Summer Solstice

Posted on: June 24th, 2011 by ninja No Comments

What better way to celebrate the summer solstice (June 21st) than by baking a loaf of bread in a solar oven? A sun oven is actually quite simple – a box surrounded by mirrors to reflect the sun’s rays.  You can easily make your own one too.  The sun oven we have at the Green Ninja…

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Farmers Market or Grocery Store?

Posted on: June 20th, 2011 by ninja No Comments

Although the lure of shopping at a farmers market includes fresh and tasty produce, a happy open-air market vibe and the plentiful free samples, isn’t it too expensive to shop at farmers markets regularly? I tried to answer this by looking at some formal studies. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture conducted consumer market research…

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Buying Coffee

Posted on: June 20th, 2011 by ninja No Comments

Recently we discussed Californian Senate Bill 568 that will ban the use of Styrofoam cups as well as other foam containers. This got me thinking about coffee. At a trip to a local coffee shop I asked “Is all your coffee Fair Trade?” The friendly barista said that “All our coffee is Direct Trade.” So what’s the…

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New Animation in Progress…

Posted on: June 7th, 2011 by ninja No Comments

Get ready for Green Ninja’s first full animation!! San José State University Animation and Illustration students have been busy over the 2011 spring semester. They’ve been planning, drawing, discussing, sketching, refining, and drawing lots more to bring you another animation in the series of Green Ninja adventures. Working from the animatic, Marty Cooper, the writer/director,…

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Expanded Polystyrene Foam Takeout Container Ban

Posted on: May 15th, 2011 by ninja No Comments

Does anyone really like sipping coffee from a Styrofoam cup? Personally, I don’t!  Although these cups have many advantages for restaurant owners—they are cheap, lightweight, and they keep food and beverages hot on the inside but are cool enough to handle on the outside—they have many disadvantages for our society and environment. If Senate Bill…

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Paper or Plastic?

Posted on: January 21st, 2011 by ninja No Comments

This is not an easy one.  Although I encourage the recognition that what’s inside the bag probably has a much larger impact on the environment compared to the bag, the issue of too many bags is real in our society.  The answer to paper or plastic depends on what you are looking at.  Carbon…

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Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by ninja No Comments

The subject of climate change is challenging and complex, yet full of fun surprises.  Although I’ve studied for many years, the science and solutions keep evolving in ways that inspire me to want to learn more and more each day.  Let’s make this blog a place where we can share knowledge and explore new solutions…

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