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Below is a press release from ESPN, which will have a "Green Game" during its college basketball telecast on Dec. 19 when Michigan takes on Kansas.



“Green Game” to Feature Environmental Conservation Message throughout Telecast


ESPN’s Michigan at No. 1 Kansas men’s college basketball telecast Saturday, Dec. 19, at noon ET will get the “Green Game” treatment through special on-air elements and behind-the-scenes efforts to conserve energy resources and deliver environmental messages.


As part of the “Green Game,” ESPN will utilize on-air graphics to provide information on environmental conservation, what it means to be eco-friendly and raise awareness of environmental responsibility within the sports community. Dave O’Brien will call the game with analyst Jay Bilas and reporter Holly Rowe. Special production elements that will be used during the telecast include:


  • Kermit the Frog will introduce the “Green Game” telecast with an environmental message;


  • Vignettes will showcase green initiatives by both universities, including:
    • Kansas: Use of elliptical machines to generate energy for campus power and creating bio diesel fuel from the cooking fat used in dining halls.
    • Michigan: Use of hybrid buses in Ann Arbor and for university transportation and the organization of “Zero Waste Tailgates” at Michigan football games.


  • Kansas coach Bill Self and Michigan coach John Beilein will discuss the importance of conservation;


  • Special animation and graphics packages will be used, including:
    • Green colored graphics and the debut of  a green tinted ESPN logo that swipes across the screen prior to replays;
    • Use of a “Green Game” logo in the corner of the screen during ESPN programming leading up to – and throughout – the game;
    • Full screen graphics panels providing conservation-themed information;
    • The star watch element – showcasing star players to track during the game -- featuring a green appearance and highlighting two players who lead the way in being eco-friendly.


In addition to on-air elements, conservation efforts around the game, including for ESPN’s production of the game, will include:


  • The host city of Lawrence, Kan. has purchased 8,000 kWh of electricity to offset the power use of Allen Fieldhouse for the day through a local hydroelectric power plant;


  • ESPN will use LED lights for lighting the on-air personalities during segments and rechargeable batteries in various equipment;


  • Kansas will place 30 new recycle bins with green footprints leading to the containers throughout Allen Fieldhouse;


  • In addition to limiting the number of rental cars, every rental car utilized by ESPN game production staff will be a hybrid;


  • ESPN crew members will be provided with reusable water bottles and have access to water from a cooler or Gatorade mixed from powder;


  • adidas will sponsor warm up shirts made from organic cotton for both teams, the spirit squad and mascots;


  • Team mascots will collect recyclables during game time-outs;


  • Every concession location in Allen Fieldhouse will serve popcorn in paper bags instead of the previously used plastic containers.
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My boyfriend and I recently went on an extended vacation leaving his mom at our house to take care of the dogs. With 40 years of gardening experiencepersonal and professionalunder her belt she set out to make some changes in our yard.


First she uncovered a few withering artichoke plants that now produce more artichokes than we can eat. (Tip: She hit up all the coffee shops in town to collect their coffee grounds for use as fertilizer).


Next she planted a few vegetables and herbs that we are super excited about including basil, parsley, arugula, thyme, rosemary, oregano, garlic, mint, dill and several tomato plants.


Finally, she started a compost pile for us in the side yard. All she did was take a pile of weeds from the yard (of which there were plenty), mixed the yard scraps with some food waste from the kitchen, hosed the pile down and let it do its thing.


Here's how it works:

Take any once-living substance, throw it on the pile of yard scraps, cover it with more weeds and the whole mess turns into a pile of organic soil that can be used for gardening. The best part is that you can compost things you would never even think of like hair, dryer lint, coffee filters, fireplace ashes and eggshells. You can even compost cotton rags.


We have always been conscious of how much we throw away but I had no idea that so much of what we did toss out could be recycled in our own yard. I have to say it feels great to see our small stack of trash, next to the large pile of compost, and know that we are reducing our impact on the landfills.


For more information on how to start you own compost pile visit:

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It started off innocently enough--I just wanted a low-maintenance hobby.


What came of it was intense design plans on graph paper, hours of tilling our rock-hard dirt in the back yard, the purchase of several 2x6 boards, screwing them together with corner joints, and hauling in two truckloads of topsoil--sweating profusely in the process and wishing more than once that I was in front of the television with a cold beer.


But you know what? It was worth it.


My wife and I started a raised vegetable garden this year, in part because of the desire to cut grocery costs, in part to positively impact the environment but initially because I wanted something rewarding to occupy my free time. Something that shows daily progress.


Vegetable gardens are the Earth-friendly, cost-friendly craze of 2009. Gardens are popping up everywhere, with all kind of vegetables from tomatoes to carrots to jalepeno peppers being planted.


As this article points out, eating local food is a statement that you're not interested in contributing to the carbon emissions that transporting food requires. And you can't get much more local than your own yard.


