Mythbusting Global Warming

There are numerous debates not only in our government but also in our communities that GLOBAL WARMING is just a myth. Let us explore the sides of the changes that are happening in our planet and find out who’s causing it.

The US is home to 5.7% of the world entire population. Can you imagine how much carbon dioxide emissions the country alone produces?

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About 25% of the CO2 emissions on earth is contributed in the US alone. With other countries both developing and developed add to these emission the earth’s atmospheric layer is broken down bit by bit. Hot air is trapped within the earth that may cause extreme heat or cold in numerous places all over the globe.

Prices of commodities did not increase alone, factors such as number of population, increase of demand and supply of both raw and recycled material has significantly hit the roof. Unstable markets pose as a threat to both small and large business wherein trade is vital. Along these changes come global warming wherein our oceanic waters have warmed to a full degree Fahrenheit since the 70’s.

If the artic ice could only yell help I melting!!! It will. With its rapid disappearance, the region might experience summer by 2040 or earlier. Species who live in this type of habitat would surely be affected by the the loss of sea-ice. Creatures and plant below our seas are also affected by climate change. Coral reed which are know to house indeginous cultures and marine species are highly sensitive to the changes in water temperature. In response to the stress brought forth by these phenomenon, coral reefs die and so is the biodiversity that comes with it.

If global warming continious, we would feel the direct heat of the sun in 400 years. You might re-think and say who cares I am gone by then but hey don’t you want the future generation to see what the real beauty our planet beholds? All human beings are the current contributors of planetary warming, no matter how big or small the contributions towards hazardous emission that depletes the environment is, it is still a major factor.

The propose change our counter for climate change is to begin with one self. We must reduce our emission and save the environment resources. There are numerous proposed alternatives that would aid as viable solution to the growing effects of global warming today.

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Plastic to Oil Conversion- The Art of Renewable Energy

From a simple observation a now renowned Japanese inventor named Akinori Ito has produced a one of a kind technology that allows us to convert plastic into oil.

The growing cause of plastic pollution has affected not only living organisms but the majority of the planet. It has taken up too much space and accumulates at a very rapid pace. With the population constantly growing and the demand for plastic consumption tops, more and more evidence of climate change us not only seen but experienced as well.

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The general public is not aware that most of the plastic materials that they use us made up of 98% petroleum products that is converted back into oil. Oil that is extracted from used plastics is used as an alternative for fossil fuel energy generation, power for our cars and other means of transportation. With millions of plastic waste produced every year, most of it is floating in the great Pacific Gyre that kills albatross, seagulls and marine life by indigestion and suffocation. Imagine saving money if you could convert these plastic materials into alternative oil at the same time saving the environment?

How is it achieved?

The conversion of plastic to oil involves a process called thermal degradation wherein extreme heat is applied to plastic which is feed stock to the innovation made by Mr. Ito. The gas that is produced from this process do not escape the chamber, it is redirected into a cylinder filled with water. Water and gas then co-mingles thus producing alternative oil derived from plastic. The oil is then separated from the water residue.

Depending on the feedstock, plastic may produce heavy oil, gasoline, kerosene and diesel. All these types of oil are the used for our cars, energy generating turbines and heaters for our homes. With millions of tons of plastics produced, millions of tons of oil are just sitting in our sanitary landfills waiting to be found. Buried treasures are found in places and forms that you would never think of it possess. The art of renewable energy just keeps on expanding. Companies are starting to invest in the technology of Mr. Ito to help their cities lessen the growing pile of plastic waste.

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Challenges of Wind Farms

Wind power is a renewable energy source that does not rely on fuel. It does not generate harmful emissions into the atmosphere that depletes our ozone layer. Despite that, there are numerous challenges faced by wind farm operators and questions that need to be address. One of these is how stable is its power supply?

