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America Recycles Day Contest

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Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. Join USAgain in raising environmental awareness beyond November 15 while diverting textile waste from landfills.

Find out how to enter your school for USAgain’s America Recycles Day recycling challenge! The top five chools will be awarded cash prizes of $1000, $750, $500, $250 and $100

USAgain’s California August Update

Click the thumbnail to learn about some of the work we’ve been doing in California.

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USAgain Wins Award from CRRA

USAgain was the recipient of the California Resource Recovery Association’s award for Outstanding Commitment to Closing the Loop in 2013.

CRRA presents several awards at its annual conference. The award for Outstanding Commitment to Closing the Loop is given to a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has implemented an innovative program that features the procurement of products that reduce waste, have recycled content and/or are safer alternatives to toxic products.

Read the official release

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Back-to-School the Eco-Friendly Way

Today is August 1st, and for students, the days of summer are officially numbered. Slowly, the days will become colder and shorter and before long, school buses will resume shuttling students to and from school. Before that, however, there will be lots and lots of back-to-school shopping.

Read more on the USAgain blog

Some Like It Hot – None Like It Expensive

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Heating and cooling account for nearly half of household energy costs, which means an inefficient air conditioning unit could be putting a sizable dent into your personal finances. How, then, does one avoid paying too much for summer energy costs?

 

USAgain Tree Planting
200,000 Trees in 2013

USAgain’s environmental commitment stretches beyond clothing and textile recycling. In 2013, USAgain is expanding its green initiative by launching a tree-planting campaign, which will result in 200,000 trees being planted in regions of Ethiopia, Kenya and Honduras. By partnering with Trees for the Future, an agroforestry resource center based in Maryland, much-needed trees will be planted in these impoverished, environmentally-ravaged areas.

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Ethiopia

A semi-arid, mountainous region in southwestern Ethiopia, Konso is the site of USAgain’s tree planting partnership with Trees for the Future, helping to expand two watershed restoration projects in the villages of Duraite and Lehaite. Since 2010, Trees for the Future has been helping to reverse systematic agricultural and overgrazing failures in the area, working to prevent the highly erosive soils in both villages from washing away each wet season.

Kenya

Due to illegal activities, including timber harvesting, charcoal production, and fuel wood collection, Mount Kenya National Park experienced massive deforestation in the 1980s and 1990s. In an effort to reverse the negative effects deforestation has left on the region, nearly five million trees have been planted in and around Mount Kenya National Park, with USAgain contributing an additional 85,000 trees to be raised in six local nurseries.

Honduras

Two areas in Honduras have been selected for the USAgain tree planting project. An important watershed, source of irrigation and a stop for migratory birds, the Corralito Wildlife Reserve will receive 20,000 seedlings in 2013. Las Lajas, a major hydroelectric resevoir that provides more than 40% of the electric power for Honduras, will receive 45,000 seedlings of various species in a project meant to reforest the surrounding area.

West Valley High School Fundraiser

USAgain SoCal helped West Valley High School in Hemet, CA organize a clothing drive fundraiser to raise money for new cheerleading uniforms. With our help, they managed to collect over 1,600 pounds of clothing, shoes and other textiles. Well done, ladies!

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National Running Day: Run Green!

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June 5 is National Running Day, a day for runners of all kinds to celebrate their love for the sport. It’s also an opportunity to promote shoe recycling and help divert shoes from landfills!

Read our blog post on National Running Day