Envionmental Psychology

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5. Environmental Psychology: Your Responsibility to the Environment

"Whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way. Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course. Whenever you laugh, gladness spreads like the ripples in a pond; and whenever you're sad, no one anywhere can be really happy. And it's much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer."

- Norton Juster, "The Phantom Tollbooth"

Read the following ecology and energy-saving articles on how to save the environment and save your money, too!

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India seems to be leading the way in much of the research being done into creating bamboo construction products.
Bamboo Flooring
Still Not Sold on Bamboo? Read this: Bamboo Flooring

Just Stay Home Campaign
Do you want to save money on gasoline or protest the escalating prices? Join our easy protest.  Ways to Save Gas

Save Electricity for the Environment - Five Cs of Electricity Consumption
Saving electricity helps the environment with less production. Even if you're not interested in saving money on your electric bill, you can help the environment by cutting down you home's consumption of electricity. Save Electricity

Green Revolution and Japan
Japan is making the positive changes for them to become a full-fledged member of the world's Green Revolution, good news for environmentalists. Green Revolution

China: There are some encouraging developments beginning to take place, including a growing number of green groups that are being formed on China's college campuses. China Green Revolution

Sound walls add architectual beauty and abate noise.

Environmental noise is now recognized as a significant health issue. Environmental or ambient noise is unwanted or harmful outdoor sound created by human activities, including noise emitted by means of transport - road traffic, rail traffic, air traffic - and from sites of industrial activity. From delivery trucks to air conditioners, we are constantly bombarded by sounds that go unnoticed for the most part.  Noise Barrier Walls

Telecommuting Employment Increases as Gas Prices Rise
It's been growing steadily over the past few years, but the trend toward telecommuting has increased significantly during the dramatic rise in gas prices.  Telecommuting Employment

Is Telecommuting Right for You?
It may seem like an appealing option, but before you commit to trying your hand at telecommuting, here are a few questions to ask yourself. Telecommuting

Surprise! The U.S. Government Wants More Fuel Efficient Vehicles - Supporters of increased fuel efficiency can only sit back and wait to see if anything substantial comes from this latest development on Capitol Hill. Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Will Automotive X Prize Finally Give Consumers What America's Big 3 Won't? The technology is out there, and if American entrepreneurs have enough incentive, our energy problems can be defeated. Automotive X Prize

Federal Government Gridlocked over CAFE Standard Increase   It appears as if various segments of the federal government are at odds with each other concerning an increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy - CAFE standards.

Solar Energy Initiative - Tax Credits
The goal of the tax incentives is to encourage market growth and improvement in solar technology by increasing the demand and acceptance of the concept. As American solar technology improves, more and more businesses and homes will begin to use the sun's energy to provide all or part of their heat, hot water, electricity, and cooling needs.   Solar Energy Initiative

Are California's Downtowns Coming Back?
For decades, California has been known as a land of lots of cars and long commutes--commutes that turn freeways into endless parking lots. But with the price of gas heading above $3.00 a gallon, even Californians are beginning to look into the possibility of living closer to downtown areas. Los Angeles Commutes

Earth Day 2006 - Good News for the Environment
Even though American rivers donít catch fire anymore and the smog levels have decreased in most major cities, thereís still a long way to go. Urban sprawl is still endangering woodlands, prairies, and farmland, and global warming is still on the rise. Even so, the overall trend is positive. But we must all work to continue the momentum set in motion by the first Earth Day in 1970. Earth Day

The Spotlight Shines Brightly for Solar Energy
As photovoltaic cells continue to improve, the cost of solar energy will keep coming down, and eventually, it will become economically feasible.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Million Solar Roofs Initiative is an ambitious project, but it's important to America in terms of generating and conserving energy. The Initiative proposes to install solar energy systems in one million U.S. buildings by the year 2010.

Spray-on Solar Cells Could Revolutionize EVERYTHING!
In a breakthrough that could reshape the energy needs of the world as we know it, scientists have invented a plastic solar cell that's able to turn the sun's power into electrical energy, even on cloudy days, by harnessing the sun's infrared rays.

Biodiesel Making In-Roads
The use of the fuel known as biodiesel is growing in America--quite literally.

ACEEE Announces 2006's Greenest and Meanest Vehicles
The greenest vehicles on the ACEEE list were all hybrid or alternative fuel cars. With gasoline prices expected to continue to escalate, auto manufacturers will continue to feel the pressure from consumers.

What is E85?
General Motors launched a major advertising campaign, touting the fact that 1.5 million GM vehicles are able to run on E85, made from corn. If you're new to the alternative fuel concept, perhaps you were left wondering exactly what E85 is.

Is Your Vehicle E85 Ready?
You may be surprised to learn that there have already been some two million vehicles sold in America that can run on E85 with no modification at all.

Top EPA Green Power Partners
In 2005, the EPA released its list of the Top 25 Green Power Partners, and the list includes some surprising entries. Here is the list, with Power Partners appearing in order of purchase size:

UMM Leads the Way in Wind Energy Production
The University of Minnesota-Morris became the first public American university to install a large-scale wind turbine to help meet the school's electrical needs.

Wind Power: MidAmerican's Intrepid Wind Farm
One of the Midwest's largest energy companies supplements energy production with wind power. Making sure the wind farm made as gentle an environmental impact as possible was an important consideration.

Wind Energy Information: Spirit Lake Wind Project
Iowa is a national leader in wind power energy production, and much of what is taking place is at the grassroots level. Just as the folks who live, work, and go to school in the Spirit Lake School District.

The History Of Solar Power by Will Reece
With the recent rise in energy costs many people have been looking to alternative sources of energy. One of the greatest energy sources (our sun) is readily available for the taking. We just need to be able to harness it's power. Read the article by Will Reece.

The History of Wind Generated Power by Will Reece
With the increased costs of energy derived from fossil fuels, many consumers are interested in alternative sources of energy. Unfortunately the market trend tells us that little to no relief in oil prices is in sight. A great source of power can be harnessed from the wind using electricity generating windmills. Read the article by Will Reece.

'Off the Grid' Homes That Save Energy
Looking to beat higher fuel costs? A sampling of three homes that generate their own power from solar, wind or other energy source. These retreats aren't connected to traditional utilities. Their remote locations might appeal to buyers who want to get away from it all.



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