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Tag: environment

What is a carbon footprint, and why does it matter?

What is a Carbon Footprint?  Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) that you directly or indirectly produce in your lifetime. Take the Environmental Protection Agency’s Carbon Footprint Quiz, Nature Conservancy’s Quiz, or our own Ecological Footprint Quiz to find… Read More

Celebrating Earth Day’s 50th anniversary (with physical distancing)

April is known as Earth Month, and April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This worldwide event is celebrated every year, and is recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. Earth Day is… Read More

FAQ: Solar photovoltaic technology

Frequently Asked Questions about Solar PV By SOPHIA MOUNDOUS Sustainability Assistant, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County This Solar PV FAQ was written for those interested in understanding the basics of solar PV technology, investing in a solar… Read More

Flying insects that want to suck your blood-Halloween Edition Part 1

Of the one million identified insect species worldwide, less than 1% are considered true pests. Those pest insects are either harmful to us, to our food crops, or to our homes. They can also cause… Read More

Tree-juvenation?

Trees line and shade a roadway.

Communities derive many benefits from their urban forests, including improved air quality, increased stormwater filtration, reduced heat island effects, and positive physical and mental health impacts. A 2013 tree canopy study in Sarasota County indicated… Read More