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Easy Off Grid Living

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by Wexner Center

Recently, an increasing number of people are coming to realize that you can still enjoy modern amenities whilst benefiting from the the independence of off grid living. Being ‘off the grid’ is exactly what it says – no power lines, no electric bills, and being free of utility bills, which, as we all know, means being away from their ever-increasing rates – a pleasant thought indeed.

Off grid living is environmentally friendly and cost effective way to run your home and it is most definitely an option available to almost any homeowner.

The principles of off grid living can easily be applied to any home wherever you are the world, even to those of us currently tied to the grid. From solar panels and windmills, there is rapidly growing interest in living off grid and escaping the more traditional fuel generating methods such as the fossil fuel burning power plants.

Technologies in wind and solar have advanced enormously and the really great point to make here is that the costs are amazingly cheap.

With a little know-how and dedication along with quality resources and manuals, going off grid is a definite reality for all of us. As energy demands continue to increase globally, those living off grid can rest easy knowing their own energy costs are quite literally a thing of the past.

The concept of off grid living can be a little daunting to those who believe they may have to give up some of their favourite electronic gadgets to achieve such freedom. However, this is absolutely not the case. By moving off grid and generating your own self sustaining power at home, you can continue to comfortably carry on life as usual provided the unit you build is adequate to sustain your requirements.

The chances are, you’ll be generating hundreds of hours worth of electricity and eventually you will no doubt forget how you’re even managing it!

Wanting to become part of the Off Grid Living adventure, doesn’t always mean giving up everything, sometimes it just means getting smarter about the things you have and the way you work.

Hopefully, by now, you will have some thoughts and ideas about off grid living and realize the benefits. It truly is a possibility for all of us to leave the over priced, greedy energy companies behind and start generating our own FREE electricity from home.

Keith aka Skeeter is living totally off the grid. Starting with a raw plot of land, he built his house from scratch, dug a well, created a solar power system and is completely responsible for all his waste. Keith is a good example of someone who got tired of paying utilities and mortgages to live on earth. He took matters into his own hands and decided to be as independent as possible. Deciding to live out in the wilderness is one way to go off the grid. We’ll be exploring other ways of being independent in urban environments in some of our next posts. Thanks Keith!

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Eco Tourism

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by neil cummings

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

* Minimize impact.
* Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
* Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
* Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
* Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
* Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate.
Flying is bad for environment. Air travel is one of the fastest growing causes of global warming. Although it is possible to travel to Turkey overland, the majority of travellers choose to fly. In order to compensate for the damaging effect of aircraft on the atmosphere we work with Climate Care who works on projects to “carbon neutralise” your flights.

We also encourage travellers to donate at the time of booking.
There are some of the reasons flying might be justified:

* If you are making a major financial contribution to environmental projects in the destination.
* If you are using local transport, use local facilities, stay in local hotels and share your money with people who are in need.
* If your visit is significantly improving the living standards of local people.
* If you have saved up carbon offsets by modifying your behaviour at home.

Cape Town Declaration

In 2002, 280 representatives from all sectors of tourism from 20 countries attended the Cape Town Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, preceding the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

A declaration on responsible tourism was agreed

The 2002 Cape Town declaration agreed that responsible tourism:

Minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts. Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well being of host communities; improves working conditions and access to the industry.

Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances.

Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity.

Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.

Provides access for physically challenged people is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.

Here’s How!

By choosing responsible travel, you can have the fabulous vacation that you’ve dreamed of, while ensuring that the money you spend at your destination is benefiting the environment and the local people.

 What is Responsible Travel?

Responsible travel is travel with a purpose. When choosing destinations, accommodations, and tour operators, consider which ones work to protect the environment and benefit local cultures and communities.

Who travels responsibly? Anyone can be a responsible traveler! You can get back to nature, or bathe in luxury…  hike into the rainforest, or explore the city… stay close to home, or travel to the exotic location of your dreams. Responsible travel provides many options and is often very affordable.

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www.ecotourism.org

www.sustainabletravelinternational.org/

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The Cat Who Fell to Earth

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Guanwei Recycling Corp. Receives Nasdaq Letter Regarding Non-Compliance

Guanwei Recycling Corp. Receives Nasdaq Letter Regarding Non-Compliance
FUQING CITY, CHINA, Jul 13, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Guanwei Recycling Corp. (the "Company") (NASDAQ:GPRC) , China's leading clean tech manufacturer of recycled low density polyethylene (LDPE), reported today it received a letter from …
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GLASS RECYCLED Hires a Design Consultant for Northern California Region
Since officially changing its corporate name in late 2011, GLASS RECYCLED has been expanding nationwide by hiring regional design consultants. GLASS RECYCLED is committed to providing sustainable building materials and raising awareness of …
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Global Spa & Wellness Summit Announces 2012 Student Challenge Winners


New York, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2012

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS), the premier annual event for spa and wellness industry leaders, today announced the winners of its fourth annual Spa of the Future Student Challenge Competition. Top honors went to the University of Denver for its creative Power Spa for teen girls, while Cornell University, the University of Houston and Penn State University received second and third place awards respectively.

