EcoBuilding Bargains’ Newest Reuse Rockstar!

By Kevin Pink, Marketing and Development Specialist

Allison Wyman stopped into EcoBuilding Bargains looking for a vanity. She didn’t find the vanity she wanted, but what she DID find was pretty special: a bright orange sink.

“Even though it wasn’t practical at all, I fell in love with it and we brought it home,” she said. It’s a story we hear quite often at the store, and it left Allison feeling like she “won the lottery.”

When you buy a bold sink like that, it’s the kind of item you build a room around. The Wymans worked with a local countertop and cabinetry shop to build a custom countertop. This left them with a somewhat unusually-sized piece, so Allison’s husband built a custom cabinet and drawers to fit underneath the sink and countertop.

The bathroom makeover wasn’t finished there, however. They added tile and a light fixture to the wall above the sink.

What’s next? Allison tells us that the next step is to replace the linoleum floor with tiles, for which they plan to return to EcoBuilding Bargains. Fortunately, they are the new owners of an EcoBuilding Bargains gift card as a result of winning the Reuse Rockstar contest!

Watch as Allison and her sons William and Sam tell you more about their project! Congratulations, Wyman family!

 

Greening Your New Year’s Party

Your Guide to a Green New Year’s Party

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

Follow this guide to throw a fun and sustainable New Year’s party while also saving money and reducing waste!

  • Invitations: Be sustainable from the start by sending your guests paperless invitations! You can easily create a Facebook event or design an electronic invitation that you can email, but will looks just as fancy as a paper one.
  • Decorating: When setting up your festive space, decorate sustainably by having soy or beeswax candles, strings of LED lights hung around the room, festive flowers or plants, and an organic edible fruit basket centerpiece! You can also make your own confetti out of old magazines and newspapers to throw when the clock strikes 12.
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Celebrate Giving Tuesday with the Center for EcoTechnology!

On Giving Tuesday, November 29, we hope you consider making a donation to support our community-based outreach and education work and our EcoFellowship program. Giving Tuesday is a worldwide celebration of charitable giving, and is powered by social media and collaboration. This year, the Center for EcoTechnology is participating for the very first time!

For 40 years, the Center for EcoTechnology has helped people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. Each year, through our outreach and education work, we speak to more than 6,000 people – at farmers markets, festivals and other community and business events – and help them make green changes in their lives.

Much of our outreach and education is done by our EcoFellows. Our EcoFellowship Program allows us to help the next generation of environmental professionals gain the skills and experiences needed to tackle tomorrow’s environmental challenges. While they learn and grow with us, they make an impact on the Center for EcoTechnology and in our communities and are a fundamental component of our education and outreach efforts.

 

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EPA Awards $270K for Environmental and Health Projects in New England Communities

Contact Information: 

David Deegan (deegan.dave@epa.gov)

617-918-1017

BOSTON – EPA has awarded 12 grants across New England under its 2016 Healthy Communities Grant Program, totaling approximately $270,566, to fund community projects addressing environmental and public health issues. The projects will reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health, and improve the quality of life for communities and residents across New England.

The Healthy Communities Grant Program combines resources from several EPA programs to strategically address the environmental and public health issues burdening New England communities. Contributing programs include Assistance & Pollution Prevention; Asthma; Children’s Environmental Health and Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Initiative; Toxics; Urban Environmental Program; and Water Infrastructure (Stormwater, Wastewater, and Drinking Water). The program has competitively selected projects that will: assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks; increase collaboration through community-based projects; build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems; advance emergency preparedness and resilience; and achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits in communities across New England.

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GoGreen Mailbag: LED Lighting

From time to time, we receive several inquiries about the same topic. We’ll try to address those topics in a brief, practical way in this ongoing series we call the Go Green Mailbag. This time, we discuss LED lighting.

What are LED bulbs, and how do they work?

LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode. A diode is a semiconductor with two terminals. When electrons move from one side of the diode to the other, they release energy, in the form of light. The color of tled1he light emitted is based on the chemicals that have been applied to the diode, so LEDs can be made in a variety of colors, including warm colors like the light emitted by traditional incandescent bulbs.

For more on the science behind how LEDs work, check out this article from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

How are LED bulbs different from incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs?

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