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15 Reasons Why You Should Go Green Today

April 20, 2020
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These days, the sustainable movement is more popular than ever. People around the world have made a range of life changes — all as a way to help our planet. From meatless diets to carbon-free transportation, there’s an endless amount of impactful solutions. 

But why should you go green? Most individuals are aware of how climate change affects the planet. While that’s incredibly important, it’s also necessary to shown concern for its influence on us. You have several positives and negatives to consider. Take a look at some of the advantages of practicing sustainability:

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How Environmental Reading Is Beneficial for All Ages

April 15, 2020
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Everyone grows up understanding the importance of education. Whether you graduate from a public or private school or head to a university, everyone knows new knowledge changes who you are. It informs you and shows you the world so that you become a more well-rounded person.

Much of that change comes from reading, especially when kids start at a young age. Children may get books about making friends or sharing with their siblings, but they can grasp more essential topics as well. That’s why so many authors have published books for all ages that discuss the environment.

Check out how environmental reading is beneficial for all ages. It may make you more curious to pick up a book for yourself or bring some home to your family. 

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7 Companies Facing Environmental Issues in 2020

April 13, 2020
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It is no secret that the global energy sector has the highest environmental impact. According to a 2019 report, the top 20 fossil fuel companies contribute over 35% of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. The top 100 fossil fuel companies are responsible for 71% of global greenhouse emissions since 1998. 

But the fossil fuel industry isn’t the only one damaging the environment. Other large corporations, such as Coca-Cola, Apple and Ikea, also have a detrimental effect on the environment. In the past, companies across numerous industries — including manufacturing, food, fashion and electronics — have been wary of upholding transparency with how they mitigate their impact. 

We will look at seven companies facing environmental issues in 2020. The business identified encompass various industries, focusing on business to consumer models. In particular, we will spotlight companies that have a poor track record of environmental initiatives but are making a deliberate effort to be more sustainable. 

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10 Environmental Aspects of CSR Every Business Should Try

April 8, 2020
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the process of integrating social and ecological values into a business. Experts refer to this concept as the triple bottom line — people, planet and profit. These efforts divide into three groups, including social, environmental and economic. 

As businesses contend with their carbon footprint, emphasis on corporate responsibility grows. Fortunately, companies can incorporate the environmental aspects of CSR in a variety of ways. 

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What is a Chief Sustainability Officer and Why Should Companies Have One?

April 6, 2020
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Corporations are beginning to confront their carbon footprint. Some organizations are hiring Chief Sustainability Officers to help find actionable solutions.  A Chief Sustainability Officer, or CSO, is responsible for integrating and managing how environmental issues are factored into business decisions.

CSO’s go beyond setting up recycling bins in the office. In most cases, the work directly with the CEO and executive team to implement solutions that increase profitability while improving the overall sustainability of the organization. The Chief Sustainability Office is also responsible for interacting with employees across all departments, as well as engagement with key investors and consumers.

Chief Sustainability Officers are essential, regardless of the industry. The most common sectors that employ CSO’s are technical consulting services, government, manufacturing and healthcare.

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Top 10 Homesteading Blogs to Inspire You During Social Distancing

April 3, 2020
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Whether you are sitting in your urban apartment contemplating what life in the country would look like or chasing your chickens around on your farm, social distancing provides the perfect opportunity to look for homesteading inspiration. Wherever you are in your homesteading journey, there are so many resources out there to help answer all of your self-sufficiency questions. 

You may be new to the world of homesteading, and want to explore some basic homesteading skills include gardening, frugality and cooking meals from scratch. Or maybe you are in the process of building an off-grid home and searching for some details on new renewable technology, like solar panels, are playing an important role in transitioning to a more self-sufficient lifestyle. 

Wherever you find yourself right now, being stuck at home is the ideal time to check out some top homesteading blogs. There are so many wonderful activities to engage in while you practice social distancing, such as preparing your garden beds or foraging wild plants on a family hike. Here are our top homesteading blogs to inspire you during social distancing. 

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Top 10 Environmental Startups of 2020

April 1, 2020
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Staying tuned in with what’s happening concerning environmental startups can help you see what’s coming down the pipeline and feel hopeful about the future. Here are 10 environmental startups to keep an eye on in 2020 and beyond. 

1. Arcadia

Arcadia is an environmental startup based in the District of Columbia. It offers software to help residential utility customers find their best clean energy options based on where they live and what’s available in those markets. It recently raised $30 million in Series C funding and reportedly has hundreds of thousands of customers even in these early stages. 

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Buying a CSA vs. Organic Food: Which One Is Better?

March 20, 2020
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You don’t have a lot of information about most of the food you buy at the grocery store — how the farmers grew it, what sorts of pesticides and herbicides they used and so on. As a result, many are turning to organic foods and farmers’ markets to have a better idea of what they’re eating, and to avoid chemicals and environmentally unfriendly farming practices. 

However, you have more options than just organic food. You may have heard of community-supported agriculture (or CSA) programs, which can provide you with weekly deliveries of fresh produce from local farmers.

Below, we’ll break down which choice is better — buying from a CSA vs. organic food.

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What Is Agricultural Runoff, and How Is It Harming Our Waters?

March 18, 2020
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Water is a resource that gets a lot of coverage, probably because living things need it to survive. You may not think much about your water sources, especially if getting hydrated is as easy as turning on the tap and filling up a cup. But clean, easily accessible water is by no means available to everyone, and a problem called agricultural runoff exacerbates matters.

What Is Agricultural Runoff?

Runoff happens when the water from rain, melted snow or irrigation doesn’t sink into the soil for proper absorption. Instead, it moves over the ground, picking up natural and artificial pollutants along the way. Eventually, those contaminants get deposited into coastal waterways, lakes, rivers and even underground sources of drinking water.

What is agricultural runoff, then? It’s the kind of water pollution described above, but it’s originated on farms. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says this runoff is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes. Complicating matters is the fact that there’s no single source of this kind of runoff — farmers can’t just make one change to solve the problem.

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Farm Bankruptcies on the Rise: What Can We Do About It?

March 16, 2020
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As extreme weather disrupts planting and trade wars shrink the market available to farmers, American agriculture is starting to struggle. One recent report from the American Farm Bureau Federation found that farm bankruptcies were up 24% from last year — one of the steepest rises in modern history. At the same time, farm debt is reaching levels close to those seen during the 1980s farming crisis.

All of this change means one thing — American farms are facing pressure that makes them more likely to declare bankruptcy than ever before. Here’s what’s driving the trend, how it’s affecting farmers and what we can do to turn the rise of farm bankruptcy around.

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Environmental Blog

 
Environmental sustainability has come to the forefront of many people’s minds in the past decade, and with the increasing amount of trash in our landfills and oceans, decreasing air quality and rising global temperature, learning how we can mitigate our effects on the planet is key.
 
In this section, we’ll focus on issues impacting the environment, from agriculture to home gardening and plastic pollution. If you’re looking to learn more about current environmental issues and what steps you can take to help the environment, then keep reading!