Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Want your grass to be greener? Here are some tips from the professionals and a list of local resources to help your grass grow without harmful chemicals and pesticides.
If you want a lawn that's easier to take care of, safe to play on and beautiful to look at, then follow these tips from the pros this spring. Ditch The Chemicals Since 1994 Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual and founder of SafeLawns.org, has helped homeowners get beautiful lawns without harmful chemicals. Tukey became a leader in the natural lawn care industry after becoming sick himself from excessive exposure to pesticides. Tukey says in addition to keeping pets and children safer, “organic lawn care also conserves resources, saves money and ultimately saves time.” Start with the Soil Your first step to a beautiful lawn is a soil test, says Tukey. “Get a soil test and check the most important three factors: Organic …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect -- and improve -- our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
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Thursday, May 9
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* If you’re looking for a green job in Plymouth, check out our jobs page. 2. …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Plymouth Selectmen will set the rates for the new curbside pickup program and single-stream recycling. The rates are expected to be much lower than the current rate of $186.
The Board of Selectmen will set the rates for the new curbside trash pickup program at its meeting tonight, and the rates will be more than $100 less than the current rates. There are several options for the proposed rates: "The current dump sticker is $186. Private haulers cost anywhere from $400 to $700," Selectman Belinda posted on an earlier Plymouth Patch article. "What the town is offering is considerably less expensive than what is being charged now." And with curbside you get single-stream recycling. That means every recyclable item goes into one container -- paper. plastic, bottles, cardboard all in one container. That makes recycling very easy. Plymouth currently recycles at a level of 18 to 20 percent. PAYT and single-stream …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Volunteer to help make Plymouth beautiful. The hometown cleanup day is Saturday, May 4.
Volunteer to help make Plymouth beautiful next Saturday during the annual Hometown Cleanup Day. Volunteer groups will fan out across neighborhoods and parks to pick up garbage and clean up debris. The town of Plymouth and the Plymouth Network of Open Space Friends are sponsoring the semiannual cleanup once again. The Plymouth DPW will provide purple trash bags and their pickup following the cleanup. The rain date is Sunday, May 5. Interested people can either join an established group or put one together. To find a group, check the list at networkofopenspacefriends.org or by contacting Patrick Farah at Town Hall at 508-747-1620, ext. 204, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To put together a group call or email Farah with the …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
All the tools you need to start composting in Plymouth, plus where to get free or low-cost compost for your garden.
If composting is an activity on your list of ways to live greener, here's a how to get started in Plymouth. Emily Bishton, a designer of sustainable landscapes and an environmental educator for children and adults, says, "Home composting is a fun and easy way to make fabulous and free soil amendments to make all the plants in your garden healthier," Bishton says. "It also eliminates the carbon emissions that are needed to truck your food and yard waste to composting facilities, truck the finished compost back to a retail outlet, and then to your home.” Collecting Kitchen Compost Composting starts in the kitchen. First, you'll want to set up a system for catching compostable materials during your meal and snack clean up process. These …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The commonwealth joins eight other states in restricting carbon dioxide emissions. The agreement does not impact Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
Massachusetts has signed an agreement with eight other states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90 million tons over the next six years. As part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation’s first mandatory “cap-and-trade” program for carbon dioxide emissions – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are lowering the current cap on power plant emissions from the 165 to 91 million tons per year, starting in 2014. After 2020, the cap will continue to lower by 2.5 percent per year. “This is one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction measures that we have seen,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. The agreement does not impact …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Supporters of will gather at the gates of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant at 2 p.m. Sunday for a drumming and chanting ceremony.
On Sunday, February 24, Native American activist Charmaine White Face will be in Plymouth during the Walking for Peace--for the People--for the Earth event. Charmaine White Face, a proponent of a nuclear-free future, is a member of the Oglala Sioux of South Dakota and the organization Defenders of the Black Hills. Supporters will gather at the gates of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant at 2 p.m. Sunday for a drumming and chanting ceremony, according to Cape Cod Today. The walk marks the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that seriously damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing the releases of radioactive materials. That event occured March 11, 2011. Participants will then walk to the First Parish …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Here is a list of ways to live a greener lifestyle, plus some resources to help you go green right here in Plymouth.
If you aren’t ready to throw some solar panels on the roof and ditch your power company, but would like to save some money by living a greener life, here are 20 tips to help you get started. Around the house: 1. Buy food, including spices and flour, in bulk. You’ll save money and reduce the amount of packaging that goes in the trash. Healthy Appetites and Common Sense Wholesome Food Market offer bulk food options. 2. Make sure your thermostat is set properly. Lowering the default settings during the summer and at night could save you almost $200 a year, according to Energy Star. More tips are available at energystar.gov. 3. Insulate your water heater. To see if you need to insulate, touch your heater. If it is warm to the touch, it needs …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
If your New Year's resolution is to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.
If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 20 ways to go green in 2013. TELL US: Do you think you could stick to a green New Year's resolution? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments sections below.