Wind energy is fuel by the earth’s irregularities, providing an attainable source of electricity. It is proven that power acquired from the wind has a lesser environmental impact than those power plants run by fossil fuel. Wind energy is also a more cost efficient power source that we use today.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FACED BY WIND FARMS

Although wind energy is the cleanest source of power, its construction and operation has been one of the major issues raised by locals. In a landscape view, wind turbines are clearly visible and not that intrusive however, once you get close to it you will see that a single wind turbine takes up too much space. Wind farms also possess potential risk on local ecology and the wildlife in it. Sound is also a factor that a wind farm faces today.

CONSTRUCTION OF WIND FARMS

Wind Turbine Construction

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Research shows that some of the windiest site to place wind farms are heavily protected by mountainous regions. Other large areas that are ideal for its construction are protected by conservation restriction. Wind farms constructed near the sea are costly and difficult to build however it is achievable. Wind turbines ideally need to operate in exposed sites where they could make use of the prevailing winds. These structures are massive that they invade space.

SOUND EMISSIONS

Sound emission from wind farms are divided into two categories: Mechanical and Aerodynamic sound. The earliest wind turbines have terrible insulation and design that produces ruckus. Mechanical noise created by the gear box and generator were the cause of annoying sound. The designs of the blades were also a factor on why the previous wind turbines were another source of the sound as well. Despite this, newer versions of wind farms have tried to fix these issues making sound emissions a lesser concern for the individuals living nearby.

ECOLOGY AND WILDLIFE CONCERNS

Wind farms evade so much space that it affects the ecology and wildlife in it. They cause temporary or permanent habitat loss in sandbanks, water body and land areas due to disturbance. Migratory routes are also affected by wind farms; birds and bats collide into the rotor blades injuring or killing these species unintentionally. Light emissions attract birds that subsequently increase the risk of collisions to these massive structures. Marine mammals induce permanent or temporary threshold shifts with their perceptions through the significant masking of sounds cause by construction and pile driving. Vibrations, clouding and sedimentation during wind farm construction damages fish eggs and disturb their spawning grounds.

Despite the challenges faced by wind farms, research and assessment are made to alleviate the impact on the environment. Potential problems are easily identified through the process and were given counter measures to mitigate the impact of its effects.

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Turning Plastic into Petrol

The newest and most cutting edge technology to reach production in the green energy sector solves two problems at once… oil shortages and pollution from plastics. Through a process similar to gasification, scientist from United Nations University have invented a machine that actually converts plastic trash into usable oil, diesel and refined gasoline.

Nowadays, our environment has been experiencing bigger problems than people face, and one of these problems are plastic. People are solely dependent on the usage of plastics. Using plastic is inevitable for many people, plastics are everywhere and when they are done using these things, they will all end up being dumped and considered waste products.

In America alone, there were more than 30 million tons of plastic wastes accumulated in the year 2010. Only 8% of those millions of wastes were recovered for recycling and somewhat reusing purposes.

PLASTICS ARE EVERWHERE

Plastic products are everywhere, you will never get a chance to not see them wherever you go. You use plastics when you eat, shop, and even cook. People’s lives have become somewhat dependent on the usage of these materials.

THE PROBLEM

Things that are made of plastics are non-biodegradable, these things take up from 50 to 100 years to degrade. There are no natural process yet that can make plastics degrade in a fast pace of time. In that case, a person is left with no choice but to throw the plastic away, burn or bury it. Which of course results to litter… everlasting litter!

Garbage is not the only problem people face when it comes to plastic materials, plastics are made up of toxic chemicals — xylene, ethylene oxide and benzene — and as we know it, these chemicals can cause diseases and disorders to people, animals, and even to the environment. And did you know that a plastic material is made of Bisphenol A (BPA) that makes a person become more at risk of breast cancer when he/she is exposed too much on this toxin?

THE SOLUTION

Decreasing the problems given by these plastic materials is a hard task for many people because these materials have become part of their daily living, meaning, one day is not complete if no plastic will be used. True to what was written, plastics are everywhere, and there are ways on which we can reduce the problems that people are facing because of excessive usage of plastics:

  • Use Eco-Friendly or Biodegradable Bags
  • Reuse Plastic Bags
  • Donate Plastic Bags to Recycling Centers
  • Not Throwing Away Plastic Bags after using

There’s another way!

