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March 06, 2012

GE Brillion Whole Home Sensor




GE is working to enable the intelligent home energy network using smart sensors deployed throughout the house.  The objective is to provide feedback to consumers on their electricity consumption and create a positive reinforcement loop for their personal GE GeoSpring hot water heaterenergy-efficiency efforts.  ..

…   “Whole-Home Sensor: The new Whole-Home Sensor, an integral part of home-energy solutions, is being used in several utility test pilots, including test homes in Warner Robins, Ga., as part of Flint Energies' recently announced pilot project.

It will be available broadly in the second quarter of this year.  The sensor sends consumption data from large 240-volt applications, such as a panel box or pool pump, to the home's Nucleus energy manager, which then communicates that data to a consumer's existing smartphones or personal computers -- helping them make smarter energy choices. 

Knowledge of whole-home energy consumption provides consumers with insights into their electricity costs before the bill arrives;”   …GE whole home sensor

Via GE: Release.

Flint Energies Pilot Project: Ten volunteer households in Warner Robins, Georgia, will receive GE’s full suite of Brillion-enabled appliances, a programmable thermostat and Nucleus energy manager, as well as GE’s new Whole-Home Sensor, which enables consumers to receive real-time energy data without a smart meter.

These smart grid-enabled solutions are equipped with intelligent features to reduce energy consumption – or electrical load – based on peak-time rebate signals from the utility.

 

nucleus energy manager by GE

January 02, 2012

25 Easy Ways to Green your Life




Follow the link below for some very easy ways to save energy, reduce your carbon footprint and green your lifestyle.

Here are some …
- wash laundry in cold water
- turn down the temperature on your water heater
- insulate your water heater
- use reusable shopping bags
- compost what you can

 

 

Via:  Wise Bread  LINK

October 19, 2011

Facebook Energy App–Compete with your Friends




Facebook is planning to launch an app that lets friends see who can use less energy at home.  The app is from OPOWER and is expected to be available in early 2012.

“OPOWER … is working with Facebook and the Natural Resources Defense Council to create an app that will let people share data about how much -- or little -- electricity they're using at home.”

“ … app essentially builds on how OPOWER already works. …” POWER can download data from smart energy meters to give people a very detailed picture of their energy use and how it compares with others.The app is expected to be available early next year, according to Facebook and OPOWER.

 

 

Via:  CNN  LINK

July 24, 2011

What’s Your Carbon Footprint? See the Cool Climate is Carbon Calculator from UC Berkley for a View into your Carbon Footprint




A typical US household uses 120 barrels of oil and generates about 50 tons of CO2 a year !

The CO2 estimator in the the video below allows, you to model your carbon footprint based  on where you live … so it looks  at your energy use and how  power in your region  is generated.  You  can  also see how your compare it to others in your region. 

There are recommendations to to lower your carbon footprint if you want to give it a try.

Here is the link to the CO2 calculator …

 

Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

July 06, 2011

Amazon carbon footprint not ready for transparency




Amazon engages its employees in sustainability but encourages its shareholders to keep its carbon footprint confidential.  …

…   “The program allows employees to suggest more ways in which the company can be environmentally conscious.”   …

Via Time: Carbon Footprint.

May 09, 2011

Greenversations - Official Blog of the US EPA




greenversations

Greenversations is the official blog of the US EPA !  Check out the various sections including the Question of the Week".

A good source for green information you  can use ...

Via:  EPA  LINK

May 05, 2011

EPA Funds Research on Reducing e-Waste




e-wastele-Waste is a growing problem - one significant issue is that it is often taken to other nations for handling and improper or unsafe disposal.

The EPA and the United Nations University (UNN) are partnering to reduce pollution and health effects from improperly disposed e-waste.  The EPA gave a 5 year 2.5 million USD grant to the UNN to help develop programs to " ...  help authorities track shipments of180 North American electronic waste and provide support to nations in both Africa and Asia coping with e-waste imports ..."

" ... improper disposal can threaten the health of local people and the environment ..."

Goals include better tracking of e-waste and better methods for refurbishment and safer disposal.


Via:  EPA  LINK

March 26, 2011

Orvis Celebrates Earth Hour 2011




Orvis logoOrvis is known for it respect for the environment and environmental causes.  For many years they have donated 5% of their before tax profits to protecting nature.

This earth day - TODAY MARCH 26th - they are encouraging people around the world to turn off their lights for an hour starting at 8:30 pm local time.

All Orvis stores will support Earth Hour ...." headquarters, retail stores, and rod shop in Vermont will go dark for the entire night of the 26th .. other retail stores will close early ... to turn off the lights at 8:30 p.m."

For more on Earth Hour LINK

 

 

Via:  Orvis  LINK

Celebrate Earth Hour 2011 – March 26th at 8:30 pm local time - all across the globe !




Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney Australia and is now a global phenomenon. 

“ … This Earth Hour … go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. … Visit Beyond the Hour platform to share your stories and to get inspiration …”

 

Via:   Earth Hour LINK

March 16, 2011

These Come From Trees .... Promote Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.




These Come From Trees Sticket

I saw this sticker on a paper towel dispenser and wanted to know more about it.  It seems this was a grass roots effort that seems to work.  From their website ... " ... From our field testing, each sticker deployed saves about a tree's worth of paper (~100 lbs.) a year. Crazy, isn't it?" and saves about 29% per year in paper.

The idea is to use what you need but not more ... many folks grab lots of paper towels (same for napkins) and toss most unused into a trash can.

According to the blog site there are over 10,000 of these at Starbucks and 10,000 at McDondald.  A typical coffee shop or fast food restaurant can use 1000 - 2000 lbs of paper towels a year.  I saw "mine" at a local Starbucks (I ask for my coffee in a reusable ceramic mug or my reusable thermos !)

If you are looking for a way to green your office or work site consider buying a few ... !

 Be Green and make a difference.

 

Via:  These Come From Trees Blog LINK

January 25, 2011

Sprint Recycling Program - Helping to Reducing e-Waste




Every HOUR 16,000 cell phones are thrown away.  Sprint wants to keeps these out of landfills and has programs that make it easy for everyone to recycle (and not contribute to to e-waste) your cell phone and related accessories

Check out these 2 videos for more information on Sprint’s recycling programs …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via:  Sprint and You Tube

December 22, 2010

Textile Sustainability with bluesign®




Bluesign logo

bluesign® is a standard for the textile industry that provides a framework for all aspects of the textile process.  This standard goes beyond what many companies had developed on their own … and is recognized as the “gold standard” for the textile business.  Many outdoor / sporting goods manufactures are supporting this standard including North Face and REI. 

“ …exclude substances, which are potentially hazardous to the human health or the environment … independent standard … can be applied to the entire production chain and that delivers certainty at all levels … leading the way to a successful and healthy textile future …”

Check out this YouTube Video …

 

Via:  bluesign  LINK

November 21, 2010

Pepsico Dream Machine - Recycles Plastic Bottles




Pepsico Dream Machine

PepsiCo and Waste Management are trying to increase the rate of plastic bottle recycling from the current 34 % to " 50 % by the year 2018.

A key tool may be the Dream Machine ... which has " ... a personal reward system that allows consumers to collect and redeem points for each bottle or can they recycle in the kiosk."

Currently about 12% of spaces have a recycling container.  The Dream Machine will bring recycling to thousands of locatioPepsicons and facilitate recycling away from home - who wants to carry bottles home for recycling?

In case you are asking what you can do ... the numbers are  are compelling for individuals to make a change.  If each household in the country recycled just 3 more plastic bottles a month the result would be over 23 millions pounds diverted from landfills !

Wow!  3 more bottles a month - that is not hard to do !

 

 

Via:  PepsiCo  LINK


November 11, 2010

A Recycling Revolution




Recycling Revolution

We all know to "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle "---  Want to learn more about recycling?  Are you doing all your can?  Do you have questions ... ?

" ... here to help answer your questions and help make recycling easier, more fun, and even profitable. ... simply give you practical information so that you can do your part."

Recycling is easy and there just might be more you can do with little effort involved ... check it out.

 

Be sure to check out >>>  the "Greener Choices Search Engine"


Via:  Recycling Revolution  LINK

November 07, 2010

GoodGuide Helps Make Informed (green) Choices




Good Guide logo

Ever wonder what the real impact of your purchase are ... the total environmental impact?  GoodGuide - an app for the iPhone can help.

Scan the items bar code and GoodGuide does the rest ... " ... instant access to over 65,000 products and ratings at your fingertips. Check a product, see top-rated products in a category, and access your personalized recommended list to quickly find safe & healthy products."

For those w/o an iPhone you can use text messaging to get the same kind of information.

Text to:   41411.  Start each message with gguide and the item name or of 12 digit UPC bar code.


 

Via:  Good Guide  LINK

October 18, 2010

Environmental stewardship as business differentiator




Newsweek highlights its green enterprise rankings as companies embrace sustainable business models to differentiate in their markets.  …

…   “Dell called Swartz (Timberland) and explained his theories of environmentalism and frugality: that minimizing waste is good for the bottom line. ”   …

Via Newsweek: Green Rankings.

September 15, 2010

Streetline Networks Technology Can Reduce Carbon Emissions in Cities




Streetline Networks

Streetline uses software and sensors to adjust parking meter pricing to reduce cars circling for parking spaces.  It is estimated that up to 30 % of carbon emissions are caused once a car is in the city - circling for a cheap parking space at a parking meter.  When meter prices are close to the rate of a parking lot the incentive to keep driving looking for a cheap meter spot goes way down ... as does wasted fuel and emissions and Co2.

" ... estimated that 30% of urban traffic congestion is caused by drivers looking for parking. ... reducing congestion ... makes finding a parking space that much easier. ..."


 

Via:  Streetine   LINK

September 01, 2010

New EPA MPG Stickers - May Be Simple as A, B, C




New EPA MGP Simplified Stickers

 EPA Fuel Economy stickers are on all new cars and light trucks and ahve been for decades. They list the city and highway mpg as well expected annual feul costs and some information about emissions.

The EPA is now looking to modify (again) the labels ... to allow meaningful comparisons between newer type vehicles ... such as hybrids where MPG does not really apply.  They might group cars by letters like A, B, and C.

" .. provide ... simple, straightforward energy and environmental comparisons across all vehicles types, including electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and conventional gasoline/diesel vehicles. ... information, such as ratings on fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and other air pollutants ..."

Check out the labels and GIVE YOUR comments ... View / Comment on Proposed LABELS.


Via:  EPA  LINK

August 16, 2010

DuPont Sorona® - Made with Agri-products




Plastics and fibers made from renewable agricultural products can reduce our dependency on oil and petrochemicals.

" ... Sorona® is made partially with agricultural feedstocks ... reducDuPont renewably sources materials logoing our dependency on oil. In addition to fibers and fabrics, Sorona® can be used in films, filaments, engineering resins and other applications."

" ... contains 37% renewably sourced ingredients by weight."

 

Via:  DuPont  LINK

 

August 06, 2010

San Diego Water Saving Initiatives




San Diego - Save Water San Diego is currently in a Level 2 - Drought Alert Condition.  San Diego imports over 80% of its water so when water supplies get tight water conservation and reuse is critical. Two new plants provide for 45 million gallons / day of water from waste ...

" ... has built ... plants [to] treat wastewater to a level that is approved for irrigationSan Diego graphic, manufacturing and other non-drinking, or non-potable purposes. ... Recycled water gives San Diego a dependable, year-round, locally controlled water resource."

 

Via: The City of San Diego LINK

July 26, 2010

GREENandSAVE - Tips and Links for the Green Lifestyle




Green and Save logoGREENandSAVE has a Website and Blog with lots of good "green" information.  In addition to tips to increase your "individual green-ness" there are links to many green items in the news including green job training.

Check out the Experts Tip section for lots of ideas you can use to save energy, money and the planet.  Tips I found include ways to save water this summer and ideas for a greener Christmas.

 ... strives to inform the public about eco-conscious living, environmental matters, ... feature daily news, information and blogs  ... mission is to expand readers’ awareness of environmentally conscious efforts ... and encourage participation."


 

Via:  Green and Save  LINK

July 23, 2010

New "Eco Index" To Help Consumers Rate Green-ness of Purchases




Some retailers are promoting their Green-ness and Sustainability with measures of their products on the environment.  One the quickly comes to mind is Timberland.  Timberland has a label on all their shoe boxes that tells the environmental impact and how it breaks down by shipping, raw materials, manufacture, etc.

While very informative and helpful there is still no meaningful way to compare across manufacturers ... much like the federal EPA stickers for cars.

That is about to change ... 

" ... some 100 retailers ... working together to minimize their impact on the environment, ... measure environmental factors, from creating a product right through its disposal."

" ... the "Eco Index," ... hope ... will become as recognizable on clothing as Energy Star is on appliances. ..."


The "index" is expected to be unveiled in early August at the Outdoor Retailer trade shin Utah.

Via:  Brand Channel  LINK

July 22, 2010

1,2,3s of Recycling Plastics and Other Tips




 This all started when I was looking for a "green" way to dispose of an microwave ... that was broken.  My local trash hauler /recycler suggested earth911 ... so I looked there for an idea ... none was found ... BUT ... I found some neat suggestions on recycling plastics.

I am currently recycling #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and some #7 plastics that are marked as recyclable but you never know when you might find something new.

Most communities now pick up #2 and $ 4 plastic bottles and most grocery stores take #2 and #4 plastic bags.  But what about the reset ... those #5 yogurt cups and # 6 food containers?

Check out these links from earth911 ... "Earth911 partners with many industries, manufacturers and organizations to support its Recycling Directory, the largest in the nation, which is provided to consumers at no cost. The American Chemistry Council is one of these partners"

PP #5

PS # 6

Expanded foam # 6

#2 and #4 bags

 

Via:  Earth911 LINK

July 11, 2010

UPS Sustainability - Recycling Efforts Include Batteries and E-Waste




UPS logo

UPS ' sustainability efforts are well known.  Perhaps you have seen their hybrid delivery trucks - sporting their neat hybrid logo.  I have seen them on the streets of Philadelphia.

 

UPS is also a leader in recycling.  In addition to paper they recycle batteries and e-waste; which is fast becoming a problem due to the rapid rate of obsolescence of computers and cell phones. e-waste contains significant toxins including lead.

 

" ... "e-waste" ... a significant global problem. ...  UPS recycled 27,753 pounds of batteries in 2008.  This included nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium iron,  ... implemented its own e-waste recycling program ...  has recycled more than 24.5 million pounds of electronic equipment."

 

 

VIA: UPS  LINK

June 24, 2010

GenGreen® for all Your Green Needs




GenGreenLife logo

Want to be more green and not really sure where to start?  Making good progress and want to kick it up a notch or two?  Need inspiration or answers to questions ?

" ... goal ... to be the most comprehensive and diverse resource available for people looking to live ... environmentally conscious lifestyle.  .... GenGreenLife.com where we have over 60,000 listings to help you live your green life. "
 

 

Via: GenGreen®  LINK

June 06, 2010

Bon Appétit Management - Reduces it Carbon Footprint




Cheesburge and Global Warming

Bon Appétit Management Company provides food services at colleges and universities at over 400 locations across 29 states.  They are serious about cutting their carbon footprint and are using education and tools like the "Low Carbon Diet Calculator" to help consumers understand the role they play.

" ... beef and cheese are high carbon foods because they come from cows and cows emit methane gas, which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide...."

You can check the carbon impact of your food choices with the Low Carbon Diet Calculator.  You can experiment with various options such as a cheeseburger vs. a turkey cheeseburger or an omelet with vegetables vs. an omelet with meet and cheese.

An omelet with meat and cheese has a carbon value of 1573 while one with vegetables has a carbon value of 750.

A cheeseburger has a carbon value of 3609 while a turkey burger has a carbon value of 1480.

Use your new found knowledge to choose wisely to reduce your carbon impact !!

 

Via:  Bon Appetit  LINK

 

May 20, 2010

Supply Chain Environmental Performance Starts with Education




Boeing focuses its supply chain environmental improvement on educating the supplier base and collaborating through the supply chain to reduce the overall carbon footprint.  …

…   “Our life cycle approach to the environment starts with our global supply chain. In 2010, Boeing employees will lead more than 400 workshops educating suppliers about ways to reduce emissions and cut back on the amount of materials sent to landfills.  Later this year, we will introduce new contracting provisions establishing suppliers’ environmental initiatives as a key factor in doing business with Boeing. The next step is to work with other major aerospace companies to establish a recognized environmental standard for our global supply base. We have begun these discussions and hope to report meaningful progress in the coming year. ”   …

Via Boeing: 2010 Environmental Report (PDF).

  

May 04, 2010

CloudCroft New Mexico Runs 100% on Recycled Water




Cloudcroft, NM map

Ready to drink once used water?  Folks in Cloudcroft, NM do - every day !

Cloudcroft NM runs 100% on recycled water.  From soup to nuts - washing to drinking ... toilet to tap !

" ... a town of ... 800 ... used to ... truck in upwards of 20,000 gallons of fresh water every day. ... got $600,000 from the state to put toward a $2 million water re-use system."

" ...“zero discharge” system is very unusual ... people tend get about phobic about the idea of drinking water that has been used for some other purpose ... sort of system you might find on a submarine ... everything is ... closed-loop. ..."

" ... ITT technologies ... include the Sanitaire membrane bioreactor, the WET reverse osmosis system, and the PCI ultrafiltration system.

 

 

Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

May 01, 2010

Recycle Most Anything




By now readers of this blog knows the importance of recycling and "how to do it".  Most recycle paper, glass bottles, "tin" cans and #1 / #2 plastics.

Near my home is a recycling center that takes just about EVERYTHING.  They take plastics labeled #1 - #6 as well as glass bottle caps, clean aluminum, #2, #4, #5 bottle caps, 6- pack rings, straws, credit / debit / gift cards (to be recycled) and scrap fabric.  This great places is called Recycling Services, Inc. in Pottstown, Pa. (western Phila suburb).

What if you are not near Pottstown, Pa?  girl recycling

" ... Nearly everything can be recycled, though it may take a little research on your part to find out how. ... First, you need to know what your town will recycle. ... For anything you'd like to recycle but won't be picked up by your town, ... A site like the National Recycling Coalition can help you locate an organization that will accept your recyclables. ..."


Via: Life123 LINK

April 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010




Earth Day 2010 logo

Happy Earth Day !!

 Today is the  40th anniversary of Earth Day !!

- What will you do today, and going forward for Earth Day?
- Use a reusable cup instead of a throw away one use cup ?
- Take public transportation or walk rather than drive by car?
- Car pool rather than drive alone? 

To learn more about Earth Day 2010 and things ** YOU ** can do ... LINK

 

Via: Earth Day 2010  LINK

March 24, 2010

Get Involved in Earth Hour - March 27, 2010




Earth Hour Whether you are a landlord, run a bar or hotel there are things YOU can do to celebrate Earth Hour. 

"Earth Hour 2010 is a global call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future. ..."

Show you support for Earth Hour by ... "Turning off your lights at 8.30PM on March 27 ... Adding Earth Hour widgets, logos and banners to your blog or website ...Get together with your friends and family, by hosting an Earth Hour party or holding your own candlelit affair ...Encourage your employer and workmates to take part in Earth Hour and make energy savings every day ... "

For the full list LINK

 

Via:  Earth Hour LINK

 

 

To create the next generation of water heaters, GE rethought every aspect of this appliance from the ground up. The result is an innovative new product that can reduce water heater operating cost up to 62% and save $320 per year.* That adds up to significant savings, and you won't have to give up a single drop of hot water.

 

 

Via:  GE LINK

March 16, 2010

Sierra Club Weighs in on Electric vs. Wood for Heat




sierra club logoWhich is less carbon intensive:  electic heat or wood stovfe heat? 

The Sierra Club's "Hey Mr. Green" tells us ...it depends on the quality / newness of your wood stove and where the pollution ends up -- at a power plant or in your neighborhood.  No easy answers but some good info.

" ... carbon footprint depends on the source of your electric power and the quality of your wood burner. ... power ... generated from coal or other fossil fuels ... footprint might be bigger than if you're burning wood in a new, efficient, EPA-approved firebox or stove. ..."

" ... wood burner ... releases a lot more other pollutants into the air ... releases them right where you and your neighbors breathe ... wood ... emits 250 times as much global-warming methane as burning coal in a power plant."

 

Via:  Sierra Club  LINK

February 25, 2010

Paper or Digital: Which Format is Better for the Environment




stack of paperAlong the lines of which is better for the environment - paper or plastic bags is the "which is better for the environment" paper or digital format for documents.  Bet you are leaning towards digital --- I am.

" ... main selling points ... of eReaders is that they are greener than print. ... common view held by consumers ... is that going digital means going green and saving trees. Many are in for a rude awakening. ... subjected to ‘cradle-to-cradle’ life cycle analysis, eReading is not nearly as green as many naively assume it is." eReaders

" ... Computers, eReaders, and cell phones don’t grow on trees and their spiraling requirement for energy is unsustainable."

" ... digital devices require a constant flow of electrons that predominately come from the combustion of coal, and at the end of their all-too-short useful lives electronics have become the single largest stream of toxic waste created by man...."

 

Via:  ZDNet  LINK

February 13, 2010

Carbon Content of Food Choices




Our food choices determine our carbon footprint / impact. Some choices are less carbon intensive than others. The video that follow shows how the choice of a grilled chicken sandwich has approx. 1/5 the carbon intensity of a cheesburger. Check out the video for more on food choices and their carbon impact. Via: SmartPlanet LINK

January 26, 2010

RecycleMania 2010 Started !




RecycleMania logo

RecycleMania 2010 started on Jan 17th, 2010 and ends March 10th, 2010.  In these 10 weeks participating schools compete to see who collects the largest quantity of recyclables PER CAPITA and in several other categories.

" ... record number of colleges and universities across the United States, Canada and as far away as Qatar, have begun collecting their recycling and trash weights as part of the first two weeks of trials ... "

" ... a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.... ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or ... highest recycling rate. ..."

Good luck to all and there really are no losers in this competition !

 

Via: RecycleMania LINK

 


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January 23, 2010

See How Food Choices Impact Your Carbon Footprint




This video shows interactively the carbon footrprint of two food choices - a cheesburger and a chicen sandwich. Knowing this which would you choose?

 

 

Via: SmartPlanet LINK

December 01, 2009

Zerofootprint - Tools to Manage your Environmental Footprint




ZeroFootPrint logo

 

Zerofootprint offers software and services that help your organization measure and manage its environmental footprint."zerofootprint for me

 For example, their "One Minute Calculators enable individuals to get a quick measure of their carbon footprint. After they input basic lifestyle information, the calculator will provide an estimate of a user’s carbon emissions in 60 seconds or less." 

There are 10 One Minute Calculators ... looking at the Earth Hour version I found that my family uses 11.45 ton / year of CO2.  By changing some variables like diet you can see the impact of various changes.

>>> Check it out.

