Greenest College Student Challenge

Above Ground Pools Pose Threat To Local Environment

How To Be Fashionably Green

"The Great American Book Drive" Returns To Brooklyn

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One lucky college student will find themselves the owner of a new iPad next month as winner of the first “Greenest Student College Challenge.” ThinkGreenLiveClean, an environmental news website, launched the contest earlier this month to showcase the most inventive and ingenious “green” ideas emerging from the nation’s college campuses.

College students are being asked to make green resolutions for the “New ‘School’ Year.” A panel of judges will review the resolutions and award the student with the best idea a new iPad and matching case valued at more than $500. The winner’s name, college and green resolution will also be posted on the homepage of ThinkGreenLiveClean.

Entries will be judged on creativity of the green resolution and details about how the resolution will be fulfilled.

“Since our contest’s green resolutions can be viewed by anyone anywhere, the Greenest Student College Challenge is essentially a national brainstorming session with an iPad as an incentive,” said Wyatt Taubman, founder of ThinkGreenLiveClean. “Students will be able to read what other students have written and will hopefully become inspired by all the great green ideas floating around. These students are going to have the ideas that will change the future so we want to let their ideas be heard now on a national level.”

Contest entrants must enter by October 18, as follows. The winner will be announced November 1. Official rules are available at No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

1. Become a Fan of ThinkGreenLiveClean on Facebook;

2. Sign up for the ThinkGreenLiveClean newsletter;

3. Provide an active college email;

4. Post a green resolution on the ThinkGreenLiveClean comment box. Must be 300 words or less.

The panel of judges include:

• Dr. Diana Nemergut, environmental studies professor, University of Colorado at Boulder

• Dr. Michael Boudrias, environmental studies & marine science department chair, University of San Diego

• Shanah Trevenna, student sustainability coordinator, University of Hawaii

• Devon Fisher, University of San Francisco Master’s Program and Think Green Live Clean writer

• Kaelin McAtee, University of San Diego and Think Green Live Clean writer

• Wyatt Taubman, founder, ThinkGreenLiveClean

iPad and matching cover provided by Duke’s Restaurants.

The Greenest Student College Challenge marks the first in a series of contests to be hosted by ThinkGreenLiveClean to run throughout the school year. Future contests will explore different aspects of students living sustainably.

ThinkGreenLiveClean is an environmental news Web site that provides people with the simplest, easiest and smartest solutions for living a ‘greener’ lifestyle. Launched in 2009 by Wyatt Taubman at age 23 and now a graduate of University of San Diego, ThinkGreenLiveClean currently boasts 19 writers hailing from colleges across the country who write daily articles about anything relating to the ‘green’ way of life from a young adult’s perspective. ThinkGreenLiveClean can be found at




Store-bought above ground pools are becoming a popular way to beat the summer heat. But in the fall, when it's time to empty them, new owners are not advised of the potential harm they can cause to our local environment.

Since street storm drains lead directly to our bays and beaches, the simple act of draining chlorinated pool water into the streets can affect south shore water quality and marine life.

"Pool owners need to add chemicals to pool water to keep it clean and algae-free throughout the summer. If that water has been 'shocked' or chlorinated recently, those chemicals will enter our salt water ecosystem through our street storm drains. And that poses a threat to marine life and the health of our waters, by changing chlorine and pH levels," said Robert Weltner, President of Operation "Just one 15-foot-round pool will contain about 5,000 gallons of chlorinated water. Multiply that by the number of pools in the area, and that's a lot of chlorine entering our fragile ecosystem. The best thing to do before emptying your pool, is to do what public pools do...wait a week or so until the chlorine evaporates and the levels lower to zero."

Operation has been working with local municipalities to install filter systems into street storm drains to limit the amount of litter and chemicals that enter our south shore waterways. Tests over the past few years in Freeport have been very successful in having a positive impact on the health of our waterways. Other Nassau County towns are looking into the filter program as well.

Founded in Freeport in 1990, Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. (Stop Polluting Littering and Save Harbors) is a 1,600 member, grassroots, all volunteer organization dedicated to being a part of the solution to waterfront pollution through public education and individual participation. Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, S.P.L.A.S.H. has collected more than 400 TONS of trash. The organization is currently working on other important projects designed to protect and preserve the fragile South Shore estuaries. Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Freeport Recreation Center in Freeport, Long Island at 7:30pm. To become a member, visit or call 516-348-4770.