Yes, plastic bags and plastic materials are great helpers for a person’s daily living, they can become trash bins to trash, and now, plastics can also make your home feel warm as they can become petrol products! Thanks to the modern technology and the people behind it as they have made a device that can turn plastic materials into useable petroleum.

 

To begin with, plastics are of course made up of petroleum, but this petroleum is not the same as what fuel is made of.

To turn plastic waste into petrol, when these materials are put into the machine, the temperature of the machine increases as it heats up the plastics and ensnaring the vapors made in a system of pipes and chambers.

This innovative machine makes these vapors concentrated to become crude oil, that can be used for heating a house.

A quart of oil can be produced form two pounds of plastic materials, by making use of only a kilowatt hour of energy.

The crude oil that will be produced from these plastic mateirals can be used in a power generator. This oil can even used as gasoline with the help of another machine to refine it.

At the end of the day, what came from oil returns to oil. Plastic came from oil, and it can be converted to become oil and petrol again.

How it Works

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NO CONS

This innovation seems to have no downside, this invention only consume electricity that only cost more or less twenty cents. Currently, this machine only processes limited products like polyethylene, polystyrene, and polypropylene, as it holds steadfast to its promise to produce eco-friendly oil, and to decrease the amount of plastic waste in the world.

In a world where the price of oil keeps going up and up, the pollution is emerging, and garbage follow the eight of mountains as they constantly increase, this invention will put a stop to the people’s over and excessive usage  and dumping of plastic products, and convert these things to eco-friendly fuels.

AMERICA HAS IT, TOO!

This innovational device is not the first device that was ever made to turn plastic into something else. A poweplant near Washington, DC, has been conducting similar processes in a small community. They are testing is the plastic-turning-oil device can be used for homes.

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nanotechnology water resistant clothing

Invest in Nanotechnology

nanotechnology self cleaning glassThe flexibility of nanotechnology that allows the molecular or atomical manipulation of matter is now making it a good investment. It has become part providing good and quality products to customers. Nanotechnology is now making products at a higher level of convenience for customers. Today, there are companies who have invested in nanotechnology in order to develop products that can be categorized under molecular biology, microfabrication, organic chemistry, surface science and semiconductor physics.

In fact an organization called Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies had estimated 3-4 manufacturer-identified nanotech products are being released in the market. A product called the self-cleaning glass is one of those that uses nanotechnology. The first company that came up with this product is Pilkington. The Pilkington’s self-cleaning glass uses a coating that was developed for years using nanotechnology. The coating on the self-cleaning glass was developed to perform dual action, the first one is referred to as photocatalytic and the second is hydrophilic. The photocatalytic stage happens when sun reacts with the coating by energizing the nanoparticles of the coating, causing them to break down the organic dirt. On the other hand, the hydrophilic stage occurs when the rainwater spreads evenly and runs off in a sheet, taking the dirt along with it. Because of this dual action, the glass dries of quicker leaving no streaks on the glass.

nanotechnology water repellant clothesAnother manufacturer-product that is now being enhanced by nanotechnology is clothing. Manufacturers are now using a thin layer zinc oxide nanoparticles to make clothing better UV protection. Another would be the use the nanoparticles shaped like little hair or fur to make clothing stain resistant and repel water. An example of a company developing clothing using nanotechnology is Nano-Tex. It is a company that make traditional cotton and silk fabrics stain or spill-resistant. They do this through the molecular modification and attaching hydrophobic whiskers to the individual fibers. These whiskers elevate liquids that make them bead and roll off the fabric surface. They call this Aquapel™.

