Feeds:
Posts
Comments

This is an awesome invention for saving the planet. Would it be possible?

 

That was the question asked of 120 World Leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit on September 23 by the voices of your generation. Watch them in action and spread the word.

This is a film about how bicycle transportation transformed a neighborhood.

Watch this short video on “How to cycle in the city”. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152693683939809&set=vb.22898109808&type=2&theater#

The first annual Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC will start on September 1, 2014 on WizIQ.
Course Highlights: Healthy Living, Sustainable Living, Mindfulness Meditation, Sustainability Treaties, Self-compassion, and Emotional Style.

title=”BiblioCycle” target=”_blank”>http://www.bpl.org/press/2014/07/08/mayor-walsh-launches-innovative-mobile-reading-initiatives-across-boston/

Collect cigarette butts and ship them to a company called TerraCycle and they will be made into many useful items.
Check out News Channel 5 for more information about this program and how you can help.

Buy these stickers to put on paper towel dispensers to encourage the use of hand blower driers. Some cool facts:
A single “These Come From Trees” sticker can save around a tree’s worth of paper, every year
More than 50,000 stickers distributed since 3/07
Laminated stickers hold up to washing.
A typical fast food restaurant with two bathrooms can use up to 2000 pounds of paper towels a year
The average coffee shop uses 1000 pounds of paper towels a year
A single tree produces around 100 pounds of paper
Roughly 50,000 fast food restaurants in the US
200,000 gas stations in the US
14,000 McDonald’s in the US
10,000 Starbucks in the US
An experiment in environmentalism, viral marketing, and user interface design
with the goal of reducing consumer waste paper!

How big is your ecological footprint.

Boxed water

A company the really cares about the environment:
http://www.boxedwaterisbetter.com/

Deadline is March 18.

http://neefusa.org/climatecontest

The Cumberland River Compact will be giving away 1,000 FREE large diameter seedlings on Valentine’s Day. Come by to pick up your tree(s) – first come, first serve!

Date/Time: Friday, February 14 from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: River Center — Bridge Building — 2 Victory Ave. — Nashville 37213

The trees can be planted on public or private property. Planting address will need to be provided at pick up. Questions? Email us. (info@cumberlandrivercompact.org)

Remember that trees absorb storm-water, so they reduce the amount of urban runoff that reaches our neighborhood streams. Even a young tree can intercept hundreds of gallons of rain during a storm. Every tree makes a difference!

Winter bike commuting

Winter bike commuting

Feb. 14, 2014
An annual event celebrating bicycle commuting in winter. Encourage your friends to try. Fun stuff hosted locally. Any community can participate. Register or sign your community up: http://winterbiketoworkday.org/

https://www.facebook.com/WinterBikeToWorkDay

The 1 : 1 Movement

This organization started in San Diego, California, by a group of individuals who care about the future of planet Earth. They believe we can all be part of the solution.

http://1to1movement.org/

“We focus on raising awareness about sustainability, the issues surrounding sustainability, and how to continue the conversation on conservation. Our approach is from the bottom up, top down. Bottom up means grassroots educational programs that we lead in classrooms (K-12), colleges, and communities. Top down refers to our corporate outreach to work with business owners in how the market can be environmentally savvy for the wallet and community.” — website.

 

Great article on climate action.

The Ride for Reading organization was featured in Forbes magazine in December in a article about 12 days of charities worth supporting.

This organization was started by a 4th grade teacher here in Nashville, Tennessee.  He has a passion for literacy and riding bikes.  Check out the article.

A short film by Adam Neustadter.

 

Snow Biking to NSCC

The Environmental/Biking Librarian’s commute to work on Dec. 10, 2013.

Downtown train station at 6:30 am

Downtown train station at 6:30 am

West End Ave. at Centennial Park.

West End Ave. at Centennial Park.

 

 

Snow bike at NSCC at 7:25 am.

Snow bike at NSCC at 7:25 am.

 

 

 

 

20131210-170557.jpg

Here is a new way to get around Nashville.  Car pooling with other people.

Drivers use their own cars and put a pink mustache on the front to identify themselves and greet people who might need a ride.

Rides can be booked by downloading the free mobile app for iOS or Android smart phones.

http://www.lyft.me/

Their blog:  http://blog.lyft.com/

This transportation choice represents an alternative to taxis and limousines.

