Innovative Uses of Compost: Using Microorganisms Instead of Pesticides for Farming

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Farmers in the United States have been plagued for years by expensive unsustainable agriculture. More than 10 percent of the vegetables planted in the United States are lost to ro…

Encouraging Bag Reuse at Shop Rite Supermarkets in New York City

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In 1990, ShopRite began a customer bag reuse program called Save-A-Bag in their New York City stores to reduce the amount of landfill waste. The program involved providing educati…

Recycling at Festivals and Public Events

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The international environmental agency for local governments (ICLEI) have a mission to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements i…

Only Pay For What You Throw Away: Three Different Approaches to Waste Disposal

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Biocycle (1989) February Issue, pp.39-41.
The current waste reduction programs of three American towns, Woodstock, Illinois, Perkasie, Pennsylvania, and High Bridge, New Jersey are examined. Woodstock, Illinois uses a vol…

Michigan's Mandatory Deposit Legislation

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The Environment Goes to Market: The Implementation of Economic Incentives for Pollution Control. National Academy of Public Administration, 1994. Pg.138-159.
In 1976, the Mandatory Beverage Container Deposit Law was enacted in Michigan. Legislation was created that required deposit fees for certain recyclable bottles with the goal to r…

Motivating Businesses to Reduce Waste and Recycle

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Purpose and Introduction    Since 1993, King County Green Works has provided technical assistance, information and recognition to help businesses in King County reduce waste, incr…

Turn it Off: Anti-Idling Project Using Commitment, Prompts and Norms

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This pilot project sought to decrease the frequency and duration of motorists idling their vehicle engines. The pilot project involved staff approaching motorists at Toronto schoo…

Food For Thought (And Action!) Program

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The Food For Thought (And Action!) program started in the 1st Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon in March 2002. The intent was to bring to light the connections between dietary …

Feather River Water and Air Quality Project

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The Feather River Water and Air Quality Project began in January of 1998. The project covered 499,000 acres in the Sacramento Valley, with 6,000 being federal and 493,000 being no…

Encouraging Environmentally Friendly Shopping using Prompts, Commitment and Norms

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Customers at a Zehr's supermarket in Kitchener, Ontario were encouraged to purchase environmentally friendly products. 168 products were identified that either had least-waste pac…

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