Going Green is a video series devoted to environmental problem solving. Episodes air on Time Warner Cable's news channels, and on ESF's web, YouTube and iTunes U sites. Going Green is produced by YNN News in collaboration with SUNY-ESF.
- Going Green: Duck Study
College of Environmental Science and Forestry researchers are studying mallards and black ducks as they migrate through the Finger Lakes. Capturing ducks in Cayuga Lake and Owasco Lake, they equip them with transmitters to track them during the spring and fall. They hope for some insight into breeding habitat they might help manage natural resources to encourage the production of more black ducks. a native New York species.
- Going Green: Wetlands Along Lake Ontario
Monitering continues this summer for water levels in marshland along the shore of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River now that a new water level management plan has been instituted by the U.S. and Canadian governments.
- Going Green: Converting Waste to Energy
Students in the College of Environmental Science and Forestry Environmental Resource Engineering program helped Madison County Recycling determine if they collect enough non-recyclable plastic waste to fuel a gasifier that could produce electricity by conducting a waste audit.
- Going Green: Healthy Trees and Pruning
Pruning trees can be very helpful helping trees survive in strong winds while also improving their health and vitality.
- Going Green: Densifying Styrofoam to Recycle It
Madison County has purchased a machine to densify styrofoam to facilitate profitable recycling of styrofoam by packaging it so 30 to 40,000 pounds of styrofoam can be shipped at one time. It's going for 18 to 32 cents a pound so a tractor-trailer load could be worth over $8,000. Manufacturers turn used styrofoam into picture frames, molding and other products.
- Going Green: Dangerous Trees
Heavy snow and strong winds can make trees dangerous in the winter causing injury or property damage but winter is a good time to look for problem areas and prune trees to make them less dangerous. Proper pruning also produces a healthier and stronger tree that will live longer.
- Going Green: Sustainable Brewing
F.X. Matt Brewing in Utica, N.Y. is using wastewater from the brewing process to generate electricity. They're also installing a state-of-the-art CO2 recovery system to re-use the gas in their products.
- Going Green: Microplastics in the Oceans
Researchers with the Five Gyres Institute are documenting the growing rpoblem for plastic waste ending up in the oceans around the world. Dr. Marcus Eriksen says it's a people-created problem and people can make it better.
- Going Green: Build A Tiny Home
Build A Tiny Home for Good is a group helping to move homeless people from shelters to small homes of their own. Homes that will be less expensive and more energy efficient than traditional homes yet provide homeless more privacy, security and a better opportunity to turn their lives around.
- Going Green: Geothermal Retrofit
Installing a geothermal heating/cooling system is very challenging in an older neighborhood. Two wells 300 feet deep must be drilled in cramped quarters while avoiding water pipelines and utilities. The goal is to use the constant temperature of the earth, 50 degrees, to help cool the house in the summer and help heat it during the winter.
- Going Green: Urban Farming
Kris Dulmer taps a variety of trees, all inside the Syracuse city limits, and uses the sap to produce a variety of syrups. He taps sugar maples, Norway maples, black walnut and butternut.
- Going Green: Food Recovery Network
See the ESF/SU chapter of the Food Recovery Network in action, collecting leftover food from college dining halls, packaging it and delivering it to non-profits like Dorothy Day House and the Chadwick Residence.
- Going Green: GRoW Home Comes Home
The University of Buffalo's entry, GRoW Home, in the 2015 Solar Decathlon has been brought to campus and will be installed in a high traffic area to serve as an energy education center. GRoW stands for "garden, relax and work." Students from ESF's Department of Landscape Architecture participated in the design of the home's garden, greenhouse and landscaping.
- Going Green: Ecotourism
ESF students took a Spring Break ecotourism trip to Nicaragua, enjoying the people and sights while helping them develop a sustainable business brochure that highlights their resources without doing environmental damage.
- Going Green: Blue Bin 101
ESF alumna Theresa Mandery, a recycling specialist with Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, conducted a workshop for ESF staff on what should be in the recycling "Blue Bin" and what should go into the trash.
- Going Green: Recovering Ammonia from Biosolids
ESF researcher Dr. Wendong Tao has developed a system to recover ammonia from biosolids used in anaerobic digesters and turn that ammonia into ammonium sulfate that can be used to purify proteins, bake bread and be used as fertilizer.
- Going Green: Microbeads
Microbeads have been used for years by the makers of body washes, exfoliators, toothpastes and other cleansing products to give them scrubbing power. The problem is microbeads don't biodegrade, so they're ending up in area waterways and the ocean. A ban against microbeads takes effect in 2017.
- Going Green: Recycling Textiles
Charities like Goodwill, Salvation Army and Rescue Mission recycle textiles like clothes, bedding, sheets, towels etc.
- Going Green: Taking Down A Big Tree
Trees that need to be removed because of age, disease or land management should be handled by people with expertise, training and the right equipment.
