Open to all! Please visit www.ncroadrunners.org for more information!
Join North Carolina Roadrunners Club at 9am on September 8th, 2012 at Shelley Lake's main parking lot. Safety vests, gloves and bags will be provided. Help us clean up the road. Bagels and beverages will be served following the volunteer event.
Open to all! Please visit www.ncroadrunners.org for more information!
If you are planning a trip during this Labor Day weekend, consider the following eco-friendly travel tips:
- Check the air pressure on your car tires and ensure that they are adequately inflated so that your fuel usage is as efficient as possible.
-Remove un-necessary items from your car (e.g. bulky strollers, sports equipment) that you will not use during your travel. Excess weight decreases your fuel efficiency.
- Plan your trip needs in advance and pack entertainment for kids (e.g. books, audio/video entertainment) as well as snacks.
- Consider alternate routes (using google mapquest) so that you can avoid bumper to bumper traffic
- Ensure that your water faucets and electronics are shut off before you leave the house (leave a spare set of keys with a trusted family member in case they did to enter the house in an emergency).
- Speak with the hotel manager to obtain credit for refusing daily towel replacements during your hotel stay.
Safe travels and enjoy th
Did you ever have one of those days at work in which you feel like you have given your all out effort and it goes under-appreciated? Well, today was one of those days for me. I was so happy to have a friend forward me information on the grassrootsbikes.com website. This organization is a local chapter of the Trips for Kids not for profit organization which rewards at risk youths who have demonstrated incremental academic and/or behavior improvement at school with an all expense paid outdoor mountain bike outing on the local trails. Studies have shown that kids who engage in sports and outdoor activities will have stronger academic performance over time. Consider being part of this positive cause!
It is such a great local cause! If you want to help out, you can donate gently used bikes (all contributions are tax deductible) or volunteer for their various initiatives. For more information about this great not for profit organization, please visit www.grassrootsbikes.com
Knowing that some kids are struggling to succeed with a tough set of cards they are dealt with (unstable family and financial environment), keeps my "bad day in the office" in perspective. The greatest source of happiness is helping others.
Now that the new school season is beginning, I would like parents to advocate for school uniforms. From an eco-friendly perspective, school uniforms are great! You have minimal clothing purchases for your children during the school year and there is a lack of clothing peer pressure since everyone is wearing the same uniform. Also, similar to our local cub scouts organization, you can organize a "hand me down" ceremony at the end of the year for gently used uniforms to be passed on to the next group of youngsters.
A number of public schools have adopted a school uniform policy (which I fully support) and it makes so much sense.
I am not advocating for school uniforms due to its' effects on academic performance (which so far, there has not been any definitive study that suggests its' impact). I am advocating for school uniforms because of it's eco-friendly impact and inherent cost savings for families with children. Imagine saving hundreds of dollars from children clothing purchases and re-investing that towards your children's educational pursuits.
To support exploring school uniform policy at your local elementary school, you can reach out to the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and get a sense of what the active parental leaders support, then with the PTA support, you can propose the policy to the school administration (e.g. principal).
Parents are preparing to send their kids back to school. A number of parents stock up on new school supplies for their children before the beginning of the school year. Instead of having gently used school supplies scattered around the house or collecting dust in the attic, basement or garage, consider donating the gently used school supplies to your children's classroom. A number of parents are embarrassed to offer used school supplies but the reality is, a number of teachers are more than happy to take the opened box of crayons and partially used erasers off your hands.
The following is a list of school supplies that are always in demand at schools:
- # 2 pencils
- crayons (the status of the box container is irrelevant)
- plastic folders
- plain 8.5 x 11 reams of paper
- glue / glue sticks
- paper bags
- tape / tape dispenser
I usually prepare for my workout by packing up my gym bag and loading it in the car the night before so I won't have to rush and forget anything in the morning. I leave a Eos everyday hand lotion in the car glove compartment so I always have great moisturizing lotion handy when I am in a hurry. This great travel size, relatively flat oval container fits easily in purses and handbags as well. The hand lotion contains 97% natural ingredients. This paraben free formula is hypoallergenic. It comes in three cool colors (green, sky blue and pink) containing the everyday lotion, Cucumber hand lotion or Berry Blossom hand lotion.