Affordable Luxury Hybrids

It’s been said that good taste is the ultimate vice. In today’s climate where the economy is at an all-time middling pace and environmental concerns at an all-time high, being stylish without regard to price or the earth’s dwindling resources is not looked upon favorably – by anyone.

Manufacturers have taken note. They’re developing products that are stylish, yet also easy on the environment and the pocketbook. Powered by two sources to save on gas consumption, an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, hybrid cars are a great example of this trend. The designs are getting trendier and more affordable. There are other hybrids out there as well, whether a blend of two power sources or two disparate materials that allow consumers to be fashionably green not only on the road, but in their homes and even on the sidewalk.

Below are a few examples from experts at window fashions leader Hunter Douglas, a pioneer in energy efficiency at the window, that are so stylish, green and reasonably priced, they turn good taste into a virtue.

In the kitchen: Bring green luxury into your daily coffee regimen with the high-quality Presso Espresso, an eco-friendly and recyclable espresso maker by designer Patrick Hunt. A hybrid of simplicity and style, Presso requires zero energy to produce premium quality espresso. Simply add grounds and water, then lift and lower the handles like a wine bottle opener and you have a delicious beverage that only expends your energy, not the planet’s.

For the spa or bath: Soft on the environment and to the touch, new stylish hybrid linens that are a mix of natural blended certified organic cotton and other natural ingredients create silky, luxurious additions to any home. One such product is CB2’s Bamboo Bath Towels made from 65% bamboo and 35% combed Egyptian cotton for a plush, sustainable product.

Anywhere in the home that counts: To save energy at home without skimping on style, Hunter Douglas NewStyle® hybrid shutters are the answer. They combine the beauty of real wood with the strength, stability and straightness of modern-day materials. Now, with the introduction of the UltraGrain™ finish, which debuted this September 14, they are the only hybrid shutter to offer the color and grain pattern of real stained wood. They also fit comfortably within a budget. Created using a highly innovative, industry-exclusive manufacturing process, the UltraGrain finish brings the outdoors in and takes color options to a whole new level. There are four distinctive colors: Golden Oak, Warm Cherry, Amaretto and Bahama Brown. “These colors are on-trend with the currents hardwoods look – which tends towards the exotic woods – match interior woodwork and coordinate with our Heritance® hardwood shutters,” said Jim Klawiter, Vice President and General Manager of the Hunter Douglas Custom Shutter Collection. “NewStyle hybrid shutters are the perfect blend of nature, technology and design.”

Designed for a variety of decors and to coordinate with Heritance hardwood shutters and Palm Beach™ polysatin shutters, the collection also comes in six solid white and off-whites, including new Eggshell and Linen hues. There are also hundreds of configuration choices and 11 frame style options. Framed specialty shapes will now be offered as well.

NewStyle shutters are highly energy efficient in both winter and summer, saving on heating and cooling bills and conserving energy. They have an R-value (ability to resist heat flow) of 6.01 that almost doubles the energy efficiency of a low-e double-glazed window. Their Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, or ability to resist heat gain from the sun, is a very low 0.17. This means that only 17% of the solar energy striking a window actually passes through it to heat the room. It is measured on a standard double-glazed window. NewStyle shutters also block 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Like virtually all Hunter Douglas products, NewStyle shutters are also GREENGUARD Indoor Air Certified® and GREENGUARD Certified for Children & SchoolsSM. And, NewStyle hybrid shutters are an investment in your home. Backed by the exclusive Hunter Douglas Lifetime Guarantee, they add to its architecture and stand the test of time with classic design, enduring materials and low maintenance. They’re American-made as well, so delivery is fast.

From the runway to the sidewalk: Many are of the opinion that the ultimate luxury fashion item may be more suited to sidewalks everywhere than the runway – the designer handbag. Conveniently, several makers are now going green and even Louis Vuitton has used vegetable-based solutions rather than toxic dyes in one of their lines. Montreal-based Matt & Nat offers cutting-edge designs that are beautiful but also socially responsible and affordably priced. They’re the hybrid of handbags, combining vegan leather with linings of recycled plastic bottles as well as modern takes on natural, primitive looks.

With these hybrids, it is easy to celebrate style and luxury without worrying about diminishing the earth’s or your resources.



