Archive for April, 2009

100 days of green progress

This is a great summary of the environmental progress that President Obama has made in his first 100 days.  The accomplishment of his that I am most pleased with is the provisions he made in the federal stimulus package for creating green jobs and creating renewable energy.  As an engineer who works in the environmental field, I am glad to know the government is creating work for me and my colleagues.


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Green citizenship

Yesterday I had only partial success as a green citizen.  I have starting carrying a couple reusable sacks in the door of my car.  Seeing the bright turquoise bag stick up out of the door typically reminds me to take it when I’m running into a store.  Yesterday I ran into the grocery store for “just a couple things” and didn’t even think to take it in with me.  A couple items turned into more than a handful and I ended up taking a plastic grocery sack home.

But I did have some success living by my green ideals yesterday.  I was leaving for work after the trash and recycling trucks had made their rounds in my neighborhood.  The wind had clearly caught a few recyclables as they were being dumped into the truck, so I pulled over to the side of the road, picked them up, and dropped them into my neighbor’s recycle bin. 

It made me think — dumping light trash and recyclables into those collection trucks when it is windy is likely to create litter in the neighborhood.  Is there a better way to collect trash to minimize that risk?

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Habitat Conservation Grants for Colorado

It is exciting to see that Colorado is getting $120,000 in grants to help fulfill the San Luis Valley Habitat Conservation plan.  The plan aims to conserve bald eagles, the yellow-billed cuckoo, the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher and other species along 150 miles of streams in Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande and Saguache counties in southwestern Colorado.

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Monitor climate change at home

Join thousands of others in gathering valuable environmental and climate change information from across the country. Project BudBurst engages the public in making careful observations of the phenophases such as first leafing, first flower, and first fruit ripening of a diversity of trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses in their local area.
Download the Steps to Getting Started to begin your Project BudBurst investigations!

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Girl Scouts Create Bird Habitat

It is always great to see kids learn about wildlife habitat conservation.  I think this project shows the committment of kids to conservation because it is a group of kids creating habitat that will teach other kids about habitat and importance of conservation.

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Un-Arbor Day

Growing up, my parents had a locust tree in their front yard.  The seed pods, when dried, made great noisemakers or the seeds made great pretend food when we were playing outside.  Unfortunately sometimes a pod escaped the rake and did what it is meant to do: grow a new locust tree.  These trees quickly took root wherever they landed, including in the seams of the driveway or the under the walls that held our raised planting beds.  After many battles trying to uproot seedlings, I totally understand where the author of this editorial is coming from.

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Happy Arbor Day!

There are many ways to celebrate Arbor Day around the metro area. If you’re looking for a site in Denver proper, stop by City Park between 8 am and noon where Mile High Million will be planting trees.  Visit their site to find out about other opportunities in Lone Tree, Parker, Windsor, & Erie.  Mile High Million is also doing a private event with Comcast Cares, planting trees with organizations for the homeless.

Buff Lake Nature Center in Aurora, just east of Stapleton, is doing an event this Saturday in celebration of Earth Day, planting grass and removing invasive russian olive trees while replacing them with native species.  You can volunteer at Volunteer Outdoors.

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