Tuesday, December 9, 2008
A term coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braungart in their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, upcycling is "the process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into something of similar or greater value, in its second life."
Wiki adds: "Upcycling is a component of sustainability in which waste materials are used to provide new products."
Sound familiar? It's recycling!
Aluminum and glass, for example, can usually be upcycled into the same quality of aluminum and glass as the original products.Recycling from a whole new perspective!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Classroom supplies, school buses, building maintenance, indoor air quality, books and pencils - everything about a school can affect the environment or the people who spend time in school. But there are lots of new ways that schools can be greener such as "clean diesel" buses, recycling, or safer chemicals in classrooms.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Last week, we asked what you think about when you buy a new computer. Now, tell us what you do with the old one. You can "ecycle"it, donate it to charity, give it away to a friend or send it packing with your teenager to college. Some people store old computers in their garage or use them for bookends because they're not quite sure what to do with them...obviously, there are better options! =) Tell us your strategy for dinosaur computers.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Many people feel that protecting the environment is important. Celebrities sometimes use their high public recognition to raise awareness for causes they support: for example, things you should do (or not do) to protect the environment.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
1. Use of passive solar energy
2. Natural lighting (day lighting) and adjustable lighting systems
3. Highly reflective roof and building exterior
4. Indoor Air Quality (low VOC materials and ventilation)
5. HVAC energy performance and efficiency
6. Use of on-site renewable energy
7. Waste minimization (recycling, reducing, reusing)
8. Water reclamation and conservation (rainwater harvesting, use of gray water, soil amendment, native or adapted landscape material, efficient irrigation system)