Watch Legendary Bruce Oreck’s Plenary Presentation from WREF 2012

Long but good

Bruce Oreck, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, began on one of the days at WREF with a talk on how to use language effectively to promote renewable energy. Oreck’s presentation focused on using a different style of language than currently used to promote renewables. For example, instead of using the phrase that renewable energy “saves money,” focus on using “making money” by going solar instead. You can view Oreck’s presentation from WREF here:

Watch Legendary Bruce Oreck’s Plenary Presentation from WREF 2012

The CORE Home

There is a new type of dome home being developed by Sustainable Living Systems called “The Core Home” Basically, it is a hollow Tubular dome structure surrounded by  wood panels just as in a regular geodesic dome. But the best part of this idea is that there is a coolant fluid running through the Tubular pipe structure with a pump in the top of the dome that keeps the fluid in constant motion. This fluid is then sent to a ground heat sink that stabilizes the temperature. Thus the whole house remains relatively a constant temperature. This fluid transfers the heat or the cool throughout the house. Heats up at the top of the house, and cooled at the bottom. or if it is cold out, collects the heat of the ground, and transfers it through out the structure.

This amazing idea gives the net energy usage as ZERO. since you are using a subterranean heat sink to to keep the house at a relatively constant temperature.  The average temperature of the earth. below the frost line is appropriately  65 degrees. To augment the savings you could use a solar pump to push the fluid through the pipes, and add Solar Panels to create more energy for your home usage.

For a better explanation visit the website Sustainable Living Systems.

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Do It Yourself Go Green Projects

Article by kathy jhones

Green houses are the best options for go green projects. Green house, also known as the glass house are the house like structures where the plants are grown. These structures are made of glass and plastic. Depending upon the material used to build the structure, green houses are named as glass green house and plastic green house.

The green houses are mainly for commercial purposes and are for the flowers and vegetables production. The green houses are built with high tech technology, where in a computer system is installed to monitor the temperature and lighting installation. The glass and plastic walls used in the green house act as preventive walls for the free circulation of air. The heat energy is trapped inside the green house.

Green houses keep the crops away from the climatic changes. It acts as a shield to protect the plants from pests, dust and snow. Hence green houses help to grow the crops perennially in spite of the climatic changes. Fruits such as tomatoes, tobaccos and flowers are been grown in the green house. In these days floating green houses have become common in areas surrounded by water.

Building a green house is not just a profitable one. Its something that derives you immense satisfaction. One can derive the immense pleasure of gardening which cannot be amounted. We need not be afraid of the natural and artificial hazards that may spoil our crops.

Here is an idea for a simple do it yourself green house.
Planning Whether you are building the green house for your residence or office or for other commercial purpose its important to draft a blue print of the technical knowhow.

Also decide the type of plants you are to grow and then proceed with the set up. Then work upon the size of the house. The sizes vary from 6 – 4.5 feet to 20 – 10 ft. It is very essential to choose the more suitable size depending upon the plant we are to grow.


Now the decision has to be made whether to build a glass or a plastic or a wooden green house depending upon the type of crop. Aluminum alloy frames can be used as it is durable and much cheaper than wood. The ordinary PVC pipe frames are also available in plenty in the market. The wooden green houses are the most traditional one. But the wooden green houses are durable for only about fifteen years. When compared to the artificial materials such pipes and frames wooden green houses have a more natural appeal. Black wood is more suitable for the green houses.


Concrete flooring with terracotta tiles are required in the center for the pathway.


As the green house is a closed place, rain water cannot be used for the growth of plants. Hence proper irrigation plans has to be laid down. A hose pipe or an artificial water trickling or spraying system can be used depending on the size of the house.

A thermometer and heating and cooling equipment needs to be fixed.

Thus a green house is done by ourselves and can be pursued as a hobby.

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7 Eco Friendly Ways to Go Green For Free!

Article by Roz Green

Let’s face it many Americans want to be more green in their daily living, but don’t know where to start. A lot of the most publicized eco friendly changes are often times quite costly. I know because I was one of those Americans. So I have put together 7 simple ways to go green without spending a day.

1. Turn things off – Sounds so simple, yet rarely done. You can save energy by simply flipping a switch. Try this for 30 days, start turning off appliances, lights, etc. when not in use and develop a new energy saving habit.

Skip the Heated Dry Cycle on you Dishwasher – Allow your dishes to air dry right inside the dishwasher. Some may argue that washing dishes by hand is more energy efficient, but as it turns out using an Energy Star dishwasher is actually more energy efficient and more water-wise then washing dishes by hand.

Take Shorter Showers – When showering, particularly log showers you are using several gallons of water. Obviously shorter showers use less than log luxurious showers. Even baths in a shallow tub is more efficient because you’re using a fixed amount of water.

Donate Your Old Magazines – Magazines can be recycled in curbside bins, but why not donate them to libraries, hospitals or doctor offices. You can even use them as wrapping paper.

