Going Green with Your Allowance

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

Green Allowance is a site that offers both kids and parents financial incentives to go green. After agreeing to sponsor, you complete a simple sign-up process (you can either allow your child to sign up alone or be included on the account) and they are presented with a garden. The trees in this garden represent energy-saving activities,…

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Thinking Critically About Consumption

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

The primary challenge to reducing our footprint is a lack of awareness of our personal environmental impacts. Most Americans have a high awareness of environmental issues like climate change, but the environment remains a low personal concern. Because of our complex consumer society, the process by which raw materials are manufactured into consumer products is…

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Students Press Schools to Dump Fossil Fuel Stocks

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

A movement to force colleges and universities to end financial investments in oil and gas companies is sweeping the nation.  In the 1980s, to protest Apartheid, students pushed their schools to sell stocks in companies that did business in South Africa.  In the 1990s, campus groups called for universities to divest from tobacco.  Now, in…

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8000 miles on solar: $0 fuel, 0 emissions

Posted on: December 14th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

Reflections from one member of the Green Ninja Team on her family’s transportation decisions: We own a Nissan Leaf all electric vehicle (EV), which can go 100 miles on a single charge.  Many years ago, we had sized our home solar panels to be able to charge an electric car.  We waited four years for…

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Eating Green

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

Lolitta from the Green Ninja Team here! There was once a time when I would eat all sorts of food. By that I mean I would pretty much devour anything edible and scrumptious-looking placed in front of me! I would strive to win all of my Green Prix races; I would also race to finish…

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Thinking About Trash

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

We are constantly using things, even from the moment that we wake up. We use our plastic toothbrush to brush our teeth with toothpaste from a plastic tube. We eat our natural flavored cocoa puffs out of a box along with delicious non-dairy milk poured over it—also out of a box. We put on our…

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San José’s Bag Ban

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

San José California banned single use plastic bags, taking effect January 1, 2012. Customers now bring their own bags or buy a reusable paper bag for about 10 cents. One year after San José banned single use plastic bags: 89 percent fewer bags in storm drains, 60 percent fewer in creeks and 59 percent fewer…

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Other Ways to Play with your Food

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

Composting is fun, but there are other ways of we can play with our food. Creative outlets like art and music can drive discussion about bigger issues and even be solutions themselves.   Global Inheritance  is a non-profit dedicated to “thinking creatively in solving world issues.” They work with schools, music festivals, and employers to provide…

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Composting is Easy!

Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

In this week’s episode of the Green Ninja, we learn a lot about composting. Food waste is an important element of our environmental impact and composting is a fun family activity that can teach people of all ages about food and waste. Check out Organic Gardening’s easy how-to guide on How to Build A Compost Pile. The State…

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The World’s Biggest Oil Spill

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by ninja No Comments

In The Crude, The Bad and the Ugly we learn that it’s important to recycle used motor oil. But, we sometimes wonder how much it really helps. When we think of oil pollution in the oceans, we often picture the big oil tanker spills that make the news headlines: gallons of oil gushing into the…

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