GREEN FEATURES

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Alternative Fuel Vehicle

Description
  • An alternative fuel vehicle is a vehicle that runs on a fuel other than "traditional" petroleum fuels (petrol or diesel); and also refers to any technology of powering an engine that does not involve solely petroleum (e.g. electric car, hybrid electric vehicles, solar powered). Traditional internal combustion vehicles have contributed to local, regional and global problems of air pollution, fallout from airborne pathogens, and changing interactions between the atmosphere and sun, weather effects and effects on plants and oceans. To reduce harmful emissions, alternative mean of transportation can be used, such as bicycles, carpools, buses, or new vehicle technologies. CATA buses are powered by Clean Natural Gas (CNG).
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Community Gardens Community Gardens

Description
  • Community Gardens produce food that helps build a more self-reliant food economy that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and consumption to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place. Benefits include: Conserve resource (compost of communities leaves), Reduce carbon footprint, Preserve green space, Reduce city heat from streets and parking lots, Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, Encourage self-reliance, Produces nutritious food, Reduces family food budgets Community Garden plots are available at the Sustainability Experience Center.
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Eco-design Eco-Design/Planning Feature

Description
  • Eco-Design/Planning is to design a product with consideration of the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability throughout the products whole lifecycle (procurement, manufacture, use and disposal).Many green features have been incorporated into the building and maintenance of the University Park Campus.
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Information Eco Information/Maps

Description
  • Copies of printed Walking Green Tours maps are available here.
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Farmer's market Farmers Market

Description
  • Farmers' markets consist of individual vendors, mostly farmers, who set up booths, tables or stands, outdoors or indoors, to sell produce, meat products, fruits and sometimes prepared foods and beverages. Farmers markets add value to communities: Farmers/producers sell directly to consumers, minimizing profit loss by circumventing the middleman; Consumers get to buy direct from the farmer/producer; Consumers can obtain organic fruits and vegetables from Certified Organic farmers; Consumers get to enjoy fresh, seasonally-grown food that was produced within a drivable distance from their homes; More capital remains in the consumers' community; They help reduce food miles, thus vehicle pollution, noise, and fossil fuel use; They help to reduce packaging; They encourage more environmental production practices, such as organic or pesticide free; They encourage farm diversification and hence bio-diversity.
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Fair trade Fair Trade Products

Description
  • Fair Trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a higher price to producers as well as higher social and environmental standards. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold.
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Green Building Green Building

Description
  • A Green Building is a structure that is built using a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from design to construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. A green building reduces the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by: Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources, Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity, Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation.
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Green Roof Green Roof

Description
  • A Green Roof of a building is partially or completely covered with vegetation and is a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. Green Roofs help: Reduce storm water runoff, Mitigate summer heat because plants cool the air and reduce ozone formation, Insulate the building, keeping it cooler and reduce summer electricity bills, Increased longevity of up to twice as long as a traditional, shingle roof.
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Groundwater Recharge Area Groundwater Recharge Area

Description
  • Groundwater Recharge Area is a hydrologic process where water moves downward from surface water to groundwater, usually below plant roots. Rainwater or reclaimed water is routed to the subsurface. It is usually impeded by paving, development or logging. Groundwater Recharge Area are imperative for sustainable groundwater management, since the volume-rate abstracted from an aquifer in the long term should be less than or equal to the volume-rate that is recharged They Help move excess salts that accumulate in the root zone to deeper soil layers.
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Native Landscaping Native Landscaping

Description
  • The goal of native landscaping is to create a plant "community." In a natural system, each plant occupies a specific niche. The diversity of the native landscape preserves naturally occurring genetic material and provides better resistance to disease. Furthermore, plants native to a specific region tend to be more robust because they have adapted to the local soil, conditions, and weather patterns. Native Landscaping saves energy, It's low maintenance: require no irrigation or fertilization, resistant to most pests and diseases. Native species rarely become invasive, as plants introduced from other areas can be. Native plants provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and other desirable wildlife. Many help to enrich the soil. Their root systems help rainfall percolate into the soil, reducing erosion and runoff. This improves water quality.
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Food Organic/Local-sourced Food

Description
  • Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. Local food is based on locally, self-reliant food economies - one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and consumption is integrated to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place.
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Recycling Recycling

Description
  • Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste d isposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" waste hierarchy.
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Resale Reuse/Resale

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  • A sale that sells secondhand clothes and other household goods, typically to raise funds for a charitable institution.
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Solar Energy Solar Energy

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  • Solar energy is the energy received by the earth from the sun. This energy is in the form of solar radiation, which makes the production of solar electricity possible. Solar energy is vital to support life on earth, it helps to grow our food, light our days, influence weather patterns, provide heat, and can be used to generate solar electricity. Solar electricity relies upon man-made devices such as solar panels or solar cells in order to provide a source of clean, and low cost renewable energy.
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Waster for compost Waste for Compost

Description
  • Compost is plant matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. Compost can be rich in nutrients. It is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including: as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil. In ecosystems, compost is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation, wetland construction, and as landfill cover.
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Wind energy Wind Energy

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  • Wind is a form of solar energy. Winds are caused by the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth's surface, and rotation of the earth. Wind flow patterns are modified by the earth's terrain, bodies of water, and vegetative cover. This wind flow, or motion energy, when "harvested" by modern wind turbines, can be used to generate electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. This mechanical power can be used for specific tasks (such as grinding grain or pumping water) or a generator can convert this mechanical power into electricity to power homes, businesses, schools, and the like.
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