2008 - [Sustainable Concepts] Turbine Turbulence & Green Your
2008, vol. 58
Welcome to the January 2008 newsletter from Design
Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's
Quote of the Month: "Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever
Lisa A. Swan
Your Office in Ten Easy Steps
Co-op America has put together ten steps to
make your office or business green:
- Make your office 'Climate Cool' - You can
offset the carbon dioxide emissions associated
with your office's energy use and business
travel by joining a "green tags" program.
Green tags are energy credits created by renewable
energy facilities that represent the environmental
benefits of green power generation.
- Switch your office paper use to 100% recycled
- Did you know that the average US worker
uses 12,000 sheets of paper per year?Paper
accounts for roughly 40% of all municipal
solid waste in the United States. Whether
you work in an office or telecommute from
home, chances are you use a lot of paper.
- Introduce Fair Trade Certified and organic
coffee and tea into your workplace.
- Invest in reuseable plates, cups, and utensils
- Ask people in your office to bring in some
items from home. Or, check out a yard sale
on the weekend to find second hand items for
- Make sure your office recycles paper, aluminum,
glass, and plastic - If your building does
not already offer the service, look for an
independent recycling firm that can come and
pick up your office recyclables on a weekly
or biweekly basis.
- Switch office light bulbs to compact fluorescent
bulbs - While the initial investment may cost
more than conventional bulbs, CFLs last longer--
so over time your office will save money and
- Start an office compost program - keep a
sealed compost container in our office kitchen
and individual staff members take turns taking
the compost home to add to their own compost
- Encourage use of green transportation to
and from work - Offer incentives to encourage
people to take public transportation, walk,
bike, or car pool.
- Buy green gifts - Whether you are buying
a special gift for a client or a present for
an office baby shower, make sure you buy green
or Fair Trade items
- Get a Co-op America membership for your
office - You'll get even more ideas about
how to green your office purchasing choices.
Turbulence: How to Fix U.S. Wind Power
It's simple, free and always on. So why is
the U.S. more than 2 million times below its
potential output for one of the most popular
alternative-energy sources in the world? PM.com
explores 3 obstacles - and how to beat them.
A mile and a half northeast of Copenhagen's
city center, beyond the stone walkways, gargoyle
fountains and slate-roof housing flats, lies
the Kastellet, a 343-year-old fort overlooking
the lush shoreline of Oresund (Danish for "The
Sound"). Standing motionless on the bunker's
edge is a 30-ft.-tall windmill, once used to
grind and store grain for soldiers, now sustained
for nothing but tourism and history, by nothing
but a new coat of red paint. Past this artifact,
over the hills of an ancient land and out in
the coast guarding a pioneering country, the
symbol of modern Denmark's landscape looms larger:
a handful of wind turbines, 360-ft.-tall and
egg white, catching an ocean breeze in the shallows.
With one-fifth of all its energy needs satisfied
by wind power, Denmark is a forerunner in this
burgeoning - if frustrating - alternative-energy
platform, helping Europe to maintain its dominance
in world wind energy production, and leaving
America in the dust. For now.
Article © Tyghe Trimble. Picture © Steve Butman
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