Congratulation to Becky Spevack of AIA Pittsburgh, the latest weekly winner of our blog contest!  Becky has won a 1.0 GB USB drive.  (To enter in this random drawing, simply post a comment to any article on our blog now through May 31.)

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Shopping bags. We use 60,000 plastic bags every five seconds in the U.S. That’s a lot to ask of any landfill. Next time you go to the grocery store, stop at the on-site plastic bag collection bin. Better yet, byob (ag, preferably canvas).

Paint. If it’s latex-based, consider donating it to a local church, shelter, or Habitat for Humanity chapter. That unused can of “summer sunshine”, might brighten someone else’s day, too.

Motor Oil. Recycling just two gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or not, make sure your used oil goes to an eco-friendly gas station or oil change facility.

Nikes. Sure you had good intentions when you bought those running shoes last January, but perhaps it’s time to give them to someone who needs (and uses) them more than you. provides a directory that will help you free up some prime closet real estate.

Ink. Step 1) Go to PetSmart Store (gaze longingly and deeply consider adopting the doggy in the window). Step 2) Pick up a free postage paid pre-addressed envelope. Step 3) Insert empty cartridge. Step 4) Drop it in the mail. PetSmart Charities will receive a $2 -$15 donation for every donation. Saving animals and the planet – at the same time! Not bad for a day’s work.

Rummage. We’ve all heard it, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” And in tough economic times, what could be better than an old fashioned flea market? Bring your trash (and treasures) to the Brighton Heights Flea Market where you can bring a 6×10-foot table for only $10.

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