Independence Day has always been an outlet for me to explore what freedom really means.As an American, it is a celebration to the beginning of my culture and the strength we have together as a nation. In the 21st century however, on the break of a new energy frontier, I want to join in the fight for my country’s energy independence! This year, at the First Annual Oregon Green Expo, I met 300 like-minded people, businesses, and government officials also thirsting for the opportunity to take that leap.more»
Goodbye 2-by-6 studs with fiberglass insulation, vapor barrier and a lot of screws, nails, pounding — and seeping of air between the many joints. Say hello to SIPs.
Today's green, energy-efficient and sustainably-built house can be framed entirely with SIPs — Structural Insulated Panels — which are a foot-thick sandwich of polystyrene foam between layers of oriented strand board, a product that costs a little more than lumber but which cuts building time and pays for itself in saved energy bills.more»
GREENSBORO - Father Thomas Berry, a Greensboro native and world-renowned cultural historian, died Monday at the Well-Spring retirement community. He was 94. (Photo: http://handsofalchemy.blogspot.com)
Berry, a Passionist Catholic priest, was considered a leading ecological thinker and held eight honorary degrees and numerous awards and honors. His ideas have influenced people across the world - from corporate globalization critic David Korten to Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai of Kenya .
Berry's health had declined over the years and his family expected his death, said his sister, Dr. Margaret Berry.
"He had a quiet death and the family was with him when he died," Berry said. "We have people from all over the world who are e-mailing and planning to attend one of the four services."
Thomas Berry articulated a vision of an approaching "Ecozoic Era" in which human societies would live in a sustainable and mutually beneficial manner with the natural world. The Center for Ecozoic Studies in Chapel Hill plans to publish a tribute to Berry this year.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski will attend Oregon Business magazine's celebration of its first annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon. The event will be June 1 at the Gerding Theater in Portland. "We are honored to have the governor help us recognize the importance of green ethics in the workplace," says Oregon Business Editor Robin Doussard. "And grateful for his enduring commitment to making Oregon one of the greenest states in the country."more»
The 100 Best Green Companies were selected based on sustainable
practices sections from the 100 Best survey process, completed by 372
employers last fall. Participation in the 100 Best survey is voluntary
and free of charge. Companies had to employ at least 15 Oregon workers
at the time of taking the survey.
Employee survey For the 2009 survey nearly 30,000 Oregon workers rated satisfaction and importance in five statements related to sustainable practices.
HONG KONG (AFP) – A group of conservationists and scientists is due to set sail for an obscure corner of thein the coming months to explore a vast swirl of waste known as the "Plastic Vortex."
The giant gloop -- which some scientists estimate is twice the size of Texas -- has been gradually building over the last 60 years as Asia and the United States tossed their unwanted goods into the ocean.
Everything from flip-flops to plastic bags have been slowly broken down by the sun's rays into small particles, and ocean tides have meant much of it has settled in a spiralling pattern just below the ocean surface between Hawaii and the mainland United States.more»
The Oregon Food Bank warned consumers today not to eat frozen blueberries distributed in food boxes in April and May following a recall by the federal government. (Photo: www.cornellcollege.edu/berry-center)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which distributed the item through its emergency food program, said it is pulling the frozen blueberries after receiving a complaint about foreign material in one bag.
It was not clear what sort of foreign material was found in the bag. The recalled berries were distributed in 3-pound plastic bags with a date stamp of "2009 APR 8."
Currently the United States Congress, under the leadership of Chairman Henry Waxman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, is working on the details of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). ACES is promoted as a comprehensive approach to America's energy policy. It charts a course towards a clean energy economy. The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) commends the committees' work. Unfortunately, the bill as rewritten misses the mark.more»