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Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Recycled Life

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

For more than 60 years, the Guatemala City Garbage Dump has been home to the "guajeros" who recycle the city's trash. Raising their families in the most toxic area in all of Central America, the guajeros were shunned by society and ignored by the government until January 2005 – when a devastating event changed the face of the landfill forever. Narrated by Edward James Olmos, the OscarÃ?®-nominated CINEMAX Reel Life documentary RECYCLED LIFE tells their compelling story.

Duration : 38 min 41 sec


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Easy Green Kitchen Makeover – part of Green Done Right presented by Scott Naturals

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

The Zimmerman family, with the help of Kahi Lee, rennovate their kitchen in order to lower their power bill and add new life to a central part of their house. Green Done Right presented by Scott Naturals is a web series focusing on making sustainable-living, budget-conscious design choices.

Duration : 5 min 7 sec


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Wind energy technology – Build DIY Wind Solar ENERGY

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 â? â? SOLAR ENERGY FOR UNDER 200 DOLLARS â?? IS IT POSSIBLE??? – Wind energy technology – Build DIY Wind Solar ENERGY

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Best Tips for Green Lawn Care

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Green Lawn care is not a hard job. You should take care of few things. Green is the main color of the lawn. You have to keep the color intact. For green lawn care you have to follow certain methods and principles.

Mowing will keep the lawn green throughout the year. When you mow the lawn at the crucial height, it grows with better health and remains green. Proper mowing helps the grass roots to become strong. Strong roots in turn helps in proper growth of the grasses and makes them green.

Fertilization ensures that your lawn grass is getting necessary nutrients and can grow better and greener. Fertilization at the optimum level helps the grass to grow well. The color, health, and vigor everything will be fine if fertilizers used are in the optimum dose. Do not use more fertilizers as it will make the grass succulent and will invite more diseases.

Use compost to create a pool of nutrients for future use. Compost also improves the soil condition and the physical condition of the grass. So, with the use compost the grasses will be healthier and will return you a greener lawn.

Use aeration for better growth of the lawn grass. Aeration will help in reduction of the compactness of the soil. This helps in improved water, nutrient and air circulation to the grass roots. This will help the grass to grow better .Aeration also helps in removing thatch. Thatch is a bigger problem for the lawn. Aeration makes the grass better and helps them to retain green.

Watering is important to keep the lawn green. When there is a water stress the color of the grass turn brown or yellow. To keep the color green, use optimum water at the right time. To make the grass strong use water at the base and deep into the soil.

Excess of water will create problems thereby robbing the lawn off its greenness. Do not over water. Use water in the morning time only.

Removing weeds is another important step for green lawn care. Remove weeds by mechanical means or by using pre-emergence and post-emergence herbicides. Weeding is necessary for the lawn to maintain its health and greenness.

Pest and disease management
Your lawn should be clean and free of insects, pests and diseases. Use chemicals to treat and kill pests and diseases. Use mechanical and biological methods to kill and eradicate the pests. Pest free lawn will be a green lawn.

Aakash Shah

Make Your Next Event a Green Event

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

1. Create an environmental impact statement. If you want to host a green meeting, you’ll need to get buy in from all your stakeholders. The best way to do that is to create an environmental impact statement. Don’t worry. We’re not suggesting a long legal document. In fact, we suggest creating a short description with a couple bullet points to highlight the areas that are important to you. For example, you may say that your organization is committed to reducing solid waste and conserving energy at the event. Share this information with other stakeholders at your event.

2. Use paperless technology to manage your event. In the past, organizing an event meant folders full of paper and piles of lists. Not anymore. Online registration and attendee management software are making it easier to manage any type of event online in a paperless environment. Take registrations online, send automatic emails to follow up and share reports digitally through a web link. Not only do these practices reduce your environmental impact, but they also reduce your workload and expense.

