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Eco-Friendly 5K in Los Angeles

by Chuck Peavey 11. November 2010 05:04

Green Running Events

There’s a new race organizer in town; Heather Heath, founder of Green Running Events.

The concept is easy, put on 5K races around the Los Angeles area and structure them so they have the least amount of impact on the environment.

You’d think it’s a no brainer but you’d be amazed how much paper, plastic and glass ends up in the landfill after an event like this.

Now may be a good time to mention that www.GreenRunningEvents.org is a Green Certified business through www.GreenCertifiedWeb.org and we’re proud to have them. More...

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What do Recycle Numbers on Plastic Mean?

by Chuck Peavey 9. September 2010 09:01

Plastics; what’s what?

I don’t know about you but those little numbers on recyclable products, I don’t understand them. I find myself looking at these and wondering what I’m supposed to do with them. So for my own benefit, I’m including them here. Perhaps you can benefit as well: More...

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Food Waste as a Resource - Part 2 - Composting

by Chuck Peavey 26. August 2010 09:00

What is Compost?

So last week, we took a look at landfills and how they work. I still think it’s amazing what they do to keep waste out of our water table and recover methane emissions for profit but the reality is that in the long run, this system is damaging to the environment and to the health of everyone in the country. More...

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Food Waste as a Resource - Part 1 - Landfill Technology

by Chuck Peavey 19. August 2010 09:00

Are Landfills Green?

On June 7th, I was fortunate enough to attend the Thesis Defense presentations at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. I had the opportunity to hear Carolyn LaPrade present her topic “Food Waste as a Resource: Rethinking Our Waste Infrastructure” and I’ll never think of garbage the same way again. More...

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How to Build a Green Datacenter - The Corporate Colocation Approach

by Chuck Peavey 5. August 2010 09:05

Where Web Pages Come From

I want to tell you about Corporate Colocation, the Datacenter Company I use to host my web servers. Just so you know; I’m not getting anything for doing this. I am just very proud to be a part of something that I believe is a revolution in Datacenters and Internet technology in general. More...

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T12 Fluorescent Lighting and Going Green

by Chuck Peavey 30. June 2010 12:26

Today (June 30, 2010) is a big day toward making the world a little more energy efficient and you probably won't hear a word about it on the news.  Today marks the end of an era that begain over 70 years ago... The end of the T12 Fluorescent lighting system.

So here's the deal... the T12 is the basic 4 foot Fluorescent light that you see in offices everywhere.  They are usually recessed into the ceiling of your office or hanging over the work benches if you're in manufacturing and if you're like me, they make your eyes hurt. More...

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Can Disposible Mean Eco-Friendly?

by Chuck Peavey 17. June 2010 22:33

Polylactic Acid (PLA)

Polylactic Acid Molecule

Until a few months ago, I was banking at Wachovia. I really liked them but they were bought by Wells Fargo so now I bank there. It's not that big of a deal. I need to walk an additional 300 yards from my office. I still see my same tellers, I can still write checks for my business, etc. but that's not the point of this article. The last few days, I noticed that my favorite Teller was using a "Green" Biodegradable cup made from Polylactic Acid (PLA) which is Biodegradable and Compostable... it's made from Corn.  I ask and it turns out that all through (at least that branch of Wells Fargo), this is the only type of disposable cup used.  This is just one small effort to be more Green. More...

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Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) vs. Incandescent - Helping or Hurting

by Chuck Peavey 27. May 2010 11:19

CFLs and Mercury

I got called to the carpet today for recommending CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights).  The friend who did this brought up the fact that CFLs have Mercury in them while Incandescent Lights (the bulbs we're used to using) don't.

My friend presents a solid argument.  Mercury is bad.  It's the reason pregnant women shouldn't eat Tuna because Mercury has leached into our food supply.  Also, if you throw out your fluorescent light bulbs (including CFLs), they end up in the landfill and the Mercury leeches into our water supply and then you get to drink it. More...

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Categories: Environmental Impact