Archive for October, 2010

Ask Cameron # 1: Why be green?

Hey everyone!

I’m beginning this new q&a section to allow people to recieve more personalized knowledge on the green movement. We can make articles as much as we want, but to the point that we don’t help people understand the effort, we are not achieving our overall goal: to educate and motivate citizens.

If you have questions, feel free to post them in your comments! I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

To start us off, Melissa asks us a paradoxically simple-yet-complex question: Why should I be green?

The ‘Green Movement’ asks people to stand up for environmental security and protection. The best reason to ‘be green’ is that you (individually, in a group, in your community) will be directly effecting the wellbeing of our ecosystem and environment. This means that you will play a large role in preventing global warming, while also looking to other alternative sources of energy.

Seeing as there a no disadvantages to being green, the question is not ‘why be green?” but rather “How to become green?” This can be done by checking out your local green movement, which can easily be done by searching for it on your respective browser. Talking to congressmen and local officials will also help you to understand your role in the green movement.

There are so many things you can do to effect the environment in a positive way, starting right at home. Good luck on your green journey Melissa!

– Cameron Clark

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Lay Down the electric trucks

           Frito-Lays will be “rolling” out 10 all-electric powered delivery trucks in North America; it’s first stop: Columbus, Ohio. These trucks will reduce fuel consumption, noise pollution and CO2 emissions, compared to traditional delivery trucks. These trucks were designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, the nation’s top producer in battery-electric commercial trucks, can travel up to 100 miles per charge and released 75% carbon emission into the atmosphere. Frito-Lays is currently working with Clean Fuels Ohio after receiving a $11 million grant from The U.S. Department of Energy. They plan to add another 134 trucks across North America in 2011, bringing the number of electric powered trucks up to a staggering 155. Plans to 340 more alternative fuel vehicles and 16 charging stations will also be implemented in the up coming years. These trucks are expected to reduce 500,000 gallons of  fuel.       

~Phil Pham

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When you were a child, you most likely heard your parents talk to you alot about cleaning up after yourself when you eat, play, or do anything that may be messy. Alot of officials haven’t been listening to their parents. In the age of rapid modernization and “Empire”, the aim of most countries is to gain hegemony or global influence through economical means. They choose to go about their goals by building more to strengthen their economies, but they find it unnecessary to analyze their methods and the effects of them. This is exact problem that Dubai finds itself in at the moment. While their skyline is one of the most beautiful of the middle eastern area, the ground is a whole different story. The challenge of water is evolving to much more than just a problem: due to the recent growth much of their water has been tainted by waste and unfortunately the water treatments plants in the area don’t have the energy to clean all of it up. To respond to this problem, Dubai has decided to increase its erudition in nuclear energy. This venture seeks to solve the problem of desalination, and the lack of energy for the new buildings. It’s necessary to clean up after yourself, and, in fact, plan out clean up before you begin your endeavor.

-Jesse Anyalebechi

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Clean Up After Yourself

When you were a child, you most likely heard your parents talk to you alot about cleaning up after yourself when you eat, play, or do anything that may be messy. Alot of officials haven’t been listening to their parents. In the age of rapid modernization and “Empire”, the aim of most countries is to gain hegemony or global influence through economical means. They choose to go about their goals by building more to strengthen their economies, but they find it unnecessary to analyze their methods and the effects of them. This is exact problem that Dubai finds itself in at the moment. While their skyline is one of the most beautiful of the middle eastern area, the ground is a whole different story. The challenge of water is evolving to much more than just a problem: due to the recent growth much of their water has been tainted by waste and unfortunately the water treatments plants in the area don’t have the energy to clean all of it up. To respond to this problem, Dubai has decided to increase its erudition in nuclear energy. This venture seeks to solve the problem of desalination, and the lack of energy for the new buildings. It’s necessary to clean up after yourself, and, in fact, plan out clean up before you begin your endeavor.

Jesse Anyalebechi

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Energy Incentives

So I’ve been hearing alot of stuff about incentives and what not for being more energy effecient. I don’t like this concept honestly, well it’s not that I don’t like the concept. It’s that I really dislike the assumptions that this concept is based from. An incentive is “something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.” There are two possible assumptions that could lead to energy incentives. One, people don’t give a rat’s ass about the environment and the only way they would is if they’d be gaining some sort of “instant” gratification (When I say instant I mean instant noodle type of instant, except on a larger scale, which, I guess, makes it even less instant. But anyway) The problem I have with this assumption is that it makes people look very very selfish and to be honest, I do think we are quite selfish but that doesn’t give us a reason to exemplify it. Two, smart incentives that are carefully planned out can help not only the environment but other things. I also agree with this, incentives like the ones for homeowners can help the housing market as well as the environment, because as people begin to buy houses and make them more energy effecient they increase the value of the homes, increase the sales of energy appliance creators, which can bring more jobs to the renewable energy industry, and help economy growth all together. So go buy a house and fill it with energy effecient lightbulbs. 🙂 The Earth, she is calling.

Jesse Anyalebechi

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Too Cool For School…..Buses

Riding the bus has never been the coolest thing to do, but this year I’ve noticed an overwhelming disdain for them. In the Alief school district they started to provide buses for students who stayed after school. Some days I am on my bus by myself, I can’t help but think what a waste of resources and time. Then I remind myself how much more of of a waste it would be if  I didn’t ride the bus. School buses are definitely not the most environmentally friendly vehicle, and regardless of whether or not there are a lot of students on the bus they are required to drive their route. The solution however is simple–ride the bus. If all that gas has to be guzzled then shouldn’t it at least benefit as many people as possible. I say that we all just forget about the negative connotation that surrounds riding the bus and think of it in a new way. It is just like a giant car pool or, if you would prefer, a big yellow limo. Either way you spin it,it’s free, dependable, and in the best interest of the enviroment.

~Christine Umeh

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Replenish

Do you know how eco-friendly cleaning supply bottles are becoming a trend in the past few years? Acturally, eco-friendly everything is becoming a trend. But now, how do you really know if something is really eco-friendly? Maybe the bottle says it uses “35% less plastic”. Maybe the solution is “non harmful” to the environment. Maybe these claims are true, but do they really benefit the environment in such a big way?

Now, lets go back to specifically cleaning supplies. Theres this new cleaner that would put most others who claim to be “eco-friendly” to shame. It comes in a pack equipped with a big bottle with a spray nozzle where you fill with water and a smaller concentrated solution bottle that you connect to the bottom. There is enough concentrated solution that you can refill the bottle for use equivalent to four bottles worth of other solutions. It is stated by Matt Hickerman, “The Mix Local concept saves consumers money (pre-mixed cleaners are only 5 percent cleaner, the rest is just plastic and water) while reducing plastic, energy, and CO2 emissions by 90 percent compared to factory-mixed cleaning products. And on the topic of local, all components of Replenish are made in Wisconsin within a supply chain radius of 200 miles.” With that maybe this innovation will spark a steam roll of many other truly eco-friendly products.

-Tiffany Thai

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