It’s the end of 2015, and it’s clear to see how eventful it was. At the top of our favorite memories is the launch of OnAir Schools! If you haven’t signed up, please do so at www.onairschools.org! Some important, environment-related…read more
Here at OnAir, we are trying to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and to clean up all this polluted air. Pollution is extremely harmful for the health, especially for the youngins’. Did you know that through our OnAir…read more
Let’s talk about the organic wave, shall we? You might have already seen our post regarding Meatless Mondays (provide hyperlink) and how we can reduce carbon emissions and the consumption of energy by reducing the consumption of meat. But how…read more
So it has been five long years since the BP oil spill (otherwise known as the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill) has happened. And of course, it’s not talked about as much anymore, but BP and several other organizations have teamed…read more
Recently, an op-ed piece came out in regards to STEM education. You can reference the article here. It talks about how sure, STEM is super important, but a well rounded education is even more important. So not only do we…read more
Okay, so not everyone that’s environmentally-conscious is a vegetarian. Nor do you have to be. But how can you make a change with your diet, specifically in regards to meat? May we suggest going a day without meat? I HEREBY…read more
Hello OnAir readers! I hope each of you’re having a fantastic year and semester, as I am! I’d like to begin a discourse with y’all concerning the right to breathe. I found a couple of short documentaries that I wanted…read more
Bam, 1st place! Congratulations, Gentry! – OnAir Team The land in Arizona is flat and dry, allowing you to see the horizon all around. Year after year, visit after visit, I can gradually witness the pollution in the air getting…read more
Congrats, Samantha! 2nd place, pretty impressive! – OnAir Team In many countries, people aren’t receiving an education. A country with very low literacy rates is Nigeria, and you can see this through the state and condition of their country/society. Nigeria…read more
Here’s our 3rd place winner! Congrats, Caroline! Ever since I was little, I have always enjoyed going to the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico with my family, including Gulf Shores, Destin, and Clearwater Beach. The beauty of the water,…read more
The crispiness of bacon, the crunch of fried chicken, and the delicious taste of a freshly cooked steak! By now the mouths of many meat lovers are most likely watering. But yeah, meat is tasty. I would know. What I…read more
GUYS. Would you please explain to me why you haven’t followed us on Instagram? OH, WHAT ABOUT TWITTER, Y’ALL? And okay, sure, Facebook is a little lame, but like us there too please. Know why? Because we post some pretty…read more
Locally grown foods are better for the environment. Many times processed foods go through multiple factories before they actually arrive at the fast food chain, and those factories use a lot of power to do things like slaughter cows our…read more
Your favorite meal of all time is meatloaf and mashed potatoes, beef covered in thick white gravy with a side of mash potatoes. All you can think of before you get home is that succulent meal. However, before it can…read more
In our growing world and rapidly developing society, we are faced with an increasingly urgent problem: how can we feed 7 billion mouths and counting? How do we do so without permanently damaging our environment through reckless use of water,…read more
When it comes to health, what one puts into their bodies determines a lot. Essentially, you are what you eat. This idea resonated with me a lot during my final year in high school. After watching the Food Inc. documentary…read more
As you step out of your house, you meet a sea of trash and an echoing memory of what once was the thriving community that you grew up in. Startled by the chaos, you think to yourself: How could this…read more
ACE’s Georgia Program Manager Amber Nave was awarded the White House Champion of Change award on February 9, 2015. One of Amber’s Action Fellowship students, Lauren Smith, and a crew of media students at DeKalb School of the Arts filmed,…read more
I’ve always been passionate about our natural world, from the birds and insects that live in our environment to the beautiful natural scenery it provides. Looking back, I think my earliest memories of this fascination with nature were when my…read more
We’re really excited about our new partnership with ACE! Look out for blog posts, videos and more from ACE Fellows. Want to know more about the organization? Check out their website.
Hey everyone! One of my favorite things is when young people instigate change. This can be on any level, just as long as you make others think! Keeping with my theme from the last blog – a couple of years…read more
Hey guys! As you all know by now, I am a college student. What you do not know is my decision process when looking at universities. I, along with a huge percentage of other incoming college students, was very conscious…read more
Hello lovely readers! I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve had midterms for the past two weeks and I’m really beat. So, instead of a long, word-filled post, here’s one of my favorite TED Talks about what the world might…read more
Hey guys! Something y’all don’t know about me is that I LOVE fall. The clear, blue skies, the wind pulling leaves from the grasp of the trees they previously resided on, everything. But my absolute favorite part of the season…read more
Hello lovely readers! Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which, more power to you- that’s definitely a way to lessen your carbon footprint) you’ve probably heard about the global protests over climate change. In an incredible turn of events,…read more
Hey guys- This post isn’t going to be any sort of new information for most of y’all- I’m pretty sure at this point we all know that greenhouse gases increase the pace of global warming and that global warning affects…read more
- Oh the sky would be blue, and you guys will be there too When I finally do what frozen things do in summerrrrrrr!
- September 9, 2014
- By Peyton
Hey guys! When it’s as hot as it is here in Atlanta, I can’t help but enjoy watching tv shows and movies that are set in.. cooler places. I can’t be the only one here that has seen (and adores)…read more
Earlier this summer I took a trip to New York and while I was there I took at visit to CVS. As usual we went in, gathered up out items then made our way to the checkout counter. After we…read more
Hi everyone! So, this week’s blog is going to be a little different. This week was full of many changes in my personal life and although I have avoided talking about myself here I felt the need this week to…read more
Hi everyone! Whew! I don’t know about you, but this summer turned out to be a crazy busy one – full of lots of fun and change. Thanks to all of our summer writers who submitted some GREAT blogs. School…read more
What do you get when you cross the concrete jungle with coastal wetlands? Some intense hurricane-proof cities, that’s what.
What activity cleans up the streets and makes homes for the homeless all in one go? Tiny house building, of course!
If you live in the Atlanta area you’ve heard of the BeltLine: the 22 mile loop around the city that’s slowly, but surely getting more and more green.
Remember the movie Avatar? The one about the strange planet with the beautiful views and glowing trees?
Ever dream of traveling across Europe? Ever consider dumpster diving as a way of feeding yourself while you do so? If so, 25-year-old Baptiste Dubanchet from France is paving the way for your dumpster-diving endeavors.
- Rural Turkey: Where Donkeys and the Internet Collide
- July 25, 2014
- By inaim
Donkeys and the internet go together like peanut butter and jelly. No? You’ll think differently after reading this. The semi-nomadic sheepherders in rural Turkey could really go for some connectivity, especially when they’re on an isolated trip with their sheep….read more
Boston’s the first to have them: smart benches. Because why just not make a smart seat when you can?
Here at OnAir, we love upcycling—especially when it makes learning easier. Things like cardboard boxes converted into backpacks/desks. Yup, that’s a thing now!
We’ve talked about a bunch of different gadgets that light the way for people who live in places where electricity isn’t always dependable, but this one was too cool for us to pass by.
