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October 23rd, 2017

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Visiting a National Park Could Change Your Life

By Helen Hossley I was introduced to our national parks on December 10, 1989. I remember the date because it was the birth of my enchantment with our national parks. I landed in Yellowstone National Park while on a skiing journey with a friend, Ginger. Ginger’s friend, Arden, was a geologist and a seasonal park ranger at Yellowstone during the summ...

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Get adventurous before busy fall routines set in with these 5 fun family activities

Summer is fleeting and schedules are filling up quickly, so take advantage of the free time you have to partake in fun activities with those you love the most: your family. It’s tempting to stick to the same routine of going to the local playground, taking in a movie or playing in the backyard. Why not try some new experiences this year and g...

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Mother Nature knows best: How natural elements in the home make you healthier

When it comes to health and wellness, the design of your home may prove to be just as important as your diet, sleep habits or exercise routine. This is the premise behind biophilic design – the idea that incorporating natural elements into your home, such as wood or plants, can actually improve overall health. In reviewing existing research f...

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Gleaning Takes Off in Central VT Thanks to CHCV

By Aaron Retherford Gleaning has been growing in popularity and for good reason. On paper, it seems like a logical way to feed the hungry – take the surplus food from farms and give it to those who need it. It’s better than letting it go to waste, right? But it’s not that easy, and that’s why groups like the Community Harvest of Central Vermont are...

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Tips for reducing food and packaging waste in your kitchen

Have you ever thought about how much food ends up being wasted? Expired yogurt cups, slimy salads, moldy leftovers – it all adds up. Experts estimate that more than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. – from farm to fork – is wasted. Imagine all the resources that went into growing, harvesting, processing, transporting, pa...

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Go green with eco-friendly outdoor living spaces

Warmer weather means days spent in the backyard with barbecues, pool parties and neighborhood gatherings. This year, create a more satisfying and sustainable outdoor living space that you’ll feel extra good about by going “green.” With some expert advice, it’s easier than you think. Here are four easy tips from the experts a...

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Simple updates make homes environmentally friendly

Green living not only helps the environment, it helps your pocketbook. When making upgrades to your home – whether it’s replacing a light bulb or a total living room makeover – incorporate energy-efficient and repurposed materials to make your living space more environmentally friendly. Emily J. Reynolds, an interior design facult...

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Three bad-mouthed building materials you won’t believe are really eco-friendly

More homeowners are keeping Mother Nature in mind when undertaking a renovation, addition or new construction. They’re seeking building practices and materials that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. If you’re among these groups, you may choose to avoid construction materials you’ve come to think of as “not g...

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Stay cool by going green this summer

If the thought of a scorching summer without adequate cooling sounds tough, think about the strain an overworked air conditioner unit places on both your household budget and the environment. Around two-thirds of all American homes have an air conditioner unit, amounting to a cost of more than $ 11 billion annually in usage alone, according to the...

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Beat the heat and save some green with these warm weather energy saving ideas

There are plenty of reasons to be excited that winter is finally over. Among them: no more slick roads, heavy jackets, freezing temperatures or dry skin. Spring’s arrival also means an end to those expensive heating bills you paid all season. But just because warmer weather is here doesn’t mean your bills are gone. In fact, if your home...

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