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Improving Your Life with Gardening Is a Lot More Doable Than You Think
Many people think that gardening is too much work, too expensive and they won’t be any good at it. But here are some facts that debunk these myths.
Putting the Brakes on Southern California's Pollution Problem
With more than 15 million people and 12 million motor vehicles, the Los Angeles region is considered the nation's most polluted. Changing what and how often commuters drive is a big part of the solution.
Seeing Climate Change as a Mutual Investment
There is no 'silver bullet' solution to climate change. Taking steps to make a difference today is key. Taking these steps together is crucial.
Why Good Insulation Is Key to Reducing Energy Loss
Everyone knows that good insulation is vital to every building. Proper insulation is also vital to conserving energy and sustainable living.
With a Few Simple Steps You Can Improve the Efficiency of Your HVAC
HVAC systems make up a huge percentage of energy consumption. But with a few simple steps you can cut down the amount of energy you’re using to save money and the environment.
13 Ways to Slash Your Home Energy Bills
People don’t always notice the small ways in which energy use adds up. So here are several simple steps to cut down on energy and save money.
How to Talk to Children About Natural Disasters
Kids don’t need to know all the graphic details about what happens during a disaster, but they do deserve answers.
7 Ways Retail Competitors are Collaborating to Build a Better Future
You might be surprised to learn all of the steps your retail favorite stores are taking — together — to design a more sustainable marketplace.
Your One Stop Safety Guide for Natural Disasters and Fires
Home fires can be deadly if you’re not prepared, but if you have working smoke alarms and an emergency kit, you’ll be in better shape. Here's what you need to know to stay ready.
Oprah’s Mission to Empower Women and Girls in South Africa
A woman who needs no introduction on a topic too few have ever heard of.
3 Key Ways Smart Brands Are Moving Sustainability Into the Mainstream
By taking heed of consumers, brands are doing better business and leading the global charge for sustainability.
Could Air Pollution Be Harming Your Child’s Lungs?
In California and across America, children are at high-risk for air pollution-related breathing issues. An asthma specialist weighs in on what you can do to protect yourself and your children.
Positive Action: Understanding AIDS
Tackling the AIDS epidemic is one of the Millennium Development Goals. Reversing the spread of AIDS in Latin America will rely greatly on reaching out to marginalized groups.
Inside the Life-Altering Struggle of Patients with Medical Debt
When Shelby Adams told a debt collector she couldn’t afford the debt for her cancer treatments, the reply came. “I’m glad you got cancer,” he said, before hanging up.
For Gay Men, the Battle Against HIV Is Far From Over
The virus that causes AIDS continues to disproportionately affect gay men despite a decline in diagnoses.
Boosting the American Economy With Clean Air Jobs
Statistics from the past few decades show that a healthy environment and a healthy economy can go hand in hand.
7 Ways to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey
The possibilities are endless when it comes to hurricane relief. Here's where to start for those who may be thinking about donating to survivors.
Cloud and Mobile Tech Allow Small Businesses to Stand Out
From your favorite coffee shop to the local hardware store, handheld and wireless devices are leveling the playing field, enabling small businesses to grow their customer base.
How to Prepare Your Home to Reduce the Risk of Wildfire Damage
Repair loose roof shingles, remove dead vegetation and mow your lawn to protect your property.
Protect Your Home and Loved Ones with Basic Disaster Prep
A little planning before disaster strike could keep you safe — and first responders devoting time and energy only to unavoidable emergencies.
5 Reasons To Adopt an Environment, Health and Safety Software Solution
EHS software applications improve communication, increase efficiency and more. For savvy businesses, it’s a no-brainer.
The Essential Steps for Protecting Your Business from a Cyberattack
On a day-to-day basis, businesses can improve their online safety practices by following a few simple tips.
A Deeper Understanding of Bystander Intervention
From a packed concert hall to a dark crowded dive bar, bystander Intervention is a social science model that predicts that most people are unlikely to help others.
5 Commuting Hacks to Benefit Your Health and the Environment
Ditch driving in favor of one of these environmentally friendly options that will also help you meet your health goals.
Robert Herjavec Breaks Down How to Perfect Your Cybersecurity Strategy
According to “Shark Tank’s” and Founder/CEO of Cybersecurity firm Herjavec Group, Robert Herjavec, people, process and technology are key to implementing a strong security strategy.
How to Keep Your Family Safe During Hurricane Season
Take action now to prepare your house for future hurricanes.
Why Southern California Ports Must Ditch Diesel
It’s increasingly clear that the Clean Air Action Plan isn’t enough to curb the drastic pollution emerging from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. A former state assemblyman calls for swift and realistic solutions.
The Importance of Community Risk Reduction
By identifying potential hazards, communities can mitigate the potential loss of life, property and resources.
Religious Rejection and the Crisis of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
In 2016 we saw a tremendous surge in the number of young people needing help. Across the nation, providers caring for homeless LGBTQ youths reported increased need.
Can a Healthy Environment and a Strong Economy Go Hand in Hand?
It’s a myth that we can’t boost our economy while switching to cleaner energy options. Find out why we need wind now.
Designing a Better Future With Scientific Solutions
As climate changes, the CEO of Conservation International stresses the need for science in crafting an individualized approach for at-risk areas.
Virtual Reality Helps Veterans Battling Post Traumatic Stress
Struggling emotionally, Sergeant Chris Merkle turned to simulation therapy to combat PTSD.
Bullying Impacts Long-Term Mental Health More Than Child Abuse
A recent study shows children who are bullied by other kids have long-term mental health problems compared to children who are abused by adults.
Focus on These 5 Energy Wasters to Save Money and Go Green
It’s easier than you may think to build a green household. Start by identifying and eliminating energy-zapping problem sources.
Turn Your Dream Vacation Into a Green Vacation With 6 Key Tips
As travelers, we have the unique opportunity to positively impact people and environments around the globe.
Why More Businesses are Cashing in on Clean Energy
Increasingly, businesses are realizing that renewable energy is beneficial for far more than the bottom line.
A Diverse Workplace Requires Managers to Better Their Numbers
Certainly, the most obvious characteristic of an employer that has created an exceptionally diverse workforce resides in the numbers. But there is more to it than that.
3 Ways Technology Empowers 21st Century Learners
In the hands of innovative teachers, technology introduces students to new people, opportunities and ideas.
The Surprising Way Businesses Benefit from Increased Inclusion
No matter the industry, a company's workforce should be as diverse as its mission, as it employs a variety of voices that boost creativity and keeps companies competitive.
Blood Safety As a Basis for Strengthening Africa
Among other threats, citizens of Africa face a daily struggle for access to safe blood. The only exceptions are South Africa and Namibia.
Media Matters: Keeping HIV in the Present Tense
There has been significant progress in both prevention and treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS, but public understanding of the disease still lags greatly.
Challenges to Empower LGBTQ Entrepreneurs Remain
Of the many issues that affect the LGBTQ community, one that is often overlooked is the economic concerns of being a small business owner.
How Hispanics Could Impact the C-Suite
Despite the social and economic clout, corporate America keeps failing to grasp the business advantages of having Hispanic inclusion in their C-suites and boardrooms.
How a Military Family Found Their New Normal
The sacrifices involved in military service go beyond the front lines. Here’s a story of how one family adapted to overcome issues at home.
Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime? The Data Might Surprise You
What researchers have discovered about the link between incarceration time and crime rates might surprise you.
3 Ways to Form a Safe, Proper Response to Sudden Danger
Millions of Americans are affected by manmade and natural disasters every year. Here is a guide of what to know, what to have and what to do in emergency situations.
How to Find an LGBTQ-Affirming Health Care Provider
Despite landmark protections provided by the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ people still face widespread health care discrimination. Learn your rights and find LGBTQ-affirming care.
Answers to HIV: A Work In Progress
Eradicating AIDS entirely will call for a reinvigorated exploration into the mechanisms of the virus—and answering the right questions.
