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Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796


Staying Green

Make Your Greenery Greener with Xeriscaping

A xeriscaped garden is one that is designed to require minimal amounts of water and maintenance. Often, they are exclusively made of native plants. Xeriscaping has many environmental advantages. A garden of all native plants means the plants are accustomed to the environment. They are specifically adapted to tolerate the…

How to Make your Printer More of a Green Machine

Whether you are a student writing academic papers, or an employee producing important reports, a Dutch company has devised a  new and clever way to reduce your environmental footprint and ink and toner usage. Ecofont, developed by SPRANQ, is software that modifies the fonts on your computer when you print. It…

Recycle your E-Waste in an Environmentally and Socially Responsible Way

Source: slate.com Computers, TVs, cell phones, and other electronic waste can be tricky and dangerous to recycle because they contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and cadmium. Worse yet, e-waste often ends up in makeshift salvage yards in third world countries, where workers use personally and environmentally dangerous methods to…

Giving New Life to Old Clothes

Many people do not realize it, but old clothes can be recycled for a variety of uses. Nearly all clothes can make good dusting and wiping rags. However, some can be remade as stuffing, quilts, gift wrapping, protective dust and scuff coverings, and even new clothes. But, even though old…

Tips for Keeping the Big-Blue Green

Submitted by Adam St.Gelais, M.S., NSU Oceanographic Center Seventy percent of our beloved planet is covered in water. We rely on the ocean in many regards and healthy ocean equates to a healthy planet.  For example, more than 50% of the earth’s oxygen, the oxygen you and I breathe, is…

When in Doubt, Throw it Out

A lot of waste items feature the recycle symbol. However, it’s not always environmentally friendly to toss just any recyclable into a nearby blue bin. When waste is processed at a recycling plant, unsuitable recyclables are often caught by recycle facility sorters and are incinerated or land-filled – which is…

10 Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Source: www.slate.com Unless you are getting a lot of use from your compost heap, chances are you’d like to save money by reducing food waste in your kitchen. Here are ten things to keep in mind the next time you visit the grocery store or stat cooking: Adhere to a…

Water Efficiency – Tips for Consumers

(Source: WaterSense, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Americans use large quantities of water inside and outside of their homes. A family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day. This amount can increase depending on location; for example, the arid West has some of the highest per capita residential water…

Beware Vampire Power: How to keep appliances from sapping your energy

“Vampire power” has many names: vampire load, vampire energy, standby power, phantom load, leaking energy, standby loss, idle current, phantom power, and ghost load. Despite all these names, they all define the same phenomena: when an electronic device continues to use electricity, even when switched off. Many common devices run…

Choosing Foods with Low Environmental Impact

(Source: www.slate.com) What you eat can have a big impact on the environment. Below are some general tips to make your diet more eco-friendly. The livestock industry uses a tremendous amount of land to sustain itself and a lot of energy goes into maintaining and growing healthy livestock (such as raising…

Compost at Home to Help the Environment

Composting is a simple way you can help the environment. By composting, you reduce the amount of organic material that enters landfills, which not only keeps the landfill from filling as quickly, but  also reduces the amount of methane gas the landfill produces. Methane is a major contributor to climate change….

Five tips for a greener office space

Use your own coffee mug and utensils: Styrofoam coffee cups and plastic utensils are not recyclable and take an extremely long time to biodegrade. Brew coffee at work in your own personalized mug and eat with utensils from home to cut down the waste from disposable cups and utensils. Start…

Green Your Barbecue!

(Source: www.sierraclub.org)  Choose a cleaner-burning propane or electric grill over one powered by charcoal, which contributes more to poor air quality. Or, try a solar oven or stove that avoids emissions altogether. If you do use charcoal, look for lump brands (briquettes may contain coal dust or other additives as…

The Easiest Ways to Go Green – Get Started with these Simple Steps!

(Source: www.thedailygreen.com) Stop Idling Every moment you spend idling your car’s engine means needlessly wasting gas, as well as rougher wear on your vehicle. Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than is needed for startup. Overall, Americans idle away 2.9 billion gallons of gas a year, worth…

Did You Know?

Recycling 100 lbs. or a 36 inch stack of newspaper saves… 73 kilowatt hours of electricity About 14% of the average residential electric bill Enough to light a 100-watt bulb more than 700 hours 2 gallons of gasoline Recycling 100 lbs. of glass… Saves 29 kilowatt hours of electricity Lights…

Easy Ways to Recycle and Reduce Waste

Source: www.ourearth.org Look for products marked with “Post-Consumer Content” and “Recycled Content” Computer printer paper, notebooks, paper towels, toilet paper, plastic products, and many other household items can be found that are made from at least partially recycled materials. Reusable bags Rather than using paper or plastic bags, use reusable…

10 Easy Ways to be Green

(Compiled list provided by www.ourearth.org) 1. Reduce: Just by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving, you can save more than 200 gallons of water per month. Here are some other effective ways you can help to conserve resources … • Turn off the lights when leaving a…

Suggestions to Benefit our Planet

The preservation of our planet is becoming an important issue for all mankind and every little bit helps. We are including this Green Tips section to offer suggestions and tips that are widely recognized as being beneficial for the planet. Although you may not be able to follow every suggestion, we…

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