Monthly Archives: March 2008

LEGO Group: Greening the Minds of Children

LEGO Group published their 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report today. legoswind.jpg

The five themes of their responsibility efforts include:

• Protect natural resources to the benefit of future generations
• Reduce climate impacts
• Inspire children to care for sustainable development
• Children’s development, health and safety
• Employees’ health and well-being

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They have been a part of the UN Global Compact since 2003, which adheres to the following protocol:
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In my humble opinion, the report is a little heavy on the cutekidsploitation and a little light on the sustainability action reporting.

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And where are the ninja LEGOs?

[ReportAlert.info]

Teikei: The Food Project

I don’t know if you all have noticed, but we here at green.mnp have food on the brain lately. Now that springtime farming is about to pop off and summer vegetables are on the way, it is hard to think about anything else…

In that spirit, it seems appropriate to replay an old green.mnp favorite:
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The Food Project is a Massachusetts based farming and community service organization founded in 1991 that employs youth from the cities and towns around MA (and elsewhere) to work their several farms. The Food Project distributes their produce to local shelters and sells it through CSA’s and farmers’ markets.

Each season, we grow nearly a quarter-million pounds of food without chemical pesticides, donating half to local shelters. We sell the remainder of our produce through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop “shares” and farmers’ markets. We market our own Farm-Fresh Salsa, holiday pies, and other value added products. Locally, we also partner with urban gardeners to help them remediate their lead-contaminated soil and grow healthier food.

Much to my horror, I discovered that the CSA for Summer 2008 is full! Sad. But I suppose that gives me all the more motivation to start that vegetable garden I have been talking about…

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique model of local agriculture. Its roots reach back almost 40 years to Japan where a group of women concerned about the increase in food imports and the corresponding decrease in the farming population initiated a direct growing and purchasing relationship between their group and local farms. This arrangement, called “teikei” in Japanese, translates to “putting the farmers’ face on food”. This concept traveled to Europe and in 1985, was adapted for the U.S. and given the name “Community Supported Agriculture” at Indian Line Farm, Massachusetts. It is estimated that there are now over 1500 CSA farms across North America.

Village Pour House Earth Day Celebration

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The Village Pourhouse Celebrates Earth Day

In July, 2007 The Village Pourhouse made the commendable commitment to do its part to help the environment. Help us celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd at 7pm with an evening of environmental awareness featuring organic beer, vodka, wine, notable speakers and product giveaways from Feed Granola, Plenty Magazine and more. Tickets will include a complimentary Peak Organic Maple Oak Beer, Organic “Earth” Cookies provided by the Lower East Side Girls Club Bake Shop, light appetizers and a line up of speakers.

Speakers currently include:
Mike Cardoux, one of the original brewers and co-owners of Peak Organic

A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Lower East Side Girls Club “Girls Gone Green” program. Girls Gone Green is an environmental educational awareness and leadership program.

Get your tickets now for $20 http://www.going.com/earthday

D2E Boston Updates

News from the organizers of D2E Boston: Eco-retreat Raffle and Video Project featured films and screening times. Don’t sleep on the exciting D2E events starting this Friday at the Hynes Convention Center.

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One lucky Down:2:Earth attendee will be going home with a trip for two to Perfect Earth Tours eco-fabulous spa retreat in the Yukon. From organic canvas tepees to solar powered lights to composting toilets, Perfect Earth Tours offers a way to experience the wild, while leaving nothing but your footprint on the trail. The winner, who needs to be present at the Grand Prize Drawing, will be announced on Sunday, March 30 at 2pm.

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Down:2:Earth has announced featured films and screening times for the first D2E Video Project – a community showcase of short videos about favorite natural landscapes and sustainability themes – that will be shown at the Hynes Convention Center March 28-30 in conjunction with D2E, the Down:2:Earth Sustainable Living Expo.

Projection times are:

Friday March 28 at 5:30 and 9:00pm,
Saturday March 29 at 11:30 and 6:00 pm
Sunday March 30 at 11:00 and 4:15 pm

A wide range of New England residents, including artists, students, and community activists, have submitted short films for the video showcase at D2E. The result is a diverse and eclectic program including nature subjects, animation, conservation organizations, original artists’ works and community access projects.

Also, I just noticed this event in the Friday evening schedule:

Insects: Amazing AND Delicious! 7:30pm & 8:30pm
Electrolux Kitchen Theater

You already knew that insects come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, but what about flavors? Well this is your chance to find out that eating “bugs” is not just for reality show contestants. It turns out that insects are extremely nutritious, easy to mass-produce, and in fact, tasty!
David Gracer, Sunrise Land Shrimp
MMM.

R.I.P. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke: 16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008

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This past Wednesday marked the end of the orbit for Sir Arthur C. Clarke, scientist, wiseman and most famously, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In his list of three departing wishes, kicking our planet’s oil habit was second, along with finding evidence of extraterrestrial life and ending the civil conflict in Sri Lanka, his adopted home of 50 years.

I would like to see us kick our current addiction to oil and adopt clean energy sources. For over a decade I’ve been monitoring various new energy experiments but they’ve yet to produce commercial scale results. Climate changes have added a new sense of urgency. Our civilization depends on energy but we can’t allow oil and coal to slowly bake our planet.

[SEED (Science Is Culture)]

Dubai first Arab city to join Earth Hour

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Dubai city has joined the WWF- Earth Hour movement, as part of a global climate change initiative, which will see thousands of lights turned off all over the city at 8:00pm on Saturday March 29, in the largest voluntary power down in history.

Dubai is the first Arab city to declare its support for Earth Hour.

“We are asking everyone in Dubai to switch off all non-essential lights for one hour, at 8.00pm on March 29, to send a message around the world that we have the power to take action against global warming and that by working together we really can make a huge difference,” said Fadel Ali, executive chairman Dubai Holding Operations.

He added that “Earth Hour will clearly demonstrate the connection between energy usage and climate change, showing that we as a broader community can address the biggest threat our planet has ever faced.” Dubai Holding and the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) have linked up to lead the initiative that also has the support of Dubai Municipality, Dubai International Financial Centre, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai World Trade Centre, Nakheel, Emaar and Leo Burnett.

Earth Hour, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm local time on March 29, will involve people and businesses turning off non essential lights and appliances for one hour to show how people working together in a spirit of openness can make a difference.
Earth Hour, which began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, is now a worldwide environmental movement that will see millions of people turn off non-essential lighting. Earth Hour will roll through 14 time zones, starting in New Zealand and ending in the Pacific Time Zone. It will traverse more than 25 cities.

[Dubai Chronicle]