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I've attended various conferences concerning greening the workplace and I've attended in-house training about conserving energy and water and reducing the use of and recycling paper. However, I don't think this qualifies as "Green Job Training." I think of "Green Job Training" as training for those jobs that are potentially considered "green jobs", such as UST operators, solar panel installers, recycling facility operators. Does anyone think my view of what constitues a "green job" is too narrow?
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2011 on What About Green Job Training? at BLR Green Team
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Those are good tips for car washing. However, I was listiening to CarTalk this weekend when someone asked about an eco-friendly windshield washer. No one could come up with one that did not contain a type of alcohol (needed to prevent freezing). Does anyone know of any eco-friendly windshiled wash that doesn't freeze?
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2011 on Tips for 'Green' Washing Your Car at BLR Green Team
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Reducing and Setting up an office-wide cleaning day (or maybe a department-wide cleaning 2 hours) would go hand-in-hand. It's difficult to use green cleaning supplies at the office unless the company uses them as a whole. Otherwise you have to buy them on your own. Does anybody work at a company that purchases green cleaning products? Has it cost the company any more?
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While small businesses do need help and encouragement to become more sustainable, we can all take heart in a recent report out of MIT http://c0426007.cdn2.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/MIT-SMR-BCG-sustainability-the-embracers-seize-advantage-2011.pdf that shows that companies that embrace sustainaiblity have a market advantage. Granted most of the "embracers" are big companies but the idea is trickling down. According to the rport, the "cautious adopters" are becoming increasing convinced that sustainability efforts are worthwhile for both tangible and intangible reasons.
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When my kids were young they were delighted that the Grinch couldn't actually steal Christmas, but they didn't really connect that with the idea that there may not be presents under the tree for them and we would all stand in a circle and sing. It's not hard promoting the green shopping idea with adults, but it takes very special effort make the point with kids--especially in this media age. We managed a bit over the years and I think we raised a couple of thoughtful young men, but my heart goes out to young parents these days.
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There is quite a controversey in some states about using clothsline. Many communtities and homeowners' associations ban them as unsightly. From what I understand, Florida is the only state with a "Right to Dry" law, but a number of other states have been considering the idea.
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It brings to mind the picture of EPA administrator Lisa Jackson in a meeting in Louisiana with bottled water all around. Perhaps we should point this out to meeting organizers when we see them.
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