3. Use paperless channels to market your event. In the past, most event planners reported that direct mail or print advertising played a major role in their invitation process. This has changed. In fact, at a recent RegOnline users event, less than 10 percent of the room reported using direct mail. Consider relying more heavily – if not completely – on paperless technologies to solicit and collect registrations. Email is, in most cases, more effective and less expenses than mailers, and even the most traditional event organizers are moving quickly to email technology to cut costs while reducing their environmental footprint.

4. Stay close. Try to reduce travel emissions by reducing travel needs at your events. If you have people traveling to your events, try to book venues close to the airport. And if you have a large event, book all your sessions close enough that people can walk from venue to venue. If you have events that force your attendees to travel long distances, you may want to consider having more regional events that only require air travel for a few of your staff members.

5. Choose a green hotel. Before you select a hotel for your event, take the time to understand their commitment to the environment. More and more hotels are crafting environmental impact policies. Make sure your hotel and venue are committed to green policies, including recycling and energy conservation. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has created a policy called “Eco-Meet,” which pushes its venues to provide things like waste-free food and beverage, recycling bins in every room, recyclable amenities and organic cuisine. To better understand the policies in place at your hotel of choice, create a survey to poll the hotel on its adherence to different elements of your own impact statement. You may want to ask them if they recycle or if they apply water conserving fixtures, for example.

6. Eat green. Look for a green caterer when planning your event. Many caterers are adopting green business practices, which include everything from cooking with seasonal and local vegetables to using recycled and compostable materials. A Spice of Life catering in Boulder, Colorado has a zero waste policy, which means the organization serves its food on compostable cups and plates made from corn and uses only 100% recycled materials for things like garbage bags and to-go containers.

7. Go digital. One of the most expensive, and environmentally impactful, pieces of an event is the stacks of hand outs that organizers and presenters print for attendees. Many event organizers are getting away from this wasteful practice by sharing the information digitally. Some organizations provide it on their web sites so attendees can review it online – or pick what information they would like to print. Other organizations have placed hand outs on a USB flash drive that attendees can take home with them. Whatever you decide to do, find an alternative to handing out paper that many people don’t use.

8. Reuse. And Recycle. When choosing materials for your conferences and meetings, focus on using materials that can be reused or recycled. Ask your caterer to use washable plates and silverware when possible. Create printed materials that can be used for multiple events. And when selecting hand outs, look for items that are printed in vegetable-based inks on recycled paper. For example, The CERES Conference used binders that featured 60% post-consumer paper content in the frame and 39% post-consumer steel in the rings. Plus, the conference printed its brochures with soy ink on recycled paper.

9. Bulk up. Providing bulk food and condiments for your events can dramatically reduce your environmental footprint. Serve meals buffet style and provide things like salt and pepper, milk, ketchup and beverages in bulk, re-usable containers. If you have leftovers, consider donating those items to a local food bank or homeless shelter.

10. Pass it on. The best way to guarantee a greener event is to share your knowledge with others. Make sure your vendors, exhibitors, presenters and staff all know what they can do to reduce their environmental impact. They’ll thank you for it because it may also save them money.

J. Demery

How to Make a Green Home You Can be Proud Of!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

With global warming and other environmental concerns increasingly on the minds of Americans, you want to green your home do your part to save the planet. Here are some easy and fun (and cost-effective!) ideas to make your home more environmentally sound.

Chuck the incandescent light bulbs wherever possible. These standard tear-drop shaped bulbs burn out relatively quickly and use up lots of electricity — creating garbage and using up resources at the same time. Compact florescent light bulbs (a.k.a. CFLs) last many times longer than incandescent bulbs and use a fraction of the energy.  They cost more per bulb, but money you save in energy will outweigh the price difference.

Give up on the bottled water. Sure, your Aquafina may taste slightly better than standard tap water, but the cost of bottled water to the environment cannot be underestimated. Bottled water takes energy to procure, distil, transport and package. Instead, buy a top-of-the-line sink filter or just keep a filtered water pitcher in the fridge. Not only will you protect the environment by cutting back on your consumption of plastic, but you will also save a bundle over the long-term on drinking water costs.

