While taking care of the earth and working towards a cleaner, greener future for all would ideally be the goal of every college student, it goes without saying that many students do not have the environment in mind at all when worrying over all the other details of university life, from scholarship applications to course schedules, social engagements to dorm life. However, for those students who seek to be more environmentally aware, here are a few ways to accomplish earth-focused goals.
Increasingly more popular due to the demands of the general student population, online university credit courses are definitely one option for going green while gaining a degree. The beauty in choosing online class options whenever possible is that the carbon footprint of your academic career doesn’t have to be dependent upon your major.
Every online university course should help students cut back on commuting times since they won’t need to be driving to classes, and this reduction in fuel emissions is the common result of all online courses. In this way, online electrical engineering courses can be just as green as online biology classes.
When online classes aren’t a reasonable possibility, students can still choose to make their class schedule as green as possible by choosing to fill their course schedules with consecutive classes. Alternatively, students could also commit themselves to only driving to and from campus once a day.
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Genetically modified (GMO) foods have been in the headlines a lot lately. These foods have a gene inserted into them to help develop a certain characteristic, usually in relation to disease resistance or pests. Despite all the articles about these foods, it is hard to know what exactly the controversy is. What it all boils down to is one question: are GMO foods safe?
People who oppose GMO foods claim that they are not safe. One potential concern is that the food themselves are toxic and will harm humans. Another concern is allergies. Will a gene from a peanut inserted into another plant cause a reaction in someone allergic to peanuts?
Are the genetic changes going to result in other species dying out? There are few studies about this issue, and many of them are inconclusive.
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Going green is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the environment. One of the easiest ways to do this is by buying an Eco-friendly car that will cut down on harmful pollution and will help to make your drive more fuel-efficient. Here is a look at the top 5 Eco-friendly cars to buy in 2014.
Chevrolet Cruze Eco
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is a sleek Sedan that provides drivers with a combined MPG of 33 at a relatively affordable price. Although it runs on gasoline, its high gas mileage allows for much less pollution sent out into the environment. This 4-door vehicle also comfortably seats 5, perfect for any family.
Toyota Prius V
The 2014 Toyota Prius V is easily one of the best Eco-friendly cars that Toyota has ever made. This hybrid vehicle has a combined MPG of 42, which is the highest of any SUV on the market.
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The paleo diet is considered one of the healthiest diets on the planets. It is extremely popular among fitness fanatics who swear by its effectiveness. Unlike most other fad diets on the market, the paleo diet does not overly concern itself with calories or detoxing or even macronutrients.
The paleo diet is more about making the correct food choices. Grains, processed foods, sugar and a few other foods are not allowed in the paleo diet. This is a slightly restrictive diet. Not overly so. However, the foods that are not allowed are often very close to people’s hearts.
The elimination of sugar means that comfort foods such as ice-creams, cakes, chocolates, etc. are not allowed. Most people cannot even imagine life without indulging in these foods. Junk food is also not allowed.
It is this issue that has made so many people fall off the paleo bandwagon. They started off with good intentions but gave up when their cravings got the better of them. This article will show you a few ways to control your cravings. The methods below will help a great deal but you need to be aware, that the cravings will still be there.
The best consolation is that with time, these cravings will disappear. Your body is just used to years of poor food choices and it will take some time to change the way you eat. The best habits take time to be inculcated. Rest assured that if you stay the course, you will control your cravings and one day, they will be a thing of your past.
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Gadgets are great. When thinking through the ecological implications of a kitchen design, the eco-friendly chef should also consider the impact on the environment of the gadgets and devices that will be used in the kitchen. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites.
Reusable Glass Containers
Disposable containers are out; reusable ones are in. Leftovers and even items bought directly from the produce section can be stored safely in the Frigoverre Plus reusable glass bowls reasonably priced at most kitchen retailers. The bowls have thick non-porous walls, are shatterproof and seal with tight-fitting BPA-free plastic lids.
PFOA-Free No-Stick Cookware
PFOA stands for perfluorooctanoic acid and is used today in the coatings for many no-stick pans and cookware. PFOA has been linked to certain types of cancer, so the release by Scanpan of PFOA-Free No-Stick pans is very welcome. The cookware is truly no-stick, allowing you to cook without adding butter or oil.
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Given that transportation consumes more than its fair share of energy resources, a lot of strategies are being implemented to lower its environmental impact and make it more affordable in the process. The approaches used include such things as alternative fuels, alternative motors, and altering the transportation infrastructure itself.
What’s in the Tank
In terms of vehicles themselves, changing the type of fuel used in them is the easiest way to make them environmentally friendly. This technique doesn’t rely on a major switch from internal combustion engines to electric, or some other type of motor.
