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Sustainable Living

Our economy, culture, and quality of life are closely tied to the environment. Sustainable practices enable us to meet our current needs without compromising the next generation's ability to satisfy their own needs. We can preserve our natural heritage and conserve natural resources for the future by living sustainably.

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Sustainable Fire Ant Management

The red imported fire ant is a well-known and troublesome pest throughout the southeastern United States. This invasive species is aggressive,and their painful stings  can injure both humans and animals. The nuisances and hazards of fire ants cause many people to seek a “quick-fix” control strategy. The high demand for a fast solution has led to the development of many “home remedies” and practices advertised as alternatives to  More»


Facts About Bottled Water

With half of all Americans drinking bottled water each day, it's important to know the facts and myths. More...   More»


Seasonal Sustainability: Spring

Many people think of warm weather when they think about spring, but the season can also bring opportunities for sustainability. The following are some practices you can do to consider the environment this spring: Take advantage of the weather by walking or riding a bike instead of driving. If you’re spring cleaning, don’t forget to recycle, eCycle, and donate things you don’t need. During the day, use shades, drapes, or blinds to  More»


Eat Local: Cantaloupes

Though locally grown foods travel about 50 miles to its destination, typical supermarket produce can travel up to 2,000 miles. Instead of buying produce from far-away farms, buy locally to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, highlight the significance of agriculture, and boost your local economy. With cantaloupes available from March to July in Florida, you should consider purchasing local cantaloupes now. Nutritional  More»


How to Freeze Fruits

Celebrate Frozen Foods Month by learning how to properly freeze fruits! More...  More»

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