First Home Certified Emerald Under Green Building Standard

emereld-green-buildingRGB Custom Builders of East Stroudsburg, Pa., has built the first home to be certified to the Emerald level of the National Green Building Standard rating system.

Builder Bob Brown’s home scored a total of 724 points in the six categories of the standard, which include energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, lot and site development and home owner education and maintenance.

The National Green Building Standard was approved earlier this year by the American National Standards Institute as a green rating system for new homes, remodeling projects and subdivisions. [Continue reading]

From French fries to fuel: using biodiesel to drive the future

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When petroleum products like gasoline are burned, they invariably release toxic gases into the atmosphere, creating smog and contributing to global warming. It's a situation with numerous detrimental effects to life on our planet. As a result, … [Continue reading]

Whole Foods Market® Pops the Cork on Top Ten Holiday Wines Priced for Merrymaking

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From taste-tempting, luscious reds and bright sparklers to elegant, spicy whites, Whole Foods Market unveils its “Top Ten Holiday Wines” list — at prices fit for merrymaking. All 10 wines are priced under $15 a bottle. This year the best list … [Continue reading]

Green Tips for Cars: Relax and Let it Ride

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Fuel efficiency is a major component of making your car as environmentally friendly as possible. Earlier this week we talked about slowing down to save gas. If you really want to get the most green out of every gallon, then it's time to relax and … [Continue reading]

Where to Recycle Computer Monitors For Cheap, For Free or For Cash

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Upgrading computer monitors is one of the easiest ways to improve to your computer setup. This is especially true if you're replacing one of the old CRT monitors. Unfortunately, new computer equipment also creates a dilemma. What to do with the old … [Continue reading]

Recycle with Crafts by Making Juice Can Puppets

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Recycling doesn't always have to be about sorting and tossing into bins. Reuse is a popular form of recycling and it's so much more fun! Re-using recyclables to make crafts will get your children excited about eco-crafting. Juice Can Puppets are … [Continue reading]

Why Choose Natural Wool for Your Next Carpet

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Natural wool carpeting is becoming more popular as consumers are looking toward a more natural, chemical-free lifestyle. Natural wool carpeting is expensive, but it's most likely the best choice for homeowners who like the look or feel of … [Continue reading]

Natural Treatments to Repair Damaged Hair

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Is your hair showing signs of damage? Split ends, flat or thinning, breaking, frizziness? These symptoms are a warning that it's time you need to repair your damaged hair. But, sometimes, it's not so easy to repair the damage and return your … [Continue reading]

School Fundraisers Go Green to Raise Money

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Does your school need to make some money? What if we told you that your PTA or school club could earn money by being green? Think about it: you would not only be helping your school community by fundraising, but also our planet by … [Continue reading]

Raising an Eco-cat: Green tips and Earth-friendly products for kitties

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We spend a lot of time focusing on how to make our families, our homes and our lifestyle more "green." But, what about our pets? Even small animals can leave a heavy environmental footprint if, as pet owners, we don't take the initiative to make … [Continue reading]