Eco Company visits San Francisco's Garden for the Environment to learn about the Urban Youth Sprouts program. Here, teens find out what growing food sustainably is all about. They grow vegetables, learn about food systems, and how to live a healthier lifestyle. How do hamburgers fit into this? Jordan finds out and gives them a thumbs up!
We are all accustomed to seeing solar panels on roofs around neighborhoods. But you probably haven't seen mirrored solar panels that focus sunlight to generate heat that powers a large turbine? We traveled to the Mojave Desert to see how they work!.
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. It's a home that minimizes the resident's footprint on the planet.
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. Jaden visits the largest geothermal power facility in the world to get the inside scoop!
Brendan catches up with a teen on a special mission. Laura Webber is spearheading a drive to plant 1 million trees across the U.S. She has enlisted 24,000 members of 4-H clubs who are helping out! Brendan gets into the action and finds out that there is definitely more to gain than the simple satisfaction of getting the job done.
Jessica visits the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory In this special facility they are building the world's largest laser...actually 192 lasers that multiply and combine to create nuclear fusion to reproduce the same kind of energy process that happens on the sun. It's 100% clean energy and produces no reactive waste!
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 visits an organic farm that specializes in tomatoes and melons…and a whole lot more.
Brendan takes a trip to Hopland, CA, to the Solar Living Institute. There, a sustainable living community grows their own organic foods…and some chickens, builds their own buildings out of cob, has their own biodiesel station and powers everything with solar energy. They were building a new structure so Brendan got into the act mixing the cob the old fashioned way…with his feet.
Jordan leaves land behind as she climbs on board the Kitty Kat, a boat on a mission to the Farallon Islands off the coast of California. The trip has the special purpose of returning seven sea lions to the ocean in a protected sanctuary. But the trip also provides the opportunity to do some whale watching!
Jessica catches up with Ally Maize, the teen who founded the Green Youth Movement...GYM for short. Gym works with elementary and middle school students to develop green lifestyles at an early age. And Jessica gets a ride in Ally's unique electric car!