Friday, April 30, 2010

Get Paid To Recycle Old PDA's, Cell Phones, DVD Players, and Other Electronics!

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"Get Cash for your Gadgets", and that's what it says at the top of the page at Gazelle.com.  This site recycles old electronics and then sends you money.  That's right, you can get paid to recycle old electronic gadgets and consoles.  Check it out, www.gazelle.com .


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Friday, April 16, 2010

Google Uses Goats to Mow Their Lawn!

”googleAccording to Google's blog, the company is now bringing in a herd of about 200 goats weekly to mow their lawn.  This is an effort to reduce their carbon footprint by saving gasoline and air pollution.  What a unique idea?!  Google has always been innovative.  I hope other companies look at Google's unique approach and adopt similar, greener strategies for their yard work!

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Hulu Has A New Green Channel!

One of my favorite websites, Hulu.com, has started a "Green" channel with programming related to environmental conservation.  Some of the programs include NOVA, National Geographic Environmental Shorts, Design: e2, and FOX Green It Mean It.  Check it out!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Great Article From Rider News on Greening Your Dorm Room

I ran across an article on Google News today that was perfect for my readers, however, the page didn't have an option to share the article to Facebook or blogs.  Here it is and be sure to visit their site via the hyperlink below!
Eco-Rep Green Corner: Make spring green by keeping your dorm room clean April 8, 2010
As college students, spring cleaning is not always the first thing on our minds. But with the change in weather comes looming trepidation: how to responsibly dispose of unwanted items for spring cleaning?  It’s not always an easy thing to do, but it is definitely possible. Since it is so clearly on everyone’s mind, here are a few green tips that will help get any room into tip-top shape.
Before getting rid of anything, it’s important to take stock of the situation. This means asking difficult questions, such as, “Do I really need to get rid of item A or B?”; “Is there any way that I might possibly use item A or B in the future?”; “Is there a creative or original way that item A or B can be upcycled or used for another purpose before I put it in a bag and make it someone else’s problem?” Often, the answer to many of these questions is yes.  Of course, this article is in no way condoning being a pack rat, which has many of its own adversities and disadvantages. But if something is potentially useful and can be kept in an organized fashion, there’s no reason to get rid of it.
Obviously, if it’s decided that an item such as a pair of sneakers or pants still fit at the end of the year, the best way to use the item would be to wear it. However, if this is not possible for whatever reason, there are some creative ways to make something old new once again. For old clothes and fabric items that are no longer wearable, cut the items into squares, and make an eco-friendly quilt or other item, such as a pillow. If you aren’t the most creative person, there are books out there made specifically for you, including Junk Jeans Recycled and The Sweater Chop Shop.
On the other side of the spectrum, if an item is no longer usable, and needs to be donated, there are local locations where this goal can be achieved, such as the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, located in Princeton. And if items are waiting around until the end of the semester, they can be dropped off at “Don’t Trash it, Recycle it,” which will be held and hosted on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, and items will be donated to Home Front N.J. Either way, there is no need for anything to end up in the dump, because your old gym shorts or winter jacket can find a new purpose in life somewhere else.
- Kyle Dacey
Lawrenceville Eco-Rep


http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2010/04/08/eco-rep-green-corner-make-spring-green-by-keeping-your-dorm-room-clean/


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5 Tips For Greener Golfing and Protecting the Environment

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It's the time of year when many of us dust off our golf clubs and hit the course.  Here are some green tips for your next golf outing:

  1. Pick a course that advertises green practices.  If none advertise this do a quick call around to all the courses and find one who cares.
  2. Recycle anything you bring onto the course.  If it's not recyclable, carry your trash until you come across a wastebasket.
  3. WALK the course instead of renting a cart!  It is healthier for you and the environment!!!
  4. Buy golf balls and golf tees made from recycled materials.  Believe me, they work just as well!
  5. Replace your divots.  This helps keep the grass growing well and reduces the course's maintenance costs, keeping green fees lower!

Have a great spring and good luck with your golf swing!


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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Book Review: Green Jobs for a New Economy By Peterson's

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While my computer was broken I read quite a few books at the local library.  One of them was Green Jobs for a New Economy, written and published by Peterson's.  The ISBN number is 076892815X.  I DO NOT recommend wasting your time reading it.

It goes through several different community colleges and universities, discussing various green programs they have.  However, in my state, they left out the greenest school in the state with the most green programs and initiatives.  Whoever researched this book did not do a very thorough job.  My guess is that whoever wrote this book just sat on the internet doing the research and had no real knowledge about any of the schools or programs.

Save yourself the time.  All of this information, plus more, is available online for free, and you could probably do a better job researching this stuff than the authors of this book

10 Great Green Travel Tips For Staying In Hotels and Motels

Want to take your green tips on the road?  Well, here are 10 great ideas:

  1. Return the plastic key cards to the front desk.  No, personal information is not stored on them unless it's a resort that allows you to charge things to your card.  In that case, return them to the front desk and request that they are wiped clean.
  2. Reuse your linens.  Do you wash your towel at home after every use or clean you sheets after sleeping in them once?  Then don't do this at hotels either!
  3. Only eat take what you can eat from the breakfast buffets.  Eat with your mouth and not your eyes!
  4. Don't turn on the water full-blast.  If the hotel does not use low-flow faucets and showerheads, put in a suggestion asking them to do so.
  5. Turn off the lights in the room when you leave.  This one always makes me think of my dad!
  6. Unplug anything that is not in use to save on phantom energy.
  7. Put up the "Do Not Disturb" sign to allow housekeeping to skip your room and save on resources.
  8. Take a short shower.
  9. Ask about recycling bins.  Even if the hotel doesn't have them easily accessible, if you take them to the desk, many times old papers can be recycled.
  10. Keep your old toiletries.  Hotels must (by law) throw away shampoo bottles and soap with the safety seals broken.  Take them home and get the rest of your use out of them.

If everyone practiced green travel, we would save so many resources.  Please feel free to add your own in the comments!

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