The Importance of Thinking Like a Watershed

Aldo Leopold wrote about “thinking like a mountain.” This article on the most recent Earthtoys.com newsletter talks about “thinking like a watershed.” Why is thinking like a watershed important? Because everyone lives in a watershed, and watersheds are a handy environmental “unit” that we can use to measure environmental changes and the impacts of development. There are even citizens groups throughout the U.S. that monitor local watersheds, looking for changes and environment impacts. Here’s more from the article:

On a human scale, what happens within a watershed, whether natural or caused by humans, affects the water quality and health of that watershed, while not greatly impacting neighboring watersheds. Watersheds create a sort of forced community of living things. What our common watershed neighbors do affects everyone in the community. Additionally, we have to think of the watershed as a whole connected unit, with the upland conditions affecting the quality of water, air etc. What happens upstream will influence everyone who lives downstream.

Check out the full article and more articles about renewable energy, green building, etc. at the Earthtoys.com website.


Tomato Palace Greenhouse

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Today I thought I’d write about another cool invention from Doss Products, makers of the Veg-a-lot greenhouse and the Kandle Heater. The Tomato Palace greenhouse has a very interesting design. It’s built as a tall tower and you have access to the plants through a series of sliding doors. It’s built from a double wall UV resistant polyethylene, which is commonly used for greenhouses. The shape of the greenhouse allows you to grow tall plants like tomatoes in a relatively small area. This is a great option for urban gardening if you have a small space to grow in. And don’t forget the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter as another way to grow your tomatoes vertically.


ELDIS: Gateway to Development Information

ELDIS is a UK based organization that deals with a diverse variety of development issues. From agriculture to tourism, they take an in-depth look at the developing world. You can find links to UN studies, academic reports, etc. on their website. I was particularly interested in their Corporate Social Responsibility tourism information page. They have an interesting list of case studies for responsible tourism from a variety of countries and regions.


Chicago’s Green Apple

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Just got word that there’s another green roof in Chicago! In a city known for green roofs, Apple Computer’s Michigan Avenue retail store further establishes Chicago as one of the more eco-progressive cities in the U.S. This Apple store has 302 four inch GreenGrid® modules. Sedum kamtschaticum, a perennial succulent groundcover, was the plant of choice for their green roof. If you’d like to find out more about green roof technology, check out this article on the EarthToys website.

MacDailyNews has a complete article about Apple’s green roof.

Thanks to TreeHugger for the tip about Apple’s green roof!


More on Rust

Got a comment the other day about our entry on environmentally friendly rust removal. Little did I know that this topic is important to a lot of people in industry. KPR ADCOR INC provides rust control products (environmentally friendly ones) for large and small companies. KPR ADCOR INC recently started a blog about rust control. Thanks again for the tip!