Nanotechnology is also being applied to cars and eyeglasses making them scratch-resistant. By adding aluminum silicate nanoparticles to polymer coatings and even already scratch-resistant coatings increases the resistance to chipping and scratching. NEI Corporation is one of the companies that is developing their protective coatings with the use of nanotechnology. Aside from the scratch-resistant coating, they also have other nanotechnology-based advanced materials that they were able to produce with the help of their nano-engineering approach that work toward their customers’ convenience.

nanotechnology water resistant clothingAnother product which is made more effective by nanotechnology is the anti-microbial bandage. This was created by the scientist Robert Burell. He came up with a process that will incorporate silver nanoparticles into bandages. He used silver since silver ions has the ability to block microbial cellular respiration. The anti-microbial bandage that he was able to create restricts harmful cells which results to killing them.

Nanotechnology has proven to have a diverse range when it comes to its applications. This type of technology is also being supported by the American government. In fact, they have established a National Nanotechnology Initiative which is a central point of communication, cooperation and collaboration of all Federal agencies engaged in nanotechnology research. The NNI has involved her 25 Federal agency nanotechnology-related activities and 15 of them have been allotted specific budget for nanotech research and development. This is how important nanotechnology is tho the Federal government. They also help in the commercialization of nanotechnology through business development assistance, industry collaborations as well as through regional, state and local activities.

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green energy stocks

Green Energy Stock Investments

green energy stocksBuying green energy stocks is one way of capitalizing in eco-friendly investments. Green stocks, aka Green Chip Stocks, are relatively new as the concept of renewable energy was just developed over the past decade. They have proven to be very viable and profitable. The public will be able to choose from 10 main types of green energy stocks. These are carbon trading, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells, organic food, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), smart grid, solar energy, waste-to-energy, wind energy and water. From these main green chip stock categories are thousands of companies that are offering affordable investments for capitalists as well as small investors. Because of the growing number of companies dedicated to generate energy with non-invasive means of doing so, green energy stocks are expected to reach a larger scale in no time.

The gradual growth of the green energy companies participating in the stock exchange also means small public companies making their common stocks available to the public that trade at less than $1 USD. They are called penny stocks or cent stocks in other countries. There also OTC or over the counter penny stocks and these can be debt securities or other financial instruments that are traded through a network of brokers or dealers. They cannot be traded in a formal exchange since these stocks came from small companies that do not meet the formal exchange listing requirements. This is why OTC stocks are also called unlisted stocks. When it comes to this, many recommend to avoid OTC penny stocks since the company where it came from is most likely new and investors do not have a financial history to evaluate, unlike companies who are already listed under alternative energy indices.

green energy stock exchangeThe are several types of green energy stock indices, including global and regional alternative energy focus. The good stock market performance of green energy stocks has paved away for alternative energy indexes that are being tracked by many analysts. An example of a global index is RENIXX or Renewable Energy Industrial Index World. This is considered to be the first global alternative stock index which covers the world’s 30 largest green energy companies. For a company to be included in this index, it requires at least 50 percent of the company’s revenue to have come from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro power or fuel cell division. On the other hand, a good example for a regional alternative index is ALTEX Australia. Just like the RENIXX index, it was established in 2006 and did track over 120 companies that had an accumulated 52.1 billion AUD market capitalization.

There are other types of indices aside from the first two that have been mentioned. One of them is focused on pure play which means companies who are engaged mainly on green energy. Basing on the term “pure-play”, companies who only have a minor involvement on green energy are excluded from this index. An example of a pure play index is ALTEX Global, which is also under the global index. This is so far the largest pure play index with an combined market capitalization reaching $1.16 trillion USD from companies that have diversified low-emissions energy infrastructure.

green energy stock indexThe next index follows the rule-based approach, which uses pre-defined screening methodology. This way, the process is warranted to be consistent and transparent by an objective Index Committee. An example of this index is S&P Global Clean Energy. This index tracks 30 clean energy related companies from all over the world. These companies belong to clean energy production, clean energy equipment and technology, wind and solar companies which has an accumulated market capitalization of $224 USD billion.

