September 11, 2013
by Recycling
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Infographic: Recycling Shingles

Ever wondered what becomes of shingles when they’re no longer serving their purpose on rooftops? Many are used in asphalt to pave roads — which is a much better alternative than being sent to a landfill. Learn more about how …

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June 26, 2013
by Becky Hammer
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“Testing the Waters” for Bacteria That Can Make You Sick

Becky Hammer, Project Attorney, Water Program, Washington, DC
In addition to crusading for clean water here at NRDC during the workweek, in my free time I’m also a volunteer water quality monitor for Arlington County, Virginia, wh… Continue reading

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January 8, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Shocking! Thousands of Mutilated Shark Fins Drying on Hong Kong Rooftops

Tens of millions of sharks are mutilated and left to die slowly each year so that some affluent people in Asia can each soup. This has to stop. Continue reading

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December 31, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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The best of 2012 in green community solutions: a personal, eclectic list

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As we look back on the year that was, let’s honor some of the outstanding issues and accomplishments for community sustainability that came to light during t… Continue reading

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October 2, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Cleaning the urban environment with "sustainable backyards"

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Chicago has a great new program to help residents join the city in reducing stormwater pollution cleaning the air, cooling “heat islands,” and improvin… Continue reading

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February 17, 2012
by NRDC News
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NRDC in the News 2/17: Protect the Arctic, Mr. President; mercury pollution limits announced; Keystone XL fight and more…

NRDC News, NRDC News Team, NRDC Offices Worldwide
The Seattle Times published Frances Beinecke’s op-ed, which called upon President Obama to uphold his vow to stand up to Big Oil and protect the Arctic from drilling; the op-ed was… Continue reading

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February 14, 2012
by Noah Garrison
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They’re giving away free water: capturing rain from our rooftops

Noah Garrison, Project Attorney, Santa Monica
When I boarded my plane Monday morning in Portland, Oregon it was (not surprisingly) raining.  When I landed in Los Angeles a few hours later, it was raining.   It was raining most… Continue reading

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November 17, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Report highlights exemplary clean water practices in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, other cities

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
In a major report released yesterday, my colleagues at the Natural Resources Defense Council outlined challenges and solutions facing US cities in restoring and ma… Continue reading

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October 13, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The spectacular ‘green way’ to build affordable housing

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
   
Via Verde (“Green Way” in Spanish) is a new mixed-income, mixed-use development nearing completion in a once-severely disinvested area… Continue reading

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March 1, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Simple ideas for healthy, livable cities

  
Above is a short video presenting one of the concepts for urban improvement that have been selected as finalists for the Philips Livable Cities Award.
It has been very interesting over the last couple of years to watch international techn… Continue reading

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December 3, 2010
by Recycling
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Switch to LED, Recycle Your Old String Lights

Holiday lights look so pretty strung along rooftops and twined around trees, but they can be an electricity drain. Luckily, by choosing LED lights, making smart decorating choices and recycling old strands, your home can still sparkle with holiday…
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