Wednesday, May 30, 2007


This is another local environmental product.

Blue. A Better Way To Go Green.

At first glance you’d think these sleek cobalt bottles come from a pricey Mag Mile cosmetics boutique but you’d be wrong. Instead think dirt, grit, grease, grime, soap scum, water spots and any other not-so-pretty facts of life that come to mind. Now think locally manufactured, all natural, non-toxic, and available in more than a dozen mood-boosting scents.

Chicagoan Courtney Nichols created the Aromalogics line because her own cleaning products were literally making her sick. Couple that with a love of anything that smells good and you’ve got a powerful line of chic green cleaners that are shining homes from Maine to Alaska.

From lavender to lemongrass to cinnamon-sweet orange, there’s an Aromalogics scent for even the most discriminating of noses, and a reputation for product effectiveness that’s so impressive residential and commercial cleaning companies are putting them to work nationwide. Made from 100% plant based ingredients and infused with a surplus of ultra-fragrant, germ killing essential oils, Aromalogics is redefining the “green cleaning” experience altogether.
Wait, germ killing plant oils? That’s right, essential oils are powerfully antibacterial in nature and Aromalogics does not use them sparingly. Eucalyptus oil, for example, has been shown to kill 70% of staphylococcus bacteria by simply being diffused into the air of an affected room.

So you can finally dispose of any remaining household haz-mats you’ve been harboring and replace them with an intoxicatingly fragrant, all green alternative.
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recent articles

Here are some short articles on environmental policy by the Canadian and US governments.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Plumbing union= anti green


Comcast, our wonderful cable provider (cough, cough) is building a new site in Philadelphia that is supposed to have waterless urinals. That sounds great!

Except someone at the plumbers union realized that along with not needing water for the urinals, they would also not need the piping. So the union sued!

The result is that there is a five year contract for the water free urinals with the pipes put in just in case they are needed. What!?!?!?! (Thanks to ABC News for the story)

I think you can chalk this up to the union being pro environment except for when it affects their revenue stream!

I wonder how much carbon emissions were put into the air making the pipes that will not be used. They muffed this one. Keith Olberman would characterize them as being "Today's worst persons in the world!"

Fresh Squeeze update


This is something I received from A Fresh Squeeze

Keep it Cool
"Hot Ideas for a Cool Planet"

There are a few time-honored ways of keeping cool in the summer. Popsicles, sprinklers, and trips to the lakefront come to mind. But if you’re looking for ways to keep the planet cool—that's usually a bigger challenge. Not this summer. Starting June 1st, learning how to fight climate change is as simple as a trip to the lake. Cool Globes is a public art project with a purpose—to inspire individuals and organizations to take action against global warming.

Stretching from the Field Museum to Navy Pier, over 100 globes will be on display along the lakefront.\nEach 5 foot tall globe features a different artist’s interpretation of a global warming solution. Find out about small steps you can take like\nwashing your clothes in cold water, as well as larger changes like geothermal energy. Wendy Abrams, founder of the project, says she’s “hoping people walk away with an idea of what they can do to impact climate change.” After the globes are unveiled on Friday, you can pledge to implement some of the Cool Globes suggestions. “Pick five and\nyou’ll be entered in a sweepstakes. The top prize is a Toyota Prius,” says Abrams. Next time you’re looking for a way to cool off, go to

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

New York = clean city?


I heard over the news yesterday that New York is going to have all their taxi cabs hybrid by 2012. With the fact that most traffic is stop and go, that should make a huge difference in the air quality in and around New York. Good for them. The story is below.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

News from CASE

Hey Everyone

I am passing on some info from Northside's great CASE Club.

Thanks to Mike Coy for the information.

Students and colleagues – on July 13, 14, and 15, the Pitchfork Music Festival takes place in Union Park (Grand and Western). Lots of freaky, beautiful music will happen, and you have an opportunity to see and hear it all for free, and from the inside out (maybe even from backstage!).

CASE (the Community for Alternative Sources of Energy) are volunteering at to work the festival again this year. If we get enough volunteers, they will let CASE set up a table to advertise our club, and then they’ll give us money. Last year, we volunteered and they gave $500 to CASE. And everybody got to see the show for FREE!! This year, we’d like to get a total of 25 shifts, and they’ll give us $1500!

So – we’re looking for volunteers for 6-hour shifts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you join us, you’ll “work” for 6 hours (11am-5pm or 4pm-10pm) checking wristbands, tickets, ID’s, helping bands set up, tear down, getting water for prima donna performers, etc. You also get a ticket for the show for that day. And you’ll be helping CASE help the environment. Sweet deal. You can work one, two, or all three days – it’s up to you.

If you want to join us (I think they want upperclassmen, but we can work on that), please respond to Tyler Johnson (cc’d above) with your choice of shift(s).

Friday, July 13: 4pm to 10pm
Saturday, July 14: 11am to 5pm OR 4pm to 10pm
Sunday, July 15: 11am to 5pm OR 4pm to 10pm

Check out for more details on which band is playing when.

You live in a big, beautiful city. Take advantage of opportunities like this that just fall into your laps. This may be a life-changing experience for you.

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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Prince Charles the environmentalist


Did you know that Prince Charles is a serious environmentalist? I didn't. I watched a Nightline episode on his environmental activities last night. It was very informative.

I recommend going to Google and read some of the articles on his efforts.

PS - He isn't perfect. He recently flew to New York to pick up an award and I guess the carbon output for his trip was huge. That said, he is someone to look to i nthe environmental arena. I would even say he has done more than our Oscar friend Al.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

computer recycling and more


The city has a recycling center for computers and other items in the Goose Island neighborhood. The press release with information is below.

There is also an article in today's Chicago Tribune (front page) that talks about Global Warming with residents of Bangladesh. It is pretty interesting. Check it out.

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