Green home air quality Advice

Improving Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality: From Basic to Bigger and Better Steps

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is often more than 10 times (and sometimes more than 100 times) more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air pollutants contribute to asthma as well as other respiratory conditions and diseases. More…

Make Floor Refinishing Greener and Safer

You can avoid exposure to toxic dust and fumes by using a good dust mask that filters out particulates and a respirator that filters out chemical emissions. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends using a NIOSH-approved half-mask respirator. More…

Selecting Green Paint

In-depth comparisons of latex, natural, and oil paints. This overview covers the environmental and health impacts associated with most types of paint on the market. More…

Is Your Home Affecting Your Children’s Health?

By Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP

Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, is assistant director of the Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, the nation’s first academic research and policy center to examine the links between exposure to toxic pollutants and childhood illness. More…

Creating a Safe, Healthy Room for Your Child

The emerging medical science of pediatric environmental health is finding that children are more susceptible to environmental hazards than adults. You can reduce the risks your children face with careful attention to their nursery’s design, materials, and maintenance. More…

10 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Resource Efficient

Windows and skylights are the most energy-efficient method of clearing vapors and indoor air toxins from your kitchen. With enough openings, placed for cross and stack ventilation, you can run your exhaust fan only to evacuate the heaviest cooking odors. More…

Remodeling Your Kitchen: Why Go Green?

By Kirsten Ritchie

The kitchen is the most energy-intensive room in the house. Oversized and energy-inefficient appliances are the number-one problem with conventional kitchen remodels. More…

8 Tips for Selecting Healthy and Environmentally Sound Flooring

Before shopping, create a chart that lists your desired room function, occupants, cleaning and maintenance concerns, aesthetic requirements, and other priorities. Evaluate each flooring material’s fit with the needs in the chart. More…