Here’s a memorable news article that I saved last year and just pulled up from a list of my favorite articles from online.
I’m back! February 25, 2011
As you may already know, I originally set up this blog for my first semester college class “Writing in Electronic Environments”. I mentioned that I would eventually return to blogging here once I had the time. It’s been almost two months since my last blog post back in December 2010. I had a ton of fun learning about the electronic blogging world along with learning much more about my own interest area of eco-friendly businesses.
Now, I shall once again begin blogging here. Thank you for stopping by.
For today, I’ve included something that I specifically saved to post here.
The link here directs you to several images of a Beijing Egg House.
This is quite interesting!
“Quo Vadis = Where are you going?” December 8, 2010
This will be my last blog post for the semester. However, I will still try and post some interesting things related to the business field and environment later on.
Last year, I was given a Quo Vadis planner. I didn’t realize that its cover along with its pages are eco-friendly! I was cleaning out my closet during Thanksgiving break when I found this and the front had said “Made out of eco-friendly materials”. So I thought it would be interesting to bring up something that many people use their daily lives.
I googled “Quo Vadis” and came up with their website. According to their website,”Quo Vadis developed planners with recycled paper for people who prefer this option. Unlike other recycled paper, Equology paper is crisp, very white, and good to write on. Equology planners come bound or refillable.”
-Certified EcoLogo, chlorine-free and FSC recycled paper
-Manufactured using biogas energy”
The cover that I have is really nice. It has a “rubber feel” to it and it’s definitely great to use. They come in many colors, so when you are purchasing a Quo Vadis planner, you can choose from a variety of styles and colors. If you are in need of a planner for the coming 2011, be sure to check out Quo Vadis planners. I highly recommend it! They offer refills too, so only the yearly pages have to be replaced. The cover can always stay the same, if you decide not to change it every year.
Here is the website. Please take a look at it!
How does this all fit into the eco-friendly business environment? Well, planners are usually used by many people and this is the perfect opportunity to purchase a stylish planner that also saves the planet!
Christmas is ’round the corner December 1, 2010
Since Christmas is only 24 days away, I thought it would be nice to post another blog entry relating to Christmas. A few weeks ago, I posted up an image of an artificial Christmas tree in the Image of the Week section. Even though traditional, real Christmas trees are amazing, I’ve always felt like it’s such a waste. Every year a few days after Christmas, I start seeing my neighbors throwing out their Christmas trees and these trees perish in the cold, empty sidewalk.
Personally, my family has been putting up an artificial Christmas tree every year for many years now and I think it’s great because it’s reusable and all kinds of ornaments fit perfectly the same way as they would on a real Christmas tree. With real Christmas trees, I feel that so many trees are cut every year around this time of the year only to be kept for a couple of weeks.
The image below that I mentioned earlier is really fascinating to me. I think it would be unique to have this kind of eco Christmas tree. It has a great design to it and although you don’t see any green leaves or branches, it has the whole shape designed to look exactly like a Christmas tree. It might not be easy to hang ornaments, but it has a sort of modern appeal to it. The height seems similar to a real Christmas tree and it fits well with almost anything. Most importantly, it’s environmental-friendly. Although it’s completely different in terms of its material and texture, it would be interesting to have this 3-dimensional recycled tree.
In my recent posts, I’ve been mentioning many environmental-friendly products and steps that different businesses and corporations around the world are taking. However, there’s another really important part of this green direction in which many aspects of our society is heading towards that I haven’t yet talked about here. This includes the way our very own transportation is changing.
Under Yahoo’s Auto News, I found a recent article published online that gave information on a series of “green cars” that are underway in the coming 2011. For the past three or four years, I have been seeing several advertisements on new hybrid cars in many different models. For instance, one very typical hybrid car we see (also mentioned in this article) is the Toyota Prius. Obviously, we are making progress in terms of producing and using the things around us that are more environmental-friendly. This is really important because transportation is so vital when it comes to travelling to visit family or even simply to buy groceries. Cars are almost like our daily travel companions. Therefore, it only makes sense to change the type of energy in which our cars are using.
The article explains that the launch of the Chevrolet Volt from General Motors and the Leaf from Nissan in December will eventually promote the new trend of electric, hybrid, and plug-in electric cars. However, these new vehicles will be launched regionally, meaning that they’re only available in certain states. Due to necessity of a charging network and other important features that are still being developed, there are limited launches into the mass market.
The article provides the following websites for reference in terms of availability and most things there is to know about these kinds of cars.
Some other types of cars such as the Coda sedan will have a federal tax rebate along with state incentives. However, these are more unlikely to be found in the mass market, for they are only available through certain markets and retail stores.