 

 

Via:  zerofootprint  LINK


November 16, 2009

Timberland - Labeling Helps See Your Environmental Impact




Timberland is into green in a big way and wants to help consumers make smarter choices ... one way they do this is with their product labeling for shoes.. Timberland is making it easier to compare their products based on environmnetal impact. Using a label much like the nutrician label for food they provide details on content and carbon consumed. " ... All of our boxes incorporate what we like to call a nutrition label. It details in actual numbers the environmental impact of the pair of footwear you're about to put on your feet. And coming soon, we'll be including small icons that visually detail the special earth-conscious features that have gone into making that product. ..." Click to see a larger more readable label ... LINK Via: Timberland LINK

October 23, 2009

Pennsylvania Hospital Green Trailblazing




EPA recognizes Philadelphia-area hospitals for their environmental leadership with a Trailblazer Award. The Pennsylvania Hospital recycles and integrates sustainable farming with healthy eating lifestyle program. ...
... "Pennsylvania Hospital is receiving the award for its extensive recycling program, as well as its healthy organic foods program. The hospital started a weekly farmers market in 2008 for patients, staff and the surrounding community. New in 2009, the hospital introduced the new locally-grown featured produce item in the cafeteria. The item is available for purchase Wednesdays at the market, then served in the cafeteria on Thursdays with the recipe posted so diners can prepare the same dish at home. " ...
Via EPA: Trailblazer Awards

Hospital farmers markets via Philadelphia Business Journal: "Pennsylvania and Jefferson hospitals are also in the second year of their farmers markets, which each set up with the help of the Women’s Health & Environmental Network. "

October 07, 2009

Greener Concrete




Concrete is everywhere and is a key component of modern infrastructure .... used in roads, buildings, bridges, etc.  It is also anything BUT green.  Not only is it typically gray - its manufacturing process is quite dirty.

"MIT Prof. Franz-Josef Ulm is obsessed with concrete and how to make it greener ... behind the reinvention of this backbone material ... that  happens to contribute up to five per cent of the world’s carbon emissions. "MIT Prof Franz-Josef Ulm

" ... in concert with the Portland Cement Association and the Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation will try to ... reduc[e] ...the carbon emissions in concrete cement mfg plantproduction by 83 per cent over the next 40 years."

" ...  25 billion tons of concrete are produced annually on a worldwide basis versus 3.3 billion tons of lumber. ... production ... emits carbon dioxide (CO2) in two ways. Cement forms the glue in concrete and is made from limestone. However, limestone isn’t cement until the CO2 is baked out, a process that makes up half of concrete’s carbon emissions. ... other 50 per cent ... comes from fossil fuels used to heat the limestone up to 1,300 degrees Celsius. ..."


Via:  Smart Planet  LINK

October 02, 2009

No Impact Project - No Impact Week




No Impact Project logo o

Change yourself - change the world.  The No Impact Project " ... is an international, environmental, nonprofit project ... inspired by the No Impact Man book, film, and blog."

" ...  empower citizens to make choices which better their lives and lower their environmental impact through lifestyle change, community action, and participation in environmental politics. ...  Living low-impact provides a clear entry point into the environmental movement. ..."

Goals are to "Promote behavioral change .... Enable the public ... Engage people who are not already tree-hugging, bicycle-riding, canvas-bag-toting, eco-warriors ..."


 

Via:  No Impact Project LINK

September 13, 2009

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)




Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY is " ... a state-of-the art education center and natural wastewater treatment facility. "

" ... is a pioneering project in the Living Building Challenge and is expected to be the first building in the United States to receive the Living Building designation in addition to receiving LEED Platinum certification."Omerga Center for Sustainable Living

" ... the Living Building Challenge requires buildings to be informed by their eco-region's characteristics; generate all of their own energy with renewable resources; capture and treat all of their water; operate efficiently; and be designed for maximum beauty. ... six performance areas—site, energy, materials, water, indoor quality, and beauty & inspiration—and certain criteria to be met in each category in order for a building to be designated a Living Building."

 

 

Via:  Omega Center for Sustainable Living  LINK

August 17, 2009

Energy Saving Tips from New Belgium Brewery




 New Belgium Brewery

Here are some energy saving tips from the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Check out earlier posts about this GREEN and environmentally friendly brewery.

For the rest of the list, more details on the items listed and more info about this environmentally friendly brewery ... follow the link at the end of this post.

"Hang your clothes out to dry ... clothing-dryer is the 2nd-most energy consumptive household appliance after the refrigerator ... if you don’t have space for an outdoor clothesline there are indoor racks that are compact and work like a charm."NEw Belgium Brewery logo

"Put on a sweater ... When the temperatures drop, ... put on some soft booties, and sip a steamy hot drink. It’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy."

"Drink tap water ... Shipping bottled water around the world in plastic bottles burns a heap of fuel, pollutes our air, and puts more plastic into an increasingly plastic-sheathed world. ... if tap water is not up to your standards, there are ... filters available at much more affordable prices than the cost of purchasing bottled water."

"Use your own shopping bag ... asked, “Paper or plastic?” say, “Neither, I have my own bags.”



Via: New Belgium Brewing LINK

July 29, 2009

AOL's Green Toolbar - Green Tips !




AOL Green Toolbar setup screenAOL Green ToolbarAOL's downloadable green toolbar offers a series of tips that change every few seconds as well as the ability to get quick searches and fees from, several green blogs like Green Daily and Green Resources ... you can also add Green Tech from Engadget.

During the install process you have the ability to make a few system setups (or decline if you prefer) that will ... "... save $25-75 per year (up to 100 kilowatts) by adjusting your computer to quickly go to Standby mode ... use up to 15% less paper by simply printing more on each page ... For some older monitors, using a darker desktop wallpaper saves more energy than lighter colors ..."

On the far right of the bar is an area that shows a constantly changing list of tips and tip of the day.

 

Via:  AOL Green Toolbar Download Link

July 25, 2009

Vroom Vroom Vroom - Green Car Rental !




Vroon Vroom Vroom logo Want to travel Green?  Vroom, Vroom, Vroom is a car rental service that works with all the major rental aagencies and offers both lower prices and a carbon offset for your rental (based on the miles driven and carbon emissions of your rental car).  You can even get a green hotel as well!

" ... paying for all of the carbon offsets for all car rentals reserved through VroomVroomVroom.com. .. Help the environment by renting a car with VroomVroom Vroom.com. The average contribution to offset carbon emissions for each car rental is $3.32. ...be "environmentally responsible" and drive to a green hotel available in every price range in almost every city."

Via:  Vroom Vroom Vroom Link

July 08, 2009

Biospherecorp Biodegradable / Compostable Produce Containers




 http://www.biosphereindustries.com/images/header_rev005.png logo

 Yesterday I found packaged green peppers in what looked like a paper tray rather than #6 PS foam trays.  The product is labeled 100 compostable and 100% biodegradabPPM100 compostable trayle and is made by Biospherecorp. 

Compostable and biodegradable beats PS foam!  Made from starch that is used as it is and not converted to plastic first ...

" ...Biosphere® Industries joined forces with Sealed Air Corporation, ... as a joint venture partner to bring a new class of sustainable biodegradable packaging products to market. ... Renew-a-Pak® and Blueware™ product lines are  ... ultra earth friendly starch based packaging systems.  ... do not convert starch into plastic, but bake it, similar to the process of making bread, waffles or ice cream cones. ... manufacture rigid packaging products that perform unlike anything else on earth."

" ... made primarily of starches such as tapioca and potatoes and a smaller percentage of grass fibers making them not only biodegradable, but Earth friendly ... Custom engineered packaging shapes and sizes may be infused with signature colors and custom aromas."

" ... Renew-a-Pak's product line is readily naturally compostable and garbage disposal safe.  ... biodegrade completely in 40 days outdoors ... or 10 days in a commercial compost environment while enjoying an indoor shelf life of many years ..."

 

Via:  biosphereindustries  LINK

July 03, 2009

NYC Carbon Counter - Real Time Carbon Counts




NYC Carbon Counter

You cannot manage what you cannot measure ... everyone is hearing about the increasing carbon / greenhouse emissions .. but just how big a number is it?  How fast is it growing?

To get a real time view take a look at the 10 character - 70 foot "meter" in New York's Times Sq on the Deutsch Banks billboard.

" ...displays the amount of equivalent greenhouse gas emissions in terms of carbon in the atmosphere, and is constantly updated based on measurements from NASA, NOAA, and supporting research from MIT. ... the number is a reflection of all greenhouse gas emissions (methane, nitrous oxide, etc.) by their impact equivalencies in carbon. It even accounts for dips and rises in the amount of carbon in the atmosphere due to seasonal changes so not to appear to be slowing down certain times of the year.

"Before ... the information was only updated every five years. ... displaying the count in real time "allows people to begin to engage in the debate around the issue." ... the counter creates a sense of urgency, a call to action, and is intended to spur action to take the steps necessary in saving our planet."


Track the carbon count in real time on your PC ... download the Carbon Counter widget ... LINK

 

Via:  SustainLane  LINK

 

April 27, 2009

GHG Inventory Sets the Baseline with LEED Buildings Making Improvements




Vanderbilt U affirms its commitment to sustainability with a meaningful inventory of its greenhouse gas performance, setting the baseline for its future actions. The GHG inventory baseline will be used to develop the improvement strategy and to measure performance. The University has mulitple buildings operating at LEED levels of performance that will deliver carbon footprint reductions. ...
... "In addition to releasing the commitment statement, a crucial first step in evaluating the university’s sustainability was conducting Vanderbilt’s first greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. This first inventory provides a baseline of detailed information to help stakeholders make informed decisions to determine reduction strategies and compare future changes in greenhouse gas emissions on campus, said Judson Newbern, deputy vice chancellor for facilities and environmental affairs. " ...
Via Vanderbilt University: Environmental Commitment

The University GHG report card.

April 21, 2009

Earth Day / Earth Week Fast Approaching





earthweekl ogoGet Ready - Earth Day is Coming!!

Earth Day in the US is April 22. 
Earth Week in the US is April 20 - 25.

What are you planning to do for Earth Day / Earth Week?

"Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. ...  held annually during both spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere. ... "

"Many cities extend ... Earth Day observance events to be an entire week, usually starting on April 16, and ending ohttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b7/Earth_day.svg/200px-Earth_day.svg.pngn Earth Day, April 22.[22] These events are designed to encourage environmentally-aware behaviors, including increased recycling, improved energy-efficiency, and reduction in disposable items. ..."

So ... what are you going to do?

>>>> I will be making some mulch (chipping up leaves) and planting flowers ... and of course recycling ...

 

Happy Earth Day / Earth Week.

 

Via:  Wikipedia  LINK

 

 

April 06, 2009

Green Thing




Green Thing logo

The Green Thing is about showing you how becoming green and offering easy ways to achieve this.  There are 7 things you can do ... " ... walk the walk,  stay grounded, all-consuming, easy on the meat, human heat, plug out, stick with what you've got .."green thing

"Green Thing is a public service that inspires people to lead a greener life. With the help of brilliant videos and inspiring stories etc. from creative people and community members around the world, Green Thing focuses on seven things you can do - and enjoy doing. ..."

Check out the cool video narrated by "green thing" that gives details to these 7 principles ... 

 

 


 

 


Meet Green Thing from Green Thing on Vimeo. Via:
  Green Thing  Link

 

 

 

 


 

April 03, 2009

Go Green Expo ... NYC and Atlanta





Go Green Expo logoGo Green Expo for NYC (April 17 - 19) and Atlanta (June 26 - 28) are on the way.  Go Green Expo has already been to LA and Philadelphia ...

 

The Green Dude and Green Tech both visited the Phila show and came away impressed by the information available.  Among the neat things I saw were ... Go Greeen NYC

- solar powered garbage can ... when the trash level crosses a light beam it is crushed down ... it can be equipped with a wireless devise to alert  you when full ...

- paper made from elephant dung ... used for business cards and fine writing paper ...  Go Green Expo Atlanta

- several manufacturers of dry cleaner garment bags ... you take your dry cleaning to the cleaners in these bags and they are returned in the same bag -- eliminating the need for plastic bags.  There were several models available ... from organic cotton to bags made with recycled plastic bags (though a much heavier fabric).

 

>>> QUESTION to our readers ... I am considering getting one of the dry cleaner bags (permanent end to plastic bags) ... have any of you tried these and how hove your cleaners responded?

 

Via:  Go Green Expo   LINK

March 26, 2009

Calculate your Cabon Footprint - with EarthLab's Calculator ...





Calcyulate Your Carbon Footprint

Check out EarthLab's carbon calculator.  By asking along series of questions about where you live, what kind of hoMy Carbon Historyme, how you commute, number of and kind of cars, how much and how you travel, how large your family is  it calculates your carbon footprint and your ECP. 

It then shows how you compare to the average in the US, your state and ZIP code.  When I first took the test on March 25, 2009 my numbers were:


CEP:       317myepc score
Carbon   12.4 tons of CO2.

I will retake he test periodically and see how (if) my numbers change (for good or bad) and update in future posts.

 

Via:  EarthLab.com  Link

March 12, 2009

Go Green Expo - Philadelphia March 13 - 15, 2009





Philadelphia skylineThe Go Green Expo comes to Philadelphia, at the PA Convention Center in center city Philadelphia, this weekend ...hours are ...

Friday, March 13th • 10am - 5pm
Saturday, March 14th • 10am - 6pm
Sunday, March 15th • 10am - 5pm


GoGreenExpo logo"Go Green Expo, ... was conceived after a viewing of the film "An Inconvenient Truth." It prompted the question, "How can we make a difference?" ... will change not only the public's perception of environmentalism but also how events like this are produced and managed. ... Even the event itself is environmentally friendly utilizing a ZERO Carbon footprint approach ... Biodegradable trash bags, eco-friendly printing, table coverings, recycled signs, compostable sponsor banners and more. Event waste will be separated and sorted to ensure the least amount of refuse going to the landfills. Staff travel and a portion of every ticket that is purchased will be carbon offset."

 

 

See the Video by Ed Begley -- he is not at the Philadelphia show ... Via:  GoGreenExpo  Link

March 10, 2009

Fox 24 - First Carbon Neutral TV Show




 

Fox logo The Fox TV Show "24" " ... becomes the first carbon neutral television production."


" ... Nearly a year after announcing its aim to reduce its carbon footprint and inCast of "24"spire its viewers to do the same, "24," ... has far exceeded its carbon-reduction goals and will be the first television production ever to achieve carbon neutrality.  ... reduced the carbon emissions associated with its production by a staggering 43%, and ... has purchased high-quality carbon offsets to address its remaining unavoidable emissions. "

 

 

24 Going Green PSA - Kiefer Sutherland
Via: 
Fox  Link

February 27, 2009

GREEN Biodegradable Motor Oil (from cows)




biodegradable motor oil

Green Earth Technologies offers a wide range of GREEN products including Engine Oil.

" ... Green Earth Technologies, Inc ... "eco-logical" products ... are made entirely from American grown base oils that are ... TOTALLY GREEN! ... our motto: SAVE THE EARTH – SACRIFICE NOTHING™."GET Motor Oil Hazard Rating ---

" ... our products are Ultimate Biodegradable (ASTM Standard's highest available ranking) which means they are environmentally safe….safe for you, safe for your family, safe around your pets and safe for the earth."

" ... our bottles made from recycled material, but they are also recyclable. ..."

Via:  Green Earth Technologoes  LINK

 

 

 

February 25, 2009

Catalog Choice - Reduces Unwanted Catalogs




Catalog Choice logo

Getting too many catalogs?  Want to gain some control over mail you do not want?

>>> Check out Catalog Choice - a free service that allows you to "opt out" of selected catalogs.

" ... allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. ... reduce your mailbox clutter, while helping save natural resources. ... a sponsored project of the Ecology Center. ... endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council, ..."

" ... mission ... is to reduce the number of repeat and unwanted catalog mailings, ... Consumers can indicate their mail preference for catalogs, and businesses can receive the list in a secure manner so that they can efficiently honor the requests."Green Certified Site logo

" ... You benefit by reducing mailbox clutter, ... benefits merchants, lowering their cost of distribution and helping them better target their market. ..."

Via:  Catalog Choice LINK

February 20, 2009

Energy Saving Tips from GOOGLE




Google Google has some energy saving tips on their web site .... some are easy / low cost / DIY ... here they are for your review and use >>>

" ... Weatherstrip and caulk your windows and doors ... Cover your hot water heater with an insulation blanket ... Reduce the temperature of your hot water heater to 120F or less ... Install a low flow shower head ... Learn how to set power management on your computer ... Plug home electronics into a powerstrip and turn off when not in use. ..."

Via:  GOOGLE  Link

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February 13, 2009

Frito Lay uses 3 Rs to Reduce Environmental Impact





Frito LAy logoMany companies are making "GOING GREEN" part of their business; both to their benefit (cost savings) and to the planet's benefit (less waste, energy, etc.)

Read to learn what Frito Lay is doing in the areas of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

" ... reusing our [shipping] cartons five or six times each, we're using 120,000 tons less paperboard a year.  Once  ... no longer usable, they are recycled.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle logo
" ... reduced the amount of material we use in our packaging by 10% over the past 5 years. ... that's enough to cover more than 72,000 football fields. ... improving our chip bags to extend their shelf life, we've saved 5 million pounds of packaging and product from going into landfills."

" ... don't let our potato peelings and cracked corn go to waste ... Every year, about 20 million pounds of unused agricultural material ... goes out to America's livestock and dairy farms, reducing our impact on local wastewater systems and providing quality feed for American cattle."


Via:  Frito Lay LINK

February 11, 2009

Green Plants for Better Air




air cleaning plants
We all know / should know that plants toke in CO2 and release O2 (or carbon dioxide into oxygen) - basically cleaning the air.  This works in the home as well as in the great outdoors.

"Kamal Meattle used three just three indoor plant species to increase oxygen, filter air, and boost general health at a a New Delhi business park. ... Meattle's presentation at the TED 2009 conference details a large-scale success, ... In any living or working space, ... Areca palm, Mother-in-law's Tongue, and a "Money Plant"—can be used to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, remove organic compounds, and generally filter and freshen the ambient air. ..."

 

See the video >>>

 

 

Via:  LifeHacker  LINK

February 06, 2009

Green Car Tips - to Save Gas (and $$)





NADA Green tips

Check out this copy of "GREEN CHECKUP" available at participating NADA car dealers.  Read it to find ways you can save gas and wear on your vehicle.

Some tips are DIY such as watching your speed (every mph over 55 lowers mpg by 1%) or emptying your truck of unneeded items to getting a tune up.   Stop getting 0 mpg by excessive idling ...  

There are 10 tips  that collectively are said to be able to save approx. $1,600 for a car and $2,400 for an SUV on an nada logoannual basis based on gas at $4 / gal.

Check it out!

 

Via:  NADA  LINK

January 16, 2009

Gemline - Living Green - Green Products




Gemline logoGemline, a manufacturer,  based in Massachusetts that has a line of ECO friendly products, eco-CHOICE,  ... so if you are looking for alternatives to everyday products or products made with recycled PVC, paper and the like ... read on.

" ... our recycled PET products begin with plastic bottles ... recycled cardboard products are made from cardboard boxes ... and used to make our Eco-Choice™ product line."

" ... pushing industry boundaries by utilizing more environmentally friendly materials across
more categories than ever before. From recycled and organic products to bamboo and
PVC–free materials, ... As a company, we are committed to bringing you even more products that
are good for business and even better for the environment. "

 

Via:  GEMLINE  Link

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December 15, 2008

Austin, Tx - Smart Energy Grid




 

It is time to inject some "smarts" into the nations energy grid.  A consortia to be based in Austin, Texas plans to do just that.  The smarter grid will be much more efficient and possibly delay / eliminate the need for additional power plants.Smart Energy meter

Read on for more  >>>> " ... nonprofit organization, the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technology ...made up of investor-owned utility companies, a high tech firm, and six public universities ... has set out to apply the latest in communication and information technology to the grid in the form of a "smart energy network,"  ... will make the grid more reliable and more efficient ..."
 

Via:  AustinChronical.com  Link

November 26, 2008

California Academy of Science - Greenest Museum?




The California Academy of Sciences is an example of GREN design - from solar cells, to green roof, to skylights to reused literature ... See the Video for more ... Via: ZDNet LINK

November 06, 2008

10 Easy Steps to a Greener Office - or Home




Greener
Sometimes it is very easy to make changes in your daily activities that make your actions GREENER. Here are 10 things you can do to make your home or office greener.

"Shutting off the lights, powering down PCs and monitors, using coffee mugs instead of Styrofoam cups, encouraging use of mass transit, and other simple, common-sense steps can reduce consumption and contribute to a greener environment, making your company and your employees more eco-friendly. This video looks at ways businesses can spur green behavior on - and off - premises."

VIDEO -- could not get it to embed in this post ,,, it's a 3:41 min clip.

Via: eweek Link

November 04, 2008

Florida's Green Pages





Florida's Green Pages Logo

Here is an interesting approach to GREEN advertising - a GREEN Pages.  For those in Florida looking for businesses that are involved in the GREEN movement ... check this out.  Listed are 

 

 

Via:  Florida's Green Pages  Link

October 17, 2008

Carbon Footprints - How Much Do You Know ??





Carbon Footprint for common items

We hear a lot in the news about Carbon Footprint.  This is the impact, expressed as an amount of carbon, that an item  produces during its manufacture and distribution.  Do you know what the carbon impact of typical consumer items really are and the major components?

Read on to find out ...

" ... pop quiz, based on a recent Wall Street Journal article ... of various household goods. ... guess their single biggest contribution to global warming. Consider all aspects of the product: raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, and end use...."

Here are two of the six:

" ... Timberland hiking boots. Manufactured in China and sold in the U.S. ...the chief culprit isn't shipping. It's leather. Cows are a huge source of methane emissions."

" ... Milk. ...once again, cows. ... cows are responsible for about 28% of milk's carbon footprint. If you add in their feed, that figure goes up to 51%, ..."

" ... Calculating carbon emissions is complicated business, ...environmental impacts are spread widely throughout our integrated economy, often hiding in unexpected places...."
Otherwise, a few points do jump out from the analysis.

The first is that transportation costs just aren't the biggest impact for most products. Patagonia could manufacture their jackets in the basement of their stores, and they would barely make a dent in their footprint. In aggregate, of course, transportation makes up a huge percentage of the world's carbon budget, so its importance can't be discounted. But buying local still doesn't seem like the best lever for consumers looking to green their lifestyles.

The second is that products that consume energy in their end use tend to be wildly more environmentally harmful after they get into consumers hands than during manufacturing. In other words, if you want to reduce your carbon footprint, consider driving less.

The third is that cows remain a really big problem without an obvious solution. Methane digester projects like the ones that TerraPass funds help to decrease the impacts of agriculture, but as individuals the best lever we have is to reduce our consumption.

