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Most people don’t think of dentists as being green, or even that dentists need to be green, but dentists account for 3.7 million tons of mercury and other chemical waste each year. Mercury is an extremely harmful substance, and often times the mercury gets disposed into our water system.

Carmichael Dentist, who specializes in Invisalign procedures, says there should be separators that keep the mercury out of our water system. Additionally, if dentists recycle their equipment and waste they could actually make money in the process. There are companies who buy waste products and equipment. It’s not uncommon for a dentist to save fifty thousand a year by simply recycling their products.

The best way to encourage your dentist to become more green is to ask them at your next visit if they recycle their waste and used equipment. The more information you can gather and the more questions you ask might plant the seed for your dentist to look into the practice of going green with a little more urgency. Mercury in our water ways is a problem, and is contaminating our wild life, our drinking water, and our ourselves. Lets all work together and do our part to make our planet a safer and cleaner place.

Vienna Property Management is quickly becoming known for offering green property management services. The company, who is based out of Rocklin, CA, is doing their part to go green. From hybrid electric cars, and online payment systems for their rental units, Vienna Property Management is leading its field with utilizing green technologies.

The green initiative started about two years ago, when Vienna Property Management who was located in El Dorado Hills, Lincoln, Citrus Heights and Sacramento at the time, decided to start using an ipad for all their rental agreements. They decided to switch from paper to digital to minimize the amount of paper products they were using. When a new renter moves into one of their units instead of using paper, they have the renter sign the agreement on their ipad and then email the rental agreement to the renters inbox.

After a few months of using this process, Vienna PM quickly decided to do its part to become as green as possible. Now a green property management company doesn’t sound like much since property management companies don’t build anything, but Vienna is definitely doing it’s part. I commend them for their effort. As business owners, there should be an inherent responsibility to this planet. It’s not everyday that you see a small business go green just for the sake of going green.

Is you would like to know more about Vienna PM, feel free to visit their website.  Vienna Property Management provides services in El Dorado Hills, Roseville, Lincoln, Citrus Heights, and Granite Bay.

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Most of us live very comfortable lives.  We are Far removed from the extreme harsh conditions much of the worlds population has to deal with. What we often forget is that our actions can have an impact (positive or negative) on other parts of the world.

The things we buy and the power used to power our “toys” and “electronic gadgets” requires a tremendous amount of energy (electricity). Electrical production is the number 1 source of the production of “green house gasses” and carbon dioxide. The more things we can do to reduce the usage of electricity helps to improve the environment.


 

Here are some facts and figures about Global Drylands:

The following are selected texts from the publication, reformatted for reading online.

* Where are the world’s drylands?. Approximately 40 percent of the global land area (excluding Greenland and Antarctica) is considered dryland. Commonly recognized drylands include the African Sahel, Australian Outback, South American Patagonia, and North American Great Plains.

* Unappreciated Gifts: Recognizing the value of Drylands. What do you think when you hear the term DRYLANDS? Most people think of dry and useless areas where nobody lives. A new WRI report shows the benefits provided by DRYLANDS could be valuable to companies.

* Who lives in the world’s drylands?. Drylands are inhabited by over two billion people worldwide. As lands that sometimes are poorly understood and thought of as unproductive and barren, they support nearly 40 percent of the world’s population.

* Drylands, forage and livestock. From cattle, sheep, and goat herds, to horses and camels, drylands support large numbers of domestic animals, which become the source of meat, milk, wool, and leather products for humans.

* Measuring soil condition. Scientifically credible global assessments of soil degradation.

* Drylands and food production. Low total rainfall and high variability in rainfall patterns present difficult challenges for growing crops.

* Drylands and biodiversity. Dryland species must adapt to an environment known for its variation in climate, both in terms of temperature and water availability.

* Drylands and carbon storage. Drylands, as an ecosystem with extensive surface area across the globe, have been suggested as a potential candidate for major carbon storage efforts.

* Drylands and tourism and recreation. Drylands can be popular tourist destinations.


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You might be wondering what do “Global Dry Lands” have to do with Webhosting ?

Well, believe it or not a lot!  See, in today’s society our demand for energy is enormous.  All of the technology we use (like computers and web hosting) require electricity – power.  Electricity production is the largest contributor of Green House gasses, which cause tremendous damage to the environment.  This is especially damaging to the most sensitive areas.  Areas where crop production is already pushed to the limits.  In addition, the fallout from these emissions get into the food supply and eventually into the bodies of children and all of us.  Here is some additional information on Global Drylands.

Global drylands comprise over 40 percent (41%) of the earth’s surface and support the livelihoods of over 2.5 billion people, including many of the world’s poorest.  It is essential to their survival, and the survival of their families to eek out even the most meager amount of food, for themselves, or their livestock. With these areas covering so much of our planet, and effecting so many people, the average person is not aware of the drylands and it’s unique rol

As the population continues to grow, Rural and urban inhabitants in drylands face growing challenges from climate change, resource privatization, and other forms of structural change.  Concerns about vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience of dryland livelihoods are producing many claims and counter-claims about the nature of human-environment interactions, thus increasing the need for critical research into social and ecological dynamics of drylands.  While variability and uncertainty have long been embraced as defining characteristics of drylands, much remains unknown about how dryland inhabitants are adapting to these conditions as well as unforeseen changes occurring in the 21 Century.  This panel, therefore, welcomes papers that utilize a variety of methodological and theoretical avenues to critically explore contemporary livelihoods, resource access, and environmental change in drylands.  Topics include, but are not limited to:

•      Ecological variability
•      Climate change
•      Resource degradation
•      Spatial mobility
•      Resource rights and tenure
•      Water and land conflict
•      Dryland development schemes
•      Land use change

As citizens of this planet, it is important to understand how our actions – what we buy, what we use, what it is packaged in, the emissions and green house gasses we contribute and how it might be negatively impacting our planet. There are things we can do to be more “eco friendly” and minimize our carbon footprint.  If we all work together and do what we can we can make a difference.  We can have an impact.

This website contains information and articles on things you can do now and in the future.  Things that will not require you to change your habits, but will make you aware of how your choices may have a consequence you might not have previously been aware of.  As our lives become more complex and we require more “stuff”, the likelihood that our actions might be having a negative impact on the environment increase.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Through education, we can lead incredible lifestyles, do what we want to do, when we want to do it, and leave as small a carbon footprint as possible.  Also, please share this information with others.  We do not live in a vacume, so it is important that we all work together for everyone’s benefit.

So, having said that wouldn’t you prefer to do business with companies that are “eco friendly”.  Companies that only use sustainable energy to run ?  Well, that’s what we are all about.  We only recommend companies that are “eco friendly”, so you can feel good about doing business with them.

 

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