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Why We Need to Improve the Grid for Increased Renewable Energy

Why We Need to Improve the Grid for Increased Renewable Energy

Renewable energy sources are critical for every nation around the world. For the environment and for public health, these resources have the potential to outperform and exceed the competition – fossil fuels. Outperforming, though, is only half the battle. With solar power growth and new wind power integrations, grid optimization has become a necessity. The...

Why Canceling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a Big Win for the Environment

Why Canceling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a Big Win for the Environment

After six years of legal battles and controversy, Duke Energy and Dominion Energy announced the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. Though the project sought to bring a lower-cost and lower-emitting energy source to the coal-burning homes and industries in Virginia and North Carolina, many deemed the project unnecessary. They felt it did not...

What to Look for in an Eco-Friendly Building Contractor

What to Look for in an Eco-Friendly Building Contractor

The transition to sustainability is happening in every industry. Building and home contractors are also making the switch to become more environmentally friendly, from the tools and materials they purchase to the sustainable practices implemented in the work they perform. However, as a customer, it can become complicated when you’re looking to hire an environmentally-friendly...

Quarantine and Pandemic Lockdowns Lead to Reduced Pollution Around the World

Quarantine and Pandemic Lockdowns Lead to Reduced Pollution Around the World

The coronavirus is disrupting almost every country in the world. Pandemics have struck before, but this one is affecting nations and citizens in new ways. Many countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and United States are implementing quarantines, lockdowns and social distancing measures to try and slow the spread of the virus.  As COVID-19...

5 Easy Ways Manufacturers Can Reduce Air Pollution

5 Easy Ways Manufacturers Can Reduce Air Pollution

There is a lot of talk today about steps individuals can take to reduce their ecological footprint. When it comes to mitigating air pollution — including the contaminants which contribute to climate change — the power of the individual pales in comparison to the power of institutions and corporations. Of the 190 million tons of...

7 Ways Warehouses Can Be Environmentally Friendly

7 Ways Warehouses Can Be Environmentally Friendly

Warehousing is one of many steps within supply chain management, but it’s just as vital as the top-tier levels. The warehouse stores all the goods until they’re ready to be sent to other businesses or waiting consumers. How and where these materials are stored has a lot to do with their quality. A well-managed warehouse...

Love Online Shopping? Here’s What You Need to Know About Marine Shipping’s Impact on Air Pollution

Love Online Shopping? Here’s What You Need to Know About Marine Shipping’s Impact on Air Pollution

How often do you purchase stuff online? Perhaps you subscribe to a monthly wine club, purchase sustainable fashion or order secondhand books. Each time you buy something, the product is usually sealed in a box or mailer of some sort and shipped straight to your door. Businesses use a variety of methods to transport goods,...

How to Showcase Your Company’s Sustainability Efforts

How to Showcase Your Company’s Sustainability Efforts

News to business owners: sustainability is no longer a fad or a trend. Sustainability is becoming necessary to compete and succeed in today’s business world. Consumers, especially millennial shoppers, are willing to spend more money to purchase the same or similar goods and services from eco-friendly companies. You may be just beginning to take steps...

10 Quick Tips for Transitioning to Sustainable Beauty Products

10 Quick Tips for Transitioning to Sustainable Beauty Products

You can live sustainably by recycling items or purchasing your produce from local farmers instead of opting for fruits and vegetables that get shipped from other countries. It’s also smart to think about how your beauty regimen could become more sustainable. Here are nine easy ways to start the transition. 1. Think about your top...