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Welcome Summer; conserve our natural resources

As we welcome Summer 2012 here in the US, we need to do it with earnest respect and awareness of the consequences of the event. Cause and Effect.

Three prominent and often ignored effects of Summer are dry conditions, health concerns and energy consumption issues; larger than we allow ourselves to realize.  However, you can and should do something about it.  Forewarned is forearmed; be ecoWise to the conditions and avoid unnecessary expenses.

You may feel it most without hydrating yourself or properly insulating your domicile or offices. The fearful fire danger, carelessness of humans and lighting are even more reasons we must conserve our natural resources, water is critical to fighting these fires.

If you wish some ‘common sense’ shortcuts to mitigate or avoid the potential consequences, allowing you to fully enjoy the plentiful benefits of Summer, request them below.

 

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We can breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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eco talk defined … Eco-Terminologies

Communication, photo image courtesy of Joe Potrebenko

Posted by Green Life Staff

With all the talk of us needing to live in a more ecologically-friendly way many new terms of popped up to confuse people.  What do all these new terms mean?  We will explain some of these terms so that the next time you see them you will understand them better.

Energy Star

Appliances that have the Energy Star symbol on them are more energy efficient, than ones without it.  This shows that the appliances pass the standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA.  This stamp of approval is not just for appliances it can be for products used in construction too such as windows.

Biodegradable

Biodegradable means substance will breakdown and decompose back to nature without hurting it in any way.  This means any animal or plant material.  Anything that will not breakdown or hurts the earth in the process then it is not biodegradable.  So it is better to use products that are biodegradable.  You can find products such as cups and plates that are made from corn and sugarcane respectively.  These are just a couple of examples.

VOC

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) can be found in synthetic foams, paint, stains and fabrics among other things.  These are known carcinogens and the labels on the substances should state if they have zero or low VOCs in them.

CFL

CFL stands for compact fluorescent light bulbs.  These have a higher energy-efficiency rating than the traditional incandescent light bulbs do and they last much longer.

Global Warming

This phrase of global warming has been so bounced around today.  The environmentalists and researchers feel that with the earth’s temperature rising today on a continual basis because of the greenhouse gases people are releasing into the air.  Carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide are two examples of greenhouse gases.  Not all the experts agree on this theory though.  Still it does not hurt for people to conserve energy and cut down on their carbon footprint.

Deconstruction

Deconstruction just means taking a building that is slated to be torn down and tearing it down in a way that keeps the usable items out of it.  Then people can reuse the ceiling fans, stained glass windows or even the cabinets.  This way, things are recycled as much as possible instead of going in the landfills.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is cotton grown using no fertilizers or pesticides.  This organic cotton is being made into all sorts of products.  The only thing is the products could be manufactured using chemicals that are harsh.  It is best to look into who has made the products before thinking the products are truly organic all the way through the processing.  It will not help you to buy something that started organic if in the processing it has been tainted with chemicals.

These are just a few of the eco-terms you will see talked about today.  Now you have a better understanding of these terms.  You can find many more online if you are interested.  Help save our earth and think more green today.

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The Gulf Call to Sacred Action

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Testimony on Federal Response to the Recent Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2010

Statement of Lisa P. Jackson Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Testimony on Federal Response to the Recent Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works

WASHINGTONChairman Boxer, Ranking Member Inhofe, and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify about EPA’s role in responding to the BP Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.  As we all know, efforts by BP to stop the oil release continue.  While there is no perfect solution to the environmental disaster that the Gulf of Mexico is facing right now, EPA is committed to protecting our communities, the natural environment and human health.   That commitment covers both the risks from the spill itself, as well as any concerns resulting from the response to the spill.

Let me begin by recognizing the extraordinary effort put in by our responders.  These are people that have maintained their resolve in the face of often overwhelming challenges.  They have gone above and beyond and we certainly owe them a debt of gratitude.  In the last three weeks, EPA has dispatched more than 120 staff scientists, engineers, and contractors to Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi to perform rigorous testing and monitoring of air and water quality.  We are tracking any possible adverse impacts stemming from controlled burning of surface oil, possible chemicals rising from the oil itself, and any issues caused by the use of dispersants.  We are working with State officials, with local University scientists, and other Federal agencies to get the best available data, share that data in a timely fashion, and to ensure proper response for the Gulf Coast people and their environment.

