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Is a real or artificial Christmas tree more eco-friendly?

This time of year, the question is almost always asked. Is a real or artificial Christmas tree the most environmentally responsible?

There are many reasons why real Christmas trees are more eco-friendly, but this year they may be even more popular. The Christmas Tree Promotion Board reports an increase in sales because families looking for safer […]

Tax credits & rebates make solar more affordable

If you’ve been thinking about installing solar on your home, it has become increasingly more affordable with lower installation costs, a federal tax credit and utility rebates.

“Solar is now cheaper than ever with residential installation costs plunging 70 percent over the last 10 years,” said Darla Pennington, owner of PennTech, a solar installation and energy-efficiency […]

Shop locally this holiday season

As the holiday shopping season kicks into full gear this week, shopping locally takes on even more importance for small businesses trying to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the country, local retailers will be celebrating Small Business Saturday on November 28, with many offering online specials and curbside pickup or delivery. Shoppers can find local […]

Give your opinion on Climate Action Plan

Metro Kansas City area residents are invited to share feedback on a proposed regional blueprint for climate action that drastically reduces greenhouse gas emissions and supports resiliency from climate-related threats.

Over the past few months, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and Climate Action KC have worked to bring together diverse community perspectives and technical expertise to develop a set of […]

How can we stay safe & not create PPE waste?

As face masks become even more critical in fighting the spread of COVID-19, they are also taking a toll on our waste stream and the environment.

A recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that we are using some 129-billion disposable masks and 65-billion disposable gloves every month around the world as we […]