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solar heating systems

Solar Heating Systems

solar heating systemsThe sun’s power can be used in many different ways and one of them is through solar heating systems. This systems goes through the processes that converts solar energy to heat. Heat can be produced through the use of solar thermal collectors which have three types. These are low, medium and high-temperature collectors.

The low-temperature collector, are flat plates that are used in heating swimming pools and even for heating and ventilation. The medium-temperature collector are also made of flat plates that are used for the purpose of heating air or water for homes and business establishments. The third-type which is the high-temperature collector do not use flat plates, instead, it uses mirrors and lenses that concentrates the solar power harnessing. The high-temperature collector is used to generate electricity. It is important to note that thermal collectors are different from photovoltaics.
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The use of solar thermal systems are now widely used, mainly for heating and this is one of the major applications where such systems used. This is where heating, ventilation and air conditioning comes in. In the United States alone, it makes up for 25 percent of energy consumption. The use of solar heating systems will serve as a great help in saving money as well as save in offsetting the use of fossil-fuel-generated energy. In space heating, solar air heat collectors are used which have two types.

The first type is the glazed solar collector and this works primarily for space heating. The air is heated and recirculated all throughout the building through the solar air panel. Such solar heating system works if and only if it is warmer than the building’s or home’s room temperature. It also requires 2 infiltrations in the building for the whole system to work properly.

The unglazed solar collectors on the other hand are for pre-heating of industrial, commercial and institutional make-up ventilation. This is best for buildings that have high-ventilation volume needs. As a result, it turns walls or sections of it into low cost at the same time high-performance transpired solar collectors. In order to do this, a painted and holes metal that serves as a wall exterior. There is a thermal boundary layer of air which is 1mm thick outside the absorber. The conduction happens from the absorber surface and down to the thermal boundary layer. The layer of air is then strained to the perforations which is led to the absorber plate into the ventilation system of the building.

solar heating thermal systemsAnother solar heating system is called solar roof ponds. It was invented in the 1960′s by Harold Hay. This is a system that includes heating and cooling. It is made of the roof-mounted water bladder that has a movable insulating cover. This system is able to control heat exchange between the inside and the outside surroundings. Controlling can be done through the simple process of covering the bladder during the night and uncovering it during the day. Uncovering the bladder allows it to store heat that can be used during nighttime and the opposite is done to cool the building during the daytime.

Utilizing the sun’s power to heating or cooling advantage is an practical way to save on electricity bills. Aside from the savings, it also makes it easier for people to help the environment since they do not use fossil-fuel-generated electricity. It is like hitting two birds with one stone. This is what solar heating systems allow people to do.

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passive air cooling

Passive Air Conditioning

passive air conditioningOn warm days, passive air conditioning can be used as an economical alternative to mechanical cooling. Since air conditioners use electricity to run and with high costs related to energy, it would be expensive to cool a building using them. Passive air conditioning takes advantage of the technologies that apply to the building designs that cool the spaces without the need for mechanical help.

Passive air conditioning uses principles in physics to cool homes and business establishments. Building designs that aim to have a cool space use principles of slow heat transfer from the exterior to the interior of the building and removing unwanted heat from the structure. Shading is one way of incorporating the two principles in physics in passive cooling. This is done is several ways.

The first way is to shade windows and walls from direct sunlight while orienting the building towards the winter sun. The building must be facing the east-west dimension. Along with the orientation, further shading must be employed by including location-specific wide overhangs. These eaves should be located above the vertical windows that are facing the equator side. The equator side is defined to be the northern side of the southern hemisphere or the southern side of the northern hemisphere.

passive air cooling Another effective shading that will help in passive cooling is planting trees and other plants on the west side of the building. The west area is prone to overexposure because of the low afternoon sun. The exposure makes rooms really warm since sunlight pentrates the interior during the hottest time of the day. Plants will be able to screen and lessen the exposure of the room in the afternoon. It also recommended to use vertical shutter or blinds as an addition to the plants.