Last week, like every Fourth of July before, the USA celebrated our “birthday” with color-filled bursts of black powder. Fireworks are one of my favorite parts of holiday celebrations like those on the Fourth and New Years Eve. But unfortunately,…read more
You wouldn’t think a little paper coffee cup could cause too much damage. But think about how many millions of people drink coffee every day. Those paper cups start to add up. What people really need is a convenient way…read more
Over the weekend I visited the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and was amazed by the beautiful plants I saw. These plants were not your average small looking plants; they were extra ordinary, eye-catching pieces of artwork. As I was walking through…read more
- How FIFA is scoring more than just goals on the soccer pitch
- July 7, 2014
- By Peyton
Ahh the World Cup… I can’t be the only one here who considers this the most exciting sporting event after the Olympics. I’ve watched every match so far this Cup. Yes, I admit it, I LOVE soccer. What I don’t…read more
I’m especially excited for this week’s story, so-to-speak, because I get to mention two of my favorite things at once- Criminal Minds and psychological studies; neither of these things I am usually able to incorporate into these bi-weekly blogs. When…read more
Public transportation is key to improving our air quality, especially in a city that has so much automobile traffic, like Atlanta. One common misconception about public transportation use is that it is inefficient or too time consuming. However, using public…read more
And… someone has! Hello lovely readers, I have something sweet and short for you today, but I hope it will blow your mind just as it did mine. Billboards. We see them everywhere- on the side of highways, lit up…read more
Helmets are pretty useful. They’re cheap and they guard your head, which is a pretty important part of your body.
My class and I are doing a mini-project on which is the best energy resource. My partner and I ended up choosing hydropower. For the people who don’t know what that means, hydropower is, “electricity produced from machines that are…read more
If you’re down to see the world’s tallest vertical garden, head over to Quebec. The 213-foot green wall, called the Currents, has more than 11,000 plants of 42 different species and uses all its green power to better the air…read more
- Car Shopping! Introducing The Top Greenest of 2014
- May 30, 2014
- By Rease
Vehicle emissions can affect the environment in several ways. Cars emit greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide, which contribute to global warming.Some air pollutants and particulate matter from cars can be deposited on soil and surface waters where they enter…read more
Here’s some motivation to start cleaning up litter: if you collect enough plastic bottles—about 150,000—you can create your own personal island, just like Richart Sowa!
Most schools today don’t make the greenest choices, but what are those green choices anyway? Some examples would be using compost and facilitating non-idling rules. Composting is when organic matter has been decomposed and recycling as a fertilizer and soil…read more
My uncle is a genius and has designed a process which could provide a solution to climate change issues stemming from combustion gas emissions generated by the burning of fossil fuels. These gases could be processed without separation and converted into products…read more
Urban farming is a growing trend—and in places like Roosevelt Island in New York, that means more vertical gardens.
Hey everyone! When you guys pick up an apple or carrot do you think about the possibility of it being contaminated with pesticides? Well, of course not! My first thought is how delicious this fruit or vegetable is going to…read more
Alas, Bike to Work Week is over, but hold on one second. This doesn’t mean you have to pick up those car keys again. Here are a few tips to keeping up the good habit.
This is probably the most useful book we’ve ever seen—it teaches people about water sanitation and acts as a filter to kill waterborne diseases.
Whenever someone that my family knows passes away, we plant a tree in their memory instead of sending flowers and a card . The Arbor Day Foundation has two programs: one in which you plant trees in memory of someone who has…read more
So British Airways goes up to Solena Fuels to buy some trash…
Did you know that a family of seven can comfortably fit in a hollowed out trunk of a California Redwood? Well, besides being able to support a family, trees provide plenty of services for our community such as cleaning our…read more
Solar panels are back on the White House roof!
In honor of Bike to Work Day, we thought we’d lay down some tips for those of you who are new to biking to work or school. Changing up your transportation can sound a little intimidating and time-consuming, but just…read more
Raleigh, North Carolina is about to get really healthy and hipster when they open up their first “Farmery”—that’s a grocery and an urban farm combined into one. The vegetables and fruits are grown vertically right there in the store.
- BLOGGER CHALLENGE FIRST PLACE WINNER: Three things we should do at my school
- May 14, 2014
- By nova_canee
This Spring, OnAir held its first ever Blogger Challenge! We asked you to submit blogs answering this simple question: What rule would make your school greener? At long last, here is our FIRST PLACE WINNER! This post is from Emanuella at South Gwinnett High…read more
This Spring, OnAir held its first ever Blogger Challenge! We asked you to submit blogs answering this simple question: What rule would make your school greener? At long last, here is our SECOND PLACE WINNER! This post is from Samantha…read more
This Spring, OnAir held its first ever Blogger Challenge! We asked you to submit blogs answering this simple question: What rule would make your school greener? We’ll be posting the Grand Prize Winner soon—but first, take a look at our…read more
Who needs school buses anyways? Not this Ohio town!
You should all have heard by now about NASA’s new discovery using their Kepler Space Telescope- an Earth-like planet 500 light years away. It’s similar to Earth in size (only 10% larger) and orbiting what appears to be a Red-Dwarf…read more
This Spring, OnAir held its first ever Blogger Challenge! We asked you to submit blogs answering this simple question: What rule would make your school greener? We’ll be posting the Grand Prize Winner soon—but first, take a look at our…read more
This super-road just might be the answer to a lot of our problems. The Brusaw couple started up their Solar Roadways company to bring a solar powered road to the streets. The solar panels that make up the road produce…read more
This Spring, OnAir held its first ever Blogger Challenge! We asked you to submit blogs answering this simple question: What rule would make your school greener? We’ll be posting the Grand Prize Winner soon—but first, take a look at our…read more
Congrats to the El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands and the first island ever to be run 100% off of wind power!
With global warming heating up the planet, our waters are getting more dangerous. Not just in bigger storms, but bigger icebergs! Imagine an iceberg 10 times the size of Manhattan breaking off of Antarctica and floating into the ocean. That’s…read more
Plastic is a problem. There’s no denying its usefulness in our lives, but the material is so strong that it doesn’t completely break down for hundreds of years.
May is National Bike Safety Month! So get out your helmets and neon vests and let’s celebrate how far we’ve come as bikers.
In the developing world, you’re at a time press to get all your work done before the sun goes down. And everyone knows that’s not easy or even an option at times. So what do you do when you’ve got…read more
We’ve caused some major problems for the Earth, but with a little knowledge and a lot of will, there’s definitely a way to turn it all around.
Now this isn’t something you see every day—a billboard that collects drinking water…from thin air.
Since Earth Day was last week on April 22nd, I (as per usual) did some research on new things happening in the world of environmentally-conscious people. Usually I find articles about new technologies; this year, however, I found an article…read more
If you really want to do sightseeing right, biking is the way to go. Take a look at these beautiful views of American cities—seen from a bike!
Happy Earth Week! As you all know this Tuesday was Earth Day and you know what that means! Time to give Mother Earth some TLC!
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or you can call it “freecycling” for short. Freecycling is great because it reduces waste by ensuring that whatever it is that you’d like to throw away can be used again by someone…read more
Vacationing soon? If so, here are some helpful tips that can help you save time and your environment!
Nobody likes litter. There really isn’t anything positive to say about plastic bottles lying in a pond or chip bags in the park. But litter is a lot more than just an eyesore; it causes problems for us and our…read more
We all know that carbon fuel, which we all use, isn’t good for our planet. What you may not know is that the UN’s Panel on Climate Change has recently released a report from Berlin concerning the necessity of a…read more
There are plenty of reasons to switch out a car for a cargo bike. Just ask Liz Canning, the filmmaker of “Less Car More Go”, a documentary on the history and future of the cargo bike movement. But this isn’t…read more
Everything is rubbish. But especially these shoes.
