Green Living Tip: More of Us Walk the Walk

July 15th, 2013


If you’re running into your neighbors on the sidewalk a lot more these days, this may help explain it:

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control shows that six in 10 adults, or 62 percent, reported they’d taken at least a 10-minute walk in the past week. That’s up from 56 percent in 2005.

“More than 145 million adults are now getting some of their physical activity by walking,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a statement. Walking burns calories, improves your mood, takes no special equipment or training, and doesn’t stress your body.

“People who are physically active live longer and are at lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers,” Frieden said. “Having more places for people to walk in our communities will help us continue to see increases in walking, the most popular form of physical activity among U.S. adults.” Walking is good for the planet, as well.

By walking to work, to the store or to the post office – instead of driving your car — you’ll be cutting down on air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, oil consumption and the money you spend on gas, maintenance and parking.

The results of the study, released Aug. 8 by the Centers for Disease Control, showed that in the West, roughly 68 percent of people walked at least 10 minutes — more than any other region in the country. In the South, 49 percent said they walked in 2005, but that rose to 57 percent in 2010, the report said.

For many people, the Mayo Clinic recommends walking five to 10 minutes daily and slowly building up to 15 minutes twice a week. Over several weeks’ time, you can gradually work your way up to 30 to 60 minutes of walking most days each week.

For other walking tips, including how to start a walking club, visit the Mayo Clinic site or the CDC site.



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Bisnow Orange County “Development – Garden Grove Townhomes”

July 8th, 2013

The Deal Sheet


Brandywine Homes unveiled plans for a 34-unit rental property consisting of both townhomes and flats located on 1.1 acres at Hope St and Westminster Ave in southern Garden Grove. It will be the second multifamily development for Irvine-based Brandywine, which has typically been a developer of single-family infill projects. Designed by LSA Architecture, the new property will consist of 12 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom, and six three-bedroom townhomes and flats ranging from 771 SF to 1,226 SF.


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Green Living Tip: More reason to de-clutter (and 15 tips to inspire you)

July 1st, 2013

Recent news out of San Francisco has environmentalists cheering.

City leaders there approved plans for 220-square-foot “micro apartments,” complete with pull-down beds that double as dining tables and mini-kitchens.

Critics call them shoeboxes, dog houses and glorified prison cells.

But city officials and the developer call them “affordable.” By that, they mean $1,300 to $1,500 a month.

SF rents are among the highest in the nation. Currently, the average studio in the City by the Bay rents for $2,075 monthly, according to real estate service RealFacts.

But San Francisco is hardly alone. Smaller housing is a global trend, and the reason behind it is solid: More people live in cities than in rural areas today, and smaller housing uses far fewer natural resources.

So while some throw stones at people who live in small houses, these folks are actually leading the way in preserving the planet.

Small quarters force them to live lightly upon the land. The other silver lining is that often, they say life becomes easier because they have fewer “things” to store and worry about.

Which brings us to the point of today’s post: tips on how to de-clutter your living space, for the sake of your planet and your peace of mind.

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1. Eliminate the estimated 850 pieces of junk mail you get each year by registering for the Mail Preference Service on the Direct Marketing Association Website. For $1, your name and address will be removed from prospective mailing lists, ending 75% of junk mail within about 90 days.

2. While you’re at it, opt out of home phone book delivery. Contact your local publisher, and/or try opting out by using or

3. Switch to paperless (e-mail) billing. Saving paper means not only saving trees, but 171 pounds of greenhouse gases, 63 gallons of water, and 4.5 gallons of gasoline annually for the average paperless household, according to Pay It Green.

4. Get a Laptop. It uses as little as 10% as much energy a typical desktop computer uses, and it takes up alot less space on your desk.

5. Download your software. Around the world, 1 billion discs are discarded every year, contributing to the e-waste problem and adding clutter.

6. Lose the answering machine. It’s simply more efficient for a centralized facility to process all that data than to have each individual use his or her own desktop machine. Plus it’s one less gadget cluttering up the desk.

7. Recycle old electronics. Does that VCR from 1998 really need to be in the closet?

8. Buy a power strip. Plug in your devices, and turn it on only when your devices are actually charging. That will prevent phantom loads.

9. Go to the library instead of letting magazines pile up on your nightstand, or get your reading material via Apps.

10. In the kitchen, replace all the paper and plastic bags with a few sturdy, reusable shopping bags.

11. Get a reusable water bottle and a filter, and quit buying 2-liter soda bottles.

12. Use reusable napkins and towels instead of space-sucking paper products.

13. Eat fruit for snacks. It cuts way down on junk-food packaging.

14. Sell or donate clothes you don’t wear.

15. Visit social swapping sites like, which connect you to the legions of people willing to take free junk, er, items.

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