Eco Company visits The Constitution State...Connecticut! We're finding out what the state is doing to reduce its carbon footprint, to encourage the development clean energies, and to provide students environmental opportunities. First Adam visits a Fuel Cell plant and finds out the technology is here NOW and being put to use! They’re producing fuel cell power plants providing power for whole communities!
When you think of Yale University you probably don't think farming. That's because you haven't heard about the Yale Sustainability Food Project. As Adam discovered, students grow food on a one acre plot on the Yale campus. Yale students are learning about sustainability in a way that you can't learn in a classroom. Meanwhile Jordan visits the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She tours their new building built sustainably...as you can imagine!
We all know what it means to live "large." But Brendan found one teen aspiring to live SMALL! And he's doing something about it. He's building his own "mini house." It's about 130 square feet and sits on a trailer...so he can take it with him! It's a home that minimizes the resident's footprint on the planet in both square footage and carbon output.
This special episode of Eco Company features the best of the teen videos from Planet Connect's annual video contest. Teens from Hawaii to Massachusetts submitted their video that demonstrated an "Ocean Connection," how our actions can affect the environmental health of the oceans.
The videos selected to be highlighted in this show demonstrated great creativity and a variety of approaches...from demonstrations and animations to dramatic presentations and...even a little dance!
There is a green alternative to almost any product imaginable. But green guitars? A group of guitar manufacturers are working together to harvest tone wood sustainably and responsibly. Taylor Guitars is doing that and much more.
It's a story everyone should see!! Household toxins...paints, aerosols, pesticides, insecticides, household cleaners, batteries, CFLs...many with dangerous carcinogens. What to do with them? How to get rid of them so they don't get into the environment and our water supplies. Take a few minutes to watch this story.
In this science-themed show, Jordan visits the Bohart Museum of Entomology on the campus of the University of California - Davis. There she finds displays with over 1 million bugs, insects and other invertebrates. Little did she know that she would end up holding a HUGE walking stick, found on some of the Caribbean Islands!! She also went in search of butterflies and found that they are affected by climate change. It's a story for bug lovers!
We all know to recycle...at least the basics...paper, glass & plastic. But what happens to all that stuff? How does it get reused? We decided to find out how all the plastic we recycle gets made into something else. So into a plastics recycling center we went.
30 Days. 30 Different Themes. 30 different challenges. That's what Project Green Challenge is all about. Created by Teens Turning Green, it's a challenge to help teens go from a conventional lifestyle to a conscious lifestyle in 30 days. Teens overwhelmingly responded to the challenge. Josh visited TTG to learn more about it.
What better place to learn about conservation than the zoo! Jordan visits the Oakland Zoo to learn about their conservation efforts around the world. She meets up with Teen Wild Guides and gets up close and personal with Squirrel Monkeys! It was a great day at the a zoo.
This episode is all about how our actions affect the natural food chain in our oceans, protection of marine life and the health & beauty of our beaches. We're probably unaware of the critters that live and thrive beneath the sand, critters that are an important part of the food chain and the balance of nature. Nut Brendan met up with some teens who are looking for sand crabs and documenting the ebb and flow of its population. It's a real story of budding scientists.
Teens taking action everywhere we go! First up, Jessica meets the teens behind Students For Solar Schools. They started the organization which is a network of schools working together to get solar power installed at their school facilities. They started with their very own Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California. It was an achievement they'll never forget.
It's a place that's hustling and bustling all day long. It's Project Open Hand and they prepare 2600 meals everyday of the year for senior citizens and others with serious illnesses. As you can imagine, they have quite an operation and it requires a lot of energy. Brendan gets a tour to find out what they are doing to reduce their energy consumption and their carbon footprint while serving sustainable and organic meals to many in need.
Traveling around the globe to trawl for plastic in the 5 major gyres. That's what researchers from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation have been doing and what they've found is shocking. Algalita has been conducting research about plastic in the Earth's oceans for 15 years. Sailing on the foundation's 50 foot catamaran, the Algalita, researchers have gone where plastic debris gathers. Eco Company travels to Southern California to visit the Algalita lab and see all of the plastic "confetti" which is meticulously catalogued and analyzed.
Many schools have a Green Club or an Environmental Club, but have you ever seen a Green Academy? Eco Company found one at a school in Northern California. The Green Academy at Woodside High School is a 3 year curriculum that gets students out of the classroom...a lot! The garden they have created from scratch is really something, chickens and all! Each student produces a crop and shares the fruits of their labor with all.
It's teens to the rescue, restoring a creek, a redwood grove and a natural marsh. First up, they call themselves the Creek Geeks. They're students from Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, CA, and they are the force behind the Arcade Creek Project. They do it all...habitat restoration, vertebrate (bird) cataloging, creek mapping, and biological assessment. It's all in a days work for this crew.
Eco Company visits a school that is doing everything to be sustainable. From their greenhouse and organic garden, to their energy monitoring systems and the new LEED Gold awarded science building with a living roof, this school is getting it right. Jordan visits the campus and discovers students who regularly check the tire air pressure of commuter’s vehicle to help maximize fuel consumption! We hadn’t seen that before.
Eco Company addresses environmental challenges of the Urban Jungle. Did you know that buildings account for 50% of the country’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions? We wanted to find out what eco-conscientious trends are leading the building design and construction industry. So we headed out to the new Brower Center in Berkley, CA, named after pioneering environmentalist and former Executive Director of the Sierra Club David Brower.
Eco Company travels to Nebraska to meet the founder of the World Energy Project. But this story also takes us to Mali in West Africa. That's where University of Nebraska student Ashley Schmidt made the decision to do something to help improve the quality of life in the villages. Now she and fellow students are designing and installing solar energy systems at hospitals, clinics and schools...and having an impact on the lives of the people they serve. It's a story you'll want to see.
Eco Company goes exploring! Jordan and friends take a journey with the Marine Science Institute during low tide along the California Coast to see what they can find. The tide pools left behind by the receding tide reveal a fascinating marine creatures It’s a delicate Eco System affected by climate change and rising sea levels. And it's right at your fingertips!