Spring into Greener Cleaning

By: Mary Ann Kelly It is spring and a perfect time to set sustainable cleaning goals! Green cleaning is the process of choosing cleaning products that are better for both people and the planet.  Unlike conventional cleaning products, green cleaning products are created using safe, non-toxic and biodegradable products. Making smart choices about what we buy, how we use it,…

Why NOT to Buy Bottled Water

By: Robert DeAngelis Why not?  It’s convenient.   Why not?  Because by purchasing bottled water we’re being hoodwinked, and at significant environmental cost.  Do you remember the folktale The Emperor’s New Clothes?   An Emperor gets duped into thinking he’s purchased magnificent clothes, which are only invisible to those who are stupid or incompetent.    As a result of a great con…

The True Cost of Fast Fashion

By: Sarah Wilson Credit: textiletoday.com.bd Some aspects of our carbon footprint are easy to identify, such as flying, commuting with a gas-powered vehicle, using single use plastics, etc.  But when it comes to our clothing, the impact is not as apparent. As the price of clothing has declined, people are buying more of it, but they are tossing it out…

The Impact of Our Diet on the Planet

By: Shubir Kapoor The global food system, which spreads across production and post-farm activities such as processing and distribution is a key contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It’s a problem for which we don’t yet have viable technological solutions. A study conducted by the University of Oxford in 2018 revealed 13.7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq)…

Three Steps to Sustainable Home Heating

By: Bob DeAngelis Photo credit: HeatSmart Westchester For much of history, we have burned things to heat our homes:  wood, oil and gas.  Now we know that burning fossil fuels contributes significantly to global warming as well as creating other forms of pollution.  So what option do we have? If I were building a new home, I would choose a…

Yorktown100 joins CURE100!

By: Mary Ann Kelly Yorktown100 is excited to announce that we have become one of four charter chapters of CURE100.  What does that mean for Yorktown100? We are now part of an impressive team of environmental leaders in Westchester. CURE100 (Communities United to Reduce Emissions 100%) has a carbon reduction mission to educate and advocate for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions through a collective community. …

Let’s Make Sustainable Resolutions for 2021

By: Susan B. Buck Sustainable: 1. able to continue over a period of time. 2. causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time. (dictionary.cambridge.com)  Resolution: 1. a firm decision to do or not to do something 2. the quality of being determined 3. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious…

Innovations In Solar Technology

By: Anuj Kapoor When people think of solar power, most of the time they think of the traditional, common solar panel technologies. These include the solar panels fixed into a rooftop, or the large arrays of solar panels in large open spaces. However, there are many newer solar technologies that will revolutionize the way we think about not just solar,…

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