The National Park System just got its first Dark Sky Sanctuary

April 24, 2018 by  
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While there are numerous Dark Sky-certified National Parks across the US, the stunning Rainbow Bridge National Monument just received the world’s fourth official Dark Sky Sanctuary designation – the first ever for a National Park System site. Rainbow Bridge already boasted one of the darkest skies on Earth, but with its new status, you can continue to see Rainbow Bridge’s night sky as it’s meant to be seen, free from the light pollution that has become a mainstay of modern life. The International Dark Sky Association is a non-profit organization working to stop light pollution and mitigate its harmful effects on our health. The organization also helps identify places where you can see the night sky with reduced or no light pollution. On April 16, the association awarded its “sanctuary” designation to Utah’s Rainbow Bridge National Monument, ushering it into an exclusive list of the most light pollution-free places in the world. Related: Switching to outdoor LEDs has made light pollution worse — without saving energy Rainbow Bridge provides a particularly stunning natural environment. Dark Sky designated parks, reserves and sanctuaries must be remote enough that they aren’t impacted by light pollution nearby, and they must also adhere to strict lighting standards, such as shielding fixtures so light doesn’t escape upward and using warmer bulbs. But even amidst all the Dark Sky designations, sanctuaries are exceptional, with their status meant to increase awareness of the sites in order to preserve them for future generations. “We’re thrilled to be the first National Park Service unit to receive this specific designation, as this will only fuel our night sky preservation efforts,” Rainbow Bridge National Monument superintendent William Shott said. If you want to visit this special place, you will need to have a boat to cross Lake Powell in Southern Utah, or get permission from the Navajo Nation to cross the tribe’s land. Via Earther Images via NPS and Unsplash

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Maryland just banned the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores

April 24, 2018 by  
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Maryland just became the second state in America to ban pet stores from selling puppies and kittens. Animal rights advocates say the move will help cut demand for animals from puppy mills . The bill, HB 1662 , also encourages pet stores to work with rescue groups and animal shelters to promote the adoption of homeless animals, according to The Humane Society . Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan signed the legislation into law with bipartisan support. The state already has regulations in place requiring stores to reveal breeder information, and stores cannot use breeders that the United States Department of Agriculture has cited in the last two years. But delegate Benjamin Kramer, a Democrat who sponsored the legislation, told The Washington Post the regulations aren’t enough to protect animals. Related: California bans puppy mills and requires all pet stores to sell rescue animals Pet store owners fought against the law, hoping Hogan would veto it. Just Puppies co-owner Jeanea Thomson said her store doesn’t want animals from puppy mills, and that she and her husband visit their breeders, most in Iowa and Missouri, to vouch for conditions. But Kramer said the farms that store owners describe are abominations, telling The Washington Post, “There is not a single one that is this righteous, beautiful, loving, caring facility where there is room for puppies to roam and for breeding dogs to play.” Humane Society Maryland state director Emily Hovermale described the ban as a lifesaving measure that would close the state’s pet store market to puppy mills. She said, “Maryland has set an important precedent with this rejection of animal abuse that other states will surely follow.” Emily McCobb, a professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, said a ban could result in a dog shortage, and people might not be sure where to go to get a pet. “There’s a lot of messaging around ‘adopt, don’t shop,’” she said. “But we haven’t done a good job of messaging about how to find responsible breeders.” The law will fully go into effect in 2020. It follows a bill passed in California last year that requires all pet stores to sell rescue animals. + The Humane Society Via The Washington Post Images via Depositphotos and Lydia Torrey on Unsplash

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How the U.S. Open aced a sustainable transformation

September 29, 2017 by  
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Efforts involved the U.S. Tennis Association, Billie Jean King and Venus Williams.

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To chart the course of sustainability, grab the right map

September 29, 2017 by  
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What are the best assessment tools for your team? Here’s a review of some of the best.

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7 eco-friendly fabrics that dont sacrifice quality

January 22, 2017 by  
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Sustainability gets a bad rap in the fashion world according to Giusy Bettoni, CEO of the eco-textile consultancy C.L.A.S.S. She attributes this to the association the term has with “smelling like patchouli” and other less stylish treehugger-like activities. Fortunately, however, advancements in technology have brought big improvements to eco-friendly fabrics that could change the way designers approach sustainable fashion. Ecouterre rounded up seven eco-friendly fabrics that are luxurious and sustainable without sacrificing quality.

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LEED for vertical farms? Defining high-tech sustainable food

August 15, 2016 by  
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The Association for Vertical Farming aims to create the first sustainability standard for towering indoor food systems.

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The Association for Vertical Farming aims to create the first sustainability standard for towering indoor food systems.

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Looking To Recycle Your Satellite TV Dish? Read This First.

July 1, 2016 by  
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Satellite TV dishes – they can be as common-place as mailboxes and chimneys.  According to the Satellite Industry Association, there are approximately 200 million satellite TV subscribers worldwide.  And with each subscriber is a satellite dish of…

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Behind Beyond Sport’s play as an environmental change-agent

April 29, 2016 by  
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Meet the leading global force for convening organizations involved in “sport for social change.” It has the ear of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and all the U.S. professional sports associations.

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Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

September 5, 2014 by  
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When the country with the largest oil reserves in the world decides to start investing in renewable energy , it may well be a sign that the age of big oil is coming to an end. While the US is still focused on fossil fuels – whether drilling, importing, or otherwise – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has realized that relying on a finite energy resource is not the smartest move, and it has begun to implement more solar systems into its electrical grid instead of older diesel generators. Read the rest of Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , crude oil , diesel generators , oil reserves , petroleum , SASIA , saudi arabia , Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association , Solar Power , sunfounder

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