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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.
Animals will no doubt be affected, but what will undoubtedly change that will affect humans? Besides our fashion and our weekend plans, our food will change. Yes, crops and vegetation will need to adapt, and if it doesn’t then we may lose some of our favorite foods. Fruit and vegetables will have a difficult time growing. And specialty items like chocolate, coffee, beer, and wine will be affected. Could you imagine a morning without your daily coffee? Or dessert without chocolate?
Other foods that will be affected? Strangely we can expect problems with foods like peanut butter, rice, maple syrup, honey, pasta. And of course, animals and fish will be affected and that may be the biggest affect on our daily diets.
We may not be able to agree on what is causing the climate change, but we should all agree we need to do something about it and prepare appropriately for our future.
We spent last summer in Austin for work and couldn’t have had a better time. This forward thinking town is all about rethinking traditional models of living. We all know of Austin because it’s the music capital of the world, it has fantastic barbecue, it’s home to the University of Texas Austin, and it is home to the annual South by Southwest conference. Yet not everyone knows the daily life in Austin consists of living an efficient, natural, and enriching life.
One of the overall themes in the town is all about reusing what you have. Venture down North or South Congress Ave and you will see many of the much hyped trailers which have been turned into mobile restaurants serving some of the city’s most exciting foods. Go down Rainey Street and you will see former run down houses turned into fun and exciting bars. Even some of the more popular restaurants like Justine’s, are located in former houses. The kitchen is the kitchen, the living room and dining room are seating, and outside? Well, there is more outdoor seating. East Side Showroom is decorated with reused materials such as metals now welded to create the tables, chairs, bar and decorations. Finding new uses for run down buildings, houses, and trailers is part of this cities mentality.
Austin is one of the most exciting food towns in the US. The restaurants are very farm to table and sustainable centric, with many restaurants sourcing their ingredients from local farmers or even the chefs’ own backyards. Every Sunday there is a farmer’s market in Republic Square Park with butchers and farmers from around the city offering local and organic products.
Even moving around the town is very easy. Rather than cabs (although there are some), Austin is a very bike friendly town with pedicabs being the predominant mode of transportation around the Sixth Street bars. It is also a very walkable city. You can car pool with friends down to the Sixth Street area, park, and then walk along the street to some of the best bars Austin has to offer. Austin also has a very active public transportation system in place with buses and a train line.
Perhaps one of the best parts about Austin is the natural resources in the vicinity. Lake Travis is absolutely beautiful and only a short drive away. Many people run along the Colorado River, canoe (in big swan shaped canoes), and swim in it. Barton Springs, not far from South Congress Avenue, is one of the popular local swim areas which is a natural swimming pool. Also a great place for swimming is Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve, a short drive away from Austin. It is estimated that Austin has over 50 public swimming pools and lakes within the area.
The only non green aspect to Austin that we could think of was due to the unbearable Texas heat, many buildings blast their air conditioning on high. However to offset this the city is pushing to have every municipal building, numbering up to 300, powered by wind power sourced from West Texas wind farms.
We highly recommend you get to Austin not only for great food, great bars, and great music but also for a great green experience.
Looking for a kid friendly gift that will also teach and inspire about the environment? The Wind Power Set by Thames & Kosmos is a great way to start off kids from ages 8 and up.
Much like Legos and Erector Sets, the Wind Power Set is an engineering feet that is helpful with teaching children, and adults, how alternative energies like wind power work. Wind power has been used for centuries to pump water, power windmills, and to generate electricity to power throughout the world. With this set you will not only be able to conduct over 20 different experiments but also able to generate enough electric power to light up an LED light and charge a rechargeable battery.
Today is a big day for baseball fans across the country as opening day for the 2012 season begins. To kick off the season the Cleveland Indians installed a revolutionary new wind turbine atop their stadium, Progressive Field, last week just in time for the opening game today against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The wind turbine has a corkscrew design rather than the traditional wind mill and was designed by a college professor from Cleveland State University. The design is revolutionary, as it was designed to optimize capturing wind power in small urban spaces, a space it traditionally would not have been able to.
The Cleveland Indians organization is a leader in the green movement, as they are the first Major League Team to install a wind turbine in their stadium. They also were the first stadium to install solar panels back in 2007. Another interesting feature is you can track how much solar power they obtain through this website.
To help spread awareness to the fans the Cleveland Indians has implemented the campaign “Our tribe is Green”. Every vendor in the stadium has biodegradable retail bags. The silverware and cups at the concessions can be composted after use. The cleaning products used throughout the stadium are Green Seal certified. The paper hand towels, toilet tissue, and facial tissue used in the ballpark is also 100% recycled along with recycle station for trash.
The Cleveland Indians are truly green leaders in professional sports. Good luck today against the Blue Jays!
Photo Courtesy of Corbin-Hillman Communications
The reality TV spotlight will finally shine on a very green topic next month on The Weather Channel. Beginning April 17th, a show focusing on wind power called Turbine Cowboys will premiere and then continue airing every Tuesday. The show follows turbine technicians that risk their lives to install and repair wind turbines in extreme conditions. Check out the Facebook page for the trailer and some behind the scenes videos that show how intense this profession is.