At the president’s direction I have personally traveled to the region – the region I grew up in and still consider home – twice over the past weeks, to personally oversee EPA’s efforts and to meet with the local community to ensure their questions and concerns are addressed.

For weeks, EPA responders have been monitoring air pollutants including, particulate matter, hydrogen sulfide, and total volatile organic compounds – or VOCs – from the oil in the Gulf, as well as the controlled burning of oil.  These pollutants could pose a health risk to local communities and this monitoring is essential to ensure that communities are protected as BP takes direct response actions.  EPA is also monitoring water quality by conducting surface water testing along the Gulf Coast, both in areas that have been impacted and those not yet affected.  All of this information is being made public as quickly as we can compile it. We have been posting regular updates to our webpage http://www.epa.gov/bpspill, which has been a critical resource since the beginning of this event.

A primary concern is to ensure the safe application of chemical dispersants.  Oil spill dispersants are chemicals applied to the spilled oil to break down the oil into small drops below on the surface. The dispersed oil mixes into the water column and is rapidly diluted.  Bacteria and other microscopic organisms then act to degrade the oil within the droplets.  However, in the use of dispersants we are faced with environmental trade-offs.  We know that surface use of dispersants decreases the environmental risks to shorelines and organisms at the surface.  And we know that dispersants breakdown over weeks rather than remaining for several years as untreated oil might.  But, we are also deeply concerned about the things we don’t know.  The long term effects on aquatic life are still unknown and we must make sure that the dispersants that are used are as non-toxic as possible.  We are working with manufacturers, with BP and with others, to get less toxic dispersants to the response site as quickly as possible.

EPA has previously authorized use of several dispersing chemicals under the National Contingency Plan.  In order to be placed on this list, each dispersing chemical must undergo a toxicity and effectiveness test.  On Friday, EPA and the On Scene Coordinator authorized the application of dispersant underwater, at the source of the leak.  The goal of this novel approach is to break up and degrade the oil before it reaches the water’s surface, and comes closer to our shorelines, our estuaries and our nurseries.  Based on our testing, this can be done by using less dispersant than is necessary on the surface.  But let me be clear that EPA reserves the right to halt the usage of sub-surface dispersant if we conclude that at any time; the impact to the environment outweighs the benefit of dispersing oil.  As with our other monitoring initiatives, EPA and the Coast Guard have instituted a publicly available monitoring plan for sub-surface dispersant application to understand the impacts to the environment. This data will come to EPA once a day and if the levels in the samples are elevated, EPA will re-consider the authorization of use of dispersants.

EPA is also preparing to support any necessary shoreline assessment and cleanup.  This could include identifying and prioritizing sensitive resources and recommending cleanup methods.  EPA, in coordination with the States, will continue to provide information to both workers and the public about test results, as well as assisting communities with potential debris disposal and hazardous waste issues.

Madam Chairman, as a New Orleans native, I know first hand the importance of the natural environment to the economy, to the health and to the culture of the Gulf Coast.  As I mentioned, since the accident, I have been to the region twice. I have listened to people in numerous town halls from Venice, LA, to Waveland, MS and other communities in between.  I’ve learned in those meetings that the people of the Gulf Coast are eager to be part of this response.  They want to be informed and – where possible – empowered to improve their situation on their own.  We have a great deal of rebuilding to do, both in material terms and in terms of restoring this community’s trust that government can and will protect them in a time of need.  This is one of those times.  I urge that we do everything within our power to ensure a strong recovery and future for the Gulf Coast.

EPA will continue to fully support to the U.S. Coast Guard and play a robust role in monitoring and responding to potential public health and environmental concerns.  As local communities assess the impact on their economies, EPA, in partnership with other federal, state, and local agencies, will provide all assets to assist in the recovery.  At this time I welcome any questions you may have.

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Creating edible container gardens . Eco Contest

Here you will find images showing the phases from beginning until today.

