Los Angeles activist inspires others by cleaning up Eaton Canyon

March 10, 2021 by  
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Thunderstorms, snow, 117°F temperatures and even ash falling from the sky couldn’t keep Edgar McGregor from his mission: cleaning up Eaton Canyon. The 20-year-old man, who self-identifies as autistic, shows how a plan and commitment can turn an ordinary citizen into a climate activist and anti-litter hero. The plan was simple: pick up litter at one of Los Angeles’ most popular hiking areas within the Angeles National Forest. The commitment was another matter. McGregor visited the spot for 589 consecutive days, filling at least a couple of buckets with litter, and, on his biggest day, single-handedly stuffed a half-ton of trash in a dumpster. Related: California teen finds golf balls are a major source of plastic waste in our oceans “Not worrying about litterbugs and simply immersing myself in this work has made me more excited than ever to go out every single day and pick up,” said McGregor, as reported by NPR. “There is nothing more satisfying than seeing brand new animals return to your park after months of cleaning up.” Trash pickup day 507. This was a 300 minute cleanup. #EarthCleanUp This was my largest solo cleanup ever. I filled an entire dumpster with 1,000+ lbs of trash!! That thing was EMPTY when I arrived. The area I cleaned up in was less than 1 acre in size, and it’s still a mess! pic.twitter.com/qEm7KGmh8v — Edgar McGregor (@edgarrmcgregor) December 14, 2020 McGregor documented his cleanup on Twitter, encouraging others to start their own litter removal projects and reposting other trash activists with the hashtag # EarthCleanUp . He originally started his campaign after hearing that Los Angeles was hosting the 2028 summer games. He didn’t want the nearby national forest to be a global embarrassment. Eaton Canyon is the closet national forest park to where McGregor lives. About 600,000 annual visitors come to hike the miles of trails and visit the three waterfalls. But it also has seven homeless encampments, four parking lots, 11 storm drains and two miles of streambeds, all of which are prone to trash buildups — in a place with no trash service. The more time McGregor spent in the park, the more he identified with it as his own. He learned every canyon, tree and bit of trail. Litter he picked up ranged from discarded iPhones to a 1970s beer can. When McGregor started his work in May 2019, he expected the job to last a couple of weeks. Instead, he didn’t finish until last week. “For the first time in 589 days, I can say with confidence that my park, Eaton Canyon, one of Los Angeles’ most popular hiking trails — if not the most popular hiking trail — is completely free of municipal waste ,” he said in a video he posted last Friday. But McGregor is hooked on cleaning up. He plans to maintain Eaton Canyon while turning his main efforts to other parks in need of his help. Via NPR Image via Pinguino K

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Mercedes-Benz releases lightweight yet powerful eScooter

November 3, 2020 by  
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Mercedes-Benz has long been a top name when it comes to innovation. Most recently, this is evidenced by the newly released eScooter, a zero-emissions scooter that is light, foldable and portable to help cover the miles between the parking garage or bus stop and the final destination without contributing to air pollution . With an electric motor providing 500W power, the eScooter is powerful enough to climb grades, yet convenient enough to keep in the trunk of a car. It can get you where you need to go with a quick acceleration of up to 20km/h, which is the top limit allowed in Germany, where the eScooter was born. It may not go as fast as a car, but the 7.8 Ah battery offers an impressive range of up to 25 kilometers without a recharge. Related: Mercedes Benz presents a luxury electric car Both front and rear suspension and wide rubber tires allow the electric scooter greater traction and stability over uneven cobblestones or on smooth pavement. For added comfort and security, the kickboard is wide enough for both feet and comes with a non-slip coating. The handlebars are also road-ready with an easily adjustable height, right-handed acceleration and left-handed breaking. In addition, there is a foot break, front and rear lighting and side reflectors for safety. There’s even a classic bell to warn of your arrival around a corner or intersection. Plus, because you wouldn’t expect any less from Mercedes-Benz, there is a centrally mounted display, which makes it easy to monitor speed, battery level and riding mode at a glance. With the quick release of a foot lever, the eScooter folds in half for garage or trunk storage. You can also easily take it on public transportation for a convenient way to move between the station and the office. The Mercedes-Benz eScooter is part of a growing line of vehicles the company is scheduled to release over the next two years in an effort to provide Mercedes-Benz quality with more sustainable designs and less emissions. + Mercedes-Benz Images via Mercedes-Benz

