Eco Company visits the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Jessica explores the rain forest dome and finds out why rain forests are so important to the delicate balance of our world-wide ecosystem.
Then Adam takes a quick detour to visit with a global climate change expert at Chabot Space & Science Center to get the simple facts about global warming, what is causing it and what it means.
Jordan visits a company that is making cooking oil, motor oil, biodiesel fuel and regular gas for our cars from Algae...yes ALGAE! Could this be the fuel of the future?
Eco Company gets down to earth in this episode, quite literally. Jessica learns how restaurant scraps are collected to provide the nitrogen and wonderful nutrients needed to make compost. It's compost that goes back to farms and wineries to grow our food and produce. Nothing is wasted and all goes right back into the soil.
Eco Company takes to the road on Segways! And they’re out looking for waste with a valuable second use. First they discover a new use for used cooking oil. Who would have known restaurants would be a source for biodiesel fuels. Adam went to the source to find out more.
There is obviously a lot of trash that doesn't have a second use...or does it? Brendan went to a landfill where the trash goes 200 feet deep. Landfills like this produce methane gas and this place is putting it to good use.
Recycling is so very important to reducing our collective Carbon footprint! In this episode Adam visits a materials recovery facility to see what happens to all of the stuff we put in our recycling bins. Then he gets a lesson in the 4 “R”s. Yes, there are 4...reduce, reuse, recycle and ROT…or composting. Knowing the importance of the 4 Rs will help you walk a green path in life.
Eco Company visits the Monterey Bay Aquarium known throughout the world for it's conservation efforts. With over 35,000 plants and animals , the exhibits inspire us to preserve our oceans. First we take a look at some of the exhibits through the eyes of special tour guides, teen volunteers whose messages are music to our ears. Jordan tags along on a tour.
Eco Company visits the campus of Santa Clara University where a team of students are participating in a bi-annual competition called the Solar Decathlon. They must design and build the greenest, most energy efficient house to win the competition. They build it, then dismantle it and take it to the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C. to be judged. Adam gets a tour of the home they are building. It's possibly a preview of homes of the future.
Many of our favorite sports teams are keeping up with the green revolution. One team in particular is leading the way...The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. We visited the Giants to see what they are doing and learned they have a "Green Team" that works to keep the park green from the concession stands, to watering the field, to recycling and transportation! Jordan got the inside scoop on what they are doing and how they are doing it.
Eco Company visits a local farmers market to check out the bounty of locally grown organic produce. There are a lot of reasons to buy organic and to buy local, but we wanted to hear and see for ourselves. So Jessica goes to an organic farm that specializes in tomatoes and melons…and a whole lot more.
Eco Company goes to the beach! Because beaches and lakes are popular recreation areas, they often become a wasteland of plastic and garbage that people leave behind. But we found a girl scout troop that has adopted a Northern California beach and is determined to keep it free of trash and waste. Jessica catches up with them on a beach clean-up day. Some of what they find is very surprising.
Eco Company goes hiking to enjoy fresh air and the great outdoors. Hiking gives you a great appreciation for the hills, trees, plants, streams, lakes and wildlife. And speaking of plants, we visit the Joint Bio Energy Institute...a place where high tech scientists are working to change the future of fuel. They're working to unlock nature's secrets to create plant based biofuels to replace fossil fuels. Jordan gets a lesson in photo synthesis and sugar polymers as she learns more about the process.
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.
SURF’S UP on Eco Company!! Surfing is very popular along the West Coast. But have you ever thought about the materials used in making surfboards? Jessica finds one guy who not only gave it some thought, he's making surfboards with non-toxic and sustainable materials. She catches up with him in his shop…and on the waves!
Eco Company visits two amazing schools that are doing it right when it comes to helping the planet. First up is Sacred Heart Preparatory in Menlo Park, CA. Not only do they have a large organic garden, but they boast a brand new, LEED Platinum-rated science and multi-use building and state-of-the-art resource monitoring. Here you will find sustainability both inside and out the classroom.
Eco Company is covering a lot of ground...from the Breaking Ground Conference in San Francisco, to Students for Solar Schools in Thousand Oaks, to an insect museum at the University of California Davis, to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. First Brendan and Jordan find out what's going on at the Breaking Ground Conference and discover teens planting 10,000 seedlings a year, using creativity to create art from trash and sprucing up their neighborhoods...literally!
