Preparing for Electric Cars
Many new models of electric cars are about to hit the roads. Think Nissan Leaf, GM's Volt, among others! How to recharge electric vehicles is becoming a serious concern. The US is far behind many other countries in this regard. A recent visit to Andorra, a tiny principality between Spain and France, revealed a popular option - plugging in when you park on the street.
It is a complicated subject requiring all vehicle manufacturers to have a common system which in turn will be complemented by a common system of recharging. Some steps being taken include:
Houston, Texas - the City of Houston has joined with Reliant Energy and Nissan to ensure recharging stations are ready for the Nissan Leaf. So far 10 charging stations, seven of them public, are ready.
San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, California - These cities are partnering with Better Place, an electric-car company that plans to launch its vehicle in 2012. There will be 220 volt charging stations throughout the cities, permits will be expedited to allow fast installation of outlets and employer incentives will be put in place that will encourage employees to drive electric cars.
Raleigh, North Carolina - Local utility Progress Energy has partnered with Nissan and the city to create a recharging infrastructure.
West Sacramento, California - Retailer DMC Green Inc. opened its first electric-vehicle charging station in August 2009, the first of many retrofitted gas stations in California.
Massachusetts - The state government and Nissan are developing plans for home, work and public charging facilities.
Elk Horn, Iowa - The city installed four public charging stations in November 2009.
In August 2009, the US Department of Energy awarded Electric Transportation Engineering Corp., a charging-station maker, $100 million to deploy more than 11,000 charging stations, and 4,700 Nissan Leaf vehicles in the following locations - Portland, Corvallis and Eugene, Oregon; Seattle; San Diego; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, Tenn.
Let us know what is happening in your area - John@GoingGreenResources.com
Hawksbill turtle hatchings have their first swim in Barbados
Helping Hawksbill turtles to the water in Barbados
At Going Green Resources.com we are committed to preserving the environment.When you have a chance to see Mother Nature at work, as we recently did, the point of environmentalism is made really clear.
We traveled to Barbados to see these Hawksbill turtles hatch and go to sea. This occurred on beautiful Turtle Beach, at the east end of St. Lawrence Gap.We helped release 126, day-old, Hawksbill turtles that hatched earlier in the day.A local fisherman had collected them and protected them until nightfall.They are released at night to increase their chances of survival.
Hotels often dim their lights so as not to confuse the turtles as they are attracted to light.A naturalist uses a light to lead the turtles to water.We are not supposed to help them into the water as their lungs and hearts have to be ready to swim. These special creatures try so hard to start their lives and yet many people make their life more difficult.
Plastic bags and bottles, fish nets and wastewater runoff, all impact their survival.Next time you plan to wash your car and let the soapy water runoff into the storm sewer, please think of these turtles. It is really amazing to witness.
Thank you for caring. We hope you enjoy the video, even though it was taken at night for the turtles sake.
Around the world people have been “going green” for many years and enjoying it. There is a sense of pride when we incorporate some basic steps into our everyday life, at home, at school and at our place of business. The cumulative effect of our actions can have a dramatic effect on our environment.
At GoingGreenResources.com we realize that people are often prevented from doing more as they don’t have a central resource of ideas and products. We aim to change that!
Ten years ago some ideas seemed crazy that we now take for granted. Now within ten years it is entirely possible we may not have gas stations as auto manufacturers are finally creating some really incredible “green” cars. Many people we know now drive hybrids and are not only thrilled with the reduced cost of gas but they also feel good about fighting global warming in their own small way.
In March of 2008 we visited a “sustainable farm” in Costa Rica. Using intriguing methods this farm is growing beautiful organic vegetables, tasty free-range eggs, unique plants with health benefits and so much more. There is reason to believe that many of these farming ideas can be used around the world. More on this wonderful experience can be found in our travel section.
Last November, we traveled to Barbados in the Caribbean. Beaches were lined with recycling bins. There a small number of visitors were fortunate enough to help the locals return some newborn turtles into the waves so they could begin their journey. The excitement everyone felt as they helped Mother Nature along was beyond words. Our travel section has some great photos.
Back at home we take the steps that we can. Our recycling container is full each week, while the trashcan is nearly empty. It’s a good feeling knowing that there is a lot less waste being sent to landfills. Where possible at home, CFL’s are used for lighting; water waste is minimized; biodegradable detergents are used and all personal grooming products are organic and fragrance free. The benefits are many of minimizing the chemicals that come in touch with the skin, the body’s largest organ.
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- John Livingstone, GoingGreenResources.com