Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Energy Tapping Toilets!


This is funny but true!


Energy-Stingy Japan, an Extravagant Indulgence: Posh Privies
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/24/AR2008062401285.html?hpid=topnews

Despite the crazy toliets, Japan is doing amazingly well in lowering energy consumption in their industry. US companies can do this too! We just need to keep bugging them to do it!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


WOLF TRAP GREEN UPDATE
The latest on Wolf Trap's environmental initiative.Do Your Part
Help Wolf Trap and other national parks to reduce global warming. Join us today and track your impact online.
Sign up today to Do Your Part!
http://www.doyourpartparks.org/wotr

This is a very cool sight to see your footprint and offers a challenge for you to improve. It even gives you cost savings for going green. :)

Big fan of Sequoia National Park


I'm a big fan of the park. I received an email from the Sierra club with some news regarding the preservation of the trees in the park.


Giant Sequoia
I am delighted to share with you some very exciting news about a giant victory for Sierra Club and the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Just a week ago we saw the end to the Sierra Club’s three year long battle with the timber industry, preventing them - once and for all - from logging in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

The win came at the 11th hour, as the Sierra Club legal team prepared to appear in the Ninth Circuit court to argue the last case standing, a last-ditch appeal by the timber industry, regarding commercial logging in the Monument. But on the eve of the hearing, they abandoned and withdrew their appeal - putting the final nail in the coffin of this very drawn out case - and putting an end to the pillage of these iconic trees.

This was a major victory for the Sierra Club - and it would not have been possible without the support of our committed Members and Supporters. Thank you.

Beginning in 1901, when John Muir lobbied for the expansion of Sequoia National Park to encompass the entire range of the giant sequoia, the Sierra Club has advocated for the protection of giant sequoia ecosystems in their entirety. And, after years of fighting to keep our towering Sequoia trees safe from the timber industry's saws, we have finally won. Thanks to this hard-earned victory, our children and grandchildren will be able to stand in awe of these noble giants for generations to come.

Thank you again for your contribution to this critical victory - it never could have happened without your support.

Sincerely,

Signature Carl Pope

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Pearl Jam and Conservation


I'm going to a Pearl Jam concert tonight.
Who knew they are big into conservation and carbon offsets! Rock on!

ACTIVISM AND INFORMATION
Carbon Portfolio Strategy

The Carbon Portfolio Strategy is the newest component of our ongoing efforts to advance clean renewable energy and carbon mitigation. Through this Strategy, we will donate a total of $100,000 to nine organizations doing innovative work around climate change, renewable energy, and the environment.

We hope that by highlighting and creating a commons for these groups, we can advance preservation of existing ecosystems, restoration of degraded environments, and continued investment in clean, renewable energy technologies. Furthermore, by working with these groups and others to mitigate our own carbon emissions, we ultimately hope to get Pearl Jam at 0% net emissions for our tours and businesses.
2006 CARBON PORTFOLIO STRATEGY
American Solar Energy Society
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Cascade Land Conservancy
Conservation International
EarthCorps
Green Empowerment
Honor the Earth
IslandWood
Washington Clean Energy Initiative



INVESTING IN STRATEGIES TO MITIGATE CARBON—
IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND BEYOND

While the Carbon Portfolio Strategy has national and international components, the initial focus is on the Pacific Northwest -- our home. By identifying and supporting leaders in the environmental community, we hope to raise this region's carbon consciousness while also investing in a clean energy future.

We encourage you to identify and support leaders in your own community leading the charge for clean and renewable energy. In addition, we hope that you'll take a close look at how their daily activities contribute to the increasing amounts of carbon emissions in the air.


http://www.pearljam.com/activism/carbon.php

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lower Your Dependency on Fossil Fuels Now!


Lower your dependency on fossil fuels today! Pass it on!

