Archive for May, 2009

Recycling cans builds

What a great idea! This is recycling at its best.

Updated: Saturday, 30 May 2009, 2:05 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 30 May 2009, 2:04 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 127th house in Fort Wayne Saturday.

The house was funded almost entirely by collecting aluminum cans at more than 500 locations across the city.

So just how many cans does it take to build a house?

“About five million, it takes quite a bit, but give or take five million,” said Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Carol Keplar.

This was the third house Habitat has built in Fort Wayne through its aluminum can program.

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Flashing bunny bins tackle litter

Rubbish bins in the shape of giant rabbits with flashing ears have been created by fashion designer Paul Smith in a bid to reduce London’s litter.

The 5ft (1.5m) rabbits, whose ears light up when rubbish is put in them, will be tested for four months.

Mr Smith said he designed the bin because the amount of rubbish in the capital “just looks dreadful”.

It is among a number of ideas, designed to improve the city, going on show at south-east London’s Design Museum.

One of the rabbit bins was unveiled in Covent Garden, central London, on Thursday, with another to be tested in Holland Park, west London, from Friday.

Mr Smith said he hoped the interactive flashing bins would encourage people to use them.

The equivalent of 100,000 dustbin bags of rubbish are discarded on London streets every day.

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Bellevue Recycling to Expand

From WSMV news:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Metro Public Works said they are contemplating the expansion of recycling in Bellevue due to initial success of the program. The curbside recycling pilot program started March 1.Since then, more than 30 tons of recyclables have been collected, which doesn’t even include the recycling drop-off bins in Bellevue.Currently nearly 700 homes are signed up for the program.Curbside recycling costs $40 for a storage cart and an additional $10 a month.

I know that I am hooked on the program. I recommend it to others all the time.

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Some Things are Best Left Not Recycled

This morning I am listening to the Beatles’ Love album, or George Martin and son’s Love album. I did not like it when it came out; I still do not like how Martin and son recycled the songs. Remaster the originals, yes. Improve the analog quality for our digital age. I’m glad I still have the vinyl originals.

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'Green' homes sprout in Nashville market

This is great news for our area. I’m glad to see affordable builders as Fox Ridge and Jones accept this responsibility.

By Naomi Snyder • THE TENNESSEAN • May 26, 2009

For years, it’s been nearly impossible to find a home for sale in Nashville certified as “green” by any of the major environmental programs in the nation. But that’s changing.

Local real estate agents have added a capability to their multiple listing service that will let agents search for homes by various green features, from tankless water heaters to certifications such as Energy Star, a Department of Energy program to inspect and certify homes that are 20 percent to 30 percent more energy efficient than average.

Builders with some of Middle Tennessee highest volumes, such as Fox Ridge Homes and The Jones Co. of Tennessee, have begun building Energy Star-certified homes, expanding the inventory of such homes.

But the green features, which can add 10 percent or more to a home price, can be a tough sell to the average consumer. Agents say builders seem more interested in environmentally friendly homes than do many homebuyers.

Many people would rather have a sunroom than a solar water heater, even if they know what one is.

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‘Green’ homes sprout in Nashville market

This is great news for our area. I’m glad to see affordable builders as Fox Ridge and Jones accept this responsibility.

By Naomi Snyder • THE TENNESSEAN • May 26, 2009

For years, it’s been nearly impossible to find a home for sale in Nashville certified as “green” by any of the major environmental programs in the nation. But that’s changing.

Local real estate agents have added a capability to their multiple listing service that will let agents search for homes by various green features, from tankless water heaters to certifications such as Energy Star, a Department of Energy program to inspect and certify homes that are 20 percent to 30 percent more energy efficient than average.

Builders with some of Middle Tennessee highest volumes, such as Fox Ridge Homes and The Jones Co. of Tennessee, have begun building Energy Star-certified homes, expanding the inventory of such homes.

But the green features, which can add 10 percent or more to a home price, can be a tough sell to the average consumer. Agents say builders seem more interested in environmentally friendly homes than do many homebuyers.

Many people would rather have a sunroom than a solar water heater, even if they know what one is.

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Hang on to Your Balloon

ChickBallon_1546I’m not sure how this balloon with a Chick-fil-A logo arrived on my street, but I’m glad I rescued it before it was washed into a storm drain or picked up by wildlife.

I’m not even sure where there is a Chick-fil-A restaurant in my area.

One more time, folks, balloons are hazardous to the environment. Dispose of them properly.

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