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“Switch Off” for Earth Hour this Saturday, 3/28

With all the uncertainty going on in the world right now, this year’s Earth Hour gives us a good opportunity for a global, collective pause. A pause to reflect on the impacts our lives make on our planet, such as the increasing demands for food, water and energy. These all have a direct affect on our wildlife and our environment.

This year, Earth Hour encourages a time to “switch off.” Turning off your lights for 1 hour shows a commitment to the conservation and protection of our earth. Although very much apart right now, this worldwide event can bring us together in spirit to show our support in saving our planet.

March 28, 2020

8:30 pm (your local time)

Learn more about this event from WWF and get some good tips of how to participate… in the dark!

Given the unprecedented circumstances, WWF advises participants to join Earth Hour at home or online following CDC guidelines. People can participate in Earth Hour this March 28th at 8:30 pm local time by turning off their lights for one hour to show solidarity and support for protecting our natural environments. In the past, millions of people and places have participated. During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that we take a collective pause and use this time to reflect, evolve and strengthen our relationship with ourselves, with each other and with nature.

Here are some ideas you might enjoy while reflecting on your personal commitments to fighting climate change and protecting our forests, rivers, oceans, and wildlife. WWF designed these with current social distancing policies in mind.

Things to do in the dark

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Go ‘green’ in your living space with some indoor gardening projects.
Exercise your green thumb by making a terrarium, or create some Macrame Plant Hangers for herbs and succulents. If you’re feeling adventurous, try branching out and creating a living plant wall (materials can be ordered online). Set yourself up for action beyond Earth Hour, and create a compost bin for your kitchen to reduce food waste at home.

Host a virtual in-the-dark dinner party for you and your friends.
Invite your friends to dinner via video chat to share 2020 environmental goals. Consider challenging each other to get creative with locally sourced ingredients where possible. Eating by candlelight adds to the ambiance!

Play some games.
Take a stab at one of WWF’s Wild Classroom quizzes. You can also download WWF’s free-flowing river app to learn the impacts of infrastructure on our world’s rivers.

Work up a sweat. Exercise the body and mind by candlelight.
Gather your friends for a virtual candlelight workout. Try anything from an intense HIIT circuit to restorative yoga. In your cool downtime, reflect on ways you can bring your commitment to biodiversity and nature beyond Earth Hour.

Pamper yourself. Self-care is key.
Anxiety can be overwhelming sometimes, especially recently. It’s important to prioritize self-care so that you stay relaxed, motivated, and energized to do the most you can for the planet and for society. Take a candlelit bath infused with essential oils and Epsom salts—making a conscious decision to relax will rejuvenate you.

Take a collective pause and reflect.
Earth Hour is a perfect time to think about everything you’ve already done to help the planet and brainstorm ways in which you can do even more. Create a vision board with your environmental goals, and think about practical ways to fulfill them.



To view the full article from WWF, visit https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/earth-hour-in-an-uncertain-time?utm_campaign=earth-hour&utm_medium=social&utm_content=photo&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3x17Lr3W4qWmldro_65XwGaLRqssUby_68wCaGDf6h849N6m6WKvrht6Q

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EPA Releases List of Disinfectants To Use Against Coronavirus

The coronavirus is a hot topic of conversation these days. As it continues to grow and span countries, people are becoming more mindful of things they can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. The good news is that coronaviruses are ‘enveloped viruses,’ which means they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill when using the correct disinfectant products like the commonly known Lysol, Purell, and Clorox to name a few. The EPA has also just released a full list of disinfectants to protect against the spread of these germs. In addition to hand washing, using these listed disinfectants correctly can reduce or prevent the spread of illness, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.”

While there is still much to learn, we can take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread and keep ourselves safe. Read more from the EPA and check out the full list of disinfectants through their link below:

“Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).”

View the full EPA list now: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-03/documents/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020.pdf

To visit EPA’s site directly and read more, visit: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

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Even more UST Class C certification training added!

Available now! We’ve just added New UST Class C operator training for the state of Maryland. This program has been reviewed and approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and has been tailored to include state-specific training material for Class C operators. 

Successfully completing this training will award a certificate which grants UST Class C operator certification in Maryland.

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In this training program, you’ll learn important state-specific topics for Maryland UST operators such as:

Introduction to Class C Operators:
  • Class C operator responsibilities & certification
  • Operator requirements and training records
  • and more
UST System Components:
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  • The primary parts of a pump dispenser
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  • Release monitoring
  • Common causes of spills and releases
  • What to do in case of an emergency
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  • Basic steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
  • Washing down spills
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New UST Class C Certifications Now Available!

