Go Green Warehouse

Recycled products

In my previous article concerning the Green Jobs for Veterans organization, one of the programs mentioned was the Go Green Warehouse. Like other Green Jobs for Veterans programs, Go Green Warehouse hires both veterans and non-veterans, with a natural preference for the former. Located in Denver, Colorado, the warehouse has two main functions, as it is both a green thrift store to homeowners and a program that provides veterans with stable employment. This is not a random merger of causes, and as we explore the details of each separately it may become more clear that the success of one greatly affects that… read more

Earth Friendly Actions Are Awarded

Eco Awards

Health and environmental effects from manmade poisons like lead, mercury and nuclear radiation just to name a few, have left unfortunate lasting impressions in history. The environment has long been a concern, and there haven’t always been accolades for those who try to make differences in pressing issues. Finding innovative ways to make a real impact in the lives of others while meeting environmentally conscious requirements deserves recognition. Below are a few examples of green awards that distinguish those who see a need and fulfill it with earth friendly actions. 1. The Energy Globe awards were started in 1999. This… read more

Has Our Perk Peaked?

Threats to coffee production

As continually displayed with events like last year’s super-storm Sandy, environmental turmoil is getting personal, or at least more overtly so. Major disasters lay in the wake of climate change, but some are less obnoxious, instead tearing passively at the tethers of society and threatening what has become a staple to a majority of the population’s daily life. I am referring, of course, to coffee. Whether it is freshly dripped grounds from the tin in our kitchen, the incessant sipping from dainty cups outside the local cafes or a robust mug of Joe to compliment a late night in a… read more

Restorative Justice

Exploting the environment

It is no secret that the richest industrialized countries of the world owe a great deal of their wealth to exploitation of the environment and natural resources. For a long time, the effects of such exploitation on climate change were not given due consideration, now that the subject is of great importance it becomes necessary to ask the hard questions as to who shall bear the greater burden of climate change mitigation. Since the invention of the steam engine and industrialization, much of the west has realized tremendous economic growth and development. Great inventions in machinery and the industrial revolution… read more

Forests – Natural Beauties

Natural forests

When was the last time you stood silently in a forest and emersed in the experience? Breathed in deep. Smelled the air. Listened to the sounds that emerged layer upon layer… Did you know that 2011 was International Year of the Forest? It was a time to inspire people to connect with nature, to explore the living world in ways they may not have explored it before. Every year should be year of the forest. Every person deserves the wonder of engaging with natural woodland and bushland and forest environments that live beyond the reach of urban development. Next time… read more

Biobanking Necessities

Biobanking combatting biodiversity

Biodiversity loss is a problem plaguing many lands in and around the globe, it threatens the survival of land and animal species, painting a bleak future for generations to come. The escalation of biodiversity has necessitated the formulation of new strategies with which to address the problem. Biodiversity banking colloquially known as biobanking, is one such strategy. Biobanking is a system used to combat biodiversity loss which is caused by habitat degradation occasioned by drought, soil degradation, and corruption of the environment, amongst other things. The purpose of even engaging in biobanking is to address the threat of biodiversity loss… read more

Genetically Modified Food

Corn

Genetically modified (GM) foods are produced by plants that have been adapted using cutting edge molecular biology techniques with the goal of creating desirable traits such as pest and disease resistance, herbicide tolerance, faster growth, ability to withstand cold or drought, and improved nutritional content. In the past, such traits were achieved more slowly via selective breeding. GM foods have been promoted as a means of feeding a rapidly expanding world population. Most GM crops are grown by farmers in the U.S., though Canada, China, Argentina, Australia, France, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Uruguay, South Africa, Mexico, and Romania also grow GM… read more

Green Efforts: Berlin

Potsdamer_Platz

In part three of Green Efforts, we take a brief tour of Berlin. A city who, like the previous two destinations, has seen its fair share of hardships, if not more. But the once divided city is now a leading innovator for technology and design, especially in architectural design and transport. As a world class city, Berlin has a smorgasbord of  amenities to offer and its leading efforts in efficient living are no exception. That said, we will highlight some of Berlin’s greatest green assets, both intentional and accidental. Bike Friendly Bike riding is a common practice is Berlin and… read more

Green Efforts: Helsinki

Helsinki_Cathedral

Finland is a densely wooded land nourished by numerous lakes, with a sparse population that is short of five and half million. Nestled in the southeastern tip of Finland you’ll find Helsinki, the country’s capital and largest city. It is a city once shaped by Russian and Swedish influence, but has a distinctive culture imbued with the Finnish spirit and retains a high quality of life. As a part of Green Efforts, we will delve into some of the practices, both old and advanced, that reveal the city’s environmental awareness. Green Agenda Helsinki’s strength lies in the city’s sheer determination… read more

Green Efforts: St. Louis

Arch_St_Louis

In the previous “Green Efforts: Intro” article, we let off at Greensburg, Kansas. We now pick up a couple ball tosses over to St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is a city varied by culture and historical influence. Its lush fabric contains rich architectual heritage merged with a progressive downtown that illustrates the skyline. The city is punctuated by the Gateway Arch, which can be seen as an exclamation of the city’s revival. Despite its size, St. Louis has a low cost of living and in addition offers many free activities and attractions that can educate visitors just as well as they can entertain them. These are… read more