To mark Earth Day, KVAL's sister station in Portland put together this report on ways to go green during the next year. Do you have ideas of your own to go green? Send us an e-mail with your green living tips.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Thursday is Earth Day, the 40th year of a celebration that has sparked everything from street and beach clean ups to hoofing it to work in Southwest Washington and Oregon.
Ready to join the Northwest's push for environmental sensitivity? We've compiled recycling and conservation tips for the entire family to help you reduce waste and pollution, including how to make a rain garden, how to get a water audit and a tutorial on how bees are being used.
Explore just some of the topics we cover in our "Go Green in 2010" special report:
ABOUT RAIN DRAINS AND BIOSWALES
Related reading on rain gardens and bioswales:
- Planting a rain garden: How storm runoff can work for you!
- Portland replaces some parking with bio-filters
- "AM Northwest" tips on natural gardening
ABOUT URBAN GOATS
Related reading on urban goats:
- Goats are a welcomed addition to hospital grounds
- Urban farmers fight nationwide to sow green biz
- Apply to be a 'ZooTeen' this summer
URBAN BEE KEEPING
Related reading on urban bee keeping:
- Bee business booming, with or without colony collapse disorder
- Blooms for birds, bees and butterflies
Meanwhile, home and business buildings reportedly consume 40 percent of the energy - and represent 40 percent of the carbon emissions - in the United States. Experts say improving the efficiency of these buildings is one of the easiest, most immediate and most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions and save money on energy bills while creating new jobs. Find out how you can retrofit, without a dent to the pocketbook, in this KATU report.
- More "Family Matters" Earth Day videos with KATU's Dave Salesky
- About Earth Day
- Volunteer to help at a local Earth Day event, going on through next week
- What's going on this Earth Day? Check out these events for your calendar
- Apply for energy-upgrade loans at CleanEnergyWorksPortland.org