Thursday, August 30, 2012

Blue Moon on Friday: How to watch it online-

Night sky observers around the world will have the chance to see a special full moon — one that has been dubbed a "blue moon" — this Friday, Aug. 31.
But, even those who are thwarted by less-than-ideal conditions outside will be able to tune in online to see spectacular lunar views.
The web-based Slooh Space Camera, which showcases live views from various telescopes around the world, is hosting a special broadcast of the blue moon on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT).
 You may read the rest of the article on here.

Green Matter: Bioplastic elastomer debuts in safe, soft toys- Plastics Today

For the first time, a soft plastic has been introduced that is safe, biodegradable and sustainable. A small Kansas-based start-up company called Green Dot, which styles itself as a "biotechnology social enterprise that makes the world's only plant-based, compostable elastomer, verified to meet U.S. and E.U. standards for compostability" has launched a pioneering material specifically designed for customers looking for a soft plastic solution that "treats the planet with respect".

Please see the rest of the article by Karen Laird on the Plastics today website here.

Green Dot Biocase

Green Business Makes Sense- September 7

More info here.

The Green in U- The UM John C. Gifford Arboretum

The Gifford Arboretum is an hidden jewel nestled in the back of the UM Coral Gables campus. If you are in the area, take a stroll there. It is a quiet and lovely place where all your senses will be at feast. You will not only see an amazing collection of plants and trees but also some butterflies fluttering about. You will smell flowers and fruits and hear birds singing. A little piece of heaven on earth....

You may find the history of the Arboretum and some more info here.


Pricess' Earrings


Pink Floss Silk tree
Candle tree


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The making of "Sea Freedom"- Christine Beggs

sent by Katinka Bellomo

"The Waterlust Project, a new student-led effort at the University of Miami (UM)’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), aims to re-ignite our common connections to water. Partnering with GoPro, an industry leader in sports cameras, Waterlust challenges scientists to communicate their work creatively through film and hopes to inspire people to really think about their relationship with the environment.

Students from RSMAS' MPO department have been helping Christine Beggs, a Master's student in Marine Affairs and Policy, film her Waterlust Project, "Sea Freedom." A short dance film exploring the freedom in our connection to the sea, Christine's Waterlust Project will appear on her own marine conservation media site, Project Blue Hope, in the Fall of 2012. Pictured here are MPO students helping with the film."

You may find the Waterlust Project website here.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Upcycled CD Computers- Trendhunter

You may see the article by Michael Hines on turning old CDs into new laptops on the trendhunter website here.

How to buy healthy food on a tight budget- CNN

"It’s hard to argue with a $1 double cheeseburger. Perhaps that’s why so many believe that eating healthy is expensive.

The myth has become so pervasive that everyone from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to health care providers is attempting to dispel it. Now the Environmental Working Group is joining in."
You may find the rest of the article by Jacque Wilson on CNN here
 You may find the guide "Good Food on a Tight Budget" on the EWG website here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Videos of the World's Greenest Homes- Planet Green

Hong Kong space saver
Videos of the world greenest homes on Planet Green here.

40% of U.S. food wasted, report says- CNN

Average supermarket losses are 11.4% for fresh fruit, the report says.
"Forty percent of food in the United States is never eaten, amounting to $165 billion a year in waste, taking a toll on the country's water resources and significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council released this week.
The group says more than 20 pounds of food is wasted each month for each of 311 million Americans, amounting to $1,350 to $2,275 a month in waste for a family of four. Think of it as dumping 80 quarter-pound hamburger patties in the garbage each month, or chucking two dozen boxes of breakfast cereal into the trash bin rather than putting them in your pantry."

