Introduction to Green and Sustainable practices:
What is Green Energy?
Green is often used to describe forms of energy that originate from sources and processes which have a less negative impact on the environment than other, more common, energy sources such as fossil fuels.
- Fossil Fuels are very good examples of â€œnaturalâ€ sources but ones that have very harmful and negative impacts on the environment from the harvesting of the fuels all the way through end use. Coal, oil and natural gas are fossil fuels.
- Green energies create less negative impacts in both the harnessing of the energies and the use of the end products. Solar, geothermal, wind and some forms of hydropower, such as tidal power, are considered green energies. Anaerobic digestion (different from human digestion) is also a green energy and is used to recover methane gas from animal manure.
Looking for a general resource for researching basic green principles and how you can take action?
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy http://www.cleanenergy.org/
What is LEED, who follows this standard and what does it mean for you?
Read it directly at the U.S. Green Building Councilâ€™s website: USGBC LEED Definition.
Green, clean and sustainability goes beyond construction and energy. Curious how to start the conversation with your children and get them interested in sustainability?
Find great discussion questions and activities from the childrenâ€™s learning resource Googol:
How to help children become sustainability thinkers for the future.
How going green can help your wallet:
Learn about common home opportunities to lower your energy bills directly from the ENERGY STAR site : Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy – Reducing power consumption.