Energy Savings… What If?

Energy Savings… Green living does a household, and the world, a lot of good. Now that we’re in the 21st century, we have access to dozens of ways to live more sustainably. A great first step to discovering them all is to explore green communities, where a greener, more environment-conscious lifestyle is the norm. Consider…

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Grow Healthy Lawns with Less Nitrogen

GROW HEALTHY LAWNS WITH LESS NITROGEN Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor University of Vermont Most know nitrogen is important for growth and good quality lawns, even if just from watching television commercials. But if some nitrogen is good, more is not necessarily better. Nitrogen is one of the main fertilizer elements, the percent in a…

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Perennial Plant Feature Fall Asters

PERENNIAL PLANT FEATURE FALL ASTERS Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont There are many reasons to use fall-blooming asters in landscapes. There is much variety in this large group of hardy perennials, coming in various heights and showy flower colors. You’ll find selections in all shades of red, pink, purple, white, and even…

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Timeless Roof Colors

According to national color expert Kate Smith, the most timeless roofing colors used on American homes include black, gray and cedar. And, colors that are gaining popularity in “shaking up” today’s roofs include shades of green, clay and terracotta.

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Biowalls – The Vertical Garden

Biowalls – The Vertical Garden Green walls (also known as biowalls, vertical gardens or vertical vegetated complex walls) are wall structures partly composed of or filled in with growing plant matter. More than just easy on the eyes, green walls work like green roofs by filtering air and water, soaking up carbon dioxide and helping…

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One South Carolina Community is Ahead of The “Green” Curve

Best Small Towns | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | aiken sc

AIKEN, SC — In his opening days in office, President Barak Obama has called for a national commitment to saving energy. Additionally, he is calling for the production of alternative forms of energy and reducing the nation’s dependence upon foreign oil. Essentially, he intends to write veritable “Green New Deal” to help restore the American…

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The Draw of Green Communities – 10 Environmentally Sensitive Communities

According to the National Land Trust Census, more than 37 million acres in the United States are protected through land trusts. Increasingly, those trusts are being initiated by home and community developers. As more and more home buyers express interest in living in communities that preserve open space and offer energy-efficient building options, developers are building fewer homes on more land and preserving larger areas of green space

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