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What are YOU doing at home, work, in your daily life, to keep your carbon footprint light, keep it sustainable, green, eco-friendly. What’s working for you in your home, family, backyard, for your pets? Share with us and we’ll share it with the KINK Community.

Lawn Watering Alternatives

Posted by Samala on August 5, 2014
lawn watering

If you water your lawn regularly, the EPA estimates that one third of your water usage goes to keeping your grass green.  If you can’t live with a brown lawn for a couple of months, there are alternatives.  First of all, you can go with a lawn-free landscape, planting drought tolerant plants instead of grass.  Edible landscaping is also greener …

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Conserve H2O

Posted by Samala on August 4, 2014
conserve h2o

When it’s hot outside, it’s normal to turn on the hose to protect your garden and lawn.  Just don’t waste water and raise your water bill in the process.  Here are some conservation tips.  Water before 10am or after 6pm, when temperatures are cooler and water evaporation is limited.  Add organic material to help your garden retain moisture and raise …

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Sandy River Clean-Up

Posted by Samala on July 31, 2014
sandy river

The good folks from SOLV are leading a clean-up effort at the Sandy River where it crosses through Lewis and Clark State Park in the Troutdale area on Saturday, August 2nd.  You can join them and by simply picking up trash, you’ll help improve water quality, protect wildlife and make the area more beautiful.  Saturday’s event is from 10 a.m. …

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Garden Insects Guide

Posted by Samala on July 31, 2014
garden insect guide

Every garden has bugs that can damage plants and those that are helpful. But how can you tell which is which? Now there’s an app for that. Mother Earth News profiles 15 of the most common garden pests, so you can take your smartphone or tablet into the garden to figure out who’s who. Then, when you find the pest, …

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Junk Mail Dieting

Posted by Samala on July 30, 2014
junk mail

If you’re tired of junk mail clogging your mail box, there are a few things you can do to get off those junk mail lists.  There’s a website called Catalog Choice that allows you decline catalogs you don’t want. There are also websites that allow you to reduce the amount of unsolicited advertising mail you receive and you can opt …

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Your Car’s Footprint

Posted by Samala on July 29, 2014
portland traffic

For many people, commuting by bike, bus or even carpooling isn’t possible.  So here are some tips for making your drive more green.  Avoid excessive idling.  It wastes fuel and reduces the life of your vehicle. There’s no need to warm up your car, even in the winter and if you’re going to be sitting for more than 30 seconds, …

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Be the Change

Posted by Samala on July 28, 2014
center for earth leadership

When it comes to the environment, you can be an Agent of Change.  The Portland-based Center for Earth Leadership has opened up its registration for the popular Agent of Change training.  The program inspires environmental-minded citizens to take the next steps to become activists and leaders. Weekly classes begin in October and you’ll be taking on an environmental project in …

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We Heart Parks

Posted by Samala on July 28, 2014

You can make a difference in one day at your local park. There are a bunch of projects at Portland parks throughout the year and most of them involve some elbow grease. Three of them are taking place this Saturday. Mt Tabor Park along with Woods Park and Marquam Nature Park in Southwest Portland are hosting events. It’s your opportunity …

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Posted by Samala on July 22, 2014
eecosphere logo

You can find lots of websites, social media pages and books to tell you how to be green, but it doesn’t mean they’re good. Now there’s an app that offers sharable, easy advice on how to make your life more sustainable. The co-founder of eEcosphere created the app to help people connect with actionable ideas and it allows users to …

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Spare the Air

Posted by Samala on July 21, 2014
spare the air

On hot summer days, pollution from cars and other gas-powered engines along with chemicals in paints and aerosol sprays can create unhealthy levels of smog.  There are things you can do to help keep the air healthy when the temperature rises.  Skip mowing or using a leaf blower for a day or two, if they’re gas powered.  Choose water-based latex …

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