On a recent trip to Columbus, Ohio I accidentally stumbled upon this excellent art exhibit that presents plastic ocean debris in a visually striking way. The artist is an advocate for plastic pollution awareness and creates artwork using plastic ocean debris, excess packaging, and junk mail. Scroll down for some highlights of Sacrifice + Bliss, the traveling exhibit by Aurora Robson, on display at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Wonderful piece created entirely from plastic debris collected from Big Island, Kamilo Point. Kamilo by Aurora Robson
Belch (aka Tarball , 2009) hanging from the Desert Room at the Conservatory. A black, toxic looking sculpture made from plastic debris.
For more information and examples of her great work, visit aurorarobson.com
- Spanish solar panel manufacturing company, Isofoton, plans to open a solar panel manufacturing facility in Toledo, OH in July. The Northeast Ohio manufacturing plant that will create 330 jobs, landed a $15 million state loan to go along with about $4 million in private funding. The company also plans on sourcing materials locally. Read more at Columbus Business First.
- Now, this is our kind of solar! Pvilion is taking the traditional view on solar and stretching it to make it work their way. They specialize in flexible PV material that makes for good looking, power producing structures.
- Apple’s new data center will install a 20 mW solar array and fuel cell with a capacity of 5 mW. This will be the largest end user owned solar array in the country. Check our more at treehugger.com.
- And finally, a nice video that shows you how you can slightly alter your daily routine and save nearly 1,213 gallons of water per day. That’s a lot of water!
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, with the goal of making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation, released its “Best of Green Schools 2011 List.” This list focuses on all levels of school (K-12 to higher education) and recognizes the leaders that create sustainable learning environments for their students. Here are a few notable highlights from that list:
- The State of Ohio leads the way with more green school projects in the works than any other state. There are a total of 319 LEED registered and certified projects.
- Lake Mills Middle School in Lake Mills, Wisconsin became the first public school in the country to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The school is now “45% more efficient than a conventional school, yielding a total annual energy savings of $85,000.” (www.miron-contstuction.com)
- Policy makers on the Washington D.C. City Council passed the Healthy School Act 2010 which builds upon the requirement and encouragement for all schools to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
For more on “Best of Green Schools 2011,” click here.
Now I will present another type of leader in green education that we have had the privilege of experiencing firsthand. Last October at the Greenbuild Conference in San Francisco we met a group of students from the Developing Virtue Schools that were exploring the show for new and exciting technologies that they could incorporate into a year-long sustainability project. They became very interested in our PV Solar Shutter and immediately wanted to get one for their school. After the show, they remained in touch, sending us news of their campaign to get solar in their school. They raised renewable energy awareness and enough money from fellow classmates and teachers to actually get one shutter installed in a classroom, one of the more inspirational things I have witnessed.
Alisha posing with their new Solar Shutter!