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Managing Stormwater

All too often, rainy weather generates more water than a landscape can handle.  If this water is not managed properly, it leads to several issues.

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Managing Stormwater

All too often, rainy weather generates more water than a landscape can handle.  If this water is not managed properly, it leads to several issues. These can be minor annoyances such as puddles, or more serious issues such as: Reduced groundwater recharge High rates of runoff and erosion An increased likelihood of natural disasters (e.g. flooding or mudslides) These issues are compounded by the use of non-porous paving materials, such as concrete and asphalt.  To

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GraniteCrete & Wineries: A Perfect Pairing

For wineries all across California, August through October is a magical time of year known as “grape-crushing season.”  After the best grapes have been harvested—the ones that have ripened properly, and are free of rot or damage—winemakers get busy crushing them.  While crushing grapes by foot may have been the way to go in the past (or was that just a storyline in “I Love Lucy”?) nowadays most wineries use large, automated machinery to streamline the process before transferring the resulting juices into a vat for fermentation. In honor of grape-crushing season and the astounding volume of wine created—California’s winemakers are responsible for 81% of the United States’ wine production!—we want to take a moment

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Cleaning Up the World One Action at a Time

Monthly Newsletter Monthly Newsletter Newsletter for September Cleaning Up the World One Action at a Time Held in September, Clean Up the World (CUW) weekend is one of the world’s largest community-based environmental events in the world.  CUW is part of Clean Up Australia’s commitment to “inspire and empower communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.“  It’s estimated that 35 million people across the globe take part in this weekend, carrying out activities to address local environmental issues.  One of the most-common activities are local “clean-ups” where volunteers gather and remove litter from public places.  However, activities can be on a much larger & long-term scale, such as planting trees, urban recycling projects, and

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Reducing Global Temperatures Through Sustainability

Monthly Newsletter Monthly Newsletter Newsletter for August Reducing Global Temperatures Through Sustainability As Earth continues to regularly experience record-breaking temperatures, the importance of taking steps to reduce global temperatures is at the forefront of many people’s minds.  Sustainable building practices are one way the rise in global temperatures can be combated, and the risk of harmful man-made situations—such as urban heat islands—can be reduced. What is an Urban Heat Island? An urban heat island occurs in cities when the natural landscape is replaced by pavement, buildings, and other surfaces that absorb and retain heat.  As a result, the materials create a hotter environment than rural areas.  Temperatures can range from one to three degrees hotter

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