- Going Green: Testing for Toxic Algae Blooms
ESF works with the state DEC, EPA, Environment Canada, Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program testing water samples for toxic algae blooms which can cause severe health problems for humans and other mammals. Last year, the lab tested over 2,000 samples.
- Going Green: Lake Erie - Lake Tai
ESF partners with the Chinese National Academy of Sciences researching the extensive algae bloom problem on Lake Tai, China's 3rd largest freshwater lake hoping that solutions found there can be used to solve similar algae problems found in Lake Erie.
- Going Green: Harvesting Shrub Willow
Drone video of the first large harvest of shrub willow at an industrial site where the shrub willow is used to keep storm water runoff from reaching nearby streams and other bodies of water. The harvested shrub willow chips are being used as a renewable energy resource to produce power and heat.
- Going Green: Apartment Goes Green
Syracuse Green Housing owns and operates a number of apartment buildings designed to help people with serious allergic reactions to VOCs or volatile organic chemicals.
- Going Green: Growing Blight Resistant Chestnut Trees
Now that ESF researchers have produced a blight resistant American chestnut tree, they're working on a process to have thousands ready to plant as soon all the government approvals are in place.
- Going Green: Restoring Endangered Tortoises
Researchers believe they've found tortoises on Isabela Island in the Galapagos chain that have gone extinct on Pinta and Floreana Islands. They have captured several of the tortoises and will breed them in hopes of restoring the populations on their original island homes.
- Going Green: Financing Solar Power
Making the switch to solar power requiries some up front costs but there are ways to lessen the burden.
- Going Green: Solar Powered Wineries
Several wineries in the Finger Lakes region have switched to solar power.
- Going Green: Indoor Air Quality
The air quality in your home can have a negative impact on your health. Dr. Susan Anagnost at the NC Brown Center for Ultra Studies at ESF studies how fungi grow on building materials and the impact they can have.
- Going Green: LED Lights
The reasons for making the switch to LED lighting.
- Going Green: Phragmites
The European version of phragmites, common reed, has become an invasive species that wipes out a variety of plant life in wetlands and reduces the wildlife activity. It's very difficult to control.
- Going Green: GRoW Home in Solar Decathlon
The University of Buffalo's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, The GRoW Home, is nearly ready. The final preparation is underway to finish contraction and then transport the home to California for the competition in early October. ESF students from Landscape Architecture helped with the design.
- Going Green: The Goodness of Mulch
Wood waste is being turned into new products, like mulch, insyead of being buried in a landfill.
- Going Green: Clean Water Education and Research Center
The village of Minoa, collaborating with SUNY-ESF and the East Syracuse-Minoa School District, has created a center to help educate people on various systems to clean water and harness the by-products of the various types of processes to provide energy resources.
- Going Green: Research on EAB
ESF graduate student Michael Jones and his crew cut down infected ash trees and peel back the bark to study the timeline of emerald ash borer growth. The research will help determine the best time for either insecticide treatment or release of a wasp that feeds on emerald ash borers.
- Going Green: Emerald Ash Borer 2015
Dr. Melissa Fierke provides an update on the continuing spread of the emerald ash borer and developments in the effort to stop it or at least slow it down.
- Going Green: Wild Bee Pollinators
A new study shows many orchards in New York can let wild bees handle their pollination needs and not lose any of their apple production, saving money by not bringing in commercial hives to do the work.
- Going Green: Combating Pests One Seed at a Time
Researchers at Cornell University's Agiricultural Experiment Station have developed a way to coat seeds with pesticides, substantially reducing the need to broadcast pesticide applications.
- Going Green: Propane Outboards
Using propane to power outboard motors instead of gasoline.
- Going Green: Top Ten New Species
The ESF International Institute for Species Exploration reviewed the 18,000 new species discovered last year and selected the top ten to highlight the work being done by scientists and researchers around the world.
- Going Green: Constructed Wetland at Harbor Brook
ESF researchers are testing the effectiveness of a one-of-a-kind constructed wetland to keep contaminated storm water runoff from reaching Harbor Brook.
- Going Green: Do Garden Roofs Work?
Garden roofs are supposed to help reduce stormwater runoff and help insulate buildings from heat and cold thereby reducing energy use. Research is underway on a very large garden roof to see exactly what the numbers are for each of those attributes.
- Going Green: Air Emissions
This Going Green segment explains how the New York Environmental Facilities Corporation helps small businesses meet air emission standards and obtain the necessary permits for their operations.
- Going Green: LED Lighting Installed at Baseball Hall of Fame
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. has begun the switchover from traditional lighting to LEDs. LEDs give them better control over the lighting level, produce virtually no heat lowering the cost of air-conditioning, and reduce labor costs changing burnt out lights.
- Going Green: Maple Ridge Wind Farm
The Maple Ridge Wind Farm is the largest commercial wind farm in New York. It is located east of Lake Ontario near Lowville and takes advantage of very steady winds off the lake to produce electrical power.
- Going Green: Albany Pine Barrens
An overview of the Albany Pine Barrens, a unique area formed by in the last ice age and home to some rare plants and wildlife.
