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Our exclusive webinar with the boys at Uncle Benny’s Building Supply is TONIGHT! This is an innovative company talk that is truly breaking ground and making strides in sustainability and business. Don’t miss out on our webinar with Uncle Benny’s Building Supplies today, July 31st at 7:00 p.m. MST. The webinar is FREE but you must register at the link below:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/164698096 This webinar will fill up fast so don’t miss out! Thanks! NTP...

Blog Highlights from 7.23.12 to 7.27.12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Meet our Water Quality Intern, Laura Farzim! Read her intern profile and see what kind of amazing people we have here at Nourish The Planet. PHOTOS: Plant Tomatoes. Harvest Lower Crime Rates – Take a look into inner city Chicago, where a growing urban farm movement is growing and changing the neighborhoods outlook in the process. When Beijing Cleared the Air – With the London Olympic Games on the horizon, take a look at Beijing’s effect on emissions when it shut down transportation in the city for the 2008 games. 1 Liter of Light Project Illuminates Thousands of Filipino Homes With Recycled  Bottles – This innovative project is changing lives and uplifting residences in rural Philippines. London Olympics: Green Games A Goal For Organizers – Keeping with the Olympic and green spirit, we here about how London has been keeping sustainability in mind this Olympics. In this week’s America Revealed, Urban Farming is the topic of discussion. Take a look at Detroit’s growing urban gardening scene. ‘Unprecedented’ Greenland Surface Melt – Every 150 Years? – Take a look at the syntax of how scientists and news organizations are talking about the Greenland surface melt. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Uncle Benny's Building Supply: A New Way To Think About Home Improvement

Uncle Benny’s Building Supply, located in Loveland, CO., has a novel business plan when it comes to the home improvement and construction world. Without visiting them you may be tempted to write them off as some sort of pick-and-pull used supply lot. However step into the wonderland that is Uncle Benny’s and you will swiftly see this is plainly not the case. They say they’ve been “Salvaging Since 1995” and they really have. Uncle Benny’s strives to be as sustainable as possible. They’re goals as a company are to: To maintain the highest quality standards for our products. To provide the best customer service possible. To promote recycling and environmentally friendly practices that support our community. These goals are being met everyday. They have a massive inventory of both new and used materials waiting to be re-purposed. Thrifty shoppers can find brand new doors, fixtures, and other building supplies for a fraction of the price of big box retailers or fabricators. Much of the new materials Uncle Benny’s uses are contractor overages, big store overstocks, mis-orders, and scratch & dent lots from other job sites. These materials would typically go straight in the dumpster. However with a retailer like Uncle Benny’s in the area, contractors and residents doing local home improvement can sell these supplies and these can then go on to other uses instead of the dump. Uncle Benny’s is especially known for its specialty doors. They often get speciality crafted doors that are subsequently rejected by homeowners who decide to go in a different direction. These masterpieces are then sent off to find new homes at Uncle Benny’s. They have...

Headlines 7/25/2012

The headlines this week are focused on the global impacts of the drought the US is experiencing, and areas of rapid warming and change across the globe. Here’s an interactive map showing the development and spread of this drought. Food Price Crisis Feared – “As the US suffers the worst drought in more than 50 years, analysts are warning that rising food prices could hit the world’s poorest countries, leading to shortages and social upheaval.” Greenland’s Ice Sheet Melts at Unprecedented Rate –  “The Greenland ice sheet melted at a faster rate this month than at any other time in recorded history, with virtually the entire ice sheet showing signs of thaw.  The rapid melting over just four days was captured by three satellites. It has stunned and alarmed scientists, and deepened fears about the pace and future consequences of climate change.” Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math – Bill McKibben in the Rolling Stone. Corn Forecast 13% Below USDA Estimate – The harvest will probably drop to 11.327 billion bushels (287.7 million metric tons) in the year beginning Sept. 1, smaller than an 11.8 billion bushel estimate last week and the lowest in six years, said director of grain research Dan Cekander, who correctly predicted in March that soybeans will trade at the most expensive level relative to corn since 2010. Without increased rainfall, output may be smaller, he said. US Drought Could Cause Global Unrest – “Twice in the last five years, rising food prices triggered global waves of social unrest. With drought baking U.S. crops, another round of soaring, society-straining price spikes may happen in coming months.”...

America Revealed: Urban Farming

America Revealed is a program on PBS that seeks to take a look at what makes up the America we know. The program focuses on giving its viewers “a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods.” The series is hosted by Yul Kwon, best known as winner of Survivor: Cook Islands and also technology expert and communications attorney. This segment, Urban Farming, gives the viewers a look into Detroit’s thriving urban farming movement and Eastern Market, the largest of its kind in the U.S. . The clips from this series were taken from PBS.org and were not changed in any way from their original form. Watch Urban Farming on PBS. See more from America...