Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Why Green Roofs aren't being planted

Libby Rosenthal writes in the Business of Green blog on the NYT that green roofs aren't catching on because there aren't enough big corporations behind the project. Libby Rosenthal is of the opinion that the green roof fad won't take off because there isn't a big enough incentive for multinational companies to get into the market. She compares the market for green roofs to the solar panel and wind turbine industry that has seen growth because of the amount of money being made internationally while green roofs are produced and maintained locally.

Her theory is interesting but one reason that seems to be overlooked is the feasibility to implement green roofs. I personally would like to live in a home with a green roof because it could expand my gardening space but the pitched roof to the house I live in makes it more of a dream than a reality. A living roof on a building with a pitched roof is possible but would be harder to build and maintain than on a flat roof I think these design obstacles with homes would be more of a reason behind green roofs not taking off more so than multinational investing in the industry.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Is your website carbon neutral?

In the post "How Green Is Your Website?" I linked to a blog widget that can be added to your blog to display how green your website is. The green website widget keeps track of the CO2 emissions created by your blog or website. If you're running a carbon neutral website there is a logo for carbon neutral websites created by Simon Hindley.

The stylish Carbon Neutral Logo is free to use under the condition that you meet the requirements of being a carbon neutral website and can be verified by an independent party or government agency. The logo is available with a clear, white or black background that is sure to fit the design of any website that can display it.

Visit the site and read the information before downloading and using the logo to make sure you qualify and then choose the logo style that fits your carbon neutral website. Carbon Neutral Websites logo.

How Green Is Your Website?

How Green Is Your Website? Is the question being asked by There is a widget that you can add to your website or blog that calculates the carbon footprint created by your website or blog.

How does it work?

It supposedly measures the electricity usage by your readers as they spend time on your website or blog. The popular sites and blogs on the internet have more visitors that spend more time on then and in turn create more CO2 emissions. You can combat the negative effects of your popular website by buying carbon offset credits.

The project was founded by Ph.D. Students at Harvard and Yale. Visit the CO2Stats to add the widget to your website or blog. At the time of this writing it is offered in a single click install for TypePad and Blogger.

Go Greeen by recycling your plastics

If you're looking to recycle plastics in your area but don't know where to go has a database of plastic buyers and sellers. You can search the Recycled Plastics Market Database by zip code or by state and even parts of Canada.

You can narrow down your results further by selecting the types of plastics you're looking to sell or buy. The plastics in the the Recycled Plastics Market Database include:

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Polypropylene (PP)
Polystyrene (PS)
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Other Resins
Commingled Bottles

Recycled Plastics Market Database.