- Going Green: Making A Nature Film
A film crew from Great Britain spent several weeks at the ESF Newcomb Campus for a feature on pine martens. Despite elaborate preparations, it was a very difficult shoot because of extremely cold temperatures.
- Going Green: Spring Prep for a Garden Roof
The innovative garden roof on the Gateway Center requires more maintenance than the traditional garden roof because the plants are native New York species so old biomass must be removed to make sure they all receive a healthy amount of sunlight so invasive species can't gain a foothold.
- Going Green: Solar Decathlon
Students from the University of Buffalo are leading a team competing in the Solar Decathlon organized by the U.S. Department of Energy. They're building a house that runs on solar power. SUNY-ESF students are assisting the project.
- Going Green: Zero Energy Ready Homes
The U. S. Department of Energy is promoting the builkding of zero energy ready homes, homes that are 40-50% more energy efficient than the traditional home.
- Going Green: Food Recovery Network
ESF students have organized a chapter of the Food Recovery Network operating both at ESF and Syracuse University. They collect leftover food and distribute it to non-profit agnecies.
- Going Green: Regulating Invasive Plants
New York state now has a list of regulated and prohibited plants to combat the spread of invasive plants.
- Going Green: NYSERDA's Green Bank
NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, has created a Green Bank to help finance innovative energy projects that might go unfunded in the traditional banking market.
- Going Green: Wintertime Bird Feeding
A large number of birds overwinter in New York and feeding them can be an entertaining and educational experience in your backyard.
- Going Green: Why Battle Invasive Plants
New efforts are underway in New York to limit the spread of invasive plants because they crowd out native plants, can be damaging economically and unhealthy as well as change wildlife patterns by changing the habitat.
- Going Green: Using IPM for Indoor Pests
Using integrated pest management to prevent and control indoor pests like mice and ants.
- Going Green: Integrated Pest Management
Combating insects doesn’t have to mean spraying huge amounts of pesticides because integrated pest management offers a common sense approach to pest control.
- Going Green: Saving Whalebones
ESF took delivery on the bones of a fin whale, harvested after the juvenile whale died on a beach in Cape Cod, Ma. The bones, provided by Massachusetts, will be used for education and research.
- Going Green: Blight Resistant American Chestnut Tree
ESF professors Bill Powell and Chuck Maynard and their team have developed a blight resistant American chestnut tree by using an enyzme found in wheat.
- Going Green: Leed Certified Buildings
An explanation of how builders can construct or re-hab buildings to achieve LEED certified buildings through the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Going Green: New Frog Species
A new frog species that lives in some very urban areas has been discovered and named, the Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog.
- Going Green: Preserving Big Trees
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Park has spent decades preserving trees that were planted back in the 1880s so they've developed some expertise and shared some tips to make sure your trees stay healthy.
- Going Green: Grand Trees of Sonnenberg
Many of the exoctic and unique trees at Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Park in Canadiagua, N.Y. have been there since the 1880s. Park officials believe with the right care and maintenance they can be there for another couple generations.
- Going Green: Land Trusts
Land trusts are a good way to preserve valuable properties for public use lie wetlands, wildlife refuges and parks.
- Going Green: Saving Ash Tree Seeds
The emerald ash borer is destroying ash trees. While efforts continue to slow its spread and find a way to stop it other groups are at work collecting ash tree seeds so someday the tree can be brought back.
- Going Green: Onondaga Lake BioBlitz
ESF students, faculty, staff and a host of other volunteers conducted a 24 hour bioblitz of Onondaga Lake identifying over 450 species of animals and plants in and around the recovering lake.
- Going Green: CO2 in Freshwater Lakes
ESF chemist Dr. David Kieber and colleague Scott Miller from SUNY Albany conducted reseach on Cranberry Lake to measure the carbon dioxide exchange between the lake and the atmosphere to understand how changes in climate might affect this process.
- Going Green: Solar Power at SUNY Cortland
SUNY Cortland takes a big step toward a goal of generating 10 percent of their needed electrical power from solar power with the installation of a new solar array.
- Going Green: Local Food Sourcing
Dining Services at SUNY Cortland is expaninding efforts to use local food products for meals by contracting with an area farmer, Main Street Farms to help supply tomatoes used for sauce.
- Going Green: Flushing With Stormwater Runoff
Syracuse University installed a new system to collect the stormwater run off from the Carrier Dome and use the water to flush the toilets in the huge sports and entertainment complex.
- Going Green: Shrub Willow Carbon Sequestration
A new study shows growing and harvesting shrub willow as a renewable energy resource also also results in significant carbon sequestration, significantly more than the fossil fuel used in the planting and havresting process.
- Going Green: Shrub Willow as a Renewable Resource
Improvements in machinery and technology make harvesting shrub will even more energy efficient.
- Going Green: Boating Against Invasive Species
Boaters around New York state can do a lot to help prevent the spread of invasive species from one waterway to another.
