Dry cleaners across the country are working to recycle 25 million hangers, enough steel to equal six Statues of Liberty. In addition to her 125 tons of steel, Lady Liberty also contains 31 tons of copper and her base is made of 27,000 tons of concrete. The program was launched in January with the intention of keeping 10 million hangers out of landfills this year. Cleaners volunteered to take in used hangers from customers, reusing those that could be and sending others to a metal recycler. By April, the 10 million goal had been reached. By mid-June the total was up to 13.6 million.
On hot, summer days, surface temperatures of roofs and pavement can be from 50 to 90 degrees warmer than the air temperature! These hot surfaces contribute to “urban heat islands” where temps in cities are hotter than surrounding, less developed areas. The urban heat island effect can be particularly pronounced at night, when city temperatures may be as much as 22 degrees higher than surrounding areas.
Last week, the Sierra Club launched My Piece of America, to encourage Americans to share their favorite outdoor place and take action to protect special areas. Many favorite wild places -- from the striking red rock deserts of the Southwest to the cool, leafy city park where adults relax -- need help to protect them from threats like oil drilling and climate change. You are invited to visit the Sierra Club’s website, choose a special place in the My Piece of America map and take action now to protect it.
The fourth annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp photo contest is underway, challenging resident photographers to enter their best snapshots of a Carolina or Black-Capped Chickadee. The winning photograph will be featured on the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp to be issued March 1st.
The Northern Kentucky University Center for Environmental Education will partner with Vision 2015 and the Covington Neighborhoods, Parks and Recreation Department to host a guided river tour of the Licking River on June 30th at 9 a.m. The tour, called "Rediscovering the Licking River," is a paddle boat tour to help educate the public on the importance of two local initiatives.
The Gorman Heritage Farm Saturday Summer Farm Kids program offers kids ages 12-16 the opportunity to have hands on learning experiences on an educational working farm. One hundred years ago most kids grew up on farms and had a closer relationship to the food they ate. Gorman Heritage Farm gives kids the opportunity to access a modern working farm and develop a new and deeper relationship with local food and agriculture.
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers to carry out their mission. Volunteers are needed to help with everything from construction to the ReStore to Family Services. Through volunteer mlabor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside homeowner partner families. All kinds of volunteers are welcomed year round and Habitat will help find positions that match your interests and abilities! For more information, visit Habitat's website or call (513) 482-5603.