Green Living Workshop update week 48 2008
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The Green Life
Week 2 ENERGY 11/17
Week 3 WASTE 11/24
Week 4 CHEMICALS 12/1
3 WASTE Solutions
How a Landfill Works. Description from the website How Stuff Works
The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. (from www.storyofstuff.com)
Composters.com Great web resource for picking out what kind of Composter works for you.
SmartGardening.com LA County online resource-follow links for a Composting workshop near you!DIY Worm Bin Instructions
CA Integrated Waste Management Board Recycled products directory
Junk Mail Prevention sites
Catalog Choice - it'll get you on no-send lists and stops catalog spam.
DMA Choice - lets you choose which Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers to receive.
DirectMail.com - free, quick way to get your name off commercial mailing lists.
OptOutPrescreen.com - opt out of pre-approved credit card and insurance offers online or by phone: 1-888-5-OPTOUT.
EcoLogical Mail Coalition - helps businesses stop mail addressed to former employees.
Native Forest Network's Guide - five easy steps to stop junk mail.
Green Dimes online service ending junk mail
41 Pounds online service ending junk mail
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.
Local LED retailer
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.
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.
Misinformation regarding Global Warming provided by Exxon
Community Energy Partnership
free Home Energy Efficiency Tune-Up
worth up to $200
Kill a Watt
Kill a Watt review
How to sign up for LADWP Green Power
The City of Santa Monica's excellent new resource for those looking to add Solar Power.
Solar Power (PhotoVoltaic) PV for the home
assists renewable energy loans
PV with no upfront costs and higher KiloWatt cost
PV with small upfront investment and lower KiloWatt cost
PV company which in addition to selling the PAnels now also sells the service the Panels provide, called a Solar Lease program-
Carbon Neutral Digest
website tracking latest news regarding carbon offsetting
Carbon Offset price comparisons
link to the ever growing and changing list of organizations to offset your CO2 based on price
Carbon Offset Recommendations from Tufts University
Carbon Offset Consumer Handout from Tufts University
Below are few suggestions help you select an offsetter:
Controversy over Additionality
LA Times hands it to Native Energy
from Carbon Neutral Digest