- Going Green: Pollinators Bioblitz
Scientists, naturalists and the general public gathered at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb, N.Y. for the annual "Bioblitz" which this year was focused on bees and other pollinators.
- Going Green: Fiber Recycling
The leftover fiber from the manufacture of paper and cardboard usually ends up in a landfill but one company found a way to reuse and recycle it.
- Going Green: Composting Food Waste
The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency now has the largest food waste composting operation in New York State.
- Going Green: Microbialites
Microbialites, similar to coral, have lived in Green Lakes State Park for about 10,000 years. They can be seen from the trail around the lake. They look like rocky outcroppings. Dr. Mark Teece's research project started with a sonar scan to map out likely locations for more growth.
- Going Green: Going Off The Grid
A man in Northern New York explains his incremental journey off the energy grid and how it all started with using a bicycle to generate electricity.
- Going Green: Institute for Sustainability at RIT
The Galisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology educates and researches sustainable production, sustainable energy, sustainabile mobility and ecologically friendly information technology systems.
- Going Green: Certified Energy Efficient Building
The new Academic II building at Onondaga Community College is certified Gold by LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).
- Going Green: PV Installation Training
ESF Outreach runs a program called SPARE to train people to install solar panels. The course is needed to obtain certification and certified installers are needed in New York and other states for installations to qualify for tax credits and other incentives.
- Going Green: Using Compost to Heat
The Village of Minoa, N.Y., students from SUNY-ESF and East Syracuse-Minoa High School are using a yard waste compost pile to generate heat for a greenhouse to grow plants and vegetables.
- Going Green: Testing Solar Panels
Intertek, a company in Cortland, N.Y. is a testing lab for solar panels to certify them for use in homes and businesses. They both safety and performance features.
- Going Green: Home Design Competition
Students from SUNY-ESF, Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University are competing in a nationwide competition to design an affordable energy-efficient home.
- Going Green: Heating with Wood Chips
A utility company supplies customers with heat and steam using wood chips as their fuel source because it saves money, uses a renewable energy resource and promotes the local economy.
- Going Green: Saving Snow Leopards
Dr. James Gibbs talks about the selection of the snow leopard as the mascot for the Sochi Winter Olympics and how it can help with efforts to save the endangered species.
- Going Green: Do-It-Yourself Home Insulating
Easy, inexpensive ways to help insulate your home to keep cold air out and warm air in so you use less energy, especially during the wintermonths.
- Going Green: Go Easy on the Salt
Rock salt and alternate deicer products and harm plants, sidewalks and highways if used improperly.
- Going Green: How to Recycle E-Waste
New York now has certified electronic waste recycling centers. This is a look at one during a typical day.
- Going Green: Garden Roof Research
A team from Syracuse University under the leadership of Professor Cliff Davidson has installed some very sophisticated measuring equipment on the roof of the Onondaga County Convention Center to measure the effectiveness of the green roof for reducing stormwater runoff and increasing the building's insulation.
- Going Green: Solar Hot Water
Solar panels are installed in a large apartment complex to decrease the electricity used to heat hot water.
- Going Green: Golf Course Management for Your Home Landscape
The best management practices used at many golf courses can be applied at your home. Such things as collecting runoff for irrigation, limited use of pesticides and herbicides, planting a variety of native species that are disease and drought tolerant and developing areas that don't need to be mowed.
- Going Green: Golfing Green
More and more golf courses are being built and managed to be environmentally friendly. Runoff is being collected for irrigation, chemicals are used sparingly and in targeted locations to reduce pollution, several different kinds of grass is being planted so it's more disease and drought tolerant and less area is being mowed. Good for the environment and saves money on maintenance.
- Going Green: Boating Against Invasive Species
Information on how boaters can help prevent the spread of invasive species from one waterway to another by carefully examining and cleaning their boat, trailer and anything they used that came in contact with the water before moving their boat from one waterway to another.
- Going Green: Planting Trees in the Right Spot
Location and soil conditions determine how well a tree will grow so selecting the right tree for the right location is the key to success.
- Going Green: Building Greener School Buildings
School disricts are building more energy efficient buildings as well as adding green features to renovated buildings and incorporating the green technology into their curriculum.
- Going Green: A Net Zero Home
Peter Cann has made his home in rural Casatota, N.Y. a net zero home, meaning he is producing all the electrical power his home needs. In fact, on many occasions his system is actually supplying power to other homes.
- Going Green: Urban Deer Invasion
Dr. Brian Underwood explains why we are seeing more deer in urban neighborhoods. It's a combination of the landscape becoming a more inviting habitat and the lack of predators. A solution to the accompanying problems is expensive and controversial. Realistic possibilities include extensive fencing and culling the herd with a professional harvest operation.
- Going Green: Earth Day
Earth Day Going Green segment on some of the effects of climate change that we are seeing right now.
- Going Green: Future of Green Energy
Former Assistant US Energy Secretary Dan Reicher sees both short and long term opportunities to improve on our use and development of green energy from practicing greater conservation to the development and distribution of new technologies.