 

 

Via:  Terrapass  Link

September 26, 2008

First US Carbon Auction - RGGI




Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative LogoThe Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative held the first US Carbon auction int he US on September 25th, 2008 with two more scheduled for December 17th, 2008.

RGGI is a non profit corporation incorporate in Delaware and based in NYC, NY.

"Ten states participate... Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. ...are implementing the first mandatory cap-and-trade program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

"Regulated power plants will be able to use a CO2 allowance issued by any of the ten participating states to demonstrate compliance with an individual state program. In this manner, the ten individual state programs, in aggregate, will function as a single regional compliance market for CO2 emissions."

 

Via:  Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative  Link

 

September 10, 2008

GreenFest Philly - 2008




GreenFest PhillyI missed this one and would have like to check it out. What really caught my eye was a photo in the local newspaper (Phila Inquirer, Monday Sept 8th) that showed a person dressed as a "bag monster" covered in 700 plastic bags - the number the average person uses per year!

"GreenFest Philly is a one-day street fair FREE to the public.  Over 200 exhibitors and 20,000 people are expected  ... features vegetarian food, sneaker recycling, live music & entertainment, kids activities, bicycle valet, yoga, local produce, organic pastry contest, composting and recycling, ... theme is water quality so grab your reusable water containers and fill up at our no-waste drinking water stations."

 

Via:  GreenFest Philly   Link

 

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June 24, 2008

ECO-CEL phone recycling program




eco cell phone recyclingCell phones are a modern day wonder ... they can do some pretty neat things and make our lives easier ... but can be part of a toxic waste stream if not properly disposed.

How many do you have lying around in drawers and desks and where-ever?

cell phone waste

"ECO-CELL ... cell phone recycling program for environmentally minded fundraisers. ... provide our conservation partners with the most profitable, easy to use and environmentally sound cell phone recycling program possible."

 

Want to know more about the "secret life of cell phones?"  Check out this interesting You Tube video ...

You Tube "Secret Live of Cell Phones - INFORM"

Need ideas for getting ride of your old cell phone while keeping hazardous materials out of the waste stream ... READ ON >>>

 

Via:  ECO-CEL  Link

 

 

 

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May 30, 2008

Corporate Sponsored Race is Now Green-er




race logo

The JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challange is going green.  Approx. 250,000 runners participate and by becoming greener they can l;essen theeir environmental impact.

How?  Read on for more ... 

green race logo

" ... conserving enough energy to provide lighting for a 50-employee business for nearly seven years ...  those 50 employees ... would each be able to charge their laptops for 35 years of consecutive use, run their inkjet printers for 28 years, and take more than 180,000 digital pictures. ... ... saving of approximately 790 million BTUs – enough to power an average home for more than eight years, or keep 10 treadmills running non-stop in a health club for two years ... saving more than five tons of paper, six tons of plastic, nearly 5,000 gallons of crude oil or nearly 300 40-foot tall trees."

So how does this happen? By " ...executing best green practices ... Insuring that all race day supplies...adhere to standards of the OEA, ...Promoting proper recycling and trash removal ... by insuring the vast majority of our communication with companies is done electronically. ...Encouraging all participants to travel to events via provided shuttle transportation, via public transportation, by foot, or via GreenRide, our rideshare program partner in select markets."

Via:  JPMorganChase  Link

 

April 22, 2008

Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, Pa - Green Roof




 

The Fencing Academy of Phildelphia has a " ...3000 square foot green rooftop ... of perennial sedum varieties ... installed ...  in the spring of 1998.  ... was a retrofit design with the performance objective being the restoration of the pre-development hydrology for the 2-year return-frequency storm."

Fencing Academy of Philadelphia PA Vegetated roof cover" ... reached a mature stage of development, creating a meadow-like setting of perennial Sedum varieties ...  selected to withstand the range of seasonal conditions typical of the Mid-Atlantic region without then need for irrigation or regular maintenance. ..."

" ... cover is only 3.4” thick, including the drain layer, and weighs less than 5 lb/sf when dry, with a maximum saturated weight of under 17 lb/sf. ..."

 

Via:  LIP Urban Design  Link

April 11, 2008

Fortune Brainstorm Green - April 21-22, 2008





brainstorm green logo Fortune's "Brainstorm Green" is an invitation only event on April 21 - 22, 2008  in Pasadena, California. 

Set to occur during Earth Day, 2008 (April 22) the event brings " ... environmentally-minded business leaders and the green movement's brightest thinkers ..." together for "... for FORTUNE's first-ever Brainstorm: GREEN Conference."

" ... will be an unprecedented gathering of business and environmental leaders, as executives, academics, politicians and NGOs join to discuss the impact of the green movement and explore the opportunities and challenges facing FORTUNE 500 companies, entrepreneurs, government, and the financial world."


Via:  Brainstorm Green   Link

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April 07, 2008

Porsche Cayenne Hybrids




Porsche Hybrid

Porshce has an electric car in it's family history ... before Hybrids were even a common word.  The Lohner-Porsche was made in 1901 - 1905 aLohner-Porschend could run on either gas / electric.

Fast forward to today!  Porsche is a real performance car ,,,, and now a modern hybrid is coming ... "Due by the end of the decade, the Cayenne uses a parallel hybrid system that will help the SUV achieve fuel economy of at least 26 US MPG. ... "


 

Via:  Autoblog    Link

Via:  Wikipedia   Link

April 05, 2008

Earth Hour - Global Awareness of Global Warming




earth hour logo

"Earth Hour ... annual international event started in 2007, held on the last Saturday of March, that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour in the evening. ...promoted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald." 

See Wikipedia for images of major locations before and after the lights are turned off.   

Via:  Wikipediua   Link

 


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March 28, 2008

Japan to Cut Garbage - ReUsing ChopSticks and Bags




chop sticks

" ... Japan will urge citizens to carry their own chopsticks ... and go shopping with their own bags instead of using plastic ones, in a bid to more than halve the garbage it produces."

"Japan aims to reduce the total amount of garbage — produced by both industries and individuals — by 60 percent of the fiscal 2000 level to 25.3 million tons by fiscal 2015 under the plan posted on the ministry's Web site." 

"Shoppers in Japan normally receive multiple plastic and paper bags, while gifts are typically wrapped in elaborate packaging. Environmentalists criticize the wide use of disposable wooden chopsticks in the country."

Via: Time.Com  Link 

 

 

 

 

March 17, 2008

Timberland Lists Carbon Footprint of Items




timberland green index

People want to know everything about their products ... including how green it might be.Timberland Logo

Timberland is a leader in this regard and has had " ... a “nutritional label” on every box to educate consumers ... Where it was manufactured. How it was produced. And its effect on the environment...."

Taking this one step further is their " ... Green Index™ Rating ... to provide product-specific environmental impact information ... a scale of 0 (best) to 10 (worst), ... three key environmental factors: climate impact, chemical use and resource consumption. ... The Green Index™ rating will be carried on a select line of ... in 2007. ... goal is to have it on all of our shoes by 2010.

 

 

Via:  Timberland  2006 CSR Report  Link

Via:  Timberland.com  Link 

March 03, 2008

E-ZPass Discounts for Hybrid Cars




 Toyota PRius
Hybrids.NY E-ZPASS GREEN TAG

They get better mileage.  They are good for the environment.

Now they can even save you some money on Tolls!

Some toll authorities are extending discounts to cars that get a certain MPG and meet a certain emissions threshold.  Currently only 3 or so cars qualify. 

NY State grants a special GREEN EZ-Pass plan and EZ-Pass to vehicles that meet their criteria of ..." at least 45 miles to the gallon and meet specific emissions standards ..."  The discount is 10% on NY Thruway Roads.EZ-PAss Logo

NOTE:  Not all E-ZPass Agencies are offering Toll Discounts to Hybrids ... But I would not be surprised if other follow NY's Lead.


Via:  NY E-ZPass  Link

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February 22, 2008

Drexel University Smart Home




Drexel University - Smart House

Drexel University's Smart House "... is a student-led, ... project to construct an urban home to serve as a "living laboratory" [to] ... conduct research and develop designs in the areas of environment, energy, interaction, health, and lifestyle with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life in the urban residential setting."

Drexel Logo

" ... toward the goal of creating a building that functions like a home and serves as a laboratory ... will provide an exemplary model and testing environment of an improved approach to home life while specifically improving the lives of the individuals inhabiting the house."

The sSmart House will focus research on 5 Areas:

  • "Environment ... decrease the environmental footprint ...implement sustainable and environmentally friendly products"
  • "Energy ... investigate alternative energy sources, such as solar and geothermal, ... ultimate goal is to generate all energy on site.
  • "Interaction ... addressing the way in which people interact with technology ... to create an intelligent and aware living environment. "
  • "Health ... Indoor air quality ... will be incorporated into the Smart House. "
  • "Lifestyle ... increase the efficiency of our day-to-day living. ... more efficient living and work spaces..."

 

Via:  Drexel University SmartHouse  Link

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February 10, 2008

Green-e Logo




Green-e Logo

More and more people WANT to go GREEN.  More and more companies SAY they are GREEN.

How do you  get some objective idea about what is really green?

>>>Green-e may be able to help ...

"...Green-e is the nation's leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. ... offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products. It is a program of the Center for Resource Solutions."


Via:  green-e.org    Link

February 09, 2008

Redssigned 1/2 Liter Water Bottle - Eco-Shape Botle




Poland Springs Eco-Shape Water Bottle 

Plastic water bottles are everywhere and it looks like they wil  be with us in the market place for some time.  They are light, easy to take along when travelling and od not break. ... PErfect ... except so few are recycled.

This newly designed plastic water bottle is both highly recycleable and uses less plastic. 

Read on for more >>>

"The lightest ½ liter bottle ... produced*, the new, 100% recyclable Poland Spring Eco-Shape™ bottle ... because it’s lighter, it requires less energy to make – resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions."


  • "Is made with 30% less plastic than the average half-liter bottle"
  • "Features a new label that's 30% smaller"
  • "Is 100% recyclable"
  • "Is flexible so it's easier to crush for recycling"

*  See link below for details ...


Via:  Poland Springs   Link 

February 07, 2008

Saab 9-4X Optimized for Bio Fuels




Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept Car 

"... Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept demonstrates the potential ... a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine optimized for bioethanol (E85) fuel to give 300 hp and 400 Nm (295 ft.lbs.) of torque - ..." saab logo

"... Its current BioPower models are the top-selling flex-fuel vehicles in Europe, ... offering both more power and producing less CO2 emissions when operating on E85 fuel compared to when fueled by only gasoline. ..."

"...  engine is optimized for E85 fuel (85% bioethanol, 15% gasoline) ..."

"Engine efficiency is also improved by the use of direct injection (DI) and continuously variable valve timing (VVT) on both the inlet and exhaust sides. ..."


Via:  SaabUSA.com  Link

January 31, 2008

Philips ALTO Bulbs




Philips ALTO LampsEnergy Saving Bulbs - PhilipsSeveral complaints about compact fluorescent bulbs is that:

- they contain mercury
- they do not fit in the same space as an incandescent bulb

Philips has solved these problems with their ALTO bulbs. 

Read on for more >>>

" ... Philips Energy Savers ... don't just provide the light of your standard light bulb, they also have the same classic shape. ..."

These bulbs are better for the environment because they use less wattage for similar light, can last years longer than incandescent bulbs as there is no filament to burn out and have less mercury than other CFB. 

Mercury is a highly toxic material that can pollute air and water and improper disposal of CFB can lead to pollution (though probably off set by the pollution of less fossil fuels ... ?)

 

Via:  Philips Lighting - Link

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January 24, 2008

Greener Gadgets Conference in N.Y.C. Feb 1, 2008




Greener Gadgets ConferenceNew York City is hosting the Greener Gadget Conference on Feb 1, 2008.  The one day event details:
 

10am - 6pm
McGraw-Hill Conference Center
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, NY

"... industry leaders, entrepreneurs, [and others] ... will gather to discuss the business case for the greening of the consumer electronics industry. ... featuring ...  consumer electronics companies ..., innovators from academic thinktanks, members of startups ... and some of the leading minds in the word of sustainable design and business. Topics to be addressed include: design for sustainability, product life cycle management, take-back and recycling programs, energy efficiency, greener materials, and green lifestyle and product marketing. An attached gallery space will feature a green prototype office display and technology exhibits from companies on the cutting edge of green tech."

" ... will showcase revolutionary design and tech innovations that will shape the future of the consumer electronics and change your world... for the better."

Some discussion points: 
  • "Environmental initiatives from leading consumer electronics companies, such as take-back and recycling programs"
  • "New environmentally sensitive materials, product lifecycle and design for sustainability"
  • "Innovations in renewable energy technologies, such as fuel cells, kinetic energy, wind and solar power"Greener Gadget Conference

Via:  GreenerGadgets.com  Link

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January 21, 2008

Greening our Schools- Green Flag Program




Green Flag Program Logo Some schools are already green.  Others are just getting started.  Many need help with a structured program to guide them. Green Flag Logo

Green Flag promotes 4 key areas:

-- Indoor Air Quality - looking at mold, irritants, etc
-- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, - pretty self explanatory
-- Non Toxic Products - cleaning products and others
-- Integrated Pest Management - for grounds and indoors
 

"Schools across the nation are using the Green Flag School Program to make their schools healthier places to work and learn. ... Achieve recognition for ... your school already does, and improve your program with the support of teachers and field experts across the country. ... check out the Green Flag School Program today!"

 

Via:  Green Flag Program  Link 

January 09, 2008

Sweden's "People Powered Heating" System for Buildings




 

Body Heat Rising from athlete's headHere is an interesting idea ... harness the body heat from commuters to warm a building.  instead of radiating into the air ... an interesting idea in Sweden uses that heat to heat a new nearby office building.  

>>> Read on for more.large building with lots of people - heat source?

" ... heat from hundreds of thousands ...  will be used to heat a new office building..."

"...body heat would warm up water that in turn would be pumped through pipes .. ".

"... old technology, but used in a new way. ... expects the system to bring down heating costs in the building by up to 20 percent. "

I" ... system is not expected to be complicated or very costly,..."

 

Via:  Physorg.Com  Link

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December 24, 2007

It's Not Too Late for a "Green" Christmas




LED Christmas Lights It's getting close --- Here at the Green Dud's place it is less than C-1 (Christmas -1 day).Live Christmas Tree

Here are some green ideas for a green Christmas:

(1) Buy a live (balled) tree instead of cutting down a livbe tree and throwing it in a landfill.
>> Get some credit back if you (like me) mulch the tree instead of throwing it in the trash).
>> Get some credit back if the tree was grown w/o extra chemicals and such.

(2) Get some new LED lights.  they are brighter and use way less electricity and should LAST A LONG time.  When your old strands are no longer working - Go with LEDS.
>> Added Bonus - no toxic mercury in LEDs!

(3)  Use paper shopping bags to wrap your presents and then recycle them instead of throwing them out with the trash.

(4) Recycle what you can of gift packaging (cardboard and paper are an easy one ... #6 PS if you ahve a place to take it.
>> Get some extra credit for buying gifts with minimla or green type packaging.

(5) Whatever type of tree you choose - consider recycled ornaments.

 

Via:  The Green Dude ....  Link

December 16, 2007

Possible Route to Hydrocarbon Fuel from Air




solar furnace for CR5 prototype

The normal process is to burn a hydrocarbon and get CO2.  A possible novel new process would turn the CO back into a Hydrocarbon. Sandia National Laboratories Prototype - CO to Fuel

CO2 ==> CO ==> Hydrocarbon ... just add concentrated sunlight!  Pretty neat!  

"... research team from Sandia National Laboratories is building a prototype ... to chemically “reenergize” carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide ... carbon monoxide could then be used to make hydrogen or ... combustible fuel, such as methanol or even gasoline, diesel and jet fuel."

"... Counter Rotating Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator (CR5, for short), ..."

"... “Sunshine to Petrol” (S2P). “Liquid Solar Fuel” is the end product — the methanol, gasoline, or other liquid fuel made from water and the carbon monoxide produced using solar energy."


Via:  Sandia National Laboratories   Link

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December 07, 2007

Seattle Washington's Green Power Program




Seattle's Green Power Program

 

The citizens of Seattle, Washington have several green power options.  Seattle has a long history of grren power ... in 1905 they built their first hydroelectric plant.

green up!

  • "Buy green power for a portion of your electricity through City Light's Green Up Program"

    >>> This allows customers to pay an additional amount to get up to 100% of their power from renewable sources.


  • "Pay a little more on your bill to support renewable energy demonstrations, including local solar electricity projects, through City Light's Green Power Program".

    >>> This funds demonstrations of renewable energy methods not curently bieung used in Seattle.


Via:  www.Seattle.gov    Link

Via:  City Light Power  Link
 

December 05, 2007

Green Waterfree Urinal




Falcon Waterless Technologies - logo

What is a waterless urinal?  waterless urinal details - inside view
How does it work? 
How does it save money and or energy?

Waterless urinals are now being installed in buildings around the country.  I saw them this week at the US HQ (PA) of a major German software company ...

They mount like an ordinary urinal but have a drain only - now plumbing is needed to "flush" so there are energy saving s in construction, less water and maintenance. 

waterless urinal " ... As much as 5% of fresh water consumed is currently used to carry away urine. Each Falcon Waterfree  ... saves an average of 40,000 gallons (151,000 liters) of fresh water per year. ... No energy need be used to treat this water, nor does it produce carbon dioxide emissions as a byproduct of its treatment. ... "

A" ... very little maintenance ... no moving parts ... only maintenance is an easy change of the cartridge, performed approximately three to four times per year."





Via:  Falcon Waterless Technologies Link

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November 26, 2007

Chemical Company Adds Environmentally Advanced Green Roof




Rohm and Haas Logo

Rohm and Haas (NYSE: ROH), a Philadelphia, Pa based global chemical company, is updating the roof on their corporate HQ building.  The roof is approx 40,000 sq. feet and and is being coated with a polymer to reduce the heat impact of the roof.  Reflective Roofing Material Being Applied

" ... summer cooling offsets any heat gain by a black roof in winter more than tenfold, ... project will be completed by the end of October and will include monitoring devices that will ... track energy savings.

" ... Philadelphia is currently seeking to increase standards for new and replacement roofs ... new Rohm and Haas roof coating exceeds the current state regulations and would meet the proposed city regulations, should they be adopted."

“... using this roof coating technology, we reduce the indoor air temperature as well as the urban heat island effect, reducing energy costs ..."

 

For a High Res pic of the Reflective Roofing Material being applied ... Link


Via:  Rohm and Haas.com   Link

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November 22, 2007

Have a GREEN Thanksgiving




thanksgiving image

 

Happy Thanksgiving from the folks at Greentechnolog!

In keeping with our Green theme (or at least the Green Dudes) ... let take a look at what one can do to make this great holiday more green.

Here are some ideas for a GREEN Thanksgiving - or any holiday or event!

 

  • "... eco-friendly, paper-free invitations ... To reduce waste and cost, use postcards ..."
  • "Suggest ride sharing .. ... including on the invitations the names, phone numbers or email addresses of guests who live near one another."
  • "... eco-friendly vegetarian fare or organic meats ...".
  • "... Avoid paper or plastic dishware ..."
  • "Donate leftover food to a shelter or a food bank ... ask if they could also use your leftover decorations ...  give leftover food to your party guests."

 

Via:  Suite101.com  Link

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November 21, 2007

Bio Degradable Umbrella




The Biodegradable Umbrella

Generally I am all for going green.  So when I first saw this ... hmmm.  But .... there is more to it than meets the eye.

Here is one idea that at first may not make a lot of sense ... but when you consider the life cycle (i.e. how many have a very short life and end up in the can  == garbage!) of the average umbrella - it makes sense. 

>>>> Read on for all the details ... it is more interesting than it first seems.

I am not so sure makes all that much sense.  But I appluad the innovation!  A biodegradable umbrella!

"... the "Melt umbrella" ... Under the "correct conditions," it will melt into the soil--or rather, into soil. ... made of garden film, and ... waxed cardboard and bamboo.

"...  Most umbrellas bite the dust when too many of those metal spines break. And then the whole thing--metal spines, plastic handle and all--gets thrown out. It'll almost certainly break before it would decompose, right? So maybe a biodegradable umbrella is actually a great idea..."

 

 

Via: GoodClenTech.com  Link 

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Green Clothing Gets Stylish




fashion conscious - green consciousGreen seems to be the buzzword.  Green "this" and Green "that".  Now Green is getting hot in the fashion industry and not just in the earlier frumpy fashions ... . 

Envi offers "fashion conscious clothing for an eco-conscious lifestyle". 

envi - be green

Q?  What makes clothing green?
A    The material(s).

"Organic cotton, hemp, soy fiber, and bamboo fiber ... made from plants that are grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides ... Organic wool comes from sheep that were not sprayed, injected, or treated in an inhumane manner...."

 

Via:  Envi  Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 10, 2007

Solr Powered Laptop Bag




solar panels on laptop bageclipse solar gear
Carry your laptop and other electronics in a cool looking bag and have a handy source of never ending power at the same time.  

"Eclipse Solar Gear is a leading source of innovative solar charging cases  ...patented line of solar backpacks ... designed to charge the batteries of common handheld electronics ..."

"... a solar backpack or any solar charger can extend the use of your personal electronics and contribute to the protection of the environment.  ..."

 

 

 

 

 

Via:  eclipsesolargear.com   Link 

November 09, 2007

Near Zero Energy Home




BASF Near ZERO Energy HomeWhat is a green home?
What makes it special or different?

>>>> Read on to learn more... 

"Transforming the residential market to green building is critical to our efforts to halt global climate change. By earning LEED Platinum certification for the Near-Zero Energy Home, BASF is having an immediate, measurable impact on energy use and CO2 emissions ...BASF's leadership in achieving LEED Platinum certification sends a powerful message to the marketplace, and will help accelerate the adoption of green homebuilding nationwide."80% energy saving

 
"... a demonstration home for innovative BASF technologies promoting high-performance, energy efficiency and ecological benefits in new housing. ..."

"... will incorporate Zero-Energy Housing (ZEH) concepts from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the building science principles of PATH/Build America expert, Steve Winter, AIA."

"... Near-Zero Energy Home-Paterson, N.J., has been selected by the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) pilot testing for the recently launched Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes (LEED-H) rating system, under which it has achieved the Platinum level. The home will be designed to achieve Energy Star certification and, with the inclusion of solar panels, will support New Jersey's Solar Initiative Program."


Via:  Betterhomebetterplanet.com   Link

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November 08, 2007

Bio Degradable Plastic Bags




ecoflex logo

Paper or Plastic?

One of the negatives about plastic bags is that they contribute to trash and asre found "lost" most everywhere.  Here's a possible option to eliminate on of plastic bag's major drawbacks - they do not decompose. 

How about biodegradable plastic?

