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home depot, my hero.

Posted by Diana on July 15, 2008

Just in case you haven’t heard, at the end of june, Home Depot launched a national initiative for recycling CFL bulbs. Here’s an excerpt from their official announcement:

This free service is the first such offering made so widely available by a retailer in the United States and offers customers additional options for making environmentally conscious decisions from purchase to disposal…In any Home Depot store, customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk. The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation, and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance.

I heart you, Home Depot, and so does the environment.

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Big Bad Wolf

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2008

Big Bad Wolf

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start gathering your out-of-the-ordinary recyclables.

Posted by Diana on June 25, 2008

SATURDAY :: JUNE 28, 2008 :: 8AM TO 2PM

MERCER COUNTY RECYCLING EVENT

john t. dempster fire school
bakers basin/lawrence station road
lawrence township, new jersey
(RAIN OR SHINE)

What to Bring:

Aerosol Cans
Photographic Chemicals
Used Motor Oil
Lighter Fluid
Propane Gas Tanks
Pesticides/Herbicides
Pool Chemicals

Florescent Bulbs

Incandescent/Compact Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Used Electronics

Used Oil Filters
Paint Thinner
Oil Based Paint
Stains/Varnishes
Anti-Freeze
Driveway Sealer
Gasoline
Gas/Oil Mix
Insect Repellants

Car Batteries

Check out the MCIA Recycling site for more specifics on what you can/cannot bring, paying special attention to the used electronics list.

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getting to zero.

Posted by Diana on June 17, 2008

Rider is using the services of Clean Air-Cool Planet to engage in an extensive greenhouse gas inventory, hopefully dating back to the year 2000, with the ultimate goal of reaching carbon neutrality.

With the help of the Climate Action Toolkit, Rider will be measuring its carbon footprint and determining its impact on the environment. Detailed spreadsheets and a calculator help organize the mind-boggling amount of information needed to complete an inventory of such magnitude.

Analysis of the data allows for the creation and implementation of a GHG Emissions Reduction Target and Timetable. Here is an excerpt from the site:

Setting a target and timeline for emissions reductions accomplishes several important functions:

  • It formalizes an institutional commitment to ongoing, comprehensive climate action.
  • It provides a tangible goal and mechanism for community-wide engagement, building momentum for climate action.
  • It introduces a level of accountability to the process, ensuring emissions reductions efforts are undertaken efficiently and that institutions meeting goals can rightly boast of an important accomplishment.

Fortunately, the answers to “How much?” and “How fast?” do not have to be guesswork. Leadership taken both internationally and closer to home, here in the Northeast, has resulted in varying available frameworks for adoption (or adaptation) in creating a campus greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and timeline.

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hey folks, it’s real.

Posted by Diana on June 12, 2008

i have been thumbing through my copy of Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills to Stop Climate Change–or Live Through It by David de Rothschild.

Let me just say, this little gem has yet to disappoint me. For a gal like me, who needs fun illustrations and short, witty passages that I can digest and retain, this book is just the ticket. I’ve decided to include regular snippets from this every so often because I think it is so important.

Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard the words “global warming” and “greenhouse gases” tossed around more frequently in the past few years. And I’m willing to bet that the past few days of downright scorching, gross heat may have caused you to think that perhaps there is some truth to all of this green-mumbo-jumbo. Take a couple of minutes and read below for the best skinny on global warming I have found. If you’re skeptical or merely not knowledgeable about the facts, this will help clear up things for you……

Climate Control: An Introduction to Global Warming

Discussing the weather used to be so casual. Nice day, huh? Or, You believe all this rain? It’s harder these days–even our small talk is controversial. Scorcher isn’t it? Must be that global warming. For many, the greatest environmental threat that humans have ever faced is a political issue.

