With so much happening locally, this week we’ve gathered stories about Arizona’s green endeavors, including a solar-powered plane and the Grand Canyon’s eco-friendly practices, and why a massive lawn is part of the Postal Service’s goal to reduce its energy needs.
Please feel free to send along any interesting stories you’d like to see featured in the roundup by e-mailing Shelby Hill.
Also visit AZ Green Scene for informative articles on sustainability endeavors in the Valley and state. Read the latest article here.
Green Roof Gives Postal Service Energy Savings
In Midtown Manhattan one building is lucky enough to have a lawn, on its roof. This 2.5-acre lawn isn’t for sunbathing; it is part of the United States Postal Service’s goal of reducing its energy 30 percent by 2015. With the help of this immense lawn, the USPS is more than two-thirds of the way to meeting its goal.
Unmanned Solar Plane Flies for more than a Week
A solar-powered unmanned plane flew a total of 336 in Arizona and landed last Friday. The previous record for longest flight of an unmanned solar-powered plane was 30 hours, which the 110-pound plane beat by more than 10 times.
The Grand Canyon Goes Green
As previously mentioned ecotourism is a new way to be green while on vacation. Well, now one of the most famous and most visited vacation spots in Arizona, the Grand Canyon, is a little bit greener. With solar panels powering a building and recycling bins scattered along trails, your family’s visit to the Grand Canyon just got more eco-friendly.
The Greenest Wedding So Far
We’ve written about green weddings before ,but all of the others pale in comparison to this greenest of the green weddings. A couple from Maine is growing and raising (yes they’re raising their own chickens) all of the food to be served at their wedding. Aren’t weddings stressful enough?
Feds Capture and Recycle CO2
The federal government, via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is putting $106 million into six projects that turn carbon dioxide (CO2) into beneficial products. The products range from biofuel to cement