Energy and water aren’t the only things that are wasted on a daily basis. Think of what else you toss in the trash—all of that ends up in landfills. Yuck.
Light pollution may sound pretty unimportant compared to actual pollution—does it really matter that we can’t see the stars?
You’ve heard us talk about wind farms as a source of renewable, clean energy. But all those wind farms were land or water based. What about wind farms in the air?
Most of us are lucky to live in a society where clean, drinkable water is at our fingertips, so conserving the seemingly endless supply might not be our first priority. But when there’s a drought in California and water shortages…read more
Our air quality isn’t the only thing at risk in the non-sustainable world we live in. Our rivers and streams aren’t in such a good place right now either—just take a look at the top 10 endangered rivers of this…read more
It’s the best week of the year! The air is cool, the flowers are gorgeous, the birds are singing—that means Earth Week must be here. Take a look at some of the activities around Atlanta that celebrate our beautiful planet.
Trains are great, to put it simply. Public transportation is great for the environment because it keeps hundreds of people and their hundreds of cars off the roads every day. But, let’s be honest, our trains could use a little…read more
With a name like that, it’s got to be good. Remember Tesla? The really sleek electric car?
Every day starts out the same. You wake up, get out of bed, and then head to the bathroom to get ready for the day. You brush your teeth and then wash your face with your regular face wash, but,…read more
By now, you should know how perfect biking and clean air go together. No emissions=great for the air we breathe. But there are plenty of other reasons to hop on your bike. Check out our top 5.
Clean water is pretty easy for most of us in the United States to come by. You just turn the tap and out it flows. Of course, that’s not the case everywhere.
Solar energy is great—we all know it by now. But what’s even better? Cheaper solar energy. And what’s even better than that? Cheaper solar energy who’s production has a small carbon footprint.
- 4 Places That Might be Gone if Global Warming Keeps Up
- April 14, 2014
- By inaim
Look anywhere and you’ll see lists of places around the world that you should travel to. This list is a little different—assuming global warming keeps up, these five iconic and beautiful places aren’t going to be around for very long,…read more
If you’ve ever tried standing still on a beach while the waves splashed around you, you know it’s no easy thing. Imagine if all that wave power could generate electricity!
We talk a lot about the awesome bike-friendly cities in Europe a lot, but what about the ones right here in the U.S.? Our bike culture may not be as widespread, but these three cities are starting up strong.
With the crazy Georgia weather, you never know when the right time is to start planting your flowers and veggies. Lucky for you, here are some tips on how to start your indoor garden successfully and with upcycled objects you…read more
Most of us don’t have to worry about when or what our next meal will be, but every day millions of people (even in cities!) do. There’s a really simple solution to this though: grow a row.
After Hurricane Sandy ran into the East coast and surrounding areas, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development started the Rebuild by Design competition. The competition asked designers to think about the…read more
Like we said in our blog last week, there just isn’t anything positive to say about wasting food. And as it turns out, the Brits agree. Take a look at three British organizations that have made it their mission to…read more
- How the great painters of world recorded changes in the atmosphere for posterity
- April 7, 2014
- By Peyton
For all of you that love art as much as I do, this week’s blog is sure to interest you! A team of German and Greek art and science researchers have recently published in the “Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics journal…read more
Living in Atlanta, it can be tough to get around without a car sometimes. But places like Amsterdam and Portland, Oregon seem to make transportation without automobiles look so easy and enjoyable. People who live in walkable cities live healthier,…read more
This idea brings together two of the best things in life: food and fully-charged electronic devices. And it’s pretty simple—all you need is carbon dioxide, water, light and plants.
There isn’t really anything positive to be said about food waste—it keeps perfectly good food away from those who need it and rotting food produces methane, which is even worse for the environment than greenhouse gases.
A garden is more than just a garden in places like rural India. The short film, “After My Garden Grows” shows us just how much a garden can mean to a teenage girl growing up in West Bengal.
Alex Honnold has found a pretty daredevil way to appreciate the planet: he’s famous for his rock climbing—particularly because he climbs the dangerous slopes without ropes. Now, his foundation, The Honnold Foundation, is spreading the word about how we can…read more
There are a lot of reasons to start thinking about living on the water—melting ice caps and rising sea levels are putting coastal cities at risk for being flooded for one, but there are green opportunities for these floating cities.
Cyclists in Trondheim, Norway have a pretty cool toy to help them get through a particularly long hill in the city.
Bad news: the sea levels are rising and natural disasters are becoming more intense. Good news: now we’ve got the designs for an area that will be able to support us and our lives in a clean, green way should…read more
Here’s a vehicle we’ve never seen before: an electric, all-terrain trike that can even be used by paraplegics and quadriplegics.
- 3 Facts About Water Scarcity—and 3 Ways You Can Help
- March 29, 2014
- By inaim
Living in America, it’s pretty easy to get access to clean water. Most of us just have to turn on our faucet and voila! But that’s not the case in other parts of the world. Check out some of these…read more
You’ve probably heard of Earth Hour before—that one hour that everybody switches off their lights to bring awareness to the planet and its preservation. This year, Earth Hour is on March 29th at 8:30 p.m. (that’s tomorrow!).
Heyy Guys!! Did you know that you can go Green for Prom this year? Whether it’s donating an old dress that’s still in good condition or carpooling with friends, there are lots of ways to do it. The typical American…read more
Gardening is a great way to save money, a fun way to spend an afternoon with your family, and you receive a tasty reward at the end! So why wouldn’t you want to start one? To get started, you need…read more
Yesterday we showed you New York’s High Line, but that’s not the only awesome green space those New Yorkers are working on.
When New York City comes to mind, it’s usually filled with images of a bustling life: taxis, billboards, music and people everywhere. And with all that energy there doesn’t seem to be any room for a quiet place to relax…read more
Paris took charge when it came to the high levels of air pollution that have been covering up the city, making it hard to see even the Eiffel Tower.
Did you know that the main ingredient in coffee is water, but there isn’t always access to clean water in a lot of the countries that produce coffee?
Fresh strawberries, free wifi and a solar powered charger—right in the middle of the city. Sounds pretty perfect to us.
Whether you need something to make your fish tank a little more exciting or you want to have fresh vegetables grown right in your home, an aquaponics tank is worth checking out.
Hey everyone! Over the weekend I participated in a “Youth Action Lab” for the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). Myself along with six others went to Doppler Recording Studio and recorded a song to bring awareness to environmental problems. We…read more
It may not seem like it at first, but those giant icebergs in the arctic could be supplying Greenland with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Hello all! Long time no see! As spring break approaches, many of you, including myself, are probably headed somewhere warm, wet and sun-filled–that’s right, the beach. As you stare out to sea and empty your mind…read more
The only thing better than living right in the middle of a beautiful Scottish river is the idea of an energy-efficient boathouse on a beautiful Scottish river.
The documentary Food, Inc. exposes America’s industrialized food system and its effect on our health, economy, worker’s rights and our environment. Since the documentary has premiered, it has ignited many ideas on how to change the the food system for…read more
Scooters aren’t just for little kids anymore. Swifty Scooters are scooters made for adults that are light, hand-crafted, and have locally-sourced parts.
London is doing something a little new with their “skips”: those large metal bins you throw garbage in. Now, instead of housing old building material garbage, the skips are being used as huge organic vegetable gardens.
