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Green Living News
February 2009
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Eco-Gadgets & Innovations
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Welcome to the February 2009 edition of TeachingGreen's Green Living News, a monthly newsletter for folks interested in creating a more sustainable society through individual actions and beyond.

Inside this issue of Green Living News:
...and more!

Eco_gadgetsEco-Gadgets & Innovations
Induction Cooking

One of the easiest things you can do to save energy around the house is to choose appliances, electronics and lighting that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating. But when it comes to cooking, you won't find anything with the ENERGY STAR. Ovens and traditional gas and electric cooktops are extremely inefficient, and no one's been able to figure out how to change that. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the percentage of energy that actually reaches the food being cooked is:
  • Gas oven: 7%
  • Electric oven: 13%
  • Gas cooktop: 40%
  • Electric cooktop: 74%
But there's another, more energy-efficient way to cook: induction. An induction cooktop produces a high-frequency electromagnetic field that Induction cooktopcreates a circulating electric current in the cooking vessel, which generates heat. Because there's no heat lost from the stove itself, the typical efficiency of induction cooktops is 84% (U.S. DOE).

Induction cooktops have been used around the world for some time now, but recently prices have come down as technology has improved, and now there are several products on the market for residential use.

Other advantages:
  • Fast: water boils in 1-2 minutes
  • Safe: stays cool to the touch
  • Easy to clean: food doesn't cook on
One little caveat: with the current technology, induction cooktops only work with ferrous metals, so pots and pans made from aluminum, copper, pyrex and the like will not heat up on an induction cooker. As long as the base of your cookware is made of a ferrous metal, such as cast iron or steel, you're good to go.

For LOTS more information, including help with selecting and buying an induction cooktop, visit theinductionsite.com.

World_Wide_Green_webWorld Wide GREEN Web


Did you catch the recent 60 Minutes piece on electronic waste being shipped to China? If not, here's the gist: much of the e-waste (TVs, cellphones, etc.) that conscientious consumers are recycling, expecte-waste in Chinaing it to be disassembled and recycled here in the states, is ending up overseas. It's being shipped to poor countries, where the heavy metals and other chemicals inside are polluting the air and water and exposing people to high levels of all kinds of toxic chemicals, including dioxin. If you haven't seen it, watch it here: www.e-stewards.org.

So what's the eco-conscious consumer to do with his or her old printer, computer, TV and all the rest? After watching the 60 Minutes piece, you may feel like just throwing it in the trash. But thanks to a small group of forward-thinking companies and foundations, there is now a program here in the U.S. that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible e-waste recyclers. Called e-Stewards, these companies have qualified for the Electronic Recycler's Pledge of True Stewardship, which holds participating e-recyclers to a set of high standards including a ban on export, land dumping, incineration, and use of prison labor for toxic components.

In the near future, the current pledge program, which involves a 'desk and paper audit' qualification process, will become a 3rd party accredited e-Stewards certification program, the first of its kind anywhere. The e-Stewards program is administered by the Basel Action Network, (www.ban.org) and the Electronics TakeBack Coalition (www.computertakeback.com).

For more information, including a list of e-Steward recyclers across the country, visit www.e-stewards.org.
LA_ConfidentialL.A. Confidential

Events and other stuff for Angelinos:

"Irreplaceable LA" event:
Climate Change and its Impacts on Local Communities, Water & Wildlife

Listen to experts from The Endangered Habitats League, Heal the Bay and the Center for Biological Diversity discuss climate change impacts to Southern California, and visit the stunning Irreplaceable Wildlife photography exhibit.

Date: Friday, February 13
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA
Cost: FREE (refreshments provided)

For more info, visit www.theg2gallery.com.

Upcoming TeachingGreen Workshop:
Detoxifying Your Planet, Your Home, Yourself
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Protect your health and the health of others by keeping toxics out of your life and the environment.

Date: Wednesday, February 18
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: Whole Foods Market, 2655 PCH, Torrance 90505
Cost: Suggested donation $5
For more info, visit www.teachinggreen.org.

FREE High-Efficiency Toilet Exchange

Residents of Lomita, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Unincorporated Areas of Torrance and Harbor Gateway who are Cal Water Service customers

Get up to two high-efficiency toilets (1.2 gpf) for your single-family home, condo or apartment, in exchange for two old toilets with a flush volume greater than 1.6 gpf. Toilets are available to the first 500 applicants only, so register early.

Date: Saturday,March 14
Time: 8:00 - 1:00pm
Location: West Basin Municipal Water District

For more information and to register, visit www.swe-inc.com or call 1-866-931-3494.

LA Green Drinks

Relax, have a drink, make new friends, network and share ideas with others interested in environmental issues.

LA Green Drinks - West Side: 1st Thursday of the month
LA Green Drinks - South Bay: 2nd Thursday
LA Green Drinks - West Hollywood/Silver Lake: 3rd Thursday
LA Green Drinks - Downtown: 4th Wednesday
LA Green Drinks - Valley: 4th Thursday

For times and locations, visit: lagreendrinks.blogspot.com.

Visit the Madrona Marsh in Torrance

The Madrona Marsh Preserve in Torrance is the last remaining vernal Madrona Marshmarsh in Los Angeles County. It is fed entirely by stormwater runoff. The Marsh is reminiscent of the natural state of much of the South Bay area and the once extensive natural systems that existed along the coastal plain and coastal terraces of Southern California. The preserve is located on land that has been in oil production since 1924. This is why it was never developed as commercial or residential uses.

The marsh is open to the public Tuesday thru Sunday. After walking the marsh, check out the Nature Center just across the street. The facility is an educational and interpretive center for the Madrona Marsh Preserve's natural resources and places the Preserve within its regional context.

Location: 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, CA 90503
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00pm, excluding holidays
Cost: Free

For more information, visit www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com.

Worth_Your_Time Worth Your Time

A Crude Awakening
2006, Available on DVD and iTunes
Produced and directed by award-winning filmmakers Basil GelpkCrude Awakeninge and Ray McCormack, this documentary examines modern civilization's addiction to oil, and the impending chaos that's coming when the resource is depleted unless we act quickly to develop alternatives. Through interviews with the world's top experts, the film makes the compelling case that our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.

"The most important documentary this year."
- Austin Chronicle

For more info visit www.oilcrashmovie.com.

Good_News Good News!

Rules in Place to Curb U.S. Overfishing
NEW ORLEANS, January 28, 2009 - Ocean conservationists are hailing Commercial Fisheryformer President Bush for passing tough rules to end the overfishing of 40 struggling marine species before he left the White House.

The rules were issued on Jan. 15 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees U.S. oceans policy. Passage of the rules garnered little attention as President Barack Obama prepared to take power.

Under the new rules, the nation's eight regional fishery management councils will be forced to draw up measures to end overfishing...

Click here for full article.
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