When I first got the itch to create a Salad Garden it seemed very likely I could reuse materials found around the trop garden or in the garage.  To reduce and recycle along with reusing was a simple task.

When you watch the images closely, you will see the building of an easy meal maker, fresh grown with tender loving care.  A special prize goes out to the first person to name all the edible plants. Send your submissions to eco.edu@EcoMapped.com

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    Eco-Friendly Printing and Office Tips

    Posted: 23 Apr 2010 01:18 PM PDT

    Paper is a big problem from an environmentalism perspective.  Every day, we come in contact with a lot of paper, and we mostly throw it out!  Americans consume more paper per capita than any other country in the world – more than seven hundred pounds per person! Others have serious paper consumption problems as well (Western […] Related posts:

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    Ditch your Answering Machine and Switch to Voice Mail

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    Although not an idea that jumps right to mind, experts are showing in study after study that by using voice mail, less energy is consumed and results in less hazardous waste than the use of answering machines. In the same way that power plants are responsible for producing considerably less pollution than if everyone ran their […] Related posts:

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    Sunday eco tip

    Just bag it!

    Help protect the environment when you shop. Keep reusable bags on your car seat or near your door so they are easy to grab when you go.

    And you can even combine shopping bags – just tell the cashier that you don’t need a bag, then put all your purchases together in one bag… just be sure to hang on to your receipts!

    Play the podcast (MP3, 687KB, runtime 0:42) | More tips for shopping.

    Want more tips? Visit EPA’s Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.  http://www.epa.gov/earthday/tips2.htm

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    Earth Month Daily Green Tip

    Make it a full load!

    Run your dishwasher only when it’s full and use non-toxic detergent.

    Don’t pre-rinse dishes – tests show pre-rinsing doesn’t improve dishwasher cleaning, and you’ll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load.

    When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water.

    Water-efficient models use only about only about 4 gallons per wash.
    Play the podcast (MP3, 647KB, runtime 0:39) | More about using water wisely.

    If you are washing the dishes in the sink; follow conservation recommendations.

    Want more tips? Visit EPA’s Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.

    Walt Disney cartoons ‘contain secret messages on the environment’

    A still from the Walt Disney film Bambi

    Mark Henderson, Science Editor

    Walt Disney films such as Bambi, The Jungle Book and Pocahontas have played an important role in educating the public about the environment, a new book by a University of Cambridge academic has claimed.

    The stories of animated Disney characters, from Snow White in 1937 to the clownfish Nemo in 2003, have built “a critical awareness of contested environmental issues”, according to David Whitley, a lecturer in English.

    While Disney movies are often regarded as little more than escapism, and have even been criticized as bland populism, many feature messages about conservation and the relationship between people and the natural world that have proved to be highly influential, Dr Whitley said.

    His book, The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation, argues that the films’ cute animals have systematically encouraged generations of children to ally themselves with the natural world and protect it.

    Dr Whitley singled out Bambi, which was released in 1942, as particularly influential, saying that many green activists had credited it as the inspiration that first made them interested in environmental issues.

    He said: “Disney films have often been criticized as inauthentic and pandering to popular taste rather than developing the animation medium in a more thought-provoking way.

    “In fact, these films have taught us variously about having a fundamental respect for nature. Some of them, such as Bambi, inspired conservation awareness and laid the emotional groundwork for environmental activism.

    “For decades Disney films have been providing children with potent fantasies, enabling them to explore how they relate to the natural world.”

    The book, published by Ashgate, concentrates on two periods in the Walt Disney Company’s history – between 1937 and 1967, when Walt Disney was in charge, and between 1984 and 2005, when Michael Eisner was chief executive. Both moguls “saw themselves as having a sustained and strong commitment to wild nature and the environment”, but in subtly different ways, Dr Whitley said.

    Walt Disney promoted a “folksy and homespun” relationship with nature, the influence of which can be seen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Bambiand Sleeping Beauty. These are pastoral films, in which the natural world is portrayed as an idyllic but vulnerable retreat from a threatening civilization.

    During Eisner’s stewardship, Disney films became more complex, suggesting that people and nature can coexist if people come to respect wildlife and realize their place in the natural order. Dr Whitley said: “If you can accept their sentimentality, it becomes possible to see that these films are giving young audiences a cultural arena within which serious environmental issues can be rehearsed and explored.

