Archive for the ‘Go Green’ Category

We Can Make a Difference: Please Recycle
September 25, 2011

Recycling electronics keeps potentially harmful materials out of the waste stream and the environment.  The Solid Waste Management Department and CompuCycle are urging Houstonians to take advantage of this new program by recycling their PCs, servers, keyboards, mice, laptops, game consoles, monitors, small kitchen appliances, and other electronics-related items.

The City of Houston is adding a permanent electronics recycling drop-off site (CompuCycle located at 7700 Kempwood ) for Houstonians to recycle their electronics responsibly. This partnership with Compucycle also provides monthly one day collection events on Saturdays at three City of Houston recycling centers beginning October 8th:

* Kingwood Metro Transit Center (1st Sat.)

* Ellington/Clear Lake Neighborhood Recycling Center (2nd Sat.)

* Center Street Recycling Center (3rd Sat.).

Greening Your Home: Low Income Assistance
August 18, 2009

Let us…HELP YOU:

The federally-funded Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income persons control their home’s energy costs through FREE energy efficiency measures (professionals install insulation, caulking, new doors and more if you sign up with the program) and education.

To find out if you qualify : shelteringarms.org.

To Apply: Harris County residents should call the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE for more information. (Or 713-957-4357)

Big Green Bus
July 13, 2009

Escaping The Heat
July 1, 2009

The Facebook comments that everyone left on my page were pretty funny in response to my “tease” for this story. Thanks for participating!  -Jen

Hilton Hotel: Going Green
May 28, 2009

The Hilton-America Hotel, downtown is helping some of our area’s homeless with their eco-friendly initiative. I toured the kitchen and loading dock yesterday…to discover that what I thought was a PLASTIC to-go box…was not plastic at all. I couldn’t believe it! Check it out.

How neat is this….?!
May 22, 2009

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center had to rebuild their Mobile Operations Complex after a fire destroyed the original warehouse back in 2005.

The new facility isn’t “just a new building…” it has environmentally friendly features. Examples: Dual flush toilets – why did it take so long for this concept to hit the streets? AND sky lights – it really did bring about a different feel.

The neatest had nothing to do with the building…wildflower paper. Play the clip; you’ll understand.

Fire Station 8 Visit
March 10, 2009

I visited Fire Station 8 (downtown) the other day. We were putting together a story about how our fire stations are “Going Green.” The pressure is on and our city is trying to catch up with ways to help the environment. Anchor, Rachel McNeill ended up reporting on the story. Go to our HOME page, scroll to the bottom and click on right corner entitled VIDEO, search for FIRE to see the entire story.

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Sunday Morning (4/13)
April 11, 2008

Catch me this weekend reporting live from Discovery Green in downtown Houston! Sunday is the grand opening and we can’t wait to see the turnout. I’m excited to be a part of Houston’s Going-Green Campaign. As some of you already know, by keeping up with my blog, I am a true “green girl.” Well, it’s a work-in-progress at least. I shop with my own material grocery bag and I use the westpark recycling center all of the time, for everything! Ok, ok- so I dont own a hybrid nor is my home solar-powered (yet). I try though.

Anyway, tune in Sunday early morning to KPRC or come out to the park. See you then.

Recycling this Season and Throughout the Year
November 25, 2007

Ok, call me a “tree-hugger”…. I am a huge supporter of recycling and practice it daily in my own life. The holiday season has arrived and I was thinking about all of the gift boxes, wrapping paper, upgrade in electronics, Christmas trees and the TON of junk mail such as magazines that we collect during the holidays. But, instead of just tossing them out, I challenge you to make a New Year effort to drop off your recycable material to one of the 2 following locations:
City of Houston Near Highway 59 and Fountainview
How To Get There:
From Highway 59, take the Fountainview exit from north or south. Go one block west to Westpark. It is the large, metal building to your left, turn left and enter from Westpark.
Hours:
Monday to Saturday – 8 am until 6 pm.
What They Take:
Motor Oil and Filters , Telephone Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Glass, Steel Cans, Aluminum
B.O.P.A. cardboard
Currently, more than 6,000 citizens per month bring their recyclables to the center. These items are then sold to private companies for recycling, with the revenues from the sale being deposited into the city’s general fund. However, Houston has a population of approximately 5.5 million people which makes that 6,000 number look very small. Now, I have a feeling that more than 6,000 of you will be near the Galleria this holiday season. I’m the traffic reporter, so I will be able to prove it. 🙂
Look, the Westpark Recycling Facility is extremely close and you dont even have to exit your vehicle! It’s a “drive-thru” center. So, no excuses.
City Of Houston At Ellington Field
How To Get There:
From Highway 3 and Beltway 8, go south to Brantly (second light). Turn left on Brantly. Curve around to your left and look for the green cans in a parking lot.
Hours:
First and Third Saturday – 9 am until 1 pm
What They Take:
Telephone Books, Newspaper, Glass (Clear and Colored), Magazines, Aluminum
If you have any recycling ideas that you would like to share with me, feel free to email me.

Save Fuel and Time!
November 20, 2007

I was at my hair salon, Michaellyndon’s the other day, which is the perfect venue to catch up on a brief magazine read. It’s about the only time I have these days to browse through the fashion section or the editorials. Of course, I selected the Oprah Magazine and one article in particular caught my attention. It was short, sweet, informative and I immediately thought – “I need to place this on my blog so that others can be reminded as well.” Here is part of that article:

Taking a left hand turn on a busy two-way street can be maddening time suck. Minutes tick by as you sit, idling, with your blinker on. UPS drivers avoid this by taking right turns whenever possible. The company has developed a software program that maps out delivery routes using a majority of right turns – a move that last year helped save the company about 3 million gallons of fuel and shaved more than 28 million miles off their routes. UPS employees now use this trick on their off-hours and swear that it can trim at least a minute from each errand – and five errands an hour means five to ten minutes’ worth of saved time….

Now, I have purposely made right turns before using common sense and prompted by the clock telling me that I am 5 minutes late to something. The bottom line though, is that this article pointed out huge numbers of fuel and time that we could all collectively save. It was a great reminder for something so simple that many of us forget about!

So, back to my story – I kept the tip in mind, last Friday and it didnt take long before I was in a situation where I thought about the RIGHT HAND TURN article. I was on my way to meet friends for lunch at Vincent’s. Well, there is this popular light at W Gray. One car at the front wants to make a left turn and cars that are lined up behind him want to keep straight. Everyone starts jetting around the guy and that in turn slows the right lane down. Of course, this scenario happens on hundreds of streets around Houston, everyday.

Long story short, I made my right turn, kept the traffic flowing and did not have to sit through 3 more lights before, I myself could turn. I was happy to be part of the traffic solution.