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Environment Along the John Muir Trail

by chuck 4. November 2010 05:04

John Muir - Founder of the Sierra Club

The John Muir

John Muir was an explorer back around 1900 and he really thought a lot of the High Sierra Mountains. So much so, he made it a point to bring about the preservation of Yosemite National Park and in 1892, became one of the cofounders of the Sierra Club.

I think the most important thing about John Muir was how much he valued the vast beauty of the wilderness and believed it was important for people to see what it had to offer so they would know it was (and still is) worth protecting.

The John Muir Trail

Depending on who you talk to, the John Muir Trail (JMT) is 211 to 236 miles. Construction began about a year after John Muir’s death and the region he spent most of his life exploring. More...

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Categories: Wilderness Mountaineering

Paper Water Bottles and the Ocean

by Chuck Peavey 14. October 2010 19:48

Plastic in the Pacific Ocean

It really doesn’t take much to get me excited but if there is one environmental issue that keeps me up at night, it’s the plastic island called the Pacific Garbage Patch. You’ve already heard me talk about the Pacific Gyre and the 40+ million ton island of plastic in the Pacific Ocean.

It all starts when someone accidently drops a water bottle which goes down a storm drain then floats out to the ocean where 7 to 20 years later, it winds up in this big pile of plastic. Over the next several years, it breaks down into tiny pieces; the fish eat it, birds eat it, turtles eat and they all die. More...

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Categories: Ecological Sustainability

The Pizza Place and Paper Water Bottle

by Chuck Peavey 7. October 2010 10:04

Pizza The Mountaineer's Diet

As a Mountaineer, I’m deeply involved in fitness so it’s not often I get to splurge on the really tasty food. As a computer programmer, it should be no surprise my favorite splurge food is Pizza. One reason I'll never be a true Tree Hugger, I always end a backpacking trip with either a Burger or a Pizza (not tofu and quinoa, I eat quinoa on the trail).

 A few days ago, we decided to try a new pizza place in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles called Tomato Pie Pizza Joint. Well, they’re not new, they’ve been around for a couple of years but they’re new to us.

Anyway, when I went to pick up our pizza, I noticed something I’ve never seen before; Boxed Water. More...

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Green Business Certification at www.GreenCertifiedWeb.org

by Chuck Peavey 26. September 2010 09:00

Green Certification Need

I mentioned a few weeks ago my concern about how Green Business Certification companies might be forcing people to incorporate non-green practices into their businesses just to pass a test and get a really cool logo on their site. I’m also concerned that if someone is only a few questions away from getting their green certification, they might fudge the truth just a little just to make sure. 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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Categories: going green

Kleenex - Clear Cutting & Green Washing?

by Chuck Peavey 8. July 2010 10:19


Is Kleenex the Environmental Bad Guy?

I got an email a few days ago; a friend of mine is outraged at Kleenex.  Seems they don't already have enough uses for Virgin, Ancient Forest, they created a new Hand Towel for the bathroom.  If you haven't seen it, check out the commercial here...

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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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Categories: going green