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From Factoid Friday to breaking news on quality of life and sustainability issues in the region, our blog shines a spotlight on critical issues in the San Diego region and simple ways you can help to solve them.

Factoid Friday: Green ways to beat the heat this Labor Day weekend Posted August 31, 2012

With temperatures in our region promising to continue their recent upwards trend, many San Diegans are looking for ways to stay cool this holiday weekend.  However this approach often yields high energy use county-wide as people rely on air conditioners to keep cool.  But beating the heat this doesn’t have to come at such a high price for the environment.

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Factoid Friday: Bicycling made easier in San Diego and the nation Posted August 24, 2012

Ever hop on your bicycle for a quick local errand only to find yourself frustratingly searching for a spot to lock your wheels? Bicyclists around the nation can rest assure – help is not only on the way, it has already arrived in several cities.

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Factoid Friday: Green and clean - how does San Diego measure up? Posted August 17, 2012

Well, 8th in the nation if you ask Travel & Leisure magazine. 

Any San Diegan will proudly tell you the things that make this city great are endless.  Year-round pleasant weather, joyous coastal living, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture are just a few of the things we enjoy daily as residents of this beautiful region.  However, there are actually quantifiable reasons that illustrate why San Diego is such a great place to live. 

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Factoid Friday: San Diego County leads the nation in farmland abundance Posted August 10, 2012

Did you know San Diego County has over 6,500 farms? That’s more than any other county in the United States!  With this week being National Farmer’s Market Week, what better time to celebrate the bountiful supply of fresh, locally grown produce San Diegans are privy to. 

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Factoid Friday: Urban parks are making you smarter Posted August 3, 2012

While urban dwelling certainly has its perks, the constant hustle and bustle of city life can serve as exhausting stimuli for our brains.  Factors such as noise, traffic, densely situated buildings and a consistently high volume of people all expend a significant amount of our direct attention and energy. 

Studies suggest that urban parks can actually counteract the cognitive strains caused by city life... 

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Factoid Friday: 1,300 gallons of water to make dinner? Posted July 27, 2012

When we think of measuring our water consumption, our minds tend to default to water-based activities such as showering or using the dishwasher.  However, the vast majority of our water consumption is hidden in products and processes that you may not think of. 

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Addressing Our Region's Water Challenges - You Can Help Posted July 20, 2012

With wildfires burning across the arid west, the recent dry winter in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the spike in regional water prices, San Diegans naturally wonder about the security of our county's water supply. The region imports over 80% of its water from northern California and the Colorado River. Equinox Center is advancing sustainable solutions for our region's critical water issues by participating in two important policy forums...

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Factoid Friday: Could your long commute be giving you a bigger waistline? Posted July 20, 2012

While freeway gridlock has long been known as a detriment to our environment, our vehicles and our mood, a new study adds to the growing body of research that long commutes to work are indeed harmful to your physical health as well.

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Factoid Friday: Typical SoCal Backyard Goes Unused Posted July 13, 2012

Factoid FridayThose lush backyard gardens throughout Southern California sure are pretty. Too bad they’re mostly empty.

"Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors," a recent UCLA study of 32 L.A. households over four years, sheds an interesting light on the behaviors of middle class families in Southern California.

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Factoid Friday: Stop Googling “cork crafts” – there’s an easier way Posted June 29, 2012

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900 million.* That's how many wine corks are used in the United States each year. They're also yet another example of things that end up in landfills that don't need to be there.

Next week as you’re celebrating the 4th of July with a bottle of champagne or wine (or heck, even some craft beers these days) – no need to throw that cork away.

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