Let There Be Light – LEDs, That Is

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing One way to go greener, both at home and at work, is to replace your incandescent light bulbs. Both CFLs (compact fluorescents)  and LEDs (light emitting diodes) use about 75% less electricity than incandescents. According to a new Department of Energy report, LEDs edge out CFLs in the environmental

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Small Houses, Big Homes

The small home movement has been around for years in small cities and rural areas, but this summer, it made a big incursion into one of the country’s largest and most densely populated urban centers. A small contingent of homeowners … have found solace living in less than 500 square feet. Many of them live

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Vroom, Vroom – Fuel Efficiency Standards for Cars Soar

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing In case you missed it, in late August the federal government announced new fuel efficiency standards that vehicles must attain by 2025. It’s an average of 54.5 miles per gallon. (This is in contrast to the 35.5 mpg benchmark we are currently working towards by 2016.) These standards were

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Two Welcome Additions – Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing Two big name grocery stores have arrived to meet the demand for more organic, non-genetically-modified, and sustainably-sourced foods. The first is Trader Joe’s in Sarasota, which just opened last week. If the Tampa Bay Times is correct, the first shoppers through the door on opening day were from –

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Finding Money in the Trash – Creating Energy from Waste

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing Too often, people think that adopting sustainable practices means giving something up. That’s not necessarily the case.  Take, for example, the process of turning waste into energy. Waste is a big problem – everywhere. Trash, garbage – that stuff you put out at the curb that magically disappears –

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Green Events for Your Fall Calendar

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing For those of you still basking in the summer’s final week, it can be hard to let go of that “aaaahhhh” feeling. But good times await! There are many green events to look forward to – and add to your calendar – for fall. They range from the educational

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Visiting Tampa Bay – Greenly

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing The Republican National Convention rolls into Tampa next week. Some 50,000 visitors and 15,000 media are expected. It’s exciting to have Tampa in the national spotlight, and I hope the convention organizers succeed in providing those visitors with a fantastic experience of the city and its environs. We should

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Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition is Reborn

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing The Patel School of Global Sustainability at USF hosted a signing ceremony yesterday morning. In front of a crowd of well over 100 people, USF President Judy Genshaft, TECO President John Ramil and Hillsborough County EPC Director Richard Garrity formally launched this joint effort between public and private institutions

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Water, Water Everywhere – Or Maybe Not

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing The Wonders of Water Water is basic to life. Roughly 60% of your body is water, 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, and humans die far more quickly from lack of water than from lack of food. The search for life on Mars continues because scientists

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Getting Around, Greenly

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing It’s not easy being green when it comes to getting around Tampa Bay. Many of us are “car-dependent”, as the site puts it. The score for my house – on a scale from 1 to 100, where 100 is the best – is 6. That’s not a typo

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