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Firefighters, medics save energy, thousands of dollars during friendly competition

Turning off lights, computer monitors and treadmills helped Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical trim more than $1,500 from their electric bills during a recent four-month period.

Writer calls for better environmental foresight in new book

In 2007, Bryan Welch nearly killed himself on a twisty mountain road in Oregon.

State makes battle plan for toxic algae

During the past summer, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment tracked toxic blue-green algal blooms in more than 40 lakes and ponds.

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Household Hazards: Are you disposing of them properly?

Tom Hogan is thankful every time someone makes an appointment to drop off items at the Lawrence Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, which is west of 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue.

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Lawrence residents drop off hundreds of items at electronics recycling event at Free State High School

Lawrence residents by the hundreds said goodbye to giant console televisions, microwaves and computers from a different era Saturday at Free State High School.

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Week full of events honoring Earth Day

Whether you’re looking to get your hands dirty or to expand your mind with a film, lecture or concert, there are a number of opportunities to celebrate Earth Day this year. Officially Earth Day isn’t until Friday, but Lawrence organizations will host events throughout the week. Here’s how to participate:

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More than a thousand celebrate Earth Day in South Park

More than a thousand people came to Saturday’s Earth Day Celebration, which had about 75 earth-friendly booths lined up in South Park. “This is the largest crowd we have seen in the afternoon,” said organizer Kathy Richardson, who is head of the city of Lawrence’s waste reduction and recycling operations. “The weather is perfect.”

Expert outlines energy challenges, calls for less simplistic approach

When John Hofmeister talks about what is wrong with the country’s energy system, he points to the Democratic and Republican conventions of 2008. While one side chanted “no more coal” the other was cheering “drill, baby, drill.” That, Hofmeister said, is indicative of the simplicity with which we have addressed the problems facing our nation’s complicated energy system.

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Cans for Community sets 5,000-pound collection goal for April

The convergence of Earth Day and a high price for aluminum has the volunteers at Cans for the Community setting the bar high for collections this month. The organization, which gives the proceeds from recycling cans to local charities, hopes to collect 5,000 pounds of cans this month. The amount is far more than what has been collected in the past.

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Three Lawrence schools win grants for composting programs

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced today that three Lawrence schools have received $1,875 in grants for a composting program.

XL Pipeline hearings

Proponents and opponents turned up at the Expocentre in Topeka, Monday, Sept 26, to voice their opinions regarding the proposed XL Pipeline project. The U.S. State Department is holding public hearings in eight cities from Montana to Texas on TransCanada's proposed 1,700-mile, $7 billion pipeline project. Part of the massive pipeline already runs through the middle of Kansas but hasn't been built in other states.

Crews install LED lights on Massachusetts Street

Lawrence crews began installing LED lights on Massachusetts Street between Eighth and 10th streets Tuesday, May 31, 2011. The LED lights will save up to 50 percent of current energy use.

An ode to the console TV

At Saturday's electronic recycling event at Free State High, hundreds of console televisions were dropped off by Lawrence residents. Reporter Shaun Hittle attempts to memorialize the over-sized, burdensome, but loveable console TV — seen here shrink-wrapped and ready to be recycled somewhere in Iowa.

Electronics Recycling Event

Bob Akers, deputy director at The Surplus Exchange, discusses what happens to the hundreds of TVs, computers, and microwaves that were dropped off at the Electronics Recycling event at Free State High on Saturday. The City of Lawrence sponsored the annual event designed to encourage recycling of potentially hazardous products.

Nameko mushrooms a hit at the Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market

Linda Gorman of Wakarusa Valley Farm talks about growing nameko mushrooms Saturday at the Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market. The mushrooms, which are grown in a crate, were popular with shoppers who stopped to take pictures of the display.

Vinegar secret ingredient in natural window cleaner

Traditionally window cleaners have used ingredients containing alcohol and ammonia. But Lynate Pettengill, with Aveena Natural Cleaning Services, demonstrates how glass can gleam by washing them with a mixture of dish soap and water and then spraying vinegar on them.

Natural cleaners scrub away germs without harmful chemicals

Lynate Pettengill, owner of Aveena Natural Cleaning Services, talks about the benefits of using natural cleaners rather than those with a host of harmful chemicals. Everything from baking soda to olive oil can be used as a household cleaning product.

Studio 804 builds green technology center

For the past few months, architecture students with the Studio 804 class have been designing and building a green technology innovation facility known as the Center for Design Research. The structure will be the first LEED platinum-certified building for Lawrence and Kansas University.

Home energy audit is a 'physical check-up' for your house

West Lawrence homeowner Tony Schmidt decided to get a $100 home energy audit through the Kansas Energy Office. The audit will uncover areas in Schmidt's house that are leaking air and draining energy.

Growth of electric car

Gas prices will dictate how quickly consumers switch for gas-fueled vehicles to electric ones, Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur said. But he said President Barack Obama's goal to have 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015 is a feasible one.