As many of my readers know I am all about as much transparency as possible. So no, I am not going to share my deep secrets from college, but I am going to share a story that I hope will help everyone who is preparing for a move whether personal or business, and that my experience is going to help prevent a lot of stress and headaches.
When I first started Southeast Green, I started off each year with a list of New Year’s Determinations (The idea of resolutions drives me crazy). I intentionally chose determinations because by golly, I was going to do them! Maybe not perfectly but I was going to do them. For the most part I did instill those small changes and they have stuck.
I stopped doing the determinations because I felt like I had incorporated everything I needed to. Hubris! As COP21 started, I started reflecting on what more could I do. I preach the message of sustainability wherever I go, but what else could I do?
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there was ever a time that Southern utility companies ever fought renewables and in particular solar. Both Southern Company and Duke Energy have made great strides in adopting solar especially the subsidiaries of the Southern Company. Alabama Power has started the conversation of solar adoption. Mississippi Power has just announced 105 MW of utility scale solar in partnership with the US Navy and Hannah Solar. Georgia Power, the star in Southern Company’s crown, has led the southeast with its progressive solar programs including the ever popular and extended Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative. Before Southern Company was working on solar deployment, Duke Energy was leading the way in North Carolina with solar through the North Carolina tax rebates and the first of its kind in the south, a renewable portfolio standard. So maybe the Southern utilities were a bit late to the dance but when they showed up, they were wearing their party dresses!
2015’s Greenbuild was another great affirmation of how much progress has been made in the sustainable building environment. Southeast Green was honored to attend and be sponsored by Mohawk Group. This year’s Greenbuild was in Washington DC and the theme was Monumental Green. It was monumental for several reasons but not in ways you would typically think it would be. Here’s my list of highlights:
It's seems like there is always time for tennis. While you are preparing for your next league match or just for fun keep these ideas handy to make your tennis game greener.
So here are my top five things that you can do to green your tennis game:
- Recycle those tennis balls - There are all kinds of ways to recycle tennis balls or what some might call upcycling. Give old balls to your coach. Give old balls to your kids. Give old balls to your dog, but did you know that there is a business in Arkansas (Yes, who knew?) called Rebounces? You can send them roughly 300 tennis balls at a time with free shipping and they will recycle them. They have a tiered system for recycling. Newer balls get re-pressurized and sold back to tennis facilities and coaches across the country. Slightly older balls get sent to schools and nursing homes to protect floors. The oldest balls get chipped and sold as a raw material to companies who use it in a variety ways. So check out www.rebounces.com.
Recently in the Washington Post an article entitled, American recycling is stalling, and the big blue bin is one reason why, appeared stating that basically America had topped their recycling rates and that recycling was on a decline. The article interviewed an executive from Waste Management stating that local governments were going to have to step in and either pay them money to run recycling operations or take over part of the recycling process.
Many experts in the materials handling industry (what the general public calls recycling) are looking to get diversion rates from the landfills up to 60% and the City of Atlanta has stated they are on target to be “Zero Waste” which is a 90% diversion rate. So, why are recycling handlers saying we have tapped out at 36%? What’s the answer to everything? Money. David Steiner, chief executive of Waste Management stated in the article, “We want to help our customers, but we are a for-profit business. We won’t stay in the industry if we can’t make a profit.” Of course the irony is not too far back in the past, large landfill companies like Waste Management were trying to prevent recycling so they could keep tipping fees and more recently put little recyclers out of business as they moved in because they could see profits.