I don’t usually follow-up with these kinds of auto news, but I thought it would be interesting to share. If you have some time, definitely take a look at the article here. Whether or not you’re planning to participate in this new “green” trend vehicle-wise, it’s still something fun to read and learn about. This type of production is always a slower process and can take many years to develop.
Facebook Goes Green November 18, 2010
Nowadays, it’s quite obvious that Facebook has impacted the way many groups are supporting causes and using the online domain to spread awareness. These last couple of days, I’ve been following many articles and blogs relating to Facebook that talk about how Facebook has begun to incorporate elements of the eco-friendly movement into their business operations. I recently read an article that dealt with the way Facebook is merging eco-friendly ideas into their daily management of the domain.
When I found out about it, I “Liked” the official “Green on Facebook” page. As of right now, there are 56, 923 Facebook users who have “Liked” this. Most of the time, my Facebook friends may recommend me pages that I am not interested in. This time however, I immediately clicked “Like” for their Go-Green page because I want to be a part of this and see how it continues to expand around the world. This is a great beginning because Facebook is taking advantage of its popularity and promoting something that is not only interesting to learn about, but at the same time, a great way of spreading the word between “Friends” on Facebook.
Their Info section of the page states, “we are taking proactive steps as a company to implement responsible sustainability practices throughout Facebook. This includes our own efforts toward energy efficient computing, smart practices by our employees and our facilities, sensible advocacy and partnerships and leveraging the social sustainability of our platform.” The Info section goes on to describe their efforts in CPU usage. There’s also a section titled “Programs” where Facebook goes into more detail regarding its “Green Programs” and “Energy Efficient Computing”. Most importantly, I liked how they included partnerships with other companies such as the “Alliance to Save Energy”, “Digital Energy Solutions Campaign”, and the “Green Grid”. In both the partners “Alliance to Save Energy” and “DESC”, they have designed their page so that readers can see that they’re connected to Facebook. I think this is really important because not only are they showing this important partnership with Facebook, they’re spreading their campaign into a public domain like Facebook where people log on almost every day. According to an article on Facebook’s initiatives, “[there are] water conservation efforts that have cut water used by the 1,700 Facebook employees by 60 percent, a Google-esque employee shuttle program that 40 percent of employees use instead of driving to work, and recycling and composting efforts in-house”. Although there are some criticisms out there, it seems that Facebook is starting from a low point which will eventually expand to a point where everyone is aware of this campaign.
They are still in their early stages of this, so we’ll see what happens and hopefully, this awareness can influence other large corporations and businesses to try something similar. I just thought this would be an interesting point to share because Facebook is such a popular online community where the younger generations can take charge, create new innovative ideas, and help spread the cause by standing up and promoting this to their families and friends to join the cause. And what about the older generations? The same thing applies to them- there seems to have been an increasing amount of the older generations beginning to use Facebook to connect with their family (children, grandchildren, long-time friends etc.) They can help the same way by talking about the importance of going green and spreading the word through places like Facebook.
Below is an image that represents Facebook’s green initiatives.
Hyatt Hotels-Eco-Friendly Meetings November 10, 2010
What comes to your mind when you read this phrase, “Great happens when people get together”? Everyone may have a different interpretation. You might have heard it somewhere, or you may not have even heard of it before. I’ve been seeing this phrase in an ad many times when I log onto Facebook or when I’m researching a topic for a project in one of my classes. It seems to always be there, so I decided to look more into out of curiosity. The word “Green” in the ad really stood out to me the first time, so I was curious to know what these ads were all about.
It turns out, the ad is hosted by the Hyatt Hotel chains and it’s designed to attract business people around the world who may be planning to stay in one of their hotels or book an official business meeting in their hotel. According to their website designed for these events, the Southwest Hotels (including many hotel chains in California) are offering a great deal that not only helps their clients save money but helps spread the awareness and importance of saving the planet by taking simple steps in the business world. I think this is a really neat idea and it’s honestly the first time I’ve heard of this in connecting businesses such as hotel chains to promote environmental preservation. Whether or not business clubs or members use this to their advantage, it certainly is a next step in promoting even greater possibilities for businesses to merge and adopt the idea of saving the environment.
They have several links that explain the guidelines and what their purpose is on their website. In my opinion, I think they did an excellent job in merging their own logo and company tagline with what their purpose is-which is to serve the business needs of businesses by incorporating the idea of being eco-friendly at the same time. Their original tagline is the one I mentioned in the beginning of this blog post-“Great happens when people get together”. They expand this by advertising, “But now greater happens when green happens”. The whole “green” idea is emphasized and focused. The logo still meets the business people’s goals and needs, but simply adds a new element to these meetings. (more…)