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Emerging Green economy: building and home efficiency careers and why they matter

Almost every industry has been affected by the emerging green economy. As public awareness broadens, the sector of building and home efficiency audits grows. Certified professionals inspect homes, offices, commercial and industrial buildings, and work with the owners to optimize the economic, energy and environmental performance of their buildings.Image by Avi, Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.Image by Avi, Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.... read more

Solar events in the San Francisco Bay Area

Upcoming SOLAR events in the San Francisco Bay Area - Week of October 19 - 24, 2009

Tapping into solar energy has many benefits: reduced burning of fossil fuels, independence from foreign energy producers, a lower electricity and gas usage bill -- and helping protect the planet's climate! ... read more

Electric motorcycles and scooters help the environment

Over the past two years, sales of small motorcycles and scooters rose rapidly as an economical transportation mode. The electric versions have been gaining grounds as well. Electric scooterElectric scooter

Electric motorcycles and scooters, the two or three wheeled vehicles that use electric motors for power, have been around as early as 1860’s (earliest references were found in patents). Today’s electric motorcycles combine the best aspects of a traditional gasoline-powered motorcycle with the most advanced technology available.... read more

Clean Tech applications: Ride share and carpooling

Remember how hitchhiking was an accepted mode of transit in America years ago? Well, now we have ride sharing. With approximately ¾ of commuters driving alone to work in the U.S. every weekday, alternative transportation modes bring many benefits.

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Ride sharing is a simple way to save money, reduce one’s carbon footprint, provide opportunities to network and expand one’s contacts, reduce driving stress, as well as pleasant. Find friends, neighbors, and co-workers who are traveling the same way you are – for school, work, events or leisure – and share a ride.

There are several variations of sharing transit: carpooling, where pool members use their own private cars. Ride-share also refers to members jointly share the costs of a rented car; or sharing a ride in a hired vehicle with a hired driver, like a shared taxi, shuttle, vanpools, etc.... read more

Do electric cars really help the environment? Are they 'green'?

Are hybrid and electric vehicles batteries a Green alternative or add hazardous chemicals to our landfills?

Visiting the West-Coast Green conference in San Francisco this past week confirmed the feel-good and coolness of electric vehicles. Photo from hybridcars.com: Photo from hybridcars.comPhoto from hybridcars.com: Photo from hybridcars.com

I would definitely be a happy camper if I win the electric bike or electric tricycle raffle!... read more

How to move the public on climate action?

Many Americans believe climate change is an impending environmental threat that faces us in the next millennium, however, although global warming is considered the biggest threat, most people are not committed to making the choices and lifestyle changes that are required. 

While, global temperatures are rising, weather conditions change across the world, the Arctic ice cap is melting, scientists and environmentalists are presenting urgent warnings about climate change, politicians, business leaders and financial ventures incentivize, stimulate and invest in new Green technologies - people acknowledge the threat, but are still not taking personal actions to reduce the problem.

Today, a number of scientists acknowledge that some climate change may not be reversible.

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STOP Uranium Drilling at the Grand Canyon

The Obama administration is currently considering halting environmental degradation around the Grand Canyon and you can support these actions RIGHT NOW!

Grand Canyon, Stop Drilling

The Bush administration approved drilling for uranium at 39 sites near the Grand Canyon’s south rim in 2008.  This decision led to a rush in claims for mining the radioactive mineral near this iconic park.  The House reacted to these developments in June 2008.  At that time the House Natural Resources Committee ordered 1 million acres of Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service national park land to be withdrawn from new uranium mining claims.... read more

Cigarettes and the Environment: Harmful Effects

Cigarettes and the EnvironmentEveryone knows how bad smoking cigarettes are for one's health, but what about their effect on the environment? 

Let's take a look at some facts:  ... read more

Sandbag Your Carbon Credits

Sandbag, an environmental group that seeks to affect carbon reduction, has a novel approach to the climate problem: buying carbon credits. The group, based in the UK, is using private funds to buy carbon permits in the European Union to make carbon production more expensive for multiple industry.

This approach is centers on negotiating the sale of carbon permits from organizations or businesses that do not take full use of their allotment. Currently, 50% of all carbon produced in the European Union is governed by a carbon cap and trade program. For example, Sandbag recently entered into an agreement with a hospital in England to buy unused carbon credits. These purchased credits are then canceled by the group, making the remaining credits more valuable. This was a foolproof plan until a certain global financial collapse occurred.

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Paper made of...poop?

Yes, you read my headline right!   This was just way too cool not to share.

Sheep Poo Paper makes paper out of fresh sheep poop in Wales.  Don't worry, they sterilize it!  (at 120 degrees centigrade)

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