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How a Public Administration Degree Can Help You Save the Environment

A public administration degree includes a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree awarded by an accredited university, college or business school. These programs prepare a person to work for a non-profit organization or in government at the local, state or national level. Earning one of these degrees involves building skills in politics, management, accounting, urban planning and environmental sciences. With a public administration masters, you may be able to put your skills to use for saving t

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

Eco-Friendly Pools: A Win-Win Proposition

Not very long ago, private swimming pools belonged to the domain of the wealthy; until the middle of the last century, they were out of reach of the average citizen. Today, approximately eight million American homes display this amenity. As more and more homeowners throughout the country find swimming pools an affordable and attractive addition to their lives, another trend is developing. Recognizing the vital importance of conservation to the health of our planet, individuals are making

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

5 Keys to Having an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

Plenty of people have taken steps to create a more energy efficient and healthier home by switching out their light bulbs and replacing energy-hungry appliances and devices with energy sippers. It’s possible to do the same in the bathroom by selecting products that lighten the load on the environment using these tips.   1. Heat the Space It may seem counterintuitive, but using a space heater in the bathroom if your home is too chilly for bathing will save energy. By themsel

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

5 Intriguing Advancements in Recycling Today

Innovations continue to emerge as business and governmental agencies step up to the challenge of reducing solid waste. From planning for the future to large-scale examples of best practices in waste-stream sorting, here are five intriguing advancements in recycling: 1. Design for Recycling The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries recognizes advancements in this area with an annual award. Samsung Electronics America won the award in 2016 for its design of a TV incorporating snap-toge

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

Mulching or Bagging? The Right Choice for Mowing Lawns

Bag or mulch? If you care for a lawn, undoubtedly you’ve wondered what to do with clippings. Should you collect them in a bag attached to your lawnmower or allow them to fall back on to the lawn, providing mulch for the growing grass?   Best to leave clippings For lots of reasons that are good for your turf and the environment, experts say to leave the clippings. This will have the same value as one or two applications of fertilizer each year. Your lawn management practices w

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

5 Eco-friendly Dental Products

Most people are always on the hunt for green food or ecologically friendly cars to save money, but there are some people who are truly passionate about Earth enough to want to be as respectful as they can be. Being respectful to nature does not always have to be a sacrifice to the wallet either. You can even promote environmental values in things like dental products. Below are five economically and ecologically friendly products for dental hygiene. Some of them have recycled packaging, o

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

5 Tricks to Making Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly

Let's be honest, we spend a lot of time in the bathroom. It's our first stop in the morning and our last stop before bed. It is the room in which we perform all of our self-care routines and maintain our health and cleanliness. But, it is also the room in which we produce the most waste. From excessive water usage to immense paper waste and chemical cleaners, the refuse never seems to end. Luckily, transforming your bathroom into an eco-friendly paradise is easy. Once you decide to make the chan

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

Tips for Reducing Your Car’s Carbon Footprint

Driving can have a hugely negative impact on your carbon footprint, and while we all strive to reduce our personal drain on the environment, there are some things we struggle to do without. While you work toward a world that lives in harmony with earth, there are some things you can do to reduce your car’s carbon footprint. Share a Car Most families have more than one car, and more often than not, each car is intended for the transportation of one person at a time. Getting rid of one c

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

3 Modern Green Innovations for Your Home

Do you want your home to be environmentally-friendly? Not only is that better for the environment, but it can also save you a lot of money in terms of utilities. It may even improve your home values if you ever decide to sell or take out an equity line of credit—home buyers today are increasingly interested in green renovations. Here are a few of the best modern green renovations for homeowners. 1. Smart Energy Use New smart energy systems can monitor the amount of electricity you use

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Dixie Somers

Stop Energy Leaks! Four Simple Changes You Can Make to Help Keep Energy in the Home

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Halfrain When a home leaks energy, the result is typically higher energy costs and causing your central heat and air to work harder than it should. For this reason, many homeowners actively seek for practical ways to improve the energy efficiency of their home. Keeping more of your home's heat and air inside will lead to lower energy costs. In the interest of helping homeowners make their home more energy efficient, here are four excellent tips on how

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Dixie Somers

Learn Why Renewable Energy is becoming an Even Bigger Deal in 2015

Renewable energy has a long history. Since the mid-1950s, it has been a boiler plate for future energy initiatives. Designs for wind, geothermal and solar energy can be traced back to scientific concepts of men like Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison. As it continues to gain supporters and traction, the quest for renewable energy sources isn’t slowing down any time soon. In 2015, renewable energy will become an even bigger deal for several reasons. Reduction in Costs of Renewable Energy Former

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

Better Safe than Sorry: How New Technology is Making Our Buildings and Structures Safer than Ever Before

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Hernan Pinera Our world is more prone to both man-made and natural disasters than any time in history, but technology is moving forward even faster. New materials and methods of testing allow us to build buildings which are modern, safe, and environmentally friendly. Here are four ways that new technology is making our buildings and structures safer and better protected than ever before. Metamaterials Earthquakes are destructive because of the w

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Dixie Somers

On the Road to Sustainability: How (and why) the Transportation Industry is Slowly Getting More Eco-Friendly

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Mackenzie Anyone who lives in a city is aware of the negative environmental impacts of the transportation industry. Most cars on the road today still have internal combustion engines that emit large amounts of carbon and other pollutants. Even seemingly clean alternatives, such as electric subways and trains, still release tons of carbon annually. In all, according to the EPA, transportation was responsible for emission of just under two thousand mill

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

The New Industrial Revolution: A Look at the Rebirth of Industrial Production in America Right Now

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Georgie Pauwels There is a boom happening in America, one that rivals the Industrial Revolution of the 1800's. It is quiet, but the American manufacturing sector is making a comeback in a huge way. The reasons for this can be debated, but several factors appear to be self-evident. No matter the 'primary' causes, it can't be denied that manufacturing in America is on its way back up. Energy Cheap energy is now and always has been the key to indu

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

5 Reasons Why the Recycling Industry is a Multi-billion Dollar Industry (and will Only Keep Growing)

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Timothy Takemoto Recycling. It's often a controversial topic, but regardless of anyone's stance on it, there is proof that recycling makes good business sense. Reusing waste is a logical way to 'kill many birds with one stone'. Most materials, when recycled, can save time and energy that would otherwise be expended in freshly manufacturing the same type of material. This, combined with the drive to preserve our ecosystems, helps make modern recycling

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