Good news! We have NEW UST Class C operator certification trainings available for the states of Hawaii and Mississippi. These have been reviewed and approved by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Successfully completing these trainings will award a certificate which grants UST Class C operator certification in either Hawaii or Mississippi. For all other states, this course should only be used as a reference (and will not award certification). In many states (PA, TX, VA, etc.) the only way to become Class C certified is to be trained by a certified Class A/B operator.

UST Certification

UST Class C Operator Training Program

(5 modules)

In this training program, you’ll learn important topics for UST Class C operators such as:

Introduction to Class C Operators:
  • Class C operator responsibilities & certification
  • Operator requirements and training records
  • and more
UST System Components:
  • What is an underground storage tank
  • The primary parts of a pump dispenser
  • Spill prevention equipment
  • Safeguard and emergency shut off devices
  • and more
Spill and Overfill Prevention:
  • Main sources of UST releases
  • How to be prepared for an emergency
  • Correct filling practices
  • and more
Emergency Response:
  • Release monitoring
  • Common causes of spills and releases
  • What to do in case of an emergency
  • and more
Cleanup:
  • Spill containment materials
  • Basic steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
  • Washing down spills
  • and more

View Training Details Now!

And make sure to check out all of our other UST Class A/B operator

certification and preparatory training programs. 

Have You Heard About World Wetlands Day?

Sunday, February 2, is World Wetlands Day!

Do you know just how important our wetlands are? With this global celebration on February 2nd, it’s a chance to raise awareness about all the benefits wetlands have for us and our wildlife. It’s also a chance to raise awareness about their protection.

Wetlands are a critical part of our natural environment. They protect our shores from erosion, reduce the impacts of floods, absorb pollutants, provide a habitat for many diverse plants and animals, improve water quality, and give us an overall beautiful environment. With all the benefits of wetlands, conservation is crucial for our safety and welfare.

Knowledge is key to understanding them and protecting them. Did you know we offer training in Wetlands Awareness? In this introductory module, you’ll learn what wetlands are and why they are important, federal laws pertaining to wetlands, requirements and permits needed when working in or around wetlands, guidelines for protecting wetlands, and inspections. Learn more about this awareness course now:

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UST Class C certification training for Connecticut just added!

This NEW UST Class C operator training has been reviewed and approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Successfully completing this training will award a certificate which grants UST Class C operator certification in Connecticut. For all other states, this course should only be used as a reference (and will not award certification). In many states (PA, VA, etc.) the only way to become Class C certified is to be trained by a certified Class A/B operator.

UST Certification

UST Class C Operator Training Program

(5 modules)

In this training program, you’ll learn important topics for CT UST operators such as:

Introduction to Class C Operators:
  • Class C operator responsibilities & certification
  • Operator requirements and training records
  • and more
UST System Components:
  • What is an underground storage tank
  • The primary parts of a pump dispenser
  • Spill prevention equipment
  • Safeguard and emergency shut off devices
  • and more
Spill and Overfill Prevention:
  • Main sources of UST releases
  • How to be prepared for an emergency
  • Correct filling practices
  • and more
Emergency Response:
  • Release monitoring
  • Common causes of spills and releases
  • What to do in case of an emergency
  • and more
Cleanup:
  • Spill containment materials
  • Basic steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
  • Washing down spills
  • and more

View Training Details Now!

And make sure to check out all of our other UST Class A/B operator

certification and preparatory training programs too! 

Safety & Awareness Spotlight: Radon

Check yourself and protect yourself from radon. January is Radon Action Month, which is a great time to raise awareness about this invisible radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Radon is the #1 environmental cause of cancer deaths and the #2 cause of lung cancer deaths. Since you can’t smell or see radon, testing your home is the only way to determine if you are living with high levels of this dangerous gas.

Here’s what the EPA has to say about protecting yourself and your family:

“January is national Radon Action Month and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages everyone to test their homes for radon. January is an especially good time to test homes and schools because windows and doors are closed tightly and people spend more time indoors.

Unsafe levels of radon can lead to serious illness. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States with an estimated 21,000 deaths a year. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. By making simple fixes in a home or building people can lower their health risks from radon.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas; so testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home or school. Test kits are available in home improvement centers and hardware stores and costs approximately $20. The kits are simple to use with easy testing and mailing instructions.

Make the commitment to protect your family. Test for radon. Fix the problem if you find elevated radon levels. Save a life!”

radon action month

Check out helpful links and tips on finding test kits, learning about the health hazards, and even how it can affect your business on EPA’s site here: https://www.epa.gov/radon

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