With the cold weather behind us for a while (we hope), now's the time for most of the country to get planting if you haven't already. Here in California, we were able to plant weeks ago. Along with three tomato plants, we planted broccoli, strawberries, potatoes, green onions, chives and various herbs. We've also had a couple of plants fizzle out almost immediately. Oh well. We're rookies. We'll figure it out soon enough.


There are lots of little things to remember, which this article in Newsday touches on in good detail. Some things won't work (like our zucchini) but like anything, you get better the more experience you pick up.


Soon enough, when you eat your first home-grown tomato or bell pepper, you'll realize just how awesome a vegetable garden is--to both you and the planet.

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Newton Running, the makers of the innovative Gravity shoes , have introduced a new eco-friendly shoebox that is made of 100 percent recycled material and eliminates the need for tissue paper.


Environmental Leader has more on how Newton has joined other shoe companies in adopting more environmentally-friendly practices. They also report that Newton will include a pair of socks and a reusable shoe bag packed within the shoes to help them hold their form.



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Leading running company honored for environmental stewardship and eco-friendlier technology


BOTHELL, Wash. - (December 2, 2008) - Performance running

company Brooks Sports, Inc. has been honored with three Mother Nature-approved

industry awards. Footwear News, the leading trade publication for the

entire footwear industry, awarded Brooks its 2008 Green Award, while top

running publications Runner's World and Trail Runner gave public high-fives

to Brooks' eco-friendlier technology, BioMoGo. Runner's World presented

Brooks and BioMoGo with its 2008 International Green Award and Trail Runner

planted its first-ever Sprout Award on BioMoGo for "Best Green Innovation."




"At Brooks, we believe runners care about the

environment and we need to reduce our impact whenever possible,"

said Jim Weber, president and CEO of Brooks. "We haven't figured

it all out, but we're working hard at providing a more sustainable running

experience, and these awards confirm we're taking steps in the right direction."




Footwear News 2008 Green Award: The leading footwear

trade publication trumpets Brooks' efforts to be more sustainable, which

include eco-friendlier technologies like BioMoGo and HPR Green, waste-reducing

manufacturing practices like Compression Molded Preform (CMP), and shoe

boxes made from 100-percent recycled paperboard and non-toxic, soy-based

inks. Footwear News will present the Green Award to Brooks on Wednesday,

December 3, at the publication's 2008 Achievement Awards Breakfast. All

Achievement Award winners are also featured in the magazine's annual FN

Achievement Awards issue, on newsstands today.




Runner's World 2008 International Green Award: Presented

to a technology or company that best addresses the environmental impact

of running, the leading running magazine's International Green Award has

only been awarded twice in the past three years-both times to Brooks.

This time it was to honor Brooks' Trance™ 8, which launched in July

2008 with the inclusion of BioMoGo, the first-ever biodegradable running

shoe midsole. BioMoGo is designed to break down 50 times faster than traditional

Ethylene Vinyl Acetate™ (EVA) midsoles, saving 29.9 million pounds

of landfill waste over a 20-year period. Brooks' revolutionary midsole

stole the green spotlight at Runner's World's 2008 International Shoe

Summit in November.




Brooks previously took home the Runner's World Innovation

Award in 2006, for its pioneering use of HPR Green-an environmentally

friendly, non-petroleum based outsole rubber-in combination with its use

of CMP technology in its manufacturing process. This manufacturing process

reduces material waste by more than 50 percent, while increasing material

consistency. CMP also saves steps and time, reducing labor and energy





Trail Runner 2008 Sprout Award: BioMoGo also grabbed

Trail Runner's Sprout Award for "Best Green Innovation" in its

December "Green" issue, available on newsstands now. New in

2008, the Sprout Awards recognize a race director, company, community

leader, and innovation that have made remarkable steps to achieve environmental

and social consciousness during the year. Trail Runner's editors feel

BioMoGo will have "a direct impact on reducing landfill waste"

and applaud Brooks' open-source stance with the technology.




For additional information about BioMoGo and other

environmental stewardship programs from Brooks, visit:



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Race organizers for the North Carolina Marathon in Greensboro are making a very conscious effort to go green next year, according to this recent article. From more recycling to email-only communication, it definitely looks like they are doing their best to stay on top of greening efforts.


The article also talked about interesting changes at other races-- from bamboo shirts handed out at the Portland Marathon to the 2,000-gallon water fountain at the ING Hartford Marathon that eliminated the need for 10,000 plastic bottles.



What do you guys think about all this? Do you have any other ideas on ways directors can green their races?



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Tests at six fall marathons reinforce the need for well-planned, comprehensive waste recovery efforts at all running events.




October 31, 2008, Petaluma, CA: AFMInc founder and CEO David Deigan announced today the preliminary results of his company's recently concluded pilot project for recycling Heatsheets-on-a-Roll™ finish line and aid-station heat-reflective plastic blankets.


