Now Hiring: Green Jobs

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Today’s big news is that the U.S. Department of Labor has released the Green Economy Guide for Women, a guide that is geared toward getting women involved in the green jobs movement. Green companies are cropping up everywhere and looking for women to design, build and lead. The guide also points out that many green jobs and high pay and good benefits. Our friends at Living Green Magazine have listed seven reasons green jobs are good… especially for women:

1. Better pay

2. Any skill levels can apply

3. Diversity matters

4. Improved job satisfaction

5. All ages welcome

6. Employers are hiring

7. Tons of ways to get started

So what do you think about this initiative of the Department of Labor to target women specifically? 

World Water Day

Did you know that today is World Water Day? This year’s theme is Water and Food Security for all. Approximately one billion (that’s a seventh of the world’s population) live in poverty and chronic hunger.

So, to that end, I thought it would be helpful to know how you can conserve water every day (not just today). First, you need to assess how much water you’re wasting:

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Green News Round-Up: February 27-March 2

Hey y’all! It’s time for our green news round-up from the week! It’s a chance to catch up on some serious (and some fun) issues happening in our country. Hopefully you will love these organizations and causes and choose to help. If not, at least you know what people are talking about when you’re at the bar tonight!

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We’ve got food (and wine) on the brain. So here’s an article we found about how local farming will aid America’s job creation initiative from Treehuuger.

The new all-electric Nissan Leaf became available in all 50 states yesterday. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come!

A new bat species was discovered this week. Also, a six-legged giant insect.

Confused about gas prices and what politicians say? Here’s an article that breaks down Obama vs. the Republicans’ views.

And just in case you were depressed about the gas thing, here’s a video of a baby sloth in a onesie to cheer you up!

Though it seems superfluous, I really wanted to mention the Charleston Wine + Food Festival that is happening this weekend. It’s going to be so much fun and we can see how the chefs around town are innovating with locally-grown ingredient practices.

How Local is Your Food?

Since Tuesday is the day when we “pause for a cause,” I thought it would be great to feature this article about eating local from Organic Soul.

First, why is it even important to eat local? Eating local “should minimize the costs and needs of transportation, uses of chemicals, and benefit the community.” Chemicals is a huge one for us at Charleston Naturally. Preservatives are arguably some of the most harmful things that we humans are constantly exposed to in our food (and beauty products as well). If your food doesn’t have to travel the average 1,800 miles to your plate, it’s easier to buy fresh and eat fresh. Buying in smaller amounts (because things will go bad without preservatives) will ensure your budget and health also return to a safe balance. You’ll also be aiding your state’s economy. And those are three things Americans need to work on most.

Though there are arguments about what constitutes “local,” Congress–in the 2008 Farm Act–stated that “local” really means regional. The agricultural product should be within 400 miles of the origin to be considered local. We think you can do even better than that, however.

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Who knew we could solve these kinds of problems by eating local? Well, Charleston does. This city is constantly adding new restaurants (and food trucks) with locally-grown ingredients and no preservatives, new CSAs and new Farmers’ Market-type events. Our Marion Square Farmers’ Markets is scheduled to start again in April–by the way–and it was just recognized by Country Living as one of the country’s 10 best Farmers’ Markets! Since we are becoming increasingly popular with tourists, celebrities, foodies, fashionistas and winos, it’s important that we keep setting the tone in the South (and the rest of the country) for a movement toward organic and local food.

Green News Round-Up: February 20-24, 2012

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The town of Dryden, NY has won a court case that effectively ban fracking. Will this be a precedent?

Obama proposes new energy plan and says Republicans’ political promises of “fast fixes” for gas price decreases are “dishonest” and “bumper stickers.”

BPAs are in the environmentalists’ crosshairs, but experts say alternatives might not be any safer.

Mobile Gardening is a new movement that mashes up biking and gardening. Innovative and fun!

McDonalds may be actually doing something right by leading the industry toward eco-friendly packaging for fast food.

And as for technology, here are some floating solar panel designs located in India that seem to be not only efficient but very cool.

Green News Round-Up: February 11-17

Washington State has apparently installed an electric vehicle fee. Treehugger politely puts it as the “dumb idea of the day.” We concur.

Obama increases budget funding for energy efficiency efforts for 2013, including clean coal research, nuclear power and assessing the risks of fracking.