The 2012 Summit, with its theme Innovation through Imagination, was held in collaboration with The Aspen Institute, and the student teams presented their designs to hundreds of industry executives gathered at the prestigious think-tank this June. Previous Challenge winners include Paris Institute de Management Hotelier International (2009), the University of Southern California (2010) and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2011).

Each year leading universities submit designs for the most innovative and potentially profitable spa of the future, competing for cash prizes and global industry recognition. Student teams are responsible for developing all the conceptual and financial details of their project, and are then assigned a professional architect to bring their ideas to life.

Standing Ovation for University of Denvers Defiant! Spa

Not only first prize, but a standing ovation, went to the University of Denvers Defiant!, a spa that rejects the typical pampering-patronizing-pink-and-sparkly-manicure teen spa model to tackle the emotional, physical and social needs of real girls. Cornell Universitys mente spa & studio, which reimagines the loud, exclusively body-focused gym as a sanctuary of social and intellectual engagement, took second place honors. Penn State Universitys greenhouse concept, marrying intense sustainability practices with a southern hospitality approach, and the University of Houstons ModerNature social spa, revolving around principles from the Slow Movement, tied for third.

The judges were floored by the quality, detail and creativity in each schools submission, with many observing these students delivered more innovative, thoughtful business plans than most professional consultants do, said Cornell Professor Mary Tabacchi, co-coordinator of the Student Challenge. Numerous delegates said they would employ these students in a heartbeat.

Sue Harmsworth, Challenge co-coordinator and CEO & Founder of ESPA International also noted, Given that a major research report just released at the Summit* revealed that there is a serious industry talent gap, with far more jobs for well-educated spa operators and managers than can be filled, these, and other extraordinary students worldwide now pursuing careers in this industry, have very bright futures ahead.

Hot-button issues explored at the 2012 Summit included the need for spas to more aggressively address mental wellness; to reach younger people (where lifelong health habits are formed); to embrace new technologies that can forge ongoing, supportive client connections; and bolder sustainability practices – all of which, interestingly, were key elements of the winning student projects.

Sponsors: Student prizes, airfare, accommodations and conference registration fees were generously underwritten by renowned destination spa, Chiva Som; hotel powerhouses, Hyatt and Four Seasons; leading spa manufacturer KLAFS; and iconic hotel and travel adventure company, Orient Express.

Judges: Thanisr Chaturongkul, CFO, Chiva Som; Adrian Egger, Managing Director, Spa Division, KLAFS; Christopher Norton, Chair, Global Spa Task Force, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Niamh O’Connell, VP, Spa Operations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts comprised the expert panel of judges.

2012 Spa of the Future Winners:

1st Place: University of Denver ($ 1,000USD prize)

Student team: Lian Duan, Molly Tompkins, Jing Wan

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cherri Young

Partner Architect: Cameron Zentz, Director, HBA Architects

The Concept – Defiant!

30% of U.S. spas may offer teen treatments, but usually as an afterthought, and often with a cutesy, bubble-gum vibe. Defiant! takes a defiantly new approach, dedicated to helping todays independent, stressed-out, body-conscious teen girls become mentally and physically confident. Designed as a girls Fourth Place (not home, school, the mall), self-care, self-acceptance and support (from the all-female staff) play starring roles.

Swiping her D-Life card at Debut (the reception desk) girls enter a fun, high-tech, social place. They can hang out in Daydream, the pillow- and iPad-packed central lounge, where they can order from the healthy caf

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Green living: eco-renovating a period property

Green living: eco-renovating a period property
Sandfield House, an old quarryman's cottage, is a handsome, warm red-brick house near Ormskirk, close to one of Lancashire's many disused sandstone quarries that helped build the great industrial cities of the North. Today, the quarry is a nature …
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Brentwood agricultural park in the works
Now, the co-founder of the Green Living Coalition wants to promote sustainable living and an organic culture in far East Contra Costa County. With the support of some Brentwood officials, Pillow and the Green Living Coalition are planning an …
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Green Hits the Beach, Mountains and Retreats for a GoGreen.org Vacation
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Ogle County's Eswood School goes off grid with wind turbine

Ogle County's Eswood School goes off grid with wind turbine
LINDENWOOD — When wind starts turning blades on the turbine at Eswood School later this month, it will take the Ogle County school off the grid and make it energy independent. It will also mark Rock-Wind LLC's official entry in the renewable energy …
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'Off-the-Grid' Solar Systems Work, While Solar Panels Tied Into the Power Grid
'Off-the-Grid' Solar Systems Work, While Solar Panels Tied Into the Power Grid Will Be Useless During a Blackout A spokesman from PowerSurvival.com backed up the research, adding, While a rooftop solar panel pushes excess electricity back into the grid …
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Pure Energies Acquires One Block off the Grid
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DIY Solar Power Kit – A Cheap And Immediate Renewable Power Option

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by hardwarehank

Article by Joseph.Solar

Do you need to know more regarding how you can create alterations that will help to minimize on the electrical power? Would you enjoy guarding the surroundings and also lowering the amount of guess gasoline along with coal you must use within order a home or office performing appropriately? While using transfer to the particular Modern, renewable power options tend to be smacking their gait, which include blowing wind strength and also solar powered energy in every regions of the globe.

