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What is Sustainability? (04.02.2010)
Written by Randy Bisenz  

As the general population becomes more aware of our environmental challenges and the emerging energy crisis certain words have become popular in the media.  Not too many years ago words like sustainable, green or renewable would bring snickers from people who thought the environmental movement and search for alternative energy sources were just hoaxes perpetuated by those with purely political agendas.  Not anymore.  Just about everywhere you look in media and advertising people are talking green and sustainability.

One unfortunate side effect of having meaningful words become marketing buzzwords is that what these words mean and represent is often lost in a barrage of advertising and shallow quasi-news reporting.

The words sustainable and sustainability are powerful words with meaning that reveals great wisdom for the future of humankind.  It is important that we preserve the power of these words to help us understand what we must do to provide a high quality of life in the years ahead.  It would be tragic to be seduced by the spin doctors that because we put a green or sustainable label on something that we are properly addressing our long-term challenges.

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The Power of Pet Poop (06.27.2008)
Written by Bright Future Staff  

Problem:  Most pet owners place their pets waste into the trash.  When this waste is deposited into landfills it can later seep into and contaminate municipal water supplies.

Solution:  Methane digesters can recycle pet waste into methane gas which can be used as a fuel for producing energy.

According to Will Brinton, an environmental scientist and director of Woods End Laboratories in Maine, dogs and cats in the US  produce over 10 million tons of organic waste each year.  Most of that waste ends up in public landfills.  In Oakland, CA they  had to close local beaches when too much pet waste ended up in the local creeks that flowed into the San Francisco Bay.  The problem was significant enough to motivate several Bay Area cities to look into ways to recycle this waste.

It is estimated that one ton of dog and cat poop might produce up to 50 gallons of fuel.

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