February has arrived and despite the lingering winter temperatures, some bird species are already preparing for spring. Brown-headed Nuthatches are one of Georgia’s early-nesting species, and these small brown birds are already searching for cavities in which to build their nests. Atlanta Audubon is asking metro-Atlanta residents to help create habitat for this iconic southern bird by placing nest boxes in their yards.
Unique Strawberry Picking Charity Event Benefits the Children of RCMA
The Florida Strawberry Growers Association presents the fourth annual Strawberry Picking Challenge on February 10th and 11th. The unique charity event raises funds for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association and invites guests out to the farm for a day of strawberry picking and entertainment.
Green is for Organics: Voluntary Container Color Standard Recommended by Consortium of Organics Collection Organizations and Agencies
Keep America Beautiful, U.S. Composting Council Joined by Other Nonprofit and Government Organizations to Improve Recycling and Organics Collection
National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the United States Composting Council (USCC) announced that they, along with five other participating nonprofits and government agencies, recommend designating green as the voluntary container color standard for organics collection containers. This initiative was simultaneously announced at the USCC’s 25th Annual Conference in Los Angeles and at the Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Washington, D.C., both taking place through Jan. 26.
Editor's note: Solarize programs are sweeping across the country. Although this is a particular resident's expereince in a particular program, the timeline given here is a good guide to how much time and what to expect in regards to issues that might arise.
Solarize Decatur-DeKalb Participant Shares First-hand Experience
Our family is delighted by the opportunity to “go solar” with Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. It’s something we’ve talked about for years, but the pricing and support through the program really helped make it happen for us. There are plenty of testimonials from solar owners out there, so this post is not about that.
Tom Stenzel, President and CEO, United Fresh release this statement on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice, Final Report.
"United Fresh Produce Association is very pleased that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice, Final Report recommends significantly increasing the cash value voucher (CVV) for fruits and vegetables in WIC Food Packages by $4 to 24/month, depending on the participant. Increasing fruits and vegetables will better align WIC Food Packages with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, meet nutrient gaps for potassium and fiber, and promote and support breastfeeding.
Continuing its longstanding commitment to creating the most versatile and interoperable smart thermostat available, Carrier is pleased to announce its Côr™ thermostat is now compatible with the Apple HomeKit. The collaboration between Carrier and Apple, two of the world’s most innovative brands, provides homeowners a seamless experience in managing their home’s climate controls and comfort. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
Researchers also found gut microbiome and metabolic changes that could have potential health consequences for dogs and humans
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used industrial chemical found in many household items, including resins used to line metal storage containers, such as food cans. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that short-term feeding of canned dog food resulted in a significant increase of BPA in dogs. Scientists believe that because of shared environments, dog exposure to BPA through canned foods could have human health implications.
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Wildfire Victims are Left with Contaminated Properties
Recent tests of structures and land reveal hidden dangers to property owners after wildfires are extinguished. Tennessee residents may still be exposed to dangerous toxins by living and working in buildings contaminated with a hidden intruder.
Madison Taylor Indoor Environmental Educates Property Owners on Mold and Indoor Air Quality in the VA, MD and DC Area
John Taylor, Owner Of Madison Taylor Inc., Certified Indoor Environmentalist and Mold Inspector Utilizes Company Facebook Page To Educate
John Taylor, Mold Inspector and Certified Indoor Environmentalist announces the Educational Facebook launch of Madison Taylor Indoor Environmental, serving Virginia, Maryland, and DC. https://www.facebook.com/madisontaylorindoorenvironmental/.