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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Whats in your fridge?

Whats in your fridge thats good, and whats in your fridge that isn't? Find out in this educational video.

Watering your plants

This is me teaching you how to water your plants properly without soaking them too much and killing them.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

End result for the volunteering job!

So after we volunteered at millenium park with other groups, we took one big group picture! I was so happy that we actually went through with this and it took a lot out of our day, but it was worth it. Everyone in the environment, is.

Aquaponics system!

In biology we were required to make an aquaponics system to show what we learned about it. This is ours. It may not look on key, but it's the future of gardening since global warming has rendered some areas useless! Learn to make one and it's very simple to keep going!

Volunteering with group UMAD!

This is the time when we volunteered with team UMAD! We all helped clean-up downtown millenium park! This provided that we all had images and different ideas to all add to this idea! I really liked this idea so I helped out! What have you done lately?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Green CTA Hybrid Busses

If you live in Chicago, you may have noticed that many of our city's buses are toting the words "clean air hybrid bus". Starting in 2007, Chicago initiated the use of 20 hybrid busses, and by 2009 the CTA was running more than 200. Compared to the old diesel busses, the CTA's hybrids have a 20% greater fuel efficiency, meaning that less money is spent on fuel and they can go farther with lower amounts of gas. Around when Chicago received their first electric busses, San Francisco did the same. They now have the 3rd largest hybrid bus fleet in the nation. Through running hybrid buses instead of diesel ones, the cost of fuel that needs to be paid by the city is lowered, and the amount of running time for the buses increases. It just goes to show that more and more people are trying to do their part in helping the environment. Sources:
http://www.transitchicago.com/goinggreen/vehicles.aspx
http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mfleet/hybrids.htm

Hybrid Car Rankings 2012

If you're looking into buying a hybrid car, the most important thing to do is to look for valuable reviews and customer insight to help you pick your vehicle. These days, there are endless options for buying a hybrid car to fit any setting, whether you live in the city or suburbia. With great fuel economy potential, environmental benefits and good performance, hybrids might seem like the ideal car. However it's important to view all the cars on the market that you're interested in. Therefore, it might be worth your time to take a look at this list: http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/Hybrid-Cars/. Here you will find critical reviews of the best cars on the market, as well as rankings based on performance, interior, exterior and safety.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Food Truck Revolution

Ask any food lover and they'll all say the same thing: the biggest up and coming food trend is the food truck. Similar to an ice cream truck, these original menus-on-wheels are nothing short of delicious and convenient. One of the best things about them is that they're also local, so you can find a food truck at any time of day wherever you are; food trucks can be found in any major city, from Atlanta to Washington D.C. They sell everything from tamales to cupcakes to health food, making them an option for any  meal component you're in the mood for. See which trucks are near you at the truck tracker, right here: http://roaminghunger.com/

Green City Market

Here in Illinois, the farmers market season is readily approaching, as are the regular shoppers. But one market, the Green City Market, is truly unlike the others. According to the website, it's Chicago's only real "green" farmers market, setting the standard for other farmers markets around the nation. You can find all kinds of delicious, locally grown produce there year 'round. Also, each stand's owner will hold no bars on educating you about how their food is grown, where it's grown and what it's grown with, meaning that you always know the exact origins of your food. However, the recent plus is, they just started their outdoor season! Not every day do you find such a perfect opportunity to combine great, natural food with lovely, natural surroundings. So pay a visit to their website today to learn more: http://www.greencitymarket.org/

Festivals: Go Green Outdoors

Summer is almost here, and every avid music fan knows what that means! Yes! FESTIVALS! The highlight of many-a-summer, festivals are a beacon of joy for everyone from fangirls to groupies to people who just want to go out and have a good time outside in the sun. Coachella has come and gone, but now for Chicago locals, Lollapalooza 2012 is right around the corner! With performances from groups like the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, along with some dubstep sets, who could resist buying a pass or two? Or maybe three? Or, if you're really in the spending mood, buy a VIP ticket. No matter what tickets you get, though, it's a great reason to go outside and hang out for a day; turn off all the lights and leave the car at home! Sounds like a great summer day to me!
Find more info on this year's lolla at http://www.lollapalooza.com/

Big Belly Solar

Hey readers!
As many of you who live in Chicago may have noticed, there are now solar compactor trash cans downtown! These eco friendly bins harness the power of the sun to compress trash and help recycle plastic and metals. These waste baskets "reduce collection frequency by 80%, [free] up resources, [slash] fuel costs and [increase] recycling opportunities". Each standard "BigBelly Solar"trash can holds five times the amount of waste that a standard garbage can does, making trips to the bins by waste management to pick up the trash a lot less frequent, and therefore slashing the pollution that is caused by the machines. So, next time you have an empty Starbucks cup that you don't know what to do with, look for a BigBelly Solar waste collector.
You can find out more at http://bigbellysolar.com/