Current electric cars are not for every driver, but if you can be flexible, it’s amazing what you can do in a plug-in vehicle. I recently test drove a Nissan Leaf. Early that morning, as I drove to the dealer, I got a call. The car we were going to drive didn’t arrive. Would I be willing to go and get one from the other side of the state of Florida?
Do something positive. Do something right. Do something good with no expectation of recompense. I saw this video and it moved me to my core.
GreenOrlando speaks to diverse segments of the community that care about our collective future. We speak to groups who share a passion for our unique quality of life.
Rails to Trails is an amazing group that works to create great places to ride and walk, from unused railways. They’ve been doing great work in the Sunshine state and have launched an effort that needs our local support
Going Green! The Future of Casinos Casinos pay for a lot of things. Apart from electricity costs, casinos shell out money for food, water, interior design, staff’s salary, etc. Keeping a casino operational is difficult, and not everyone can keep…
How do you measure and track energy use in your building? Have you ever heard of the Energy Star Portfolio Manger? With this tool, you can manage and see energy and water usage in your building, and rate its performance….
The Green Futures Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with local restaurants to recycle waste vegetable oil into clean burning biodiesel fuel. Proceeds from this fund raising activity are used to fund local green education programs and scholarships for…
I take no offense (for who am I to be offended) with politicians, critics and laymen alike expressing their concerns over the national debt we will be leaving for future generations. That idea makes me uneasy to say the least,…
The Foundation receives inquires almost daily from governmental organizations, private sector companies and the general public related to funding, programs, resources and general guidance. The approval of the Recovery Act/Stimulus package is loaded with incentives which should move sustainable development…
An interview with Will Paul, creater of PlanetShifter.com, a green focused, “innovation network”. I started PlanetShifter.com with developer Cheth Rowe and graphic artist Andrea Fuenzalida over six months ago because we need everybody’s ideas and vision to re-build a healthier,…
The 3 C’s of Sustainability: Communication, Community Involvement, and Campus Environment, the 3rd Annual Campus & Community Sustainability Conference hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Council for Sustainable Florida. This conference will provide an opportunity for individuals…
Program takes undersold homes, renovates them to be energy efficient, and works with municipalities for workforce housing. The Community Greenhouse Foundation has been working for months on a program which is targeted to assist in the rehabilitation and sale of…
The Community Greenhouse Foundation is proud to announce a new Strategic Partner serving the South Florida communities to delivery it’s “Greening Residential America” program. The program helps to provides communities with the resources to bring “green attainable housing” to their…
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today welcomed both the Hampton Inn and Courtyard by Marriott into the Florida Green Lodging Program. The designations are the first for Brevard County and the 37th and 38th for the program, a…
John and Pam Paré weren’t home when Hurricane Charlie buried their Orlando home under a massive oak, but reality sank in quickly. The family had gone away for the weekend, and never spent another night in the home they had…
Florida Solar Energy Center releases EnergyGauge® Summit Premier 3.13, easy-to-use, state-of-the-art software that saves time while completing required energy modeling calculations for LEED® projects. This tool is for construction-industry professionals. The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of…
Founded in 1997, igourmet.com is America’s leading online gourmet food and gift retailer. They recently announced their desire to help sustainable development not-for-profit, Community Greenhouse Foundation. CGF is a not for profit professional services organization that facilitates and promotes greener…
I recently discovered I was an idealist. Well, I’ve always been passionate about many aspects of life. I’ve always volunteered and worked with many non profit groups to make my community a better place. Yet it wasn’t until recently that someone labeled me as an idealist.
Webster says an idealist is “one guided by ideals; especially one that places ideals before practical considerations.” It leads that an idealist is “an adherent of a philosophical theory of idealism; an artist or author who advocates or practices idealism in art or writing.”
Again, energy issues capture the headlines and again we see a call for fuel conservation. Isn’t it amazing how often we return round about back to where we’ve started–with no real change or action to be seen?
I’ve been following transportation and energy news for quite some time. It seems impossible to see real change in ou lifetimes. Yes, we see new technology, we experience glimmers of hope, but ultimately nothing changes. That’s why news in Brazil is so exciting.
For years we’ve known about the inportance of using recycled papers and the environmental hazards of the printing process. And for years, some have made excellent progress in the field, while many are still unaware of the benefits of printing cleaner and greener.
Dr. King is an inspiration–and shows us how great America can become if we work together towards the common good. So much is in place to divide us. We need to build bridges–and there is a group working to build a monument in our nation’s capital that does so.
