Category Archives: Green Industry

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Top 5 Greenest Hospitals In The US And Their Credentials

The fight against climate change requires everyone to do their bit – from individuals to major corporations. It is widely acknowledged that improved energy use, renewable energy sources, recycling and other green initiatives can help with carbon neutral goals. Much of the focus here falls upon homeowners and big business.

We sometimes overlook the fact that massive facilities like universities, airports, and hospitals need to go green too. Thankfully, many hospitals have heard the call, and a select few are ahead of the game. Some impressive medical facilities across the US offer some valuable lessons.

So Which Are The Greenest Hospitals In The US Right Now?

Five facilities come top of the list right now. They are West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids and Providence Newberg Medical Center in Oregon.… Read More

Green Roofed Hobbit Home

Eco-Friendly Green Green Roofed Hobbit Home You Can Build in Three Days

Green homes are the pinnacle of modern living for many eco-friendly homeowners. Some are happy enough with green energy, water recycling and other green solutions within a modern home.

For others, the idea of the eco-friendly hobbit home is more appealing. This design comes from a company in the US called Green Magic Homes, although others are sure to follow suit. The appeal increased with the added promise that it is highly eco-friendly and will be up in just three days

A house in three days sounds too good to be true. Let’s break this idea down into those three components to understand the situation better.… Read More

Wind Farm

America Gets Its First Offshore Wind Farm

Finally, it is here; the historical and incredibly groundbreaking Block Island Wind Farm, Americas first offshore wind farm has completed its testing phase and is ready for action.

Based in Rhode Island, the sole purpose of this offshore wind farm is the delivery of clean, reliable energy to the New England power grid on a continuous basis and the nation could not be more excited for this first of many offshore wind farms to be up and running.

Deepwater Wind, as well as their team of engineers and technicians, are the brains and brawn behind this amazing project. Thanks to their incredible innovation and ingenuity, the Block Island Wind Farm will be spinning its five massive turbines for years to come, alongside many other wind farms that will be built along the East Coast.… Read More

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2016 International Builders Show The Winner And Finalists

The International Builders Show (IBS) went down on January 10th-12th 2016 in Orlando, FL and it attracted participants from all over the world. Innovation, good designs, builders/consumer friendly and functionality were the parameters used by the judges to determine winners in various categories.

The following is the list of the finalists and the winner of best green technology & green building products category.… Read More

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How To Buy An Organic Mattress For Your Home

When it comes to green living, not many people consider the kind of mattress they are sleeping on.

They will change most other things in the house to be more eco-friendly and forget the one place where they spend most of their time, the bed.

But there are environmental hazards and personal health dangers lurking in traditional mattresses. These dangers are also in some of the extremely popular home-delivery mattresses like the recently-famous Casper mattress, Saatva, and Tuft & Needle.

The primary culprit is that many mattresses today are made from synthetic foam or fibers. Even if they are made from wool or cotton, then they most likely are full of pesticides and other chemicals added during processing.

Some of these chemicals are potentially carcinogenic.

A good example of a dangerous artificial bedding material is the polyurethane foam used in most mattresses. Made from petroleum, polyurethane foam tends to release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are linked to a range of health problems.

Another common culprit is in the flame-retardants used by manufacturers. To keep mattresses safe from fire, most manufacturers use polybrominated diphenyl ether better known as PBDE. This chemical, banned in some countries, is associated with health problems such as brain damage, low sperm quality, cancer and thyroid levels.

Fortunately, a new breed of mattresses … Read More

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Drones Are Making Agriculture A Little Bit Greener

For several years now, advocates of the use of drones have cited precision agriculture—the management of crops that uses big data and GPS —as a method of boosting profits and crop yields while resolving food and water crises.

There are drones for sale today being used for agriculture in a wide variety of countries including Brazil, Canada, Australia and Japan.

drone flying over field

Ag drones save farmers money by preventing the unnecessarily overuse of resources such as herbicides, fertilizers and pesticides and at the same time reduce the amount of runoff that flows into the streams and rivers that are close to their farms.

Unfortunately, all the hype that has been surrounding the use of drones has not had a substantial effect on the agriculture business in United States, at least, until recently.

American agriculture is incredibly resource intensive, particularly dependent on petroleum products that are processed into nitrogen rich fertilizer. Water use is also incredibly intensive.… Read More