Saturday, December 8, 2007

I would like to first apologize to New Scientist magazine for using bad taste and calling them Cheapos. Their staff and reporters provide excellent coverage in understanding science and the world we live in. I would like to thank Claire Bowles, a PR officer with New Scientist for bringing it to my attention. My angst towards the magazine is directed by the fact that they will not put a majority of their work on line for free as other publications have done. That said, if you can get to a New Scientist magazine regularly either through subscription or otherwise, I do recommend it.

A Fresh Squeeze has put out some advice on how to be an eco friendly traveler. They have also teamed up with Vivaterra, to have a sign up program that will make you available to get a $200 gift certificate from Vivaterra.

ENN has been keeping track of the news in Bali where the international community is discussing a succession plan to Kyoto.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

December eco notes


A Fresh Squeeze has come out with some eco shopping ideas for the eco concious person. They also have information on how the Energy Star website can guide into purchasing eco friendly appliances. Don't forget to sign up for A Fresh Squeeze updates through wikipower.

There is a recent New Scientist article named "Why Go Green" discusses and breaks down the carbon footprint around the world. Unfortunately, you will have to go to a book store or library if you do not have a subscription. Cheapos!

ENN continues its fine reporting on climate change like the US Government's National Renewable Energy Lab's commitment to cut emissions by 75% and other relevant items.

Sierra Club is looking for your help in persuading your respective member in Congress to pass a strong energy bill that is currently under debate and close to a vote. Head to the web site and they will point you to your respective member in Congress.

Monday, December 3, 2007

HS students coming through


Students and faculty from Warren, Walter Payton College Prep, Northside College Prep, Julian, Francis Parker, Jones College Prep, North Lawndale College Prep, Hubbard High School, Von Stueben, and Curie came together on Nov 30 in a meeting hosted by DePaul's Environmental Science Chair James Montgomery to continue the "Greening the HS Campus" Partnership to discuss and find solutions for their respective institution's environmental issues.

The meeting centered around the idea of collectively bringing awareness of environmental issues to the schools' students and local community. Students from each school were able to talk about their ideas, goals and agendas during the meeting. To have such a group that represents a growing portion of the Chicago Community was very encouraging. Mike Mieszala, a faculty member at Warren High School was quoted as saying that "I really thought that the kids did a great job! There seems to be many positive experiences that can evolve from this."

Some of the solutions the students discussed ranged from simple paper recycling projects to recycling solar thermal panel installation to recycled art projects to eco friendly cutlery and trays.

The group will be meeting next in January. If you think you or someone you know might be interested in attending, please email for more details.