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January 2008 - [Sustainable Concepts] Turbine Turbulence & Green Your Office
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Design Forward Newsletter January 2008, vol. 58
in this issue
  • Green Your Office in Ten Easy Steps
  • Turbine Turbulence: How to Fix U.S. Wind Power
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    Greetings!

    Welcome to the January 2008 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    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 has."
    -Margaret Mead


    Lisa A. Swan

    Green Your Office in Ten Easy Steps

    Co-op America has put together ten steps to make your office or business green:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Introduce Fair Trade Certified and organic coffee and tea into your workplace.
    4. 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 office use.
    5. 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.
    6. 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 save energy.
    7. 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 piles.
    8. Encourage use of green transportation to and from work - Offer incentives to encourage people to take public transportation, walk, bike, or car pool.
    9. 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
    10. Get a Co-op America membership for your office - You'll get even more ideas about how to green your office purchasing choices.

    Turbine 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 Photography

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