Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Greening Your Commute With 5 Simple Steps

The 5 steps that I am about to list really can help the impact on our environment.

1. Morning Cup of Coffee
Most people buy coffee in the morning and it comes in a disposable paper cup. If you were to buy a stainless steal or even plastic coffee cup and reuse it, you would be cutting back on the disposable trash, the mess in your car and if you buy coffee and have them put it in your own cup; they give you a discount.

2. Driving Smart
The way you drive definitely has an affect on the outcome and longevity of your car. Driving below the speed limit is always your best bet.

3. Smart Parking
When you commute, your car sits all day outside. This can affect your car by using your air conditioning or your heater on the way home. Also leaving your vehicle in the sun all day can cause interior and exterior damage.

4. Lunch Time
When working you should pack a healthy lunch. By doing this you can save money, wear and tear on your car and pass on eating fast food. Also pack your food in reusable plastic containers to reduce money and waste.

5. Telecommuting
If you work for a large company, usually 100 people or more; sometimes employers like to have one day of telecommuting; where you work from home. By working from home you cut down on carbon foot prints, gas, money and the use of your car.

Tahoe Environmental Research Center

After my last post "Keep Tahoe Blue" I continued to read articles online that referenced different sources trying to help the environment in Lake Tahoe. One of those sources is the Tahoe Environmental Research Center. The research center even references the Asian Clam on their website (referenced in my last post), which has been confirmed a threat to the lakes emerald blue color. However, controversial to this fact the research has also concluded recently that the lakes clarity has improved since 2001. So maybe some of the "Keep Tahoe Blue" initiatives have been helping over the last 7 years?!? Regardless as to the reason for the clarity in the lake, it's pleasant to know the environment hasn't completely given up on us.

The Tahoe Environment Research Center also received a platinum LEED Certificate for their building located in Incline Village on the North East side of the lake. The building houses the UC Davis research laboratories and also a free public education center.

Next time you visit the Sierras you should stop by the center and show your support.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympics: Green in Beijing?

With the Olympics going on in full force right now, I started thinking about all those people and all those buildings. This wonderful event that brings all countries of the world together, may be good for our spirits, but can not be good for our environment. Below is a link to an article I found at the Huffington Post regarding what China had prepared for to accommodate at these 2008 Summer Olympic games. Did they succeed? Sort of...