"Ecoflex® is BASF's completely biodegradable and compostable plastic. ... ideal for trash bags or disposable packaging as it decomposes in compost within a few weeks or in soil without leaving any residues. ... designed to process like Low Density Polyethylene into films, bags or coatings. ... is shelf and warehouse stable for one year."

"Ecoflex® ... is certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute in North American via ASTM D6400, and has biodegradable certifications with the European Standard EN 13432 on compostability as well as the Japanese standard GreenPla. ..."

 

Via: EcoFlex Biodegradable Plastic by BASF  Link 

November 06, 2007

Green Building Supplies and Services




rateitgreen Want to know more about Green building materials and services?  Looking for that special green product or service?

>>>> Checkl out rateitgreen.com .... a "... diverse community of individuals and professionals interested in finding and sharing the best in green building and design products and services.  ... offers several key ways to learn from and share information with your peers:


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Greenbuild Conference - Nov 7 - 9, 2007 in Chicago




 
greenbuild 2007

Want to learn more about green building?  Want to meet others who share this desire and learn what is new in the industry?

>>>> Then check out greenbuild in Chicago on Nov 7 - 9, 2007 in Chicago! 

"... Come join 18,000 other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. ... will take place in Chicago at the new McCormick Place West Building."

"At Greenbuild 2007 we'll explore "Accelerating Green Communities" with outstanding educational sessions, exciting speakers, special events and tours, and our largest exhibit hall ever."

" ... is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with peers, industry experts, and influential leaders as they share insights on the green building movement and its diverse specialties."

Via:  greenbuild  Link 

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November 02, 2007

L.L. Bean's Green Building




Green building are much more common ... seems that the more there are there more demand there is and the easier for people to get their hands around what it is really like ... could this work for you?

Read on ...

First off ... what makes for a green building?  An accepted standard is LEED - Leadership on Energy and Environmental Design. 
Burlington, Mass green store
"(LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. ... we are committed to LEED standards to help minimize the impact upon the environment."

"Here are just a few ways we have incorporated “green design” into our new stores:

• "The rubber flooring ... [recycled] from old car tires, ... carpets have a high percentage of recycled content."
• "Fixtures .. from reclaimed wood and steel."
• "All new wood is certified ... from well-managed and sustainable forests."
•" Paints, carpets and adhesives contain minimal volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to reduce toxic fumes."
• " ...a minimum of 75% of construction debris was sent to recycling facilities rather than landfills."

• "Our recycling program includes glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard."
• " ... indigenous plants in landscaping eliminates the need for irrigation systems."


• " ... lighting control system takes advantage of natural light brought into the store by the large windows."
• " ... sensors regulate climate control in each area of the store."
• " ... bicycle storage and changing rooms encourages employees to ride their bikes to work."

October 30, 2007

Recycle Cell Phones




Secure the Call

Have an extra cell phone that you are hanging on to?
Want to get rid of it safely and do something positive at the same time?

Read on ...  

" ... estimated ... over 45 million old cell phones sitting in drawers and closets. ... could help tens of thousands ...  feel safe and secure by converting them into 911 emergency-use cell phones and given away for free to those in need."

"Any phone that can be turned on can be used to call 911. It's always a free call and will connect you to the nearest local emergency operator. "

"Secure the Call ... non-profit coalition of over 30 organizations in the D.C. Metro-Baltimore area, i... take your donated phone and convert it into a 911 emergency only phone and give it back to our coalition partners for distribution. If you have a need for a 911 phone, we'll work to get you one.

We need your old phones to make this program a success. We have hundreds of collection boxes throughout the Metropolitan area or you can send the phone to us via the Post Office or any delivery company. Thanks to you, the program works.

"... bring your old cell phones to be recycled and ... from ending up in a land fill. Secure The Call ...  carefully wipes out all of your personal information on your cell phone, then reprograms it so that the phone to call 911-only, and tests them to make sure they work before shipping them out. ..."

 

Via: Secure the Call   Link

 

 

Impact of Differnt Types of Paper - Learn More




picture of paper Paper.
Writing paper.
Copy paper.
Coated and uncoated paper.
Newspaper.

Paper comes in a wide variety of types: copy paper, printer paper, note book filler  paper,etc. 

What is the impact our choice(s) make?  Which choice(s) minimize impact on the environment?Paper Calculator.org

>>> Read on to Lean More.

Use the PaperCalculator to see what impact various choices of paper can make.
 

###  100 lbs of copy paper, 0% recycled content requires:
2 million BTUs
285 lbs CO2
954 gallons of wastewater
114 lbs of solid waste

### The same paper BUT with 25% recycled requires:
2 million BTUs
258 lbs CO2
844 gallons of wastewater
100 lbs of solid waste

Imaging the difference when multiplied across a large office or entire business.

 

Via:  Environmental Defense Fund Paper Calculator   Link


October 13, 2007

Mr. Green - Al Gore - Wins Nobel Prize




 
Al Gore - Scene from "An Inconvenient Truth" Oct 13, 2007:  Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize.

"OSLO, Norway (AP) - ... Al Gore and the U.N.'s climate change panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for spreading awareness of man-made climate change and laying the foundations for counteracting it."

"We face a true planetary emergency," Gore said. "The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity."Nobel Peace Prize

"... an advocate of stemming climate change and global warning well before his eight years as vice president, called the award meaningful because of his co-winner, calling the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change the "world's pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis."

"... plans to donate his half of the $1.5 million prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan nonprofit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion worldwide about the urgency of solving the climate crisis."


Via:  Katu.com  Link

October 11, 2007

Chicago's Green Exchange is First Green Mall




 Green Exchange
"The four-story 250,000 SF, Green Exchange, ... 2545 West Diversey Avenue, is to be converted in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, with an aspiration to achieve a Silver certification. ... creating an epicenter for green businesses and organizations in the Midwest U.S."

" ... the Green Exchange when it (hopefully) ... tenants ... currently on board include an eco-freindly printer, a sustainable furniture store, an eco-clothing store, a car sharing service, and a bike shop. ..."

 

Among the Features:
  • Located 10 minutes north of the Chicago Loop, at a full-service interchange fronting I-94 with access to major Chicago streets and public transportation
  • Loft style spaces with tremendous natural light
  • 9,000 SF courtyard garden area
  • State of the art green roof
  • High-efficiency HVAC, water and energy systems
  • Energy efficient windows and doors
  • Building paint and stains all eco-friendly for clean air quality
  • State of the art communications technology

Among the Amenities:
  • Bike room and showers
  • Car-sharing service
  • Priority hybrid parking

Via:  GreenExchange   Link
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Via:   Ecorazzi.com   Link

October 01, 2007

Vatican to Become World's First Carbon Neutral State




Vatican City
"By agreement with the Vatican, Planktos/KlimaFa ...  the Vatican plans to become the world's first entirely carbon neutral sovereign state, and it has accepted KlimaFa ecorestoration offsets to achieve this historic goal. ... ceremony on July 5th the Vatican ... accepted KlimaFa's offer to create a new Vatican Climate Forest in Europe that will initially offset all of the Vatican City State's CO2 emissions for this year."

Map of Vatican City"The new Vatican Climate Forest will be created in Hungary's Bükk National Park ... dimensions will be determined by the Vatican’s 2007 energy usage and the success of its current emission reduction efforts. KlimaFa has received EU JI Track 1 approval to plant thousands of hectares of new native species, mixed growth forests under the permanent protection of European national park systems. Its initial projects are being conducted in collaboration with Hungary's government, Academy of Sciences and National Parks Directorate."

Hungarian Forests"Planktos/KlimaFa has further committed to work with the Vatican ... to develop methods to calculate the CO2 emissions of individual Catholic churches and offer ecorestoration options to turn their carbon footprints green."

"Full .pdf text of Cardinal Poupard's acceptance speech can be downloaded here."

 

 

Via:  KlimFa.com   Link 

September 28, 2007

A Greener Wal-Mart: High Efficiency Stores




 

wal*mart

"Wal-Mart ... [NYSE: WMT] ...will open ... [Jan. 18, 2007] in Kansas City, Mo. the first ...High-Efficiency stores that will use 20 percent less energy than a typical Supercenter.  ... will help the retailer move one step closer to achieving its  environmental goals, which include using less energy and producing less waste."

"In 2005,
Mal-Wart opened two experimental stores in McKinney, Texas, and Aurora, Colo., to test several different environmentally friendly technologies, ranging from wind power to pervious pavement, from waterless urinals to light-emitting diodes. ... plans to open the next High-Efficiency store in Rockton, Ill., this spring."

"To achieve the 20 percent energy reduction ... the company will target two main energy-consuming units: the heating and air conditioning system (HVAC), and the refrigeration system. ... the new HVAC and more efficient refrigeration systems are fully integrated so that 100 percent of the heat rejected by the refrigeration system is reclaimed into the HVAC. The reclaimed heat is then converted into usable energy. By incorporating a loop-piping design, the ... system also reduces the amount of installed copper and the total refrigerant charge required."

"Other energy-saving technologies ... include the installation of ultra-efficient case fans, glass doors on medium temperature grocery cases, RollSeal® quick response doors to seal air in areas such as the Garden Center, and a top-of-the-line dehumidification system. ... a daylight harvesting system, which uses skylights to refract daylight throughout the store and light sensors ...  During periods of higher natural daylight, the system then dims or turns off the store lights when they aren’t needed, ..."

"... also features GE’s energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) refrigerated case lighting. LEDs have a longer life span than fluorescent bulbs, produce less heat and use significantly less energy than typical grocery case lighting. ... motion sensor-driven LED lights have been installed in all freezer and medium-temperature refrigerated cases.  ... the lights in these cases automatically turn off, and quickly turn back on when a customer approaches."

"...is committed to selling products that sustain our resources and our environment. As part of this store’s grand opening events,...donation of 21,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), Wal-Mart will aid the city’s campaign to distribute CFLs to low-income and senior citizen households in Kansas City, Mo. ..".


Via:  Wal*Mart.com  Link

BP Solar Committed to Solar Power




BP is committed to alternative power solutions.  In addition to manufacturng Solar panels they have partnered with several groups to make it easier to buy (with Home Depo).

>>>  Read on for more.

In 2005, "... expanded state-of-the-art facility in Frederick, Md. to more than double our production of solar panels. ... contains all of the elements of solar product manufacturing processes. These are vertically integrated to ensure the overall quality of the finished products. ... In fact, BP already is one of the world's largest producers of solar panels." 

See photo at right.

 

house with solar panels

"Residential customers in southern California can visit one of many of The Home Depot® centers and purchase a complete home solar system via the BP Solar Home Solution program. ... [also] available in New Jersey, California and New York."

" ... BP Solar has partnered with Sun Edison to create "SunE Solar Fund 1," a $60 million fund ... to support the installation of as many as 25 U.S. solar electric systems. The funds kickoff by installing BP Solar Energy Solutions systems at several Staples stores in California and New Jersey. When fully operational, these three systems will generate a total of 680 kWh of electricity."
 
"... the BP Solar Neighbors Program. ... Actor Edward Norton broached the idea of giving low-income families in Los Angeles access to solar power after he installed a BP Solar system in his own home. ... a community partnership between BP and the Enterprise Foundation called the BP Solar Neighbors Program. Also joining in this ground-breaking collaboration is the Environmental Media Association.
Every time an invited celebrity has a BP Solar system installed on his or her home, BP donates a system to a low-income family living in South Central L.A. More than 25 families have received the gift of clean solar power through this program to help lower their electricity bills."
 
Via:  BP.com            Link

September 25, 2007

10 Greenest US Cities




Yahoo picked 10 Cities that "in no particular order -- ...  putting residents first. That means they're obsessed with clean air and clean water, renewable energy, reliable city buses, trams, streetcars and subways, a growing number of parks and greenbelts, farmer's markets and, very important, opportunities for community involvement."

"Portland, Oregon - ... More than 30 years ago, ... tore down a six-lane expressway to make room for a waterfront park. ... set an urban growth boundary to protect 25 million acres of forest and farmland, started a solid-waste program that recycles more than half of the city's trash and erected more than 50 public buildings that meet tough standards set by the United States Green Building Council. ..."

Autsin, Texas "Austin, Texas - Home to the first Whole Foods Market ... 205 parks, 14 nature preserves, and 25 greenbelts. ... plans to meet 20 percent of its energy needs with renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020. ... a recycling center that dates back to 1970, a dozen outdoor farmer's markets, city buses that offer free rides on 'high ozone' days and an innovative "pay-as-you-throw" trash collection program that rewards residents for being less wasteful ..."

MinneapolisMinneapolis, Minnesota - ... more than 60 percent of downtown workers use public or alternative transportation ... Free parking for registered van and car pools, an extensive bike path and bike lane system and employer-sponsored showers ... Minnesota State Department of Commerce nudging businesses and residents to hook solar systems up to the city's grid, ..."

Boulder, Colorado"Boulder, Colorado - ... city planners started preserving parkland in 1898. ... more than 90 percent of residents recycle, where new water meters are not allowed above certain elevation, thus protecting ridgelines and peaks, and where, when recent federal tax cuts gutted city budgets, residents voted themselves a third sales-tax hike to raise $51 million to buy and protect even more open land."

"Burlington, Vermont - ... More than one-third of all energy used in the city comes from renewable resources, ... laws don't allow the use of pesticides on public parks, land or waterways. ... residents formed an extensive network of citizen-based groups that take on everything from environmental programs to clean up toxic sites to watchdog groups to monitor pollution in Lake Champlain. ..."

"Madison, Wisconsin - ... first city in the United States to offer curbside recycling ... 15,000 acres of lakes and 6,000 acres of parkland ... recycling program gets a whopping 97 percent participation, with 265 tons of material... collected each week.... bike-friendly city with more than 100 miles of bike paths ...a place where there are three bikes for every car."

"New York, New York - ... More than 80 percent of NYC residents use public transportation,... New Yorkers burn gasoline at the rate the U.S. did in the 1920s. ... ... Per capita, New Yorkers use fewer resources and put less pressure on their surroundings than any other city of its size. ..."S

"San Francisco, California - ... bus, subway and ferry services that reach throughout the Bay Area, .. . more than half the city's residents use public or alternative transportation to get to work. ... Prevailing winds ... help keep pollution at bay. ... leader in green building, with more than 20 building projects registered for official green certification. And city residents are willing to tax themselves. Voters said yes to allowing the city to sell $100 million in revenue bonds to support renewable energy."

"Santa Monica, California - ... Three of every four of the city's public works vehicles run on alternative fuel, ... among the largest such fleets in the country. All public buildings use renewable energy. ... the city has cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 10 percent, ...  an urban runoff facility catches 3.5 million gallons of water each week that would otherwise flow into the bay. ..."

Chicago"Chicago, Illinois - ... has 42 green-certified building projects, with more to come. ... city's nine museums and the Art Institute ... converted to run partially on solar power. ... one-third of all residents use public transportation to get to work. ...energy goals, likely to be met, is buying 20 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources this year. ... give tax incentives to homeowners who invest in Chicago's many historic  homes and retrofit them with energy efficient heating and cooling systems, as well as water-saving plumbing. ..."

 

Via:  Yahoo.com  Link

Sunlight Direct Solar Lighting




Sunlight Direct - Process

One way to make your home green is with Solar Lighting.  In new houses this can be designed in - but what about an older house?

Sunlight Direct technology uses the sun to bring sunlight into home.  How ?

Read on for more information ...

Sunlight Direct Solar Lighting

"... Hybrid Solar Lighting (HSL) technology uses a solar concentrator to collect and distribute sunlight ... via plastic optical fibers.  Sunlight Direct is proud to be the exclusive provider of Hybrid Solar Lighting systems in the United States and abroad."

 

 

 

 

"How much light can one system deliver? - .  ... HSL3010 system can deliver 50,0000 lumens ... equivalent to approximately 17 fluorescent lamps or 45 PAR38 60W halogen lamps."

 

"Why not just use a skylight? -  Skylights ... function as a simple means of bringing natural light into a building.  ... skylights have a number of drawbacks that can limit their application, ... These can include:

- Significant source of heat loss or heat gain

- Can constrain design of building shape and orientation

- Susceptible to water leakage

- Not appropriate for low ceilings

- A source of light pollution at night

- Cannot be easily turned off

- Security concerns

 

To see locations of Beta Sites ... Link
 

Via:  SunlightDirect.com  Link

September 20, 2007

Environmental Impact of your Food Choices




ProduceWe hear a lot about buying locally grown food.  The "costs" of buying products from across the country or world are huge:  fuel to freeze and / or refrigerate, fuel to transport and the resulting carbon impact. 

To get  better idea of this impact READ ON:

FLAVOR -

  • "... grown locally is fresher and dramatically more flavorful than ... far away and shipped long distances. ...is harvested at the height of ripeness, and often arrives at the market within 24 hours of being picked."
  • "... from non-local sources may travel in the back of a truck for 7 days or more, and then is stored in a warehouse for many months."


ENVIRONMENT -

  • "According to the Worldwatch Institute, in the United States, food now travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from farm to table, as much as 25 percent farther than two decades ago. ...today, some 817 million tons of food are shipped around the planet ... up fourfold from ... 1961."
  • "Eating locally helps reduce ... pollution created by transporting food ... Food transportation is now among the biggest and fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissionsfarmer in the field worldwide. ..."
  • ... lettuce, grown in the Salinas Valley of California and shipped nearly 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) to Washington, DC, requires about 36 times as much fossil fuel energy in transport as it provides in food energy when it arrives. ... to London (and California lettuce does get shipped to the United Kingdom), the ratio ... jumps to 127."

COMMUNITY -

  • "Buying local food ... can help keep small scale farms from disappearing, simultaneously investing in their own community and helping to sustain the tradition of local farmers and artisans."
  • "A study by the New Economics Foundation in London found that every £10 spent at a local food business is worth £25 for the local area, compared with just £14 when the same amount is spent in a supermarket. No ... increases occur when people spend money on imported foods.
  • "... Buying from local growers helps support farming practices that nourish and replenish the region’s soil rather than stripping it of nutrients and pumping it full of chemicals."

 

To learn more go to eatlocalchallenge.org     Link 

Via:  Bon Appetit Management Company  Link 

September 19, 2007

Electronics Manufactures Make Recycling Easier




e-waste  

You've got Junk Electronics ?!?

Who doesn't have some stuff squrreled away in closets, the basement or the garage?

Ah .... but What to do about it?

>>> See below for some easy ways to recycle that old Sony Walkman and Motorola cell phone from the '80s...  

 Some of the major electronics manufactures are making it easier to recycle rather than toss in the land fill ... and pollute ...

"... makers, in their quest for the fastest, coolest .... devices, have never given much thought to environmental issues, says Barbara Kyle, national coordinator of the Computer TakeBack Campaign, an advocacy group. Not surprisingly, their products are often chemical-laden, power-sucking nightmares, she says."

"Now, for the first time, almost every major PC and electronics maker is trying to change that, says Zeina Al-Hajj, an environmental campaigner at Greenpeace."

"... new green initiatives. Dell (DELL) ... announced a plan to become "the greenest technology company," by beefing up its recycling program and building more Earth-friendly PCs. .... Apple (AAPL) made a similar pledge to become "greener." Panasonic has taken the lead out of its plasma TVs. Motorola (MOT) made its cellphone chargers energy-efficient. Sun Microsystems (SUNW) has even begun posting the amount of electricity it uses in each of its office parks, by month, on the Internet."

"Some of the biggest, ongoing nationwide recycling programs:"

Apple: Apple iPods, any cellphone, any PC with purchase of an Apple computer (restrictions)
Dell: All Dell products, any PC with the purchase of a Dell computer
Hewlett-Packard: HP print cartridges, any PC ( for a fee)
Lenovo: Any PC (for a fee)
Motorola: Any phone




Via:  USA Today  Link 

September 10, 2007

Sony and Waste Management Start US Recycling Program - Sept 15, 2007




 Sony Think Green

Computer manufactures have embraced e-recyycling for some time. Dell, HP, and others have well established programs with either free shipping or coupons for discounts on future purchase.

Sony Logo

>>>> Now Sony is joining them ....  Read on for more info ...

"To encourage consumers to recycle ... electronic devices in an environmentally sound manner, ... The Sony Take Back Recycling Program allows consumers to recycle all Sony-branded products for no fee at 75 Waste Management (WM) Recycle America eCycling drop-off centers throughoutWate Management Recycles the U.S. ... also allows consumers to recycle other manufacturers’ consumer electronics products at market prices, and may include a recycling fee for some types of materials.

" ... first national recycling initiative in the U.S. to involve both a major electronics manufacturer and a national waste management company."

" ... the number of eCycling drop-off centers will increase to at least 150 sites within a year, with at least one location in every state ... towards the goal of having enough drop-off locations in all 50 states so there is a recycling center within 20 miles of 95 percent of the U.S. population."
Consumers will also have the option of shipping their used Sony electronics products to select WM Recycle America locations.


" ... Recycling Program is part of Sony’s broader global commitment to environmental stewardship, which spans product design, recycling, facilities management and energy conservation across all categories. ..."

" ... A study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that in 2005 used or unwanted electronics amounted to about 1.9 to 2.2 million tons.  ... and only 345,000 to 379,000 tons were recycled. ... recycling old electronics products, useful materials -- such as glass, plastic and metals – can be collected and re-used in the manufacture of other products.  Recycling not only minimizes the amount of waste disposed, it also minimizes the extraction of new raw materials from the earth and resources required for processing, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases in the process."
   
" ... WM Recycle America eCycling Drop-Off centers can be found by calling 1-877- 439-2795.

For more about the Sony Recycling Program   Link.
For information on Waste Management   Link

Via:  Sony.com Newsroom   Link

September 07, 2007

Pennsylvania Plans Large Solar Power Plant




Excelon Logo

Aug 30, 2007 -
"... Governor Edward G. Rendell today unveiled plans for ...
a new solar energy power station that will be the fourth-largest facility of its kind in the country and the largest east of Arizona when operations begin next April."

"... announcement shows that affordable, secure and alternative sources of power are available
now and will result in a cleaner environment, competitive energy prices and the reduction of our
dependence on foreign fuel," said Governor Rendell. ... "Solar Panels

"... Rendell announced that Exelon Generation Company LLC Epuron LLC Logohas signed a 20-year power purchase
agreement for the energy ... with EPURON LLC, a subsidiary the
world's largest solar integration company Conergy AG. ... plans for more than 16,500 solar panels to be built on 16.5-acres, ... capturing the sun's rays and converting them into electricity."

"... will produce approximately 3,700 megawatt hours of power, enough to meet the annual energy requirements of 300-350 homes ... emission levels of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide
... reduced by the equivalent benefit of planting 33 acres of trees every year."


For more info on EPURON GmbH, Link

For more info on Excelon Link

For more information on Governor Rendell's Energy Independence
Strategy, visit http://www.depweb.state.pa.us.

Via:  PR News Wire   Link 

Green Barbecue Tips




BBQ

Summer is almost over and there are still a few good BBQ days left.  Wondering how to make your BBQ GREEN?

