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August 13, 2007

Daily Tip : August 13, 2007

Change a light, change the world: If every U.S. household replaced its most commonly used incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, we'd cut our electricity use for lighting in half -- and lower our annual CO2 emissions by about 62.5 million tons.

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August 10, 2007

Cruisin' ... on a Saturday Afternoon

If you're in the Detroit area this weekend, grab your bike, roller blades, or just your walking sneakers and head on out to the suburbs on Saturday to join the Green Cruise, a people-powered alternative to the city's annual "Dream Cruise" of classic cars. The pre-cruise bike ride starts at 11 a.m. and tours Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak, Berkley, and Oak Park before the main parade at 1 p.m.

Greencruise Participants can also choose to sign the Green Cruise Pledge: "In an effort to save money, keep myself personally fit, and make our air safe to breathe, I promise to walk, rollerblade, hike, run, canoe, kayak, and/or ride my bike at least once a week."

Even if you don't live in Michigan, why not give that a try?

(Photograph by Jay Pliskow)

Daily Tip : August 10, 2007

Using cloth napkins made from 100% cotton is an alternative to using paper napkins or paper towels. I have been making cloth napkins as gifts for people when they move into a new home or for other gift giving occasions. They are simple to make. Cut an 18" square from cloth and turn all edges under 1/4" and zig zag a hem.

-- Submitted by Kathy Loser

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August 09, 2007

Mr. Manatee

Manatee Life imitates art once again: Actor Alec Baldwin, who played a marine biologist on a manatee-themed (though not especially funny) episode of The Simpsons, has recorded public service announcements for the Save the Manatee Club. The spots will be distributed to radio stations nationwide by the Jimmy Buffett-cofounded group, which works to protect the imperiled (and inexplicably adorable) sea cow.

Daily Tip : August 9, 2007

Be energy-aware at work: Setting your monitor or laptop to go into sleep mode automatically during short breaks can cut energy use by 70 percent. Then be sure to turn off your computer and monitor -- and the power strip they’re plugged into -- when you’re done for the day.

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August 08, 2007

Summer Lull

I know I haven't been posting much lately, but I've been snowed under researching sustainability efforts on college campuses for the November/December issue of Sierra, an inspiring, but exhaustive (and exhausting!) task. Hope the daily tips have been keeping you entertained. Hang tight, we'll be back on track soon.

In the meantime, what green things have you been doing this summer? Talk amongst yourselves in the comments section!

Daily Tip : August 8, 2007

Get in touch with nature while you get in shape: Exercising outdoors, exposed to the elements and uneven terrain, can burn 30 percent more calories than hitting the gym.

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August 07, 2007

Daily Tip : August 7, 2007

The average house creates double the greenhouse-gas emissions of the average car. Audit your home’s energy use -- and see how you can reduce it -- at http://hes.lbl.gov/.

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August 06, 2007

Daily Tip : August 6, 2007

Need some nails? Hit the local hardware store instead of Home Depot. A dollar spent in a locally owned business is worth three times as much to the local economy as one spent in a chain store.

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August 03, 2007

On the Air

Tune into Sierra Club Radio on Saturday for the scoop on plug-in hybrid cars and this weekend's big marches to stop global warming, plus some tips from me on remodeling green. For more on that last subject, check out "Remodeling Right" in the July/August issue of Sierra.


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