Sarah and I have been discussing the environmental impact of gadgets and if our technolust is indeed greener. So I set out to find out what I could and this article sums it up pretty well. If you were to buy a iPad and use it for nothing but reading books, you would have to read 60-70 books over the lifetime of the gadget to balance out the environmental impact. The study doesn’t account for everything such as the energy used by lightbulbs while reading paper books is actually greater than the power consumed by the iPad. Nor does it note the use of the iPad for other activities such as emailing and watching movies would help offset the impact. It also doesn’t account for reading news and magazines which would definitely offset in my case. It does account for transportation, production, and resources used to make the corresponding products.
It does put the greening of gadgets into perspective, considering the average person in the U.S. reads 9 books a year. A fact that may raise other questions about how technology affects our society.
for more check out Is Reading on Your iPad More Green Than Paper Books? — Apple News, Tips and Reviews.
Homes built from straw are saving energy.
Straw Homes –The Daily Green.
The link below will take you directly to a map of the various schools in the United States that are using wind energy.
Wind Energy for Schools
I was absolutely amazed when I saw the features of this eco-designed home! It is made from recycled materials, has a built in solar panel, and has a small ecological footprint. In addition, this unit closes up and can relocate from site to site. For those of you that are “on the go” travelers this may be just the perfect home for you. The link below will take you to the designers site and includes many more detailed photos of the Ecopod’s interior.
This Saturday, tomorrow, Just Act Natural will be hosting the Green Market as an addition to the Farmers Market. This will be going on from 8am-12:30pm.
There will be many environmental vendors available which include: information about composting, solar panels, organic lawn care and much more. Diane and J.c. from Just Act Natural will be there to help you get started with a green lifestyle.
I will be volunteering with Sustainable Fox Valley. Sustainable Fox Valley is a non-profit organization that encourages being able to satisfy present human needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. I will be helping the children from the Fox River Academy with the “Wonder of Worms” activity. This will be a fun and educational opportunity for the children and their families of the FRA. Decorated rain barrels made by the students of the Fox River Academy will also be on display.
This is a wonderful addition to the Appleton Farmers market and is filled with such great content to help our communities continue to grow. I hope you enjoy the article written by J.c. of Just Act Natural by following the direct link below.
Just Act Natural Green Market
Rock the Green Music Festival is a non-profit festival that encourages sustainable and healthy lifestyles for communities near and far.
Veolia Environmental Services is a large sponsor of the event. The company will provide on site composting and recycling. There will also be eco friendly programs, emerging green technologies, and tips to reduce your carbon footprint.
The festival will be powered by clean energy sources such as: biomass, solar, wind and bio-diesel powered generators. All disposable items will be replaced with their compostable equivalents, while a Green Team will manage waste recovery stations throughout the grounds. Finally, free water stations will replace the usual individually sold, plastic water bottles.
There will be locally grown food and beverage vendors, a bike tour before the concert, and 6 bands to fill the stage. Many interactive areas will focus around our 4 main elements: earth, water, fire, and air. These elements reflect the various sustainable and renewable technologies.
Milwaukee’s Rock the Green Music Festival
This is a direct link to an atlas that lists the various Farmers Markets surrounding the Fox Cities. Included, are the market’s dates and locations.
Most of the food my family and I eat has come from our garden or local farms. Yesterday, we stopped at a Community Garden in Appleton. I picked a leek and 2 heads of romaine lettuce. To give back to the garden I trimmed the flowers of the purple basil and pulled out weeds and dead leaves.
The Community Garden Partnership is a program of the Goodwill NCW. The partnership provides opportunities for diverse groups to share their gardening experiences. The link below will take you directly to the Community Garden Partnership site.
Community Garden Partnership
JC, owner of Just Act Natural located in downtown Appleton wrote an inspiring article that reflects the positive changes in our city. Clicking on the link below will take you directly to the article. I hope you may enjoy as much as I did. 🙂
The Greening of Appleton – justactnatural’s posterous.
I am already looking forward to the 2012 Green Energy Summit, located in Milwaukee, WI.