>>> Read on for some tips ...and interesting information ...

"... you may be concerned that your backyard barbecue is adding to global warming ... Jay Gulledge, senior research fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, counsels that "the carbon footprint of backyard grilling is not that significant compared to what people do in their everyday lives. Lights, TVs, cars, these are much more significant than grilling."

" ... notes that backyard grilling with either gas or charcoal is likely to be a better environmental option than "using an electric stove in your house"  ... powered by a coal-burning power plant."

Here are some easy ways to Green-Up your BBQ ...

"... opt for compostable dishes and utensils made from renewable resources ... These items are sold in stores including Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Target."

"Plan a menu based on sustainable food choices. ... local or organic foods where possible, ... Buying local minimizes the use of fossil fuels ... and supports the regional economy."

"Use DEET-free repellents to avoid mosquitoes, black flies and other bugs ... are numerous natural repellents available, many made with strong-smelling natural oils such as citronella or geranium."

 


Via: cnn.com    Link

September 05, 2007

Chester County (Pa) Library To Have Green Roof






Tredyffrin Township (Chester County, Pa.) is expanding and upgrading their Strafford-Wayne library branch. artist's dwg of proposed green roof on Tredyffrin Twp Library

Part of the project includes plans to install a green roof.  "Green roofs are layers of living vegetation installed on roofs".  The new roof is "expected to increase energy performance ... , reduce airborne emissions, extend the life of the roofing material beyond its normal life span, help manage stormwater, and serve as a model to educate and encourage the public about the benefits of green roofs".

 

Via:  Tredyffrin Twp Newsletter Vol. 21 Issue 3 Fall 2007  Link (not yet posted as of 9/4/2007)

September 04, 2007

Green Web Hosting




solar panels

Green companies want to be "green" throughout their supplyaiso logo chain ... including their ISP.

>>> Read on to lean more and see the profile of one Green ISP ....


"AISO.Net is a ... green web hosting company. We have made a strong commitment to help fight pollution and preserving our natural resources. Solar panels run our data center and office, not energy credits."

"Solar tubes bring in natural light ... during the day. AMD Opteron powered servers use sixty percent less energy and generate fifty percent less heat. These are just some of the ways AISO.Net is becoming the world's most responsible green web hosting company."soloar powered

"... data center is environmentally friendly in design. It is completely steel framed with no wood at all except for the door frames on the interior of the building. Our walls are over 12 inches thick and filled with insulation that has recycled content. We built our data center, network and servers from the start to use the lowest amount of energy possible using the latest green design techniques, no other hosting company can do what we do without starting from scratch. We use solar tubes to bring in natural sunlight which eliminates the use for conventional lighting during the day. Our cooling systems are water cooled which reduces the amount of electricity because of the unique setup."

" We are in the process of designing a green roof for our data center. The green roof is a layer of dirt 3 to 4 inches thick with drought resistant plants. The new green roof will reduce our cooling and heating requirements by over 50%.
"

 

 Via:  AISO.com  Link

August 30, 2007

Recycling Fun Facts .... A Little Knowledge for You ...





Recycle! Recycling Fun Facts:

What do you know about Waste and Landfills? 

>>> Read on for some intersting information....

* "Although 75% of our trash can be recycled, the EPA set a national goal of 25% for 1992."


* "The first real recycling program was introduced in New York City in the 1890s. The city's first recycling plant was built in 1898."

* "By 1924, 83% of American cities were separating some trash items to be reused."

* "Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.""

* "This chart shows the composition of an average garbage dump. Notice how much of it is recyclable!!"

Composition of an average dump.


*" The highest point in Ohio is "Mount Rumpke," which is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill!"

* "The US population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over."

* "On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it."

 

Via:  Recycling FunFacts  Link

August 21, 2007

New Zealand Produces Ethanol - From Milk




New Zealand Milk Ethanol 

Ethanol ... Alcohol made from ... Corn!

Ethanol ... Alcohol made from ... Milk?

Read on to learn more ...

"Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy cooperative, has started producing 30,000 liters of ethanol a day, which are being sold in Gull petrol stations around the country."Gull Force 10 BioFuel - Helen Clark at the Pump

"New Zealand has had quite a few successful eco-initiatives in the past, ... plan to be the first carbon-neutral country ...".

"They also set a national target of 3.4% biofuel content for gas and diesel by 2012."


Via:  AutoblogGreen   Link

August 20, 2007

HP Promotes Easy Computer Recycling




HP LogoHP wants your old computers ...
>> ... to recycle. 

HP set a goal of recycling 1 billion pounds and having achieved that wants to recycle another billion pounds.

recycling computers

"HP meets billion pound recycling goal, sets target for 2 billion pounds by 2010.  Having met our goal six months early to recycle 1 billion pounds of electronics, we have set a new target for another billion pounds by the end of 2010, doubling our annual recovery rate."  Because e-waste is not confined to one country or region HP have recycling services in 36 countries.

HP RecyclingHP's recycling service provides an easy way to recycle computer equipment, printing supplies, rechargeable batteries and other items."  Many items are free of charge to recycle - other require a small fee.  See their FAQs page for more info Link














Via:  HP.com/recycle  Link

August 16, 2007

Eco Auditing - Just How Green Are You Anyway?




3 acorns logo

So ... you think you are doing all you can to be GREEN and help the environment?  Would you pass an AUDIT?  Would you want to?

Just in case you want to have someone check up on how good, environmentally, you are ... Read on:

Donnachadh McCarthy is an environmental auditor.  "Through his auditing company "3 Acorns Enviromental Tranformations" he provides an environmental auditing service to individuals, families and small businesses, assisting them to improve their environmental performance." Donnachadh McCarthy - eco auditor!

3 acorns "... believes ... environmentalists should lead by example and so seeks as far as practical to live by the green principles which he promotes.
>> Thus his home was the first private home in London to export solar electricity from the roof of his home in Camberwell to London Electricity.
>> His hot water is heated by a solar water heating system powered by a solar pump.
>> His WC is supplied by a rain harvester.
>> He travels to work by cycle.
>> On the 24th of October 2005 he had a wind turbine installed on his home and became London Energy's first ever domestic wind electricity supplier."

An audit consists of a review of these areas with " ... assessment of current environmental practice and proposals for its improvement ..."

  • "Energy Use"
  • "Waste disposal/ Recycling"
  • "Raw Material Use"
  • "Purchasing Policies"
  • "Management systems"
  • "Employee Practice"
  • "Water Use"
  • "Transport"

 

For more information see McCarty's book "Saving the Planet without Costing the Earth "   Link 

 

Via:  3 Acorns Eco Auditing   Link

Going Back to School --- The Green Way




Treecycle Logo

School is almost here (IT'S either A Groan from the kids or A Yippee fMor the parents).  Either way you can go back to school the GREEN way.

Read on for more:

Treecycles Philosophy: "... educate the public on the importance of using environmentally friendly recycled paper, ... tissue products, ... office products and ... cleaning products. We provide access to a wide range of these environmentally friendly office products, ... tissue products, ... recycled paper products and ... cleaning products for both home and business. In keeping with our goal of education, our site contains information on recycled paper products and environmental issues. Please take the time to view this information - our choices as consumers do count."

Treecycle offers paper products (note book paper, pads and envelops) as well as pens and paper.  All are made with Recycled and / or Post Consumer Waste materials.

 
More about Treecycle - The Mobro Principles

"Named for the infamous garbage barge that sailed around the world, looking for a place to dump its load, the Mobro Principles .are ... voluntary commitments to identify and encourage the use of recycled paper. The goals of the Mobro Principles include:"

  • "promoting the use of recycled paper with high post-consumer content"

  • "helping businesses, government organizations, and the public identify the best recycled paper available, by establishing a uniform ranking system"

  • "providing paper manufacturers with incentives to offer papers with high post-consumer content."

"Treecycle has endorsed these principles and encourages you to do the same. Please call us for more information."

For a list of web resource on environmental issues Link

 

Via:  Treecycle.com   Link

August 14, 2007

Need Help Going Green - Hire a Carbon Coach




Carbonoach.com logo  Want to be green?
>>Yes
Know how to be green?
>>No

                                                    Need Help?
                                                    >> What is available?

In addition to numerous web sites and countless articles there is now personal coaching available.  Read on to learn more about the Carbon Coach ...

In the face of conflicting information about what the most significant sources of carbon dioxide are, we dither. When we aren’t sure what to tackle first, we delay. When we are short of time and personal energy, we only tackle things that we are confident will make a dent in our carbon footprint. That’s where I come in.

"I can help coach you toward a continual reduction of your carbon usage. ... shrunk my own carbon footprint significantly ... and I can steer you towards those actions that are the most effective, most practical and most rewarding in your situation."

" ...  as ... with sports or life coaches, having a friendly source of enlightenment and encouragement can help you to turn more of your intentions into actions."

" ... As a result of working with me, people tend to find joy in 'travelling light' and often regret not taking action earlier. People also find that the financial savings they make quickly cover the cost of my involvement, generating a very welcome financial and environmental win-win."

Via:  Carboncoach.com   Link

August 06, 2007

Environmentally Friendly Food Packaging




EarthShell Logo

The amount of and type of packaging determines the quantity of material that ends of as trash vs. degradable / recyclable material.

Here is a company that is developing a wide variety of "earth friendly" packaging materials.

Read on for more ...  

" ... EarthShell Corporation licenses and commercializes proprietary composite material technology for the manufacture of EarthShell Packaging ... including cups, plates, bowls, hinged-lid containers and sandwich wraps,  ... Based on a unique composite technology that combines organics such as starch from potatoes and inorganic materials such as limestone, ... is designed to be high performing and cost-competitive compared to other food service packaging options."EarthShell Products

" ... an alternative within the $25 billion market for paper and plastic disposables. ... business model is to license this unique technology to operating partners who will manufacture, market, sell and distribute - EarthShell Packaging products. ... is committed to protecting its unique technology and holds over 100 patents covering material composition, manufacturing processes and product designs to protect the EarthShell technology."

Vision, Mission and Values:

"To make EarthShell Packaging the preferred choice in disposable food service packaging."

  • "Develop environmentally preferable, high-quality products at a competitive price"
  • "Create shareholder value"
  • "Restore profitability to the disposable food service industry"
  • "Focus on continual improvement through technology and innovation"
  • "Respect employees as individuals and value team spirit"
  • "Contribute to positive change through social responsibility"

A History of Commitment
" ... founders Essam Khashoggi and Simon Hodson were committed to finding environmentally preferable alternatives to ... packaging ... offered by traditional plastic or paper packaging. EarthShell was created from the beginning with a focus on sustainable development ... ".


Via:  EarthShell Corporation  Link

August 03, 2007

Easy Ways to Go Green ...Part 5 of 5




 

green" Here are some more of the 50 Easy Ways to go Green".  For the complete list follow the link at the end of this BLOG post.



Mow-ercise! - [new] reel lawn mowers are easier to push than the old models. Their eco-benefit: zero emissions (plus, you're getting great exercise). If you prefer a power mower, consider a quiet, battery-operated model ... "

"Go native - Plant flowers and shrubs that are well suited to your climate (the staff at your local nursery can help). The benefit: You'll use less fertilizer and pesticides."

Five eco labels you can really trust

 

 

USDA Organic

 

"USDA Organic - Seen on: Food products - What it means -Food is produced without antibiotics, genetic engineering, or most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides." 

Rainforest Alliance Certified

 

"Rainforest Alliance Certified -Seen on: Coffee, chocolate, bananas - What it means - Companies harvesting the food practice soil and water conservation; they also reduce the use of pesticides."

Fair Trade CVertified

 

 "Fair Trade Certified - Seen on: Coffee, tea, chocolate, fruit, rice, sugar -What it means - Food is grown on small farms; farmers receive a fair price."

 Certified Humane

 

 

"Certified Humane - Seen on: Eggs, meat -What it means - Animals raised for dairy, meat, and poultry products are treated humanely. Growth hormones are prohibited, and animals are raised on a diet without antibiotics."

Green Seal

 

"Green Seal - Seen on: Napkins, toilet paper, paper towels - What it means - they must meet recycling and bleaching standards."

 

 

Via:  MSN.com  Link

July 27, 2007

G.E. Earth Rewards Credit Card




G.E. Earth Rewards MasterCard

G.E. Announces the Earth Rewards "Green Credit Card.  The Rewards are in the form of reliable greenhouse gas offsets - even the application process is GREEN (paperless).

To learn more --- Read on: 


"New York, NY, July 25, 2007 – ...  the GE Money Earth RewardsSM Platinum MasterCard,® the first US credit card dedicated to reducing cardholders’ carbon emissions through trustworthy and reliable greenhouse gas emission offsets."

" ... the first consumer finance product in GE’s ecomagination portfolio – allows users to reduce their carbon footprint by automatically contributing up to one percent of their card purchases to buy greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions offsets. ... making Earth Rewards their primary card, a typical consumer could ... offset a significant portion of their likely direct annual GHG emissions. The application process is 100 percent paperless, ...".

GE Logo

“ ... the consumer-focused, educational MyEarthRewards.com and ecomagination.com web sites highlight the ways that GE is helping customers meet their growing environmental needs.”

" ... Each Earth Day (April 22), those Rewards will be used to purchase and retire greenhouse gas emissions credits through GE AES Greenhouse Gas Services, a joint venture between GE Energy Financial Services and The AES Corporation, ... ".

“GE and AES are committed to reducing 10 million metric tons of greenhouse gases each year by 2010 – equal to taking nearly 1.8 million cars off the road annually, ...”.

"... consumers will be able to select  ... a full one percent of their card net purchases to GHG emission reduction projects; or contribute ½ percent to reduction projects and receive ½ percent cash back through their monthly statements ... will be able to switch back and forth between reward programs whenever they choose... ".

Sounds great.  What is the impact a typical consumer cam make based on selected spending?

"Purchase Amount - Environmental Impact"
"$25 - Offsets the emissions associated with running a typical refrigerator for a month."
"$500 - Offsets the emissions from driving nearly 1,500 miles in the average car."
"$750/month for one year - Offsets the direct emissions one consumer is likely to produce in a year."

"The Earth Rewards card was launched at 7 World Trade Center, New York City’s first high performance LEED-certified commercial building (“LEED” is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™,... ".


For educational information: ecomagination.com 

 

Via:   G.E. NewsCenter.com Link

July 26, 2007

Easy Ways to Go Green ...Part 4 of 5




 

green" Here are some more of the 50 Easy Ways to go Green".  For the complete list follow the link at the end of this BLOG post.



Gregor Halenda

"Become a flexitarian - Swap out one meat dish a week for a veggie plate. ... raising produce is "cheaper," in terms of energy, than raising animals. Log on to vegweb.com to find tasty, meatless recipes..."

"Go for the gold- coffee filters ... - Spare trees by replacing paper filters in your coffeemaker with reusables (usually gold colored)."

"Compost - Instead of trashing food scraps, toss them into Gardener's Supply Company Kitchen Compost Crock, a ceramic countertop composter that's perfect for first-timers (gardeners.com)."

"Break out the bamboo -... is a far more sustainable natural resource than wood because it grows very quickly."

"Buy a laptop - It uses considerably less power than a desktop computer.

"Get off junk mail lists - Register with the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service (dmaconsumers.org) ... a significant reduction in mail after three months."


Gregor Halenda


"Buy organic for baby - ... 100 percent organic cotton grown without harmful chemicals (hannaandersson.com)".

"Teach kids to be green - Give your little ones responsibility for your family's recycling  ... ".


 

 

 

Via:  MSN.com  Link

July 25, 2007

Easy Ways to Go Green ...Part 3 of 5




 

green" Here are some more of the 50 Easy Ways to go Green".  For the complete list follow the link at the end of this BLOG post.


Gregor Halenda


"Protect the earth while you picnic -... ask people to write their names on disposable cups so they'll use only one ... If you use disposable dinnerware, buy the kind that won't clog landfills or kill trees. To try: EarthShell plates and bowls (www.earthshell.com). They're made from corn, potatoes, and limestone ...".

 

 

Gregor Halenda

 
"Take paint precautions - Most paint emits VOCs (volatile organic compounds), ... But manufacturers like Sherwin-Williams have developed water-based products that perform well but give off virtually no VOCs. ... Made from 99 percent food-grade ingredients, Anna Sova's Healthy Wall Finish (annasova.com) leaves your rooms smelling vaguely like vanilla.".

"Raise the roof with recycled materials - If ... shingles need replacing, consider a Classic Metal Roofing System (classicroof.com). ... recycled aluminum cans but resembles traditional shakes or tiles ...".


Gregor Halenda

 

"Dress in eco-chic clothing - Lara Miller's Melissa tunic is 100 percent bamboo, ... (laramiller.net.) Linda Loudermilk, ... uses fabric made from sasawashi (a Japanese leaf), along with bamboo, soya, and other exotic self-sustaining plants(lindaloudermilk.com)."





 

Via:  MSN.com  Link

July 23, 2007

Green Paper and Cleaning Products




SEventh Generation Logo 

There are many companies that offer Green Products.  Many provide a wide range of products.  All have neat web sites.  

Seventh Generation's web site has lots of great Green Factoids and links to living the Green life.

We can all make a difference - one at a time.  "Each individual can make a difference .... The choices we make everyday regarding the food we eat, how much water and energy we consume, the types of cleaning products we use, the kind of car (and how often) we drive, all can have a positive or negative impact on the earth."

What about the name?  What is the meaning or message?
"... derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois that states, In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." 

"... provide interesting and relevant information through our product packaging and other initiatives including printed materials. .. "The Seventh Generation Guide to a Non-Toxic Home," a comprehensive guide designed to help consumers and retail buyers make better health and environmental choices ... perhaps the most important lesson ... is that "as goes the earth's health, so goes ours."

Interesting Factoid:

"If every household in the U.S. replaced just one 4 pack of 400 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with 100% recycled ones, we could save: 1,450,000 trees, 3.7 million cubic feet of landfill space, equal to 5,500 full garbage trucks, 523 million gallons of water, a year’s supply for 4,100 families of four, and avoid 89,000 pounds of pollution!"

Via:  Seventh Generation.com   Link

July 19, 2007

New Jersey Clean Choice Power Program




New Jersey Clean Power Choice Program What can an individual do to generate clean power?  Not everyone is in a position financially or other) to put up solar panels or a wind turbine or a hydro power facility.

>>BUT:   If you live in New Jersey (and other states including Pennsylvania) you can choose to have part of your electricity generated from these sources.

Sound appealing?  Read on ...New JErsey's Clean Energy Program

"... CleanPower Choice Program ... is a statewide program that allows you to choose clean, renewable sources of energy. ... you're choosing to support ... renewable energy sources that diversify our energy supply ... Solar power. Wind power. Low-impact or small hydro power. Landfill gas power. Clean power, that's good for the environment, good for the climate, and good for New Jersey."

"... electricity is generated from clean, renewable energy sources located in New Jersey and the mid-Atlantic region. Importantly, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities' Office of Clean Energy verifies that renewable energy is delivered into the Mid Atlantic power pool that serves your needs. ... each household that participates ... can reduce CO2 emissions by over 10,000 lbs. per year, which is equivalent to planting 1.35 acres of trees!*"

Via:  NJCleanPower.com   Link

July 18, 2007

Plastic Bags: Their Days May be Numbered ...




plastic shopping bags 

Paper or Plastic?paper shopping bag
How many times have you heard that one?
What is the best choice?

 

"The plastic bag's stranglehold ... just received its first blow. ... a first for the nation if fully passed, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors today [March 27, 2007] voted 10-1 to prohibit petroleum-based checkout bags in large markets and pharmacies."

"... would usher in the use of eco-friendly alternatives; biodegradable plastic or recycled paper bags ..."

Here are some facts about the ubiquitious plastic bag ...

"... only introduced to our shopping culture 25 years ago ... Between 500 billion-1 trillion are used each year worldwide. ... they are not biodegradable, only photodegradable.  ... they break down into smaller and smaller pieces of the same material -- but only if exposed to sunlight. Animals choke on them, sea life becomes entangled ..." plastic bags

"... burden of not only the environmental impact, but also the disposal of plastic bags. San Francisco alone spends $8.5 million a year on disposal. ... new alternatives, made from corn by-products, have markets in San Fran nervous over costs, durability, and quality. ... On the flip side, corn farmers have another potential windfall in their sights. San Francisco may only be the beginning of a massive national sweep. If more corn-based bags are needed, what will this do to the price of food? Agriculture experts are already concerned over ethanol's effect on production in the U.S.

 

What can you do ... you ask???
>>> Bring your own bag from last time or better yet ... buy and use a permanent shoppong bag.  Many stores offer these for sale.

 

Via:  Sustainableisgood.com  Link  and   Via:  GreenOptions.com   Link 

July 17, 2007

Car Rentals go Green




Car rental companies are seeing GREEN by offering Hybrids to their customers.  Hertz even offers to make a donation to the National Park Foundation.  

See below for more.
 

Avis Hybrid

Avis Logo

 

"Avis goes green! Introducing our new hybrid car. The Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle with both an electric motor & a gasoline engine for greater fuel economy. It is a 4-door hatchback with seating for 5."

 

 

"Hertz Green Collection.  ... fuel efficient, environmentally-friendly cars that are both easy on the wallet and suitable for families and small groups traveling together."Hertz Logo

Hertz Green Collection"... Toyota Prius Hybrid, the newest vehicle in the Green Collection.  We have nearly 35,000 cars in the Green Collection fleet, all vehicles are:         
       • EPA Highway Fuel Efficiency rating of 28 Miles or more per gallon"
         

Hertz is committed to saving the environment.  That’s why for every reserved and paid Green Collection rental, we will contribute $1 to the National Park Foundation with a minimum contribution of $1 Million*. 

 

 

Via:  www.avis.com  Link

Via:  www.hertz.com   Link

July 13, 2007

New Yorkers to give up Bottled Water to Go Green?




The ubiquitous plastic bottle of water is everywhere. 

Drinking water from a plastic bottle

While there are many questions about the relative merits of tap vs. bottled water such as taste, quality, etc. there are the facts that bottled water can have a significant impact on the environment:

- the petrochemicals used to make plastic bottles
- the energy used for transport; sometime across the world
- the remaining waste if not recycled.
- the depletion of local water supplies

tap water

Granted; some areas have better water than others and plastic bottles are handy (and safe) to use while traveling) but .... some major cities like Philadelphia and New York are quite proud of the taste and quality of their tap water ....  

"The City of New York is trying to persuade its people to give up bottled drinks and consume tap water instead to help protect the environment."

"City officials say their campaign will save people money, and reduce waste."

"According to environmental groups, four out of five plastic water bottles end up on landfill sites and the production process contributes to global warming. ... Distribution process sometimes involves shipping water halfway around the world."

"But the Bottled Water Association says it is unfair to single out an industry that is promoting recycling and introducing biodegradable packaging."

