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Congratulations to Washington University in St. Louis for being named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation!  When I was visiting colleges, I was very impressed by Arizona State, where the whole campus is an arboretum.  Washington University stole my heart though & I feel confident I made the right choice.  I have many fond memories of my time on campus, although quite a bit of it was spent inside the engineering buildings and not laying under a tree.  I am pleased that their commitment to care of their 46 species of trees & engagement of the student body are being recognized!


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Navy = Green

One popular book that addresses climate change is Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman.  I recently came across a review of this book which incorporated information about changes the Navy is making to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.  I was very impressed to learn that the Navy has a hybrid amphibious assault ship which uses an electric drive for speeds of less than 10 knots.  I was also pleased to know that the Navy is using biofuels as well.  I appreciate that military is reducing its use of fossil fuels as well as hopefully saving money in the process.

Thanks to the US service men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom!

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Roofing a road?

I’m so proud to say that a local group, Roofs to Roads Colorado, is recycling asphalt roof shingles into asphalt roadways.  From the Boulder Daily Camera:

Roofs to Roads says 240,000 tons of asphalt shingles are sent to landfills every year from re-roofing and demolition projects in Colorado, and 12 million tons nationally. 

In addition to saving these shingles from a landfill and reducing the need for additional petroleum production to produce more asphalt shingles, using recycled shingles also reduces the product cost to the paving contractor and that savings is passed on to the taxpayer.   

Learn more about recycling asphalt shingles at a Roofs to Roads training on Tuesday, June 30.

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BK baloney

One Burger King franchisee in Tennessee is proclaiming his disbelief of global warming in a colorful way that is also putting Burger King Corporate in a hot spotlight.  Read more here.

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