This new method Filipinos are using to light up their homes is so simple it’s mind-blowing: it starts with a water bottle.
Vertical gardens are so great because they take up less room than the usual horizontal gardens. Add a quirky factor to it and they become downright adorable as well.
If the thought of spring weather brings out that green thumb feeling in you, listen up. The Seeds of Change organization wants to get more people planting, and this is the bright idea they’ve come up with: a vending machine…read more
If you think converting the whole country to using efficient, clean energy is too big to tackle, take a look at the Solutions Project.
We all know that air pollution is bad for us and for the rest of the world. This isn’t news to any of us at this point; however, I think it pertinent to bring up yet another study that has…read more
Facebook is about to partner with…planes? Yup, that’s right. Facebook wants to buy the company that makes Solara solar-powered, unmanned airplanes.
Listen up, OnAir community–there’s a new student blogger in town. Everyone say hello to Lauren, and click here if you’d like to join our blogger team too! STOP! STOP! Put that plastic water bottle down and read this! Hey everyone!…read more
China’s futuristic Flavors Orchid manages to bring together the best of city and country life.
Hey OnAir community–give a warm welcome to our newest student blogger, Sherease! Wanna join the blogger team? Click here! 1. First we have ……Erykah Badu, who describes herself as a vegan vegetarian. The triple platinum recording artist released her…read more
Added Value is putting more jungle into the concrete jungle. The organization is creating more urban farms in New York and changing the way their community lives.
ShareRoller is giving Citi Bike-ers everywhere a little help now—e-bike or no e-bike. ShareRoller is a new battery-powered device that connects to any Citi Bike and works as a portable motor.
Compost center and city park in one—that’s what the Green Loop idea has in store for New York City. The Green Loop is one architectural group’s idea of solving NYC’s landfill problem.
There are an endless amount of skincare companies out there, but Farm to Girl is definitely worth trying. Here’s why:
How long can you go without touching your phone? You can take a 10 minute break, can’t you? If so, Georgio Armani (yeah, the really fancy suits guy) will fund a day’s worth of water for a child in need.
Bike lanes are popping up in more cities all around the world, but now comes that icky time when we have to control who gets to use them. Cyclists. Yeah, it seems pretty simple, but what about the electric bikes?…read more
Taking a city full of cars like Atlanta and morphing it into a bike-friendly city sounds like a huge, exhausting task when, really, all it takes is dedication and teamwork. Here are 6 ways we can start to become a…read more
Keeping an eye on the entire world doesn’t sound so impossible when it comes to Global Forest Watch. GFW is an online forest monitoring system that lets users see where trees are being cut down and grown.
The first Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) is making its debut in Northeast L.A.! They’re already a bike-friendly area, but now they’re really stepping up their game.
Think of how much you move around in one day. Now imagine if that energy you create by moving could power your electronics. What if we told you that it can? Here are three everyday objects that can collect and…read more
Growing food anywhere you want? Controlling the farm’s environment with your smart phone? That definitely sounds like future farming.
Bus futures are getting brighter now that electric buses are a thing. Electric buses like Proterra (link) are just as dependable (if not more) than the fuel-powered buses we use now—but even better.
Pharrell does yet another thing to make us happy: jeans made out of recycled plastic!
It can be hard to hope for a green future sometimes, with oil spills and global warming and smog swirling around us. But instead of dwelling on the negative, how about focusing on the positive—there’s so much that we can…read more
- 4 Solar-Powered Devices that are Lighting Up Our Lives
- February 24, 2014
- By inaim
There are all sorts of solar-powered gadgets that give us (and the rest of the world!) light. Here are just a few of them:
Take a look at what you’re using to wash your face. Many drugstore face scrubs have tiny plastic beads to exfoliate your skin. But, those beads aren’t so great in the grand scheme of things. That’s why New York and…read more
Anyone who lives in a metro-area knows the kind of trouble cars can cause. Traffic, noise, accidents, pollution—it’s not a happy list.
When you grow up in New York, you’ve got to be crafty with space. Like—a park in the sky, for example. That’s the dream for one neighborhood in Queens, New York.
There’s been a lot of hype about tiny, yet comfortable, sustainable homes lately. And when you take a look at the eight we’ve rounded up for you, you’ll see why. Too cute!
Have you signed up for OnAir’s Blogger Challenge? If not, you’re in luck, because we just extended the deadline to the end of March! That means more time to tell us what you think.
Why leave dirt and empty space under a bridge, when you can transform that place into something awesome? Stockholm is planning to do just that. A promenade, an outdoor cinema, an art gallery—that’s what’s about to start popping up under…read more
Amsterdam’s got a new strategy for growing, and it’s…well, a little gross. But mostly awesome. What’s the secret? Urine.
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? No? That’s fine, just know this: it’s as friendly towards bikes as Atlanta is. So…not really friendly at all.
While biking has taken time to catch on in the States, our friends across the pond in the Netherlands are living a different, greener life. For starters, bikes are everywhere. Think of downtown Atlanta traffic, then replace all the cars…read more
There are plenty of ways to create really cool, useful things from old stuff we don’t need anymore. These are just a few of the creative upcycled objects we liked.
Less is more. At least that’s what Jeffrey the Natural Builder has to say. And he should know! He built this tiny cabin with as much used material as possible.
You can grow on land, on roofs—and now, underground. That’s the plan for the old World War 2 air raid shelters under London’s subway system. If the plan goes through, all 2.5 acres will be used to grow vegetables for…read more
If books get a library, why can’t bikes get one too? The Bicycle Library founder, Karta Healy, would agree. The Bicycle Library is, well, a bicycle library. In a bus. An old London double-decker bus, to be exact.
Those plastic grocery bags that basically never decompose (1,000 years!) finally have something else to do besides line your garbage cans—or worse, stack up in landfills.
- 4 Ways to Live Sustainably Without all the Eco Bling
- February 9, 2014
- By inaim
Solar-paneled roofs and electric cars are great ways to reduce your energy, but they’re not always possible for everyone right away. Here are 4 ways you can live more sustainably starting…NOW.
It’s big. It’s exciting. It’s here. It’s the OnAir Blogger Challenge 2014!
Nothing says environmental and medical leaps like biodegradable, ingestible batteries that power medical devices.
- What do the experts mean by “Climate Change”? 3 steps to explain it better.
- February 6, 2014
- By inaim
We Atlantans can tell you a thing or two about erratic weather—just a few days after Snowpocalypse 2014, it was a balmy 60 degrees. But how can an average Joe explain a changing climate to everyone else?
The tiny Eigg Island in Scotland might seem like a blast from the past with its small community, limited amount of roads and untouched natural beauty.
- 3 Ways Atlantans Gave Us Hope During Snowpocalypse 2014
- February 4, 2014
- By inaim
Day to day, Atlantans may not seem so special. But if there’s one thing we can take away from Snowpocalypse 2014 (besides that shutting everything down at the same time causes ridiculous amounts of traffic), it’s that when the going…read more
We’ve talked a lot about solar power, but here’s something new: lightning power!
So if you didn’t know already, China’s air quality isn’t really the best. (this visual map really lays it all out)
Designers are coming out with all sorts of cool, environmentally friendly products. Here are just a few of the ones we liked:
Has your school got edible walls? Do you think farming is impossible in the city? Here’s what teacher Stephen Ritz and his students in South Bronx, New York have to say to that!
