A great new technological step for wildlife conservation efforts comes in the form of a map. The Gap Analysis Program (GAP), which is itself a program under the umbrella of the US Geological Survey, makes it’s mission to “keep common species common.” Essentially, the objective of the program is to maintain that species not (yet) threatened by extinction don’t end up reaching an endangered species list, an issue often deprived of much-needed attention in light of it’s preventative nature. It takes a different track to keep policy makers (and anyone for that matter) informed than traditional conservation efforts which generally maintain species-by-species data, by instead maintaining information about regions and landscapes (which in turn allow those who will want to manipulate them a better idea of what they’d be doing).
These efforts recently culminated in a national land cover viewer (and accompanying data set) that combines several important relevant data-sets into one easily accessible package. To be more particular, it combines the following:
- The Southwest Regional Gap Analysis project (2004)
- The Southeast Regional Gap Analysis Project (2007)
- The Northwest Regional Gap project
- The updated California Gap project (2009)
- The Landfire Project (for all remaining regions)
Twitter is a great place to learn, interact and stay up to the minute on local, regional and national news, events or just connect to the people and issues you care about. Here is a list of some of the biggest and best tweeters sorted by categories. Scroll down and find your interests and connect, or share your own favorites in the comment section below!
- @inhabitat – Green design in your habitat
- @the_daily_green – Great daily green tips
- @dwell – Modern & green home design
- @renest – Home style and design features
- @jetsongreen – Green Building News and Features
- @OrganicLife – Organic Lifestyle Magazine
- @dannyjseo – Great DIY home decorating ideas
- @AltCon – Green living for the Alternative Consumer
- @grist – Independent Environmental Journalism
- @triplepundit – People, Planet and Profit, green business news
- @guardianeco – The Environment section of UKs The Guardian paper
- @HuffPostGreen – Green section of the Huffington Post
- @Greenopolis – Recycling news, features and more
- @current_green – Environmental news in video format
- @drgrist – David Roberts, Energy Politics blogger for Grist
- @derekmarkham – Derek Markham, aka Natural Papa
- @thegoodhuman – David, author and social media activist
- @AlexSteffen – Alex Steffen of worldchanging.com
- @KGeee – Katherine Goldstein, the Green Editor for the Huffington Post
- @FakePlasticFish – Beth Terry, living without plastic
- @TwilightEarth – Adam Shake, environmental discussion, advocacy and activism
- @Urthbags – Beautifully recycled bags & totes
- @simplywoodrings – Rings made from re-purposed & sustainable wood
- @amenityhome – Modern home eco accessories & linens
- @tierraideas – Imaginative upcycled products
- @greenasweegrow – Organic baby clothing & bedding
- @CarlaRose – Eco + Chic bath and body
- @PeopleTowels – Your own personal traveling towel
- @FashionEthic – Eco fashion from Seattle
- @Ecouterre – Future of sustainable fashion
- @Ecosalon – Eco trends in fashion and life
- @ecofashionista – Eco fashion activism
- @ecofabulous – Sexy sustainable style
I hope many of you had a chance to visit the Eco-Chic Expo yesterday at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center that Rachel posted about last week. Featuring many different local sustainable living companies, the expo was definitely a great and interactive way to spend a few hours. The expo featured a lot of companies all excited to share their products and websites with the public at this free event. Here are some businesses and events that really caught my eye!
Full Circle Farm is an organic farm that grows and sources organic fruits and vegetables and deliver right to your door! Located just outside of Carnation, the 400 acre farm grows over 200 varieties of produce and 50 crops in order to provide a large variety for their customers. They also partner with other local farms in order to provide more options for delivery baskets. The baskets of food are fully customizable, with flexible order size and frequency and as an added bonus, you know exactly where your food is coming from. To sign up for a delivery subscription or learn more about Full Circle Farm visit their website or call 866-EAT-WELL.
I get quite a few emails a day from green companies and individuals recommending their favorite products and sites, however, I just don’t have the time write feature articles on all of them. With so much great stuff to share, I figured I would just type up a quick summary of each so everybody can still benefit.
Cleveland, Ohio has taken great strides to help turn this lakefront town into one of the nation’s greenest cities, from the environmentally friendly hotels to a number of restaurants who exclusively cook with locally-grown food. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Cuyohoga River fire, Positively Cleveland has compiled a list of the 75 “green” things to love about Cleveland.
Forty years ago the Cuyahoga River caught on fire due to heavy pollution, but Cleveland has since turned this unfortunate incident into an opportunity by striving to make itself one of the nation’s greenest cities. After decades of hard work, Cleveland has grown to become a “green city on a blue lake.”
Gobble Green Vegan Food
Gobble Green is an online marketplace where you will find a diverse and frequently updated selection of healthy, pre-packaged vegan meals. Our food kits are packaged in environmentally friendly containers and shipped directly to your home.
Gobble Green is all about the protection of our environment, animal rights, and healthy eating. Gobble Green is right for anyone who is interested in leading a humane and environmentally responsible lifestyle. We are very proud of our menu and our message.
A great new green shopping resource, Buy Green even has its own green standards for the products it carries.
You will find eco friendly clothing, including bamboo clothing, green home environmental products including natural organic products and solar powered lights, just to name a few. Commercial buyers also have a wide selection of products from environmentally friendly bags for retailers to recycled paper products.
There are a lot of green blogs out there in cyberspace, and its tough to navigate through the good ones. I have two favorites for just everyday living tips, ideas and creativity to inspire living green in me. Each one is unique and provides me with great eco-inspiration to take action, live green and utilized eco friendly design. They are usually updated a few times a week, so its easy to keep up and you won’t be overwhelmed with content.
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