Recycle or give away (or sell on the cheap) your old furniture. Instead of trucking your old sofa or 1999 Sony T.V. to the dump, find your used furnishings a second home. You can use online give-away sites like Craigslist to find people in your local area who might want your furniture. You can also sell stuff on e-bay or give it away/sell it at a garage sale. Barring that, you can find an eco-friendly recycling center near you to dispose of your furniture with minimal damage to the environment.

Stock up on natural, organic products. Instead of installing a vinyl shower curtain, for instance, hang up a hemp curtain — it’s equally anti-fungal and does not release small amounts of volatile organic compounds every time you take a shower. Get rid of your harsh kitchen and bathroom cleansers and replace those nasty chemicals (which have been linked to all sorts of ailments and pregnancy-disorders) with safe compounds that won’t hurt you, your children, your pets or your environment.

Reduce your dependence on heating and air-conditioning. You can keep a temperate house without paying your local energy company an arm and a leg. Turn off the heat and air-conditioning when you leave for work for the day (or go on vacation). Use your windows and shades to adjust to the weather outside. If it’s super hot out, for instance, throw open the windows and turn on some fans. If it’s incredibly cold, pull down your shades and keep windows tightly sealed to avoid heat-leakage. You can also invest in thermally efficient windows and sealants to boost your energy efficiency.

Get a professional energy audit. You can find top rated independent energy contractors out there to come to your home and point out precisely where and how you are wasting energy. By following their tips to reduce heat waste, you will not only reduce your consumption of fuel, but you will also pad your pocketbook in the long-term.

Make it a habit to turn off electrical devices when you are not using them. Before you go to sleep at night, go around and turn off the lights, the T.V., the computer, and other appliances, which can drain energy while you sleep.  Also, many electronics like DVD players and video consoles stay ‘on’ even when turned ‘off’, so they continuously consume a small amount of energy – unplug them.

Landscape in an eco-friendly manner. Put out drums to catch rain water to hydrate your plants or garden (if you live in an area that’s relatively drought-prone). Landscape with plants that are native to your region and soil type. If you try to keep tropical plants alive in an arid environment, you’ll inevitably use up an unseemly amount of water and natural resources keeping the plants healthy. You might also want to use your garden to grow organic vegetables.

Look for products and services to boost your green mission. You can find expandable foam to seal up drafts in your insulation. You can get screens to put in your windows to block out some of the solar radiation in the summer and thus help you save on air-conditioning costs. You can purchase eco-friendly power strips to reduce your energy bill and general power consumption. You can buy hemp grocery bags to transport your food (and thus save the planet from having to countenance hundreds of plastic and/or paper bags a year).

Get your family and friends into the green act. You can’t do it alone. Teach your family about the value of the environment and establish “rules of the house” to conserve resources and treat your local habitat with respect. Remember that greening your home can be a fun and educational process. Keep up to speed on the latest greening technologies by contacting local environmentally concerned groups or government agencies.

Anne Li

Sun’s Energy – Sustainable Fuel for Pv Solar Panels

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Solar Photovoltaic cells (Solar PV) are effectively panels that absorb the sun’s light (which is actually made of many tiny units of energy) and convert it via a sophisticated system of silicon wafers into an electrical current that can then be used to power up your home, office or electrical appliances directly. Although not yet highly visible in the UK domestic market, solar PV panels are already very common in calculators and watches (albeit in a much smaller size). The larger solar panels are getting increasingly more efficient and are now used to generate power for private homes, large office buildings and other commercial installations.

Solar Photovoltaic and Planning Issues

One can install solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of their home as well as along one of the outer walls or as standalone units. Before setting off on the installation process, it is essential to check with the local authority regarding planning restrictions. Most local authorities in England allow solar PV panels to be installed on residential roofs and as standalone cells as long as certain criteria are met (mainly that the panels are not attached onto listed buildings or within conservation zones). Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, however, are still working out their local legislation. For residents of these areas it is therefore advisable to consult the local planning authorities before installing the solar systems.

