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Grasslands Conservation

Green Term Defined: Grasslands Conservation Carbon Offsets

Green Term Defined: Grasslands Conservation Carbon Offsets

A grasslands conservation carbon offsets are similar to forestry, native grasses and other vegetation provide a natural source of greenhouse gas (GHG) absorption and sequestration. Carbon offsets from this category focus on maintaining native plant life through permanent land conservation and avoided conversion for commercial development or agriculture.



Grasslands provide habitat for many different species of wildlife. A Prairie is an ecological system dominated by grasses. Planting a native Prairie increases biodiversity of native plant species and conserves rapidly disappearing topsoil and it low maintenance.

Local experts that can help with this process: The Natural Garden

Green Terms Defined: Vampire Loads

vampire loadsVampire loads, also called phantom loads, are hidden electrical loads that can impact your energy-efficiency goals without you noticing. A vampire load is the power consumed by electronics and appliances while they are technically switched off or in standby mode. This occurs in some devices that have an on / off switch, but keep a power load in order to save memory, turn on faster, or run a clock. It also happens with things like phone chargers that do not have an on / off switch. If these items are plugged into an outlet, they are pulling power whether in use or not. Most appliances with a remote control also have a constant load. For instance, a television uses the same amount of electricity as a 60 watt light bulb when turned off.

The best way to manage vampire loads is by using a power strip or simply unplugging the device. This could potentially save you as much as 10% a month in energy usage.

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