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Posted January 31, 2011
With an annual growth rate of 20%, and a 50% increase in ‘generating capacity’ in 2008 alone, wind turbine installation could see its most successful year in 2011. It’s not surprising when you consider the benefits of wind power. For starters, it is a clean and renewable source of energy, which means fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and a virtually unending supply of resources. While power plants contribute millions of tons of pollutants to the air each year, running a single standard wind turbine can displace 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide in one year. Since wind is a free resource, stable long term pricing is easily achieved. Wind power is also local, and immune to supply problems or price increases. To read more about wind energy in America, visit the official website of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). To read about wind energy on an international scale, visit the official website of the World Wind Energy Association.
State of the Union
Posted January 27, 2011
President Obama gave the annual State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening. Usually I don’t like to blog about politics (or religion) but I think this is a good opportunity to highlight our government’s greening efforts. As mentioned in the President’s address, the California Institute of Technology is developing a way to turn sunlight and water into fuel for cars. In doing so, the goal is to break our dependence on oil and biofuels, which greatly harm our environment. With this innovation and others, we hope to become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015! President Obama also asked Congress to eliminate the billions of taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. These are all positive steps towards reducing our carbon footprint. To watch the President’s complete speech, click here.
Posted January 26, 2011
In July, we brought you Alternative Packing Solutions. Now, we’d like to tell you about an additional solution! In our latest shipment from SOAP.COM, we observed they use earth-friendly packing peanuts made from pure corn and potato starch. Resembling Styrofoam peanuts, these are 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, and still provide excellent protection. Place them in water and they dissolve in less than 10 minutes! Other ways to dispose of the peanuts include tossing them in your compost bin, trash can, or burying them in soil. If you or your company can not give up packing peanuts, please consider switching to water-soluble ones!
Posted January 24, 2011
Without question planting a garden is a great way to help our environment. However, many fertilizers contain chemicals that are harmful for the earth. When planting your garden, look for fertilizers that are Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) approved. OMRI is a non-profit organization that supplies an independent review of organic products to growers, suppliers, certifiers and manufacturers. Consider soaker hoses or drip irrigation as a method of watering your garden. They require only 50% of the water used by sprinklers. Finally, incorporate native plants into your garden. Native plants thrive in local conditions, and need less fertilizer & water to maintain. For more green gardening tips, visit PlanetGreen.com!
Posted January 19, 2011
Thinking about purchasing a new laptop? Going green is just a click away! A company named ASUS recently introduced a bamboo series laptop, which reduces the use of plastic by 15%. Since bamboo is a resource that is quickly replenished, its usage has almost no impact on the environment. The computer can also hold a 10-hour battery charge, which greatly cuts back on energy output. To research other eco-friendly laptops, check out this list at Greenzer.com!
A Green Goal!
Posted January 12, 2011
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By incorporating eco-friendly initiatives, sports teams and stadiums around the world are bringing a whole new meaning to the words 'Green Team'. An eco-trend setter in professional sports, the NBA recently teamed up with Adidas to introduce an extremely light, 60% recycled basketball jersey called Revolution 30. Various stadiums such as the Indians’ Progressive Field are going green by only using recycled paper and utensils at their concession stands. The University of Colorado’s Folsom Stadium prides itself on being a “zero waste” stadium by recycling all food and beverage containers. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field uses 100% renewable energy by using a combination of wind, solar and dual-fuel generated energy. The LEED certified Washington Nationals stadium has it’s own in-house recycling center and conserves water by using a special filtration system. This is just the beginning; check out these sustainable sports stadiums in the works.
Make a Resolution to Going Green
Posted January 10, 2011
Another year has come and gone, and there couldn’t be a better time to commit to a green lifestyle. Make a habit of using public transportation, and try picking seasonal fruits and vegetables. Eating in-season foods greatly reduces fuel emissions by cutting back on long haul transportation. Using toxic-free household items is another easy way to go green, as well as simply recycling. If you’re feeling ambitious, help pre-sort your recycling by creating different bins for plastics, glass, and paper. Review past Focus on Green blog entries for more ideas that could lead to a very green year!
Posted January 06, 2011
In 2004, the Green Schools Initiative was founded by parent environmentalists in response to the poor sustainability practices and health standards of their childrens’ schools. By taking steps to eliminate toxins such as using sustainable resources, building green buildings, and serving healthy food, the Green Schools Initiative works to reduce the carbon footprint of Californian K-12 schools. Some of these strategies have included zero waste campaigns, planting school gardens, founding of environmental clubs, and green building renovations. To learn how you can get involved, click here! California isn’t the only state actively involved in greening their schools. Check out the official website of the U.S. Green Building Council to see how other states are taking action.
Greening Your Pet’s Routine
Posted January 04, 2011
Whether you’re a dog or cat lover, it’s important for us all to consider greening the routine of our furry friends. Finding a Veterinarian that is closest to you is a great place to start, as you’ll cut down on fuel emissions, and support your local economy. Pets911 is a great resource for finding local Vets. When it comes to keeping your pets entertained, eco-friendly toys are a wonderful alternative. Check out this list of Top 10 Green Pet Toys at Petside.com for a good starting point. Eco-friendly pet beds, and recycled litter boxes are also worth investigating. Additionally, cleaning up after your pets can be done simply by re-using plastic grocery bags. Since plastic bags are not biodegradable, it's great to re-use them for a second purpose. For other natural pet supplies, check out GreatGreenPet.com!