20131203-163706.jpg

At Nashville State Community College.
Don’t Google it, TEL it!
Www.tntel.info

On Saturday November 16 a group of volunteers planted hundreds of native species trees along Whites Creek on the Fontanel property.

American Plum, Shumard Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, Redbud, and Seviceberry.

For more information on trees go to www.tectn.org/tree

After the planting all the volunteers were welcomed by Barbara Mandrell’s daughter, Jamie, and treated to lunch in the log mansion.  Then they were entertained by Stephanie Quail, a country singer from Montana.

20131117-072740.jpg

20131117-072921.jpg

20131117-073408.jpg

20131117-092913.jpg

20131117-093144.jpg

20131117-165548.jpg

20131118-061544.jpg

20131118-061611.jpg

20131118-061643.jpg

20131118-061723.jpg

20131118-061841.jpg

AASHE Presentation.

 

1. Reformat

Reduce font size and margins in your document before printing. If you must print out PowerPoint or other slideshow presentations, configure your print job to options like the Handouts View where you can choose a multiple number of slides to print per page. Some solutions cut out unnecessary information, such as banners and adverts, when printing material from the web.

2. Double up

Isn’t it great when the store has your favorite item on a two-for-one sale? Get as excited about winning two for one with every sheet of paper! Print on both sides. Make double-sided printing your default setting.

3. Portable Document Format

PDFs are the new paper. “Save as” or print directly to PDF. Scan paper originals to use, save, or distribute instead of making paper copies.

4. Print preview

Take a few minutes to preview your print. Say good-bye to the single straggler line of text on one page, and avoid making a copious paper trail of your quest to perfection.

5. Print on demand

Use print on demand capabilities. Publications and documents are not printed unless actually needed.

6. Streamline access

Print release technology such as pull printing and access control forces users to physically log in or input a code at the printer to start the actual print job, preventing mounds of unclaimed papers.

7. Take the paperwork and cost out of admin

Did the term paperwork become synonymous with administrative forms around the same time that the phrase “lost in the paperwork” came into use? Paper is also expensive; Europe wastes €40 billion a year on paper invoicing. Administrative management software and web programs such as Turbine handle a range of tasks from record-keeping to performance reviews to invoicing to accounting, tying all your employee management into a single affordable, accessible, searchable system.

8. Collaborate online

Use online collaboration tools like Google Drive or Dropbox to access and work on the same documents.

9. Stop printing your email

Printing does not equal saving. Email is already storable, savable, and sendable. Plus mobile options these days give you easy access to email and calendars.

10. Stop printing the Internet

Instead of printing online material, use services like Instapaper or Pocket, which will save and store articles and pages you want to read and provide easy-to-read online and mobile formats.

From:  Matthew Stibbe is writer-in-chief at Articulate Marketing. He is also an avid blogger, closet geek and HP fanatic.

Greenwashing index

“It’s greenwashing when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact. It’s whitewashing, but with a green brush.” — website

Rate products and businesses as to how environmental they really are here.

See what others have to say about products and businesses that claim to be good for the environment.

 

Campus Sustainability Day is Oct. 23.  Try riding a bicycle or walking to campus, or maybe coming by mass transit, (or maybe a combination of means of transportation).

Theme is: Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities.”

Be a Climate Hero

http://theclimateheroes.org/

Climate Heroes is an independent Non-profit Association Loi 1901 registered in France. We produce a photo project by which we aim to shed the light on those men and women who stand out by their values and actions to help mitigate Climate Change, and can thus be set up as inspirational models.

 

Solar Carport Unveiled at Farmingdale State College : Farmingdale State College.

PARK(ing) Day parkingspacedayis an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

 

Cardinal Flower, Blooms July – September

Named because bright red robes worn by the Roman Catholic cardinals.

Named because of the bright red robes worn by the Roman Catholic cardinals.

RC_pinkflower

RC_flower

RC_tigerswallowtail

A Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.

Induction in Core Academic Skills (iCAS).

General OneFile – Document.

This article is from TEL (the Tennessee Electronic Library) free for all Tennesseans.  http://www.tntel.info.

