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August Is Tree Check Month. A Devastating Pest Could Change the Way You View the Great Outdoors

USDA Reports 130,000 Trees Lost to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB)

It is potentially a nightmare environmental and economic scenario. A devastating invasive pest with no known natural predators threatens recreational areas, forests, and suburban and urban shade trees. The recreation, timber, nursery, and maple syrup industries alone could suffer severe losses. Once a tree is infested, it must be removed.

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SeaWorld Taps Coca-Cola's Breakthrough PlantBottle Technology To Create First Consumer Cup

Cup reduces carbon impact and advances planet-friendly vacations

Being green is oh-so refreshing. That was the message today as SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ debuted the first refillable plastic cup made from plant-based materials.  Now available in all SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens parks across the U.S., the reusable, 100-percent recyclable plastic cup is manufactured using proprietary PlantBottle™ packaging technology from the company's beverage partner, Coca-Cola.

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Dallas Arboretum Kicks Off Autumn at the Arboretum With a Storybook Pumpkin Village Created with 50,000 Pumpkins, Gourds and Squash

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden celebrates Autumn at the Arboretum, one of the Southwest's largest fall festivals, from September 20 to November 26. Visitors will find plenty to do daily with activities in the main garden and the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden during the festival period, as well as discounts for certain days, by checking the website at http://www.dallasarboretum.org.

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Kids' Risks From Toxic Metals In Dirt Downplayed Using Standard Tools

Current approaches may be underestimating the risks posed to children by toxic metals that they are exposed to while playing outdoors, according to Japanese researchers. The researchers used a new approach that they developed for their study of how much dirt and associated metals adheres to children's hands. They found that lead, chromium, zinc and other heavy metals adhere more to smaller soil particles than to the larger particles typically employed in soil exposure studies. That finding suggests using the researcher's new approach going forward to better assess children's soil-related risks.  

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New USGBC Report Shows Growth in Demand for Green Homes: 150,000 Now LEED Certified

Report Ranks the Top States for LEED Certified Homes: California, New York and Texas Top the List

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) now estimates that there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 and continues to grow steadily, according to the organization's LEED in Motion: Residential report released.

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New Data Reflects the Continued Demand for Farmers Markets

Three New USDA Directories Help Connect Consumers and Farmers Through Local Food Opportunities 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo announced that USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory now lists 8,268 markets, an increase of 76 percent since 2008. The data reflects continued demand and growth of farmers markets in every region of the country. Alonzo also announced that AMS is developing three new local food directories that will expand USDA’s support for local and regional foods by providing easy access to the most current information about the local food market.

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Want To Bat Cleanup? Plastics Make it Possible® Encourages Baseball Fans To Recycle More Plastics

Recycling Vending Machine Exchanges Plastic Bottle for T-shirt Made with Recycled Plastics at Denver's Coors Field-Plus Chance to Win $500

To encourage people to recycle more plastics, Plastics Make it Possible® is bringing its unique "recycling" vending machine to Coors Field in Denver, Colo. for baseball games. Fans can deposit a plastic beverage bottle into the vending machine for recycling in exchange for a free special-edition T-shirt that uses fabric made with recycled plastics.

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The Nearly New Shop Celebrates 65 Years of Giving Back and Grand Opening At New Location

August 2, 2014 from 10am -3pm

The Junior League of Atlanta’s Nearly New store is celebrating 65 years of business and fundraising for community organizations at a brand new location.  The Nearly New Shop has moved to the Toco Hill Shopping Center located at 2927 North Druid Hills Rd., Atlanta, GA 30306. The new location has increased square footage that enables the Shop to offer a wider selection of high quality goods at great prices. The Nearly New Shop will celebrate its grand opening on August 2, 2014 from 10am – 3pm. Opening activities will include story time for children, give-aways, treats, fabulous shopping, and the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 pm.

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