You may read the rest of the article by  Brad Lendon on CNN here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day at Miami Science Museum- September 25

from the Miami Museum of Science website:

Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day

On August 24, 1992, South Florida was shaken to its core when Category 5 Hurricane Andrew made landfall at around 5:00am. The storm and its aftermath left the city of Homestead completely devastated. Twenty years later the memories of the survivors are still clear as day. For the South Florida community, Hurricane Andrew is one storm that will never be forgotten. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, the Miami Science Museum is hosting a day of remembrance on August 25, 2012 from 11am until 5pm.

Come explore the museum and be treated to the day’s special activities. Remember Andrew through our new Andrew Exhibit and with special guest panels including Bryan Norcross, Max Mayfield, Stan Goldenberg, Chris Landsea, Frank Marks, Kate Hale, and Richard Ford. See our special planetarium showing of Remembering Andrew Under the Stars featuring WLRN survivor stories. As you explore the museum, stop in the theater to watch video coverage of Hurricane Andrew and be up to date on the tropics with a tropical weather briefing. We hope to see you there!

Time: 11:00 pm to 5:00 pm

You may find the Miami Museum of Science website here.

Going Green Festival at MCM- September 29

Going Green Festival 

Saturday, September 29th 2012, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Cswy
Watson Island, FL
Price: Admission Price: In honor of MCM’s 9th Birthday, admission for Miami Dade Residents during the month of September will only be $9.
Phone: (305)373-KIDS (5437)
Age Suitability: None Specified

Saturday, September 29th 2012, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Green is a scream! Become a part of Miami Children’s Museum’s Green Team! Learn little things you can do to help keep our Earth a healthy place for you and me.

For more information, please call (305)373-KIDS (5437) or visit

You may check  the MCM's website here.

Read more here:

It Takes a Garden:Helping a Struggling Town Turn Over a New Leaf- Parade

Daniela Berry, 12, in Lenoir, N.C. on the cover of PARADE; Dean Adorno with his 4-year-old son Tristen. [Photos: Patricia Lyons]
"It’s Saturday morning at the community gardens in Lenoir, N.C., and the beds are buzzing. Townspeople are digging, weeding, watering, wiping sweat from their brows, then digging some more. There’s Helen Dickson, a 75-year-old retired seamstress who’s been raising ­vegetables since her farm-kid days; Eston Werts, 27, who ­returned to his hometown of Lenoir after college and is now a garden manager; Dean Adorno, 24, a tattooed electrician who is reputed to grow the garden’s best tomatoes; and his 4-year-old son, Tristen, known for planting Toy Story ­action figures amid the beds. John “Doc” Scroggin, 83, a retired general practitioner, perches at a nearby picnic table providing color commentary. “You notice how spry these old folks are?” he asks. “That’s gardening!"

You may read the rest of the article by Kate Meyers by on the Parade website here.

You may also want to read the following novel about neighbors starting a community garden:

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

Friday, August 17, 2012

Teens Turning Green- Erin Shrode

 from the Teens turning green website here:

Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder and spokeswoman of Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices.

Erin Shrode-picture from the Teens turning green website

Please also see a video from CNN's Natalie Allen reports here.

'Trash for Food' at Mexico City barter market- CNN

picture from CNN website
Mexico City (CNN) -- A new barter market in Mexico City is helping residents trade their trash for food in an effort to reduce the mountain of waste produced by the mega city.

Read the rest of the article by Rafael Romo on theCNN website here.

Recycling Facts for Kids- Recycling Facts Guide

Recycling Facts for Kids

The following lines construct numerous intriguing recycling facts for kids not to mention grown ups. Understanding these  recycling facts and benefits  connected to them will certainly keep you motivated to go forward with recycling in the event you have not been doing so until now.
Curious about, the actual quantity of garbage that’s generally recycled? Continue reading to learn about the interesting recycling facts for kids on the subject of plastic, glass, metal, paper as well as other items.

You may find the rest of the article on the Recycling Facts Guide website here.

Green building at UM- Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Research Building

picture from Cambridge Seven Associate Inc. website

The building project is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.Please find more details and a  video on the UM website here. You may also find more details on the Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. website here.