- Going Green: Great Lakes Under Stress
The Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project produced an interactive map of the Great Lakes showing how much environmental stress each lake is facing. The purpose is to help stakeholders make good decisions solving the various problems affecting the lakes.
- Going Green: New York Expands Ash Quarantine
NYS has expanded the quarantine on the shipment of ash wood trying to slow the spread of an invasive species, the emerald ash borer.
- Going Green: Milfoil Invades Another NY Lake
Eurasian milfoil has been discovered in Lake Norwood in Northern New York.
- Going Green: Sustainable Towns
Panasonic is designing and building entire towns focusing on sustainability and the use of renewable energy resources.
- Going Green: Flushing with Stormwater Runoff
Syracuse University is going to collect rain and snowmelt from the roof of their Carrier Dome and use the water to operate the restrooms in the nearly 50,000 seat sports and entertainment arena.
- Going Green: NYSERDA Helps Businesses
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority offers grants and incentives to businesses and other institutions to help them switch to alternative forms of energy that reduce costs and lessen the impact of fossil fuel pollution.
- Going Green: Conservation Farming Going Green
A 200 cow dairy farm in southern Onondaga County takes a conservation approach in their operation. They use rotational grazing, moving the cows over constructed laneways from paddock to paddock. They constructed a roof over the barnyard area to keep stormwater runoff from carrying off manure. They also constructed a filtering system to collect waste water and clean it before it returns to the aquifer underneath their property.
- Going Green: Sewage Overflow Control
Sewer lines combined with storm drainage lines create pollution possibilities during heavy storms. To prevent that, very large storage facilities are being constructed underground to collect storm runoff until the storm subsides and the water can be run through the treatment system before being released.
- Going Green: Deconstruction Versus Demolition
Deconstructing homes to use the materials in new buildings as opposed to demolishing the buildings and sending the debris to a landfill.
- Going Green: GIS Solving Environmental Problems
GIS - geospatial information systems - are being used to solve environmental and social problems such as whether tree cover is growing or retracting or where is crime occuring on national forest land.
- Going Green: A Low Emissions Power Plant
A new wood-fired combined heat and power plant uses a number of techniques to keep emissions well below the required limit.
- Going Green: State Fights Invasive Species
NY state is developing new rules and penalties to prevent the spread of invasive species like hydrilla or zebra mussels requiring boaters to remove such species from their boats and trailers when they move from one body of water to another. A list of invasive plants and animals is also being drafted.
- Going Green: Lighting Arenas with LED Lights
A Syracuse company offers LED lighting systems for arenas such as the Onondaga County War Memorial where the AHL Syracuse Crunch hockey team plays its home games.
- Going Green: Generating Your Own Heat and Power
The new Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF has its own heat and power system fueled by natural gas and wood pellets that run microturbines to generate electricity and use left over low pressure steam to heat and power the building as well as four other buildings on campus.
- Going Green: A Very, Very Energy Efficient Building
The new Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF is designed to be very, very efficient in its use of energy to light, heat and cool the building.
- Going Green: Sustainable Food Preparation
Steps to make food preparation in large dining services like educational institutions less wasteful and more sustainable.
- Going Green: Cow Power
A dairy farm is using a methane digester to produce nearly all the electrical power they need plus fertilizer for their crops and bedding for their cows.
- Going Green: Creating A No-Mow Zone
Location and choice of plantings are the keys to a successful no-mow zone.
- Going Green: No-Mow Zone
Using wildflowers, fescue and other plantings to replace lawns with no mow zones that reduce labor costs and environmental pollutants.
- Going Green: New Fines for Spreading Invasive Species
Trying to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, New York State is enacting fines of $200 to $2000 for people or businesses that transport invasive species which can happen through the movement of fire wood and wood products.
- Going Green: Solar Powered Boat
A photovoltiac array is used to power the batteries that propel a pontoon boat.
- Going Green: Federal Funding to Boost Shrub Willow Growth
A $4.3-million Federal grant is being used to encourage farmers and landowners in Central and Northern New York to grow shrub willow that will be a renewable energy resource as part of the feedstock for wood-burning power plants.
- Going Green: Solar Powered Landfill
Madison County is using flexible solar panels laid out on closed portions of their landfill to produce electricity. The power is used to operate their nearby recycling center.
- Going Green: Funding Stormwater Management
The 50-kilowatt solar panel array stretching out across the roof of this water storage tank is producing all the electrical power needed to operate the City of Syracuse’s Westcott Reservoir.
- Going Green: Reservoir Generates Power
Syracuse's Westcott Reservoir--what it looks like now and how one of the 375-foot diameter storage tanks is playing host to a 50-kilowatt solar panel system.
- Going Green: Rainwater Used To Make Ice
It looks like regular ice, it feels like ice, it’s slippery like ice- but this ice is very different from ice in any other hockey arena. The rink surface is made from rain and snow run off from the roof of the building. What’s more, it’s the first of the kind in the country.