Having good ventilation is also included in the passive air conditioning system. Installing windows on both sides of the building will increase ventilation. However, it is also important to build air passageways such as windows that are strategically placed in areas where the wind or breeze is frequent.

It also recommended to use stacks in buildings, these are tall spaces that will be able to accommodate the breeze. These stacks are also called cooling towers because of its purpose. Stacks are designed to have an opening on the top. This allows the warm air to escape while cold air enters from the windows or openings in the lower part.

passive air conditioning homesAll in all, passive air conditioning is a very good way to save money because there is no machine that runs on electricity to cool a building. It takes advantage of the natural resources that are available just like the wind and plants. Passive cooling can be compared to harnessing the wind for electricity, only in here, it does not produce power but air conditioning.

Passive air conditioning is a good example for the application of buildings structured to blend and work with the environment. It benefits both the people and the environment. It is a great way to achieve a cool living space or business establishment without compromising the financial facet and the environment. This is a simple way on how people can invest in green energy.

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Philippines Clean Energies

Environmental Opportunity in the Philippines

Philippines environmental investments As the Philippines’ evolution out of third world conditions commences there are and have been for some time, environmental red lights for this developing region of the planet. Urbanization without proper consideration is just one contributing factor that lead to things such as to increased population, increased concentrations of people in a single area without proper regulation, leads to unsanitary conditions. Accompanying those conditions is a wide array of pollutants from raw sewage, chemicals, sediments, as well as other effluents create a noxious environment that comes in a variety of forms, in turn creating a variety of problems. 30 million years ago, the 7,100 island land mass was approximately 50 percent virgin forest, with the help of illegal logging today it stands at 2.6 percent. Polluted water is a serious problem in the Philippines. Government data findings show around 58 percent of the water sampled all over the country to have contaminants. In the department of health; A half decade study concluded that 31 percent of illness were derived from water. Along with drinking water problems, their remains only 5 percent of living coral reefs, as marine life has over time, taken so much, it has already began it’s descension and crumbling into oblivion. As of right now, it may be unclear the consequences of such mass destruction of habitats but the picture is pixeling in at a fast rate. Amongst those concerns comes the fact that the Philippines is losing an estimated 1 billion tons of topsoil each year. The estimated cost of this problem runs the government about 67 Billion Peso, or a little over 1.3 billion dollars annually. The Philippine Government has had many legislative attempts at correcting this problem, however green energy may be the only solution.

The Strains of Rapid Development

Philippines Clean EnergiesToday the Philippines still faces environmental hazards but the future is looking less blue. The opportunities are available to correct problems before we have an environmental wasteland. Development of Wind Mill fields are being constructed and have been constructed. The energy converted into a service, a service for the population is converted into cash. A mutually beneficial relationship is something that works in business and for the environment. Recently reports of more than 10 German private power companies are entering the Philippine playing field. These companies are directing their focus and interest in renewable energy. The momentum is now pushing towards renewable energies but renewable energy takes time to be put into place. Like the California Gold Rush of 1848, the Philippine race towards renewable energy has just begun. Good things will come to those who wait, but not for those who wait too late. We are now nearing the year 2012, we have the technology available to us now to lend a helping hand for such important issues. The government knows that these problems must be addressed; Therefore, they are eager to give incentives to help renewable energy investments and create more facilities to treat waste and pollutants.

Philippines’ Green Future

Philippines Wind EnergyPicture a decade from now; With appropriate action we would be able to see a turning point. The ideal situation would see wind mills, dust collection systems, scrubbers, sewage treatment systems, and waste water treatment systems popping up and being developed all over areas of need. The evidence supports the fact that there is a need for action. If there is a demand, there needs to be a supply. The people of the Philippines are the final key to the puzzle. The peoples’ lack of faith and knowledge, contributes to the ongoing desecration of their ancestral land. In time, development and efforts to move toward the better treatment will begin to shed light. The minds of the people will begin to acknowledge and very well notice a difference in the quality of their lives creating a chain reaction. In conclusion, invest green and make a difference by showing the people of the Philippines you mean business!

