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Native plant landscaping saves water and adds beauty to your home and garden

Bottom Line: Landscaping with California native plants is an ecologically sustainable way to beautify your home or business, save water, cut CO2 emissions, and create wildlife habitat.

California Native Gardening

Water shortages are increasingly common, and everything that we can do in order to save water makes a difference. Even more substantial than taking shorter showers or collecting wastewater from your kitchen or bathroom is reducing the amount of water you use outside. Gardens and landscaping are very precious but can often involve large, costly amounts of water. Not only do they involve these impositions, but also they are usually done with gas-powered, and polluting equipment. Other benefits of this idea are that it cuts the use of synthetic fertilizers, and reinforces the natural beauty of the native California landscape. There is an easier solution other than spending a fortune on water for an alluring, high maintenance garden – substitute many or all of your plants for native plants! Aside from these plants being gorgeous and easy to take care of, they don’t call for much water. Most California native plants are exquisite and look good year round, but other low water plants can be great too. California has tons of beautiful native plants that require barely any water. You can find the plants at any reputable nursery for a reasonable price. In the end, not only will you have a beautiful, exotic, and fun filled garden, but you will be saving water, the planet, and have a few extra bucks in your pocket!

 

Is your house good for solar?

Bottom Line: If you’re thinking about going solar, knowing that your home and solar are a good match makes the shopping process even easier. Here are the top five questions and answers that will help you determine whether solar is right for your home (read on, it might surprise you).

Greening Buildings with LEED certification

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program. From sustainable site development to indoor environmental quality—LEED focuses on building practices that support areas of human and environmental health. There are more then 68,000 LEED commercial projects in the United States and LEED certified buildings exist in more than 150 countries and territories and 6 continents.

Green buildings save money, have a positive influence on the health of occupants, and promote renewable clean energy. They also improve rental rates to 20% above average and increase selling prices. Learn more about LEED certification and it’s benefits.

Zero-emission school buses to reduce costs and clean up the air

The Electric Vehicle (EV) School Bus project is an ambitious, innovative project currently underway in California. It is the largest EV school bus demonstration in the nation that to deploys Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. The school buses are currently being repowered in Poway, CA by Transpower, USA and will be deployed in Torrance, Kings Canyon and

Is Chewing Gum Harmful to the Environment?

A Sticky Problem An infographic from our friends at CustomMade Is Chewing Gum Harmful to the Environment? Click to Enlarge Image Not-So-Green Gum: Is Chewing Sustainably a Reality?Infographic by CustomMade

San Mateo County Energy Watch

Bottom Line: Reducing your business’ carbon footprint will not only make your operations more sustainable, but it will also improve your financial bottom line.

SMC Energy WatchPG&E has teamed up with the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) and San Mateo County RecycleWorks to provide energy efficiency services and incentives to the County’s qualifying businesses. The San Mateo County Energy Watch project aims to help businesses save energy and money while reducing their carbon footprint.

Making Wine Production in San Mateo Sustainable

Bottom line: Sustainable wine production can offer significant environmental benefits.

Be an energy- and water-saving HERO with new HERO program

Bottom Line: the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program makes it easy to finance energy- and water-saving home improvements.

Enriching San Mateo County’s South Coast Community

Bottom Line: Puente de la Costa Sur is the only Community Resource Center for San Mateo County’s South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio. Puente both advocates for these communities and leverages resources that foster economic prosperity and security, and that promote individual and community health and wellness.

Inspiring Children Through Sustainable Living

Bottom Line: Susty Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization that inspires and challenges elementary students to adopt and promote sustainable lifestyles.


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