- Going Green: Micro Hydro Turbine
Peter Cann has a real gem in his backyard. No, it doesn’t shimmer. But it does spin. It’s a micro hydro turbine, or small water generator.
- Going Green: Net Zero
Peter Cann is a man on a mission. He is striving to make his home as energy independent as possible, a status he calls net zero.
- Going Green: Creating Bike Friendly Streets
How do you get people out of their cars and onto a bicycle? City planners are channeling the movie Field of Dreams: “Build it and they will come.”
- Going Green: Making Cities Biking and Walking Friendly
As streets are being restriped and rebuilt or when new streets are being designed, city planners are incorporating a multi-modal approach to encourage more bicycling and walking.
- Going Green: Monitoring Vernal Pools
"I'm tracking very closely the growth and development of amphibian larvae that you can see swimming around in here, mostly wood frog tadpoles," said James Arrigoni, a PhD student in conservation biology.
- Going Green: Employers Adding Bicycle Amenities
More and more employers are encouraging employees to get out of their cars and bicycle to work. One way of doing that is to add more bicycle amenities to their properties.
- Going Green: Turtle Crossing
Here's a warning sign you don't see everyday, but it's part of a growing effort to help wildlife and humans co-exist. Here, on a dirt road next to a wetland, the Blanding's turtle looks to nest. That's if they can make it safely across.
- Going Green: New Biking Maps
All roadways are open for bicycle riders, except for a few restricted roadways like interstate highways, but not all roadways make for safe and comfortable bike riding.
- Going Green: Green Buildings Open House
A statewide effort to encourage homeowners to go green will happen on Saturday, October 1st, as people who've already done it show off their homes in the annual Green Buildings Open House organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.
- Going Green: F-M Solar Panels
Mike Vespi the F-M Assistant Superintendent for Business Services said, "The students will have an opportunity to monitor the data in terms of what electricity is being produced and so we are really excited about that because this is a project that will allow our students to learn from the actual installation of the solar panels."
- Going Green: Old Newspaper as Home Insulation
A new way to get rid of old newspapers is to use it as insulation.
- Going Green: Teaching for Green Careers
More and more colleges are developing courses that feed into the growing green economy. For example, Onondaga Community College offers an environmental technology course that leads to a number of job opportunities.
- Going Green: Energy Smart Learning Center
There is a lot of talk about building green, which is creating or remodeling buildings that are energy efficient. An Energy Smart Learning Center is a good place to start learning how to do it.
- Going Green: Managed Wildlife Sanctuary
The 2,000 acre Lucky Star Ranch in Jefferson County may look like your typical northern New York landscape, but it's actually quite unique with 400 million year old rocks known as Alvar, forestland, wetlands, and a small lake. Today it's being turned into a managed wildlife sanctuary. However, it didn't start out that way.
- Going Green: Bio-Blitz
Imagine how many different plants and bugs and species you could find in 2,000 acres of woods and wetlands. For over 100 SUNY-ESF students, the Lucky Star Ranch in the Town of Chaumont in Jefferson County is all theirs for 24 hours. Their job is to inventory as many living things as possible.
- Going Green: Natural Approach to Vegetation
The vegetation along roadsides is often managed with harsh, synthetic herbicides, but New York State is looking to take a more natural approach, and SUNY-ESF is helping to determine just what that approach should be.
- Going Green: Butanol
It may not be long before we see a shift in biofuel production as we expand the supply beyond corn ethanol.<br /><br />"Here in New York State we have an abundant wood supply. The forest here in New York is growing about three times more rapidly than we're harvesting it," said Dr. Timothy Volk, ESF Senior Research Associate.
- Going Green: Growing Food Locally
Growing more food locally helps the economy and the environment but northeastern winter weather stands in the way.<br /><br />Morrisville State College is working on a way to extend the growing season to year round.
- Going Green: Walleye Research
One of New York State's most popular game fish is walleye, plentiful in waterways from the Saint Lawrence River and Oneida Lake to the Oswego River and Conesus Lake. However, researchers have discovered that sediment in habitual waterways could actually hinder the production of these popular game fish.
- Going Green: Recycling Electronics
A new law in New York now makes manufacturers responsible for disposal and recycling of old electronic gadgets like computers, televisions, game consoles and so on.
- Going Green: Rescue Mission Recycling Operation
We've been recycling for 50 years now. We've been green for a long time and here's what the Rescue Mission recycling operation has evolved into; a 60,000 square foot warehouse where 37 employees sort and process 12 and a half tons of clothing, toys, furniture, kitchenware and other items every day, seven days a week.
- Going Green: Emerald Ash Borer Insecticide
The ash trees are in serious jeopardy from a tiny insect called an Emerald Ash Borer, and so far no way has been found to stop the devastation.
- Going Green: Carbon Footprint
A national effort mandated by the federal government requires that communities work to reduce their carbon footprint and wastewater runoff, and because it's national, that means New York State must comply.
