Posts tagged Green

The Olympics Have Gone Green!

In 2008 when Beijing was used as a host city by the Olympic games, the environment was left with breathable air for the 12 million+ people inhibiting the area.  The games were used as an impulse to improve the environment in one of the most polluted areas on earth.  Ever since then, the games have been pushing the “green effect” on all of the host cities.  There is now an award for “the greenest games ever”!  Now in the 2010 Olympics being held in Vancouver, there are green roofs, solar panels and water harvesting being used. There are plans to make the villages eco-legacies, converted into sustainable living communities after the games are over.  More information on this here.

It is exciting that more and more events and people are “going green”.  Does anyone have some ideas on what else could be turned “green” in today’s society?

-Erica Nickerson

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Is global warming making it harder to be “green”?

Scientist at the University of Washington are currently studying the effects of global warming on hydro powered dams. These scientist are finding that a warming of around two degrees would result in a twenty five percent decrease in hydro dams electricity yield. The problem is that as temperature increases water levels will peak earlier causing summer water levels to be significantly lower. This decrease in water makes this “green” technology less efficient. Unfortunately this decrease in water would also cause problems for the salmon. Scientist are working on a system that would supplement the rivers with stored water through the dry months. I feel this report will make hydro power a lot less popular to companies.

Sam G.

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A promising technology?

I recently read about this company called Levant Power. Levant Power was formed by two MIT students who were trying to find a solutions to allow cars to be more efficient with fossil fuels, due to the fact that cars only use 20% of the energy available for every gallon of gasoline it burns. They came up with a shock absorbing system that takes the energy from a bump in the road, and transfers the energy to the drive train to help propel the car forward. Their tests have show that this system can save 3% in fuel cost and allow for cars to be more energy efficient. You may think 3% is a tiny number but just think how much fuel that actual is if this system was put in all cars. This may not be a solution to global warming, but it definitely helps curb our foreign oil addiction.

Sam. G

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LED is the future

Every day Americans get closer and closer to becoming more sustainable. However Americans aren’t willing to give up things to be more sustainable. When we go to the grocery store if there is a “green” alternative to what we normally buy, we will most likely purchase it. We won’t give up things like our cars, plastic bags, Christmas trees, or even Christmas lights. Every year millions of households throughout the United States put up Christmas lights. These Christmas light cause electricity usage to surge. This surge allow for our coal power plants (where the majority of our power comes from) to increase production, and therefore increase pollution on our environment. This doesn’t have to happen there is great technology out there that allows for us to be more Eco-friendly these holidays, and benefit us. LED is a somewhat newer technology that uses 90% less energy than traditional Christmas lights. LED Christmas lights also last longer, are safer, more durable, and come in all different colors. They are even sometimes cheaper than regular lights. Yet every year I see people putting up traditional incandescent lights. If only people knew that the benefits of LED lights outweigh the benefits of the old incandescent lights. I am curious to see how many people use LED versus Incandescent light so I will put up a poll shortly, I encourage people to take it so we can see how widely used LED lights are. (To see if u are currently using LED lights check out the link i posted it shows what LED lights look like)

Happy holidays,

Sam G.

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Sustainable Shipping

In light of my last post on the oil crisis and the serious interest in a sustainable way to do everything. One of the first places I went was to shipping. It seems to me and many of the articles we read, that the hidden cost of shipping is a huge issue. This website is sure addressing the issue.

And if you are carbon crazy, you most not be very crazy about the amount of emissions that giant shipping entities put off. A “new” craze has caught on recently. This is the craze of a rebirth of sailing for shipping. Well you can always look into this new industry yourself and I would highly recommend checking out this link as well

Logan Taylor

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Does McDonald’s care about Consumer Demands?

Right now we are sitting in class talking about big ag. companies, the government and who should demand and implement changes, such as the labeling GMO foods.  Some people say it is the responsibility of big business, some say the government, and I challenge that it is we, the people’s responsibility.  I heard this story on NPR the other day about McDonald’s changing its logo and want to pass it along for discussion.

– Jacob S.

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