Why Use Solar Photovoltaics?

There are several good reasons to use solar PV cells. One important benefit is the money saved on electrical bills. Another important benefit is the reduction in carbon emissions thanks to using clean energy. Solar photovoltaic cells cut around 1.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year. Since the user generates the electricity directly from the sun, they are not dependent on the national grid, making them less prone to power cuts. Although solar power is effective in its own right, solar panels are highly appropriate for remote locations where the grid has no coverage (such as remote farms or research facilities).

How is Solar Photovoltaic Cell Installed?

The best way to install solar photovoltaic panels is to hire a professional installation crew. Professional solar PV cell installers should be certified by the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. It is important to note that there are good reasons one should not attempt to do the installation as a DIY project. Solar PV cells tend to be very heavy and, for roof installations, involve a support system that must be constructed and attached before any solar photovoltaic cell can be mounted. The installer will know the local electrical codes and safety regulations and will make sure that the solar photovoltaic grid or standalone units are code compliant.

With the increasing public awareness to global warming and climate change, there is substantially more focus placed on finding energy generation options that are not reliant upon fossil fuels. Of the alternative energy options currently available (wave, wind, hydrogen, solar, nuclear), solar power is considered to be the most cost effective and with solar panels dropping in price due to competition, this technology is likely to become ever more popular.

Tal Potishman

Tips to Ensure Your Lawn is Always Green

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

As many people say that green lawns give a magnificent look to your homes, almost every one wants to have blossoming lawn, the whole year. Maintaining lawns is not an easy job, but requires a special ability to do the job perfectly. It feels great to sip a coffee, watch your children play and feel the accent of the green grass. So to make this daydream a reality, you need to follow some important tips so that you can also feel the lush of a green lawn.

Ways to make you green

Usually it is observed that in the winters, the grass of the lawn stops growing, which may give rise to bare spots. These spots are really problematic at the time of heavy frost, but you can still maintain your lawn green by over seeding it by rye seeds. The rye grass continues to stay green in winters as well. However, in summers this grass finishes completely and dries off, leading the normal grass seeds to grow up. This way, in winters as well as in summers, you can obtain a green lawn.

To keep your lawn healthy, you should make use of fertilizers in required amount and water the plants at regular intervals. If you do not water the plants appropriately, they will go dry and if you over water them, fungus will start emerging at the bottom of the plants. Talking of fertilizers, you should always use a high quality fertilizer in every three months. Regularly applying a required amount of fertilizer will help your lawn to keep flourishing all the time. You can also use weed and feed to give nutrition to the soil of your lawn and also to relieve of the unwanted weeds. Moreover while applying fertilizers all the given instructions should be read thoroughly and proper care should be provided to the lawns.

Using Broom Rake

When you are ready to start seeding, it is recommendable to rake before the seeding process with a double duty rake. This will allow seeds to have extra spacing and they can respire properly. Not only this, raking a lawn shall also help the seeds to grow properly.

Sprinkling Seeds

Before sprinkling the seeds you should always rake your lawn with a heavy duty broom rake. After completing the process of raking you can sprinkle the seeds, but the seeds that you re using should be of a high quality. This ensures a better growth of the seeds and a thick green grass. After sprinkling the seeds you should spray some water on the seeds that will help them to nurture.

Choosing seeds for the lawn

Usually, there are different types of grass that can be grown according to the season. You can select from a wide range like for cold seasons you can opt for seeds including bent grass, rye grass and blue grass to name a few and for summer seasons you can choose buffalo grass, centipede grass, Bahia grass, Zoysia grass and lot more. It all depends on the favorable weather conditions that will initiate the grass to grow faster. Generally, the shady areas make it difficult for the grass to grow up, especially in winters, so you can opt for rye grass to have lush in the lawn all over the winter as well.