The Green Guide is a great place to find information about green products and services. Practical, reliable, easy-to-use, a one-stop-information-shop, the Green Guide is “the first place I go for real green product information and advice,” says Maria Rodale, Vice-Chair of Rodale, Inc and founding editor of Organic Style magazine.
Florida’s DEP, or Department of Environmental Protection, is an amazing resource for our state. Not only are they constant advocates for Florida’s eco-health, they are continually leading the charge on many sensitive topics, including alternative energy, sustainable development, conservation, preservation and greener living.
As 2005 draws to a close and we look forward to the new year, I found this information on Citizens Against Government Waste. CAGW is the source of information on government waste and, backed by our members, CAGW works tirelessly everyday to win cuts in wasteful spending.
The organic movement, if you will, is growing steadily in popularity and recognition. Not too long ago, it was a rare site to see organic anything. In the past 10-15 years it has been making its way into our homes little by little, until now. Organic cotton companies alone are reporting product sales growing at more than 40 percent a year.
Transportation impacts everyone in Central Florida. Therefore, every citizen should have an opportunity to participate in planning improvements to the region’s transportation system.
Southface has spent the last 25 years helping architects, homebuilders, homeowners and other residential construction professionals incorporate earth-friendly building practices into everyday lives. Every year, hundreds visit the Southface Energy and Environmental Resource Center — a model home in downtown Atlanta that showcases more than 100 “real-world” solutions for environmental living.
“GM Suffers Massive Losses. Wow, do you mean that we don’t want to buy ever bigger SUVs? I read the headlines from Forbes and API, and it sounds like a shocker. Big scoop… front page news: “GM Posts Another Huge Quarterly Loss.” Can even ’employee discounts’ save the day?
Bruce Wilkinson’s recent bestseller The Prayer of Jabez shined the light on an obscure Old Testament character who unleashed a powerful petition to the God of Israel that had a dramatic impact upon his life. A key portion of the prayer was Jabez’s request that God would “expand his territory.”
What this meant, explained Wilkinson, was that Jabez sought broader and deeper opportunities to be of service to God and to humankind.
The ONE Campaign grew out of the Heart of America tour in 2002, in which a busload of citizens and celebrities toured the mid-West in support of a new U.S. initiative on global AIDS. The success of that trip insured that a new constituency of Americans were raising their voices for Africa and needed to be heard. Together with the Better Safer World Campaign, representing nine of the largest, most effective private aid agencies (with 3 million supporters) working together to fight global poverty, and Bread for the World, a Christian voice for ending hunger for more than 30 years, the ONE campaign got off to a great start.
According to the US EPA, every gallon of gasoline your vehicle burns puts 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and contributes to global warming. If you drive a vehicle uses gasoline, or any fossil fuel, then you can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change. You can reduce (or offset) the effect your driving has on the environment by supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gases anywhere in the world, and effectively make your vehicle “Greenhouse Gas Neutral”.
Pella Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium-quality windows, entry door systems, storm doors and patio doors. What makes Pella newsworthy is their vision and environmental ethic.
The importance of industry partnerships has long been a strategic cornerstone of the Community Greenhouse Foundation (CGF), helping to fulfill our mission. CGF exists to raise awareness about sustainable development and smart growth. We work to facilitate and speed the adoption of green-building best practices, products and materials.
The Community Greenhouse Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization, has partnered with Riverside Commons, LLC producing an “Educational Demonstration Program” that will raise awareness and promote the utilization of Smart Growth principles for the State of Florida.
Riverside Commons, has agreed to let the Community Greenhouse Foundation utilize their project for the “Educational Demonstration Program” due to their belief and support in Sustainable Development.
Brevard Tomorrow announces its annual Community Celebration, an event that highlights the organization’s accomplishments and honors its many volunteer team members and partners. The date is Thursday, August 25, 2005, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am, at the King Center…
Where can you learn about Smart Growth and Greenbuilding? Ecobuild America is an international expo focused on sustainable development. And GreenOrlando has free passes to get you inside.
What is smart growth? Smart growth is a concept, a movement, an idea, that we can better plan and manage how we grow. From my house, I can walk or ride a bike straight to my son’s school, safely without ever having to cross a major road. That’s smart growth.
DEP helps state government offices protect the environment, save money. Working to provide more opportunities for environmental stewardship, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is partnering with the Department of Management Services (DMS) to establish a statewide recycling program for State office buildings.
In April the media was consumed with the Terry Schiavo case, and we asked what you thought about how this young woman’s life, or the end thereof, played out in national media.