A botanical garden and educational solar tracker was just the beginning for Ostrag Primary School in Kaštel Lukšić, Croatia. The students and faculty took it a step further by making plans to become energy independent.
What better way to bring light to over 1.3 billion people than through beautiful (and green!) art?
Japan’s been through a lot lately when it comes to natural disasters. Since the massive earthquake in 2011, they’ve begun to move towards more eco-friendly energy solutions. That’s where the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town comes in.
Living in a car’s world isn’t always easy for a biker, but little wins are all around us. Check out how some cities and companies have taken the initiative to make cycling life easier, safer and more fun.
Picture waking up to this.
With a population of over 8 million people, New York City is a pretty people-dense place to live. So even with walking, biking, and public transit options, there are still a ton of cars on the roads.
People are finding ways to give “green charity” more and more, but every once in a while, a story comes around that really restores our faith in humanity.
If you’re looking for something a little more than a bike, but a little less than a car, an e-bike might be just right for you. Here are 7 kinds of people who would enjoy an e-bike. We all know…read more
True or False: Wind farms are huge and only work in the middle of nowhere.
What’s cycling like in your city? Is it a novelty? A nuisance? Or has it moved into the mainstream? Check out these cities that have made biking a priority:
Who says skateboards can’t get a makeover too? It’s about time! Onewheel is a new electric skateboard with—take a guess—one wheel!
New York sure is looking good in green! Meet Ben, the head farmer on the Brooklyn Grange. He’s got the best of both worlds: a city life in New York and fresh, homegrown vegetables. How? He’s just got an acre…read more
Here’s just another reason to pass up the highway for MARTA: you can leave those troublesome trousers at home!
- 1 Possible Reason (That You’ve Never Considered) for Why India’s Air Quality is the Worst
- January 17, 2014
- By inaim
The first thing that comes to many minds when India is mentioned is usually something along the lines of easygoing pachyderms, mouthwatering foods or wonders of the world. But smoggy conditions are almost literally making it hard to see any…read more
So California, you’re doing a great job…but…Hong Kong and Kenya have the best green schools of all time. But all jokes aside, these two schools have been named the Greenest Schools on Earth for 2013. Usually, there is only one…read more
Can we just take a moment to take all of this in? At OnAir, we love skateboards because (just like bikes) they’re a people-powered mode of transportation that create no pollution to use. Like, AT ALL. For a country like…read more
There are plenty of cities in the United States nowadays that do have bike share systems. Sure, they’re not necessarily as used as other cities, but WE HAVE THEM. PROGRESS. But, of course, there are the people that aren’t familiar…read more
Yes, biking is perhaps one of the most (if not THE most) accessible, efficient, and eco-friendly ways to travel. But how cool is it when you have over 3000 bikes upcycled into beautiful art? Yes, I know, it’s absolutely beautiful….read more
We’ve heard plenty of excuses before–people just don’t want to ride the bus. And as transit riders, we understand your pain, too. We know. In Helsinki, Finland, they have come out with a new bus program called Kutsuplus, and it…read more
Ah, another mural. This time, it’s clear that they have been #chalkbombed! Join our #Chalkbomb Challenge today! You’ve got till November 30th.
This #chalkbomb is a combination of a fancy, artistic angle and, of course, an important message! Show us your creativity and join the #Chalkbomb Challenge today! You could win a camera…you know you want it.
Hello OnAir Readers! As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines a week ago, traveling from there to Vietnam and China. The damages and mortality rates are staggering: 10,000 people have been estimated for…read more
Running errands in the cold November weather is normal for a typical Atlanta go-getter. However, when the November weather has results like freezing your car overnight, which may hinder your schedule. Okay, now it’s mid-November and it is normal for…read more
This #chalkbomb just about sums it up. If you want a new camera, join our #Chalkbomb Challenge today to win! November 30th is the last day to participate!
And we love seeing too! But we can’t do either when there is all that smog. Get creative and join the #Chalkbomb Challenge today! You could win a new camera! The deadline is November 30th.
Turn off your engines, y’all. Wanna add to the message? Take up the #Chalkbomb Challenge and show us your skills. You have till November 30th!
Sometimes, the things you see everyday are the most beautiful. Like this yellow school bus. Share the ride, ride the bus! Come participate in our #Chalkbomb Challenge today and possibly win a new camera. We know, it sounds tempting.
Okay, so you’re a hooked cyclist, and you’ve got some mad skillz. And it’s keeping you super in shape, and above all it’s keeping the air clean because your muddy engine isn’t destroying our beautiful air. Unless you’re this guy….read more
Yes, your #chalkbomb can be as bursting with color as this one. Take up the #Chalkbomb Challenge and win a new camera! You’ve got till November 30th.
Some of our #chalkbombers go all out with the mural making. This one’s stellar. Join the #Chalkbomb Challenge and win a hot new camera! You only have until November 30!
Want to see your #chalkbombs on the blog? You’ve got to enter the #Chalkbomb Challenge! Enter to win a sweet new camera!
This one’s close to midtown Atlanta. Can anyone out there pinpoint the exact location? Start uploading your own #chalkbombs into AirCreds to get into our drawing for a brand new camera! You only have until November 30! More here.
Want to bike to school, but there’s a river in the way? Fear not: meet BayCycle. This bike features a raft, which means you can pedal by from land to water and back. Learn more about BayCycle here. Would you…read more
Today’s #chalkbomb: Carpooling FTW. (p.s. Have you joined the #Chalkbomb Challenge yet? You know you could win a new camera, right???)
Got a favorite air-friendly action? Tell us about it in the #Chalkbomb Challenge!
What does clean air mean to you? It can be simple OR complex–but a #chalkbomb is the perfect place to express it! Get out and join the #Chalkbomb Challenge today!
You don’t have to stick to sidewalks, you know. Check out this sweet vertical #chalkbomb. Think you can match it? Chalk up your neighborhood for the #Chalkbomb Challenge today!
Fall and winter just around the corner, beautiful things come: colorful leaves, perfect breezes–and of course, allergies. Allergy season is here. Every school has their fair share of students blowing their nose or coughing. But why does this happen? Outdoor…read more
Hello OnAir Readers! This week, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about fracking. No, that is not a typo nor an allusion to anything suggestive. Fracking is, in fact, its own thing–and boy does everyone seem…read more
- 7 Awesome Things about Brno, Czech Republic’s Bike-Share System
- November 5, 2013
- By saharfarooqui
Man, what is up with Europe just being freaking awesome? In Brno, Czech Republic, there is this fantastic bike-sharing scheme. A bunch of cafes decided to get together and create a bike-sharing system within their skew of shops. Here’s the…read more
Is that an iPhone case, you ask? Why, yes. Yes it is. And what does this iPhone case do? Oh, just charges your phone with solar power, that’s what. And while that pretty much speaks for itself, here are a…read more
Aw, look at this cute couple biking together. Wait, why do they have all those bags? Like they’re ready to take on the freaking world? That’s because they don’t just bike for hobby. It’s their lifestyle. Behold, the Oguchi couple….read more
- Lower bills and lower CO2 levels- Who doesn’t want those two things?
- October 26, 2013
- By Peyton
Hey everyone, Since it’s finally getting colder, like myself, I’m sure that you all are probably trying to keep warm. Heating your whole house is expensive, so wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to keep warm and…read more
Powershift is an event where people from all over the WORLD with like minds come together to learn, hear stories, go to different workshops on the aspects of the environmental issues you want to solve and learn how to “SHIFT…read more
- Cows, gas, and the environment–and what can be done.
