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Pepco and the Arbor Day Foundation Launch Energy-Saving Project

Pepco and the Arbor Day Foundation Launch Energy-Saving Project

 

According to Pepco, in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation, they are providing 3,000 free trees to customers in the Washington, D.C., area. The cooperative effort launches the Arbor Day Foundation’s pilot energy efficiency program called Energy-Saving Trees aimed at helping conserve energy through strategic tree planting. 

The trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with 1,000 trees reserved for District of Columbia customers, 1,000 trees for Montgomery County, Md., customers, and 1,000 trees for Prince George’s County, Md., customers.

Prince George's County to Hold Public Forums on Water Quality

 

LARGO, MD – Prince George’s County will hold a series of three public forums for input on improving water quality in the County.  The first session will be held on August 16, 2011 at the Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District located at 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Suite 100 in Upper Marlboro. 

 

CODE RED Temperatures in Prince George's County

 

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The National Weather Service is predicting extremely hot and humid weather this week for Prince George’s County with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees and possible CODE RED air quality by the end of the week.  

Stay Healthy in the Heat

 Stay Healthy in the Heat

 

LARGO, MD - The Prince George’s County Health Department would like to ensure that residents are well informed on how to beat the heat as temperatures reach excessive temperatures.  For in-depth information about coping with deadly temperatures in the upper 90s and reaching 100 degrees, please visit the Health Department website.

 

Prince George's County Fire Department Appears in "101 Gadgets That Changed The World" Premiere

Prince George's County Fire Department Appears in "101 Gadgets That Changed The World" Premiere

 

Earlier this year the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department was asked to be part of an upcoming cable TV show.  The Fire/EMS Department was selected from all other Departments throughout the Country to discuss two "gadgets" and how they have changed the life of firefighters and civilians since they were invented.

 

Earth Day: Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

Earth Day: Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

I am a Nerd Chick, but first and foremost I define myself by one word: Mommy. As a parent of young children, I can’t help but see the world through their eyes. My son celebrates the drive to the park, exclaiming “Look at all the TREES, Mommy! Mommy, there are TEN trees!” I love his pure joy with the world around him, and I would love to preserve that world for his generation and the generations to come. When I look around the house and see the bevy of old techno gadgets, batteries, ink cartridges and electronic toys the kids have outgrown, I wonder: is there a safe way to dispose of these things? We can all help our community by donating, recycling and/or safely disposing of old techno gadgets. Let’s help save the world this Earth Day, one monitor at a time!

Your first stop should be the EPA website  for an extensive list of companies that offer take backs, mail-in or even trade-in incentive programs for your e-waste products. For example, Office Depot applies a $2 cash award to your rewards card for each printer ink cartridge you turn in, and Sprint has a “Buy Back” program that gives Sprint customers an account credit for returning eligible Sprint or Nextel model of phones. There are also links to where to recycle any electronic device, like computers, printers, televisions and monitors.

If you’re not sure if you should sell or donate the gadget you’re ready to replace, enter the make and model number at www.ecosquid.com. After answering a few quick questions about the shape it’s in and the parts you have for it, you’ll be provided with a list of options for selling or recycling in your area. The account you create is free, and you can earn points for reselling or recycling your tech that you can use in their gadget store.

Would you like to do something for the environment AND help our servicemen and women? The “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program turns old cell phones into prepaid calling cards for U.S troops stationed overseas. Cards are given to the soldiers’ families to stay in touch with their loved-ones in the field. You can donate any cell phone by visiting http://cellphonesforsoldiers.com and clicking on “Donate a Phone” to get a pre-paid mailing label, or find local drop sites in your area. Before donating your used cell phone, just make sure that your personal data has been removed. Security experts recommend that you first log out of all internet-based remote accounts the phone is linked to, then “factory reset” your handset before passing it on. If you’re not transferring the SIM card to another handset, you’ll want to step on it, crush it or chop it up with scissors.

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to recycle and donate to help others in your community, you can donate locally to charities like the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Many are considered e-waste certified, so they can properly dispose of any gadgets deemed un-sellable. Proceeds from working gadgets you donate help families in need in your local community, and any donations you make are tax-deductible. Go to www.salvationarmy.org and follow the locations link on the left side of the page, or http://locator.goodwill.org/ to locate a drop-off center near you.

Lastly, one of the best tech-savvy ways to help the environment is to consider waiting before you run out and buy that new gadget. I know, I know, it’s hard to pass up the shiny new toy (even harder to convince the kids to!), but holding out for the second, or even third, round of a product gives the manufacturer time to work out any development kinks. Buying later can save you money as most manufacturers will lower the price on the first generation gadget when they release a new version. The old saying, “patience is a virtue” can reduce electronic waste and save you a bit of cash too!

Do you have a tech-savvy way you’re helping to preserve the environment this Earth Day? We’d love to hear about it. Send us a note on Facebook (facebook.com/nerdsoncall) or email us at nerdchick@callnerds.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .