March 30 :: Meatless Mondays

The health benefits of eating flexibly vegetarian – or Flexitarian – benefits both your health and the environment. Livestock accounts for 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and 8% of water use.

A completely meatless diet is 50% more effective at cutting CO2 than switching from a standard car to a hybrid. A flexitarian or vegetarian lifestyle reduces the likelihood of diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and obesity and your blood pressure, glucose, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels will plunge. Full-time vegetarians live roughly 3.6 years longer than meat eaters; simply reducing meat intake by one day a week increases those same benefits for flexitarians.

For recipes and information about adopting a flexitarian or vegetarian lifestyle visit this great site.

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Be Seen Going Green

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March 23 :: Plant a Garden

Not only will working in a garden provide great exercise, but you’ll also reap the rewards of fresh, organically grown produce. If you’ve never had a garden, ask your friends who do: you will definitely eat more vegetables, without even trying. Furthermore, when you’re living closer to the earth you save on transportation costs. The food grown in your yard doesn’t need to be moved, and that saves large amounts of gas, plastic, and boxes.

There are many options for gardens. Container gardens are a great way to grow your own produce without taking up much space. Or you can work some plants into your regular landscape such as Rosemary, Basil and Lavender. The possibilities are endless.

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March 16 :: Sustainable Eating

Sustainable produce is a relatively new idea.  It gives shoppers interested in purchasing organic produce an alternative option at a lower cost, and sometimes a higher rate of availability.  According to the Food Alliance, sustainable produce (although not the same as organic produce) must meet the following criteria: Use a range of natural pest controls, Use the least toxic pesticides when natural methods don’t work; Improve soil by natural methods, such as crop rotation and cover crops; Protect clean drinking water and fish habitats by providing buffer zones in riparian areas; Provide wildlife habitat and encourage residency by growing some year round vegetative cover for shelter and food; Take into consideration quality of life issues for their farm workers and their communities when making daily farm management decisions; Continually improve their farming practices to make them more environmentally sound, socially just, and economically viable.

There are several resources for buying organic or sustainable. Almost all of the supermarkets in Las Vegas offer organic or sustainable produce for reasonable prices. Just be sure to check where the produce is from. It doesn’t do much good to eat an organic plum that has traveled from Chile to get to us. Eating sustainable also means eating seasonally. The Sustainable Table is an excellent resource for sustainable eating.

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March 9 :: Shop Like a Locavore

Buying fresh, local, seasonal food reduces the need for transport and, consequently, the burden on the environment. In addition, it is beneficial to the local economy. The presence of local markets enables farmers to grow various crops, thus avoiding monoculture and promoting biodiversity. Buying directly from the farmer strengthens the bond between producer and consumer–and is attractive to both.

Visit http://www.lasvegasfarmersmarket.com for details.

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March 2 :: Earth Hour and Recycle your Magazine

Earth Hour at the Palms

What began as a campaign to get Sydneysiders to turn their lights off, has grown to become one of the world’s biggest climate change initiatives. In 2009, at 8.30pm on March 28, people around the world will turn their lights off for one hour – Earth Hour. The goal is to reach one billion people, more than 1000 cities, all joining together in a global effort to show that its possible to take action on global warming. The Palms Casino Resort, along with many other casino and businesses in Las Vegas are showing their support by turning off exterior lights for earth hour. We encourage you to do the same at home and help us fight global warming! To read more, visit Earth Hour.

Go Green, Recycle Your Magazine

Burk High School is an at risk school that the Palms has partnered with to improve the overall educational experience of the students.  We have several programs already, the Community of Caring program, the Mommy and Me program and now the Library program. Help the high school students find an interest in reading by recycling any magazines and books you’ve enjoyed and plan on discarding. Lower the land fill, Load the Library. All types of magazines are welcome, you never know what might spark an interest with the students. If any magazines can’t be used by Burke High School, we also partnered with the Boys and Girls club, so no magazine will go unread. Please make sure you remove any mailing labels from your magazines before dropping them in the box located near the time office at the team member entry.

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February 16 :: Wrap it up and warm it up!

Keep your hot water stocked by wrapping your water heater in an insulation blanket. Take it a step further by insulating your pipes. Or, give the water heater a break by switching to cold water in the laundry. Instead of using the dryer, give your clothes an added boost of freshness by line drying them in the sunshine instead of throwing them in the dryer.

Savings:
Wrapping your water heater can save 1,000 pounds of CO2, using the cold setting on the washing machine saves 80% on energy and an estimated $60, and hanging clothes to dry saves 700 pounds of CO2 each year.

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