- October 18, 2013
- By pickenapples
So Fly: Cow Butts Awww. Cows. Sweet-natured mammals that just eat grass (well, they SHOULD just be eating grass). But there is a harsh truth with these mother-vibing-creatures: their farts are polluting the planet. Yeah, I said it. I know….read more
So I’m sure you’ve been hearing all the rage about this new type of workout called CrossFit. There is a very hardcore regimen involved, and it’s supposed to give you incredible results. It also has a no-frills approach, where you…read more
Okay, the last time we saw CDs, we were in elementary school. I think. Point is, we just don’t really do CDs anymore. If you’ve still got stacks hanging around, you might consider putting them in a museum. But not…read more
For the Homecoming Parade, the Environmental Club walked behind Woodstock’s Marching Band, Football Team and French Club from Johnny’s Pizza to our school. Holding our GREENSTOCK 2014 event poster on MAY 9TH, Earth Rules posters, Do One Thing posters, and…read more
I think it might be safe to say that parking lots can be wasted space. If you take a step back and really think about it, they’re these huge swatches of land that only get used for one thing. And…read more
Hello OnAir readers! After a long hiatus, I am so excited to be back! Hopefully you’ve all had a good start to the school year and you’re settling into your environmentally-conscious routines. For this week I’d like to focus on…read more
So when people say that they can’t bike because they’re tired, that they don’t have time, that it’s too complicated toarrange…yeah, they should take a look at this guy. Yes, what you see is accurate. He has no arms. Michael…read more
- 10-year-old eco-warrior is the best kind of overachiever
- October 9, 2013
- By khanvict
This environmentalist is only 10 years old. Yep. She’s younger than us. Way younger. Her name is Hannah Alper. She’s Canadian. And here are a few of her projects: -She started a green blog dealing with environmental issues like clean…read more
Okay seriously, it’s like there is some type of competition going on of who can live in the smallest space. So far, this one definitely takes the cake. I mean, if they can fit it on there… They call her…read more
The more we grow up and “adult” we become, you’d expect us to stop messing with toys and anything to do with our youth. But do we? Do we ever? cosplayisland.co.uk NOPE. So it’s not surprising that we’re all about…read more
Yes, we know what it sounds like initially. Like…why in the world would you have a bike powered elevator when you could just walk up the steps? Thing is, this isn’t just a normal elevator. It’s an elevator created for…read more
Okay, it’s really not that surprising, actually. We’ve seen buses decked out rooftop gardens, bus parts being used for a variety of things, etc. But how about a bus being upcycled into a living space? Quaint, right? Two women in…read more
Looks like your average bicyclist, right? Wrong. This is the lady who got her stolen bike returned using only the power of a well-worded note. (What’s with all these stories of people getting their bikes back from bike thieves? Is…read more
Not-so-shocking revelation: We’re huge fans of public transit. Because traveling communally is better for the air, obvs. Here’s the thing, though: When you’re sharing your ride with a bunch of other people, there’s a certain etiquette in place. Because you…read more
We recently talked about cargo bikes helping cyclist cart passengers around. If you forgot, here you go. But at the end of the day, let’s be real. If you have a bunch of things to carry, a woven basket can…read more
When Quentin Matheson’s bike was stolen–a bike he’d owned for around 13 years–he was understandably bummed. But three days after the bike was stolen, he and a friend spotted the stolen bike on the street. Using an extra bike lock…read more
Ever wished you could have a do-over for your yearbook photo? We thought so. Enter Improv Everywhere. Based in NYC, Improv Everywhere is a prank collective that pulls friendly stunts in public. And recently, they appointed themselves the in-house yearbook…read more
Ever heard of the Lorax? No? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Well to give you a brief synopsis, the Lorax is this guy: stonyfield.com Taken from a classic Dr. Seuss story, the Lorax speaks up on behalf of trees being cut…read more
- How Africa’s out-powering us–and why that’s awesome.
- September 19, 2013
- By saharfarooqui
Omg so pretty. Is this much beauty even physically possible? thenaturehd.com I don’t know about y’all, but Africa is a region of the world I definitely want to visit. You know, like spend a year there. See it in all…read more
Photo credit: treehugger.com There are a few countries that are big on cycling — places like Thailand, Italy, Sweden, and of course, the Netherlands, specifically Amsterdam. Amsterdam cycling advocate Marjolein de Lange talks about how they came up with an…read more
So what if your new bike had all the same assets as a new car? I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely be more keen on riding one. Vanmoosh has created a pretty fantastic and innovative e-bike. Just in…read more
Chances are, if you’re reading this you have some level of interest in public transit, biking, etc. Because those modes of transportation are air-friendlier than cars, natch. And for some of you, that interest can even turn into love. But…read more
Sludge isn’t your typical art medium, we know. But given the right artist, the end result is BEAUTIFUL. See? These works are pretty, sure but they have so much more than the aesthetic appeal. They’re created with coal sludge. ©manataka.org…read more
Just in case we haven’t made you a green freak like us yet, these images might change your mind. Holy mother of earth. What in the world is that?! Is this a close-up of some infected wound? On some freak…read more
This might just look like something from Saw, but it’s actually something a little more positive than that (we would hope so). Her green contacts don’t make the image less scary though, jeez. What is it? It is the Algaculture…read more
Hi guys! I’m sure that this week’s topic will hit pretty close to home for most of you- asthma. As someone who suffers from asthma, when I first read this report from Duke, I wanted to talk about it. It…read more
If you could find a way to help people in need through “greenliness”, would you? Especially when the solution is extremely simple, inexpensive, and easily accessible? That is exactly what Alfredo Moser, who now works for the MyShelter Foundation in…read more
If you’re anything like me and are obsessed with reading but have a tiny book budget, you frequent the library. And if you’re driving to all those library visits, you’re wasting a lot of gas. But what if the library…read more
Oh my. Well then Umm. Why in the world don’t most of our transit systems look like this? What fabulous city planning and infrastructure! Except for one thing. They don’t actually exist. These stunning, high-color maps were created by Ian…read more
Okay, so this post is so romantic it’s almost gross. Just kidding; it’s actually incredibly beautiful. And it involves our favorite thing: ©turbosquid.com Snuggle up children, because this is definitely a story that will make you go “awwww”. Maybe it…read more
In today’s world full of consumption, sometimes you get really down. Why can’t we conserve more? Why can’t we just bike wherever we need to go? Sometimes you become so emotional, you’re in denial. (But you actually love the earth….read more
- A Breath of Fresh Air for Astronauts and Miners alike
- September 3, 2013
- By Peyton
Hey Everyone! As you should know by now, I’m really interested by NASA and their many projects. Well, this week I decided that I wanted to discuss one of their newest projects with you guys! This might be my favorite…read more
Here’s a small biology lesson that tied in with helping to reduce air pollution. While reading my biology textbook, I came across a peculiar term – ecological footsteps. Now what in the name is that and how does it involve…read more
Ah. School has started. Time to start waking up at 6 AM. Time to start drinking lots of coffee. Time to start riding your bike to school through super-humid early-morning air (you better be). But hey, for those of you…read more
Hey Guys! Since most of you, like myself, will be starting school very soon I thought we could talk about ways to make this school year your greenest yet! There are so many easy ways to do this, like bringing…read more
Ah, beautiful New Zealand. ©lotr.wikia.com ©worldwide-motorhome-hire.com So wondrous, so ethereal, it looks like something that was painted by an extremely imaginative artist. Right? Well yeah. Except…the LOTR movies lied to us.. Okay, so they didn’t really lie. They just showed…read more
So there are a bunch of different foods made with potatoes, which are unbelievable. I mean, who doesn’t love potatoes? You can make so many things with them. Maybe more than you think. So geniuses on the internet have come…read more
So we totally support public transit. We think it’s a brilliant idea, especially for metro areas. The way we see it, when more people go on public transit, the air gets clearer because there are fewer cars on the road…read more
