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admin @ Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 ()

Preparing for Electric Cars

Many new models of electric cars are about to hit the roads. Think Nissan Leaf, GM's Volt, among others! How to recharge electric vehicles is becoming a serious concern. The US is far behind many other countries in this regard. A recent visit to Andorra, a tiny principality between Spain and France, revealed a popular option - plugging in when you park on the street.

It is a complicated subject requiring all vehicle manufacturers to have a common system which in turn will be complemented by a common system of recharging. Some steps being taken include:

Houston, Texas - the City of Houston has joined with Reliant Energy and Nissan to ensure recharging stations are ready for the Nissan Leaf. So far 10 charging stations, seven of them public, are ready.

San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, California - These cities are partnering with Better Place, an electric-car company that plans to launch its vehicle in 2012. There will be 220 volt charging stations throughout the cities, permits will be expedited to allow fast installation of outlets and employer incentives will be put in place that will encourage employees to drive electric cars.

Raleigh, North Carolina - Local utility Progress Energy has partnered with Nissan and the city to create a recharging infrastructure.

West Sacramento, California - Retailer DMC Green Inc. opened its first electric-vehicle charging station in August 2009, the first of many retrofitted gas stations in California.

Massachusetts - The state government and Nissan are developing plans for home, work and public charging facilities.

Elk Horn, Iowa - The city installed four public charging stations in November 2009.

In August 2009, the US Department of Energy awarded Electric Transportation Engineering Corp., a charging-station maker, $100 million to deploy more than 11,000 charging stations, and 4,700 Nissan Leaf vehicles in the following locations - Portland, Corvallis and Eugene, Oregon; Seattle; San Diego; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Let us know what is happening in your area -

Hawksbill turtle hatchings have their first swim in Barbados

Helping Hawksbill turtles to the water in Barbados

At Going Green we are committed to preserving the environment.When you have a chance to see Mother Nature at work, as we recently did, the point of environmentalism is made really clear.

We traveled to Barbados to see these Hawksbill turtles hatch and go to sea. This occurred on beautiful Turtle Beach, at the east end of St. Lawrence Gap.We helped release 126, day-old, Hawksbill turtles that hatched earlier in the day.A local fisherman had collected them and protected them until nightfall.They are released at night to increase their chances of survival.

Hotels often dim their lights so as not to confuse the turtles as they are attracted to light.A naturalist uses a light to lead the turtles to water.We are not supposed to help them into the water as their lungs and hearts have to be ready to swim. These special creatures try so hard to start their lives and yet many people make their life more difficult.

Plastic bags and bottles, fish nets and wastewater runoff, all impact their survival.Next time you plan to wash your car and let the soapy water runoff into the storm sewer, please think of these turtles. It is really amazing to witness.
Thank you for caring. We hope you enjoy the video, even though it was taken at night for the turtles sake.

Founder’s Message

Around the world people have been “going green” for many years and enjoying it. There is a sense of pride when we incorporate some basic steps into our everyday life, at home, at school and at our place of business. The cumulative effect of our actions can have a dramatic effect on our environment.

At we realize that people are often prevented from doing more as they don’t have a central resource of ideas and products. We aim to change that!

Ten years ago some ideas seemed crazy that we now take for granted. Now within ten years it is entirely possible we may not have gas stations as auto manufacturers are finally creating some really incredible “green” cars. Many people we know now drive hybrids and are not only thrilled with the reduced cost of gas but they also feel good about fighting global warming in their own small way.

In March of 2008 we visited a “sustainable farm” in Costa Rica. Using intriguing methods this farm is growing beautiful organic vegetables, tasty free-range eggs, unique plants with health benefits and so much more. There is reason to believe that many of these farming ideas can be used around the world. More on this wonderful experience can be found in our travel section.

Last November, we traveled to Barbados in the Caribbean. Beaches were lined with recycling bins. There a small number of visitors were fortunate enough to help the locals return some newborn turtles into the waves so they could begin their journey. The excitement everyone felt as they helped Mother Nature along was beyond words. Our travel section has some great photos.

Back at home we take the steps that we can. Our recycling container is full each week, while the trashcan is nearly empty. It’s a good feeling knowing that there is a lot less waste being sent to landfills. Where possible at home, CFL’s are used for lighting; water waste is minimized; biodegradable detergents are used and all personal grooming products are organic and fragrance free. The benefits are many of minimizing the chemicals that come in touch with the skin, the body’s largest organ.

Please bookmark our site and tell your friends. New content will be added frequently and we will be offering commentaries from our fellow green citizens and well-respected individuals in the environmental field.

- John Livingstone,

Phoenix Comments

admin @ Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 ()

Green Innovations in Business

admin @ Sunday, July 20th, 2008 ()

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Innovation for businesses and governments going green is becoming more intense daily. The opportunity to sell to and meet the needs of these businesses is ever increasing.
• Iowa Stored Energy Park is a group of utilities in Iowa, Minnesota and the Dakotas that plans to store wind energy. The energy will be shipped via power grid to a site near Des Moines. Motor driven machines will use the electricity to compress air into acquifers 3000 feet below the ground. As needed, the air pressure will be released, enhancing the efficiency of gas-powered turbines. The stored energy could produce enough electricity for 75,000 homes.