Our editorial staff would like to give a special thanks to Holy Angel University of Angeles City, Philippines, their environmental science instructor, Mrs. Vj Barro and of course, the author of this article; 1st Year student, Andrej Dojcinovic.

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going green school

Green Energy in Schools

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In the field of education, green energy schools are now making a difference. Today, there are thousands of schools who are working hand in hand with teachers, staff and the parents to achieve the goal of a greener operation. They are teaching their students the value of nature by making them participate in green programs. A perfect example is the green program for schools is found in Lansing, Michigan. It is called Greater Lansing Initiative: Go Green, Go Lansing.

This program was designed to involve students, teachers and school staff to make a difference in the community. The program includes saving energy, recycling, reducing waste and conserving water. Through these simple steps, schools will be able to save money in their operations. Green energy school districts are able to invest more on the children instead of using the money for the consumption of resources and energy. Schools increase their efficiency and produce favorable learning and teaching environments through green energy and environment-friendly acts.

forest view elementary school going greenA few examples of green energy schools who are part of the Go Green, Go Lansing list are Wexford Montessori Magnet School, Post Oak , Resurrection Catholic School and Forest View Elementary.These schools came up with their own program that benefits the environment. Wexford Montessori Magnet School have established their own food and native plant garden. Post Oak students made their own anti-pollution with pictures taken from their school and neighborhoods to raise awareness. Resurrection Catholic School have worked hard to implement a recycling program which they just expanded to specialty recycling that included styrofoam and ink cartridges. This recycling program became very successful because of the cooperation between students, school staff and parents. The children collect the recyclables while the adults deliver them to recycling areas. Lastly, Forest View Elementary collects over 22,000 pounds of recyclable materials every school year.

Aside from the primary level, the “green energy revolution” is also observed by colleges. Some of these universities have gone beyond recycling programs. They have green roofs and solar panels installed. The first college that we have on our list of green energy schools is the College of Atlantic. It was one of the first colleges to go carbon neutral in 2007. They are now committed to green building, toxin elimination and land preservation. They also serve local organic produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

school going green oberlin collegeAnother green energy school is Oberlin College. Their efforts reached higher levels when their students and faculty members created a web-based system that monitors dorm usage of water and energy 2005. Today, they have green buildings that use solar panels for power and geothermal energy for heating.These buildings only use 20 percent energy compared to regular ones, they are also equipped with advanced features like extensive day lighting, impressive insulation, recycled materials, powerful ventilation and a green roof. They also have the Oberlin’s Lewis Center which houses the living machine, which uses plant and bacteria based filtration system.

Harvard is known for its excellence is also part of the list of green energy schools. Their school buildings are now reducing waste up to 73 percent. The simple act of using recycled paper and printing on both sides has been proven to be a good practice here. Aside from these, they are one of the top purchasers of renewable energy. In their efforts to be energy-efficient, they are now using spare vegetable oil from their own dining facilities for their converted school trucks.

Berea College, a green energy school found in Kentucky has a notable Eco-village which is putting efforts to reach 75 percent in energy and water reduction, as well as 50 percent solid waste reduction. This is in addition to the peaceful campus that provides a good atmosphere for college students. Noise is one type of pollution that is being dealt with everyday. This is why Berea College values and maintains the campus peace that they have.

university of california go greenAnother impressive university under the renewable energy list is the University of California. They have set goals and put up efforts to reach low and zero-emission vehicles by 50 percent. They also plan to generate 10 megawatts of renewable energy in 2014 and by 2020, zero-waste and carbon neutrality. They have encouraged the use of bicycles in UCLA. UC Berkeley, on the other hand is well-known for hosting the first ever college-certified organic kitchen.

These are just a few of the green energy schools that have gone an extra mile to teach by example. The take on the primary schools, colleges and universities who have committed to go green is just the tip of the iceberg. To mention each and every school that has decided to invest in green energy will be impossible. All of them have done a good job in teaching their students the value of investing in green energy.

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