FilterForGood is a program on a mission. Through the Web site http://www.FilterForGood.com, consumers can pledge to switch to a reusable water bottle filled with home-filtered water. At the same time, they can pitch in to help make safe drinking water available worldwide. For each FilterForGood refillable bottle purchased between now and the end of the year, a $4 donation, up to $25,000, will be made to the Blue Planet Run Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to provide safe drinking water to 200 million people by 2027.
On Sunday, the world’s largest solar powered footbridge was opened to the public in Brisbane’s Central Business District. About 36,500 people are expected to use the new Kurilpa Bridge each week to walk or bike across the Brisbane River between the CBD and the arts precinct at South Bank. The bridge, which has been described as looking like knitting needles, is not only one of the longest footbridges, but also features a sophisticated LED lighting scheme that is powered by the sun and can produce a number of different lighting effects.
In the 19th century, Dutch consumer electronics giant Philips (PHG) made its name as one of the first manufacturers of lightbulbs. Almost 120 years later, new lighting technologies and increased global demand for energy-efficient goods is offering a unique opportunity for growth. And Philips, the world’s biggest lighting company with $10 billion in annual sales, is at the forefront of what Philips Lighting CEO Rudy Provoost calls "the most profound change the industry has witnessed since the invention of the electric light."
Visy has launched a new online education program called Visy Enviromaniacs, designed specifically to teach primary school students practical initiatives and actions to preserve and protect our environment. Designed for children in years 3 to 6, the program has been developed by educational experts and is complimented by a comprehensive lesson plan which supports current Australian and New Zealand curriculum criteria. The game and lesson plan can be accessed online at no cost to students, parents or teachers. Visy’s Environmental Ambassador, Chris Judd said: “It is important for both business and the community to deliver a positive and sustained response to help the environment. Getting young people involved in a way that is both entertaining and educational through the Visy Enviromaniacs program teaches behaviour that can become part of kids everyday life with ongoing benefits for the environment.” By visiting http://www.visyenviromaniacs.com.au, students can create their own Enviromaniac character to take them through games covering recycling, energy, water, litter and packaging. The games are all interlinked, with students learning that recycling is a key weapon in the fight against climate change and by recycling, we save energy, reduce our water usage, clean up and dispose of litter and reuse packaging. By earning ‘enviropoints’ and putting into practice what they have learned, students progress through different rankings, including the Green Machine (everything you touch turns to green), Water Watchkeeper (watching out for water wasters) and King Clean Streets (there’s no job too dirty). Kurunjang Primary School Vice Principal Daniel Vellarom said “Learning about the environment and how we can all play our part in protecting and improving it is now an established part of the school curricula. Visy’s involvement in and commitment to providing educational tools such as Visy Enviromaniacs, helps to make the environment an interesting and enjoyable subj…
All green ID geniuses! All chair connoisseurs! Here’s your chance to conjure up an innovative armchair in keeping with the tenets of “good” (ie “green”) design. The One Good Chair Competition is looking for some smart new designs that balance beauty with comfort while letting sustainable forms shine through. The winning team will receive $4,500 to help realize their design as a prototype.