But it’s not. Global warming is a matter of scientific fact: 2006 was the sixth-warmest year on record since 1850; the top five spots are held by 1998, 2005, 2003, 2002, and 2004…

If we fail to recognize the immediate nature of this threat, the consequences could be catastrophic. Rising seas, searing temperatures, killer storms, drought, plague, pestilence. Finding solutions begins with identifying the problem. Briefly, here’s how global warming works. Energy from the Sun, in the form of light and heat, warms the Earth. Heat rises, and some of it heads back into space. Most of it, though, is trapped by molecules in the atmosphere–molecules of “greenhouse gases,” named because their effect is just like that of a greenhouse. Water vapor is a primary greenhouse gas, in addition to carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide. All are natural–indeed, without the greenhouse effect, the Earth would be cold and uninhabitable.

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greendesign comes to princeton

Posted by Diana on June 11, 2008

the next time you’re walking back from small world coffee, take a minute or two and stop into greendesign, a new eco-goods store on witherspoon street in princeton.

i stopped in on friday, and was happy to see a fresh-looking shop full of eco-friendly products. my favorite picks would have to be the wall of greeting cards as you walk in the door. the cards are made from recycled paper, of course, and feature earthy, free-spirited designs. they’re reasonably priced and would make a great “thinking of you” gift. the store also has other household items, notably some snazzy kitchenware like bowls and utensils that i believe are made of either olive wood or bamboo. other products include candles, linens, and some baby items.

stop in, take a look. greendesign is always interested in suggestions for new green products as well, so don’t be shy!

greendesign
42 witherspoon street
princeton, nj 08540
phone: 609.651.4643

their website is still under construction, but here’s the link:
www.shopgreendesign.com

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new site to love.

Posted by Diana on May 29, 2008

stop everything and check out thedailygreen: the consumer’s guide to the green revolution.

i’m not going to lie–i was initially drawn to this website because of its classy fonts and alluring graphics.

(it’s true that i am able to operate on a purely superficial, aesthetically-motivated level.) but going beyond all of that eye candy, this site is chock-full of news, articles, blogs, and links that give you your green fill. there are tips and advice for individuals and communities, recipes and cooking suggestions on the green cuisine page, greening your home suggestions, and informative and creative videos. A particularly interesting feature is the weird weather watch, which includes some pretty convicting photos of climate change.

And as if that weren’t enough, on the left-hand side of the homepage, there is a section called “get local info.” you can type in your zipcode, and at your little fingertips will be local weather, the nearest fresh food locations, and recycling information tailored to your ‘hood.

hope i’ve convinced you to take a gander!

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Plucot

Posted by Mike on May 23, 2008

Plucot

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three cheers!!!

Posted by Diana on May 21, 2008

for Stonyfield Farms Organic Yogurt!!!!

Today I opened a delicious cup of french vanilla organic yogurt from Stonyfield, and on the lid, I read:

Sunshine in your cup! Some of the energy used to make this yogurt was generated from the sun.”

Made my whole dang day.

Please take a minute or two to check out their website. Not only is it full of great graphics, but you learn about Stonyfield’s admirable mission statement and all of the efforts they are making to give back to the earth. For example, here’s a quote about “Profits for the Planet“:

Each year Stonyfield Farm gives away 10 percent of its profits to organizations and projects that work to protect and restore the earth. In 2007, for example, we gave $1,947,109 to non-profit and educational organizations across the country to support their innovative environmental and organic programs–from supporting bicycling as a means of transportation, to a four-year university dedicated to saving the ecosystems of the tropics. We look for projects that protect and restore the planet and generate measurable results.

i heart stonyfield.

i heart stonyfield.

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giddy up.

Posted by Diana on May 15, 2008

Rider University is keeping up its end of the bargain in the construction of their new environmentally-friendly dormitory. Belgian plow horses are being used to clear four acres of land in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read all about it in the Trenton Times!

How could you not want to read an article that begins with this:

“Wood chips fly. Chain saw buzzes. Stubby Warmbold doesn’t flinch.”

just like the olden days.

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