Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category


Composed on the phone

April 2, 2010

I just got WordPress on my Blackberry. This post is mostly a test to see if what I write shows up on the blog. I live in a rural area and my only options thus far for internet have been dial-up or mega expensive satellite connection. I work at a university and after have a great connection all day, coming home to dial-up was mega frustrating so I canceled that service over a year ago. I have been saving up for satellite service and while I can afford the set up (finally) the monthly fee is still beyond my budget. So, if I can update this blog using my phone… Well, I see a lot more posts in my future. Here’s hoping.


Sharing Some Link Love

July 10, 2009

Fake Plastic Fish has a great post up about some of the problems with bottled water: It’s not the bottle

365 Days of Trash lets us know about the secret life of t shirts.

Have a bunch of cassette tapes lying around? Recyle Dead Media

Allie’s Answers has a great guest post about grilling out without the meat.

The Sierra Club has a great new wiki trails site up.

The Chicago Tribune has a wonderful article about how to stretch your food taste, and food dollars.

Harvesting the power of water as an energy source. Free Flow Power thinks it can be done.

Hope you enjoy these. Found a site or read an article that you love? Lemme know in comments.


Déjà Poo: The Living Machine Sewage System

June 18, 2009

Déjà Poo: The Living Machine Sewage System

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Picture the lobby atrium of a new, green building, one filled with leafy plants and trees. Now imagine that those trees are growing in waste collected from the building’s toilets.

If that idea has the whiff of failure about it, well, sniff again. Increasingly, building designers are managing sewage in-house—really in-house. The Port of Portland, for example, is integrating waste management into the lobby of its new headquarters under construction. The Living Machine uses soil and bacteria to filter out pathogens, essentially turning wastewater into nonpotable water. But the signature element of the system is the plant life that grows up and out of it—right into the lobby. “It’s going to provide a kind of greenhouse feel,” says Greg Sparks, engineering design manager for the port. “It’ll soften the hard edges of the typical office building.”

Everybody likes trees, but (aesthetics aside) sending poop from the bathroom to the lobby may seem sort of icky. In environmental terms, though, it’s a solid choice. Just as photovoltaics can help take a building off the power grid, living machines take strain off the pipes and municipal wastewater facilities on the “sewage grid.” They also show that being green means thinking more creatively about our brown and yellow.

1 Wastewater from the entire building flows into a holding tank where solids settle, like in a septic tank. The reclaimed liquid up top gets pumped to the lobby.

2 Garden-like “wetland cells” layered with plants, soil, and rocks collect the water and capture biological compounds and pathogens.

3 On its way out of the garden, the water is further sterilized by ultraviolet light in the pipes. Then it’s recycled back into the plumbing system.


Low Impact Living

September 12, 2008

I’m always on the lookout for great resources for green living and energy saving  tips.  Today I checked out and it’s a really great site.

I think what I like best is their calculator to figure your impact.  I’ve seen quizzes like this before, but this one is more in depth than many I have taken before and when the quiz is over, they offer projects you can do to lower your score(impact) even more.

It looks at your geographic location and the kind of home you live in and your baseline is set there.  Then based on your habits, you can discover if you are low, normal, or high impact. For example, I live in a mobile home, but I only cool half of it.  I have energy star appliances, I have all CFL bulbs, and I never water my lawn. So, I scored low impact. 🙂 Starting with a base of 100, I scored 31.  If I plant some shade trees, wrap my hot water heater, as well as the hot water heater pipes and make a few other changes, I can get it even lower.

This is a large site that offers a blog, environmental products, resources and information.  I think they are well worth checking out.