Green Building

The burning of fossil fuels has become a topic of growing concern. Inefficient energy consumption, with its impact on air quality, has captured the attention of concerned citizens.  Conventional homes and offices, where most Americans spend more than 2/3 of their lives, contribute greatly to rising levels of pollution. Join us to hear how people are responding with creative, green… building solutions and improving traditional building practices and the biosphere.

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Links/Info/Resources

Michelle Reott’s website: www.earthly-ideas.com

SW Natural Builder’s Guild: www.swnaturalbuilders.com

Boulder’s EC: http://www.colorado.edu/cuenvironmentalcenter

http://www.builtgreen.org/

http://energystar.gov

ECOWATCH WEBSITE
http://enn.com/multimedia/ecowatch/

DAVID SUZUKI WEBSITE
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/

Green Hotels

Being green isn’t just for Kermit the Frog. From roadside motels to four-star luxury suites, green is fast becoming the color of hospitality. But it isn’t always easy.  Because it is the fourth most intensive commercial user of energy in the U.S., we’re all footing the bill. Travelers can play an important role in helping the lodging industry meet energy-saving goals.  Join us to hear about the benefits of Green Hotels.

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Links/Info/Resources

www.greenworks.tv Greens Works Radio, Pennsylvania. This site, part of Greentreks Network, Inc., originally part of the Environmental Fund of Pennsylvania that was founded in 1991, contains loads of articles, ideas, and commentary on social and environmental topics.

http://www.epa.gov/ The Environmental Protection Agency shares ideas on how to reduce, reuse and recycle, save energy and conserve water.

www.greenhotels.com Green Hotel Association site contains member listings and details about what makes an establishment “green.”

www.greenseal.org  Green Seal Program, founded in 1995, is a nonprofit organization helping government and private industry conserve, re-use, and recycle. This site contains product recommendations and guidelines to certifying an agency or business with the Green Seal.

http://www.ceres.org/our_work/ghi/bps.htm -CERES  Started the “Green Hotel Initiative” (GHI) and has a “Best Practice Survey.” CERES is a coalition of investment funds, environmental organizations, and public interest groups with a mission to “move businesses, capital, and markets to advance lasting prosperity by valuing the health of the planet and its people.”

Natural Mosquito Control

Living in the 21st century requires a heightened awareness to avoid harmful chemicals in our every day lives. Even with the latest scare concerning the West Nile virus, are we creating a greater hazard by spraying toxic chemicals to kill mosquitoes than the risks of the virus itself? Find out how communities around the country are handling this public health concern with natural mosquito control.

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Links/Info/Resources

www.beyondpesticides.org
www.meepi.org/wnv/mass.htm

“Overkill: Why Pesticide Spraying for West Nile Virus May Cause More Harm Than Good”

Report Published July 2001 by Toxics Action Center & Maine Environmental Policy Institute

www.toxicsaction.org – Toxics Action Center

www.cdc.gov – The Center for Disease control keeps statistics on West Nile
No Spray Coalition –

NY City hotline 718-670-7110
Jason Lamerse – Ft. Worth, Texas Public Health Dept, Public Information Officer 817-871-7220

Nature’s Herbal – Mosquito & Insect Repellent is a blend of natural products containing catnip oil.

Organic Tree Support

 

Trees are dying in the west. Invasive insects are a huge problem. Arborists are busy. People have grown attached to their trees, especially people who have lived with these trees around their homes for years and years. Fortunately, pesticides are no longer the only option to save trees. Find out how Vita Agra Vpx, a new alternative organic spray, is a good step toward saving your trees while not killing insects, bees and fish and without damaging ecosystems with toxic sprays.

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Links/Info/Resources

www.vitaproducts.com (Choose the “Vita-Agri” link.)

Vita-Certified Sprayers:

Albuquerque, New Mexico: (Sandia Park) NM: Friends of the Trees

Prescott, Arizona: Praying Mantis Pest Control
www.prayingmantispest.com

Show Low, Arizona: Nila-Cunningham, Inc.
Dave Nila
Durango, Colorado: Affordable Fellers
Hans Hartman