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Why are wetlands important?

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Wetlands are important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services for people and for fish and wildlife. Some of these services, or functions, include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitats, storing floodwaters and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods. These valuable functions are the …

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Coastal Wetlands of the Great Lakes – Bringing People Together to Protect These Unmatched Natural Resources

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Sprinkled throughout the Great Lakes region, coastal wetlands provide much needed places for fish and wildlife to live. If you enjoy fishing or eating fish from the Great Lakes, or clean drinking water, you are connected to the Great Lakes and its surrounding coastal wetlands. Wetlands provide unequivocal services for …

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Coastal wetlands offer millions of dollars worth of hurricane protection

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Healthy, intact coastal wetlands are like a free insurance policy. Hurricane flood protections offered by wetlands are worth millions of dollars, according to a new report on Hurricane Sandy. Researchers used newly designed flood damage models to calculate the property damage costs avoided by the natural buffer offered by wetland …

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Composting is grounds for change on Alaska flights

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Posted on May 5, 2016 By Marianne Lindsey, Staff Writer Alaska Airlines serves up 37,000 cups of coffee a day on its more than 900 daily flights, brewed using more than 250,000 pounds of Starbucks coffee each year. Ensuring that those grounds go back into the earth and not into the …

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Federal Street School composting starts with a bang

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

By TOM RELIHAN Recorder Staff Friday, November 18, 2016 GREENFIELD – Federal Street School fourth-grader Jayden Tyler tugged a pair of blue latex gloves on as he peered into a bright yellow bin in the cafeteria. Behind him, students munch happily on spaghetti and meatballs. For some, whose eyes may …

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When is composting better than recycling ?

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Madeleine Somerville June 9, 2016 It’s a testament to our increased awareness of waste management and environmental issues that we now often have several options at hand when it comes to getting rid of things that have outlived their purpose — reuse, recycling, composting, repurposing and upcycling all come to …

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Project Oscar

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Project Oscar is Boston’s 24-hour community compost pilot program. Named after the Sesame Street character, Project Oscar compost bins give communities a place to drop-off residential food scraps for composting. Our bins are emptied by the Public Works team, and managed by Greenovate Boston. This partnership project is a pilot program, …

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World’s Largest Solar Panel Facade Powers Danish School

Posted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Copenhagen International School’s new building in the Nordhavn district features the largestsolar facade in the world. The 12,000 solar glass panels can generate 300 megawatt hours of electricity per year, more than half of the school’s annual energy needs. After much anticipation, the pre-K to 12th grade campus opened last …

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The Smog of the Sea

Posted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become …

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Is This A Solution To The Food Waste Problem In The U.S.?

Posted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017

By Warren Cardinal Web Designer, Search Marketing Strategist Food waste is a serious problem in the United States, especially when there is technology in place that could drastically help with the problem. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, food waste is estimated to be between 30-40% of all food supply. …

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