Six marathons of various sizes, representing a wide range of U.S. recycling markets, were selected from AFMInc's Heatsheets customer base to participate in this pilot project, including: the Portland Marathon, October 5th in Portland, OR; the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, October 5th in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN; the ING Hartford Marathon, October 11th in Hartford, CT; the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon, October 12th from Schenectady to Albany, NY; the IMT Des Moines Marathon, October 19th in Des Moines, IA; and the Nike Women's Marathon, October 19th in San Francisco, CA.


"Our original intent was just to develop guidelines for running events for recycling their film plastic waste," said Deigan. "But, it quickly became apparent that no single recycling effort should be undertaken without taking into account an event's overall waste recovery objectives, opportunities and plans.


One of the key lessons we learned is that recycling at events, as a whole, requires a behavioral change in participants, which is one of the challenges. As a result, rather than restricting our post-pilot recommendations and informational materials to film plastic recycling, we'll be developing a comprehensive waste management primer for our clients and other interested race directors. Our timeframe for making that available, free of charge from our Web site, remains the first of the year."


"Even though our recovery rates ranged from 4% to 58%, I'd have to call our effort successful across the board," Deigan added. "The lessons we learned, particularly from the races where we did not collect a significant quantity of Heatsheets, will allow us to move forward to the next step in the process--developing general guidelines for races that will enable them to recycle our product and other recyclable race materials more effectively."


Two events, the ING Hartford Marathon and the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, recovered 58% and 46% of the Heatsheets distributed at their finish lines, respectively. The ING Hartford is widely recognized as one of the "greenest" road races in America. The Heatsheets recovery effort at the Medtronic Twin Cities was spearheaded by Jon Stein of Consolidated Container Company, a man focused on finding markets for the category 3 through 6 recyclable plastics that traditional waste management companies struggle to segregate and reprocess. Given the personal commitment of Jon Stein and Beth Shluger, the ING Hartford Race Director, the successful recovery of Heatsheets at these two events was to be expected.


What wasn't anticipated was the wide range of variables that impacted recovery efforts at the other four pilot events: weather, location of waste and recycling bins within the post-finish line area, signage and communication with volunteers, runners and haulers.


The "keepsake factor" of some of the printed Heatsheets also appeared to impact the runners' willingness to recycle the product. In the case of the Nike Women's Marathon, for example, the vast majority of runners were seen leaving the Finish Village proudly wearing their Heatsheets, on a cool, overcast day. While the recovery rate of only 4% in San Francisco may seem trivial, the attempt to recover every unwanted Heatsheet was well worth the effort--practically all of the Heatsheets discarded at the event were recycled.


AFMInc wishes to thank all six events that took part in the pilot project. Each of these events is playing a vital role in the nascent movement to make U.S. running events, large and small, more environmentally friendly.


Over the next couple of months, AFMInc and Eco-Logistics will thoroughly review what was learned at each of the six pilot events, before publishing detailed recycling protocols to address the opportunities and challenges running events of all sizes will face as they develop programs for recycling film plastics. In addition Deigan and Keith Peters, of Eco-Logistics, will be speaking at gatherings of race directors in Washington D.C., New York City and Hollywood, Florida this fall.


Recycling protocols should be available by the end of the year on There will be no charge for the PDF format document, and events will not need to be a customer of AFM to download the information. Upcoming events that are interested in implementing their own Heatsheets recycling program should contact David Deigan.


For more information about the Heatsheets recycling pilot project, contact Keith Peters at (307) 690.6803, or David Deigan can be reached at (415) 254.8240 or

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Many of us know that the number one way to protect our environment is to recycle, and the best way to protect our health is to control what enters our bodies.


Simple enough, right?



Maybe not. According to a study published by the Clean Air Council (, Americans dispose of 2.5 million water bottles each hour. Since the average disposable plastic bottle takes thousands of years to decompose, many environmentally aware consumers have turned to reusable bottles in an effort to shrink our landfills.



These bottles save space in local landfills and help encourage proper hydration since consumers can monitor their daily water consumption. However, a debate has begun to brew over these containers- not because of the safety of what goes into the bottle but the bottle itself.



Polycarbonate plastic (PC) is the material which most reusable water bottles are made of. This type of material is popular because of its adaptability to hot and cold, strong composition, and resistance to odor retention. The health concerns rise from the presence of a hormone-disrupting chemical in the plastic, known as bisphenol-A (BPA).



Many tests have been conducted to determine the safety of these bottles. A study published by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) in 2003 states that the initial amount of BPA in a new bottle decreases dramatically after a short period of use. Unfortunately, the study found that with continuous washings the BPA released increased significantly over time. The EHP concluded that, "the increased migration levels may be due to polymer degradation."



