Tips for Living a More Environmentally Friendly Life

5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

At Applied Resource Management, we pride ourselves on being environmental professionals. Our services help businesses succeed and individuals thrive, while still protecting the earth that we all share. That’s why we’re excited to spend Friday, April 22nd, celebrating Earth Day.

Founded in 1970, the mission of Earth Day is to celebrate the planet, encourage others to build a healthy, sustainable environment, and protect the Earth for future generations. Saving the planet is a big job, but no action is insignificant. Even small changes can have a big impact!

To help you have fun while saving the world, we’ve put together five fun and easy things you can do today to help spread the love this Earth Day. Remember, we only have one planet. Let’s treat it right.

1. Visit a State Park.
North Carolina, where Applied Resource Management is based, has a great state park system. It doesn’t matter if you prefer recreation areas, lakes, trails, the ocean, or the mountains—the Tar Heel State has it all! If you’re on the coast, check out the native carnivorous plants at Carolina Beach State Park, and if you feel like trekking to the mountains, reserve a spot at Mount Mitchell State Park. The hardest part will be choosing which park to visit first!

2. Be Safe with Electronic Waste.
As technology changes our lives, it also changes our landfills. More than 50 million tons of electronic waste (known as “e-waste”) is tossed each year, and only a quarter of that is recycled. The next time you upgrade your smartphone, buy the latest Kindle, or splurge on a skinnier laptop, make sure you dispose of your old electronics in a responsible manner by taking them to an e-waste recycling facility.

3. Plant a Garden. 
Growing your own groceries is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint (your food doesn’t have to travel across the country to get to your table) and it will also encourage you to eat healthier (let’s just say it’s not easy to grow Oreos and Twinkies). If you get really into gardening, consider installing an irrigation well to keep your water bill down. If you don’t have space for a garden, you can also make an effort to shop at markets and support local farmers in your own community.

4. Just Say No to Junk Mail.
Did you know over 100 million trees are cut down each year to produce junk mail? That’s a terrible toll on the earth, and all for a bunch of credit card offers, catalogs, and advertisements you didn’t even want in the first place! The official Earth Day website has some great tools for cutting junk mail out of your life. Pledge to receive less junk mail today, and create a greener lifestyle for your family and home.

5. Install a Geothermal System.
We may be biased, but at Applied Resource Management we think one of the best things you can do for your home and for the environment is to install a geothermal energy system in your home. This is an energy-conscious way to provide heating and cooling in your home, and will also save you money in the long run! If you’re interested in this option, contact us to learn more.

We hope these tips inspire you to live a green life, on Earth Day and every day! For more environmentally friendly tips, like us on Facebook. Happy Earth Day!

How to Identify a Wetland

Wetlands Delineation: What It Is And Why It Matters

One of the very important services that Applied Resource Management offers is Wetlands Delineation. Wetlands are common in all areas of the United States, but they’re especially prevalent on the North Carolina coast. Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, being aware of wetlands on your property is an important part of the building and remodeling process, environmentally and legally. If you ignore wetlands and/or don’t secure the proper permits, you could damage the environment and even face a hefty fine! Luckily, our Soils Division can determine whether and where wetlands exist on a property, keeping your project on track and in line with local and national regulations.

What is a wetland?

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Environmental Protection Agency, a wetland is defined as any area that is inundated or saturated by so much surface or ground water that it supports animal and vegetable life. These saturated areas known as wetlands can include swamps, marshes, and bogs.

Why are wetlands important?

Wetlands are unique ecosystems where certain plants and animals are able to survive and thrive. In other words, if you alter the wetland you could be damaging and possibly destroying these delicate ecosystems. Without the presence of these wetlands, we risk upsetting the natural ecosystem resulting in a degraded environment. This is bad news for plants, animals, and humans, too due to increased pollution, flooding issues, and sedimentation of our waters.

What does a wetland look like?

Wetlands are as diverse as the plants and animals they support. Here in southeastern North Carolina, where Applied Resource Management is based, wetlands often take the shape of marshes and tidal wetlands. Environmental professionals can identify a wetland by testing the soil and identifying the types of plants that are growing in the area. Wetlands plants are uniquely suited to growing in saturated soil, and their presence can be a sure sign of a wetland. This is why it’s easiest to identify a wetland during the growing season.

You’ve got a wetland. Now what? 

If there is an area on your property—residential or commercial—that seems to stay wet, then it’s important to take action before moving forward with any proposed projects, remodels, or expansions. If wetlands are present, don’t worry—your project isn’t doomed! You’ll simply have to take some extra steps, including securing the necessary permits, to move forward in a responsible manner. Permits can include wastewater, CAMA permits, Jurisdictional Determinations, nationwide permits, and local county permits. Once these permits have been granted, you can continue your project in a safe and responsible manner.

While this process can be confusing and time-consuming, the help of an experienced environmental professionals, such as Applied Resource Management, can help. Contact us today and together we’ll ensure that the path you take is the right one.