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Don’t hesitate to go ‘green’

Julio Alberto Cruz

May 9, 2011

If you don't like the terms going "green," eco-friendly, environmentally-friendly, earth-friendly or any other way you spin it, it's simply judt about taking care of the environment and ourselves. It's not about money, even though the rest of the world is. Because of this frugal and money-...

Recyclable items in your trash

Julio Alberto Cruz

May 2, 2011

I visited coffee roasting company Larry's Beans, in Raleigh, North Carolina two months ago and was surprised at their recycling initiatives. The staff already recycled, but what surprised me was their urge to know how efficient they actually are in recycling. To find out they dumped all their trash on...

Gas crunch: my possible transportation alternative is a motor scooter

Julio Alberto Cruz

April 25, 2011

So many many thing to do and people to see, but so little money for gas for the necessary commutes is the issue. Since January it seems like every other week gas prices have risen, especially here in Los Angeles. And many people have turned to driving less, using public transportation, riding bicycles...

Earth Day: Ban plastic bags usage in Los Angeles

Julio Alberto Cruz

April 17, 2011

Earth Day is this Thursday, April 21 and it has been over 40 years since society has made a conscious effort to change. We need to continue to change more aspects of  our lives so we may conserve and protect our environment. Did you know that the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970? Since then, groundbreaking environmental la...

Sunny day at 2011 CicLAvia

Julio Alberto Cruz

April 11, 2011

A little wind and chill on Sunday turned into a  warm and sunny day to bike all around Los Angeles in the first CicLAvia of the year. 2011 CicLAvia brought many bike riders and joggers enjoying the route from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood. Photo credit: Julio Alberto Cruz Sunday's route was the same as the...

First CicLAvia of the year coming up

Julio Alberto Cruz

March 31, 2011

On Sunday, April 10 the first CicLAvia of the year will go on throughout some LA neighborhoods from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The first ever ciclovía in LA was last October and there was a great turn out that this year three events will take place. The other two will be on July 10 and October 9. Apri...

Energy savings from So Cal Gas Co.

Julio Alberto Cruz

March 28, 2011

California is getting an Energy Upgrade, according to the Southern California Gas Company . The new energy program extends its incentives to Southern California Gas Company (SocalGas) and Southern California Edison (SCE) customers. Some of the highlights of the incentive package: Incentives of up to $4,000 are availa...

Ten reasons to go organic

Julio Alberto Cruz

March 24, 2011

Before listing the ten reasons, let's define what is organic and why buy. First, do not see "organic" as a brand, some people, from observation, look for organic products just because it seems like the "new" trend, but that is not and should not be the case. Though it helps organic growth and production...

Fair Trade goldens artisan miners

Julio Alberto Cruz

March 14, 2011

There has been reports on gold mines ruining acres of lands, habitats and places near by, like Yosemite National Park. Some of the most known gold mining companies that have been pointed at in the last decade or so have moved people from their own homes and changed lives like the ones in Guatema...

Is Yosemite National Park in danger?

Julio Alberto Cruz

March 3, 2011

Maybe. Such a scenic, breathtaking natural place might just be in danger. But of what you might ask? There has been about 285 mining claims  in the 10 miles surrounding Yosemite National Park, reports Dan Jacobson, legislative director of Environment California. See map of active mining...

So many organic, Fair Trade certification labels

Julio Alberto Cruz

February 28, 2011

There has been a few friends, relatives, even strangers, asking me what type of certification label should they look for on products, like chocolates, coffee, energy bars, etc. It seems like an easy answer, though as I caught myself responding to their questions, they had follow up questions that...

Three CicLAvia events for 2011

Julio Alberto Cruz

February 24, 2011

Last fall, the city of Los Angeles held its first ever ciclovia that closed streets that stretched over seven miles from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights for people to walk, jog, bike and just have a good time on that sunny day. Thanks to the city government and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plus s...

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