WHERE is lead’s main presence today?
Monday, August 22, 2011
WHERE is lead’s main presence today?
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I think the best part is that Michigan is frequently featured in their videos. :) A recent one talks about deconstruction in Detroit, and features fellow local green jobs trainer GreenWorks Solutions.
Check it out! http://www.greenovationtv.com/
Monday, August 15, 2011
There are different ways to deal with lead contamination - hauling away soil, special lead removal or abatement in homes. But it's expensive.
A recent article in the New York Times (July 2011) describes the method of mixing ground fish bones to neutralize the toxic lead (they combine to form a different compound that the body can't absorb).
It's pretty fascinating - almost half the cost of hauling soil. Read more about it here:
And responses to reader questions:
Friday, August 12, 2011
- Where-as green space is often thought of as isolated parks, recreation sites or natural areas, the term green infrastructure emphasizes interconnected systems of natural areas and other open spaces that are protected and managed for the ecological benefits they provide to people and the environment.
- Where-as green space is often viewed as self-sustaining, the term green infrastructure implies something that must be actively maintained and at times restored.”
Smart Conservation for the 21st Century
Mark A. Benedict, Ph.D.
Edward T. McMahon, J.D.www.sprawlwatch.org
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Riley’s Tax Service is a local small business in Detroit located at 17700 Fenkell Avenue. The business offers a full range of affordable services including tax return preparation, tax planning, workshops, problems resolution assistance and business services to individuals, businesses and tax-exempt organizations. Two years ago, president and CEO of Riley’s Tax Service, T.J Riley –Humphrey , decided to make the company “green.”
The first step was becoming a paperless office – which would be appear to be quite a difficult task for a tax service business, but Humphries said all most clients needed was a nudge in the right direction.
“We started encouraging our clients to save their tax folders to disks or flash drives. If people wanted to use paper folders they still could, but for an extra fee,” Humphrey said.
The next step was waste management. Humphrey contacted Margaret Weber with Rosedale Recycles about how to properly manage the business’ waste. They set up different bins for different types of recycling: a shredding bin, ink cartridge bin, plastic bin, etc.
The business also switched to a “day lighting” method. The direction the building faces brings in enough sunlight to light the entire front part of the building. So until dusk, all the lights in front of the building stay off.
Riley’s was in a bit of a pickle when it came to heating costs. They had an outward facing, un-insulated wall, which obviously made things colder. BUT with the assistance of Green Garage Detroit and a local builder who specializes in energy-efficient building, they conducted an experiment with an insulated paint called “Insuladd” (click here to see how the experiment was conducted!) To lower heating usage however, Humphrey decided to keep the thermostat at a constant temperature of 67 degrees. Humphrey and her employees wore long johns and made last tax-season’s uniform a Riley’s Tax Service sweatshirt in order to stay warm and comfortable.
The outcome of Humphrey’s efforts? A mere 2 bags of trash for the entire tax season (January to April), a $1oo light bill for the 1500 sq ft. space and lower energy costs.
But Riley’s Tax Service isn’t planning on stopping there. Humphrey is now looking at ways of reducing electrical usage without interrupting the computers, and turning the green spot outside of the building, into a vegetable garden. She is working with gardening projects such as Green Garage Detroit, D- Town Gardener (Rouge Park area) and the Palmer Park restoration group.
Greening your business, regardless of how small or large, is not a difficult task! As T.J. Riley discovered, a lot of small steps can generate a great deal of change.
Monday, August 8, 2011
DWEJ is participating on two panels - one on balancing workforce innovations and community needs in green jobs, and one on intergenerational connections in the EJ movement.
I will be tweeting throughout the conference - you can follow at DWEJonline - and liveblogging the Intergenerational Connection session. Play the event box below to follow the event live and submit questions on Friday, August 26 8-10am. Or come back later at your leisure to read about the discussion.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
This week I will represent Detroit at the White House Community Briefing Series in Washington, DC. Selected community leaders from across the country have been invited to hear from key White House staff about the policies and programs of the federal government and how to best utilize these resources. I will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on federal government programs and how these programs can be improved to better serve the City of Detroit. In particular, I will plan to talk to White House staff about several challenges confronting Detroit in particular, including children and families, home foreclosures and jobs.
Following the White House meeting, we will participate in an Agency Briefing. I will meet with the Department of Energy to discuss many of the environmental issues plaguing Metro-Detroit. Let me know if you have specific environmental issues that you would like for me to address.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The Guidelines document is also accompanied by another document called "The Case for Sustainable Sites," which explains the science behind the guidelines - the connection between having too much paved surface ("impervious cover") and water pollution, for example.
It is a great resource for folks who want to understand more about what makes an entire site (not just the building itself) healthy for the environment