Friday, May 20, 2011
Did you know that you could do your part in saving the earth by the shoes that you decide to wear? Not only are you able to buy shoes that are made in energy efficient factories and sold in energy efficient stores, but also some shoes are softer on the concrete so that sidewalks don't have to be replaced as often.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Whitepod Resort in Les Cerniers, Switzerland has an interesting eco-friendly concept that has not been seen in hotels before.The resort hotel rooms are located in small white pods. The aim of the Whitepods is to create a suistanable way of tourism that helps guests be connected to the nature surrounding them, but have minimal impact on the environment. There is a limit on water usage and electricity is barely used because of the wooden stoves and oil lamps. They try to use as much local and suistanable materials and fuels as they can. The resort also tries to educate guests on how to preserve the environment. The rooms even have organic bedding! This resort allows you have a comfortable vacation, connect with nature, and also keeps you aware of minimal impact you are having on the environment and the energy you are saving!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I know that this may seem far fetched, but maybe instead of burning coal, we could use animal feces. We wouldn't end up depriving plants of their deserving food, because not everyone uses feces to feed their plants. Another far fetched idea could be to use recycled newspaper to put in the center of doors rather than metal, because newspaper is a better insulator than metal. Or paint buildings white for in the summer to help keep the heat off and have black tarps to use in the winter that cover your roof.
Monday, May 16, 2011
The U.S. is reaching incredible milestones when it comes to electric vehicles. They have to date installed over 1800 electric vehicle charging stations. This was marked by the 500th installation of the ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station in Los Angeles. This was the latest in the Thirty seven million dollar ChargePoint Ameica program. The program hopes to provide 4600 public and home charging points this year. By 2013 they hope to have installed 22,000 residential, commercial, and home charging points along wiht the deployment of 13,000 electric vehicles.