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Off to a Good Start: Designing Eco-Friendly Weddings on a Budget

by Jennifer Dawson, Freelance Contributor An estimated $72 billion is spent on 2.4 million weddings each year. The amount of waste wedding ceremonies generate is horrendous with more than a billion tonnes of trash and 66 tonnes of CO2 produced in just one day. More couples also spend time on planning an outstanding guest experience to make their weddings memorable. If you are planning to tie the knot soon, why not opt for a green wedding? Contrary to preconceived notions, eco-friendly ceremonies are not as difficult to organize nor are they more expensive than traditional ones. It is possible to plan a green wedding on a reasonable budget without going into personal loans and debts.   Work on a Budget Like any other event, a budget is…

Rainwater Harvesting… Whats the catch?

No one likes leaks. Left unseen, the water can ruin your beloved possessions drip by steady drip. Most people know the quick fix-placing a pot beneath the leak until the rain stops. All good, right? The leak inside our house may be the one we notice, but if you look outside, you’ll realize there’s another leak we always ignore-the rain itself. It falls on the roof, runs along walls and, once thoroughly polluted, ends up down drains. It’s a lot bigger than a roof leak but it has an equally easy fix: a rain barrel. Capturing rainwater isn’t a new idea. Even Thomas Jefferson harvested rainwater to brew his beer. Today, however, our interest is more of necessity than curiosity. This year’s unexpected rain may…

Get there, Greener with the ENC and OCTA

Gas prices are soaring in Orange County and the ENC is just as fed up with paying over $4 for a gallon of gas as you are! Guess what? Alternatives do exist and the ENC is partnering with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to bring them directly to you. On Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m., the ENC will host its “Getting there, Greener” program, alongside OCTA representatives, in an effort to get people out of their cars and onto a bus, train, bicycle, or into a ridesharing program. Come by the ENC to find out how easy, inexpensive, and eco-friendly riding the bus actually is! Everyone attending the program will learn the bus-riding basics – how to ride, reading a schedule, riding tips,…

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