Daily Green Wrap-up 13.September, 2012

For automakers pursuing sustainability initiatives – things like powering plants with solar panels and recycling existing car components – General Motors is stepping it up a notch. GM is working with a Detroit nonprofit group to turn leftover auto materials into warm coats and sleeping bags for the area’s houseless.
Thousands of protestors descended on Washington, D.C. today to send a simple message to the Obama Administration – stop mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR). The protestors included citizens from throughout Appalachia and representatives from more than a dozen environmental groups who were protesting in honor of longtime MTR opponent and environmental advocate Larry Gibson, who passed away a little over a week ago.
In a world inundated with advertisements peddling junk food and miracle diets, studies are showing that ads can have a direct affect on fruit and vegetable consumption, as well. Consumers who regularly see advertisements about fruits and vegetables are more likely to consume five or more servings a day! Increase in consumption is especially prevalent amongst women.
Dole Food Company, in partnership with midwestern grocery chain Hy-Vee Food Stores, will help provide healthier lunch options for students in Iowa by donating five salad bars to public school cafeterias.
Oil and gas drilling operations are already well underway in twelve national parks, and that number may soon balloon to 42 if the fossil fuel companies get their way.
Reclaimed wood adds warmth and character to any environment, but unlike virgin wood, sourcing, installing, finishing, and caring for reclaimed wood comes with its own set of challenges. This five-part series discusses reclaimed wood benefits and current trends, as well as incorporates many of Viridian Reclaimed Wood’s past blog posts pertaining to sourcing and choosing a finish for reclaimed wood in residential construction and remodeling.

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