Reduce the strain on the land, water, fuel, and other resources by reducing the amount of food you throw out. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans toss out more than 96 billion pounds of food annually. To reduce the amount of food you buy—and end up tossing when it goes bad—make a shopping Read More
In Maine, computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment are considered “e-waste” because they contain a high concentration of toxic materials. Such items are no longer allowed in landfills. Contact your town office to find out where you can dispose of these items safely—much of the material can be recycled by the manufacturer. To view more Read More
By Ray Owen, Special to the BDN Bangor Daily News op-ed I have spent much my life working to improve Maine’s environment. I was a professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Maine for 32 years, commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for four, and chaired Maine’s former Land Use Read More
Buy energy-efficient appliances and office equipment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), depending on the specific item, Energy Star-labeled appliances can save up to 75 percent of total electricity use. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Senator Carson, Representative Tucker, and members of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee: My name is Nick Bennett. I am the Staff Scientist for the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), which is Maine’s largest environmental advocacy group with more than 20,000 members and supporters. I am testifying in opposition to LD 281 and the Read More
Testimony in Support of LD 216, An Act To Protect Water Quality by Standardizing the Law Concerning Septic Inspection in the Shoreland Zone; and LD 319, An Act To Standardize the Laws Concerning Property Transfers and To Protect Water Quality Senator Carson, Representative Tucker, and members of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee: My name Read More
In a state like Maine, we rely on clean water for drinking, tourism, and our outdoor recreation economy. But the EPA has proposed scrapping the Clean Water Rule, a protection under the Clean Water Act that safeguards our streams and wetlands. The proposed replacement, dubbed the “Dirty Water Rule,” would jeopardize the drinking water our Read More
Unless your child wishes to create something special, save the paper – encourage him or her to exercise his or her artistic talents with a chalkboard and chalk, or a whiteboard and toxic-free dry erase markers. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Buying locally produced items cuts down on the amount of global warming pollution needed to transport the items you purchase. Buying local also keeps Maine’s hard-earned dollars here in the state, supporting our farmers, merchants, and other providers. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click Read More