- Going Green: Litter Cleanup
Tossing an empty cup on the roadside or sidewalk doesn't seem like that big a deal, but when it happens millions of times, it pumps up the cost of litter cleanup nationwide to almost $11.5 billion.
- Going Green: Photovoltaic Panels
The Binghamton City Water System covers a lot of territory.<br /><br />"Our water system serves more than 44,000 people through 14,200 service connections and wholesales to parts of the towns of Binghamton, Dickinson, and Vestal. In the last year alone we pumped more than 2.2 billion gallons of water," said Mayor Matt Ryan, Binghamton.
- Going Green: Self-sustaining Streetlights
SU Professors Michael Pelken and Thong Dang have embarked on a mission to revolutionize the world of outdoor lighting with a self-sustaining streetlight.
- Going Green: Home Solar Power Panels
If you installed solar power panels on your home, just how much power could be produced even in the wintertime?
- Going Green: Living Snow Fence
You may not even realize why these shrub willows exist along the roadside. Yes, they are a part of nature, but they've been planted along specific roadways for a reason: to keep the blowing snow that swirls throughout open fields off the roadways.
- Going Green: Sustainable Design
This 98-year-old building has a new lease on life while setting a new standard for sustainable design and providing a high quality workspace. At the same time, the ecological rehab of the building is also saving money.
- Going Green: Artificial Lighting
Most office buildings in Central New York use an average of 100,000 British Thermal Units of energy per square foot per year.
Energy use in this building is 80 percent less. One way they did it was by reducing the amount of artificial lighting.
- Going Green: Lake Cleanups
When this snow melts, or there's a rainstorm, the water runs off into Geddes Brook and with it mercury and other chemicals are carried into Nine Mile Creek that then end up in Onondaga Lake.
- Going Green: The ReStore
"It's part of our mission, really. What we do here is try to take something that has life still and let it continue to live in another house," said Alicia Sierrawolfe, The ReStore General Manager.
- Going Green: Water Bottle Project
These Manlius Pebble Hill elementary students don't mess around. When it comes to water, they're armed with stainless steel bottles that they can keep full all day. It's called the water bottle project. The object is to avoid buying and using plastic bottles that can ultimately harm the earth.
- Going Green: Plug-in Hybrid Electric Cars
Carmela Peters is driving her Toyota Prius on phantom power.
"When I take off from a standing still point, it's kind of a slow pick up, but I don't mind because I know I'm saving electricity," said Carmela Peters, SUNY-ESF student.
- Going Green: Road Salt Harmful for the Environment
"New York State is one of the highest users of rock salt in the country. New York State uses over a million tons of rock salt a year," said James Craw, Village of Fayetteville Superintendent of Public Works.
- Going Green: Alternatives to Road Salt
We see the monstrous creatures every winter on the highways around the Northeast: Snowplows. And they dominate icy roadways, casting upwards of 200 pounds of salt per lane mile to keep our vehicles from sliding off the road.
- Going Green: Changing the Recycling Process
The familiar blue bin won't be decorating as many curbsides as recycling companies change the collection process.
As recycling companies switch to a single stream, where the items are sorted and separated after they reach the plant, it offers a way make the collection process more efficient and save money.
- Going Green: Greenwashing
In an effort to join the ranks of those 'going green,' you may find yourself in this aisle of the grocery store. This aisle provides 'green' cleaning products for a bit more than your standard cleaning products. The idea is to give you piece of mind that you're helping the environment by buying 'environmentally friendly' cleaning supplies. But are they really friendly?
- Going Green: E-Waste Recycling
E-waste recycling days like this one held in Rochester are necessary because of the hazardous materials in electronic gadgets like televisions, computers, radios, game consoles and cell phones.
- Going Green: Combined Heat and Power
Half of the electrical power used by this house and half of the heat needed for the winter is coming from a CHP, or combined heat and power energy system.
- Going Green: Racing To Conserve Energy
Conservation is an easy and inexpensive way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.<br /><br />The problem is, it means changing your lifestyle, but at Medaille College in Western New York they are using peer pressure, prizes and competition through a racing theme to motivate students to change.
- Going Green: Cooling Computers Saves Energy
Anyone who has ever used a laptop on his or her lap knows how much heat even a small computer like that can generate. Now, imagine a large room full of larger computer systems generating heat and using up a lot of energy doing it. However, that's not the case in the SU-IBM Data Center at Syracuse University.
- Going Green: De-Lamping
It sounds too simple to be true but it is: conserving on energy use can be both cost effective and fairly painless. One conservation measure businesses and institutions are ramping up is called de-lamping, another term for turning out the lights.
- Going Green: Brownfield Golf Courses
Chambers Bay on Puget Sound in Washington State was the site of the 2010 U. S. Amateur Golf Championship. It's hard to believe it was once a mining quarry, home to a paper mill and lumber operation; in other words, a brownfield, a place where industrial activity might generate hazardous waste making it difficult to redevelop the land for safe use. But brownfields are popular places for golf courses.
- Going Green: Keeping the Golf Course Green
The typical golf course that relies on pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and irrigation systems to maintain a beautiful green carpet is giving way to new courses that rely on a more organic approach.