“The Great American Book Drive” Returns to Brooklyn
Better World Books Hosts Day-Long Community Fundraising Book Drive at
Brooklyn Public Library

What: Better World Books hosts the “Great American Book Drive,” inviting area residents and community members of all ages to clean off their cluttered bookshelves and come out to donate used books to help raise money for Brooklyn Public Library’s collections and programs. Musical guest Lost in the Stacks will perform for the crowd, and the event will also include a used book sale. The event raises money for both the Brooklyn Public Library as well as global literacy initiatives, through Better World Books.

When: Saturday, October 2, 2010; 10 am – 3 pm

Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Outdoor Plaza 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238

Better World Books ( is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than two million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders. Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company has raised over $8 million for its non-profit literacy, library and college partners and diverted more than 33 million books from landfills.



New Product Alert!
Teas To Benefit The Jane Goodall Institute
From Choice Organic Teas

Choice Organic Teas, the first exclusively organic tea crafter in the United States and the first in the country to introduce Fair Trade Certified™ teas, recently announced that they have been selected to carry the Jane Goodall “Good for All” brand on its new product line extension. The “Good for All” brand features the name and image of renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace. Select companies have received the honor of carrying the brand after JGI reviewed several criteria to determine whether the companies’ philosophies blend with the Institute’s. JGI created the “Good for All” brand in 2007 to recognize companies and environmentally conscious products that reflect Dr. Goodall’s core values.

Choice Organic Teas is adding five new varieties to its original line and will donate a percentage of the profits of each box to support JGI. Oothu Garden Green, Wild Forest Black, Decaffeinated English Breakfast, Rooibos Superfruit and Yerba Maté Mint form an exceptional collection of flavorful teas sourced from four different continents. They were developed especially for this project to celebrate the universal passion for tea while supporting JGI and CHOICE ORGANIC TEAS’ continued leadership in social and environmental sustainability.

The Jane Goodall Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is also widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program that empowers young people around the world to make positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment.

“We are honored to support the Jane Goodall Institute as we share many of the same goals – such as conservation, sustainability and education – and seek to be good stewards of the earth’s precious resources,” said Ray Lacorte, head of operations for CHOICE ORGANIC TEAS. “When consumers purchase any of our new teas, they have the satisfaction of knowing their dollars are helping to protect endangered wildlife and their habitats, while also equipping the next generation to take up the torch for conservation.”


Oothu Garden Green (Green Tea) – A sophisticated and inspiring single estate tea from one of the first organic and Fair Trade Certified™ tea gardens in India. The surrounding rainforest is home to a tiger reserve and many other endangered animals including the lion-tailed macaque, a primate endemic to this specific region.

Wild Forest Black (Black Tea) – An energizing rare wild tea with a smooth, yet hearty flavor. Leaves are plucked from ancient tea trees (500 years old or more) growing deep in the forests of Southeast Asia. Only recently have these teas been made available to the rest of the world due to recent efforts by NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to develop a positive alternative economy for the region as a solution to the illegal drug market.

Decaffeinated English Breakfast (Decaf Black Tea) – A traditional British blend of Indian teas decaffeinated using carbon dioxide, the only certified organic method. The taste of this tea is hearty and satisfying, yet bold and brisk.

Rooibos Superfruit (Herbal Tea) – Paired with fruit, this jewel-toned red tea is slightly sweet, full of flavor and refreshing. Grown in South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains, rooibos has long been prized for its restorative qualities. Hibiscus, rosehips, orange, and schizandra berry are known for their high levels of vitamin C.

Yerba Maté Mint (Herbal Tea/Contains Caffeine) – Renowned for its natural kick, yerba maté grows in subtropical South America. CHOICE ORGANIC TEAS blends yerba maté with Washington State peppermint, Egyptian spearmint and a hint of lemongrass for a tea that’s light, bright, cool and exhilarating.

As with all of its teas, these new varieties of Choice Organic Teas are certified organic, certified kosher, and gluten-free. They are also verified by The Non-GMO Project and four of the five are Fair Trade Certified™. The teas will be available at all participating natural and specialty grocery stores with a suggested retail price of $4.69 for a 16-count box. The teas will be available to retailers in September 2010 and to consumers in October 2010.

For more information about Choice Organic Teas visit For more info about the Jane Goodall Institute or to make a donation, please visit