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[1THING] Blog: Archive for November, 2014

[ Optimism Greets New Round of UN Climate Talks ]

A UN climate summit begins in Lima, Peru, December 1, as a stepping-stone to a new global climate accord.


[ Chuckwalla Bench Dec. 6 Four-Wheel Drive Tour Will Explore Wildlife, History, Geology. Mojave Desert Land Trust Co-hosts Free Trip to See Lands That Need Protection ]

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Chuckwalla Bench is located about an hour east of Indio and is rich in stagecoach history, diverse wildlife and lush desert trees and plants.


[ New U.S. Ozone Rules Likely to Be Felt Nationwide ]

New EPA ozone rules could prompt greater efforts to clean the nation’s air.


[ Naomi Klein on How Canada’s First Nations Can Take on the Oil Industry and Win ]

Indigenous peoples may be key to combating climate change, author says.


[ 5 things we’re thankful for in 2014 ]

This Thanksgiving and holiday season there are so many things for wilderness lovers to be thankful for – in addition to the 758 designated wilderness areas covering nearly 110 million acres of American wild lands. Here’s a few at the top of our list:


[ Are you a Christmas/Holiday Tree Fan? ]

NCTA Flipper 2The Greener way to go is having a ‘Real’ Christmas Tree.  If you’re able to get a tree you can plant afterwards, then Double Bonus. If that can’t happen, then here are some tips on what to do once the holidays are over and you need to dispose of your Christmas/Holiday tree.  Our friends in Greenville picked a1 Thing for December to remember… Recycle your Tree! You can do it with the….


National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) , advocates for Christmas tree recycling!

The National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) is the national trade association representing the Christmas tree industry. NCTA represents more than 700 active member farms, 29 state and regional associations, and more than 4,000 affiliated businesses that grow and sell Christmas trees or provide related supplies and services. Members are located throughout North America, as well as in South America and Europe. It is estimated that those affiliated with the NCTA produce roughly three-quarters of the farm-raised Christmas trees in the United States.

After the holidays, don’t throw your ‘Real’ Christmas Tree in the trash or set it on the curb. Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Access this site for some recycling options and tips on what to do with your tree after the holidays.  http://www.realchristmastrees.org/dnn/AllAboutTrees/HowtoRecycle.aspx


Austin Resource Recovery posted the 2015 schedule where  help from the city is available to recycle your tree. 

Give Your Christmas Tree Another Life!

Don’t throw away your Christmas tree; give it another life by recycling it! City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their trash and yard trimmings collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at 2304 Rollingwood Dr., Austin, TX, on specific dates.

Curbside Collections

City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees at the curb! Please remove all decorations from tree. Trees will be composted into Dillo Dirt™. Please set out your tree by 6:30 a.m. on your trash and yard trimmings collection day and remove all decorations and stands from the tree. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half.

Drop-off Collection: NEW 2015 LOCATION

Not a City of Austin curbside customer? No problem! All residents can drop off their trees (decorations and stands removed) for recycling at 2304 Rollingwood Dr. between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
  • Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
  • Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
  • Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

More 411 & they are needing volunteers to help w/ drop offs! Click here!


[ 8 Thanksgiving-flavored wild spots ]

Thanksgiving is an ideal time to express gratitude for the good fortune in our lives as well as to stop and appreciate the incredible legacy of our wild public lands.



[ Study: polar bears declined 40 percent in past decade ]

A study published last week in Ecological Applications has shown that polar bear populations in the southern Beaufort Sea region have declined by 40 percent.



[ In Climate Talks, Spotlight Turns to India ]

India’s new leader talks about protecting nature, but what will he do about global warming?


[ A ‘Green Shopping’ Smile… ]

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I got a heads up from  Shannon about something very cool that Amazon is doing.  It’s called ‘Amazon Smile’.  You shop through this and a portion of your purchase will be donated to a charity of your choice. Whatever favorite ‘Green Charity’ you have will benefit from your ‘Green Shopping’.  This for sure creates smiles!

Here’s the short description:

Amazon w/ a Smile:

You Shop which includes ‘Green Shopping’ & Amazon Gives & it can be Green Giving!


  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

More Details here!