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Brick by brick: New home showcases green living
A first-of-its-kind home on a half-acre of land in the Quad-Cities area showcases one family's commitment to energy efficiency, green living and the future of residential construction.

The nearly Net-Zero Home in Stone Gate at Zuma Creek, a 22-acre conservation subdivision on the outskirts of Port Byron, Ill., is designed to generate all of its own power and make the least impact possible on the planet by utilizing the latest innovations in energy efficiency in its 3,739 square feet of livable space. More »

Friday's Fresh on a quest: Indoor hydroponic farm grows in Davenport
As experts debate how to feed the world's growing population in the future, Andrew Freitag is taking action.

The Davenport man opened Friday's Fresh Market — an indoor hydroponic farm — with lofty goals: to grow the healthiest plants on earth and drastically reduce water consumption, soil erosion and the carbon footprint caused by the logistics involved with shipping fresh produce for long distances.

So far,... More »

Go All In: Single-stream recycling a success in Scott County
Recycling sometimes can feel like a chore. All of the sorting and separating can be time consuming and can feel inefficient. Luckily for Scott County residents, recycling has gotten easier than ever since the Go All In program was instated in August.

Go All In is a single-stream recycling program, which means residents in Davenport and Bettendorf now can put all of their recyclables into one receptacle, as opposed to the old system, where... More »

Great River's great work: Hospital system cares for patients and the planet
Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa, makes the connection between healthy patients and employees, and a healthy workplace and community.

The hospital incorporates a number of environmental measures; it recently launched a program to compost food waste at a local farm with plans for the hospital's chef to teach at-risk teens how to grow and cook healthy foods.

"Our board, leaders and staff always try to look out... More »

Planting a seed: RI teacher helps students protect the earth
Alex Axup joined the Rock Island High School Environmental Action Club because a couple of her friends told her it was fun, and they thought she would enjoy it.

Her friends were so right, Axup says.

"The great thing about the club is that we do so many different activities," says Axup, 18, an RIHS senior who joined the club last year.

The club was founded in 1990 by students who felt there was a need for it. "They... More »

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