For more information about this product, please visit www.evolutionofsmooth.com.
I am a huge fan of my local library. To a point that the librarians know my family by name. In addition to borrowing books, I have hosted and attended local events in the community room. With the continual onslaught of online books and rise in internet use, many wonder whether the local library will be obsolete in the near future. I hope that communities will always support the local library. Maybe like my children's school, the local library will be renamed and rebranded as a media center where individuals gather and to browse computer, electronic, internet and other resources.
Unfortunately, many of us are the silent majority in that we hate the idea of losing a local library but rarely voice our concerns to legislators. There are several ways to support the local library such as follow:
1) Go to the library and borrow more books and resources. Libraries keep track of their usage and can justify continual funding if there is a rise in use of their resources. So each and every checked out book counts.
2) Donate used books. Most libraries will provide receipts for your used books and such donations are tax deductible.
3) Host a library based community event. If you are looking to organize a local community event, consider having it happen in the library, as long as your event is open to the public and is not special interest specific (each library has its own rules so check), you will be able to use the conference room for free.
4) Ask the librarian to see what other ways you can help. Volunteering at the local library is a great way to help out especially for teenagers looking to build a resume. They are often exposed to new literary genres and begin to participate in local community events because of the awareness of such events from their local libraries.
5) Write your suggestions in the suggestion box as often as possible. The library staff uses these suggestions to gauge and prioritize their funding allocation.
To find out more about your local library and to attend any of their events, please visit http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/librarysearch/
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 - Join the 36th Annual Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Cary, NC this Saturday! For more information about the wonderful festival that features many eco-friendly artists (think recycled materials turned into beautiful artwork), please visit http://www.facebook.com/carylazydaze
We attended the festival in the past and enjoy the many festivities! Also, there are multi-recycling bins set up at the festival to minimize waste. In order to make your trip more eco-friendly, please follow the following tips:
- carpool or take the train there, parking will be limited so arrive early
- bring your own shopping bags (when you make a purchase, save the environment and use your own shopping bag)
- enjoy the activities onsite
- regret a previous festival purchase or you want to upgrade? Bring your previously purchased item to the festival and speak with the booth owner, you can most probably work out a deal.
- think twice before you take a free souvenir
- limit a festival map per family or better yet, consider using the large poster display map
- bring your own mug or cup for drink purchases (a number of food/drink stands will be happy to fill your 8, 16 oz, etc. mug or cup and may also offer you a discount for bringing your own mug/cup, just ask!
Whole Foods has recently launched a free Wellness Club pilot in five locations throughout the United States. These clubs provide free and/or low cost classes to community residents interested in learning more about healthy eating, healthy exercises (yoga) and other eco-friendly topics. Wellenss club members receive discounts to Whole Food purchases and other benefits.
Unfortunately, the program is only in a pilot stage with only five locations so far. To advocate the offering of a wellness club at your local Whole Foods store, you can do one or more of the following:
-speak with the store manager and tell him or her that you want the store to offer a wellness program
-develop a list of interested individuals (think family and friends) who would be interested in participating in such a program and forward that list to the local Whole Foods store manager
-Contact Whole Foods headquarters via email directly by visiting the following link: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/customer-service
I am already switching to richer lotions and creams in anticipation for the upcoming cool autumn season. I have recently tried Neal's Yard Remedies / NYR Organic Bee Lovely Hand Cream. This cream contains moisturizing organic honey and orange essential oils. NYR will donate $1.50 from every NYR Organic Bee Lovely Hand cream product sold to select charities that are dedicated to protecting bees and creating sustainable habitats.
I love the sweet honey smell and creamy texture of this hand cream. Being an active gardener, I am glad that NYR is actively advocating for the US EPA to ban the use of powerful pesticides that are extremely harmful to bees and other animals. You can join NYR by signing the www.thepetitionsite.com petition to the US Environmental Protection Agency to ban these powerful pesticides.
For more information about Neal's Yard Remedies / NYR, please visit www.nealsyardremedies.com.
Eco-friendly activist trying to make more healthy eco-friendly choices for my family.