Thursday, October 7, 2010

10/10/10 World's Largest Day of Practical Action to Fight Climate Change

Sustainability activists and community leaders will meet this Sunday in OTR for what will be a great event to support environmental initiatives throughout the world. The "Nati Work Party" will be one of thousands of events going on around the world initiated by 350.0rg. Starting at 10am, the event will include speeches by local leaders, an ecofair, and a volunteer work project for our city's urban farms!

Ecofair participants will include Central Ohio River Valley Local Food , Civic Garden Center, Home Energy Check-up, Park + Vine, MoBo Bicycle Coop, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Ohio Citizen Action, and Pick Up America. Scheduled speakers include Ken Stern (Findlay Market Urban Farm Manager), Larry Falkin (City of Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality Director), State Representative Denise Driehaus, and United States Congressman Steve Driehaus.

The event will be held at Findlay Market's urban farm at the corner of Elm and Liberty. At 4pm, an after party will begin at Neons on 12th and Main that will feature live music and great spirits!

Hope to see you all there!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Buy Green: timed power strips

Electronics and appliances can use valuable electricity even when they're turned off.  Timed power strips eliminate this problem by shutting off the power to electronics and appliances when they aren't being used.  Timed power strips are inexpensive and offer a quick return on investment through energy savings.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cincinnati State provides training for a green workforce

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has quickly become the region's leader in sustainability education. As the number of green jobs in the U.S. continues to increase, access to quality instruction for professionals is becoming important. Many times, those looking for sustainable education opportunities are forced to commute long distances to receive training. Hopefully the availability of these classes will make Cincinnati a hot spot for green education and job growth in the future.

Cincinnati State currently offers a range of different sustainable education opportunities. Students can major in areas of study like renewable energy/energy efficiency, or they can choose to take certification courses at the Workforce Development Center. Certifications can be received in energy auditing, sustainable building (LEED), and solar panel installation.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

References: Green Home Improvement

In Green Home Improvement: 65 Projects That Will Cut Utility Bills, Protect Your Health and Save the Environment, Daniel Chiras gives clear, succinct instruction on how to make your home more sustainable.  Chiras is well known for his many published works on creating healthy, green homes.  

Monday, September 13, 2010

Xavier University lecture series focuses on green urbanism

In a couple of weeks, Xavier University will be kicking off its 2010-2011 lecture series, Ecology and Sustainability: Green Urbanism. Lasting until April 2011, the lecture series will focus on the strategies and challenges of creating a sustainable urban environment.

Will Allen, an urban farming expert, will be speaking on September 26 at 7:00PM. Allen is well known for his Milwaukee non-profit, Growing Power. Because of his efforts Allen received the 2008 Macarthur Genius Award.

Check out the entire lecture series schedule. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Buy Green: Envi Home Energy Monitor

The Envi Home Energy Monitor ($120) makes tracking home energy use fun and easy.  Attaching the monitor to your electrical box allows you to receive real time information about how much energy your home is consuming.

The monitor has some really great features.  The monitor itself is wireless and can typically be taken anywhere around the house.  The monitor updates energy usage every six seconds, making it easy to tell which appliances are using the most energy in your home.  These features alone make this a great buy, but the coolest thing  about this monitor is that it can connect to Google Power Meter, an application that allows you to track your home's energy usage on the internet.