Sustainability

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Green Glossary:  Sustainable Terminology Guide to the Vocabulary of Ecological Concern

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Terms: A - D



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Biodegradable
A material or substance that will decompose quickly and without harmful effects to the environment, when left exposed to nature.
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Biofuels
Fuels that are made from renewable raw materials, such as plant biomass or vegetable oils; considered to be cleaner burning than petroleum-based fuels.
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Biomimicry
The imitation of nature‘s forms; the process of learning from and then emulating life‘s genius.
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Bulk Products
Products that are sold in larger quantities often use less packaging per use than smaller sizes. The U.S. EPA recommends selecting grocery, hardware and household items that are available in bulk to help reduce solid waste.
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Carbon Footprint
The total amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted over the full life cycle of a product or service, expressed as grams of CO2 equivalents. Greenhouse gases contribute to global warming and climate change, so reducing carbon footprints is desirable to help protect our earth.
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Carbon Offset
Carbon offsetting is the act of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through emissions trading. For example, a factory or production facility may be unable to reduce its own carbon footprint any further through its own actions, so it may voluntarily purchase credits from another party to offset their actions. The goal of carbon offsets is to attain a carbon neutral overall balance. Certified Acknowledging that a product‘s claims are genuine, typically having gone through a process similar to obtaining a license.
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Composting
The process of turning certain food scraps and yard trimmings into valuable natural soil additives for use on lawns or gardens. Today, more than 17 percent of America‘s waste comes from yard trimmings.
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Concentrated Products
Products requiring added water before use, resulting in less packaging and less energy to transport to the store, saving money as well as natural resources.
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Construction Waste Management Plan (CWMP)
A plan that diverts construction debris from landfills through conscientious plans to recycle, salvage and reuse.
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Sources:
www.re-modern.com/glossary; www.greenandsave.com/green_vocabulary.html;
Every Supply Company, Inc., Mt. Vernon, NY; Sam‘s Club Source June/July, 2007

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Biodegradable -
A material or substance that will decompose quickly and without harmful effects to the environment, when left exposed to nature.