It is also a good “Plan B” for any student who cannot access the library databases on their campus.

Trees clean the air and give us oxygen.

Ginkgo

Ginkgo: The Life Story of The Oldest Tree on Earth by Roger Cohn: Yale Environment 360.

Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge

Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge

Be recognized for fostering a healthy community and promoting an active lifestyle!
Take the Challenge! Mayor Dean is encouraging Nashville neighborhoods to join together to become more healthy, active, and green.
Your neighborhood group can receive points for activities like energy use reduction and active transportation.
The group with the highest scores will win excellent prizes like trees for your neighborhood or a healthy community dinner!

As of July 1, 2013, all Nashville residents must recycle their cardboard.  (Tennessean, Tues., July 2, 2013)

If you live in the older urban corn neighborhoods it will be free with extras provided.   Out of the urban district residents can choose from 13 drop-off sites within the Nashville area.

  1. Bellevue Metro Transit Authority’s Park & Ride
  2. Old Ben West Library Building
  3. Bicentennial Mall State Park
  4. Lakewood City Hall (3401 Old Hickory Blvd.)
  5. Elysian Fields Kroger (3955 Nolensville Pike)
  6. Granbery Elementary School (5501 Hill Rd, Brentwood)
  7. Hermitage Hobby Lobby
  8. Hillsboro High School
  9. Joelton Middle School (3500 Old Clarksville Pike)
  10. McGavock High School
  11. Rivergate Recycling (630 Myatt Dr., Madison)
  12. Whites Creek High School
  13. Youth About Business (3518 West Hamilton Rd.)

Intersection safety tips

Passing safely

Check out these stylist Bicycle Helmet Hats!

Turn your helmet into a statement about you.  Be both safe and stylist.

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
― Peter Golkin

 

Mother Nature’s Child

“One of the most fascinating interviews we shot for Mother Nature’s Child was with Yale professor Stephen Kellert. His new book Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World will soon be released by Yale University Press.”

“Pickin’ Up Tennessee is a multimedia grassroots project launched in March 2013 by the nonprofit group Scenic Tennessee. Made possible by a generous grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation with funding from the state’s beverage industries, this project seeks to combine the new-age power of digital and social media with the timeless legacies of Tennessee music, volunteerism and stunning natural and cultural beauty, and use the results to vanquish, or at least subdue, the persistent problem of Tennessee’s litter.”

The tour events June 1 – 26

This is bike month and National Ride for Reading month. Ride and bike and read!

20130517-160339.jpg

20130517-160406.jpg

20130517-160419.jpg

Watch this short video by ClimateReality:

We are all paying the price of carbon.

This is what NSCC needs next to each building.

20130410-152145.jpg

Campus Fellowships

“Since 2000, National Wildlife Federation has awarded over 150 Campus Ecology Fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campus-wide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices; reaching more than 2.5 million students, faculty, staff and community members at the fellowship campuses.”

This is on the Environmental Biking Librarian’s commute to campus on March 26, 2013.  Snow on the Richland Creek Greenway bridge.  Cold ride, but fun!

20130326-210330.jpg

20130326-210347.jpg

20130326-210402.jpg

Nashville State has a perfect location for the campus to become “Bicycle Friendly”.

  1. It is on the Music City Bikeway.
  2. It has a greenway that runs through it.
  3. All of its 10,000 students, faculty, and staff get to campus by some means of transportation.
  4. The college teaches architectural design courses and emphasizes LEED principles. (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design)
  5. One class this Spring designed a “bike-friendly campus” plan for NSCC.
  6. The obesity rate in Nashville is very high.
  7. The college should be encouraging active transportation. It is cheaper in a lot ways than everyone driving cars.

Check out The League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly University program.

Strategies to promoting bicycling.

Check out this bike share program: On Bike Share

“Bike share is quickly growing in popularity as a convenient, cost-effective, sustainable approach to alternative transportation.”

Bicycle transportation on college campuses.

“The use of bicycle on campus is greatly encouraged as a best way of daily transportation…” Nashville, TN is now a “Bicycle Friendly City” by the League of American Bicyclists.

Bicycle Parking

Bicycle Parking

This article is about the new bicycle parking facility at Santa Monica College.

a bicycle trailer

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 26 other followers