In order to determine if your bottle falls into this category, simply look for the recycling symbol, which is stamped on the bottom of the container. If it is marked with a "7", the bottle contains polycarbonate plastic properties.



Single-use water bottles are also suspected to hold a high level of probable carcinogens, due to the use of polyethylene terephthatlate (PET), which gives these bottles their pliability. This type of plastic has been proven to expunge DEHP (Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate) after repeated uses, and can harbor bacteria in their crevices.



On October 29th, 2008, the FDA backpedaled on previous claims that they had made about the safety about these bottles. They admitted to finding that certain topics were "not well explored" and concluded that there might be substantial linkage between BPA can and negative changes in neurobehavior and hormone levels, as well as the development of cancer.



Many consumer advocacy groups claim that these bottles are safe, but neighbor to the north, Canada, recently became the first country to boycott the use of BPA in consumer goods.



If you find yourself reaching for a soda in a frenzied attempt to avoid these bottles, you can protect your health and the environment by using reusable bottles made of glass, stainless steel, or aluminum.






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I'm due for a new pair of running shoes. Although my current shoes look decent (a bit dusty perhaps), they have exceeded their mileage and I'm starting to train for an upcoming race. But unlike previous pairs, this time I'm committed to helping the environment and helping others by donating my running shoes.


There are many organizations that will gladly take your running shoes and give them to someone in need. If you're like me, you may think to yourself, "Yuk, who would want my old running shoes." You'd be surprised. We take footwear for granted, but the reality is there are many people who desperately need a quality pair of shoes to protect their feet from scrapes and cuts, as well as contaminants that could lead to serious healthcare issues. Think about the following examples:


  • Natural disasters where someone loses their home and belongings without warning

  • Homeless people who walk the streets 365 days a year

  • People who must sort through landfills to find the means to survive and have no protection for their feet

  • Children in orphanages around the world who have never had a pair of shoes


A few organizations that take used running shoes include Soles4Souls, Shoe4Africa, One World Running, The Shoe Bank, Heart & Sole and Sole Responsibility.


If you are apprehensive about donating shoes for someone else to wear, you have a couple other great options. Nike has a shoe recycling program whereby they grind up your shoes and use the materials to produce playgrounds, basketball courts, tracks and more. They have more than 300 drop off points around the county.





Additionally, I just came across a great promotion from that lasts through the rest of the year and only takes three minutes of your time. For every shoe review on their site, Epinions will donate $5 to Soles4Souls to buy shoes for those in need. It doesn't get much easier than that, and it's not just limited to running shoes.



So rather than tossing your old running shoes in the trash, consider making a positive impact in the world by donating them!



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!|style=float:right; padding:0 0 .8em .8em;|src=!On November 4th, citizens of California will have the opportunity to vote on a radical clean energy initiative.  At a glance, the proposition appears idealistic: by the year 2025, California power plants are to be generating 50% of their power from renewable resources (wind, solar, geothermal, etc).  Supporters explain that by voting this bill into law, California would become a world leader in the production and use of clean energy.

Opponents say the bill is so poorly written that current pitfalls in California's renewable energy policies will remain locked in place and will hamper the creation of new, clean power plants. They also speculate that current power plants that produce less than 30 megawatts would be excluded from the tally and would likely go out of business. Also notable is the projected 10% increase in energy costs, though this point has been sharply contested by the supporters of Prop 7.

It seems that both sides are adamant that the other is providing false information to the public, and both have had fervent rebuttals to each others claims.

I myself am very conflicted with this bill. While I am eager to see progress in the energy arena, I'm not sure this bill will be California's "Clean Energy Panacea". With both sides calling foul on the other (and without reading the wordy 62-page text of this bill), I sit here scratching my head deciding which way to vote.

Whether you live in California or not, you'll want to keep your eye on this battle come November 4th.

For more information on this bill, visit the California Voter's Guide: Voter's Guide - CA Proposition 7

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Hello Mazza- That article was interesting news! However biking is not possible for everyone to commute to work. Plant Green is a great link that explains lots of ways to start making your commute more green whether small steps of combining errands or purchasing a hybrid-- . It offers great information, statistics,( Like 19.4 pounds of CO2 is release for every one gallon of gas) as well as a how to guide for trying to be more green.

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Bike to Work Incentive

Posted by ActiveMazza Oct 23, 2008
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What's your impact?

Posted by Active Giselle Oct 1, 2008

Let's get this thing started!


So we all think it's good to go green and become more environmentally conscious, right? But how can we improve if we don't know what we're doing wrong?


I think the first step is finding out your impact.  According to, the average person produces 7.5 tons of carbon dioxide each year.


Use this carbon calculator to estimate how much do you produce.


I produce roughly 6.3 tons per year, which is smaller than average. But there's still work to do. None of my electricity comes from clean, renewable sources such as solar and wind.


How about you??



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