    “Popular art often does more than we think to shape our feelings and our ideas about certain themes. Disney may well be telling us more about the environment and the way we relate to it than we tend to accept.”

    The movies could even reflect disputes about how nature is best conserved. Dr Whitley said that the rivalry between the carefree Baloo and the authoritative Bagheera in The Jungle Book, released in 1967, echoed contemporary disagreements between hippies and mainstream conservation groups.

    How animation brought green issues to life

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    The jealous Queen arranges for the death of Snow White who escapes to the forest and befriends dwarfs and woodland creatures.
    The message “The forest’s pastoral setting gives viewers a sense of the integrity and separateness of nature from the world of humans, which is shown as oppressively unbalanced. Snow White is also a role model, showing how humans can protect nature and even bring order to it.”

    Bambi (1942)
    The plot follows Bambi through his friendships with Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, the death of his mother at the hands of hunters and his ascent to prince of the forest.
    The message “A classic example of the use of animated detail to represent the idyllic realm of nature rendered vulnerable by human incursions. The film is credited with having influenced a generation of conservationists.”

    Cinderella (1950)
    Under the thumb of her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella’s only friends are animals. After attending the royal ball, the mice help the Prince to find her.
    The message “Cinderella’s relationship with an extensive subculture of friendly animals demonstrates that she is wholesome and good. The animals help to subvert the authority of a repressive, self-regarding human culture cut off from nature and represented by the ugly sisters.”

    The Jungle Book (1967)
    Ten years after he was found by Bagheera, the panther, it is decided that Mowgli, a feral child, should return to the world of human beings to escape Shere Khan, the tiger.
    The message “Mowgli demonstrates not just a desire to protect the animal kingdom but to become part of it. The film introduced young viewers to some of the competing theories about the consumption of natural resources.”

    The Little Mermaid (1989)
    Ariel, the mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. She falls in love with Prince Eric and temporarily becomes a human being.
    The message “This suggests a fundamental division between humans and the natural world that can, at least partially, be overcome. The film persuades viewers that the human and natural worlds are comparable and equivalent.”

    Pocahontas (1995)
    Pocahontas, a Native American, falls in love with John Smith, an English settler. She shows him that her people have an intimate and spiritual relationship with nature.
    The message “Pocahontas’s decision to stay among her own tribe teaches that the natural world is not there to be harnessed by the civilizing effects of humans. The historically inaccurate reconciliation with the colonists implies that our rift with nature can be healed.”

    Tarzan (1999)
    Tarzan is raised by gorillas. A group of humans arrive, including Jane, who falls in love with Tarzan after he rescues her. Tarzan saves the gorillas from Clayton, a hunter who wants to capture them.
    The message: “The human impact on the environment is seen at its destructive worst in the form of Clayton’s efforts to exploit the natural world for commercial gain.”

    Finding Nemo (2003)
    Nemo, a clownfish, is embarrassed by his overprotective father, Marlin. He is captured and taken to Sydney.
    The message: “The theme of letting go of one’s protective anxieties accepts the dangerous aspect of nature, but we are encouraged to tolerate freedom with all the precariousness that entails.”

    4 Keys To A Successful Sustainability Strategy

    no, no, not the water too

    Date: 16-Mar-10
    Country: US
    Author: Greener World Media

    Consider these morsels from last week’s Wall Street Journal:

    “By 2050, there could be two billion cars on the road — twice as many as there are today.”

    “Energy demand is expected to be 35 percent higher in 2030 than in 2005.”

    “Pollution of drinking water is Americans’ No. 1 environmental concern.”

    If you’re of the mind that the global economy is an Energizer battery that will simply go, go, go — without needing outside attention — think again.

    Our world economy faces unprecedented challenges, whether from soaring population growth, resource constraints, a warming climate and myopic financial markets.

    Solutions to these challenges are right in front of us, and a few were even suggested in the WSJ: “40 percent of new cars could be electric (by 2050).” “Energy efficiency is, more than ever, a critically important ‘energy source.'”