 

Via:  BBC News   Link

Dry Detergent is Environmentally Friendly




 dropps
Sometimes it's the simple ideas that make the most sense. 

In this case the idea is a remake of powdered laundry detergent; but with a twist - easy to use pre-measured dissolvable packets. 

Less cost to ship, less space on the shelf, and less waste to dispose and less mess when using!

DRIPPS - "Dissolvable, Ready-to-use, Organic, Premeasured Packet."  "Cot'nWash is phosphate-free and its organic surfactants are biodegradable.  ... super concentrated so we don't waste water ... manufacturing and transport and we don’t waste energy transporting mostly water filled jugs either.  ... conserve energy and water because they clean effectively in all temperatures, and are designed for use in high efficiency washers.  We use as little packaging as possible, and dropps is the only liquid laundry detergent that is packaged in recyclable RPET packaging.  No animal testing is used to develop our product."

 

Via:  Cot'nWash.com   Link

July 12, 2007

Subaru of America's Indiana Plant Achieves ZERO LANDFILL Status




Suburu of Indiana Plant
Everyone knows about Subaru and their fuel efficient line of cars .... BUT ... did you know that:

- Their Indiana Manufacturing plant has achieved ZERO LANDFILL status
- They are the first auto plant in the U.S. to achieve this satus.

 Details below:

"Consider this: When you carry out your trash at home ... next collection day, you'll be sending more trash to landfills than the entire Subaru manufacturing plant in Lafayette, IndianaSubaru Logo (SIA). ... was the first auto assembly plant to achieve zero landfill status - nothing from its manufacturing efforts goes into a landfill. It's all reused and recycled."

 

  • "In 2006, ... awarded the U.S. EPA's Gold Achievement Award as a top achiever in the agency's WasteWise program to reduce waste and improve recycling."
  • "In 2004, ... the first U.S. manufacturing facility to reach zero landfill status."
  • "In 2003, ... the first U.S. automotive assembly plant to be designated a wildlife habitat. Deer, coyotes, beavers, blue herons, geese, ... live there in peaceful coexistence with the Subaru plant. It's our commitment to leave as small a footprint as possible, ..."
  • "In 2002, ... first auto assembly plant in the U.S. with an on-site solvent recovery system that produces dry still bottoms."
  • "Each year, SIA actively recycles 99.3% of excess/leftover steel, plastic, wood, paper, glass, and other materials. The remaining 0.7% is shipped to the city of Indianapolis and incinerated to help generate steam."
Via:  Subaru.com   Link

July 11, 2007

European Union's Green PMs Consider Carbon Impact of Two Location




 

 

The European Union (EU) alternates meetings between its two locations in Brussels and Strasburg, France.  The regular "commute" between these sites is not a plus for the environment some in the EU say. 

Read on for more.
EU Flags

"EU institutions need to put their own house in order before it can be seriously considered as the global leader in the battle against climate change, argues Green MEP Caroline Lucas. .... a start would be the end of the monthly "merry-go-round" between Brussels and Strasbourg."

 

"... the European Parliament itself is a prodigious emitter of carbon. Take, for example, its anachronistic "two seat" arrangement that sees its meetings alternate between Brussels and Strasbourg, 220 miles away."

"...monthly [trip] consists of some 2,000 parliamentary staff and interpreters, nearly 1,000 assistants, journalists and lobbyists, 785 MEPs and 15 lorry-loads of trunks and documents ...responsible for emitting at least 20,000 tonnes of CO2 every year - about the same as the entire CO2 output of a small nation like Kiribati, or 4,000 London households."

"The EU could become a world leader in tackling climate change and sustainable living, promoting renewable energy generation and living more lightly on the planet - indeed, it's essential that it does so.

"Green MEPs know this and are committed to trying to lead the other EU institutions and member governments towards the same conclusion. If we are to succeed though, we will have to put our own house(s) in order first."

Via:  BBC News Link

July 10, 2007

Green Quiz - Test Your Enviro IQ




 

Going Green Green Challenge - Test Your Green IQ:

Water, water everywhere ... but not a drop to drink?  Water is everywhere ... yet we seem to be running out ... what are the real numbers? 

  • How much of the earth's surface is covered by water?
  • How much of the water is fresh water?
  • How much is drinkable?

Did you guess ....

  • 75% of the surface covered by water
  • 2.5% isd fresh
  • less than 1% is available for human consumption.

 

Take the ABC News: Going Green quiz and see what you really know ... and what you can learn.  QuizLink

 

 Via:  ABC News: Going Green   Link

Tredyffrin Township Goes for Green Power and Solar Panels




Tredyffrin Township Logo Some Pensylvania municipalities are making a go of becoming more green.  Most townships over a certain population must recycle - that is the law.  Others are taking it to the next level.

Read on about Tredyffrin Township in Penmnsylvania. 

"The Board of Supervisors ... approved the recommendations ... to start purchasing clean energy from PECO Wind. The Township will start purchasing 5% of its energy needs from PECO Wind for the remainder of 2007 and purchase 20% of its energy needs starting in 2008, then re-evaluate the provider and percentage annually thereafter."

Clean Energy Campaign

"In December, 2006, the ... Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution committing to the Pennsylvania Clean Energy Communities Campaign. ... a partnership between the Pennsylvania Sustainable Development Fund and SmartPower, ... whose purpose is to assist communities in the support and purchase of clean, renewable energy. Their goal is to help Tredyffrin Township qualify as Clean Energy Community. Once we have qualified, we will receive a free 1 kW solar energy system worth $10,000 to put on any building of our choice. Tredyffrin Township has already taken the first step towards becoming a Pennsylvania Clean Energy Community by passing a resolution committing to use 20% clean energy for all municipal buildings and facilities by 2010.

 

For more details on the PEnnsylvania Clean Energy Comunities Campaign follow this Link 

 

 

Via:  Tredyffrin Township (PA) Tredyffrin Times Newletter - Spring 2007   Link 

July 09, 2007

Fuel Saving Economy Tips




 

high gasoline pricesIt's summer vacation time and the orice of gasoline is hovering around $3.00 / gal self serve in the Philadelphia area.  

How do you get the most from each precious gallon?  Read on for some EASY TIPS: 


"... the average car releases about one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile driven? ...Driving a fuel efficient car, driving to maximize fuel efficiency, and maintaining your car properly can greatly reduce your car's impact on the climate."

"Here are [some of the] 14 Easy-to-Follow Tips to Increase Your Fuel Economy."  Click the link to get them a

"Plan Your Route  Don't make unnecessary trips, and combine several errands in one trip ... If you have several things to do, but the timing is unimportant, save them up to do together in one longer trip"

"Keep Track of Your Gas Mileage   A drop in ... fuel economy can be a sign of engine trouble"

"Take A Load Off  ... Every extra 100 pounds costs you about a half-mile-per gallon, reducing fuel economy by about 1 percent. So don't carry unnecessary weight."

"Follow the Speed Limit  Driving 65 mph instead of 75 mph will increase your fuel economy by about 10%."

"Inflate Your Tires Check your tire pressure at least once a month and maintain it at manufacturer specifications. ... If your tires are under-inflated by just 3 pounds, fuel economy goes down by about 1 percent and it will cost you a half-mile-per-gallon.

"Avoid Drag I... aerodynamic drag ... results in higher fuel consumption. A roof rack that is not permanently fixed to your vehicle should be removed when it is not being used."

"Try Not To Idle For More Than A Minute ... letting your engine idle for more than a minute will burn even more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it. If there's a long line at the drive-in window, turn off your engine or park and go inside."

 

For links to other resources CLICK HERE

 

Via:  BetterWorldClub.com   Link

 

 

July 05, 2007

California's Green Lodging Program




California Green Lodging Program

California makes it easy to find out more about Green Hotels, their benefit to the environment  and more. 

" ... Green Lodging Program encourages State and local government travelers to seek out and give preference to these certified “green hotels.” ...Check out Green Resources for Travelers to find related forms and links."

Learn how to “green” your hotel and become part of the Green Lodging Program. Move towards reducing your impact on the environment through: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), increasing your recycling and composting, and reducing your energy and water usage. ..."


"Why "Green" Hotels?"

  • "Average-sized hotels purchase more products in one week than 100 families do in a year. We want at least 50 percent of those purchases to be environmentally preferable products."
  • "Waste generation can be as high as 30 pounds per room per day; as much as 80 percent of these materials can be recycled."
  • "Hospitality industry spends $3.7 billion a year on energy. Electricity use accounts for 60-70 percent of the utility costs of a typical hotel. We can introduce you to energy-efficient" products and practices that will reduce energy consumption, therefore lowering energy costs.
  • "Two percent of California’s food waste comes from the hotel and lodging industry (112,000 tons per year). This food waste can be composted and/or donated to charities."
  • "Typical hotels use 218 gallons of water per day per occupied room. Water-efficient fixtures can reduce water and sewer bills by 25-30 percent."

Green Palm Tree

 

Via:  California Green Lodging  Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via:  California Green Lodging Program   Link 

June 28, 2007

Check Your Carbon Impact - How Green Are You?




CO2

You do all the easy stuff ... recycle, reduce, reuse.  You even try to live the green live.  Are you succeeding?

Just how green are you?  What is your impact on the environment?

>> Here are 2 sites that will help you determine your impact on the environment. 

 

terrapass.comterrapass.com

 

>> Enter your car's information and find out how much Co2 you are emitting
per year ... my 11 year old car that is used approx. 6000 miles emitted 4,989 lbs of CO2 per year.

Look for ideas on reducing / off setting your carbon emissions. 

 

carbon zero calculatorgocarbonzero.com

>> Enter information about your lifestyle you will get your estimated carbon impact, the number of trees needed to offset this and other ideas for reducing / off setting carbon emissions.

There is an option to donate to have these trees planted for you "on your behalf to fight climate change."

 

 

Via:  The Green Dude   Line:  www.greentechnolog.com 

 

June 05, 2007

Starbucks Green Umbrella




 Starbucks Green Umbrella

Starbucks' "green umbrella contest " is another illustration of their commitment to the environment and environmental awareness.
 

"To benefit Global Green USA, ... celebrities are designing, painting and transforming Starbucks umbrellas into original works of art based on the theme “Be Green This Summer.”"  Beginning May 21, the umbrellas are being auctioned ... with winning bid amounts benefiting Global Green USA, an organization working to stem climate change. In addition ... Starbucks will contribute $25,000 ... "

Be Green" Find Out how you can make a difference by playing the
Planet Green Game."
 

Via:   Starbucks.com   Link 

June 04, 2007

Easy Ways to Go Green ... Part 2 of ?




 

green" Here are some more of the 50 Easy Ways to go Green".  For the complete list follow the link at the end of this BLOG post.

 

"Around the house - "

"Save money in the bathroom - ... (with) water-efficient showerheads ... a family of four can cut water usage by as much as 280 gallons a month-and yet not feel much difference in water pressure."

"Bring home superhero plants - Certain greens can help remove indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene. ... Golden pothos, English ivy, and peace lilies are all easy-to-grow toxin fighters."

"Recycle rechargeables - ... in certain states-Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Vermont-it's illegal to throw them away. ... you can find a nearby store that will recycle them for you; just go to rbrc.org and type in your zip code."

"Recycle smart - ... when you want to dispose of an old item, don't make the dump your first stop ... alternatives: freecycle.org and earth911.org. ... Freecycle Network (is) "a place to give or receive what you have and don't need or what you need and don't have ..." ... Earth 911 Web site offers community-specific resources, with a focus on recycling. ... "
 
 
Via:  MSN.com  Link


Better World Club - A Green Auto Club





better world club - roadside addistance

 

Now there  is a GREEN automobile club with fulkl service benefits.  Read on and learn more about Better World Club, Inc, headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

"Better World Club, Inc. is dedicated to balancing economic goals with social and environmental responsibility. ... supports a cleaner environment and alternative modes of transportation. We will provide ... high quality, good value and environmentally sensitive products and services:"

- "Emergency Roadside Assistance"
- "Travel Products and Services"
- "Insurance Products and Services"better world club

" ... we act as an advocate ... of the consumer and demonstrate our social and environmental commitment by donating an amount equal to 1% of our annual revenues toward environmental clean-up and advocacy and by providing unique eco-friendly travel alternatives."

 

Via:  BetterWorldClub.com Link

June 01, 2007

Easy Ways to Go Green ... Part 1 of ?




 

green" Here are some of the 50 Easy Ways to go Green".  For the complete list follow the link at the end of this BLOG post.

 

"At the supermarket - "

Gregor Halenda


"Support local farms - At eatwellguide.org you can plug in your zip code and find suppliers of organic and sustainably produced meat, poultry, eggs, and more. ... buy locally, you won't have to rely on farms that ship food nationwide, which helps to decrease our dependence on oil ... "

"Tote your own grocery bag -Paper or plastic? Neither! If you're shopping for a small load, (cathkidston.com) ... (reusablebags.com)".

"Pay attention to packaging -Every American produces about four and a half pounds of garbage a day. ... eyeball the amount of cardboard, plastic, and/or other materials used ... Wal-Mart is ... waking up to the problem: The chain is replacing petroleum-based plastic containers with corn-based packaging for precut fruit, herbs, strawberries, and Brussels sprouts."

 

Via:  MSN.com  Link 

Did You Know - Factoid ...(another one)




Here is an interesting factoid ... Car pooling

car emmisions
Did you know that "If each commuting car carried just one more person, we'd save more than 18 million gallons of gasoline and keep more than 360 million pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere every day".
 

 

Via:  Starbucks "ad" in the Sunday Thursday 10, 2007 edition of the New York Times ...
 

Learn more at www.planetgreengame.com   Link

May 31, 2007

First "Platinum" LEED Rated House - Steve Glenn's Very Green Home




Green House

Steve Glenn (founder of PeopleLink Inc.) has built the first LEED Platinum certified residential house in the US.  It offers many unique features - though the house was not inexpensiveGreen House

"... house is the prototype for LivingHomes.  ... sells prefabricated houses with this design by architect Ray Kappe, for about $250 per square foot (not including land, site development, or transportation).  ...  green features add about 20% to the base cost of the home and generate about $1,500 in savings per year.  (disclaimer: these are all estimates, but if you take these figures seriously, there is no breakeven on a 30 year mortgage...but this calculation comes with a load of assumptions.)"

Among the features and approx costs:

  • "Recycled Water System:  $20,000

  • Ventilation (whole house ceiling fan from Tamarack Technologies):  $1,200
  • Fireplace (EcoSmart fireplace from Fire Co. is flue-less):  $?
  • Hot Water (radiant heating system by Apricus Solar):  $33,000
  • Living Roof (garden & deer grass roof by Great Outdoors Landscaping):  $8,000
  • Electricity (Scott Corp. photovoltaic panels for up to 80% of house needs):  $12,000 (after $13,000 in state rebates & federal tax credits). 
  • Lighting (bright bars of light diodes from American Permalight):  $95 per bar
  • Windows (double-pane glass from Pilkington Group & sliding doors from Fleetwood Windows and Doors):  $33,000 for entire house.

    Green House


 

 

 

 

 

To see a slide show follow the Link to a BusinessWeek site. 

To see a video of the the home being build follow the Link to www.livinghomes.us

 

Via:  BusinessWeek   Sept. 11, 2006   Link 

May 14, 2007

Stop Global Warming Dot Org




 stop global warming.org

FACT:  "An average car in the United States driven 10,000 miles in one year releases 5.5 tones of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere"  

Global warming.  It seems like only the government and large corporations can do something about it.
NOT TRUE !!

Here are a few simple, easy things you can do - right now - to help stop global warming:

electronics

"Unplug un-used electronics: Even when electronic devices are turned off, they use energy. Save over 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $256 per year."

thermostat
"Adjust your thermostat: Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer. Save 2000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $98 per year."

insulation"Insulate your home:   Make sure your walls and ceilings are insulated. Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $245 per year."   

 

 

 

 

Via:  stopglobalwarming.org   Link 

May 11, 2007

New Jersey Program Offers Clean Power Choice




NJ Clean Power Choice Program

 

Electricity users in New Jersey (that means JUST ABOUT EVERYONE) can choose to use "clean power".  It's easy to do and good for the environment.

"... is a statewide program that allows you to choose clean, renewable sources of energy. ... Solar power. Wind power. Low-impact or small hydro power. Landfill gas power. Clean power, that's good for the environment, good for the climate, and good for New Jersey. ... Importantly, the ... Office of Clean Energy verifies that renewable energy is delivered into the Mid Atlantic power pool that serves your needs. ... Also, each household that participates in the CleanPower Choice Program can reduce CO2 emissions by over 10,000 lbs. per year, which is equivalent to planting 1.35 acres of trees!*"

 

"*This is an estimate that varies by product selection and household energy usage."

For more information see the programs FAQs Link

Some of the Clean Power Providers are:

Sterling Planet

Community Energy

Green Montain Power

 Jersey-Atlantic Wind

 

 

 

 

Via:  New Jersey Clean Power Choice Program   Link 

May 10, 2007

Ikea Promotes Reusable Shopping Bags




 recycling reduces rubbish - reusable shopping bag

Ikea is encouraging its customers reduce the use of "throw-away" plastic shopping bags and to use a reusable bag.  The driver is to charge for a "throw-away" bag and donate the moneys to an environmental group.  Details below:ikea logo

"...  join us in reducing plastic bags usage by 50% - from 70 million to 35 million in the first year. Beginning March 15th we will charge 5 cents for every "throw-away" plastic bag. All proceeds* from the first year of this program will be donated to American Forests, ...  to plant trees and offset CO2 emissions. "

 "WHY? The amount of plastic shopping bags that we all use once and toss is overwhelming.
- The average family of 4 accumulates 1460 plastic shopping bags a year
- 100 billion are given away each year in the US
- Plus it can take up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to break down in the environment."piles of plastic bags ...

"REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE! IKEA has a great alternative to "throw-away" plastic bags- the IKEA Blue Bag. We've reduced the price on this large, reusable and durable bag to 59 cents. One of these bags can replace hundreds of "throw-away" plastic bags and has lots of great uses!"

"* A maximum contribution of $1,750,000 within 12 months"

Via:  Ikea.com   Link

 

Did You Know - Factoid ...




compact flourescent bulbs

 

Here is an interesting factoid ...  car emmisions

Did you know that "If everyone who received this newspaper today switched one lightbulb in their house to a compact fluorescent light, it wouod be like eliminating the emissions of approximately 89,000 cars for one year".

 

 

Via:  Starbucks "ad" in the Sunday May 6, 2007 edition of the New York Times ...
 

Learn more at www.planetgreengame.com   Link

 

 

May 03, 2007

Green Web Hosting Service - Wind and Sun Powered and a Tree for each New Customer




 Powered by wind and sun

Green "web hosting" is growing ...

From ThinkHost: "changing the world by providing high quality earth-friendly web hosting services & supporting social change activism".

Their Mission Statement:  " ... I founded the company based on 3 simple principles - Honesty, Integrity and Trust. I'm proud to say that while we have grown substantially over the years, we have not outgrown the original ThinkHost objectives - and never will."Thinkhost

Some of the ways they contribute to a low impact on the earth:  "... All our hosting plans are 100% wind/solar powered.  ... most of our team members "telecommute" - saving thousands of gallons of fuel annually ... use very little in terms of paper and encourage the use of notebook computers by our team to conserve electricity.  We recently also implemented a tree planting initiative - we plant a tree for every new client!"

 

Via:  Thinkhost.com   Link 

May 01, 2007

Eco Options ... Good for the Environment - Good for Yout




The Home Depot

The Home Depot has always carried products that were "earth friendly" such as Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFB). 

They have now introduced "Eco Options" branding to highlight those products that offer one or more benefits related to the environment.  

According to Home Depot, the Eco Options Brand " makes it easy for you to identify products that make a difference, one choice at a time."

Sustainable Forestry:  products "produced from responsibly managed forests"

Energy Efficient:  products "that use less energy, reducing the amount of electricity needed"

Healthy Home:  products "that improve the quality of the environment in & around your home"

Clean Air:  products "that improve air quality through reduced emissions"

Water Conservation:  products "that clean or use water more efficiently"

 

The bottom of the Eco Options Home Page has lots of useful information and facts ...
>>>Check it out and learn more!

 

Via:  The Home Depot   Link 

April 18, 2007

A Greener Shoe




Green Toe Shoes sustainable raw materials
All natural shoes.  Sounds good.

What goes into an all natural shoe and why is it so good for the planet?
>>>  Read on and find out!

 

green toe shoes

" ... About a gazillion pairs later... give or take a few... weve managed to learn a few things. ... And none more important than this: HOW we make our shoes is just as important as WHY we make them. ... finding more sustainable ways of doing business so we can make a gazillion more."

" ... we're committed to making our product 100% sustainable.  Finding materials and processes that make our products sustainable is a method we call Green Toe."

In addition to using the materials in the graphic to the right ... they also ...

* carpool
* recycle most plastics, paper, cardboard and aluminum
* use biodegradable cleaning products and more
* and more ... see the ecoETHICS page   Link

 

 

Via:  Simple Shoes   Link 

 

Green Ideas from Green TV




 

Sundance Challel: Green Sundance
Premieres April 17th, 2007 @ 9 pm EST. 

Presenting  "the GREEN: big ideas for a SMALL PLANET (TM)".

Robert Redford, has announced the launch of Sundance Channel Green. ... will "present original series and documentary premieres about the earth’s ecology and concepts of 'green' living that balance human needs with responsible environmental stewardship."

"Programming ... will include:"

"1. Original Series: Change Agents: a high energy, story and character-driven documentary series about the people and projects that are on the front lines of environmental sustainability and innovation."

"2. Interstitial Series: Sundance Channel will launch several interstitial series that will highlight a range of environmental issues and offer viewers innovative suggestions to effect change in their own lives."

"3. Documentaries: The block will feature compelling feature length documentary premieres and news specials on environmental subjects."

 

Tune in to Episode 1:  A Crude Awakening.

 

The Sundance Channel   Link
 

 

Via:  Treehugger.com   Link 

April 05, 2007

Google Bus Fleet Eases Employee Commutes .... and Reduces Pollution




Google Logo

 

Google is well known for its innovation in Search Engines and web tools. It is also well known for the many employee perks ... 

What most people do not know is that they are helping to reduce road congestion and traffic by providing bus service to many of the employees in southern California.Google Bus Service Area

In fact - Google operates a LARGE bus fleets.  Some details:

" ... ferries about 1,200 employees to and from Google daily — nearly one-fourth of its local work force — aboard 32 shuttle buses ... Bicycles are allowed on exterior racks, and dogs on forward seats, or on their owners’ laps if the buses run full."

"The shuttles, which carry up to 37 passengers each ... 132 trips every day to some 40 pickup and drop-off locations in more than a dozen cities, crisscrossing six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and logging some 4,400 miles. They pick up workers as far away as Concord, 54 miles northeast of the Googleplex ... system’s routes cover in excess of 230 miles of freeways, more than twice the extent of the region’s BART commuter train system, which has 104 miles of tracks."



