Dell is shipping some of its computers in packaging that includes bamboo components, with the exterior packaging being made from 25 % post-consumer recycled materials. Bamboo is so preferable because it grows fast, at up to 24 inches a day, and is strong enough to protect equipment during transit.
The Austin, Texas-based company is “introducing it with mobile products, as it’s proven a strong, sustainable and cost-effective solution for packaging those.”
The Dutch are well known for their everyday use of the bicycle, but now the government is trying to take that to a law abiding level. A new Dutch driving tax has just been proposed – one designed to seriously get people out of their cars. The plan would actually tax miles driven and would replace the existing Dutch road taxes and duties on new car purchases.
The plan proposes an average tax of $.07 per mile, with fees higher during rush hour and for commercial vehicles. It would use GPS systems installed in each car to track mileage and automatically bill drivers. The goal, the Dutch government says, is to cut traffic by 15% and reduce transport emissions by 10%.
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While in Europe, I had the opportunity to catch up with Brother Phap Thanh (Bernard), the monastic in charge of the Deer Park Monastery solar project, which attracted significant attention in the San Diego region. Deer Park Monastery is part of the Plum Village Tradition of Bhuddhism run by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh.
The Go Solar! project was an intentional effort to engage the problem of global warming. The photovoltaic solar panel system was permanently installed in 2008, and now the Monastery is completely run off of solar power.
Check out this new brick design! It looks like an ordinary brick, but is much more than that. Turn it over and and you can see one very different eco-friendly design change, one that will change the way bricks are made.
Make your friends the star of a music video and declare energy independence! Check out Crush Global Warming - the world's first personalized music video.
Crush Global Warming supports the Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels, written by 15-year-old ACE youth leader Alec Loorz to tell leaders that youth want action on climate change now. Climate change will affect young people the most, and it's essential that we do something about it. ACE :: Alliance for Climate Education will deliver signatures to key leaders working on the climate crisis and make sure youth voices are heard.
Try it now, share it with your friends and declare your energy independence!
Al Gore's new book "Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis" is now on sale! Following up on his wildly successful 2006 book "An Inconvenient Truth," "Our Choice" goes into more detail about the solutions we can pursue to prevent the irreversible damage to our planet, as opposed to just making us aware of the problem.
Repower America has just launched their new major call to action with The Wall. A place where thousands of people have committed to a revolutionary new energy future for our nation, and coming together to express their hopes, share their resolve, and step up to a leadership role in building a grassroots movement for change.
In a letter from Al Gore, Repower America is asking all people to "stand up and be a part of the generation that makes future generations proud -- join the movement and share your voice on The Repower America Wall today."
The Toyota Prius has been highlighted through just about every media format possible, and the number of them on the road keep growing.
Leave it up to the folks of the comedy team Casual Mafia to put it all into perspective with their hilarious video - "In My Prius." It glorifies this culturally iconic eco-friendly vehicle to a whole new, catchy level.
Grand Rapids, Michigan is the next U.S. city to join the effort to “Take Back The Tap.” Following New York, San Francisco and Portland, the Midwestern city has pledged to stop using bottled water in city facilities or at its events.
Take Back The Tap is a two-pronged campaign. It convinces businesses to switch from bottled water to tap water and then further asks people to petition congress for a public trust fund that will finance water infrastructure.
Ever wonder how water makes it up to your top floor apartment? This is something that most of us don’t think twice about because we’re lucky enough to turn on the faucet and its just there. Well not only does it takes hundreds of energy sucking pumps to get us the water we need, but it is in fact one of the highest uses of energy in the United States. According to a 2005 California Energy Commission report (pdf), about 25 % of America’s electricity goes to moving and treating water!