Sustainable Packaging: Opening up a New World
Whatever’s inside, the packaging that brings it to your home is but a fraction of the larger carbon footprint.
New Study Shows Major Environmental Impact of Meat Consumption
Americans eat more meat than anyone in the world. However, meat has a more damaging impact on the environment than any other food we consume.
Who the Cadillac Tax Truly Threatens
Although over 175 million Americans obtain health coverage from employer-sponsored plans, many people have never heard of one particular provision of law that threatens the viability of that coverage.
6 Major Causes of Injury We Can Limit Today
As an emergency physician, I’ve witnessed firsthand the impact of injuries on the lives of my patients and their families. The physical, emotional, mental and financial toll is devastating.
When Service Ends, the Mission to Find a New Purpose Begins
Three recently transitioninged service members recently set out on a journey to explore life and career opportunities after their military service.
How Empathy Helped Heal a Wounded Warrior
The traumas of war can feel very isolating. For one wounded warrior, finding out he wasn’t alone was the key to recovery.
4 Ways Pharmacy Benefit Managers Make Life Easier for Patients
In this era of high drug prices and expensive specialty medicines, the role of pharmacy benefit managers has never been more important.
Turning to Tech to Answer Our Spiking Health Care Costs
Go past the tipping point of today’s health care ills for a moment, and consider how technology might play a role in its cure.
Patients Embrace a New Role As We Redefine Health Care
In the push to make health care affordable, making it more intuitive or easier to put into practice has been somewhat overlooked. Trying to find your place in our health care system? Start here.
How Accountable Care Organizations Improve Health Care for Patients
In a recent study from the American Medical Association, accountable care organizations that treat Medicare beneficiaries on average are able to save an estimated $136 per patient annually.
HIV Patients Don’t Have to Suffer for Their ART
Today’s answer to HIV isn’t just effective—it’s well-tolerated, allowing people with HIV to live full, healthy lives.
Urgent Care Offers Patients a Convenient, Affordable ER-Alternative
By delivering affordable, convenient services, urgent care bridges the gap between primary care and emergency services to create a complete continuum of care.
Will Your Pet Survive a Natural Disaster?
ASPCA response expert Dr. Dick Green shares tips on how to keep your furry friends safe when disaster strikes.
Ending the Epidemic: Imagining an AIDS-Free Future
The next five years present a key opportunity to streamline our response and save over 20 million AIDS-related deaths. Ending the epidemic by 2030 is possible if we commit to sustainable goals.
American Farming and the New Meaning of Efficiency
Food demands continue to increase while the population of farmers shrinks; the landscape of agricultural work is changing radically.
New Climate Initiatives Have Investors Seeing Green
Investors no longer need to choose between improving the environment and a strong return on investment. Today, with renewable energy, you can do both.
Experts Discuss a Prescription for Health and Behavioral Health Integration
Four leading minds from the health care sphere believe better health care access can be realized today — maybe even perfected tomorrow.
Price Transparency Gives Employers and Insurers Control Over Health Costs
Health care shopping tools for consumers can help save money, but price transparency alone will not fix our nation’s health care system.
5 Ways to Protect Your Small Business Against Disaster
Graphic images of destruction and loss tell us the short story of a major disaster. But the longer story of disaster recovery is an economic one, and it starts with small business readiness.
The Red Cross Shares Its Top 5 Natural Disaster Tips
When it comes to effectively responding to natural disasters, preparation is key. And with such regional weather differences in the United States, checking all the boxes can seem daunting.
Know the Basics of Disaster Preparedness
A little planning before disaster strikes could keep you safe—and first responders devoting time and energy only to unavoidable emergencies.
Preparing Business for a Natural Disaster Isn’t Just a Data Issue
Some leaders realize the importance of protecting data from loss and theft, but many businesses continue to overlook the need to protect physical assets and operations.
Polar Bears Aren’t Left Handed (and 9 Other Things You Didn’t Know)
Help celebrate the king of the Arctic on Polar Bear Day, February 27, with these fun facts.
