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PHOTO: On the list of things piled on shelves in garages and sheds across Iowa, residents are being urged to make sure any hazardous waste items are disposed of properly at collection centers across the state. Photo credit: Amanda Hamilton/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents across Iowa now spending more time out in their gardens and garages are being reminded to keep the environment in mind by keeping hazardous waste items out of the trash. Arthur Kern, business waste managenent representative at Metro Waste Authority, said landfills are l ...Read More

PHOTO: This fall UW-Madison students will be able to enroll in a Sustainability Certificate Program which will teach them to apply sustainability principles to real-world problems. (Photo courtest of UW-Extension)

MADISON, Wis. – As sustainability becomes more of an actual practice than just a buzzword, the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies this fall will begin to offer a 12-credit Sustainability Certificate to undergraduate students interested in how decisions t ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmentalists say burning industrial waste such as petroleum coke, a byproduct of the oil refining process, should not be allowed to qualify for the state's "clean" energy credits. Photo credit: kconnors/

LANSING, Mich. – Garbage in, garbage out. That's what environmental advocates assert about a proposal that would allow the burning of more industrial and municipal waste to count toward Michigan's renewable-energy goals. Jack Schmitt, deputy director, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, t ...Read More

PHOTO: As people around the globe are celebrate Earth Day, Illinois residents also are being encouraged to observe No Print Week and help reduce the use of paper. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinoisans are being encouraged to pause before hitting the print icons on their computers. As part of Earth Day and Earth Week events, state leaders are asking Illinois employees and other residents to make it "No Print Week" to help reduce unnecessary paper use. Spokesman M ...Read More

PHOTO: In cities across the state, cleanup days and events are on the calendars in the weeks ahead, helping residents properly dispose of items that can't be trashed. Photo credit: Loren Kerns

DES MOINES, Iowa - With more seasonable weather now settling in, folks across Iowa are being reminded that not everything can just go into the trash as they start to tackle projects around the house and the yard. Leslie Holsapple, Metro Waste Authority program coordinator, said that includes hazard ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana University research finds most people look to curtailing water use instead of improving efficiency of their habits and appliances as the best method to conserve water. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

INDIANAPOLIS - There appears to be some confusion about when it comes to water conservation and how best to do it, as a new survey finds many people underestimate how much water they use in various daily activities. According to study author Shahzeen Attari, assistant professor at Indiana University ...Read More

PHOTO: "Amelia the Clutter Queen" says kids' rooms, office spaces and kitchens are often the most clutter filled. Photo credit: David Brown
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With spring officially arriving later this week, many folks across Tennessee are in the mood to do some cleaning. With a few simple tips, the process need not be so daunting. For most people, it's not realistic to maintain a home in perfect order each day, professional organizer ...Read More

PHOTO: The emerald ash borer leaves an emergence hole that's shaped like the letter "D." Photo credit: Benny Mazur

DES MOINES, Iowa - With winter starting to lessen its grip on Iowa and more people venturing outside, there's a reminder that all 99 counties are now under restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the emerald ash borer, an exotic insect which kills valuable ash trees. The quarantine was issued by ...Read More

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