Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012

December 20, 2011 by  
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Keeping our national parks beautiful should be a nation-wide effort, and the Grand Canyon National Park is hoping to take a step in the new year that would make that easier for everyone by  banning the sale of plastic bottles within the park’s borders. The park has had a plastic bottle ban on its radar for a while now and is currently looking into the feasibility of placing public water refilling stations around the park to make sure visitors keep well hydrated. If the ban is approved and implemented the park would be following in the footsteps of Zion National Park in Utah and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – two parks that have already put plastic bottle bans in place. Read the rest of Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: banning plastic bottles , grand canyon , grand canyon national park , grand canyon water fountain , national park bottle ban , National Park Service , plastic bottle , plastic bottle ban , Plastic bottles

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Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012

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Keeping our national parks beautiful should be a nation-wide effort, and the Grand Canyon National Park is hoping to take a step in the new year that would make that easier for everyone by  banning the sale of plastic bottles within the park’s borders. The park has had a plastic bottle ban on its radar for a while now and is currently looking into the feasibility of placing public water refilling stations around the park to make sure visitors keep well hydrated. If the ban is approved and implemented the park would be following in the footsteps of Zion National Park in Utah and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – two parks that have already put plastic bottle bans in place. Read the rest of Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: banning plastic bottles , grand canyon , grand canyon national park , grand canyon water fountain , national park bottle ban , National Park Service , plastic bottle , plastic bottle ban , Plastic bottles

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Woman Makes Harry Potter House Out of Gingerbread!

December 20, 2011 by  
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We’ve seen some pretty rad DIY gingerbread houses this holiday season — from brownstones to geodesic domes to alpine cabins — but if you’re a Harry Potter fan, we’ve just found the edible house for you. DIYer Mezcraft just posted photos of her gingerbread rendition of the Weasley’s teetering abode from the Harry Potter series, complete with monogrammed sweaters hanging on the line. We have to say, her sugary architectural skills are quite impressive and we think Ron and company would be proud of Mezcraft’s artful rendition of The Burrow. Read the rest of Woman Makes Harry Potter House Out of Gingerbread! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cool gingerbread house , family activities , gingerbread house , great gingerbread house , Harry Potter , harry potter gingerbread house , holiday activities , holiday decorations , holiday festivities , how to make a gingerbread house , muggle gingerbread house , potter gingerbread house , unique gingerbread house , Weasley gingerbread house

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Seattle’s Firestation 30 is a Copper-Clad Green Community Beacon

December 20, 2011 by  
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Yosemite Installs Largest National Park Solar Array

August 8, 2011 by  
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Yosemite National Park is known for El Capitan and the breathtaking views captured by Ansel Adams, but visitors may soon remember another sight from their trip.  Yosemite has installed the largest solar power array of all the national parks with a 672 kW system that will provide 12 percent of the park’s power needs. Installed by Suntrek, the system consists of a 500 kW solar canopy over a parking lot, a 100 kW rooftop array on a warehouse and a 72 kW wall mounted array, all located within the park’s maintenance and administrative complex.  The whole system is made up of 2,800 solar PV panels. The $4.5 million installation will save the park $50,000 a year on energy costs and the park also expects to receive $700,000 in energy rebates from PG&E over the next five years. This is something I’d love to see more of.  While no one wants to see our national parks overrun with solar arrays, it is very fitting to install them at administrative or visitor centers where electricity is used.  National parks exist to conserve and protect the most amazing parts of our land, so renewable energy seems to be ideal for providing their electricity. Head over to SolarWorld’s website , the maker of the panels, to see some cool photos of the project. via Treehugger

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USDOT Begins Testing Smart Transportation Systems

August 8, 2011 by  
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Testing for a new vehicle-to-vehicle communication system is beginning this week on a specially arranged road course at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The US Department of Transportation is examining systems that use “communication-based safety warnings” to reduce the number of traffic accidents by alerting the driver when there is a risk of a crash or other safety driving hazard. Eight carmakers, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors LLC., Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc., Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc., Nissan Technical Center North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. and Volkswagen Group of America, are taking part in this project as members of the Vehicle Safety Communications 3 (VSC3) Consortium. About 100 local drivers have been recruited to drive specially modified cars and test the systems for this project. “Each clinic will include about 16 cars equipped with technology applications which drivers will evaluate as they use the vehicles in a controlled environment designed to simulate real roadways and intersections.” Simulated intersections, traffic signals, and other configurations have been laid out on the MIS grounds to test situations and equipment as a first step toward deployment of these systems. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expected to make a decision in 2013 about whether or not this technology is sufficiently developed that it can begin to be deployed in new cars. via: Michigan Radio

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