New Ecosystem Along The Bosque

  • By Strive Fuel Team
  • 21 Sep, 2015

There's a new ecosystem that was planted along the Bosque thanks to Alon 7-Eleven with Strive Fuel.

On Saturday, Sept. 19th, about 30 volunteers, including Alon employees, the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division, and some of the #FreeStriveFuel contest winners and their families, planted an entire new ecosystem along the Bosque as a result of the Strive Fuel program. That means that just because you have chosen to pump your gas at Alon 7-Eleven stations in Albuquerque, we were able to do this!
Eric Corley, Regional Manager of Alon 7-Eleven stations, and Maryann Garrett, with Strive Fuel, presented the Grand Prize winner, Rudy Arviso, of the #FreeStriveFuel contest with a YEAR's worth of free gas! 

Rudy Arviso was excited about the free gas, but was most excited about being able to improve his community [through Strive Fuel and Alon 7-Eleven], spend time with his family on a beautiful Saturday morning, and plant a tree with his son Dillon, in hopes that he can come back to the spot in a few years when the trees grow to be tall, and reminisce with him.
Matthew Peterson, the Forestry Supervisor of the City of Albuquerque, lead the planting by explaining the importance of planting in that particular area. He explained that the area has been dried up, and our goal is to bring the area back to life to provide a habitat for animals, to reinforce the beautification efforts being made, and to bring more green to the Bosque. If you've never biked along the trail nearby, you're missing out! Maybe you'll see some of our newly planted trees when you do.
We had an awesome group, fueled by lots of coffee of course, that helped make the tree planting a possibility! Shout out to Tree New Mexico for making such a commitment to maintaining Albuquerque's environment.
If you're thinking, "that looks really fun..." You're right. If you want to join in on the fun next time, fill out our volunteer form , and we'll let you know when our next tree planting is! 

Thanks for embracing Strive Fuel in the Albuquerque community. Keep pumping at Alon 7-Eleven stations to drive clean and breathe easy!

STRIVE®

By Strive Fuel Team 13 Jul, 2017

Refuse

The refuse concept can get lost, what does it mean? Refuse is a simple concept: Don’t take the freebie. That Frisbee that they’re giving out at a baseball game, say no to the pen at the bank. Another concept of Refuse is to decline a bag at the grocery store. If you only got a few things, no need for a bag! Basically, if it can’t be recycled or is emits harmful chemicals to the environment “refuse” and go with a better, greener alternative.

Reduce

Think of all the ways that we could reduce waste! Get your bills electronically, unsubscribe from that magazine you never read or use sticky notes on your device. This can also be applied to your energy usage. Turn off your electronics when they are not in use, unplug the charged cell phone that stays on the cord all night and only charge it when it is needed. Another way you can reduce your energy usage is by being hyper aware of your air conditioning/heat. Only heat or cool a home when you’re there. If you are going on vacation, turn the heat down or the AC up. You can even have an expert come and audit your energy use. This a lot of times is free and will save you money down the road!

By Strive Fuel Team 22 Jun, 2017

Cover your windows. These bright sunny days make for great summer activities, but a lot of the heat that gets in the house comes through windows. When the sun shines through, it warms up the room. Use curtains to cover the windows. This gives you control of the amount of sunlight entering your home. You can also use shutters and work from the outside before the heat has a chance to get inside.  

Seal draughts. Heat can sneak into your home through the cracks under doors and around windows. Sealing drafts can help prevent the unwanted heat, and make it easier to cool down your home. Seal cracks with fillers around the window and door frames. Use draught strips and weather-seals to seal gaps under doors. If you are trying to cool your home on a tighter budget, try pushing a towel under your door to prevent heat from slipping in!

Ventilate your home. If the weather cools down for a day or an evening, try ventilating by opening your windows and doors. This will flush out the warm air and let in the cooler air from outside!

By Strive Fuel Team 13 Apr, 2017
With Easter right around the corner, you might not have time to go out and buy your Easter egg dying kit. But don’t worry! There are several eco-friendly recipes using things you already have around the house:

1.  Classic Home Made Dye. Your classic homemade dye is made with vinegar, water, and food coloring.

 -  First boil your eggs. (For egg dying purposes it is best to use white eggs, simply because the brown egg will not hold the color as well. Save your brown eggs for eating)
 -  Once eggs are boiled, allow them time to cool.
 -  Boil a pot of water. Once boiling, separate into glass cups.
 -  Add 1 tbsp. and food-coloring to each glass.
 -  Let them sit until color has set in.
 -  To decorate these eggs, use things you have around the house! Circle sticker, bunny stickers, masking or electrical tape.
 -  Get creative! With the stickers and tape, you can create different layers of colors.

2.  The Natural Route. There are several different things you can use to create natural dye each recipe is per cup of water:

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