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Hauser & Wirth gallery, where adaptive reuse and art thrive

November 3, 2020 by  
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New York’s West Chelsea neighborhood has a distinct character that residents have worked to preserve over the years. The neighborhood is full of historic buildings and architecture that showcases America’s design past. But West Chelsea has also become a home for innovation, art and culture. The new Hauser & Wirth building in West Chelsea celebrates this culture by preserving the community’s history and allowing art to flourish all in the same space. Selldorf Architects designed the space, which resides in the West Chelsea Arts District. Working in collaboration with Hauser & Wirth, Selldorf Architects has created multiple adaptive reuse projects in New York. The new Hauser & Wirth building has a contemporary facade composed of concrete blocks and zinc panels. The concrete blocks were sustainably sourced and partially made with recycled waste glass and aggregate. Additionally, glazed openings fill the interior spaces with light. Big, open spaces inside provide plenty of room for art installations. Gleaming polished concrete runs throughout the building, and walls of white plaster provide a bright, clean background for bold, imaginative art displays. The ground floor’s 16-foot glass door can be folded and opened up completely, giving the world outside a view of the amazing art within. The second floor has 12-foot glass doors that open up the same way. Another opening, a glazed roof hatch, resides on the fifth floor. This hatch serves two purposes: to bring natural light into the space and to allow large artworks to be lifted by crane into the building. A bar and event space on the second floor hosts artist appearances and public gatherings. Appropriately, the first project displayed in the building was called “Artists for New York.” Artists donated pieces to help raise funds for a group of 16 non-profit visual arts organizations in New York impacted by COVID-19. + Hauser & Wirth Images via Hauser & Wirth

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Sanikind kickstarts refillable hand sanitizer bottle project

July 17, 2020 by  
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Hand sanitizer has become an essential part of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, but its environmental impact via  plastic waste  increases with each empty bottle. As a consumer, it’s frustrating wanting to do the right thing for the planet, but being unable to get the hand sanitizer you need without contributing to plastic pollution. Enter Sanikind, a sustainable solution for portable and conveniently refillable hand sanitizer. Sanikind’s widely popular Kickstarter campaign, which ends on July 24, has over 4,000 backers funding over $200,000 to the project. This support shows how many people feel frustrated about plastic pollution, and it’s not hard to see why. Sanikind offers a simple solution to alleviate  pollution  and plastic waste problems. The Sanikind spray bottle, useful for both hands and surfaces, provides around 250 sprays. When sprays run out, simply refill the one-ounce container with more sanitizer from the endlessly recyclable aluminum refill bottle. Each spray bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic, sourcing manufacturing materials from the waste stream and creating a reduced waste circle. Related:  Discarded COVID-19 masks are now littering seas and oceans “We developed Sanikind because you shouldn’t have to choose between clean hands and clean oceans,” said Miles Pepper, Sanikind co-founder. “Experts believe COVID-19 has set us back 10 years in terms of reducing plastic consumption and use. Our Kickstarter supporters can help prevent millions of tiny plastic hand sanitizer bottles from ending up in our oceans, which are already being clogged by single-use coronavirus-related waste.” Sanikind knows the list of items you need when leaving the house has grown during the pandemic: wallet or purse, phone, keys, mask and sanitizer. With this in mind, Sanikind includes an easy to use carabiner with each bottle of Sanikind. Conveniently attach it to your keys, purse or backpack, so it’s always on hand, for your hands. In addition to providing a sustainable solution for an urgent problem, the project also employs U.S. distillery workers who manufacture according to WHO and FDA guidelines. This isn’t the first product from Pepper, who already has another well-received product under his young belt. According to the company, “Sanikind was co-founded by 25-year-old serial entrepreneur Miles Pepper, the inventor and co-founder of FinalStraw, which raised almost $2 million dollars on Kickstarter in 2018 and went on to be featured on Shark Tank and ship hundreds of thousands of units to consumers. When Coronavirus hit, Pepper immediately mobilized to create Disinfect Connect, putting distillery-made disinfectant in the hands of 32,000+ frontline healthcare workers, first responders and nursing home staff.” Available this fall, Sanikind can be purchased as you need it, or as a subscription. All shipments are 100% plastic-free, and Sanikind will offset its carbon footprint . + Sanikind Images via Sanikind

