Every year, Americans generate 250 million tons of trash - enough to fill a line of garbage trucks that would stretch from the Earth halfway to the moon. Studies have shown that at least 75% of our waste could be recycled or composted. On April 2nd, thousands of students in schools across the country will aim to "recycle right" for four weeks during the 2012 Green Cup Recycle Challenge, a student-driven recycling competition for grades K-12 sponsored by the Green Schools Alliance.
If you're thinking of improving the appearance of your pond or adding a pond to your landscape, the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District will be offering a free pond clinic for county citizens. Topics will include pond maintenance, safety, regulations, stocking, aeration, weed control, hazardous algae, construction, nuisance wildlife, and storm water retention ponds. These ponds you see in many newer subdivisions not only provide a scenic addition to the community landscape, they are also beneficial to the environment.
Many yards are sprouting daffodils this time of year but none have such a legacy as those at Cincinnati Nature Center. The blooms that spread across CNC's acres of land were originally planted over a hundred years ago by Carl Krippendorf. The daffodil was Carl's favorite flower and it thrived in Cincinnati's soil and climate. Today, thanks to Carl's hard work and love of flowers, daffodils greet Cincinnati Nature Center's visitors at the entrance and spread all the way out to the forests.
The city of Forest Park is bringing back a popular program that offers all local residents a 50% discount to make home energy improvements. The city is partnering with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance to provide homeowners a full home energy assessment and access to financial incentives, which can mean savings on utility bills. The Forest Park Residential Energy Efficiency Program was launched last year, during which time 50 homes received energy efficiency upgrades.
There are many stories in the news media each year depicting details of homeowners who are severely injured of killed when attempting to manage large tree limbs on their own. Tree work, while appearing fairly straightforward, is actually extremely complicated and technical. There is much to understand about removing live or hanging tree branches and it is not at all like cutting up firewood on the ground.
Boone County Arboretum currently has two 6-month student internships available for the season. Internships are available to college students studying horticulture, landscape architecture or closely related fields. Benefits of the internship include:
The United Nations designates every March 22nd as World Water Day, the day of the year to spotlight the global safe water and sanitation issue and the collective efforts underway to get solutions to those struggling and in need. Today much of the world faces a global safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene crisis. In contrast to easy access to fresh water in the United States, one out of every eight people worldwide lack safe drinking water and two out of every five people worldwide lack adequate sanitation.
The third week in March is designated as National Poison Prevention Week to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Every day, people can (and do) prevent poisonings. More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90% of those reported occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. In addition, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.
The Ohio River Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 by a group of citizens concerned about the Ohio River, and the need for increased citizen response to the degradation of this valuable natural resource.
Community, sustainability and wellness will come together in a unique campus-wide event at Northern Kentucky University on April 9th. The event will attempt to establish a record for most people on teeter totters at one time and make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Funds raised will be used to purchase BigBelly Waste and Recycling containers for campus.