Posts Tagged 'environment'

Phoneraiser Partners in the News

A lot of our fundraising partners do a wonderful job of getting the word out. Some even do such a great job that they attract media attention. This is the first post of hopefully many highlighting phoneraiser groups that have had the good fortune to be featured in local or national news.

Our first “Phoneraiser Partner in the News” is the Big Spring All Creatures Sanctuary and Rescue.

An animal rescue group from Big Spring is asking that you donate your old cell phones so they can help animals.

http://www.cbs7kosa.com/news/details.asp?ID=8341

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Walk Score

http://walkscore.com/

Ever wondered how walkable your area is? Have you been looking at an area to live, but couldn’t quite get a grasp on how many shops, libraries, parks, and schools could be reached by foot? Hit up the link above to get your Walk Score. You simply type in your address and the website spits out a number between 1 and 100. The higher the score, the less you would need to use a car, bike, or public transit for daily trips. It’s 100% perfect. Some smaller business don’t show up. My favorite place to get a sandwich or Italian goodies like amaretto cookies is Jimmy’s Italian Market, but alas, they get no props. (Seriously, if you are in the area and don’t mind meat, try their muffuletta. Ridiculously good.) It is still a great tool. I found some shops in my area that I didn’t even know existed.

By the way, my neighborhood scored a 58. Not near a 100, but pretty good for Dallas! Feel free to share your neighborhood’s score in the comments.

Idling Vehicles

From our weekly email:

This week’s green tip: Waiting in line in your car? Shut off your engine if you are in a drive-through. Running your engine while standing still gives you a effective mpg of 0, and exposes you to more toxic exhaust gases then if you were moving.

Let’s break this down. Fuel Efficiency, or your mpg, is computed by measuring how many miles you have traveled on one gallon of gas. If you are standing still while burning that gas, you are getting zero miles to the gallon. If you are stopped for more than 30 seconds, you use more gas idling than turning the car off and back on.¹ Besides costing you money and creating unneccesary pollutants, it can also be hazardous to your health.

CTA found that exposure to most auto pollutants, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide (CO), is much higher inside vehicles than at the road side. VOCs and CO are linked to serious health problems–like respiratory infections and cancer–are known to shorten life. The highest exposure occurs when sitting in traffic congestion on highways or in a line-up of idling vehicles at a school or drive-through. From: http://www.hcdoes.org/airquality/Anti-Idling/idle.htm

Granted, reducing your exposure to exhaust gases by turning of your engine is much more effective if you are the only person in line. Even so, your car is still contributing to that cloud hanging around the McDonald’s drive through and it can only help you (and the environment) if you switch off the car.

Local and National Earth Day Events

Earth Day 2008 is fast approaching. Some events that are happening locally are:

Dallas EarthFest, Friday, April 18th: “The premier Earth Day Celebration for Dallas’ Downtown Community”

Oak Cliff Earth Day Festival, Sunday, April 20th: “Promoting awareness of the environment and our place in it, and environmental conservation in our government, neighborhood, and ourselves.”

Earth Day at the Amon Carter Museum, Sunday, April 13th: “Be creative with recycled materials, listen to lively stories, and see how American artists have used their art to advocate for the earth.”

Tandy Hills Prairie Fest, Saturday, April 26: “An outdoor festival to celebrate our connection to the natural world through Music, Art, Dance, Environmental Stewardship & Wildflower Tours.”

To find Earth Day events in your area, you can visit the Earth Day networks search tool.

How are we celebrating? By giving away $1000 to the organization that has sent in the most phones between January 22nd and April 18th. To find out more, visit our Earth Day competition page here.

Wind Turbine Carnage!

You hate to see any type of renewable energy source taken out of commission, but it sure is cool to watch. The wind turbine self destructs after it’s brakes fail to slow it down in high winds. Story.

Urban Forestry

What do you think of when you hear the word “trees?” You may think of greenery, your favorite tree at the local park, or the sound they make when the wind blows through their leaves. These things are all pretty positive. You may even call trees soothing.

Now scientists are starting to measure the physiological impact that trees have on people. Not surprisingly, people’s heart rates have been shown to drop around trees. Even more intriguing are the studies that focused on patients with views of trees outside their hospital room and those without. Those with the views of trees required less pain medication and were able to leave the hospital quicker.

This University of Georgia article goes over all of this and discusses the relief that trees may provide in an urban setting.

There are many groups that are championing the cause of urban forestry. There is even one dedicated to improving and expanding urban forests in the north central Texas area. Texas Trees Foundation plants trees, ensures a healthy supply of plant-able trees, and provides education on the importance of trees in an urban environment.

Rich…. and Green

An older article/slideshow, but interesting none the less. The “greenest” billionares according to Forbes:

http://www.forbes.com/2007/04/18/greenest-billionaires-energy-tech-cz_dp_0418greenbillies_slide.html?partner=links