Online Tips

There are a plenty of websites presented on the internet, which will endow you with the data on keeping up the lawns emerald green all the year. Moreover, you can also get a thorough acquaintance on the related matters like from where can I find seeds, the best seeds of the season that should be sown, choosing fertilizers and lot more. So feel free to surf the internet and make your lawns green for the whole year.

Joshua Safee

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle For a Greener Life

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Today, being Green is a necessity. It’s not just for hippies and tree huggers any more. Actually being a tree hugger is a good thing, but that’s another article. We are in a time that if we continue our bad habits, the children of our not too distant future will not have one.

The 20th Century brought technological growth and change for the masses, however, it was not always for the good of the environment. Now we are suffering from the effects of change. We need to get back to basics and lead less extravagant lives. We all have lots of stuff. Generally everything we buy is new, and that takes a toll on our environment. What we manufacture takes energy, causes a certain amount of pollution, and uses precious natural resources.

We need to reduce our waste, reuse what we can and recycle just about everything. Just recycling our cans and bottles is not enough anymore. (Lots of us don’t even do that!)

We can reduce waste, just by not purchasing so much stuff. Every time we buy something, we throw away the packaging, bags are used to put our stuff in and paper is used to print receipts. Not to mention the energy it takes to power the store we bought the item in and the energy we used driving our vehicles to get there. If you need something try to condense your shopping trips or order it over the Internet.

Reuse what you can. By reusing items or re-purposing them, we can save money, energy, and keep our stuff from unnecessarily being sent to the land fill. Use old broken dishes for the bottom of you flower pots for drainage. Use old socks or t-shirts as dust rags or to wash the car. I know it seems small and simple, however if everyone did it we could make a significant change for the better.

Recycle everything. We can recycle leaves, grass clippings and food scraps into a composter and it will turn into beautiful rich organic compost that is good for the earth. (Some countries in Europe have made this a requirement.) Recycle your cans, bottles, paper, clothing, old household items, furniture etc. Habitat for Humanity will accept old cabinets, doors, windows, appliances, furniture etc. The Veteran’s Association will come pick up clothes and small household items right at your door. Good Will has drop off locations where you can take your unwanted clothing and household items. Share your children’s clothes they so quickly outgrow with family or friends. It is amazing how much money you can save by sharing. Vintage and slightly used clothing stores are popping up as cool chain stores for teenagers and young adults. Plato’s closet is a nationwide chain that sells gently used brand name clothes for the young adult. You can take in your unwanted brand name clothes, (in good condition)and they will pay you for them, then you can shop and get fantastic deals on the latest fashions. There is even a shoe company that makes their shoes from recycled materials, and when you are done with them, you can send them back to the company and they will recycle them back into new shoes. (Oka-B Shoes)

The products to live greener are out there, and becoming more readily available. By reducing our household waste we can reduce the amount of greenhouse emissions coming from our already overtaxed landfills. By Reusing and recycling our unwanted stuff we can cut down on production, which also saves the environment’s resources and reduces pollution. By purchasing less and purchasing only environmentally friendly products, it will also force the manufacturing companies to adopt cleaner, greener processes.

The general consensus has been that to live green one must sacrifice and perform tasks that are difficult and unpleasant. Living Green is simple. You may have to plan a little more or take a few more steps to the recycling buckets, but it is simple and necessary.

Many people are resistant to change. But change is good! By simplifying our lives, our lives become simpler, easier and more peaceful. We are always busy running here or there, keeping tight schedules, have to go pick up this or that. Take it easy…stay home and relax. Life is only as complicated as we make it. Getting back to a simpler life is not only good for the health of our environment, it is also good for our personal health as well. Being relaxed and taking things a bit easier creates a balance in our minds and bodies. Stress is the number one contributing factor of disease. Take the word DISEASE and break it down… DIS EASE. That says it all.

If we all make these small changes in our lives, the effects would be huge! We can collectively make a difference in our lives today and drastically change our future for the better. Your children will thank you for it.

Vera Pappas