Upgrading an Outdated Approach to Sustainability
Sustainability programs began by “doing less bad.” Companies set to thrive in today’s age of climate disruption, however, recognize business as a force for good.
Keeping Businesses and Homes Safe from Disaster
When it comes to natural disaster we’re pushed to protect only what’s most essential, and close to our hearts.
PrEPing Communities to Curb the Spread of HIV
Today we have more ways to prevent HIV than ever before. Yet, too many Americans continue to be diagnosed with HIV, and those at risk still don’t know about prevention options available to them.
How One Woman Got a Second Chance at Parenthood
One story of love and hope begins with an unexpected discovery, followed by years of a couple coming together to overcome fear, stigma and discrimination.
Providing a Pathway to Social Justice for the Voiceless
We’ve crossed a threshold where a majority, 51 percent, of public school students now lives in poverty.
A Greener Footprint: How Carbon Offsets Work
Whether you're biking to work or home boiling a cup of tea, your actions are continuously impacting climate change—for better or worse.
Mismanaged Goodwill Can Become a Disaster Within a Disaster
The environment after a disaster is too often too hectic for organizations to implement strategies without extensive preparation.
Can Enterprise Giant Richard Branson Be the Face of Green Living?
From renewable fuels to solar power, the Virgin CEO shares his vision for a greener future.
Orlando Bloom Meets Syria's Refugee Children
Award-winning actor and UNICEF ambassador Orlando Bloom opens up about his mission to ensure every child is happy, healthy and educated.
Renewing America: How Can Biotechnology Benefit You?
Biotechnology generates a wide range of economic and environmental benefits, including creating jobs, reducing pollution and lowering the price we pay for gas and energy.
A Pathway to Progress: Taking Action on Climate Change
Although there are still some uncertainties, it is widely recognized that global climate change is one of the most serious threats to the environment.
Access to Electricity Still Insufficient in Developing World
Mediaplanet sat down with Marco Signorini, Solarway CEO to discuss why electricity is particularly crucial to human development in developing countries.
Abusive Relationships: 6 Red Flags
It can be difficult to predict that a partner is likely to become abusive, but there are some red flags that signal impending abuse.
Is Deforestation the Root of Our Climate Concerns?
As we approach the world’s 21st year of international climate change negotiations, it has never been more critical to halt forest loss.
Zero Tolerance: Help Stop Violence Now
Violence undermines everyone’s well-being. The good news? It’s preventable.
Addressing Mental Illness Before Stage 4
Over 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem — more than 1 in every 16.
Curing Violence Starts at the Community Level
David* was a model eighth-grader. He had exemplary grades, a near perfect attendance record and scored well on all his state exams.
From Los Angeles to New Orleans: A Collaborative Effort to End Violence
Violence undermines the community experience and is a terrible burden on young people, families, and neighborhoods.
Building a Culture of Kindness and Respect Online and Off
Research shows that one of the most effective ways to prevent and eliminate bullying is to engage entire school communities in building a culture of kindness and respect.
Ethanol: The Biofuel You’re Already Using
The use of ethanol as an alternative fuel has increased steadily, translating to savings at the pump.
Taking More Than a Month to Appreciate Military Families
November is filled with events honoring our veterans and a prime time to reinvigorate our commitment to supporting those who serve our nation.
How to Help Survivors of Violence Feel Empowered Online
In the past few months, the media has been in full swing over the hacking of many female celebrity intimate photos.
This Veterans Day, We Change the Conversation
Whether you were deployed in 1940 or 2015, the obstacles of reintegration are ageless. From negative stereotypes to deeper misconceptions, thousands of men and women have faced staggering barriers when transitioning to civilian life.
How to Modernize Africa Without Compromising the Environment
Mention Africa to the average American on the street, and he or she might think of starving children, drought, war and strife. But this mental picture is incorrect.
