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Public Interest Stimulates Movement to Green Buildings Methods PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008

Problem:  Most buildings are very inefficient.  Huge amounts of energy and water are lost in operating most homes and businesses.

Solution:  Pubic interest in improving the efficiency of homes and businesses has created a movement toward Green Building methods.  As the public has become more interested local governments are creating incentives for developers to utilize Green Building methods.  New organizations have emerged within the construction industry encouraging the use of Green Building standards and giving awards and recognition to industry innovators and leaders making progress in the development of more efficient building methods.  Costs are dropping for this kind of construction as this segment of the construction industry grows.

The following article was reprinted from the Truthout website:

Green Revolution Sweeping the US Construction Industry

By Frank Greve
McClatchy Newspapers
Monday 11 December 2006

Aurora, Colorado - Rows of little plastic domes dot the roof of the new Wal-Mart Supercenter here, looking like a marching band of "Star Wars" R2-D2s.

Inside each dome, a trio of computer-aimed mirrors tracks the sun and bounces its light down a reflective shaft and through a milky white lens, illuminating the stockroom below.

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A Recycling Sucess Story PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Thursday, Jul 10, 2008

Problem:  The perception in many communities it that recycling does not produce measurable results.  Every year millions of tons of potentially valuable materials are deposited into landfills.  Much of that waste is organic material that can break down and seep into public water supplies.  Some of these organic materials release pathogens that can degrade water quality.

Solution:  Community commitment to recycling programs produces excellent results over time when goals are set.  Communities that dedicate innovation and resources to recycling programs are able to successfully recycle the majority of their waste.  The recycling of organic materials reduces the possibility of organic pathogens being deposited into municipal water supplies.

In 1960 over 88 million tons of solid waste was generated in the US.  By 2000 this number had increased to 223 million tons.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Oct 03, 2008 )
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Lessons from Nature About Managing Resources PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Tuesday, Jul 08, 2008

Our ecosystem is the result of 3.8 billion years of design and testing of systems that process energy from the sun into the many forms of life, and systems that recycle the resources used in that process.  Only the very best designs survived this testing – those offering the best stability and efficiency (otherwise known as sustainability). 

Nature treats her resources as irreplaceable assets.  She wastes nothing.  This results in tremendous efficiency, allowing her to produce an amazing abundance of life (profits) from her finite “natural assets”.  This also supports stability as everything needed for the ecosystem to function is being continuously recycled and is always available to maintain the cycle of energy that is life on planet earth.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )
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Election Good for the Environment PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Monday, Jul 07, 2008

Dear Sierra Club Supporter:

Looking at yesterday's election results, I can say unequivocally that the environment won a resounding victory -- a victory that thousands of Sierra Club staff, volunteers, and supporters worked hard to achieve.

America's voters made it clear that they want change and new leadership that will move our nation in a dramatically different direction. A big part of that demand for change is about enacting smart energy solutions that will decrease our dependence on oil, clean up our environment, curb global warming, and create jobs.

And candidates at all levels heard the people. Never before have so many candidates -- of both parties -- run on energy issues or shown such commitment to the development of new energy sources, policies, and practices.

Bottom line: Voters yesterday elected new local, state, and national leaders who are ready to take us forward.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )
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Education Offers a Solution to Overpopulation PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Saturday, Jul 05, 2008

Problem:  As the total human population of the earth increases it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a sustainable society.

Solution:  As the average level of education increases birth rates decline.

There is a consistent relationship between the level of education attained by women in a society and their birth rates per capita.  Reviewing the statistics below suggests that increasing education programs in underdeveloped countries with high birth rates would have the effect of putting more women into the workforce and falling birth rates – changes that would not only reduce the strain on local resources, but also may help to build the local economy.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )
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Local Action on Global Warming PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Tuesday, Jul 01, 2008

Over the past century scientists have been tracking average world temperatures to determine if the planet is getting warmer or cooler over time.  These observations have also included data about climate volatility.  The most important goal of this research is to determine if human activities are having an effect on the stability and temperature of our climate.  By the early 90’s most of the evidence indicated that the emissions produced by modern manufacturing, transportation and energy production have begun to alter the earth’s climate by increasing the average global temperature and increasing the volatility of our weather.  This evidence was compelling enough to motivate scientists from all over the world to meet to discuss what each nation can do to slow or reverse this trend.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )
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