20 Ways To Be More Sustainable in 2020

*This blog was co-written with Caroline Chomanics, IDEAS For Us chief administration officer and Fleet Farming program manager. We are beginning a new decade in 2020! Unlike most New Year’s resolutions, these don’t require you to break a sweat at the gym or reorganize your closets, Marie Kondo style. As 2019 comes to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the environment and sustainability. While chucking your plastic water bottles into a recycling bin helps, there’s more you can do to take part in the green movement. Here is a list of 20 ways to be more sustainable in… Continue reading 20 Ways To Be More Sustainable in 2020

Water Pollution: caused by… yard-care?

Many of us wouldn’t associate stormwater with pollution. Quite the opposite: When it rains, we picture the Earth’s soil nourished, depleted lakes and ponds replenished. But what we do on land—how we care for and maintain it—ultimately affects our waters. Felling trees, dumping waste, saturating crops with pesticides are but a few ways urban development has altered the natural water cycle.   Think about it: With so many pollutants lingering on land, and with fewer native plants and trees to create buffer zones during storms, waste has to go somewhere. And it’s often down stormwater drains, into wetlands, headwaters and… Continue reading Water Pollution: caused by… yard-care?

Energy Bill Takes Fight Back to Basics in Florida

Known for its enchanting beaches, secluded springs and year-round sunshine, Florida brims with natural resources. And lately, it’s made great strides in using those resources for good. Consider what the state has accomplished this year alone. In January, Florida Power and Light Co., the state’s largest electric provider, made an announcement. They plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030. According to FPL, if it meets this installation goal within the given time frame, it could increase solar energy use by 20 percent and decrease carbon dioxide emissions (the greatest cause of air pollution) 67 percent. Its… Continue reading Energy Bill Takes Fight Back to Basics in Florida

Climate Change Isn’t the Only Threat to Ginnie Springs. Nestlé Plans to Deplete Florida’s Aquifers.

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Ginnie Springs, located in northwest Florida, is a hidden oasis—its crystal blue waters, canopied by hardwoods and cypresses, serving as an idyllic getaway for tourists and locals alike. A bird’s-eye view paints a picturesque scene: colorful inner tubes coasting along lazy currents, turtles loafing on riverbanks. Soon, however, this treasured nature preserve will face threats of critically low water levels and decreased spring flow—if the food and beverage giant Nestlé has its way. Seven Springs Water Co., a water processor that supplies one of Nestlé’s bottling operations in Florida, is set to renew an expired permit that would allow Nestlé… Continue reading Climate Change Isn’t the Only Threat to Ginnie Springs. Nestlé Plans to Deplete Florida’s Aquifers.

Climate Crisis support in Orlando

Last August, a plucky Greta Thunberg, then 15 years old, made headlines with her weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament, resolute in her plea for climate action. Posting her declarations on Twitter and Instagram, she pledged to boycott school until parliament acknowledged global warming as a climate crisis. Her protests, prompted by what she called a need “to disrupt the system,” soon went viral. Fridays for Future With her youthful face, trademark pigtails and flinty glare, Thunberg, now 16, cuts a convincing figure, especially with those of her generation, who fear not having a future if climate protection policies remain… Continue reading Climate Crisis support in Orlando