Greening Your Community

How to get yourself and others involved in making your town a greener place.

September 27th is Earth Overshoot Day

Green Lifestyles - September 27th is Earth Overshoot Day. Humanity has exhausted the budget of what nature can provide this yearHumanity has exhausted the budget of what nature can provide this year

Oakland, CA — – Humanity is surpassing nature’s budget for the year, and is moving into the ecological equivalent of overdraft, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international research organization with offices in California and Geneva.

Similarly to the way a bank statement tracks income against expenditures, Global Footprint Network tracks human demand on nature (for example, for providing food, producing raw materials and absorbing CO2) against nature’s capacity to regenerate those resources and absorb the waste. Its calculations show that, in approximately nine months, we have surpassed a level of demand on resources that the planet would be able to sustainably support this year. Read More »

UO adopts the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development

Green Infrastructure - University of Oregon adopts the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development. New standards require net zero increase in energy use and LEED Gold certification for new projects New standards require net zero increase in energy use and LEED Gold certification for new projects

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon has adopted sustainability standards that will cap energy use from new development, resulting in a net-zero increase in energy use despite continued construction on its 295-acre campus. New projects will be required to meet LEED Gold certification and must produce 35 percent greater energy savings than the state’s building code requires. Read More »

Dillon Gage Metals: Everyone Can Go “Green” by Keeping PCs, Cell Phones and Batteries Out of Landfills

Dillon Gage Metals: Everyone Can Go "Green" by Keeping PCs, Cell Phones and Batteries Out of Landfills, Precious metals contained in common household and business electronics can be recycled, refined and reusedDallas, TX –  Precious metals contained in common household and business electronics can be recycled, refined and reused, instead of being unnecessarily tossed in overflowing, local landfills, an expert at Dillon Gage Metals says.

“The list of items containing precious metals found in and around a typical American home or business is surprisingly long and includes computer components, cell phones, handhold electronic games and silver-oxide batteries from watches,” says Terry Hanlon, president of Dillon Gage Metals. Other common items are gold-plated wire and contacts from electrical switches, computer-printer cartridges with gold contacts, and platinum-group auto catalysts. Read More »

ss_blog_claim=09f600f8621dcbdcc85df20ccc1d59ab