Did you Know?
Some fun facts from our Sustainability Issue:
For every one almond you eat, 3.2 gallons of water is used. (From “The World’s Healthiest Nut”)
2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide went into the atmosphere in 2006, just for the production of plastic water bottles (from “Climate + Education”)
Zero-energy homes cost 5 to 10 percent more to build than standard homes, but they cost far less over the lifetime of the home. Homeowners can offset the costs of zero-energy homes by building smaller. Making a home 300 square feet smaller saves about $45,000—enough to pay for the entire up-front cost of a zero-energy home. (From “Building Green”)
Bend Garbage & Recycling and Cascade Disposal customers can recycle coffee grounds, fruit peels and other vegetative waste in their yard bins, available on a subscription basis. (From “Curbside Composting Expansion?”)
30 Firewise USA-recognized neighborhoods in Deschutes County have taken action to reduce wildfire risks in their communities. (from “Project Wildfire” page 45)
These facts and much more are inside this week’s Sustainability Issue special feature. Use it to expand your knowledge of sustainability topics, or share it with a friend.
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