GOING GREEN


* BIODIESEL IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA *

The New Orleans Biofuel Initiative (NOBI) sells biodiesel fuel produced from the waste oil of local restaurants. If you are a restaurant owner who would like to give back to the environment and conribute to the growth of this industry, NOBI will collect your waste cooking oil free of charge. Consumers interested in purchasing biodiesel fuel should also contact NOBI.

Also, check out the LSU AgCenter's publication, The Basics of Biodiesel Production (pdf).

 

* TIPS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING *
by Reeves Price
September 2007

Green your Lifestyle

  • When shopping for clothes or food look for items or particular companies that use organic methods of production which eliminate the use of pesticides from their production process as well as many other harmful processes and chemicals.
  • Plant a garden if you have space or if not look for a community garden where you can grow some of your own vegetables. The costs and amount of consumption for transporting perishable foods such as fruits, vegetables and meats is extraordinary, and if we could each become a little more self-sufficient it would benefit us all.
  • Some of you out there might not like this, but EAT LESS MEAT. Red meat does not need to be the staple of every meal. The amount of resources that goes into producing one pound of red meat is preposterous (approx. 2500 gallons of water vs. 250 gallons for 1 lb. of soy).
  • Become less dependent on your car, and try to reduce your weekly gas consumption by carpooling whenever possible and using public transit. Or you could take the next step and get a hybrid car and institute these measures
  • Find your neighborhood Action Group and get involved by going to meetings and donating your time to educate the greater public about the topic of climate change and what can be done.
Green Your Home
  • Replace standard light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs. Energy Star bulbs have been shown to use 75% less energy, produce 75% less heat and last 10 times longer.
  • The average home leaks 60% of its air every hour. Ensuring that your home is sealed and insulated properly from the elements will pay off huge. Make sure that your windows and doors all have tight seals.
  • Adding draperies or thermal shades is a very effective way to aid insulation and has been shown to reduce heating bills 10-15% and summer air conditioning bills up to 75%.
  • Ensuring that you have enough insulation will make your home more energy efficient while saving money in the long run with lower energy bills.
  • Try to use less disposable products such as one time use silverware, plates, bowls and paper towels.
  • Be aware of the amount of water that you consume. Try to always be reducing it by turning off faucets whenever they are not being immediately used, flushing the toilet fewer times and taking shorter showers.
  • Try to use as much natural light in your home as possible to reduce the amount of time the lights are on. Also, using windows and lighting to control the temp in the house instead of just turning the dial on the air conditioner will reduce consumption.
  • Print out the Self-checklist below (on recycled paper, of course) and be through the steps of making your home more efficient.

 

12 Eco-Tips: Around the Home, at Work, while Shopping -
Easy Tips to Help Save the Environment
By Margo Harakas, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    1. Buy recycled paper products for the home.

    2. Save water. Five minutes = 50 gallons.

    3. Conserve energy by using power strips.

    4. Replace one conventional cleaning product with an eco-friendly product.

    5. Buy locally produced foods and shop local farmer's markets.

    6. Encourage employers to be more environmentally proactive. Suggest recycling programs and incentives for employees who buy hybrid cars or take public transportation.

    7. Drive less aggressively. An aggressive driver uses about 125 extra gallons of gas a year.

    8. Abstain from meat one day a week. If all Americans gave up meat one day a week, the savings in energy and noxious waste would be equivalent to removing 8-million cars from the roads.

    9. Skip the bottled water and save money and resources by sipping what flows from the faucet.

    10. Patronize your library. Borrowing saves money and by not duplicating what is already on the shelves, fewer resources are consumed and less pollution is created.

    11. Unplug the cell phone charger.

    12. Forget hard-copying the e-mail unless it's really necessary.

 

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