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Clean Up the World weekend

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/18 at 06:30 PM
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The weekend of September 19th to 21st is the 16th annual Clean Up the World Weekend. An estimated 35 million volunteers will come together in over 100 countries to do their part in cleaning up the environment. This is one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world.

Clean Up the World was launched by Australian Ian Kiernan 16 years ago with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). At the time, Kieran was shocked by the large amounts of plastic rubbish he saw during a round-the-world ocean race. It is estimated that there are currently more than 13,000 pieces of plastic in every square kilometre of ocean.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Start Today… Save Tomorrow - Clean Up our Climate’.
Local communities will spend the weekend taking action on a number of environmental issues, including protecting water sources, saving energy and reducing waste.

Visit the Clean Up the World web site. “Getting involved is simple. Groups or organisations in any city, town or village across the globe can join Clean Up the World. Joining is free* for non corporate organisations and renewable annually.”

To see what communities around the world are doing, visit the Clean Up the World Activities Map.

 

 

 

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Fashionably Energy Conscious

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/18 at 11:45 AM
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CFL light bulbs continue to become more attractive. The harshness of the fluorescent light quality has been softened. The shape and style of the bulbs is also more varied. But, for those of you who still find CFL bulbs to be ugly and unattractive, a company in Gulf Breeze, Florida has the answer.

Twister Corporation has designed a line of decorative covers that will let you go green while not sacrificing the décor in your home. The light covers from Twister Corporation transform the less attractive fluorescent bulbs with stylish decorative lenses. They apparently work with almost all bulbs and fixtures without reducing light brightness, and can be customized to match your décor.

“This product is meant to encourage increased use of CFLs in homes and offices. For years the public has resisted using the CFLs because of the appearance and glare of the bulbs,” stated Ed Delangis, President of Twister Corporation and a member of the Pensacola Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. “We created this product to overcome these problems and encourage a greater use of compact fluorescent bulbs.”

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Compost Container

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/17 at 05:29 PM
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Composting is the way to go these days, but you may not find that a pot full of peels, egg shells and coffee grinds is so appealing on your kitchen counter. One solution is to have a dedicated garbage can under your sink to dump your daily compost matter into. This can allow you to have the flexibility of not emptying your compost can every day. If you prefer the handy accessibility of a countertop container, however, then the popular choice seems to be a tin pail. The only problem is that it is an open container that it invites fruit flies and emits an odor. I personally do not find that it looks attractive either. My suggestion is to find an aluminum canister with a lid that seals. I was able to find one with a see-through plastic lid that allows me to see how full the container is. The canister also looks clean and sleek on my countertop.

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CFL Bulbs Energy-Saving Campaign

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/16 at 12:28 PM
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Project Porchlight is an energy-saving campaign that has just been launched by SaskPower Eneraction and the non-profit environmental organization One Change. The goal is to make an environmental difference by distributing 200,000 free compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to household across Saskatchewan this fall and then about another 200,000 in 2009.

“If you can change a light bulb, you can really make a difference,” said Stuart Hickox, the executive director of One Change.

“If every household in Canada replaced a wasteful, incandescent bulb ... with a (CFL) bulb, the reduction and pollution from power generation would be the equivalent of taking 66,000 cars off the road,” he said to hundreds of spectators in front of F.W. Hill Mall.

The organization is also working on another campaign that will help with fuel efficiency.
“It’s called Get the Gauge,” Hickox said. “If every driver in Canada just kept their tires properly inflated, Canadians would save $1 billion a year on gas, and it would cut 2.8 megatonnes of greenhouse gases.”

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Low-Energy Light Bulbs Have Improved

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/16 at 12:08 PM
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The technology of energy-saving light bulbs continues to improve. There is really no excuse for using energy wasting bulbs anymore.

– Current low-energy light bulbs now reach their full brightness in a matter of seconds.
– Using low-energy light bulbs can reduce CO2 emissions by about 80%. They are also very cost efficient in the long run.
– The light emitted by low-energy light bulbs is no longer so harsh.
– Energy-saving light bulbs convert nearly all the power they consume into light, rather than heat.
– There is now much more variety in the energy-saving light bulbs available – both in type of light they produce and the shape and size of bulbs.
– By using a low-energy light bulb, you are using less fossil fuel.
– LED light is the light of the future.
– Dichroic halogen bulbs are more efficient than regular halogen bulbs.
– Old-fashioned incandescent globes are being phased out and in Europe.
– Mercury in CFL bulbs should not be a cause for concern or an excuse. Cleaning up any type of broken light bulb should be done with care.
– There are various brands of low-energy bulbs that are compatible with dimmers.

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GM Supports Environmental Education

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/15 at 05:22 PM
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The environment is an important issue in the classroom these days, and teachers are always looking for current resource material. There is a wealth of good lesson plans and activities out there, but it is nice to see a large corporation doing its part in educating our youth about helping the environment.

General Motors has a dedicated site that offers what appears to be excellent units that can be used for teaching a number of subject areas. GM has also lately teamed up with Weekly Reader (online education magazine) for a more direct approach.

gm.com/education.

“As global energy demands continue to increase, GM is committed to doing its part to offer solutions by developing vehicles that can be powered by many different energy sources including E85 ethanol, diesel, electricity and hydrogen,” said Elizabeth A. Lowery, GM vice president, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. “Young people today have an opportunity to be part of the movement that develops solutions to these energy issues, and GM’s commitment to education in the areas of math, science and technology is aimed at encouraging them to be a part of that effort.”

 

 

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