Sustainable Works

Green Living Workshop update week 34 2007

Sustainable Works Green Living Workshops,

Be sure to take the Ecological Footprint quiz before class-
(and then email it to yourself to keep a record)

Tuesdays @ Sustainable Works
Wednesdays @ Sustainable Works

Week 2 ENERGY 8/21, 8/22
Week 3 WASTE 8/28, 8/29
read WASTE
3 ENERGY Solutions
Ecological Footprint


An Inconvenient Truth

How Fluorescent Lights Work (same principle as CFLs)

CFLs Responsible for Less Mercury than Incandescent Light Bulbs
Ironically, CFLs present an opportunity to prevent mercury from entering our air, where it most affects our health. The highest source of mercury in our air comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal, the most common fuel used in the U.S. to produce electricity. A CFL uses 75% less energy
than an incandescent light bulb and lasts at least 6 times longer. A power plant will emit 10mg of mercury to produce the electricity to run an incandescent bulb compared to only 2.4mg of mercury to run a CFL for the same time.
Entire EPA Fact Sheet on CFLs and Mercury

Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air
The Union of Concerned Scientists article on the connection between the "Global Warming skeptics", their funding by Exxon Mobile, and the skeptics history of performing the same disception for the Tobacco industry.
Excellent web resource for tracking the real information about Global Warming.
Written by Ross Gelbspan, author of the two ground breaking books on Global Warming we mentioned, The Heat is On and
Boiling Point.

Misinformation regarding Global Warming provided by Exxon

How to sign up for LADWP Green Power

CO2 offset price comparisons
link to the ever growing and changing list of organizations to offset your CO2 based on price

CO2 recommendations from Tufts University

Carbon Offset Consumer Handout from Tufts University

CFL Calculator

Smart Strip

Kill a Watt
Kill a Watt review
The City of Santa Monica's excellent new resource for those looking to add Solar Power.

NPR's series on Climate Change


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