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Looking for Greener Futures

Looking for Greener Futures

Many city leaders are undertaking projects which will help their cities. Georgetown Climate Center released a comprehensive study, “How Prepared Are U.S. States for Climate Change?” Their online tool enables users to see what cities and states are doing to prepare for climate change. According to an article on ecori.org, “Climate scientists have told Chicago [...]

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Purchasing Power

Purchasing Power

In a recent Forbes article, Laurie McCabe, cofounder and partner in research firm SMB Group, said “green technology creates a virtuous cycle that provides small businesses cost savings, market differentiation and a chance to help the environment. We all want to consume more and more technology because it makes our lives easier. But we have [...]

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Green California…It’s Happening Now

Green California is hosting a summit and exposition April 8-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. Not all of this information will apply to your business, but there are some interesting classes that might help give you and your business additional insight on how to green your business and save money. The education [...]

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Ghosts in the Machines

Ghosts in the Machines

In the June issue of North American Sweeper, we gave you “10 Ways to Make Your Business Greener.” Number eight on that list was “Turn it Off: make sure computers, fax machines, and printers are turned off or are in power save mode when people leave.” To piggy-back off that wonderfully efficient idea, artificial intelligence [...]

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The EPA Awards $400,000 and Introduces Software to Improve Water Quality

The EPA Awards $400,000 and Introduces Software to Improve Water Quality

Through the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Program (G3), the EPA awarded grants to seven municipalities and nonprofit organizations in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. “Local governments around the country are seeing the benefits of utilizing green infrastructure for controlling stormwater,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “G3 grantees are leading the [...]

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10 Ideas to Make Your Business Greener

10 Ideas to Make Your Business Greener

1—Recycling Bin: It’s easier to recycle when you know where it goes. There are great recycling bins that separate your paper, glass and aluminum cans making it easier for your employees to recycle. 2—Lights: Change out those old energy-sucking bulbs with LED or fluorescent lights, which are about five times more efficient than their incandescent [...]

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Getting Inked

Getting Inked

Unless you are refilling or buying remanufactured ink, you may be spending more money on office supplies than necessary. Most likely, your printers, fax machines and copiers use ink and toner cartridges that can be refilled. According to Inform Inc. and the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, “recycled cartridges are 30 to 60 percent less [...]

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Government Liquidation—Saving Money and the Planet

Government Liquidation—Saving Money and the Planet

Reusing products is a smart way to save the environment. Government Liquidation sells used equipment and parts, computer and office equipment, trucks, construction and heavy equipment, and even has a surplus retail outlet. Their site says that more than 2 billion pounds of scrap material and more than 5.6 million surplus items have been sold, [...]

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Don’t Tread On Me

Don’t Tread On Me

Historically, discarded tires were stockpiled or thrown into landfills, which breeds mosquitoes and rodents. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2003 numbers, tires generate two percent of the total solid waste in the U.S. While 290 million tires are generated each year, 80 percent are recycled for fuel and other uses. Thirty-eight states have [...]

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Blowing In The Wind—Power Your Small Business With Wind

Blowing In The Wind—Power Your Small Business With Wind

Not long ago, a company bought up our local ice rink and turned it into a charter school. In Texas, we don’t have a lot of ice. Demand has increased and supply has decreased, which means it costs more to play hockey in central Texas. It also means 7 am practice times for little kids. [...]

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