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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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Eat Local: Persimmons

There are many advantages to buying local food. For example, local food is often fresher than food that has travelled long distances, and buying local food helps the local economy. Choosing local foods also protects natural resources such as wildlife, water, and green space. One treat that Floridians can look forward to each fall is the Florida persimmon, which is available from September through December. There are two varieties of  More»


Did you know that Floridians throw away about eight pounds of garbage per person every day? That’s double the national average. Unfortunately, our trash wastes energy and materials. Waste also releases pollutants into the environment. While trash can have a large environmental impact, there are ways to reduce this problem. As a start, try shopping with the environment in mind, known as “enviroshopping.” Enviroshopping includes buying  More»

Sustainable Elementary School Tips

As children return to school, parents may scramble to buy last-minute supplies, coordinate rides for their children, and manage grocery lists. While all of these tasks are important, parents should also consider ways their children can make this school year more sustainable. Help children become more “green” in the classroom and help protect the environment with the following sustainable tips for gradeschool children. Buy recycled or  More»

Reducing Car Usage

Between paying for gas, inexperienced drivers, and traffic delays, driving everyday can feel more frustrating than convenient. Additionally, CO2 and other greenhouse gases emissions from vehicles as well as oil dependency contribute to the warming of the planet. Fortunately, there are driving alternatives that can help you become healthier, happier and more eco-friendly. Walk or Bike If you need to travel only a mile or  More»

Sustainable College Living

Colleges and universities across the nation are taking strides to become more sustainable, but they are not alone. Students can also participate to help their schools with sustainability efforts. By taking small steps, you can help your college or university reach its sustainability goals, and you can help protect the environment. How to be Sustainable in College Walk or bike to campus instead of driving.  More»

What Does the “USDA Certified Organic” Label Mean?

Have you ever spotted an organic label in the grocery store and wondered what it meant? What you saw was the USDA organic seal, which means... a particular product has at least 95 percent organic content and is certified by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). The USDA also certifies multi-ingredient products made with certified organic ingredients. You may see the following labels in relation to multi-ingredient  More»

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