Solar power has become more ideal because the fees tend to be coming down dramatically and it’s a free source of power when your method is build. The fantastic thing about solar as well as breeze in addition for that matter, is after they are all setup, there’s very little servicing essential and they’ll operate efficiently for years. If you would like to call home environmentally friendly, you need to learn more about DIY Solar Power Kit, so that you can find out away exactly how PV Solar has been utilized in many international locations around the world.

Even though solar technology manufacturing expenses have got dropped significantly, they’re still superb vs. fliers and business cards of energy technology. Huge amounts of money are usually invested in breeze farms and PV fields each year in different parts of the entire world, as well as nations such as Italy as well as Of India get observed important success, mostly because of the fact that temperature is favorable for ‘green vitality.

Inside a considerably long time, businessperson manufacturers like Nanosolar are in the lead to lower charges along with solar energy for everybody. The company will be developing cost-effective ways to produce solar panel technology sources that are able to use. So far Nanosolar provides decreased fees by simply more than $ 2 for each watt thus making this choice really appealing regarding development organizations seeking to put in solar energy that can are so durable ahead. All this design as well as principals are driving the expenses of a DIY Solar Power Kit significantly straight down therefore it can become affordable for everybody.

Solar technology technological innovation is additionally increasing to be able to photo voltaic arrays. Top professionals are considering these to observe effective they will become with regard to everyday use. Photo voltaic arrays are a compilation of solar panels that are built outside of the Global environment along with placed into orbit. And then the particular number of panels would coffee bean the energy in the sun’s rays down again by way of a receptor, and the solar panel technology is going to be changed into electrical energy.

Getting in touch with any local development firms or installers to acquire examples of solar energy styles will help you to find out more about this type of energy, and will allow you to see some situations associated with just how Eco-friendly development may benefit the earth. Many individuals, once they look around, want to DIY property solar energy systems in order to enter the particular solar technology game. One of the best ways to discover PV is always to truly create a solar powered energy technique oneself via simple ideas, like a DIY Solar Power Kit, whether on the internet and other source.

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Author Details:Joseph P Connor has been worrying about mother earth and the fast depletion of its resources, driven by our greed and search for more and more comforts. He has been delving into other energy sources to replace the natural energy forms, which can give mother earth a respite from the continuous assault on her natural resources like fossils. Joseph has concluded that the best way to do this would be by harnessing the endless sources of power generation like wind and sunlight and use them to generate green energy in every home. Especially for educating the public at large and to impart his knowledge, he opened a website…Click Here… DIY Solar Power Kit

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Author Details:Joseph P Connor has been worrying about mother earth and the fast depletion of its resources, driven by our greed and search for more and more comforts. He has been delving into other energy sources to replace the natural energy forms, which can give mother earth a respite from the continuous assault on her natural resources like fossils. Joseph has concluded that the best way to do this would be by harnessing the endless sources of power generation like wind and sunlight and use them to generate green energy in every home. Especially for educating the public at large and to impart his knowledge, he opened a website…Click Here… DIY Solar Power Kit

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Eco Travel

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by heraldpost

Eco travel is a sustainable travel which is based on the idea of experiencing the balance of nature rather than upsetting it. Our earth is incredibly beautiful place full of rich ecosystems. But over the time the greenery is disappearing and plants and animals are going extinct gradually. That is why our tourism industry practices responsible tourism and foster awareness among the travelers. Eco travel aim at traveling with out disrupting or harming local culture or climate or damaging the ecology of that region. Preserving the natural luxuries, forest life and saving the environment around us is what the eco tourism all about.

Eco travel is a new concept of traveling, typically defined as travel to destinations where flora, fauna, natural heritage are main attractions. It also includes to enhance the cultural integrity of the people and also supports the program the minimizes the adverse effect of the traditional tourism on the natural environment.

Preservation of cultural, biological and historical resources along with sustainable development are some of the related field of Eco travel. Many well known personalities from different fields have been engaged themselves in formulating and developing ecotourism policies.

In today’s tourism industry eco-tourism is a fast growing industry. Not only in India but it has been getting importance from global market also. While going for an adventurous travel tour like camping, trekking, birding etc we should keep in mind not to create any mishap or disturbance in the life cycle of nature.

Each and every part of India is a collection of eco regions full of natural sightseeing locations. Even the majestic Himalaya alone offer many world famous eco sites, which offer activities like trekking, wildlife viewing, camping, fishing, orchid viewing, glacier viewing, birding, mountain-biking, nature walk and etc.

Know more about eco travel in ecoindia

Please visit the official PES site ( bit.ly ) and get updates on exciting PES news and the latest episode releases. #5 “Quiet Driving” on FRI 7/20

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Solar Electricity Handbook – 2012 Edition: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy – Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems

Solar Electricity Handbook – 2012 Edition: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy – Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems

Solar Electricity Handbook - 2012 Edition: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy - Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems

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