Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 183

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It’s official – I am moving yet again. I know, I know. But I knew going into it that Denver was a temporary arrangement, and after a year I have decided to move back to California next month. To my LA friends – see you soon!

The Corn Refiners Association has petitioned the United States Food and Drug Administration to start calling High Fructose Corn Syrup “corn sugar,” arguing that a name change is the only way to clear up consumer confusion about the product. (Consumer confusion? Consumer concern, more like it. The stuff is horrible)

Akinori Ito has developed a portable machine that heats plastic trash to produce oil that can be turned into gasoline, kerosene, or diesel.

Paul Gorski is founder of EdChange, an organization that develops resources, workshops and projects dedicated to progressive change grounded in social justice and equity in schools and communities. He and his partner, Jennifer Hickman, have created a platform for helping educators and activists integrate the lens of comprehensive social justice (human rights, animal liberation, environmental protection) into their teaching.

Recently I discovered Low Impact Living, a website that surveys your habits and living situation and assigns you a LILI (Low Impact Living Index) number. The survey asks you about what kind of home you have; what kind of appliances you have, how old they are, and how often you use them; how many vehicles you have, their make and model types, and how much you drive; your recycling habits; and a few other things about your lifestyle.

Most of the time when someone talks about powering down, they are talking about shutting off their electronic equipment, computers, kitchen appliances, etc. While those are definitely important to saving energy and money, I wanted to cover a few different ideas about how powering down can help you save or gain energy.

And for some comic relief (and sad commentary), here’s yet another great article from The Onion – Wishing to dispose of the empty plastic container, and failing to spot a recycling bin nearby, an estimated 30 million Americans asked themselves Monday how bad throwing away a single bottle of water could really be.

Have a great weekend. And if you live somewhere with winter, get out and enjoy it before the snow comes.


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  1. You know, I usually hate those impact calculators, and this one is no different. My score is 217. We are living in a fairly large house (house-sitting for military relatives currently overseas). All the appliances are somewhat dated and not very efficient. Yet our utility bills are minimal because we are very efficient in how we use them.

    Basically, the calculator looks at very few habits, which most people can control (such as short showers, for instance), and looked instead primarily at what you own, and then recommends you buy replacements for the old, inefficient appliances. Not everyone can afford to do that, but many of us can change our habits with the things we do currently own or use.

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