 

Via:  Google.Com     Link     and    The New York Times March 10, 2007     Link

 

 

 

 

Whole Foods Market uses 100% Wind Power




 Whole Foods

 In addition to using Solar Power (see GreenTechnolog Blog) Whole Foods Market is big on Wind Power.  Wind Power

"In January, 2006, we made a landmark purchase of renewable energy credits from wind farms to offset 100% of the electricity used in all of our stores, facilities, bakehouses, distribution centers, regional offices and national headquarters in the United States and Canada. This is the largest wind energy credit purchase in the history of North America and makes Whole Foods Market the only Fortune 500 Company purchasing wind energy credits to offset 100% of its electricity use."

 

Via:  WholeFoodsMarket.com   Link

April 03, 2007

Whole Foods Market uses Solar Power




 

Whole Foods Market - Logo

 
Whole Foods Market has committed to using Solar Power at stores in their Southern Pacific, Northern California and North Atlantic Regions. 

Brentwood
"... Brentwood is using solar energy as 24 percent of its power source ... will produce 62,370 kilowatt hours, approximately equal to 20 residential homes, result in more than 140,000 lbs per year of CO2 emissions avoided, the equivalent of removing 10 cars from the roadways, and reduce the equivalent of more than 58 tons of coal being burned."

 

"In March 2002 Whole Foods Market Berkeley became the first major food retailer to introduce solar energy as a primary lighting power source ... while increasing building thermal insulation and extending the life of the roof."  Whole Foods Market - Berkley, California store solar panels

"... In addition to an attractive amortization period, the system will produce and save more than one million kilowatt hours over 25 years and will result in more than 1,060 tons of CO2 emissions avoided, the equivalent of removing 285 cars from the roadways."

"The combination of solar power and efficient lighting, along with a Duro-Last Energy Star® roof system with a solar reflectance of more than 86%, will reduce both peak and base load electricity demand. The net effect will be reduced load on the local electric substation, especially during peak summer hours."

 

"Our Edgewater, New Jersey store ... installing solar panels made by BP Solar on our facility's roof.  ... will meet more than 20 percent of Edgewater store's needs. The new ... system will produce and save more than 2.2 million kWhs over 20 years resulting in more than 1,650 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions avoided, the equivalent of removing 440 cars from the roadways, and reduce the impact on our country's power grids.

 

Via:  WholeFoodsMarket.com    Link

 


 


April 02, 2007

Green Flower Pots on the Way




cow pot

Green Flower Pots?  What dos that mean to you?  To me it means a flower pot made out of a recycled material - preferably not a plastic.

In my time as a backyard gardener I have seen #2 (HDPE or High Density Poly Ethylene), #5 (PP - Polypropylene) and unmarked plastics used as flower pots.  The #2 are easily recycled - the #5 take a little more effort (see a future blog entry for details).  Basically you need to find someone that will hold them until another gardener takes then to reuse them .... or a site that will recycle #5 PP.  Some are even made of paper formed into a "6-pack" container.CowPots

Well -- something better is now available. An there is a HUGE supply of raw material .... Cow Poop. 

"Matt Freund's CowPot (see www.cowpots.com for details) - made of genuine Yankee cow manure - is already available, a set of 15 small ones selling for $11.95 at Gardener's Supply Co. of Burlington, Vt. (www.gardeners.com). They're also sold at Agway and True Value stores."


 

Via:   Philly.com   Link    and    Cowpots.com    Link

March 26, 2007

Australia Plans to Phase Out Incandescent Bulbs




 

Incandescent Bulb

"SYDNEY, Australia (AP)—The Australian government on Tuesday (20-Feb-07)  announced plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs ... Legislation to gradually restrict the sale of the old-style bulbs could reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons by 2012 and cut household power bills by up to 66 percent, said Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull."

"Australia produced almost 565 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2004, official figures show."

"Under the Australian plan, bulbs that do not comply with energy efficiency targets would be gradually banned from sale. Exemptions may apply for special needs such as medical lighting and oven lights."Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

"Fluorescent bulbs are currently more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but use only about 20 percent of the power to produce the same amount of light and last longer, making them more competitive over time, advocates argue."

 

 

Via:   LiveScience.Com   Link 

March 21, 2007

Compact Fluorescent Bulb Disposal




Compact Flourescent Bulbs 

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFB) have many positive qualities including:

- lower energy for a given light output
- long life

However, CFB are manufactured with a small amount of mercury and therefore need to be disposed of properly.  Improper disposal can result in ground and possibly water contamination from the mercury vapor in the bulbs.

 

"Most states do not have special requirements for the disposal of regular household mercury-containing fluorescent lamps (including compact fluorescents), although a few states and localities ban homeowners from disposing of such lamps in normal household trash."

"Many towns and cities offer recycling opportunities at local recycling centers or transfer stations. There may also be household hazardous waste collection days when fluorescent lamps are collected along with paints, pesticides, used motor oil, etc. Contact your local waste disposal officials for details. State requirements and recycling opportunities vary.

"For more information, including a list of companies that recycle lamps, visit www.lamprecycle.org."
 

"Please Note: Recycling companies at www.lamprecycle.org do not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by GE or NEMA of the companies or their technologies. Persons contacting the listed companies should make their own investigations and determinations about the costs and appropriateness of the activities of the listed companies."

 

Via:  GE Consumer and Industrial Lighting   Link 

March 12, 2007

Green Power Locator By State




EPA Green Partnership

 

 

Looking for Green Power providers in your state?  Check out the EPA's Green Power Locator!

What is Green Power:  "Green power is a marketing term for electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydro. Green power is sold to support the development of new renewable energy sources. Products made with green power always contain a higher percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources than conventional electrical service."Guide to Purchasing Green Power

For Pennsylvania (where I live) I found over 19 providers with some offering more that one source of power.  Residential rates range from  0.5 - 7.5 cents / KWhr.

 

For more information see the EPS's Guide to Purchasing Green Power  Link
 

 

Via:  US EPA Green Power Locator   Link

 

Manufacturer Provides for Clothing Recycling




Patagonia

"Way too much of what is made these days ends up in the trash at the end of its useful life. At Patagonia, we're working to change that."

"In 2005 we launched our Common Threads Garment Recycling Program, through which customers could return their worn out Capilene® Performance Baselayers to us for recycling. We've now added Patagonia fleece, Polartec® fleece from other manufacturers and Patagonia organic cotton T-shirts to our list of recyclables."Patagonia Common Threads Recycling

"Our long-term goal is to take environmental responsibility for everything we make. Please help us by changing your clothes for good."

"...if you choose to recycle, you'll gain the satisfaction of knowing that your old polyester garments will not end up in a landfill or an incinerator, and that future Patagonia products will require significantly less virgin polyester (less oil) than products from seasons past.
 

>>> For details on recycling Patagonia clothes clink link and scroll to bottom LINK  


 

Via:  Patagonia   Link 

March 08, 2007

Green Florists




Green Floral Arrangement 

Though it might seem like and oxymoron - GREEN FLORIST - there is quite a lot that a truly green florist can do to distinguish themselves from your everyday florist.

"A Thousand Petals Floral Art offers alternatives to the standard practices of less aware floristry. ... finds organic flowers and combines them with fruits and vegetable leaves. ... also creates beautiful "living arrangements" , centerpieces of live blooming and / or green plants that will continue to live after the festivities."

"Many people don't know that in the floral industry there are many chemicals and products used that are harmful not only to the environment but also to people. ... strives to promote containers that do not require Floral Foam (a.k.a oasis) which is a petroleum bi- product that out gasses formaldehyde when soak in water. This foam is not bio degradable ... Leaf shine commonly used to shine greenery and plants is an aerosol product that is also bad for the lungs. The alternative that green florists know is vegetable oil ..."

"A Thousand petals recycles all paper and cardboard as well as composts the green waste. Flower Shops Dumpsters are overflowing! Flower shops can generate a lot of trash! Newspaper, boxes and packaging from flowers is often mixed together with the green cuttings from the flowers. Many florists do not take the time to sort the tremendous mess that flowers can make."

 

Via:    Green Weddings.Net   Link

Via:    1000 Petals.Com       Link

March 05, 2007

Easy Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption




Energy Savings 

"Did you know that the "average home (is) often responsible for more than twice the annual greenhouse gas emissions than the average car, ... "

Looking for ways to reduce YOUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION?

>>> Check out these ideas from GE. ..."Use GE Energy Smart™ light bulbs and replace your aged dishwasher, refrigerator, air conditioner and washing machine with ENERGY STAR qualified appliances."Saving Energy

"ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers. ... If all Americans used ENERGY STAR qualified GE Profile dishwashers, more than 20 billion gallons of water would be saved per year – enough to fill 25,000 Olympic swimming pools."

"ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators. ... ENERGY STAR qualified GE refrigerators use 40% less energy than conventional models sold in 2001, and about 50% less than models manufactured before 1993."

"ENERGY STAR qualified washers. ... frontload washer saves up to 23 gallons per average-size load, or 61% less water.2 In fact, the GE® frontload washer will actually pay for itself in water and energy cost savings over the course of its life."

"ENERGY Star qualified room air conditioners: Replacing a 10-year-old room air conditioner with a new GE ENERGY STAR qualified model means consumers can save up to 25% in operating costs, and they will use at least 10% less energy than with conventional models ..."

 

>>> While these details refer to GE Energy Star appliances other manufactures Energy Star rated appliances would likely give similar savings. 

Via:   huliq.com   Link

March 04, 2007

The Green Wedding Has Arrived




GreenWeddings Logo

It was bound to happen.  Weddings are going GREEN.

Some of the elements of a green wedding are:Green Weddings

  • "Ecologically sane invitations and other printed materials - ... various options you can play with – tree free paper made out of plants like hemp or kenaf, recycled paper or your own handmade paper. You can also use leaves for your place cards or write the names on pebbles"
  • Environmental Luxury Car Service - (cars that) ... run on clean fuel (CNG), resulting in ultra low emissions. ... cars, which are better for the planet ... Not a solution but a step into the right direction."

    "EVRental Vehicles is co-located at select Budget Rent a Car facilities, and offers a variety of environmentally cleaner vehicles for rent"
  • "Green Photographers ... (ask if) your photographer recycles film packaging, inkjet and laser cartridges. Does he/she offer paperless image workflow using high-resolution digital photography, 100% electronic image exchange, and document submission using PDF instead of proof prints which cause a lot of waste?"Green Floral Arrangment
  • "Flowers and Floral Arrangements - ... alternatives to the standard practices of less aware floristry. Owner Michelle Tomyuk finds organic flowers and combines them with fruits and vegetable leaves. She also creates beautiful "living arrangements" , centerpieces of live blooming and / or green plants that will continue to live after the festivities."

 

 

Via:  GreenWeddings.net    Link

March 01, 2007

The Real Cost of E-Waste




e-waste ... JKLossner 

E-Waste is a fact of life.  What can be done about it is up for discussion.

Like most items; the full cost, including the cost to the environment for its manufacture and disposal, is not the same as the purchase cost.

"Just consider PCs.  Gartner estimates that in the next three years, 400 million will be replaced worldwide.  That's a lot of plastic, glass, metals and chemicals to dispose of, with all their attendant environmental effects.
 

 Cartoon fron www.jklosssner,com

One approach is to factor disposal costs into the Total cost of Ownership (TCO).  This is not a likely scenario given the tight IT budgets most organizations face.

I guess the best we can do for now is reduce, reuse, and recycle by donating usable equipment to charities or giving it to employees or hiring asset disposal firms to properly dispose of it.

For now there are now easy answers ....
>>> Maybe a tax like that once imposed on recyclable bottles?  It's an interesting idea.

 

Via:   ComputerWorld, Feb 19, 2007   Link       and     Via:  GreenDude

 

Computer Program Can Help Save Trees




GreenPrint Technologies LLC

Software that can save trees?  Is this possible?

GreenPrint Technologies LLC says the answer is yes. 

"GreenPrint software eliminates unwanted pages saving paper, ink, money, and millions of trees"

Features

  • Highlights and removes unwanted pages
  • Print overview - easily decide what stays and what goes
  • PDF Creator - Create PDFs with 1 click
  • Track pages and money saved

GreenPrint Screen Shot

 >>> So, how does it work?  "GreenPrint eliminates wasteful pages in any printout automatically, saving you time and money, and maybe more importantly, saving trees, reducing greenhouse gasses, and decreasing waste."

"GreenPrint does this by analyzing each page of every document sent to the printer and looking for typical waste characteristics (like that last page with just a URL, banner ad, logo, or legal jargon)."

 

In addition they are committed to planting trees.  "For every copy of GreenPrint sold before March 31, we will plant a tree. If we reach 500,000 trees before March 31, we´ll match every tree planted with an additional tree, making March 2007 a Million Tree March, find out more."

 

 

Via:  GreenPrint Technologies LLC   Link 

February 11, 2007

ReThink: A Way to Reuse, Donate or Recycle e-Waste




 

Rethink Logo

eBay and a number of computer manufactures, retail stores, telecoms and charitable organizations have formed ReThink to "apply some fresh thinking to the problem of e-waste".

Every year, or sooner, new models of computers, cell phones and other electronic gizmos are being developed and sold.  What happens to the older "stuff"?  The older "stuff" is often referred to as e-waste and its disposal can be a problem.

eBay and others have joined forces to help solve the problem by providing "information, tools and solutions that make it easy – and even profitable – to find new users for idle computers and electronics, and responsibly recycle unwanted products."

To find out more about ReThink, and ways to sell, donate or recycle "e-stuff", check out www.ReThink.com

Become part of the Solution! 


Via:  ReThink   Link

Why Recycle? Here's Some Good Reasons ...




waste make up

We all hear that we should recycle.  It reduces the amount of trash sent to landfills and that means lower garbage costs.  It means less garbage to possibly pollute and land and air.  So it seems obvious to recycle. 

 

Did you know that recycling ... : Recycling Fun

  1. "It’s EASY. ...use a rag to wipe spills rather than a disposable towel or a cloth bag that can be constantly reused to shop for groceries."
  2. "Saves money. You can also make money by turning in your bottles and cans."
  3. "Creates jobs. Recycling is big business in California. ... accounting for approximately $85,000 jobs and producing $10 billion in products and services per year."
  4. "Saves energy. ... Recycling also frequently saves energy because it can take less energy to clean or convert materials. For example, less energy is required to produce a gallon of re-refined oil than creating new oil."
  5. "Saves natural resources. Reducing, reusing, and recycling materials help prevents the need to cut down new materials such as trees or digging into new mines. Also, it saves natural resources by not creating new landfills to hold new waste. Reducing, reusing, and recycling materials eliminates the need to build the equivalent of one new large landfill each year in California."

Via:  State of California Web - Zero Waste   Link

Environmental IQ - Where Does My Trash Go ??




Trash

Did you ever wonder what happens to your trash?  Every day we pile things into our garbage cans - collect them and take them to a can outside our home and then once or twice a week take it to the curb where a Garbage Truck picks it up and takes it "away".  garbage truck

But where is "away"  Did you ever wonder ... ? 

"Every Californian generates approximately 6 pounds each of trash per day! There’s everything from paper, uneaten food, construction leftovers, cut grass, plastic, glass, metal, old batteries, computers, phones, and tons of other "stuff." ... What happens to that trash once it gets thrown away?"

"The trash ... gets picked up by your ... "garbage collector"--and then makes its way to a "materials recovery facility (MRF)" to be sorted. ... MRFs sort out the reusable and recyclable materials that accidentally get put into the trash can, like plastic bottles and glass."

"The things that can be used again are then taken to recycling facilities. ... The rest of the trash is transported to a landfill ... A landfill is not a simple hole in the ground to dump waste! A landfill is a lined opening to put trash. ... The trash is poured into the landfill and covered by a layer of soil so that the trash doesn’t fly away, get wet, or get into the surrounding area to affect wildlife. Each day’s layer of trash and soil is a "cell" of trash that gets stacked on top of one another like a row of dominoes. They repeat this process until the landfill is full."

You can imagine how big the landfill can get ... and see the need for and value of recycling.  The less trash that actually makes it to the landfill the lower the cost that you are charged by your garbage collector ... and the less land that is needed for landfills ... and the less chance for landfills polluting the environment.  The national average fee for of trash "tipped" at a landfill is $35. / ton.

The answer?

>>> Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

 

Via:  State of California Web Pages   Link

February 10, 2007

California "Green Roads" Plan




 
California Zero Waste LogoCalifornia is the land of highways and cars. 

Roads are everywhere and part of having road means road repairs and that means waste.  

So, The State California has taken a stand and has a "Green Roads" program to reduce waste and recycle where possible ... resulting in less initial cost and less disposal cost.  Some of the highlights:

  • "Rubberized Asphalt Concrete - (RAC) is a road material made with recycled tires."
  • "Recycled Aggregate - comes from crushing old concrete and asphalt for base in road projects."
  • "Tire Derived Aggregate - (TDA) is made up of shredded tires."California Green Roads (recycled materials)

"Our State has long been an innovative leader in the environmental arena ... protecting natural resources and diverting unnecessary waste from landfills. We have also recognized significant cost savings ... by using recycled-content and environmentally friendly materials."


Via:  State of California Web - Green Roads   Link

February 08, 2007

Printing a Book the Sustainable Way ...




 

World:  A Users Guide for the 21st Century
How does a socially responsible organization, WorldChanging, that is both socially responsible and green - publish a 608 page book?  Think of the energy and waste involved!

One would think this would be an oxymoron - AND one would be wrong!!

"World: A User's Guide to the 21st Century" is broken into 7 sections:

Stuff, Shelter, Cities, Community,  Business, Politics, Planet.

It may well be uniquely "green" book as "Publisher Harry N. Abrams ... bought wind-power credits to offset the energy used to produce the book, made from post-consumer recycled paper". 

To counter the environmental impact of their multi-city book tour "the group is investing in greenhouse gas reduction ". 

The book of course can be recycled! 

 

 

More on WorldChanging.Com    Link 

Via:  BusinessWeek   Link 

February 04, 2007

Biodiesel Environmental Effects




Biodiesel itself and its combustion by-products are safe for the environment. The facts are explored. ...
... "What are the long-term effects on the environment if I were to use pure biodiesel? " ...

Via Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Biodiesel

 

January 31, 2007

LED Lighting are Green! (and Red, and White, and ...)




 

The next "generation" of lighting after Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFB) may be Light Emiting Diodes (LEDs). 

LED Traffic Lights"The new traffic lights you are seeing are made out of arrays of light emitting diodes (LEDs). These are tiny, purely electronic lights that are extremely energy efficient and have a very long life. Each LED is about the size of a pencil eraser, so hundreds of them are used together in an array. The LEDs are replacing the old-style incandescent halogen bulbs rated at between 50 and 150 watts. Most cities in the United States are in the process of replacing their incandescent traffic lights with LED units because of three big advantages:

  • "LEDs are brighter. The LED arrays fill the entire "hole" and have equal brightness across the entire surface, making them brighter overall."
  • "LED bulbs last for years, while halogen bulbs last for months. Replacing bulbs costs money for the trucks and people who do the work, and it also ties up traffic. Increasing the replacement interval can save a city big dollars."
  • "LED bulbs save a lot of energy."
"The energy savings of LED lights can be huge. Assume that a traffic light uses 100-watt bulbs today.LED Traffic Light The light is on 24 hours a day, so it uses 2.4 kilowatt-hours per day. If you assume power costs 8 cents per kilowatt-hour, it means that one traffic signal costs about 20 cents a day to operate, or about $73 per year. There are perhaps eight signals per intersection, so that's almost $600 per year in power per intersection. A big city has thousands of intersections, so it can cost millions of dollars just to power all the traffic lights. LED bulbs might consume 15 or 20 watts instead of 100, so the power consumption drops by a factor of five or six. A city can easily save a million dollars a year by replacing all of the bulbs with LED units. These low-energy bulbs also open the possibility of using solar panels instead of running an electrical line, which saves money in remote areas."

>>>> One additional "Green" advantage is that LEDs have NO MERCURY so do not contribute to air or water pollution when they are thrown out at the end of their operating life.

Via:  How Stuff Works     Link 

 

Green Roof for a Very Green Data Center




commitment to the environment

AISO.Net is not just a "GREEN" web hosting and data center company in the traditional sense.  In addition to generating 100% of their energy needs from their own solar panels they are building a "GREEN ROOF" for their data center.

The "GREEN ROOF" "is a layer of dirt 3 to 4 inches thick with drought resistant plants.  The new green roof will reduce our cooling and heating requirements by over 50%.  When finished, AISO will be the first and only public data center in North American with a green roof.  Along with our green roof we will be replacing all of our Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs with LED lighting.  This will reduce electricity usage and they contain no mercury.  Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs contain mercury which becomes a concern at landfills and trash incinerators where the mercury from many bulbs can escape and contribute to air and water pollution.  We are also in the process of LEED certifying our data center and office with the U.S. Green Building Council."
 

Via:   AISO.Net    Link 

Green Data Center Contributes to Sustainability




 

AISO.Net

solar panels

AISO.Net is a solar powered Web Hosting facility.  Some of the benefits of being green are identified on their web site include: 

"According to BP Solar...

Our 120 solar panel system will eliminate the production of
- 19,890 lbs of Carbon Dioxide (CO2/GHG) per year
- 5.9 lbs of Nitrous Oxide (NOX/smog) per year
- 0.45 lbs of Sulfur Dioxide (SO4/acid rain) per year
This is the equivalent of planting 3.5 acres of trees per year
"

"AISO's data center and main office is powered by 120 solar panels which generate our electricity. AISO receives calls from customers asking if AISO really runs entirely on solar power. We have proof, a real-time Web camera trained on our solar panels that flank our 2,000-square-foot data center. "Anybody can buy ecocredits," says Phil Nail, Director of Technology for AISO, referring to companies that buy alternative energy credits in exchange for the amount of electricity they consume. "We're out to make a difference."
 

Via:   AISO.Net    Link

January 27, 2007

Prince Charles to receive Environmental Award in New York City





Prince Harles The Prince of Wales, passed through Philadelphia on his way to New York City to receive an environmental award from former Vice President Al Gore.

"The Prince of Wales was still deciding yesterday how to offset the carbon dioxide generated by a two-day visit to the United States - to pick up an award as a leading environmentalist."Al Gore

"Prince Charles ... is to receive the Global Environmental Citizen award from former the vice-president Al Gore at a ceremony put on by Harvard Medical School, where millionaires and corporate donors will dine on "sustainable cuisine".

"A spokesman for Harvard said the heir to the throne was being recognized for his "outstanding work towards protecting the global environment"."

"... despite making the 11,000-mile round trip to be lauded as a pioneer on green issues, officials were was unable to say how or when the 20.4 tons of CO2 created by the flights would be offset. Aides insisted that the decision to redeem the CO2 from the aircraft journeys was an important first for the Prince's household."