Clean your Refrigerator Coils – If your refrigerator has coils on the back, once or twice a year you’ll need to turn your refrigerator off and to clean those coils. Cleaning those coils enables your refrigerator to operate more efficiently.

Put On a Sweater – Finding an optimal temperature is a challenge in itself, but reducing the thermostat a few degrees can reduce use as well as raising your temperature when cooling.

Wash Full Loads of Clothes in Cold Water – Most detergents work well with cold water have have specific detergents designed to work in cold water. Even if you wash with warm water, you’re saving more energy then if you were washing in hot water. Lastly, only wash full loads.

So there you have it, these few tips for environmentally friendly living can be done by anyone that wants to make a positive change for the environment. These small changes can make a big impact on the environment and impact the environment greatly.

About the Author

Roz Green is woman trying to live a more eco friendly and green life. For more information check out my site or email me at

Going Green: 10 Tips for Eco-Friendly Exhibiting

Article by Graham Green

There’s no question that consumers are starting to pay attention to eco-friendly companies. With the threats of global warming, over-filled landfills, water shortages, and many other environmental concerns looming on the horizon, some businesses that want to make a difference in the world—and attract a large amount of consumer goodwill—are choosing to go green.

There are plenty of reasons to consider environmental factors when planning for your next exhibit. If your industry is not traditionally linked with environmental movements, having a “green exhibit” is a great way to stand out from the crowd. Add to that the fact that you’re doing your part to make the world a better place, and you’ll feel less guilty for blowing your competition out of the water. Here are ten tips for going green at your next exhibit.

Building a booth? Use eco-friendly materials. If you’re building a custom booth this year, you have several options for greener materials. First, try to avoid wood. The earth’s forests are nearly 80% depleted, and that’s bad news for our atmosphere. Trees breathe in carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen—so they may be our first line of defense against global warming. Leave a few trees standing by choosing another material to build your booth.

One more eco-friendly choice is recycled metal. While this may not seem like the most biodegradable choice, it’s much better than using non-recycled metals. For example, the process of recycling aluminum takes about 95% less energy than it does to create new aluminum from ore. Recycling steel uses about 60% less energy than making it from scratch.

Another option is wood/plastic composite. This building material is made up of sawdust from lumber and furniture companies mixed with fragments of plastic trash, such as soda bottles and garbage bags. There are many different brands, and the wood comes in colors ranging from deep ambers to espresso browns—as beautiful as natural wood, without the environmental price tag.

Consider your paints. Oil and latex-based paints are toxic to the environment—they contain poisonous chemicals that can’t be removed at a treatment plant. Leftover paint is often poured down the drain, and it gets into oceans and waterways. It also leaches from painted items in landfills, further damaging the environment. Even worse, VOC’s—volatile organic chemicals, such as cyanide—in paint evaporate at room temperature, contributing to global warming while coating your booth.

Instead of traditional paints, look for non-VOC paints made by big-name paint manufacturers such as Sherman Williams and Behr. Other eco-friendly paints are made from talcum powder, clay, and chalk.

Get green giveaways. When looking for a good giveaway item, choose with an eye toward minimizing trash. Avoid items that come in plastic packaging. Avoid plastic altogether, in fact, unless it’s recycled. Good ideas include cotton or hemp tote bags, food in recycled-paper wrapping instead of plastic, recycled plastic Frisbees, pens and other items, and ceramic mugs. Stay away from plastic bags, wood, and non-recycled materials.

Use energy-efficient lighting. Incandescent light bulbs are notoriously inefficient. They emit only 10% of the energy they use as light. The rest is given off as heat—which is why these bulbs can catch your lampshade on fire if you’re not careful. Instead, use fluorescent bulbs. These are much more energy efficient.

Use recycled paper. There are a lot of paper products involved in a typical exhibit: business cards, signs and displays, brochures and promotional materials. Why not use recycled paper? While most people think of rough, textured and off-white paper when it comes to buying recycled, there are many companies that make smooth, bright-white papers that are comparable to virgin papers.

Consider green printing. Some inks can be as toxic as paint. You can go green with your printing by choosing a green printer. Not all are created equally; their commitment to green printing can range from using energy-efficient operating procedures to printing with soy-based inks on recycled papers. Be sure to shop around when looking for eco-friendly printers.

Talk to your vendor. Some booth vendors are more eco-friendly than others. Some may operate under environmentally mindful conditions—using alternative energy and energy-efficient practices, for example—while others may have pre-fabricated booths built from eco-friendly materials. Be sure to ask your vendor for more advice on how you can create a green display for your next exhibit.

Going green doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. While you may have to buy a custom booth to go green, recycled and eco-friendly materials sometimes cost less than their non-recycled alternatives. Talk to your vendor, research your options, and take your time in designing an approach to green exhibiting that works for your company. No matter how far you go with it—from using recycled papers to building an entire booth from eco-friendly materials—you’ll be making a positive contribution.

About the Author

G Green is director at based in Essex, UK. For a wide range of information on producing exhibition stands including a range of folding panel stands visit