Secretary Chu Presents 2013 Energy Budget

Exploding barns across the Midwest have been happening since 2009. It happens when something sparks a build-up of methane gas.

Chipotle aired a powerful commercial about anti-factory farming during the Grammys. I almost stood up and cheered!

Pittsburgh Zoo got a new baby gorilla yesterday… and the cuteness factor is off the charts.

Hawaii could be on its way to enacting a law that makes consumers pay a fee who choose paper or plastic bags at the grocery store. It would be the first state to do so.

Mystery Ingredient Monday: Cadmium

Today’s Mystery Ingredient Monday is cadmium. Haven’t heard of it? Unless you’re really up on green news (or a scientist), you probably wouldn’t. But it’s important that you know about it because experts are calling it the “new lead.” Cadmium can be found in plastics, coatings, batteries–and most recently–in face powders and lipsticks! Because of it’s yellow/orange pigment, it’s perfect for cosmetics.

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The verdict: Even in small amounts, cadmium is said to cause hypertension (high blood pressure). Canada has banned its use in the production of all cosmetics. Though its link to cancer has “limited evidence,” kidney and renal failure evidence is strong. So, in other words, you definitely want to stay away from products that use cadmium even in very limited quantities.

Weekly Eco-News Round-Up

Hello readers! Here is our first Weekly Eco News Round-Up. I think it’s helpful for you to know everything that is going on in the green community. There is never a lack of knowledge out there, only a lack of caring to find it.

So, beginning this week, we’ll find the best green articles to share. If you ever have any articles or organizations you’d like to share with us and our readers, I hope you will leave it in the comments so we can feature it! Hope you enjoy!

Tesla has unveiled their new electric crossover model. And can we just say, “WOW!”

What’s really in fast food chicken? File this under ‘Things I Wish I Hadn’t Read.’

There’s formaldehyde in your cosmetics… but we’ve already told you that before.

Organic versus Non-Organic beauty ingredients, courtesy of yours truly.

Big companies like Google are devoted to fighting climate change. Pretty inspiring stuff.

10 Sustainable Lingerie Options to heat up your Valentines Day. Again, we just say, “wow.”

Tuesday’s Green Initiative: Biking

In the interest of going green, we are going to begin featuring green initiatives from around the country. We hope it will help inspire our readers to create green initiatives in their own lives or help these organizations achieve their goals. We must keep the interest of the environment and our health at the forefront of our minds. It is why Sharon Harvey started Charleston Naturally; she wanted to offer products that were safe for the consumer and the world.

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Today’s green initiative is biking. If you travel to a place like Amsterdam, you’re struck by the huge amount of two-wheeled traffic. That’s because the city sees the convenience and health benefits for its people and the environmental pluses. That’s why Amsterdam is extremely bike-friendly. However, you don’t have to venture to another continent to find people on bikes. Like this article on Bike Charleston’s blog mentions, New York City has taken several measures to expand biking in New York because of its tourists. Charleston also thrives on tourism and I love their idea of expanding bike lanes around the city for tourists to enjoy… not to mention the locals.

So check out Bike Charleston or other bike-friendly organizations around the country to get involved. Biking is not only great for your health; it’s a better form of transportation for the environment. Added bonus: biking boosts endorphins to ward off mid-winter blues.

Charleston Boeing Plant Lands on Green List

Since the first news broke of Boeing’s entrance into South Carolina, Charlestonians have been excited about the boost to the job market, impact on the local economy and involvement in a major manufacturing project. Now, we have even more to celebrate–Boeing South Carolina has gone green in a BIG way!

Boeing earned the #14 spot on the The Green Power Partnership (GPP)’s annual Top Partners List for Fortune 500 companies. Power is generated on-site through biomass and solar energy. Furthermore, Boeing came in #33 on the National Top 50 list.

Solar panels on roof of North Charleston facility, flickr: North Charleston

According to the GPP website, “These green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. Purchase amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power resources. Organizations can meet EPA purchase requirements using any combination of three different product options (1) Renewable Energy Certificates, (2) On-site generation, and (3) Utility green power products.

Boeing’s green practices don’t stop with green energy either. The site also has a zero-waste-to-landfill program and is aiming to achieve LEED certification. To find out more about Boeing’s green commitment, check out this story from the Charleston Regional Business Journal.