- Going Green: Improving Solar Panels
Solar power is a great alternative to fossil fuels but it can be too expensive for many people to make the switch, but changes are in the making to so it more affordable.
- Going Green: Teaching Teachers Alternative Energy
It was a workshop teaching teachers to teach their students about alternative energy resources, like wind turbines.
- Going Green: Green Lawns, Beautiful Lawns
Everybody likes a beautiful lawn. The thing is, there are different definitions of what a great lawn really looks like. Some people need it to be absolutely pristine without a weed to be seen. Others, you know, as long as it's green it really doesn't matter.
- Going Green: Affordable Sustainable Housing
Affordable housing can also be sustainable, energy-efficient housing - case in point, a new 66-unit senior citizen apartment complex recently dedicated in Ulster County.
- Going Green: Running on Wood instead of Gasoline
Imagine a pick-up truck that runs on wood instead of gasoline. That's what Rick Bates did and he built a gasifier in the bed of his truck to do it.
- Going Green: Recycling Your Old Refrigerator/Freezer
Customers of National Grid have a chance to make money two ways in the refrigerator version of the Cash- for-Clunkers program. The idea is the same. In one case, older and less-efficient cars and trucks were taken out of service. Now, older inefficient refrigerators and freezers are targeted for recycling.
- Going Green: Lake George: Eliminating Pollution
A $12-million project is underway to eliminate the single largest source of pollution fouling Lake George, nicknamed the "Queen of American Lakes".
- Going Green: Weather Stations and Air Temperature Patterns
A study of city air temperature patterns is underway to learn how trees and tree cover can influence temperature fluctuations, and temperature has a big impact on energy use for heating and cooling urban buildings.
- Going Green: Deconstruction vs. Demolition
Green construction practices are becoming more the norm. This parking lot, for example, is being built with a rain garden, porous pavement and an underground storage system to keep storm water runoff from reaching creeks and waterways.
Here is another example, the partial deconstruction of these houses before they're demolished.
- Going Green: Urban Wind Turbines for Power
Very soon, a new power-generating wind turbine will sit atop this building as a demonstration project to bring this renewable energy resource into urban use.
- Going Green: New Biofuel Study
New York sources of biofuel made from wood, grass and other forms of biomass could substantially reduce our consumption of gasoline and reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to a report from the Pace Law School's Energy and Climate Center.
- Going Green: Energy From Exercise
It's is a pretty typical scene in a physical fitness center. There are a number of people at work on the 20 or so elliptical machines. But this physical fitness center at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts near the border with New York is different.
- Going Green: Home Energy Systems
When you hear the brand name Panasonic, you think of televisions, camcorders, phones, computers, electronic stuff. But there's something completely different in the works, the development of a low or even zero-emission carbon footprint home lifestyle.
- Going Green: Disposal of Electronics
Big screen TVs, computers, DVD players, all the electronic products we can't live without all have what manufacturers call an end of life moment and the question becomes how to dispose of the item or recycle it.
- Going Green: Hybrid Bicycle
Everyone knows a bicycle is a great alternative to a fossil fuel burning automobile to get from here to there, but a lot of people are dissuaded by the prospect of riding uphill
- Going Green: Biomass Power Plant
This power plant, once fueled by natural gas, is being converted to run on biomass, biomass like trees and shrub willow.
- Going Green in the Workplace
Human resource managers are bringing the green movement into the workplace. At a recent conference of the Central New York Society for Human Resource Management they devoted time to designing green behaviors in the workplace.
- Environmentally Friendly Holiday Gifts
The holiday season is upon us, which usually translates into a lot of shopping and gift giving, and that can become a bad thing. Particularly around the holidays we just amass so much waste. It's an incredible assault on the earth every year, right around this time of year. There's a huge amount of stuff being purchased much of which ends up in landfills.
- Cutting Down Real Christmas Trees
This is a balsam fir, one of the many different evergreens that can be used as a Christmas tree for the holiday season. A lot of people, though, really question the sustainability of cutting down a living tree to enjoy it for such a short period of time.
- Going Green with Lighting
Nationwide, about 20 to 25 percent of our electrical use is for lighting so our homes are a good place to conserve energy and save money. Homebuilders have gotten the message from buyers and are doing a lot to build in efficient lighting systems, like motion sensors to turn lights off.
- Energy Efficiency Goes Beyond Doors and Windows
Energy efficiency in new home construction is way beyond windows, doors, and insulation. Today it's all about controlling airflow in your indoor environment.
- Bioretention Basin
Rainwater from most buildings ends up in the storm sewer system and that's a big concern because many storm systems are combined with sanitary sewage systems and heavy rain means untreated sewage and other contaminants pollute our streams and lakes. This building is different. Let's head up to the roof to see how it works.
This walkway is being surfaced with something that's very green. Not green in color, green as in environmentally friendly. It's called Flexi-Pave and it's made from recycled tires and stone.