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Food Day 2011

Nutrition, Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

The first ever Food Day will take place on Monday, Oct. 24. Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is a nationwide grassroots effort to encourage people to push Congress for healthy and affordable food produced in a sustainable and humane way. Whether through lobbying, participating in a community event or making a personal change, Food Day hopes to inspire people to transform the American diet. Though many of the goals for Food Day concentrate...


Explore Meatless Meals During Vegetarian Awareness Month

Nutrition, Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

Vegetarian diets have become mainstream over the last decade, with more people looking to improve their health or help the environment. Former President Bill Clinton's choice of a vegetarian diet even made the news! There are vegetarian recipes in magazines, veggie dishes in restaurants and even a dating website for vegetarian singles. So while the benefits of a vegetarian diet are obvious, what if you can't completely give up meat? October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, making it a great time...


Celebrate Can-it-Forward Day

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

As with many of the domestic arts, canning has made a big comeback. Sales of home canning equipment have been surging since 2008, in large part due to a growing interest in eating more healthfully and reviving traditions from a simpler time. To capitalize on this trend, Jarden Home Brands -- the makers of Ball canning jars -- has partnered with Canning Across America, a nationwide group of food writers, bloggers and cookbook authors with a passion for canning, to...


Where's the Beef?

Nutrition, Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

[caption id="attachment_5632" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Farmer Shane Hughes with some of his cattle at Liberty Delight Farms."][/caption] Or, perhaps a more appropriate question is, where's the beef from? It's so important to know where your food comes from, and what's in it. Across the United States, SAGE works with farmers to bring locally raised beef, chicken and produce to the schools we serve. One such partner is Liberty Delight Farms, a family-owned and operated business in Reisterstown, MD. Their Simmental...


Additional Tips for Saving Energy This Summer


Conserving electricity lowers energy bills, and the environmental benefits are an added bonus. Here, courtesy of consumer expert Andrea Woroch, are six energy-saving tips for summer. Check a previous blog post for six more tips. 1. Wash Dishes in Batches You might think that hand-washing dishes would reduce both your water and electrical bill, but Energy Star appliances are actually much better for your family finances. The original investment, however, is terribly high. As a simple fix, wait until the...


Easy Ways to Consume Less Electricity This Summer


Whether or not we are motivated by helping the environment, conserving electricity is worthwhile because it can save us money. All over the country, electricity bills are increasing as energy costs in general continue to climb. Here, courtesy of consumer expert Andrea Woroch, are six energy-saving tips for summer. Check back in a few days for six more tips. 1. Go Window Shopping When the weather hits over 90 degrees and it's too hot to be outdoors, leave your credit...


Saint Andrew's School Named 'Green School of Excellence'

Sustainability, Gardens

Congratulations to the Green Team at Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, FL, for being named a Palm Beach County "Green School of Excellence." This is the highest level of recognition a school can attain in the program. The co-ed, K-12 boarding school also received a second place award for the 2011 program, in which 49 Palm Beach County schools participated. The honor comes with a $1,000 cash prize, which the school will use to purchase a composting...


Savannah Country Day Captures the Flag

Sustainability, Gardens

When the teachers, students and staff at Savannah Country Day School won the prestigious Green Flag Award from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), it was not immediately obvious just how special an honor they had received. The Green Flag Awards recognize the greenest schools in the world. But until this year, no American school had claimed the prize. The Eco-Schools USA program counts nearly 500 schools and some 205,000 students among its participants, but none had achieved the program’s...


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