Greening Your Kids This Summer

By Rita Cook   

How much do your children know about
green living -- here are some simple ways to turn an eco-friendly education
into fun.

Instead of spending time doing the same
old activities with your children this summer, get outdoors and teach your
tykes a little about the earth. Not sure where to begin, here are a few ideas
to get you started.

Making kitchen composting easier

By Robin Sowton

Perhaps you've just started composting. You're dumping leaves and grass clippings into a corner of the yard regularly, but you just haven't got into recycling the kitchen scraps. After all it can be annoying to have banana peels, coffee grains or vegetable trimmings sitting out until it is convenient to take them outside.

By Rita Cook
    

Winner of the iPad2

Judy Schaffer, Principal at JSO Commercial Interiors, signed up at GSDFW and was selected from all those registered to win an iPad2.  She is a licensed interior designer with extensive training in Feng Shui design,  Judy  stresses environmentally friendly products in her practice.  Eighty percent of the furnishings and accessories in her home are either from renewable resources or are repurposed .  She is a member of the Green Weavers Meetup. Congratulations, Judy.

This Summer... Beating the Heat With Clean Cars

Rapidly rising gas prices across the country are shining a spotlight on the dire consequences of America’s dependence on oil. The transportation sector accounts for nearly two-thirds of the more than 19 million barrels of oil consumed each day in the United States.

The largest percentage is consumed by passenger cars and light duty trucks, such as SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks.

Research to focus on well water near rural drilling sites.  

A University of Texas at Arlington chemistry professor will assist in a new study to examine rural well water from areas near natural gas drilling sites to provide clear, accurate information about the potential impact of chemicals used to extract gas from rock formations.

Richland College has announced that its 118,000-square-foot Sabine Hall science building has been awarded LEED® Platinum certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Inspiration leads to plastic block houses

Harvey Lacey has a plan. Inspired by a workshop given by Kenyan architect Ronald Omyonga on holistic housing, Lacey has developed a machine for creating plastic blocks out of plastic bags, styrofoam, bottles, and whatever plastic trash people are trying to throw away. These plastic blocks can then be use to build houses.

Cooperative, Green Living: Coming to DFW!

Wouldn't it be nice if....?

A 1700-mile Keystone XLpipeline is due here in Texas in 2012.

If you have not been following what has been happening across the Barnett Shale area of our metroplex, you may not know that drilling companies have been suing town and cities across this area--trying to intimidate them to approve drilling permits.

To counter this, Representative Lon Burnham introduced a bill (HB 3792) that would give cities the right to deny drilling and pipeline permits. His bill was only one person short of getting passed through the committee.

TV legend and solar-energy advocate Larry Hagman brought star power to Dallas’ inaugural Earth Day celebration.

Most folks still think of him as J.R. Ewing, but TV legend Larry Hagman recently starred in a new role at the inaugural event Earth Day Dallas.  At 79, Hagman has still got it as a performer, although these days he’s acting the part of solar-energy pioneer. He’s also lending his star power to the cause of clean technology as a board member of the Solar Electric Light Fund, a global non-profit that develops solar rural electrification in developing countries.

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