The ‘Vast’ Projects Being Done to Save Our Planet!
Readers, over the past few months we have been speaking about everything from ‘green’ products, services and programs to eco-friendly building and how to better save the environment by diminishing our carbon footprints so that the next generation will inherit a world they can truly enjoy. We began speaking about these subjects because of the amazing online magazine, The Green Register, which offers a ton of data, information, articles, and the latest companies that are proving each and every day that ‘going green’ is the only way to go.
This week we are going to look at the ‘vast’ projects that are being undertaken out there from the companies who are trying their best to make the best ‘green’ cars, to the huge accomplishments of Yosemite National Park and the Sears Tower – which took on the biggest ‘green’ projects that most people have ever seen. From small ways to large ones, The Green Register is proving that there are people and organizations out there who truly want this world of ours to survive.
Cars are the biggest subject that people want to talk about. Not surprising, considering that real eco-friendly human beings want to make sure that they are not destroying their clean air by flooding it with horrific emissions that destroy on a daily basis. Well…the 2012 Green Car of the Year finalists were just announced by the “Green Car Journal.” For the seventh consecutive year, the Green Car of the Year honors environmental leadership in the automotive field, with the winner being announced during a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17th. This year’s five finalists include the 2012: Ford Focus Electric, Honda Civic Natural Gas, Mitsubishi I, Toyota Prius V and the Volkswagen Passat TDI, which is a company that has come out with the new ‘Think Blue’ philosophy that we will be speaking more about next week. ‘Think Blue’ is more than just food for thought; it’s a state of mind and a global call to action.
When it comes to alternative energy, however, Yosemite National Park leads the pack with the ‘vast’ project that occurred in the United States this year, as they put together the largest Solar Energy method in the National Park System: The El Portal Photovoltaic Project. As an FYI, a photovoltaic system (or PV system) uses one or more solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity. It consists of multiple components, including the photovoltaic modules, mechanical and electrical connections and mountings, and the means of regulating and/or modifying the electrical output. Yosemite now has the largest grid-connected photovoltaic system.
The photovoltaic system at the El Portal complex is the largest NPS-managed photovoltaic project with the Pacific West Region, and the largest grid-connected photovoltaic system owned and operated by the NPS. The 672 kilowatt (KW) system consists of 2,800 solar panels and produces approximately 800,000 kilowatt hours (KWh) per year. The park will save approximately $50,000 a year on electricity purchased off the grid and is expecting to receive a $700,000 energy rebate from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. over the next five years. This represents an approximate 12 percent reduction in electricity purchased off the grid. This location was chosen for the photovoltaic project due to the high amount of direct sunlight the site receives, and is all about showing the world that you can ‘go green!’
Sears Tower is also the site of a ‘vast’ project that is based on solar windows. “Pythagoras Solar,” a provider of transparent, energy efficient windows that also generate solar power, was chosen by Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), to collaborate on a pilot project that will help deliver on the building’s renewable energy and energy efficiency improvement goals.
The pilot project began in November of last year on the south facing windows of the Tower’s 56th floor, and uses a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solution that has the potential to expand to a surface area allowing over two megawatts of solar power generation. The Tower provides an example of how sustainable modernization endeavors are about far more than just reducing carbon emissions, they are also about re-investing in the local economy. The Tower is always exploring innovative solutions that directly reinvest in Chicago’s new ‘green economy.’ In addition, this project will illustrate one of the best strategies of how we can decrease the impact of the ‘built’ environment on climate change, for easy duplication in other similar structures. After all, if the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere can ‘go green,’ then anyone can. And let’s not forget, these vast projects are also offering a huge supply of jobs for the marketplace.
The roles that some of these organizations and corporations must play in the ‘saving of our natural resources’ are varied but extremely necessary. Take the United Nations Environment Program, which assesses eco-friendly projects and conservation programs developed by different countries, with regard to practicality and feasibility of the projects, implementation and financial constraints, and social implications. Once these vast projects are approved, this is the organization that coordinates with world trade organizations to sanction some trade benefits in terms of export quota, technology transfer, and other trade discounts to the countries involved in eliminating the environmental pollution. The UNEP has to be involved to insure successful implementation of these vast projects and programs.
The World Trade Organization is also the major organization that’s involved in the process of globalization and eliminating the trade barriers between the countries, hence its involvement in the process of saving the planet from environmental pollution. The WTO enforced different countries to develop and implement countrywide eco-friendly projects to save our planet from mass destruction. In turn, it also provides trade benefits to different countries according to their needs. Therefore, there are many ‘hands’ working to save our planet right now, and the more vast the project the better off we, as a people, become.
Although we all try to change our ways and reduce our own waste, it is nice to see that these vast projects are being taken on and completed that will help the world breathe a little easier – literally. The Green Register and the amazing businesses, companies, products and services they support are a huge part of changing this world for the better. In the end, readers, this is the perfect ‘one-stop source’ for learning anything and everything about our environment. Head to the website today!
Until Next Time, Everybody!
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