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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Valentine’s Day can be Green for You!

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend about $2 million buying flowers for Valentine’s Day each year. That’s more than chocolate/candy and more than cards as well! We thought it might be worth taking a deeper look into the flower industry this Valentine’s Day; specifically, the environmental impact of those $2 million spent! Did…

Don’t Fir-get to Recycle your Christmas Tree

The holiday festivities are now only a memory. The presents have all been opened. Friends and family are on their way home. You’re getting ready for the new year! It’s time to begin thinking about taking down the decorations and what you should do with the Christmas tree. Fortunately, LA Sanitation allows you to recycle…

New Year, Green Beginnings

2018 is just around the corner!  If you decide to watch the ball drop on TV, host your own party, or paint the town red, check out our simple tips to ring in the new year in an environmentally-friendly way: If you’re staying in: Use candles instead of lights to cut back on electricity usage.…

Gifts For Everyone – Even Mother Earth

We’re all wrapped up in the holidays now. Between planning for holiday gatherings and making your home festive and bright, you may think it’s just too difficult to find time to remember our environment. But, you don’t have to be a Scrooge to Mother Earth this time of year. Here are a few simple ways…

Time for Hallow-Clean!

The Jack o’ lanterns have all been carved. The treats have all been given out. Now it’s time to make sure the Halloween festivities don’t turn into tricks for our local rivers, creeks and ocean. Here are three easy Halloween Clean-Up activities that you can adopt with your little ghosts and goblins to keep LA’s…

Catch Every Last R.A.I.N. Drop: Rain Barrel Maintenance

In anticipation of potential rains this season (fingers crossed), we want to make sure that you and your rain barrel are ready! If you DON’T have a rain barrel – we highly encourage getting one for your home. They are low-cost systems that help preserve local watersheds by reducing rainwater runoff. The Metropolitan Water District…

Don’t Be a Trash Monster!

Halloween will be here before you can say, “Boo!” So, as you prepare for that spooky, kooky holiday coming up at the end of this month, take a few minutes to incorporate these simple stormwater-friendly tricks and tips into your autumn activities.  Batman – Ban that Bag! When your little super heroes and princesses go…

Changing Seasons, Changing Habits

Leaves on trees will start changing colors. Mornings will develop a brisk chill. The holiday spirit will soon fill the air. Keep an eye out, for these are the signs that fall has arrived. September 22nd was officially the first day of fall, and although we Southern Californians know that summer often extends through September…

Green With Native Garden Envy

Autumn is the perfect season to start a native garden. The soil is still warm, which helps the root system of young plants grow healthy and strong, and the outdoor temperature turns cooler, putting less stress on the new plantings. And fall is water-wise. Shorter days, milder temperatures and (knock on wood) the occasional rain…

One Less Spark May Mean One Less Wildfire

The recent local fires and Santa Ana wind conditions here in Southern California are a reminder that fire season is here. Additionally, the increased vegetation in local hills as a result of the heavy rains this last winter means that there’s more fire fuel out there. To keep Angelenos safe during the next few months,…

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