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Creating Change: Sunshine Sustainability

September 12, 2014 by  
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Brought to you by Spark Business from Capital One Every entrepreneur has a story. For Will Breiholz, President of California Solar, his biggest challenge was landing his first job, while still working on earning the trust of his clients by developing a track record. Will has found success in his business by remaining even-keeled throughout the process, which is tough to do through the successes and setbacks.   Spark Business SM Credit Cards from Capital One® offer unlimited rewards on every day purchases, including the opportunity to earn $300 in one-time bonuses with the Spark ® Cash card, 30,000 miles with the Spark ® Miles card, unlimited cash rewards or free flights on any airline, anytime with miles that don’t expire and more. For additional information on the Spark Cash and Spark Miles business cards, please visit Capital One Small Business . SPARK BUSINESS FROM CAPITAL ONE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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An Ocean-Sized Cache of Water is Hiding 400 Miles Under the United States

June 16, 2014 by  
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Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico say they’ve discovered proof of multiple oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States . The researchers say deep pockets of magma located about 400 miles beneath North America are a tell-tale sign of hidden water, although you probably wouldn’t recognize it even if you could see that far underground. Keep reading to find out why. Read the rest of An Ocean-Sized Cache of Water is Hiding 400 Miles Under the United States Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient oceans , hidden oceans , hidden water supply , history of the ocean , Northwestern University , ringwoodite , Steve Jacobsen , underground water , water reservoir

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Thousands of Indonesian Residents Flee as Erupting Mount Kelud Spews Ash 80 Miles Away

February 14, 2014 by  
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Photo via  Shutterstock Indonesian citizens near Surabaya are fleeing their homes as Mount Kelud has erupted, spewing ash and debris as far as 80 miles from the volcano. Mass evacuations began yesterday as the volcano in East Java began to erupt. Tens of thousands are displaced from their homes , and at least two deaths are reported after falling ash collapsed the victims’ houses. Read the rest of Thousands of Indonesian Residents Flee as Erupting Mount Kelud Spews Ash 80 Miles Away Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: East Java , eco design , green design , Indonesia residents evacuated , Indonesian eruption , java , Mount Kelud , sumatra , sustainable design , volcanic casualties , volcanic eruption , volcano eruption in Indonesia , Yogyakarta        

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Construction Starts on La Vita Tower, Nanjing’s First Building to Implement a Chilled Beam System

February 14, 2014 by  
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Urban Artist HOT TEA Transforms a Derelict Tennis Court With Miles of Colorful Yarn

February 3, 2014 by  
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As part of a new series called Paid in Full , Colossal teamed up with the online t-shirt store Threadless to promote the creation of new art and tell the stories of amazing creatives working today. Their first installment features Minneapolis-based urban artist HoTTea (real name Eric Rieger), who creates non-destructive street art installations with miles and miles of yarn . Rieger’s latest installation is called Optimist , and it transforms an abandoned tennis court into a colorful inner-city attraction. Read the rest of Urban Artist HOT TEA Transforms a Derelict Tennis Court With Miles of Colorful Yarn Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: colorful yarn street art , Eric Rieger , HOTTEA , Minneapolis street art , non-destructive street art , rejuvenated tennis court        

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Minnesota-Based Duo Builds a Three-Wheeled Hybrid Electric Vehicle That Gets 75 Miles Per Charge

January 20, 2014 by  
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Human Electric Vehicle is a three-wheeled , energy-efficient vehicle that is part car, part motorcycle and part kayak bike. It combines the pedal power of a bicycle with an electric engine and features a tablet computer that gives information on mileage and speed. Minnesota-based designer Lyon Smith and CEO Rich Kronfeld hope to perfect the vehicle and enable it to travel at the speed of up to 100 mph, between 50 and 75 miles per charge. Read the rest of Minnesota-Based Duo Builds a Three-Wheeled Hybrid Electric Vehicle That Gets 75 Miles Per Charge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Battery powered vehicle , carbon fiber vehicle , electric vehicles , green transportation , Human Electric Vehicle , human-powered vehicles , hybrid vehicles , kayak bikes , kayak-like vehicle , Minnesota green transportation , Minnesota hybrid vehicles , pedal powered vehicles , solar panels vehicle , vehicle prototypes        

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