BURNING YARD DETRITUS – BURNING vs ROTTING

Question:  Over the winter, a lot of downed branches accumulated on my property.  In the past I’ve burned them. It’s the cheap solution, and my neighbors haven’t yet complained about the smoke.  But now with all the news about global warming I’m wondering whether...

STYROFOAM – INITIAL BOON, CURRENT NIGHTMARE

In 1941 a Dow Chemical Company engineer invented a new material made of polystyrene, which was trademarked by Dow as “Styrofoam.”  Although most people refer to all polystyrene products as “Styrofoam,” actual Styrofoam and expanded polystyrene foam have somewhat...

ALTERNATIVE DE-ICING STRATEGIES FOR WINTER

Snow and ice, along with the use of de-icers, promise to be regular occurrences in the upcoming months. While preservation issues dictate many aspects of Riverwoods life, icy streets, driveways and sidewalks need to be treated to because they can be dangerous.  To...

NIGHTTIME LIGHT POLLUTION

Feel Safe?  Nighttime exterior lighting provides security, right?  It depends. A study by Rutgers University found that common outdoor security lights often are less than useless.  A burglar forced to use a flashlight, or temporarily lit by a motion detector, is far...