    Some companies see opportunity from these challenges and are pursuing bold projects that take sustainability to a new level — projects like Frito-Lay’s planned zero emissions potato chip plant in Arizona; Interface’s closed-loop systems for recycling carpets; ZipCar’s pay-by-the-hour model for car driving; Intel making environmental metrics a component of every employee’s compensation.

    But what’s missing is totality. Business innovation to scale sustainable solutions exponentially — across entire business models, across all products and services — is what we need to put our global economy on a sustainable path. Scattered shoots of sustainability will not do the job.

    How do we achieve such sweeping change?

    First, companies must recognize that making themselves more sustainable will make them more successful in the 21st century.

    Consider the example of climate change: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the levels scientists say are needed will require a massive shift to clean, energy-efficient technologies in the coming decades. Businesses that put themselves in front of this trend — whether in their operations and supply chains, or products and services they offer — will benefit the most.

    “We are looking for companies that are managing these risks and developing opportunities,” said Anne Stausboll, who oversees more than $200 billion of investments at the nation’s largest public pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

    Second, corporate success on sustainability will require comprehensive strategies that extend to all aspects of the business — from the board room, to employees, to suppliers, to consumers.

    Among the key components of any successful strategy:

    · Elevate sustainability in company governance, including direct board oversight and accountability over environmental and social issues, more diversity and special expertise on boards, and linking executive and other employee compensation to sustainability goals;

    · Robust regular dialogues with key company stakeholders on sustainability challenges, including employees, investors, NGOs, suppliers and consumers;

    · Open reporting on sustainability strategies, goals and accomplishments;

    · Systematic performance improvements to achieve environmental neutrality and other sustainability goals across the entire value chain, including operations, supply chains and products.

    The best performing companies of the 21st century will be those that recognize this evolving new order, and invest and act now.

    White House calls for regulators to increase wireless Internet access in U.S.

    By Cecilia Kang
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, January 5, 2010; A10

    The Obama administration called Monday for federal regulators to provide more spectrum for wireless high-speed Internet services, saying mobile broadband would bring competition to DSL, cable and fiber broadband providers.

    In comments and a letter filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the White House’s technology policy arm and the antitrust division of the Justice Department said that the current marketplace for broadband Internet services is not competitive enough and that wireless Internet access could serve as a more affordable way to bring service to areas that are not connected.

    “Given the potential of wireless services to reach underserved areas and to provide an alternative to wireline broadband providers in other areas, the [FCC] Commission’s primary tool for promoting broadband competition should be freeing up spectrum,” Justice said in its comments.

    The comments by Justice and a similar letter from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration come as more and more people have begun using BlackBerrys, iPhones and other Web-enabled phones. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has warned of a looming cellphone crisis because current networks are not robust enough to handle what is expected to be an explosion of demand for mobile data services.

    Specifically, Justice said the FCC should shift “underutilized” spectrum to wireless carriers. But the agency warned that, when distributing spectrum, the FCC should consider how the largest telecommunications companies could further concentrate their market power through an auction.

    Justice noted that the largest providers — AT&T and Verizon — offer both wireless and wireline Internet services and might have an incentive to promote fixed wireline services over wireless.

    “If wireline providers charge more for service packages that involve greater speeds and/or higher usage limits, consumers purchasing these packages may not enjoy the benefits of competition from wireless broadband, or may do so only indirectly to the extent that consumers as a whole display a willingness to substitute slower wireless service for faster wireline service,” the agency said in its filing.

    The comments were submitted as part of the FCC’s push to bring affordable broadband services to all U.S. homes. Obama has made universal access to a high-speed Internet the cornerstone of his technology agenda. And Congress has mandated that the FCC, an independent agency, come up with a plan by February.

    Consumer groups, which have been critical of the FCC’s approach on broadband, said the comments by Justice and the NTIA indicate the administration agrees there are not enough options for Internet users.

    “They are going out of their way to say competition is important and that there isn’t enough and this is a new approach,” said Mark Cooper, president of the Consumers Federation of America. “The FCC has been looking at spectrum as the great savior, but then they have to answer the question of what happens if spectrum gets captured by incumbent wireline companies.”

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