Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Think Kids Don't Care about Global Warming? Think Again.

Alec Loorz is 15 years old, a Freshman at El Camino High School, a drummer for the band, State of Emergency. But there's another reason why he rocks...
He founded Kids vs Global Warming when he was 12 years old after watching Al Gore’s movie, “an inconvenient truth.” Alec felt compelled to tell other kids about the problems we are facing. He created a presentation made specifically for youth, full of videos, animation, easy-to-understand science, and compelling motivation for kids K-college ages. He gave over 30 global warming presentations before being invited by Al Gore to be formally trained with the Climate Project in October of 2008. He is now the youngest trained presenter with The Climate Project. You can read more about him here.
Check out his blog and see how this young guy is taking action...well done, Alec!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Oh Mr. President, Please don’t Demolish those Buildings!

I’m blogging because I’m upset by a NY Times article discussing the President’s job creation plan. The article to which I refer is "Tear Down That House". I am most concerned about the following:

Well, here’s a proposition: Cities and towns across the country are the default owners of hundreds of thousands of abandoned and derelict single-family houses, apartment buildings and factories. These places are a blight on our communities.

The federal government should reimburse cities and towns who hire people from the unemployment rolls to tear down these structures, clean up the properties and, if there is no immediate buyer for them, to turn them into green spaces.

I realize some of these structures need to come down. Before the government gives the green light to demolition them please STOP! This is not environmentally friendly. There is an alternative. DECONSTRUCTION not demolition.

Deconstruction will also employ more people. Deconstruction is done by hand. Crews of people facilitate the process. Demolition employs an equipment operator and project manager and a few other people. Additionally, those materials can be diverted from the landfill and can be reused.

34 billion tons of construction waste ends up in the landfill. Deconstructing a 2,500 sq ft home can divert as much as 25 tons from the landfill in addition to the normal recycling done at the jobsite. This is what we do every day. Please visit our website: and see what is possible. Use those stimulus dollars to support the green industry, to create more jobs and in some cases, support non-profit organizations.

Please Mr. President, rethink this.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Maybe if it Comes From Robert Redford, People will Listen

In a blog post by Robert Redford, he talks about how important it is for the US to lead the way in the green economy, I just hope we all listen and take action:

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham recently said at a news conference that “the green economy is coming.” I couldn’t agree with him more. The signs are all around us, from studies that show green jobs are growing 2.5 times faster than conventional jobs to the fact that California’s clean energy industry attracted $6.5 billion in venture capital in the past three years.

These are just the signs from our own shores. From China to Germany, there is no doubt that nations are beginning to see the financial wisdom in preventing the exorbitant costs of global warming by putting clean energy solutions in place now.

The only question that remains is: Will America be a leader in the green economy?

Read the entire post here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Composting 101

I came across this video about composting, some good info and tips. I am a big fan of ReUse of all kinds, as you've probably guessed by now. Enjoy!

Composting 101

Thanks to Sierra Club Green Home for posting.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Test Your Knoweldge About Electronics Recycling

Just came across this quiz at Mother Nature Network that tests your knowledge on electronics recycling. Go ahead, try it out.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Join us for Corazon's "Build A House in a Day" Event on December 12

Corazon (one of our fantastic reuse partners) will be constructing a home in Tijuana on Saturday, December 12th as part of its "Build a House in a Day" program. Together with volunteers, they will construct a 16 X 20 foot home. Volunteers are needed & tools you should bring include gloves, tool belt, hammer, paintbrushes and rollers.

To learn more about volunteering with Corazon, visit their website. I'll be there along with a few members of our DRN team...hope to build with you!
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