Philadelphia, PA: The selling of oysters is a hot commodity throughout the world but many do not realize the tremendous negative impact that harvesting these oysters has on our ecosystem. The Oyster House in City Center has partnered with BaySave Foundation to help solve the problem.

The Oyster House will donate all of its emptied shells (around 4,000 everyday) to help replenish the reefs, which would normally end up in the garbage. This simple recycling measure provides many benefits but especially in monetary form. Recently the State of Maryland purchased 110,000 tons of oyster shells for $6.3 million.

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This story hopefully will spark more opportunities to divert waste to help our environment. However it seems shells are almost as valuable as the oysters.

Cleveland, OH: The City of Cleveland is 1 of 3 finalists to receive a “We Love Cities” award from the World Wildlife Fund. Cleveland has been selected for providing residents with 100% renewable energy, superior waste removal efforts and steadily increasing sustainability among other things.

To vote for Cleveland, Please visit http://www.welovecities.org/cleveland/.

Winston-Salem, NC: Students at Wake Forest University are on a quest to find clean energy and have found it in their swimming pool. By swimmers doing laps, energy is able to harnessed through the waves.

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The project is at a small scale but researchers are very optimistic. Currently, the swimmers are able to produce enough energy to keep the lights on for as long as they are making waves.

Blacksburg, VA: Almost 100 solar powered garbage cans are headed to the Virginia Tech campus. The renewable energy sorts, compacts and alerts maintenance when they are full.

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“We expect the new trash and recycling system to save the university money and free up maintenance staff for other needed work,” said Mark Helms, interim associate vice president and chief facilities officer.