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Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Billboards that Consume Carbon Dioxide

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I’m not sure how Coca-Cola can ever erase its carbon footprint, but this innovative billboard is a good step regardless. Perhaps Chik-Fil-A can start putting its crazy “Eat More Chik’in” cows on a planted vertical field in the future:

They estimate that the billboard can absorb up to a total of 46,800 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per year.

Thanks to Jordan Cappella for re-posting Engadget’s post on facebook.

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Environmental Tuesdays: Clean Your Dryer Vent

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So today I feel like I really accomplished something. First and foremost, I actually used a Groupon I’d purchased before it expired, which is a rare event for me. Second, that meant making an appointment with Atlanta Air Experts to have my dryer vent cleaned out. It was only $65, a small price to pay compared to how much a fire could cost in money, damage, and injury! It took about ten minutes and the guys were friendly and professional. It’s going to make my dryer more energy efficient, and more importantly, prevent a lint buildup fire. This video is kind of scary:

Speaking of fire, don’t use a plastic dryer hose. If you have one, have it replaced with a metal hose. Also, do not leave the dryer running when you are not at home.

To check on your vent yourself, run the dryer and then go outside to the vent. Put your hand underneath to feel if there is a strong, steady stream of air. To be on the safe side, have your dryer vent professionally cleaned once a year.

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Environmental Tuesdays: Inspiration from Biology (TED)

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It’s always a treat to have some access to TED, and I felt the mush in my brain starting to perk up and come to life again as I watched Janine Benyus speak of how biology and life should be inspiring the way we approach design. Are you Jonesing for a taste of the classroom or a lecture? This one is 24 minutes long and I think it will blow you away.

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Environmental Tuesdays: Pass Your Paperbacks on to the Troops

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I was reading Dear Abby the other day and Dan Bowers from Red Lion PA had written in to tell her readers about a great program. It’s a service where you can pass your paperbacks along to the troops and their families. In general, they are looking for “bestsellers, action and spy-novels, murder mysteries, fantasy and science fiction — those are our most popular genres. However, we also have many requests for business and investing books, classics, history (especially military history), and current event-oriented non-fiction.” These items can be shipped via USPS Media Mail (if you want to include other items in the box, you’ll need to ship via Parcel Post or Priority Mail), which is very inexpensive, and you’ll know that book you weren’t going to pick up and re-read is going to someone who will appreciate it. I’m thinking I’ve been hoarding a pile of Nelson Demille thrillers somewhere in this house that I need to box up and ship!

To learn more,  check out operationpaperback.org.

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Monday, May 16th, 2011

Environmental Tuesday: It’s National Bike to Work Week

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Well, May is National Bike Month and this week is National Bike to Work Week. If all you can manage is a token day, don’t fret, it’s not until Friday, which is Bike to Work Day. Hmmm, should we go ahead and declare noon to one p.m. on Friday Bike To Go Get Hour? Anyway, in honor of the spirit of this week, I thought I’d round up a few bicycle related products.

Luddite Cotton Pillow – Owl/Bike
$70 – designpublic.com

Po Campo Armitage Satchel
$135 – designpublic.com

Evolution
$200 – designpublic.com

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