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Gourmet School Lunches with Chefs Move to Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 28, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama is calling on chefs to join the fight against childhood obesity by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school...

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Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 28, 2016

Hands-on learning provides students with the know how to apply their lessons to real-life situations. Nutrition education may be a component of your school’s...

Introducing the Smarter Lunchrooms Complete Training Program

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Will too much shade on a house cause problems?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Shade on your home can help reduce energy costs by reducing the cooling requirements inside your home. Air conditioning units also benefit from being shaded...

I have compacted soils. Which shade trees can tolerate these conditions?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Soils with a significant clay or loam component are much more compactable than sandy soils. Once compacted, soils are very slow to “de-compact” naturally. ...

I have power lines in my yard. Which type of trees should I plant near or under them?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

You should always avoid planting trees directly under power lines. Planting off to one side of the power line is preferable. Whenever you consider adding a...

How can trees extend the life of my pavement, roofing and other man-made materials?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees can extend the life of surface materials simply by shading that material from direct sunlight. As someone stands in the sun too long, he or she becomes...

Trees take a long time to become established. How can I know the future or "feel good" about what I do now?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 "Tree time" is slower than most of us have the patience for, yet if you've enjoyed the cool shade, beautiful fall color, or wind-breaking gift of a tree,...

Are trees ever weeds? How can I find out if a particular tree is a weed?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

A weed is a plant out of place or not desired in the given context. By that definition, a tree can be a weed if it is planted in the wrong place, if it seeds...

Is it possible to make a tree stop producing so many seed/fruit?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Some trees, such as sweet gum, have an infamous reputation when it comes to the kind and amount of fruit they make. The best solution to this problem is to...

Can more trees and shrubs in urban areas increase crime by giving criminals a place to hide?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Many people fear approaching densely vegetated areas around urban parks or in parking lots at night, or share a perception that trees and shrubs might give...

What is the difference between arboriculture and urban forestry?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Arboriculture is the care of a single tree, while urban forestry deals with forests as systems in a developed setting. Specifically, arboriculture includes...

Will tree roots crack my home's foundation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Modern foundation construction tends to leave the soil in and around the foundation very dry and compacted, virtually eliminating both moisture and air. The...

How can I measure the dollar amount of savings from tree shade on my power bill?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

While there are many variables to account for, such as climate, home insulation, HVAC type, etc., research conducted at Auburn University found that with 17%...

What can I plant on my septic field?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Turfgrasses and native grasses are good options for planting over septic fields. You may also consider non-woody perennial plants. Trees and shrubs should...

Should I cut the top out of my tree to make it safer?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees should never be "topped." Removing the uppermost stem and branches of the tree will disfigure the tree, distort its growth and shape, pose a greater...

How do homes and other buildings lose heat during the winter months?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Homes and businesses lose heat through air infiltration, heat conduction and radiation transmission. To reduce air infiltration, properly positioning...

How can I find a good tree care professional?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Look for an arborist with professional credentials, such as certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) or a registered consulting...

How do trees "heal" after they have been wounded?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees and woody plants don't heal. A healed wound has had the tissue repaired or replaced, which would be evidenced by a scab or scar on skin. Trees are not...

Which types of trees should I plant on the south side of my home so as not to shade the winter sun?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

The northern latitudes of our continent are cool during the winter months when the sun is in the southern hemisphere. This time of year we want the warming...

Should I fertilize my trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Fertilization can often benefit trees, but not always. Fertilizers should only be applied following a soil test to determine which, if any, nutrients are...

Why should I care about conserving energy?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Energy conservation is or should be a concern for everyone, for a multitude of reasons. We spend a lot of money on energy, whether it’s gasoline,...

Does my windbreak need to be composed of conifers or can I use deciduous trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Effective windbreaks can be planted with either conifers, deciduous trees, or a mix of both. Conifer plantings do need not be as dense as plantings of...

What is a life cycle assessment (LCA)?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Life cycle assessment is the accounting of resource inputs, outputs, and net gain or loss over the lifetime of a product. It’s just like accounting for a...

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