Would you ever build a house without the authorities knowing about it? Apparently in the Welsh countryside (and everywhere else), there are rules that outline how an area can be developed. Basically, it’s there to make sure that the area…read more
Looking past the fact that the name of the city would totally be a cool dictator name, Copenhagen is pretty awesome. Why do we say that? Bikes, of course. AS USUAL. Stunning, amirite? According to city officials,Copenhagen sees more bike…read more
Would a cardboard cop deter you from stealing bikes? (Wait, you were considering stealing a bike? Shame on you!) But seriously, cardboard cop. How intimidating would that even be? Check it out: The bike cage in Boston’s subway system is…read more
That’s right, y’all. This is the new flying bike that flies over traffic jams in London. This is of course, after some failures. Such as… The Wright Brothers. Napoleon Dynamite. This one is a fail because he was an alien….read more
So we can add this beautiful destination to the clean energy list! Cuba has decided to hop the bandwagon on sustainable energy resources and has opted for solar energy as its energy of choice. That totally just sounded like Mortal…read more
E-bikes are pretty spectacular, but unfortunately there are a few downsides. For one, they’re expensive. It can cost as much as a cheaper car or your monthly rent in Buckhead ($$$). They’re also heavy, so it’s difficult to say it’s…read more
So this is pretty cool. A gentleman by the name of John Milkovisch decided to recycle all of his beer cans ever. How? By covering his house in GARLANDS OF BEER CANS. Freaking innovative, right? It all started with him…read more
Everyone is super excited about the latest fad: rooftop farming. It’s really great for people that live in apartments/condos/lofts/anywhere. The concept could even work in suburbia. In fact, we would highly recommend you look into rooftop farming when you guys…read more
Isn’t this like…the story of our lives? Nerds for Nature is a new organization (well, unofficially) that brings basic technological tools to nonprofit organizations that work for the environment. According to founders of the organization, they don’t wish to make…read more
In a perfect world, there would be no pollution. Everyone would recycle, there would be no smog, and that would be a result of everyone using bikes. Unfortunately, the world is sorta like this: But what if we told you…read more
When you go green, you hear about all the typical stuff — recycle! Upcycle! TURN OFF THAT FAUCET! Yeah, pretty typical, right? But another thing that you should definitely consider is micro-living. ARE THOSE NOT THE CUTEST BABY-HOUSES YOU HAVE…read more
For those of you who are running off to college, we hope you’re having a good time preparing your dorm/apartment! Plus, we hope you have made biking arrangements to get around campus (the ONLY way to get around campus!). Something…read more
As you can see in the video above, the North Pole Environmental Observatory, or the NPEO, set up a webcam to observe the Arctic sea ice from 2000. The ice has been melting since at least 2002, experts say. And…read more
School supply shopping…is so fun. I have no idea why — you’re just buying a bunch of stuff that you PROBABLY won’t even use. They’ll be lying at the bottom of your locker, backpack, your bed, etc. But there is…read more
Ah, electric bikes. Environmentally friendly, and who doesn’t want to zip around on an electric bike? Of course, your average bike is a lot more environmentally friendly than an e-bike, but STILL. It’s a pretty fantastic idea, yeah? Awesome. Oh,…read more
Out of all the villains from Batman, Poison Ivy to me has always been the STUPIDEST. I just don’t know why, I have always hated her. ©geek-news.mtv.com I mean, look at her, she’s disgusting. SHE IS GREEN, FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE….read more
Daniel Beltra, a well known photographer, decided to take aerial shots of the Gulf Coast oil spill. The results? Well, I don’t know what to think anymore. So ironically beautiful. These were just a few of my…read more
Here’s a bit of news that is pretty traumatizing. And it just seems to reinforce that we have to do more about this problem with air pollution. According to a new study, over two million people die every year because…read more
Oh Atlanta, we love you more than ever now. ©foreveriloveatlanta.com Who wouldn’t love a city that looks like this? *dreamy sigh* The City of Atlanta announced on July 16th that construction will be going underway for a BRAND SPANKING NEW…read more
Commuting is stressful. It can take hours to get to a certain destination because of traffic, and a plane flight is obviously much faster (if you’re going around the United States, state to state) but it still takes around five…read more
Oh hai, that’s cute. In China, because of their dramatic economic growth, green initiatives have sort of been…put on the side. So lately, they’ve been talking about green growth and what they can do to promote it to citizens. I…read more
Yeah, we like to celebrate. You know, when we hear about the smog clearing up in LA or the percentage of bikers going up…it makes us smile. A lot. But unfortunately, this post will not be dedicated to good news….read more
As we all know, biking is becoming more and more popular here in the United States, especially in more urban areas. It just makes more sense, right? In the city, where you typically have to pay for parking everywhere you…read more
People always seem to forget that food waste is actually a pretty big problem. When food scraps fill up landfills, the scraps can’t decompose because they’re not getting oxygen or sunlight in order to become compost for the earth. Unfortunately,…read more
Hey, so….I have some news. All that earth-friendly recycling we go on and on about? It applies to your face. Kind of. You know those Mac containers you just mindlessly threw away? ©sheckys.com Yeah, all of THAT!? What if we…read more
We understand your pain — upcycling can be a little difficult at times! You know what to do, you know what you can do with your recyclables, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. However, whoever made this gym in…read more
Utah is getting well known, with Miss Utah wanting to revolutionize discrimination regarding payroll between women and men. Jokes aside, did you know that Utah has the fastest growing public transit system in the country? Who would have thought!? From…read more
So I don’t know about y’all, but I really really really REALLY love ice cream. Oh, but wait, who doesn’t, right? And if you haven’t noticed, I also really love bikes. You know, considering that half of what we post…read more
The inventor of Soccket, Jessica Matthews, is a pretty great person considering she invented a source of energy. Oh, and Obama is a fan of it. Nbd. Soccket is a soccer ball that produces electricity. And, as President Obama recently…read more
As we all know, plastic is bad news when it comes to the environment. (It helps to recycle it, of course.) But what if you could make it out of produce? You know, like bananas. Apparently, mango skins and banana…read more
With more and more people becoming aware of environmental issues (YAY!), the more they realize that we can no longer expect to help keep the air clean by driving around and emitting harmful carbon dioxide. Well, duh. But one thing…read more
As you already know, we love, and I mean love to talk about biking and using alternative ways to cars to get to places you want to go. Want to go to Starbucks down the street? It’s less than 2…read more
When it comes to technology, we’re constantly upgrading. It felt like only a month after I’d bought a Samsung Galaxy phone that the shinier, larger, improved version of it came out. There’s nothing wrong with upgrading, but with the limited…read more
So it’s 4th of July. You know, fireworks, BBQs, all the wonderful things that make us ‘Murican. But unfortunately, this time of year also brings up an important environmental issue: Wildfires. Wildfires can be caused by a variety of factors…read more
In Europe, biking is a pretty big deal everywhere. And you might not expect a place like London to stack up against places like Italy or Amsterdam, bike-wise. But surprise! London is actually doing awesome. Especially compared to the U.S….read more
I’m going to go ahead and put this out there – we are a long way from getting to the point of powering up our cars with solar energy. Solar racers, on the other hand…we’re already there. STYLIN’. The reason…read more
Calling all shutterbugs: Want to show the world your photo skills? How about a chance to win a Photoshop subscription? This month, you can do BOTH–by entering the OnAir Summer Photo Challenge! The steps are simple: Like us on Facebook. Take…read more
I just don’t even know what to do with myself even more. Like seriously, what is real life? The letter was written by a classroom of Pre-K students at a school called Mundo Verde (in English: Green World –…read more
- How much wood can a woodchuck use for its car battery?
