Category Archives: Alternative Energy
Yesterday marked the first time in over 100 years that New York has had electric cabs operating on their streets. Believe it or not, some of the first taxis in the late 19th century were electric based cars.
Jumping to 2013, the city of New York and Nissan have partnered up to reduce New York’s carbon emissions by adding six electric taxis to the taxi fleet for the next year as part of a pilot program for research. The research will help Nissan and the city collect appropriate information so that the city can reach it’s goal of having a third of the taxi fleet using electric cars by 2020.
As Lydony told you previously, New York will be updating their taxi fleet to more spacious cars. These cars will not be eco-friendly until more field research has been collected.
If you catch these green electric cars on the road, make sure you try to hail one so you can personally contribute to a greener New York!
Photo credit: NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
With the 2012 Presidential Election heating up, here is a visual observation for Obama and Romney’s energy plans via a word cloud.
We see a clear distinction, do you?
The November election is 60 days away. Make your voice heard. Don’t forget to register to VOTE!!
Word clouds via The Huffington Post
In Starbuck’s home state of Washington, the company is creating stakes through a competition among 10 stores to promote green practices. Ten Starbucks in Washington will be going head to head looking for ways to promote sustainability and energy saving throughout the day. Each of the ten stores will be wired and receiving real time information about energy usage, water usage, and carbon dioxide emissions for their own store and each of the other ten stores for 30 days. Each store has creative freedom in deciding how to cut back in each area. Starbucks hasn’t announced what the winning store will receive, but promoting green business practices to your employees is a winning recipe.
Starbucks is aiming to cut back on it’s energy and water usage 25% by 2015 and the company hopes this competition will kick start the momentum.
An important part of everyone’s childhood is coloring, and Crayola crayons are synonymous with making art at all ages. But how eco-friendly are our favorite art utensils? The crayons are made from paraffin wax and pigments, which means their crayons are not biodegradable.
However, in efforts to become greener, Crayola has taken big steps. The paper sleeves wrapped around crayons and colored pencils produced by Crayola are made from reforested wood. The company also has a massive solar farm that includes 30,000 solar panels spread over 20 acres of land. The panels produce 1-2 kilowatts of solar energy which is enough to produce 1 billion crayons and 500 million markers per year.
Were curious to see what green steps Crayola takes next.
Photo credit: Crayola
On a walk to Union Square today we passed GustOrganics, a restaurant that piqued our interest from the name, the look and feel of the restaurant. We were in too much of a rush to sit down but definitely agreed to go back at a later date. After looking more into the restaurant, we were thrilled to see that they are 100% organic and one of the greenest restaurants in the world! Not only does the restaurant use only USDA certified organic ingredients (and is the only restaurant in NYC that can boast about this), the restaurant is also a 4 Stars Certified Green restaurant.
GustOrganics is paving the way by adapting as many eco-friendly and organic practices as possible including: biodegradable take out containers, energy efficient kitchen equipment, printing with soy ink, organic flowers, organic uniforms, solar lighting, using only wind energy, recyling and composting, using recycled glass bottles for their water, sourcing organic ingredients from small and local farms, and finally practicing portion control by not serving jumbo portions that will go to waste. The list goes on and on!
We at Lydony love to say it just takes one green step, but we love GustOrganics’ mantra of “changing the world one meal at a time”. If you are in the Union Square area in NYC, please stop by to check out GustOrganics.
Singapore is redefining the idea behind an urban garden as they are in the process of opening Gardens by the Bay. This “park” will include restaurants, event spaces, shops, a bio-dome and expansive gardens with incredible vegetation cultivated to represent all seven continents.
Perhaps the most impressive addition to the park will be their man made “supertrees”. The 18 supertrees stand between 25-50 meters high and will provide shade to guests in the park, collect rain water, and are lined with solar panels that will provide energy to the park and also light to the supertrees during the night. The trees are certainly interesting looking, so to give them a more natural look they are also covered with globally harvested vegetation. We look forward to seeing if this eco-park takes off!