The distinctive smell of wood smoke is a sign of the heating season. It may smell good, but wood smoke can impact indoor air quality and health. Smoke is a mixture of tiny particles and gasses produced when wood burns-the fine particles can get into eyes and lungs, where they aggravate COPD, bronchitis and asthma. Using “best burn practices” at home will help minimize wood smoke and protect your health: Only use seasoned wood for burning-seasoned wood looks darker, has cracks in the ends and sounds hollow if smacked against another piece of wood.
Nearly 6,000 people around the world, mainly children, die every day because they don't have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education. This statistic is what Water For People is trying to change and you can be involved in helping the effort by participating in this year's 5K fundraiser.
More than 53 million children and almost three million adults spend a significant portion of their days in approximately 112,000 public and private school buildings, many of which are old and inadequately maintained, and which often contain environmental conditions that inhibit learning and pose increased risks to the health of children and staff.
October has been designated as International Walk to School Month. It is intended to educate kids, parents, school teachers and community leaders and offer an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking. The goal of the walk varies from community to community. Some walks rally for safer and improved streets, some to promote healthier habits and some to conserve the environment. Whatever the reason, International Walk to School events encourage a more walkable world — one community at a time.
MONCO Secure Document Destruction and Scanning will host a FREE opportunity to shred personal documents, old tax information and confidential papers from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 13th at their shredding operations center, 700 Liberty Lane, Dayton, Ohio 45449. The building is located immediately behind the West Carrollton YMCA. Donors are limited to a 10 box maximum.
Batteries Plus in Dayton, Ohio wants to lend its support to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center during National Dog Week, September 24th – 30th. ARC representatives will be on hand from Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th at 3515 York Commons Boulevard in Dayton to provide information on dog licenses, microchips and dog healthcare. They will also bring abdoptable dogs who are looking for forever homes.
Nutrient pollution, also known as nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, is one of the most pervasive and elusive forms of water degradation in the United States. Within our borders, there are approximately 101,000 miles of nutrient-impaired rivers and streams – a distance great enough to encircle the globe… four times over! These rivers and streams represent only a fraction of the more than 15,000 water bodies across the U.S.
Looking for a new project? Fall is a great time to join a citizen science program, where you can share your own observations about nature with scientists. Citizen science volunteers can collect far more data than science researchers can alone, playing an important role in scientific discovery! Volunteers are needed to monitor weather. Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers learn how to measure precipitation using a rain gauge and hail pad, record their data and report their measurements online.