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e-BODE prefab eco vacation home


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This eco-friendly beach abode is marketed as a ‘gleaming piece’ of affordable prefab modernism by Australia’s MODABODE.  The first version of the e-BODE was built in 2004 by U.K. architects, Sarah Bickford and Paul Lucas.  The single bedroom unit is priced at something around $115,000 US – for those Australian’s who want a small footprint prefab.

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Some features: large windows allow for plenty of natural light, louvred upper windows create cross ventilation and the over-hanging roof protects the unit from the sun.  The home, which features a solar water heater, a rainwater collection system and full coated insulation, easily exceeds Australia’s Building and Sustainability Index energy and water consumption targets.

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The home is also offered in a two bedroom configuration. The only site work required is an electrical hook-up and simple foundation pads – creating as little site disruption as possible – the home can be moved or removed relatively easily.  Add solar panels or a wind turbine to get completely off-grid.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

viral video from eco celebs – this is our moment


What are we waiting for?  Checkout this video and email your Senators about this vitally important bill for OUR clean energy economy.  Watch Email Share. Pretty Simple.

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“Americans want real action to address climate change and move our country toward a clean energy future,” said NRDC President Frances Beinecke. “This is one of the most important pieces of legislation of our time – we cannot let our moment pass us by. Our Senators need to hear all of us loud and clear.”

Thisisourmoment.org brings together the nation’s most effective environmental action group and a host of notable celebrities including DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Forest Whitaker, Jason Bateman, Felicity Huffman, Chace Crawford, Emmy Rossum and Justin Long.  This is Our Moment.org  enables citizens to become participants by speaking to their representatives in two ways: uploading their own videos in support of a clean energy economy, and sending direct emails to their Senators.

Clean energy and climate legislation passed the House of Representatives for the first time ever in June 2009.  The legislation, the Clean Energy, Jobs and American Power Act, is now pending in the Senate. The bill has the power to jumpstart our economy, create millions of jobs, break our dependence on foreign oil, and cut global warming pollution. This is Our Moment calls on Americans to hold their representatives to task and to pass urgently-needed climate legislation.

via:  National Resources Defense Council pr

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eco geekery – light seeking solar robot head


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Show me another solar-powered bird repeller and I might puke…but this little analog, phototropic solar gadget holds some attraction.  For those in need of a tiny, non-judgmental solar friend.  This green gadget was handmade from recycled electronics parts.  A tiny gear box rotates and turns the head towards any light source – occasionally he may turn away for an instant and turn back…sort of like an old boyfriend.

$55 @ middlecreekmerchants etsy shop

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Costco – 2009 sustainable grocer of the year


sust1.jpgWho’d a thunk it?  Costco beat green grocers like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to nab sustainablegrocer.com’s “Sustainable Grocer of 2009 Award.”

Costco was recognized for its sustainable practices including, its:  energy conservation efforts, substantial organic food offerings, low prices, recycling efforts, private label production and local presence.

source: prnewswire

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recycle your unwanted electronics


e_waste_1.jpgElectronic waste has become the fastest growing waste stream in the world, with millions of tons of televisions, radios, computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices disposed of each year. Of those, less than 20% are recycled, and the rest end up in landfills. Because these devices are so full of toxic materials, it’s important to reuse, recycle, and properly dispose of these items. Fortunately, there are many options now available (and most free of charge):

  • AT&T Reuse and Recycle Program will recycle your old cell phones, PDAs, batteries, and accessories (regardless of manufacturer or carrier). You can drop off your items at any one of their 2000+ participating stores, or download a postage-paid mailing label and mail it in directly.
  • e_waste_2.jpgBest Buy Recycling offers recycling programs in all their US stores for televisions, DVD players, computer monitors, and more (up to 2 items per day). You can also trade in your unwanted devices for Best Buy gift cards.
  • LG Electronics offers a free mail-in recycling program for old cell phones (any make or model)and free take back and recycling of any LG, Zenith, or Goldstar device (including televisions, monitors, audio equipment, and so on). Just drop off items (up to 5) at any of these locations.
  • Staples EcoEasy offers free in-store recycling of cell phones, small hand held electronics, and Dell products. Other brands require a $10 fee per item. Eligible toner cartridges are available for $3 rebates.
  • US Postal Service offers free mail-in recycling of inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players. Just pick up postage-paid Mail Back envelopes located in the Post Office lobbies (no limit).

For a more extensive list of companies offering recycling and take back programs, visit the EPA eCycling website. If you’re looking for programs offered in your area, check out My Green Electronics, Call 2 Recycle, and Earth 911.  If you want to look for, or give away something for free check out freecycle.org to list your items or look for electronics in need of a new home.

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