Today were talking teens! Teens doing great things to support the sustainability of the planet. First up Adam goes to Santa Monica. Santa Monica High School is just a few blocks from world famous Santa Monica Beach, a great reason for the students here to take a special interest in keeping it clean and free of trash. The school's multi-awarding Team Marine does that...and a lot more! Yes, they clean the beach, but they also regularly test water quality, lobby against single use plastic bags...and recently built a solar boat! Adam caches up with them on the beach to see what they're up to.
Eco Company travels to Southern California to visit the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. 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 traveled around the globe to trawl for plastic in the 5 major gyres where plastic debris gathers. Adam visits the lab to see all of the plastic "confetti" which is meticulously catalogued and analyzed. What he learns will startle even those who are acutely aware of the oceans' growing issues with plastic waste.
In this episode we find amazing teens doing great things for the planet. But first Brendan visits a Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory where they are researching the efficiency of cooking stoves...those using wood and coal utilized by over 3 billion people world-wide to prepare 3 meals a day. It will give you a great appreciation of why this is so important.
There's a heavy dose of science in the first half of this episode, and some weird science at that! There's some very interesting research is taking place at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute. We're talking DNA from thousands of years ago extracted from permafrost!! In the first story, Brendan pays them a visit to get the scoop on the latest studies with implications on climate change, and there he discovers two teens in lab coats helping out!
From returning sea lions to a marine sanctuary to the man who organized the first Earth Day and the event that inspire it, to teen guides at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a man making eco-friendly surfboards, this episode is all about our oceans and beaches. First up Jordan leaves land behind as she climbs on board the Kitty Kat, a boat on a mission to the Farallon Islands and the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of California. The trip has the special purpose of returning seven sea lions to the ocean in a protected place where they will find a lot of friends.
Teens all over the world are doing amazing things to help the planet. This episode profiles six of them making their make around the world. We start in South India. There two Pleasanton, California, teens have started a program to replace harmful tobacco farming with cultivation of the sustainable Jatropha plant to help the poverty stricken area and reduce deforestation at the same time. The Jatropha plant fruit produces oil that can be used to make biofuel.
We all love to enjoy a sunny day at the beach. But 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. Well, Eco Company's Brendan found 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.
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 day's work for this crew.
This episode features what has been called "Nature's Cathedral," the majestic redwood trees. First up we meet some guys that don't mind getting a little dirty. And they're up bright and early on a Saturday morning to go to work! They're giving up part of their weekend to help restore an overgrown grove of redwood trees. Brendan and Jordan grab some gloves to lend a hand and to find out why they are passionate about preserving these majestic Giants.
In this episode of Eco Company we see what happens to our waste and to the stuff we recycle. It's an eye-popping experience! We start...where else...at a landfill. There is obviously a lot of trash that doesn't have a second use...or does it? Brendan finds out that trash goes 200 feet deep. All that trash produces methane gas and this place is putting it to good use.
As Eco Company travels around, we find organizations and teen groups who are dedicated to making a difference. This episode profiles groups who are doing everything from cataloguing trash on the beach and ocean, to restoring a native habitat, to growing organic vegetables, to lobbying politicians! First up Jessica meets up with a group of girls participating in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Young Women In Science program. They get their sea legs and head out on the Monterey Bay, home to more than 30 species of marine mammals. But there is danger in these waters in the form of trash.
Schools and clubs provide great opportunities to get involved in doing good things for the planet. Eco Company found four outstanding organizations making their mark! First up we go to the beach! Because beaches and lakes are popular recreation areas, they often become a wasteland of plastic and garbage that people leave behind. But we found a Girl Scout troop that has adopted a Northern California beach and is determined to keep it free of trash and waste. Jessica caught up with them on beach clean-up and some of what they find is very surprising.
It may look clean, but cotton is actually one of the dirtiest crops around. Cotton has a big footprint in the world. Cotton growers use 11 percent of the world's pesticides and it takes more than 700 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make just one T-shirt. But some farmers are doing things differently and Jordan heads out to the fields to find out how.
Many marine mammals are harmed or critically injured by our trash in the oceans. But Jalena found one place that's on a mission to save these creatures. The Marine Mammal Center in Northern California rescues seals, sea lions, porpoises and other injured or sick mammals and thanks to the dedication of hundreds of volunteers, they are healed, cured, rehabbed and returned to their native habitat. And some of the volunteers are concerned teens.
Meet Gerty, a Volkswagen Beetle. But she's not an ordinary Beetle. That's because the Bheda Family greened her up!! It was total family project. They tore out the old gas engine and put in a new electric motor. No easy task! And as Jalena found out, the project had it's share of problems...and a lot of satisfaction when the wheels successfully hit the road.