- Fuel prices are at an all time high and expect to go up
- Corn and soy prices are rising due to the need for alternative fuels and floods are devastating crops
- Industry is calling to drill for oil in protected areas but the oil may only last 2.5 years at our current rate of consumption. This just pushes off the problem another 2 years.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/allBreakingNews/idUKN1825856920080618

The good news is according to the national news tonight Americans are cutting back on driving. We reduced the number of miles driven by 4.4 million in April compared to April of last year and according to the report the trend is expected to continue. Despite an increase in population and the number of vehicles that puts us at 2005 levels. It will be interesting to see how much the decline has increased now that gas is over $4.00 a gallon.

You can lower our nation's consumption of fossil fuels! - Let's continue the trend.
http://www.startribune.com/business/18148539.html

Who is using fossil fuels and how much?
- Petroleum products
http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/pet_cons_psup_dc_nus_mbblpd_a.htm
- Petroleum product consumption
http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/steo/pub/gifs/Fig14.gif
- Fossil Fuel is 40% of the fuel we use
http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/solar.renewables/page/prelim_trends/rea_prereport.html


Reduce your fuel consumption by:

* Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's)
* Walking and biking
* Carpooling or taking public transportation only when you must - cut back driving errands to once a week - consolidate your trips
* Lowering your heat in the winter and air conditioner in the summer
* Turning off lights and electronic equipment when not in use--even in "standby" mode, electronics still consume energy- unplug equipment not in use
* Buying high efficiency appliances
* Using people and animal power, geothermal, wind and other renewable energy resources
* Investing in renewable technologies
* Using email and buy items produced locally to lower the need for shipping
* Doing these things at your workplace, church, market, etc.

Saving Time and Keeping a small carbon footprint!


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Apartment Composting - Part 2

Wow! It's been almost a week since I started composting. It's nice not having to take the trash out every night. :)

I've been asked why I didn't go the worm route and got the electric composter. I just didn't like the idea of having worms in the kitchen. It was creeping me out. With no yard and a tiny patio, I needed something. So until I get over the worms or have a yard I decided to invest in the machine.

I have had a little smell. The biggest smell is old coffee. I only make it at home once a week so I must use strong coffee! Ha! I added more baking soda, so the smell did go away.

Now I am so excited. Over the week I collected enough scraps to make a batch. The machine ran and then deposited the compost into the lower chamber. Now I can continue to add to the composter because it all stays in the upper chamber, but I need to wait 5 days before removing the bottom tray - enough time to let the compost dry out.

One batch seems to be just enough for all of my potted plants. But I won't need to fertilize them every week...anybody need some compost? I'm buying! :)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Apartment Composting


Okay, I've been dying to try composting in my apartment but have hesitated because everything I have read about was using live worms. So after searching long and hard I have found one to try out.

I bought a Nature Mill composter (see picture). Here is the website: http://www.naturemill.com/howItWorks.html
Be sure to watch the video because it explains how to use it.

Now I plugged mine in today and you can't just start putting in scraps. First you put in 2 cups of outdoor dirt from the ground. It also comes with a bag of sawdust pellets and a box of baking soda. At the start of each "batch" you need to thrown in the sawdust pellets and baking soda if you don't have a lot of "brown" items. "Brown" items are the untreated or unpainted sawdust, wood shavings, bread, rice, pasta, grains, nuts, nut shells, straw, dry flowers, small yard leaves, coffee ground and paper filters.
The "brown" items balance the "green" (organic) items and gives you the nice soil in the bottom tray.

Okay so here it goes. As the instructions say, composting takes time so I'll check back with you in about a month with progress. I should be reporting I have had 2 great batches of soil!

If you are interested in buying one, let me know! I have coupons for $30 off a composter.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

SALTWATER....THIS IS A MUST SEE

Oh if application were as great as the science. I really hope this takes off. With global warming, the seas are rising...and now we can use the extra seawater to run our cars.

But seriously I have been struggling with whether to trade in my car for an electric car or a hybrid. I've been mulling it over for a couple years now and I still haven't done it. I do purchase the carbon offsets, so I am contributing to wind and solar power and the planting of more trees, but I'm still causing the emissions. So I'll continue to wrestle with this dilemma, perhaps for another year, or perhaps when they make the seawater cars.
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