Who knew roads could do so much more than serve as paths for vehicles to get from one place to another? If Japan has roads that heat up to combat snow, then France has a solar road, which was launched in December 2016 in the village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France. The solar road, which is called Wattway, is only 1 km long and is composed of 30,000 square feet of solar panels–and costs €5 million. The goal of the road: to generate power for street lighting in the village. The concept is interesting, though it still remains to be seen whether this will be an effective endeavor. Its future looks bright, if the current situation of the world’s first solar road in Amsterdam is anything to go by; the solar road has been used by around 150,000 cyclists, and it’s produced over 3,000 kilowatts of energy so far. In any case, projects like this solar road can stir up a lot of interest and help people better figure out how to implement other solar projects in different, creative ways.
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It’s been a few years, but we’re back and we fully intend to resume posting here again and sharing as much good green news as we can. We’re keeping the old posts for your perusal, but we’re taking out some that link to pages that are no longer up and products that no longer exist. If you’re new to this blog, welcome, and if you’ve been dropping by every now and then hoping to see something new from us, well, we’ll do our best to not disappoint you and to give you more of what you want! Stick around and let’s keep the goodness flowing!
Okay, so the happy, smiling goat in this picture will not be among those who will be working at O’Hare. But I’ll take any excuse to post this picture.
Anyway, O’Hare Airport is taking on some unique employees: a herd of 25 goats and a goat herder who will keep the goats in line. The goats will take on landscaping duties, or tasks that are considered “sustainable vegetation management grazing services.” They were obtained from Butcher & the Burger, a Chicago restaurant, and will get to work on grazing in “hilly areas near creeks and streams and roadway right-of-ways.” They’ll stay in a trailer at night, and a fence will help keep them away from the airfield itself.
It sounds unusual at first–until you realize that this is one of O’Hare’s ways to become greener. Having the goats around will save quite a lot on landscaping costs, make fuel and equipment unnecessary, and eliminate the need for grass cutting. This step is definitely in line with O’Hare’s goal of becoming the most sustainable airport in the U.S.
Soon, 2,000 employees of the four McDonald’s Olympic Park branches will be wearing eco-friendly uniforms. The uniforms were designed by husband-and-wife tandem Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, who partnered with Worn Again, and the clothes have been described variously as “mod” and “Mad Men-inspired.” The uniforms will enter a “closed loop,” which means that any old or damaged clothing will be reused instead of discarded. McDonald’s employees will also be wearing recyclable aprons made from recycled plastic.
This infographic by OnlineColleges.net illustrates a few details about the greenest college campuses in the U.S.
Compiled By: Online Colleges Guide