Why is there so much talk about saving our rain forests? Eco Company visits an indoor rain forest at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to find out why rain forests are so important to the delicate balance of our world-wide eco system. The creatures and the facts are both pretty stunning.
This week Eco Company is all about alternative energies and alternative fuels. First up Adam goes looking for cleanest, most environmentally-friendly car of the future. In Sacramento, CA, he finds the California Fuel Cell Partnership, a group of car manufacturers who have come together to create just that. After 10 years of developing Fuel Cell cars that run on hydrogen, the cars are a reality. Adam gets to take one for a test drive. Take a look and see what you might be driving in 8-10 years.
It's all about food and we start in the school cafeteria. The menus at most school cafeterias are filled with pizzas, corn dogs, grilled cheese and such...all simply pulled from the freezer and heated up. But we found one cafeteria that's different thanks to Chef Ann Cooper. She is on a mission to change the menu and provide fresh, organic and healthy foods for students. Jordan caught up with her to get the whole story.
Eco Company tracks down teen climate crusaders, all with different approaches to their dedication. Jessica catches up with an inspirational teen from Ventura, CA, who has been an eco crusader since he was 12. From starting his own environmental non-profit organization to becoming the youngest presenter trained by Al Gore’s Climate Project, this high school sophomore isn’t taking climate change sitting down!
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!
Eco Company visits Santa Cruz Island...the largest of the California Channel Islands! Adam & Jordan leave their cell phones behind as they spend 4 days on the island as guests of The Nature Conservancy. The majority of the island is owned by TNC and the rest is part of the National Park Service. There are no cities or communities on the island which is about the same size as Manhattan! The Nature Conservancy's mission is to return the island to its original and native condition after years of environmental abuse by early private owners.
Eco Company travels with The Big Green Bus! It's a Dartmouth University project run entirely by students. The group travels over 12,000 across the country in the bus every summer spreading their message of sustainability...and we catch up with them as they travel through Northern California! The students are a diverse group hailing from all around the country and each with a personal view of sustainability.
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. Adam takes a tour of their factory to see what they're doing.
Eco Company meets new super hero Mr. Eco, AKA Brett Edwards! He's the green-caped crusader who is saving the planet one rap verse at a time. Jalena catches up with him in a recording studio in his hometown of Fresno, CA. Mr. Eco spreads his message of green living through original rap songs as well as parody songs with instrumentals from top rap artists. On this day he is not only in the studio, but also performing at an elementary school when his fan base is something else!
Recycling is so very important to reducing our collective Carbon footprint! To learn about the entire recycling process Adam visits a materials recovery facility to see what happens to all of the stuff we put into our recycling bins. The sorting process is pretty amazing. The various materials are baled and sent off to be reused. But where do they go?
We decided to follow the plastic to a re-use center where it's separated, stripped of labels, cleaned, ground up and sent off to be made into something new. It's a noisy place with one of the largest contraptions you've ever seen.
This episode is all about inspiring teens doing amazing thigs. First up Southern California teen Jordan Howard kept asking why they were learning about global warming in her high school classes. She didn't think it was important, she couldn't relate to it and she thought it was for hippies. Then she learned that she could personally make a difference and that everyone can make a difference. Now she's a keynote speaker, a book editor, a video producer and director, developer of Rise Above Plastics for Teens and a board member for several environmental organizations.
Alternative energy, new sources for biofuel, and a community's program to save energy. That's what is in store in this episode! We hear a lot about new kinds of clean energy being developed for cars and power plants of the future. Well, Adam found that the future is now! He makes a visit to the Fuel Cell Energy plant in Torrington, CT, to see what it's all about.
Over 70% of the Earth is covered with water...and sunlight is abundant! In this episode Eco Company found a San Jose, CA, high school whose student Invention Team has an idea to combine the two to create a new kind of renewal power! They got a grant from the Lemelson-MIT Foundation to build a prototype to prove their theory. We paid them a visit to see what it is all about.
This episode is all about wildlife habitats and the first story is about California's Coho Salmon! Endangered along the California Coast, the Coho Salmon spawn in the Lagunitas Creek. But it's one of only a few creeks remaining that still support the fish. And Eco Company found one group of girls who are doing their part by helping restore a natural habitat that will help maintain the creek for the salmon. They're Girl Scouts and they're proud to be "Green by Nature" and they're working with the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network to show they mean it!.