• Plastic grocery bags are being banned in so many places from San Francisco in California to St. Barth in the Caribbean. Supermarkets are finding replacements, including bags made of cornstarch, which are biodegradable in as little as three months. The liquor stores in British Columbia, Canada offer reusable bags that have dividers inside to separate up to six bottles of your favorite beverage.

• Hotels are meeting the demands of their guests. In a 2005 survey Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants determined that 16% of guests selected their properties because of the companies environmental policies. This percentage has soared in recent years. Hotels are using eco-friendly designers, furnishings, CFL bulbs, bamboo floorings, low VOC paint and of course restaurants are using organic ingredients in their meals.

• Restaurants, like the famous Araxis Restaurant in the Whistler ski resort, are adopting principles of "The 100 Mile Diet" book and finding that patrons love the idea. Organic growers can take advantage of these principles to increase sales. Visit to learn more.

• Furniture stores are discovering the soaring sales of eco-friendly furnishings.

Roof of new Vancouver Convention Center Expansion

• Construction of homes, commercial and industrial projects are rapidly adopting techniques and ideas that some might have considered crazy only a few years ago. The new convention center expansion in Vancouver, Canada is currently installing a six-acre "living roof." The energy-savings are projected to be considerable. How many buildings in North America might be interested in this technology?

• Taxi companies everywhere are adopting small car, energy-efficient technologies. Many fleets are now 100% Prius. Messengers and service companies are putting the new "Smart car" to use at a rapid rate.

• Biodynamic farming is becoming widespread. What is biodynamic wine? What are the opportunities?

    Roof of new Vancouver Convention Center Expansion

Visit this space often to learn what's happening with the above and many more "green" techniques, products and ideas.

admin @ Saturday, May 17th, 2008 ()

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No matter where you live, we all look forward to enjoying life in our gardens and outdoor living areas. Living green is about sustainability and protecting our environment and it is so beneficial to each of us. Living your life as a "green family" has so many facets. When you are outdoors look around and ask yourself:

• Are we using harmful chemicals in the soil that feed our edible plants and flowers? There are many organic fertilizers available.

• Are harmful sprays being used to control insects? Check out natural alternatives that are even more effective than chemical based pesticides.

• Have we used an excessive amount of concrete? When it rains, chemicals leach from concrete into our soil. Can pea-gravel, pavers, stone slabs or reclaimed wood be used instead?

• Are we still using chlorine in our pool? Chlorine byproducts found in swimming pools, according to credible research conducted in the U.S., Canada, Norway and Australia show a link to higher incidences of asthma, lung damage, stillbirths, miscarriages and bladder cancer? According to, "recently a chemical-free public swimming pool was installed in Fairhope, Alabama. It uses Ozone technology and avoids the use of chlorine altogether. This is a first for public pools in North America." This technology is also available for homes.

• Are we planning a new deck? Make sure to use green building materials. Refinishing an existing deck? Check out environmentally friendly stains.

• Are we landscaping wisely? Are shade trees being planted in a manner to keep the house cool? Are we setting aside an area to plant organic food for our family? Is xeriscape planting appropriate in our climate?

• Are we trying to avoid using gas or electricity powered blowers, trimmers and mowers? The alternatives offer exercise and saved money.

• Are we watering on a timer? Avoid watering mid-day. Are we harvesting natural rain water?

• Are we fighting pests like whiteflies and aphids naturally? Plants such as sweet alyssum, feverfew and coreopis attract beneficial insects which in turn feed on the pests.

These are just a few of the resources available for going green. Look to the index on the left of this page for more ideas to consider.

Ideas You Can Use

admin @ Monday, April 21st, 2008 ()

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Start with a survey of your home. Our site offers many resources for going green. There are some easy and affordable steps to take and others are more expensive and difficult. If you are a new "green citizen" start with the easy ideas. Greening your home can seem overwhelming, so start with small steps. A few simple ideas are offered below.

More detailed information, on key areas, for advanced readers, can be found at the tabs to the left. As you start your "going green survey" think about three areas:

Energy Conservation:

Look for some simple ways to cut back on electricity use.

Replace a few incandescent lightbulbs with new CFL bulbs. Many people don't like them at first so put them in closets, bedroom lamps, can lights in hallways, the basement and garage. You will soon find that you want to replace every bulb.

Cut back on heat and don't turn the air conditioning on too soon. Use fresh air for ventilation by opening windows on the shady side of the house in summer.

Replace out of date appliances with Energy Star certified appliances.

Water Conservation:

Start simple. Don't run the dishwasher unless full. Or, pile washed dishes and then rinse all at once.

Take shorter showers.

Fill the sink with hot water when shaving and then shut it off.

Protect Your Family's Health

Replace your existing cleaning supplies with non-toxic products. Avoid parabens, fragrances and aerosol products.

If you are planning to repaint, look for non- or low-VOC paints.

If it's time for new bedding, choose products that are from organic materials.

There are many more advanced resources for going green in this site. Please comment below on other topics you would like to see.

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