost from stoop side in places like San Fransisco, Vermont and many European cities. A simpler tact might be composting on site.  Backyard Composting is a low tech solution
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Call for Abstracts for NY Annual Solid Waste/Recycling Conference

Organics, the next frontier in solid waste and resource management, will be thoroughly explored at the 2014 Federation of New York Solid Waste Association’s Conference – starting with a plenary speaker from US Composting Council. An evolution in how these materials are managed is taking place, as recycling rates continue to rise and composting is taken out of the backyard. The nationally known Federation conference, held May 18 – 21 at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing,NY, continues to offer timely topics and trends by its ability to attract top speakers and experts in all fields. You may be an “expert
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Boston on Board with Composting

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino recently announced the debut of a pilot program that will allow Boston residents to drop off compostable food scraps for free at three city farmers’ markets. The pilot program is Boston’s first public composting program and is similar to drop-off programs in New York City and Cambridge, which have helped set the stage for larger scale composting opportunities to transform collected scraps into fertile soil for use in commercial and personal farming and gardening projects. “Residents have made it clear that they support a healthier, cleaner Boston that supports local agriculture, healthy food and waste reduction,”
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Bored? Hold an Office Community Kitchen Clean Out

Move the culture of your office towards waste reduction by gathering forces to get rid of the mess in the kitchen. (Including all the tiny over packaged bits of salt, sugar and sweet and low.) Chuck the plastic stirrers and spoons, take the paper cup holder off the water cooler or better yet set the water cooler in the hall. Take this great opportunity for the office to create a more fun-ctional culture within the building. Ask team members to think of ways to replace throw away items. (seems backwards to throw out the plastic spoons unused? Better to cut the
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Sustainability: 4 Steps to Getting Buy-in

Jesper Bank Environmental & Energy Management News The good news: There is a business case for sustainability.Several recent studies from leading scholars from Harvard and the London School of Economics confirm that companies with an operating model that integrates sustainability outperform their “old model” peers in the long run. Not just in terms of higher stock market returns, but also with lower debt costs and fewer capital constraints – this means improved risk management, less volatility and improved profitability [1]. The financial advantages of sustainability are not limited to lower debt costs and easier access to borrowed money. Perhaps more
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UN Launches Campaign Against Food Waste

Just Food The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that a third of all food produced is wasted. Others put their estimate at closer to fifty percent. Significant differences in food waste trends are found between developing and developed countries. In January, the UN launched a new campaign, Think-Eat-Save, which aims to reduce global food waste estimated at 1.3 billion tons a year.
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Yonkers Mayor Spano Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping

City Establishes Hotline for Reporting and Increased Penalties for Lawbreakers. YONKERS, NY – December 14, 2012 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano launched a new “It’s Dumb to Dump” anti-dumping program last week, part of the Mayor’s Clean Streets Initiative, targeting those who illegally dump their garbage in the city.  The new effort includes increased fines and the launch of a dumping hotline for residents to report any signs of illegal activity.“The name of this program says it all, it’s simply dumb to dump,” said Mayor Spano. “Illegal dumping isn’t just an eyesore, it’s a health and environmental hazard and it’s
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