Daily Green Wrap-Up 21.June, 2012

Driveways and other parking areas are typically paved with asphalt or concrete, and are not only unattractive, but detrimental to the environment.
When it rains, debris and pollutants flow off these impervious surfaces into our waterways, many times via the sewer system, which contributes to stormwater runoff pollution. Paved parking areas also prevent rainwater from infiltrating into the ground beneath where it can help recharge aquifers. Here are my tips if you’re putting in a new driveway or replacing an old degraded one…
James Green is an aircraft structural engineer who found a creative solution when designing a home for a remote site in Turkey (that wouldn’t allow a concrete foundation). Green decided to structure the house around a shipping container with an extended skeleton of removable frames. Seeing more potential, he then patented the idea and teamed up with architect Matthew Coates of Coates Design Architects in order to deploy “Eco-Pak” as modular and sustainable housing.
The Coca-Cola Company thinks they’ve found it. They’ve implemented a new plant-based PET into their bottling line, which they’re reporting has a lower environmental impact than traditional PET. That’s why four other companies – Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Ford and Heinz, – have teamed up with Coca-Cola under the umbrella of the Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC), to fund research and accelerate the use of plant-based plastics.
Remember the last time you were at a fancy restaurant, and you were wowed by their fresh, homemade ketchup? Why not make your own? Most condiments require only a few ingredients and a blender or whisk. I did some research and found recipes for six condiments that you can easily make yourself.
The online retail giant announced that it will be powering its flagship data center in Utah using a Bloom Energy fuel cell farm as its primary power source. eBay obviously needs a lot of energy to power its vast number of servers, so the fact that they are turning to a greener option than the predominately fossil fuel-powered electrical grid is a testament to how far clean energy has come.

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