This Eco Company story takes us to Mali in West Africa. But we travel to Nebraska to get the scoop. Anna meets the founder of the World Energy Project. After an internship in Africa University of Nebraska student Ashley Schmidt made the decision to do something to help improve the quality of life in African 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.
What happens when an avid mountain biker wants to help the environment AND do something for inner city kids? She creates a non-profit called Trips For Kids and succeeds beyond her dreams. In the first part of our 2-part story, Josh learns how used bikes make it all possible. In the second part of our story, Founder Marilyn Price talks about Trips For Kids, The Re-Cyclery Thrift Shop and the Earn-A-Bike program. And Josh tags along with Trips For Kids on a ride through a National Park...an experience he won't soon forget.
Green and fashion...those words haven't always gone together. The manufacture and distribution of new clothing takes a lot of resources and a lot of energy. But there are ways to be in style while saving money and protecting the planet. Jalena takes us to one place and finds some great bargains. Then Jordan meets two young fashionistas with a passion for the planet. They have the right formula when it comes to recycling and setting a fashion trend!
The buses of the future...are here now! They are clean and quiet and much more fuel efficient than your regulation diesel bus. They're powered by hydrogen fuel cells and Jalena Hops on board to check them out.
Eco Company meets up with teens grabbing shovels, putting on gloves and digging in! They're from the 4H Million Trees Project and Woodside High School in Northern California. On this Sunday they're planting 26 new redwood trees in Huddart State Park. It's all part of the goal of planting a million trees worldwide! Jordan grabs a shovel to help out and to learn more.
There's a lot to discover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium along the California Central Coast. It's one of the world's most renowned marine facilities. There are over 35,000 plants and animals in this amazing facility. The exhibits inspire us preserve our oceans. Eco Company takes a look at some of the exhibits through the eyes of some special tour guides. These guides are teen volunteers whose messages are music to our ears. Jordan tags along on a tour and gets their story.
Eco Company finds teens out in nature...restoring natural habitats! Wetland areas around the globe are disappearing because of urbanization, farming and unregulated use. We found one group of young eco heroes working to restore a coastland area for native plants and wildlife. Brendan catches up with them and puts on the gloves to help out.
This episode is all about farm fresh food and we start with the crew from Dartmouth's Big Green Bus. The main theme of their cross country tour is sustainability and bringing communities together to make a difference. Brendan catches up with them as they stop at City Slicker Farms, an inner city farm that grows herbs and produce for the local community. On this day, the crew volunteers to mix and stir the compost pile, pound in support stakes, set watering schedules and pick produce ripe for the community. A very satisfying day all around.
This special episode of Eco Company features young Eco warriors making a difference in their communities! We start with a new super hero! He's the green caped crusader, Mr. Eco. He's no ordinary super hero...he's a rapper! And he's working to help the planet one rap verse at a time. Jalena catches up with Mr. Eco, AKA Brett Edwards, as he performs at an elementary school in Fresno, CA, and finds out what makes him sing!
We're looking at alternative fuel/energy vehicles! Our first stop is annual Electric Vehicle Rally & Car Show in the San Francisco Bay Area! We find people passionate about their mode of transportation! Jordan gets the scoop on all-electric cars, motorcycles, and bikes in ALL shapes and sizes from owners who have done conversions. From classic cars to the newest models and even the quirkiest, the Electric Vehicle is hitting the main stream and capturing the imaginations and interest of devoted fans.
It's a day at the farm for a group of fifth-graders! They're participating in the annual Egg Aid at Lundberg Family Farms. Each spring, before the cover crops get mowed and disKed into the ground to plant the new rice crops, Lundberg Family Farms brings kids together to scour the fields for duck eggs and gather them up to save them from destruction! And it's a very noisy process.
Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, California has a very cool Green Energy Technology Academy. One of the projects that students build is a real product…and it's helping to bring electricity and light to people around the world. It involves use of serious power tools! Riley visited the class to find out more.
If a school's environmental footprint is a factor is choosing which college you want to attend, this story's for you. Riley visits one school that is particularly impressive! They have a brand new village that everyone is talking about! It has zero net energy as its goal.
Plus...lights! That's something we probably take for granted and don't think too much about. However, Chris visits one research center that not only thinks about lights…they're inventing the future! It's a whole new world where lights are smart!
Eco Company visits San Ramon Valley High School where there's a very active environmental club, E2, that runs the school's recycling program and built an organic garden. But one member had an idea to save water in the community. Dana Wilke got the town council's approval and support to create a new campaign, "Just Say Water." Eco Company gets the scoop.
