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Biodegradable Plastics

Additional and more detailed information on the downside of standard plastics and the upside of biodegradable plastics. The overall effect of plastic on the environment is a major pollutant contributor and a transition to biodegradable would have a great impact on the health of the world.
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Green Power Investment And Energy Efficiency – The Top 22 Us Cities Named In Survey.

In order to evaluate the cities’ efforts to limit the overall demand of municipal energy and supply clean energy, Smarter Cities surveyed various municipal governments in accordance with several factors. These included: the city’s top three fuel sources, its energy conservation programs (with their goals for reduced consumption), the city’s aggregate consumption of kilowatt per hour, its methods of measuring energy conservation, and whether the city completed a greenhouse gas inventory. The Smarter Cities team looked for consultations from experts in the NRDC, as well as outside it, in order to develop its plan. The Smarter Cities advisor and an NRDC Air and Energy program attorney, Brandi Colander, said that it was crucial to create a reasonable and clear factor description. The team could use this to compare the performance of the cities involved. This description had to be researchable, which means that the data collected had to be pertinent, comprehensive, and reliable.

Transportation was deliberately left out from the analysis, although this sector comprises a significant percentage of the use of fossil fuels. McRandle noted that because it is so large, transportation is a sustainability factor that should be treated on its own. The team plans to examine transportation next, hoping to have a complete evaluation at some point in autumn of 2010.

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Green Power Investment And Energy Efficiency – The Top 22 Us Cities Named In Survey.

Smartercities.org, the online resource center of the Natural Resources Defense Council has named 22 cities in the United States “The Smartest Cities in 2010” for the fact that they invest in energy efficiency and conservation measures, and for their general green power investment. Cities are currently having a difficult time, as some of them struggle to find the financial means to maintain their services. The main motivator for one Smarter City, Columbus, was economic necessity. This city came up with a plan to reduce municipality spending and raise energy efficiency over the next decade. Quality of life was a motivator as well and Columbus is not the only city doing this. Various cities across the U.S. are examining the supply and use of municipal energy, and considering what they can improve in order to do it better and more responsibly. These cities take into consideration the impact on the budget, environment, health, and concerns about quality of life.

There are many “sustainability factors” to be considered, and energy is the main one the Smarter Cities project team analyzed. By doing so it hopes to determine the cities that will be the leaders, the ones putting the best practices in place, passing model legislation, testing innovative new programs and investing a lot into green power. The director of the research project, Paul McRandle, says that they are focusing on energy because of the links between consumption patterns, energy production, health concerns and the environment. Half of U.S. electricity comes from coal, and burning this coal releases mercury, heat-trapping pollutants, particulates, sulfur dioxide, and various other smog pollutants which pose dangers to your health.

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Alternative Fuel Tax Credit

It seems that being a good steward of the environment these days pays dividends. The government has created several tax credits for buying vehicles that run on things like ethanol, alternative fuel and electricity.
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Affordable Green Investment

In the once eco-unfriendly world of investing, it's now becoming a popular trend to go green and jump on the green investing bandwagon. Making the right green investing moves now may have you seeing green in the near future, according to experts. Eco-friendly investing is now a $77 billion industry and is expected to skyrocket to $260 billion in just 10 years.
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Can Green Appliances Save You Money

The verdict is still out. Can green appliances save you money? Aside from your heating and cooling systems, the appliances in your home account for nearly a third of the energy consumption in your home. Go green and save money when installing energy efficient appliances and green building material.
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Green Real Estate

Green real estate investing is becoming increasingly popular these days, especially as the stock market becomes an uneasy investment. Investors are beginning to stand by and believe in green investing through increased social responsibility. There are various reasons to invest in mutual funds with green building as the public becomes more socially aware of the need to pay attention to the environment and economy.
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Biodegradable Plastics
  • Biodegradable plastics are a much better choice than non biodegradable plastics
  • Biodegradable materials are much friendlier to the earth and the environment
  • Green biodegradable plastic require less than half the energy of traditional plastic to produce

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Green Collar Jobs

Anyone who has read or seen the news lately has seen or heard the term green collar jobs, but what are these jobs? Green collar jobs are jobs that are in industries which are friendly to the environment. Green collar jobs are jobs that balance benefits to the environment and to mankind, and to be classified as one of these jobs employment must benefit the workers as well as the earth. With all of the talk about switching to renewable energy sources and moving away from oil or other fossil fuels, green collar jobs will become more plentiful if this happens.

Green collar jobs are environmentally friendly, but they also are good jobs for the worker. These jobs pay a decent wage, and they offer chances for employees to advance. If the entire USA switched to using solar power, wind power, and biomass as sources of energy, there are not enough workers available to fill the demand that would be made. Green collar jobs usually do not require years of college, instead training programs can be used to teach new potential employees how to perform their jobs. More knowledge is needed than just a high school diploma, but this can be done in a year or two, instead of requiring a four year college degree. Green collar jobs provide a way for low skilled and low income workers to switch to jobs that offer better pay and benefits, without causing harm to the environment.

Green collar jobs benefit the local economy, and are very hard to outsource to other countries. Because renewable alternative energy sources will be located in the area usually, this leads to economic growth for an area. Outsourcing would not be feasible, because of high transportation costs and other factors. You can not ship your car to China to have solar panels installed on it, because the costs would be outrageous. The same is true of homes. Creating solar panels and wind turbines will be done domestically, because of the shipping costs involved. Green collar jobs include jobs that are local and benefit the local area and economy as well as the environment.

Green collar jobs will include technicians to repair solar panels and wind turbines, installers to install this equipment, crews to retrofit all of the buildings in America to make them much more energy efficient, and many more descriptions. Repairing or building hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles would be a green collar job, and so would building transit lines for mass transit systems, as long as these jobs paid decent wages and were done in an environmentally friendly method. There are hundreds of green collar job categories, and all these jobs benefit the environment, the local communities, and the workers.

Renewable Energy Sources

Green collar jobs are more than just environmentally friendly jobs. To be considered a green collar job there must be opportunities to advance and create a better America, in addition to protecting the environment. These jobs are in industries that are working to eliminate our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, and that work to protect the earth and minimize or eliminate global warming completely. Green collar jobs are going to be the jobs for the future as we make the switch from fossil fuels to alternative renewable energy sources. Green collar jobs will provide opportunities for low income and poverty stricken areas and residents, allowing all Americans to improve their income and living conditions while preventing any more harm to the environment. These jobs are vital to the future of America, and new skills and methods will be needed to create an energy system that is domestic and environmentally friendly.