AEG’s Downtown LA NFL Stadium Proposal Adds Greener Measures

After receiving harsh criticism from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for not having enough pollution mitigation strategies for their Downtown Los Angeles NFL stadium proposal, AEG has agreed to add more green measures.

Some of those measures include devoting at least 17.5% of its eventual carbon footprint reduction budget to funding recycling, tree-planting and solar panel installations.

The new measures were agreed upon after a month long mediation with the NRDC. The NRDC has been a crucial supporter of AEG and the new stadium. Their involvement in the stadium project grows out of its interest in promoting mass transit and energy efficiency in urban communities, and therefore in seeing that the stadium be “green” in its construction and operational phases.

According to the LA Times, the NRDC helped the  stadium bid secure an expedited process for resolving potential legal challenges from state legislators last year. But in May, NRDC attorney David Pettit blogged that he was “disappointed to read that the promises made in Sacramento by AEG were not reflected” in the environmental plans.

Damon Nagami, a senior attorney for the NRDC, said the two groups have “come to a consensus” on the project’s sustainability commitments. AEG says it is committed to reducing its environmental impact with its future stadium. Continue reading

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Being Used for Recycled Packaging

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is slowly being chipped away at. First discovered in 1988, the patch is basically a giant floating mass of plastic debris. Surprisingly, it is not entirely comprised of bottles and bags, but instead billions of tiny pieces of plastic. It is located between California and Hawaii and the LA Times estimates that the giant clump of plastic waste is around twice the size of Texas.

Now however, there is finally some good news to report on the giant plastic mass. Environmentally friendly cleaning product company Method, is doing its part to try and make use of the discarded floating debris. They are utilizing plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch to use in a plastic soap bottle that will be released in November.

Per the Method blog:

“as a small soap company, we know we can’t clean up the world’s oceans. but we can raise awareness about the issue and use our business to demonstrate smart ways of using and reusing the plastics that are already on the planet.

we think the best way to do that is to prove that solutions exist, even at a small scale. later this year, we will be launching a product in the world’s first packaging made from a blend of PCR plastic and recovered ocean plastic. recovered from beaches by method employees, in fact.” Continue reading

Not Just Another Melting Ice Story: Greenland’s Thawed Ice Spikes to 97% in a Week

The image of Greenland above was captured by NASA satellites. The image on the left was taken on July 8, 2012 and the one on the right was taken only four days later on July 12.

Per the NASA press release: Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40 percent of the ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. In just a few days, the melting had dramatically accelerated and an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12.

On average in the summer, about half of the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet naturally melts. At high elevations, most of that melt water quickly refreezes in place. This year’s dramatic ice melt is more than double the normal rate of the summer season.

This isn’t just another story about ice melting in a far away land. The satellite images were so shocking that scientists couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Son Nghiem of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said, “This was so extraordinary that at first I questioned the result: Was this real or was it due to a data error?” Continue reading

Upcycling: Cutting Board Doubles as a Bird Feeder

Take advantage of warm summer nights — dine al fresco and share with the birds! This is a genius way to feed Tweety and get rid of crumbs in one fell swoop. Take a piece of wood, drill some holes big enough for crumbs to fall through, attach a funnel and a tube, add a little container at the end for birds to perch on – and voila! Continue reading

Calling All Teens – Enter the L.E.A.F (Leaders of Environmental Action Films) Video Contest

Looking for something fun and purposeful to do over summer vacation? Get your camera, and get creative! Pick an eco-subject, and then film, edit and submit a 30 or 60 second Public Service Announcement (PSA) on any environmental topic of your choice.

LEAF is an eco-mmercial contest to empower youth to be environmental leaders through film, music, fashion and technology.

Check out this promotional video below and get inspired!

The deadline to enter your video is September 15, 2012. Continue reading

Want to Live Full Time in a Tree House Community? You Can in Costa Rica

As kids, nearly all of us dreamed of constructing the perfect tree house — nestled up high, hidden away from the hectic routine of daily life. Throughout the years, eco-themed resorts have sprouted up to accommodate tree-dwelling fantasies. Now however, there’s a community in Costa Rica where people can live up in the trees all year long.

Finca Bellavista, named for the river that flows through the region, sits in the trees above the south Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica.

Part of their initiative, according to their website is

To provide an opportunity for ecologically minded individuals to reside within the treetops of a unique rainforest ecosystem while promoting the conservation of species and the natural environment.

The Finca neighborhood spans across 600 acres throughout a lush tropical rainforest and reclaimed pasture. It began to cultivate its first residents in 2006 when it became the world’s first planned, modern, sustainable tree house community.

So what sorts of amenities does a tree house community provide?

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FDA Bans BPA in Baby Bottles – But Not Anything Else

This week, the Food and Drug Administration ruled that BPA (short for bisphenol A), an industrial chemical that has been used in some plastics since the 1960s, can no longer be used in baby bottles and children’s drinking cups. It can, however, still be used in other common household products.

According to the NY Times, FDA spokesman Steven Immergut, emphasized that the decision did not amount to a reversal of the agency’s position on the chemical. The FDA declared BPA safe in 2008, but began expressing concerns about possible health risks in 2010.

“Today’s action is based on industry’s abandonment of these uses of BPA,” Mr. Immergut said. “The agency continues to support the safety of BPA for use in products that hold food.” Continue reading

Shell’s ‘Let’s Go’ Campaign is Actually a Brilliant Hoax

Have you seen the images below or visited this website?

In a brilliant move to protest Shell by utilizing the power of social media, environmental activist group, Greenpeace set up a website that looks remarkably like a real Shell website and encouraged people to submit their suggestions for a “crowdsourced ad campaign” promoting drilling in the Arctic. People flocked to the site en masse and created some fantastic images with brilliant social commentary.

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