Tag Archive | Carbon footprint

The Future of What Lies Over Our Heads

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A “Green Roof” is a roof which doubles as green space. With the use specially designed irrigation technology, and added supports to the roofing, plants of all sizes can be grown on the roofs of buildings – flat and slanted! See the image above for details on the layers of materials which go into creating a green roof, and click on it for more details!

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Green Space on top of Chicago City Hall is both economically, and aesthetically pleasing!

This technology is not terribly new, however is generally outside the realm of common knowledge. It is a fantastic way to reclaim urban spaces to both wellness and energy-efficient purposes. For example, the Chicago City Hall and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore utilize the spaces for aesthetics, leisure, air quality, habitat creation and storm water control!

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Problem solving architects not only prevent the loss of green space in busy Singapore, but add a modern architectural behemoth, and reduce heating effects of the sun!

Video’s about the Vancouver Convention Center, and the Michigan State University show how a green roof can contribute to roof life and reduced energy bills too. MSU’s research team measures the carbon storage of the plant systems and temperature of the roof with the added insulation of the plant layer. Both have provided encouraging results. Although these examples are commercial and large scale, Senga, a landscape architect uploaded a video of how to create your own green roof on a smaller scale. Check that out here

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The Rubbish Diet Challenge

The Rubbish Diet Challenge, originating in the United Kingdom, is a challenge to “slim your bins”. The challenge consists of a simple four-week schedule to reduce your waste in a variety of ways, capped with a zero-waste challenge week at the end. They also provide “Bin Doctors” to help support challengers, too. Eco-Mommy Blogger Mommy Emu, tries the challenge and documented it on her extensive blog. Read week by week through her trials and tribulations towards a less wasteful future. Check out the other categories and posts for like reading, and more ideas on going green.the-rubbish-diet-challenge

INVISIBLE Translation Minimizes Carbon Footprint

photo Based near Montreal, Canada, INVISIBLE Translation is a professional language services bureau that provides high-quality Canadian French and English as well as Spanish translation, advertising adaptation, editing, revision, proofreading, and copy writing services. It is also a green language services provider that conducts its business in accordance with respect for the planet, the environment, and future generations.

INVISIBLE Translation was officially certified as a Green Business by the Institute for Green Business Certification (IGBC) on November 29th, 2013. After several weeks of demanding assessment, the IGBC found that INVISIBLE Translation’s business practices were environmentally responsible and compatible with a clean, green business model.

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Certified translator and President of INVISIBLE Translation Daniel Mainville remarked, “My colleagues and I believe that the translation of written material should be invisible in the sense that it should be read as if it were an original document, rather than a translation. We wanted to apply the same concept to environmental matters to keep the carbon footprint generated by our operations as close to invisible as possible. It was a moral imperative that led us to commit to the certification process.” To this end, INVISIBLE Translation takes practical steps every day to reduce its ecological footprint. Employees read documents on screen as much as possible; print only what is absolutely necessary; give preference to 100% recycled paper; recycle everything that is printed; and preserve information electronically.

To visit INVISIBLE Translation’s website, click here.

To learn more about how INVISIBLE Translation earned a Green Business Certification, click here.

Reduce Footprints

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Two events prompted me to create Reduce Footprints … to research and share information about the easy ways we could take the power back and do something positive for our planet. To my surprise, there are a lot of people “out there” who feel the same way and they’ve shared their experiences with me … I’ve learned so much from people all over the world … people who care about the earth.

Reduce Footprints continues to evolve as readers and I search for new ways to make a difference.

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THE IDEA BEHIND THE CHALLENGE

What if a whole lot of people did the same “green” activity during the same time period? Would we have a positive impact on the environment? I believe we would! That’s the simple concept behind Change The World Wednesdays (CTWW). Each week a new challenge will be posted, here on Reduce Footprints … something which is easy to do and when done “en masse” will have a positive effect on the earth. It’s the idea that when a lot of little actions are joined together … the impact can be huge. We hope to take a huge step towards saving the earth.

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Eco Child’s Play

Eco Child’s Play (ECP) is a blog devoted to informing and discussing “Green Parenting for Non-toxic, Healthy Homes”. ECP began in 2006 as site devoted to natural toys, but we quickly realized we needed to expand our mission to include broader issues related to green family life

Eco Child’s Play’s ethos is to provide news, information, and opinions on natural, green parenting to help your family live a more healthy life!

Jennifer Lance – Founder & Editor

My green interests were sparked as a youth, when I dreamed of being a Rainbow Warrior. I became a vegetarian at the age of sixteen and decided I wanted to live in the mountains sustainably. I’ve been living off the grid and growing my own food now for sixteen years. We have built an eco-home from salvage timber off our land, which we milled ourselves. We produce electrical power from our creek, and daily hikes are part of our family’s routine. Extending my eco-values to my children is only natural, as I try to raise world citizens with the smallest carbon footprint possible. It’s not always easy, with the commercialization of childhood, but I strongly believe my children will benefit in the long run. I am also a teacher, artist, and yogini.

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