Eco Company follows students into class. But it's not your average class! This ones on wheels…18 of them! And they're learning how to cook! It's Chef Jamie Oliver's Big Rig Teaching Kitchen and the meals are all good for you. See what's on the menu today!
Eco Company visits the University of California at Davis, one of the greenest schools in the country and they’ve got a lot going on! Riley gets things started with a tour of a brand new campus village that everyone is talking about! It has apartments, homes, stores, a pool and fitness center! It's also become a hub for UC Davis energy research programs. AND it has zero net energy as its goal.
Eco Company travels to Sacramento, the Capitol of California! There we find high schools doing amazing things for the planet. First we meet up with a group that calls themselves the Creek Geeks, They're students from Mira Loma High School and they’re the force behind the Arcade Creek Project. They are doing it all...habitat restoration, vertebrate (bird) cataloging, creek mapping, biological assessment and more. It's all in a day's work for this crew.
The Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory studies ocean acidification and the effects on marine life. Some of those effects are being felt right now at Hog Island Oyster Company just a short drive down the road from the lab. They are working together to study the oysters and learn what can be done. Riley paid them a visit to find out more and enjoyed some juicy oysters while she was there!!
We are all accustomed to seeing solar panels on roofs and commercial buildings and shading cars in parking lots. But you probably haven't seen mirrored solar panels that focus sunlight to generate heat that powers a large turbine? Well, we're going to show you. We traveled to the Mojave Desert to visit one of the world's largest concentrated solar power installations and it's quite a sight to see.
We meet some teens spending the day learning about raptors and their relationships with the environment and farmers! The day culminates with the teens building box homes for barn owls. It's all part of Center for Land-based Learning's FARMS Leadership Program. It's day like this one that make it all worthwhile.
There were hundreds of sea lion pups found stranded and starving along the California Coast this year. Many of them were rescued and taken to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito where they were brought to health and then released back into the ocean. Athenna visits the center to find out why these pups were abandoned by their moms, and the reason might surprise you.
This episode is all about building green! We start one of the most unlikely buildings, an NFL stadium! Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, was awarded LEED Gold Certification when it opened in 2014. So we thought we should check it out. Miles goes behind the scenes...and up on the living roof...to get all the details.
Steam power has been around for a long time! But it wasn't until the middle of the last century that man began tapping into the heat deep into the Earth to create steam to produce electricity on a large scale . We wanted to learn more about this renewable and sustainable source for power. So Jaden visited the largest geothermal power facility in the world to get the inside scoop!
Brendan takes a trip to the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA. There he finds a sustainable living community that grows their own organic foods…as well as some chickens, builds their own buildings out of cob, has their own biodiesel station and powers everything with solar energy. Brendan got into the act mixing the cob the old fashioned way…with his feet.
Today is all about eating good and being healthy. We start by heading off to summer camp! We visit Soil Born Farms in metropolitan Sacramento, a 55 acre urban farm. Besides growing fruits & vegetables to ensure everyone in the community has affordable, high quality produce, this farm also runs an education program that teaches students about farming, how their food is grown, and the importance of the nearby river to the growing process. We catch up with them during the first week of summer camp!
Today we've got a lot of exotic animals. What better place to start 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.
Eco Company visits 3 companies doing well by doing good. It's one thing to grow your business and produce a good product. But when you do that and restore habitats, improve the lives of farmers and turn around an environment, that's something worth noting. Our first company is a family coffee business and Riley visits the plant to see what they're all about.
Jordan hits the beach in Santa Cruz on a Sunday morning, but she's not there for sun and fun. She's meeting up with teens from the Clean Oceans Club at Sobrato High School to see how they gather Data on beach trash. It's a new scientific protocol developed by the non-profit The Clean Oceans Project. They're working together catalogue, chronicle and raise awareness about plastic trash in our oceans.
Eco Company travels to Southern California to visit the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Algalita has been conducting research about plastic in the Earth's oceans for 20 years. Sailing on the foundation's 50 foot catamaran, the Algalita, researchers have traveled around the globe to trawl for plastic in the 5 major gyres where plastic debris gathers. Adam visits the lab to see all of the plastic "confetti" which is meticulously catalogued and analyzed. What he learns will startle even those who are acutely aware of the oceans' growing issues with plastic waste.
In This episode we tackle global warming, what it is, what is causing it and what effect it is having on the planet. We hear a lot about global warming now days. Is it the environmental issue of our time? Should we all be really concerned. What are the facts? Eco Company wanted to learn more in terms we can all understand. So Adam found an expert to get the basics on greenhouse gases.