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Naturopathy  4"Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Glossary of Terms." Retrieved 4/14/08
A system of therapy based on preventative care, and on the use of heat, water, light, air, and massage as primary therapies for disease. Some naturopaths use no medications, either pharmaceutical or herbal. Some recommend herbal remedies only. A few who are licensed to prescribe may recommend pharmaceuticals in those cases where they feel their use is warranted.

Negawatt  3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
The saving of a megawatt of power by reducing consumption or increasing efficiency.

Net-Zero Energy Home  3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
A home employing site-appropriate passive solar design, site-appropriate renewable energy products, and proven energy efficiency/conservation technologies and practices, resulting in an annual contribution to the electricity grid that is equal to or greater than the amount of power the home uses from the grid. Common sources of energy generation for the N-ZEH are PV panels and solar hot water, wind turbines, and geo-thermal heating and cooling systems. Ultimately, millions of N-ZEH’s may become a distributed source of clean energy feeding the grid, resulting in a reduced need for centralized electricity plants powered by coal, nuclear and natural gas.

NGO (Non-Governmental Organization)  3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
A non-profit group or organization that is run neither by business or government created to realize particular social or economic pursuits, through research, activism, training, promotion, advocacy, lobbying, or community service.

Non-Profit And Not-For-Profit  3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
Two types of organizations that are not expected or allowed to make a profit, though many still generate revenues from activities. In return for not earning profits, these organizations are regulated differently and are tax-exempt. Non-profit organizations cannot distribute revenue to an individual or for-profit company. Any "earnings" gained in the pursuit of its goals are to be returned to the organization and used for these purposes. When non-profit organizations make "unrelated" income, they pay "unrelated business income tax" or UBIT on it. Not-for-profit organizations distribute any profit among their members, who pay tax on the earnings through income tax.

Nutrient Pollution 2Introduction to Sustainability: Sustainable Dictionary "sustainable table" Retrieved 4/11/08
Contamination of water by too many nutrients, which often come from fertilizer or waste runoff. In surface waters, this can cause overproduction of algae (this is called an algal bloom), which uses up all the oxygen in the water and suffocates fish and other marine life.


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