From Disability to Purpose: Educating Our Wounded Warriors
In many ways, people with disabilities are treated as an afterthought in college. For veterans, returning to school with disabilities presents its own blend of challenges.
Women of the World are Setting Their Sights on Success
Latin America and the Caribbean galvanize efforts to meet UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Building Economies By Inspiring Women To Participate In Business
Every week, in homes, churches and halls throughout the developing world, women who participate in a microfinance support group organized by an in ternational microfinance organization come together to support one another and guarantee each other’s loans.
Words of Encouragement from One Veteran to Another
Marcus Luttrel, U.S. Veteran, Navy SEAL and inspiration for the film “Lone Survivor,” shares advice to other veterans andf opens up about his journey back to home soil.
Facing the Horror of Haiyan
When the cameras leave, the continuation of American engagement becomes increasingly necessary.
The Best Rewards from a Culture of Helping Others
Village savings and loan programs are producing a ripple effect, especially among women.
Women are Key to Sustainable Change in Developing World
Research shows that when a woman is able to contribute to her family’s income, the majority of her earnings go toward creating a better future for herself and her children.
Solar Energy: Shining Brighter than Ever
This year, the United States will install an estimated 7.4 gigawatts (GW) of solar — a 42 percent increase over 2013 — making it the best year ever for solar installations in America.
Saluting More Students: Opening Education to Our Troops
With the internet opening opportunity to more and more students, our service men and women have never had a better platform for higher learning. Often enough, knowing where and how to look is half the battle.
Sexual Violence Against Girls Is Root to Teenage Pregnancy
Together for Girls is a partnership to address sexual violence against girls and bring awareness to other international communities.
The Rise of Online Military Education
The military has always been a great opportunity for advancement. Over the past few years, educational options while on active duty have grown exponentially.
LED: Lighting the Way to a Waste-Free Future
Nearly 70 percent of light bulb sockets in the U.S. still contain an inefficient bulb—but that is all about to change.
Going Back to School after the Military
Finding a school that provides the best value for military members and veterans can be a daunting task.
From the Warzone to the Classroom
Three students talk about transitioning back into civilian life and hitting the books after deployment.
A New Chapter: Going Back to School After Transitioning
While for many, the idea of retirement conjures up visions of poolside piña coladas in Bora Bora or tooling around in a golf cart in Florida, talk to retired Army Command Sergeant Major William Joe Gainey, and you get the sense that maybe that’s just not his style.
Leaders in the LGBTQ Community Share Insight and Best Practices
From Major League Baseball, to news and media, to economics, a diverse panel of experts reflect on decades of progress and useful ideas for continuing that momentum.
Panel of Experts Discuss Mobile Technology's Integration
Is technology actually improving health care? Two insiders weigh the progress afforded by mobile and telehealth, as well as the stigma that tech tends to carry with it in the medical sphere.
Experts Weigh in On How Sustainability Now Preserves the Future
From protecting animal welfare to practicing smarter eating, there are a lot of small steps that can be made to contribute to a greater environment.
Why We Need to Take Disaster Warnings Seriously
Find a reputable source to receive your information and trust their warnings and advice.
Dakota Fanning Champions Disaster Prep for Kids
The actress teams up with Save the Children to make emergency preparedness a priority.
Expanding Solar Energy Access and Reducing Pollution in California
California is leading the way to make way for solar energy, creating jobs and reducing environmental impact.
California Looking to Zero-Emission Trucks for Clean Air
Air quality and climate protection goals can be met by cleaner transportation technologies.
Why You Should Be Paying More Attention to Air Quality
Scott Laughlin from UL Environment talks about the importance of indoor air quality, harmful household pollutants and how it can affect everyone’s health.
Designers, Construction Workers & Individuals Are All Working to Reduce Energy Use
While the design and construction industries are striving to build using as little energy as possible, people at home can do a lot to reduce their own energy use.
Taking Care of Your Air Conditioner Can Save Energy, Money & a Headache
Maintaining your air conditioner helps you save money and energy. Here are some tips to make sure your AC is working as efficiently as possible.
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