Ethanol has already seen widespread use throughout the world. This fuel can be made from renewable crops and requires just a few modifications to existing engines.
According to a Festec engineering professional, for existing engines to handle ethyl alcohol with minimal damage, alternative gasket materials have to be used for piston rings, cylinder head seals, and other vulnerable spots. With biologically-generated methane, the alterations are more extensive and include pressurized tanks.
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“Green” living is one of those concepts that has taken hold in mainstream media, becoming a pretty significant “buzzword” in the last few years. However, unlike “Bennifer”, this one seems to be sticking around. Green living basically refers to doing things in your daily life that helps the environment.
A super easy example of what you probably already do is recycling. There is definitely a level of extremity, as well as perspective that ties into what truly makes something ‘green’.
However, we’re not here to tell you about recycling. It’s a good thing, and you should do it, but since it’s pretty likely that you already do, let’s try taking a look at some of the other options out there. After all, individuals and businesses alike are trying to become more sustainable and eco-friendly. Check out five tips for going green that you might not be familiar with.
Plant Your Home Near Trees
This may sound like a playful idea, but it’s not just for the kids’ treehouse. Planting your home near trees, or vice versa, actually has some pretty good effects for your home. Trees, especially once they reach their full height, provide a great deal of shade for your home. This helps to cut down on your air conditioning needs during the summer, since you’ll already be cooler.
If you’re looking to keep your home a bit warmer in the winter, well, trees might not be your best friend. Large bushes, however, will do the trick. Plant them in flowerbeds close to your home and they’ll act as a second layer of insulation, trapping the heat for you during the winter. They’ll help to cut down on the wind as well! Continue reading “5 Fresh Tips for Green Living and Eco-Friendly Solutions”
In recent years as the trend of being environmentally-friendly has risen, many car owners have switched to driving hybrid vehicles in the attempt to conserve energy, cut costs, and “go green.”
Although the general public understands that these hybrid vehicles present many benefits in terms of using less energy and being more efficient with gas, not many people are actually aware of how hybrid technology works, and what actually makes a hybrid car classified as a hybrid.
Overall, the automobile manufacturing industry puts these cars into their own classification because of the unique technology systems that they use in order to switch between fuel energy and electric energy while driving, and their ability to maximize the fuel efficiency based on driving environment, speed, and other factors.
Technology Behind Hybrid Cars: Economy of Fuel and Energy
Hybrid electric vehicles are an amazing technological feat in that they conserve energy while operating while maximizing power or auxiliary power through shifts in energy source. The technological advances in recent decades have made it possible for these cars to fulfill many different objectives while on the road. For example, one of the biggest technologies used by hybrid cars includes regenerative braking.
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Most people tend to think that just about anything found in nature is innately good for the environment while most machines are detrimental. While you glare at the gas-guzzling SVU rumbling down the street, you may be horrified to learn that some of the worst offenders when it comes to disrespecting the environment are actually pets.
Dogs can have a bigger impact on the environment than operating a Toyota Land Cruiser, despite being a natural part of Earth’s fauna. If you are conscious about the eco-footprint you leave behind, it may be time to look at ways to make your dog more eco-friendly.
One of the ways that dogs can harm the environment is by hunting and killing wildlife. When you think about a menace to birds, cats often come to mind. Still, dogs aren’t entirely innocent and can sometimes hunt and kill small animals that are essential to an area’s ecosystem.
Because of this, it is likely better to keep your dog contained in a fenced-in area so he cannot run free and hunt. When you’re on walks, keep your dog leashed so he can’t go after small animals when out and about. Continue reading “Eco-Dogs: How to Keep an Environmentally-Friendly Pet”
Along with the increasing popularity of Smartphones, apps are continuously being developed to assist with everything from sticking to a diet to acing examination.
Therefore, it would seem to be no surprise that a number of apps have been developed to help individuals and businesses conduct themselves in a greener, more sustainable manner. Apps are available for both Android and iOS powered devices and are frequently either very inexpensive or entirely free of charge.
If you are tired of paying out big bucks to the electric company every month, the Green Outlet app may be just the ticket. This iOS app allows you to make a rough prediction of your monthly bill, and indicates which appliances are the likely culprits for excess energy usage. However, the app does not include a calculator for natural gas appliances. The app can be downloaded for 99 cents US from the Apple iTunes App Store.
The Plastic Analyzer app allows you to determine what kinds of plastic you are using by conducting a search for the plastic identification code. The app then indicates what products are included in the plastic object or bag and informs you of whether the plastic is recyclable. The Plastic Analyzer App is available free of charge for Android, iOS and Windows 7 powered mobile devices.
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