Via:  The Independent Online Edition   Link 

January 25, 2007

Home Energy Savings Tips ... Part 1




 Home Energy Use

 

Here are a few simple and easy ways to save energy around the house from Michigan Tech - Home Energy Audit.

 

 

 

 

 
"Heating:

  • In the winter, keep your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) during the day and at 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) during the night or when you are away.
  • Clean or replace the furnace filters once a month or as needed.
  • Don't block heating vents or radiator ..."

"Cooking:

  • Cook main dishes in your microwave or use pressure cookers, which can reduce energy used for cooking by 50 - 75%.
  • Use the smallest pan necessary for the job.
  • Cook several dishes at one time. 
  • Cook larger portions to reheat later.  It takes less energy to reheat food than cook it."

"The Fridge:

  • Don't let frost get thicker than 1/4 inch in the freezer
  • Inspect your door gasket for cracks and crumbs.  If it is cracked, it needs to be replaced.  Clean rubber gasket regularly to ensure a tight seal.  Try this-Place a piece of paper in the door and pull.  If the paper comes out easily, the latches may need adjusting or the rubber gasket may need to be replaced.
  • Vacuum the condenser coils at least once a year."

"Lights:

  • Replace Incandescent bulbs with compact flourescents.  They are four times more energy efficient than incandescents and provide the same lighting.
  • Turn off lights in rooms you are not using.
  • Use task lighting (e.g. small lamps) to light only the areas you need.
  • Use sunlight whenever possible."

Via:   Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech  Link

Green Clothes - Polyester to the Rescue




Well Dressed

Polyester may be making a comeback among the "greens". 

Recent research indicates that Polyester clothes are significantly "Greener" than Cotton over the life cycle of the garment. Advantages of Polyester over Cotton are:

  • washable at lower temperatures
  • can hang dry instead of using a clother dryer
  • need little to no ironing

 

"Cotton is cheaper and takes less energy to manufacture than synthetic fibers.  But over a lifetime, a cotton T-shirt requires more that twice the energy than is necessary to manufacture and maintain a polyester blouse," 

The graph below "assumes 25 washes per garment.  The cotton T-shirt is washed at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by tumble-drying and ironing.  The polyester blouse is washed at 104 degrees Fahrenheit, hung dry and not ironed."


 
Above Graph Via: New York Times January 25, 2007   Link

Source Via:  University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing   Link

January 22, 2007

Make your Home More Energy Efficient




home energy lossesWhy make your home more energy efficient?   

"The financial case for improving your home’s energy efficiency is getting stronger and stronger. Before Katrina even struck, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Agency predicted retail heating oil prices would average 17% higher than last year, and natural gas prices would rise 16.5%.  Home heating bills this year are expected to average $700 more than last year."

How do you make your home more energy efficient? 

"The most effective strategy for improving household energy efficiency is to first target your home’s envelope—walls, attic, windows, and doors. Then reduce the energy consumption of systems, such as heating, cooling, lighting and appliances. Finally, consider clean energy generation (solar, geothermal, and so on)."

Here are 9 Tips: 

1. Make sure your walls and attic are well insulated.
"Effective insulation slows the rate that heat flows out of the house in winter or into the house in summer, so less energy is required to heat or cool the house."

2. Upgrade or replace windows."If your windows are old and leaky, it may be time to replace them with energy-efficient models or boost their efficiency with weatherstripping and storm windows."

3. Plant shade trees and shrubs around your house.
"If your house is older, with relatively poor insulation and windows, good landscaping (particularly deciduous trees) can save energy, especially if planted on the house’s west side. In summer, the foliage blocks infrared radiation that would warm the house, while the bare branches let this radiation come through during winter."

4. Replace an older furnace with a high-efficiency system.
"If your furnace was built before 1992 and has a standing pilot, it probably wastes 35 percent of the fuel it uses, and it may be near the end of its service life."

5. Improve the efficency of your hot water system.
"First, turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F), particularly for fossil-fuel water heaters with their high standby losses. Second, insulate your hot water lines so they don’t cool off as quickly between uses. Third, use low-flow fixtures for showers and baths."

6. Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
"CFLs can save three-quarters of the electricity used by incandescents. Most people don’t think about the fact that the electricity to run a light bulb costs much more than the bulb itself."

7. If you are thinking of buying a new refrigerator, don’t leave the old one plugged in, in the basement, as a backup for party supplies and liquid refreshment.
"Electricity to operate the old one isn’t free: figure an extra $50-150 per year to run it. In contrast, the new one, particularly if ENERGY STAR-rated, may only need $30 - $60 per year, because refrigerator efficiency has improved so much in the past three decades."

8. Take advantage of new tax incentives to improve your home.
"The 2005 Federal Energy Bill offers tax credits for exemplary residential efficiency purchases in 2006 and 2007."

9. Schedule an energy audit for more expert advice on your home as a whole.
"Energy auditors and raters use specialized tools and skills to evaluate your home and recommend the most cost-effective measures to improve its comfort and efficiency, as well as the best sequence for doing them to take advantage of interactions."

 

For the complete list of all 9 with complete details and all links >> Link

 

Via:  GreenHomeGuide   Link 

Creating a Green Kitchen




 

Green Kitchen

 

So you want a Green Kitchen to go along with your Green Life Style?

Just what is a Green Kitchen?
>> "A green kitchen should include good natural lighting for improved visibility, good ventilation to clear the air of vapors and indoor air toxins, low-toxicity surfaces and finishes, environmentally responsible materials, energy and water efficient appliances, and surfaces that are easily cleanable, durable, and, of course, esthetically pleasing."

See below for some of the 9 elements of a green kitchen.

 

"As much as possible, locate work surfaces near operable windows or install operable skylights or suntubes for improved lighting and ventilation."

"For additional lighting, use high efficiency compact fluorescent light fixtures, with a color rendering index of 84 or greater and a color temperature of 3500 Kelvin or greater, and with a quick start, electronic ballast."


"Consider an on-demand hot water pumping system rather than a whole house re-circulating hot water loop, which has proven to be inefficient for delivering hot water quickly."

"Be sure to only use environmentally friendly natural and biodegradable cleaning compounds so you don’t reintroduce those nasty VOC’s!"

See Link for all 9 

 

Via:  Green Home Guide    Link

January 21, 2007

Plant a Tree - "Did You Know" Facts




Sawtooth Oak 

Did you Know .... Tree FAQs:

"Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion. "

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”Anonymous

"One tree can absorb more than a ton of carbon over its lifetime."
Via:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Trees reduce storm water runoff and erosion, and they remove harmful chemicals from the soil to prevent them from running into streams and rivers.
Via:  USDA Forest Service

 

For details on trees for your local clime .... Link 

Via:  National Arbor Day Foundation    Link

 

January 19, 2007

Living the Low Carbon Life




 Low Carbon Diet - bp.com

How does one go about living a Low Carbon life?  What are some of the easy ways to become "green" and lower your impact on the environment?

 There are lots of little things that add up ... each comes with varying costs or inconveniences.  Here are some ideas


Travel:
Walk or use a bicycle ... Take public transportation ... Drive at 55 MPH or less ... Buy a fuel efficient car or Hybrid ... Keep the tires properly inflated and aligned ...  Keep your the car properly tuned ... Empty the trunk / car of unneeded items ... Join a car share program

Home: 

"8% of electricity consumed at home is from items we aren't using - so don't leave the TV and other things on "standby"." ... Use setback thermostats ... Set temperatures at 72 deg in the summer and 62 in the winter ... Wear a sweater when cold ... Use fans rather than Air Conditioning ... switch to compact florescent bulbs ... Insulate your water heater ... Put outdoor lights on a timer or motion sensor ... Insulate the walls and ceilings to the proper level based on climate

Food:

Purchase locally grown / raised foods ... Use a string web (reusable forever) shopping bag ... Recycle plastic shopping bags ... Buy in bulk where possible / avoid single use sizes if possible ... Grow your own vegetables - tomatoes, pepper and peas are easy! 

Via:  Climate Care   Link

Travelling Green by Plane: Buying Your Carbon Off Sets !




Carbon Offsets - for Planes

 

We all want to be "green"; but sometimes life or business "gets in the way.  When your employer send you to Europe you (gladly?) go.  But being environmentally oriented ... on the long flight over muse over your contributions to greenhouse gases.

"Q"  What to do?
"A"   Buy a Carbon Offset!

First you need to determine your Carbon load and buy an offset.  This scenario involves a round trip from Philadelphia International (USA) to / from Milan, Italy.

The round trip flight creates approx. 1.83 Tonnes of CO2.  These can be offset for GBP 13.73 or ER 20.92 (exchange rate for 19-Jan-07). 

 

Currency Conversion >>   Link

 

Via:   Climate Care   Link

January 15, 2007

Reduce Your Environmental Impact




Carbon Footprint

 

So you already know your Carbon Footprint (see prior posts on this blog).

Now you want to take action ... What can YOU do to reduce your Carbon Footprint?


 

 
Here are 3 Easy, Simple Tips from ClimateCrisis.Net   There are MANY MORE on the website.

"Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (cfl)
CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. If every family in the U.S. made the switch, we’d reduce carbon dioxide by more than 90 billion pounds!"

 

"Move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer
Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment."


 

"Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner
Cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year."

 

 

 

 

Via:  ClimateCrisis.Net    Link 

Can You Become Carbon Neutral ??




 Carbon Neutral Process

Do you Know Your Carbon Impact?

Are you Carbon Neutral?  How do you compare to the National Average?

Calculate your Carbon Impact.  "We all contribute to global warming every day. The carbon dioxide you produce by driving your car and leaving the lights on adds up quickly. You may be surprised by how much Co2 you are emitting each year. Calculate your personal impact and learn how you can take action to reduce or even eliminate your emissions of carbon dioxide."

 

I took the quiz and compared to the national average was a bit high ...

  • My Total Impact was 9.85 tons / year
  • The National Average is 7.5 year

What can one do to lower their Carbon Impact?  

"After reducing your emissions you can do even more by going "carbon neutral." By supporting clean renewable energy, you can effectively neutralize your personal CO2 emissions. Your small investment will ensure that for every ton of carbon dioxide you are emitting, a ton of carbon dioxide will not be released into the atmosphere. Go NEUTRAL!"

To take the interactive Quiz  Click Here

 

Via:  ClimateCrisis.Net    Link 

An Inconvenient Truth




An Inconvenient Truth 

Want to learn more about the environment and major issues facing the world?  Issues like:

Global Warming
Rising CO2 Levels
Shifting Weather Patterns?

"Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced."

"If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it."

 

Check out "An Inconvenient Truth".  The CD is available at many DVD renal stores.  No matter your current level of awareness / knowledge / interest PLEASE SEE this movie.    I found it very moving ...

 

Download the Convenient Education Guide   Link

Download an Educators Resource   Link 

 

Via:  ClimateCrisis.Net   Link 

Ecological Footprint Quiz




environmental awareness

What is the impact of your lifestyle on the planet? 

Do you know?   ==> I did not.

Want to find out?   ==> I did.  On to the quiz...

 

The simple quiz looks at variables like your housing (size, kind, etc), family size, food (type of food and if local or not), type of transportation, etc.

I checked my foot print and found that if everyone in the world lived like me .... we would need 3.6 planet earths!  Yikes - I thought I was quite "green".

 

  CATEGORY ACRES
FOOD 4.7
MOBILITY 0.2
SHELTER 6.4
GOODS/SERVICES 4.4
TOTAL FOOTPRINT 16

 

IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.

WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.



IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE ME, WE WOULD NEED 3.6 PLANETS.

 

 

 

Via:  Earth Day Footprint Quiz    Link 

Test Your Enviro-Q. Did You Know ...




emissions graph

 

"Did You Know?

Vehicles with a SULEV, PZEV or AT PZEV emissions rating emit only two pounds of hydrocarbons over 100,000 miles of driving - that's equivalent to spilling a pint of gasoline." 

"In comparison, a new 1965 car emitted about 2,000 pounds of hydrocarbons in 100,000 miles."


 
 

EPA Emissions Definitions:

AT PZEV     - Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle
PZEV          - Partial Zero Emission Vehicles
SULEV        - Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle

 

Via:  Drive Clean.CA.GOV    Link 

State of Delaware Bans Yard Waste in Landfills




rolling lawn

The State of Delaware passed a law effective January 1, 2007.

"On January 1st, most homeowners in northern Delaware will no longer be able to throw their grass clippings and other yard waste into the regular trash. A ban on yard waste at Cherry Island landfill will go into effect on January 1st."

"What is Yard Waste?
It’s plant material that comes from lawn maintenance and other gardening and landscaping activities"

 and includes "Grass, Leaves. Pruning. Brush. Shrubs. Garden materials, Christmas trees and tree limbs up to four inches in diameter."

"The ban won’t be fully enforced by DNREC until sometime later in 2007. The implementation period gives Delawareans time to gear up for spring. It makes more sense to put a ban in place during January rather than delay it until spring or summertime when lawn-care activities are in full swing. In the interim, DNREC will focus on getting the word out to Delawareans through education and monitoring efforts."

Curbside Yard Waste "The implementation period will also give waste haulers, local governments, landscape services, composters and other entrepreneurs the ability to develop and provide a range of options for yard waste disposal. Green Businesses! Incentives are available to businesses engaged in removing yard trimmings and other recyclables in Delaware."

  

Via:  State of Delaware DNER  Link

January 14, 2007

Dell Computers: Plant a Tree , Help the Environment




Plant a Tree

Jan 9, 2006:  At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael S. Dell announced that Dell has a new goal - planting trees. 

Dell "announced a global carbon-neutral initiative that plants trees for customers to offset the carbon impact of electricity required to power their systems. The first of its kind program, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show here, underscores Dell’s commitment to continued broad environmental stewardship."


"Dell will be the first global technology company to offer customers the opportunity to offset the emissions associated with the electricity used to power their computers through its ‘Plant a Tree for Me’ program. Dell is partnering with The Conservation Fund and the Carbonfund.org, non-profit organizations that will use the funds to plant trees in sustainably managed forests, absorbing carbon dioxide released in the atmosphere from generated electricity. The company said that 100 percent of the donations received by the "Plant a Tree for Me" program will be used by partners to facilitate planting trees.

A customer donation of $2 for a notebook and $6 for a desktop will go toward the planting of trees which will absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, offsetting the equivalent emissions resulting from the production of electricity used during the average three-year use of a computer."

Dell also offers free recycling of old computers to customers.  "Dell currently offers consumers no-charge recycling of any brand of used computer or printer with the purchase of a new Dell computer or printer. This service includes home pick-up of the used computer at no charge.

Under its new policy, Dell will provide consumers no-charge recycling of any Dell-branded product, regardless of whether a replacement product is purchased."  Link

 

Details of Plant a Tree, Help the Environment   Link

Details of Dell Recycling Program           Link


Via:  Dell Link 

 

Timberland Committed to the Environment - Shoes have Enviro-Label




 Timberland Enviro Footprint

 

Timberland, the outdoor clothing and shoe manufacturer, has a "nutritional" label that details what goes into making their shoes. 

To give some context they provide what some typical household items use.  The comparisons are interesting and may be the first "green label" from a manufacturer - other than the required EPA mileage stickers used by auto manufacturers.

From Timberland's Web Site "an average 16 cubic foot refrigerator uses 17.4 KWH per day while a boot requires 3.1 KWH per pair.

They also highlight that Timberland owned facilities use 5% renewable energy.

Full label details    Link

 

Via:  Timberland  Link

 

January 11, 2007

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Calendar - January!




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A tip for each month that will help Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

January's tip topic is Weathering Winter Without Waste" 

Some of the tips ...

"Winterize your vehicle by checking your air filter and fluid levels, checking tires for tread wear and proper inflation, and checking the condition of your windshield wipers. Ensuring your vehicle is ready for weather changes will reduce damage, which prevents waste from broken parts, and will keep you safe on the road."

"Use electric snow removal products rather than gasoline-powered ones. While electric products consume energy, they do not emit greenhouse gases. As alternatives, use snow shovels, ice crackers, and brooms to clear snow from your sidewalk, porch, or driveway.

"Close the recycling loop. Many articles of clothing, such as jackets, scarves, gloves, and boots, are now made from recycled materials. Most fleece products are made from recycled plastic soda bottles, and certain clothing and shoe manufacturers use recycled cotton scraps and rubber tires to make their products."

"Recycle" old newspapers by making rolled paper logs for your fireplace. Roll newspaper sheets around a broom stick until your log is the desired size, then soak your log thoroughly in water. Dry the log overnight and use like ordinary wood. Always follow proper safety precautions when burning anything around your home.

For more tips see the link below.

Via:  US EPA.   Link   scroll to the bottom ...

 

How to Reduce your Consumer Waste




Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 

Reduce ...

    Reuse ...

        Recycle ...

 

 

Reduce

  • Reduce packaging by purchasing in bulk when possible.  Individual use sizes are packaging wasteful.
  • Reduce waste by buying products that are sturdy and will last.  Sturdy mesh shopping bags count for Reduce and Reuse and if made from Recycled materials are a triple play!
  • Look for an purchase batteries that have low amounts or no mercury.

Reuse

  • Reusable items like cloth napkins and washable utensils can be used more than once.  Check the survivability of plastic utensils in the dishwasher - they may melt!
  • Reuse packaging materials like plastic peanuts, foam or bubble wrap.
  • Look for and purchase products that have recycled packaging.  Ideally post consumer recycled materials.

Recycle

  • Recycle aluminum, glass and paper to the extent possible in your community.  Most locals take newsprint, aluminum cans and glass.  Some also take #2 and #4 plastics and cardboard.
  • Recycle plastic packaging peanuts - many UPS or MailBoxse Etc. stores will gadly take your clean packaging peanuts.
  • Recycle car batteries and motor oil at participating recycling centers.  Many auto garages will take your used motor oil for you for free and batteries for a nominal charge.
  • Compost kitchen scraps and yard waste.  Any vegetables (without sauces or butter) as well as egg shells and coffee grinds will make a good mulch.  Add yard waste like leaves and grass clippings and you can Recycle and Reduce.

 

Via:  US EPA   Link 

 

Test Your Enviro-Q. Did You Know ...




 

Test your Enviro-Q.  What is the environmental, energy saving item pictured below?

Photo showing a grid shape with square areas that look shiny or gritty.
This is a close-up picture of something related to environmental protection.

Click here for the Answer

 

 

 

 

If you guessed Photovoltaic roof shingles you are right!  

Now for bonus points (OK - just bragging rights) what are Photovoltaic roof shingles?

Photovoltaic roof shingles are "solar power" roof shingles that create electricity from sunlight to reduce their home energy costs, and also help reduce emissions from power plants. The shingles offer the same durability and protection from weather as ordinary asphalt shingles.
Read more about solar roof shingles from the Department of Energy.
Read how EPA's buildings use green power

 

Via US EPA Web Site   Link

How Much Energy Can You Save with Compact Florescent Bulbs?




We all have heard that Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFB) are ...GE Spiral® Lamp

      • energy efficient
      • long lasting
      • a way to save money

... but how about quantifying the numbers?

 
General Electric has a neat calculator that allows for an easy analysis.  For this example lets replace:

  • 5 -  60 watt incandescent bulbs
  • 5 - 100 watt incandescent bulbs
  • 4 - 90 watt outdoor flood lamps

... and assume an average energy cost of $0.10  KW/H.

 

Plugging the numbers in gives:

  • savings of $125.25 / year
  • savings of $680.80 over the life of the bulbs.

Assuming the bulbs cost $5.00 each (14 bulbs @ $5.00 each) = $70.00 cost.  The rest is savings in your pocket ... and less CO2 in the atmosphere.  Not bad!

Get the calculator at General Electric    Link  and look in the lover right for "calculate your estimated savings".

 

Via:  Here and There ...  


 

January 01, 2007

Saving Energy - Lighting Facts ...




Energy Star LogoDid you know that even a small change can make a big difference?   

Changing just a few light bulbs to ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs can make a difference if everyone made the change.  Here are the facts:

"If every American home changed out just five high-use light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR, each family would save about $60 every year in energy costs, and together we’d save about $6.5 billion each year in energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from more than 8 million cars."

FACT: "The energy used in the average home can be responsible for more than twice the greenhouse gas emissions of the average car. When you use less energy at home, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and help protect our environment from the risks of global climate change."

 

Via:  US EPA    Link

Test Your Enviro-Q. Did You Know ...




Energy Efficient Logo - EPAFun Facts from the EPA ...
 

A typical light bulb wastes what percent of electricity?

a. 5 percent
b. 30 percent
c. 65 percent
d. 90 percent

The answer is d.

The typical incandescent light bulb turns only about 10 percent of its electricity into light. A typical light bulb, when on, is hot. That's because 90 percent of the energy is wasted as heat, which means it isn't very energy-efficient. ENERGY STAR-qualified lighting, such as compact fluorescent bulbs, uses two-thirds less energy and generates 70 percent less heat than an equivalent incandescent light bulb.

 

More on Energy Efficient Lighting  Link 

 

Via   EPA 

December 31, 2006

Test Your Enviro-Q. Did You Know ...




 

Fun Facts from the EPA ...

  Test Your Enviro-Q  

Household waste in the U.S. generally increases by how much over the holidays?

a.  50 thousand tons
b.  100 thousand tons
c.  1 million tons
d.  10 million tons

Correct! The answer is c.

Trash

Over the holiday season, consumers flock to malls, department stores and outlets to search for that perfect gift, that one card that says it all, that tree to end all trees. But as we feast, give gifts, decorate and travel, we also consume lots of resources and generate lots of waste. A recent report noted that the amount of household garbage in the United States generally increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, from 4 million tons to 5 million tons.
Reducing Holiday Waste

 

 

Via EPA 

January 01, 2006

Who is the Green Dude??




green dude and green dude son ...

 

Hey - someone killed the link to my avatar picture.  Here is the "nerw" green dude with the green dude son ... pretty neat!. 

 

On a recent trip to Rhode Island, I found some new topics - seventhgeneration.com and a small boarding school on Aquidneck (sp?) Island with an on-site windmill.  Look for a post soon on both.

 

***************** 

Green Dude lives in the Western suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He has been recycling since a young boy ... starting with Cub Scout paper drives for fund raisers in the early 1970's! 

Much later while living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (mid 1980's) he collected glass bottles and tin cans for a weekly community based recycling program - well before the city had mandatory recycling. 

He has managed to keep compost piles at home and recycles into mulch egg shells, coffee grinds, all matter of vegetables along with grass clippings and leaves.  I know, if I were truly GREEN I would have sheep "cutting the grass" but that is not in the cards or the zoning.

This fall he recycled all the leaves in his yard instead of bagging and having the trash men pick up.  This was accomplished with a mulcher / shredder that reduced leaves 8:1 or more!

More to follow ....  

Orig:         29-Jan-2007.
Updated:     5-Nov-2007