- June 29, 2013
- By saharfarooqui
Environmental scientists and academics day by day develop and research more cost-effective resources to create more sustainable things. What’s been the latest discovery? Wood. The latest research has shown that wood fibers can be combined with sodium and tin to…read more
Ever wished saving the air came with prizes attached? Turns out, it does. Because when you ditch the car this summer and log your actions with OnAir, you can win big. Meet the 2-Mile Test. What’s the 2-Mile Test? A…read more
Have you heard about the newest eco-friendly thing going on in the big cities? Well, here’s a hint: rent-a-bike. That’s right! You can rent a bike from one part of the city to get to the other part and return…read more
This nifty car took only 10 days to build. And it’s made of bamboo. And it’s biodegradable. And of course, ELECTRIC-POWERED. Bamboo has the ability to decompose itself very easily, making it a great example of biodegradable items. And since…read more
Our readers already know this. If there’s anything, and I mean anything that talks about public transit, we are all for it. So when we heard about this cool little concept, we were, as usual, all for it. Yes, it…read more
We are aware of the smog that’s in places like Los Angeles, but what about the rest of the world? Lately, Malaysia’s air quality has taken a dive. The images are pretty alarming. Here are some kids with face masks…read more
Lately, there have been a bunch of brands that are “eco-friendly”. Some of these use organic materials. Others make sure that textiles have low emissions of harsh gases when being made. But what if you could take your favorite kicks…read more
Okay, yeah, we do love bikes here at OnAir, but we didn’t exactly have this in mind. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still pretty cool. Tada! The flying bike that would even make E.T. jealous. As you can see,…read more
This isn’t the biggest win on the history of the planet concerning going green, but it’s still pretty cool. And it shows us that anything is possible. This bridge is called the Onion Ditch Bridge in Logan County, Ohio. Looks…read more
If you couldn’t tell from all of our other posts, biking is such a thing now. No, but seriously, it really is. With all of these bike-sharing systems, bike routes, innovative ways to make bikes a much more efficient use…read more
Who said that Millennials weren’t smart? Because of the importance that this generation is giving to going green, it is actually being taken seriously. Meanwhile we’re all like: Yeah, it’s about time. This right here is Liberty Middle School in…read more
Hello Everyone! As you all know by now, I love all things good for the environment. So, when I read a recent study from Indiana University that has revealed that self-cleaning paints and other building surfaces are problematic, I was…read more
Beautiful bike parts. Who knew a bike fender could be beautifully and tastefully made? This doohickey on a bike is meant to act as a mudguard, so you don’t get dirt and crud all over your suit while you’re biking…read more
Japan is well known for a few things, like high-tech electronics and interesting choice of modern-day fashions. But probably our favorite artifact from our far-east ally is also one of the most commonplace ones: vending machines. Japan is known for…read more
If you’re like us here at OnAir, then you must be pretty knowledgeable about the environment. You know, recycling, e-waste, oil spills, etc. So if this is the case, then you must know about the amount of plastic that’s in…read more
Oh gosh, what is that thing? It resembles something off of Transformers…and probably the villain, at that. It’s actually the Walking Pod, a giant walking robot created by Scott Parenteau. It’s powered by a wind turbine and rooftop solar panel,…read more
We all know eating organic and local is the way to go when buying food because, as a teacher once told me, “every time you buy something, you’re voting for the kind of world you want to live in,” and…read more
Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Yeah, I don’t believe that for a second either. Los Angeles in the past few decades has been notorious for eye-burning smog hovering right over the city. However, there is some good news…it’s been…read more
So we always celebrate Earth Day, and it gets all this hype and stuff. However, there is another holiday that promotes being green. It has hereby been called World Environment Day. And where was it hosted? Mongolia. Wait, where? A…read more
Did you know you can socialize and help the environment at the same time? Yeah, it’s possible! Spreading the word is one way to raise awareness. Like us green bloggers, make it a point to reach out to your Facebook…read more
Would it be safe to say that Italy is definitely on everyone’s bucket list to travel to, if you haven’t been already? I mean, come on. Look at their food, the amazing history, the sightseeing… I could go on. Come…read more
We love roller coasters just as much as the next guy. But here’s something to think about. This 13×13 foot cube is an entire amusement park. Talk about upcycling. All in the name of art, of course! Something really amazing…read more
Our readers know what we’re like at OnAir. We are always finding more and more reasons for you to bike. One type of excuse gets used a lot: “I like to eat in my car.” “I can’t use a drive-thru…read more
- When you go green, there is no such thing as leftovers.
- June 9, 2013
- By saharfarooqui
In order to be green, you must be mindful of what you waste. And yeah, that includes food. As we have learned, food is not as easily biodegradable as we would like to think. Wasted food ends up in landfills….read more
We know you’re passionate about being green. Environmentalism is your thing, you talk about it to all of your friends, etc. But what happens when you encounter someone that completely opposes everything you stand for? That’s our reaction too. But…read more
As summer for many of you has already kicked off, you’re probably spending more time outside doing fun things; I know I am! However, perhaps like me, you’re adventures in nature include being munched on by mosquitoes. Ahh, the joys…read more
So when we were in middle school, what were we up to? Who dressed the best, who had a crush on who, who had the grossest acne… Troublesome times. But our good friend and collaborator, Charles Orgbon, didn’t think that…read more
So you might think that planting ten million trees in five years is impossible. Well, I’ve got some news for you, because Jaden Smith is gonna prove you wrong. Honestly, would you mess with that? I wouldn’t. Jaden Smith, star…read more
Well, THIS is pretty cool. This picture (as it says in the center) shows a handful of international cities with bike shares and maps out every bike docking station in those cities to scale. It’s interesting to see which cities…read more
- Climate, Keystone, and Controversial Documentaries
- June 4, 2013
- By saharfarooqui
Documentaries are extremely important in that they give us some back story on things we might only kind of know about. A new documentary, Elemental, targets some issues that affect the environment, such as the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, pollution…read more
Chicago is in for a great start to the summer: a new city-wide bike share is coming to the city. Divvy, the name of their new biking program, is being operated by a biking program called Alta Bicycle Share, which…read more
- Promoting social media on green tips through social media dedicated to green tips.
- June 2, 2013
- By saharfarooqui
Social media. It’s like, the best thing since sliced bread. Since Nutella. Since…cat pictures. Okay, the last two are unbelievably amazing on their own, but how are we aware of such amazing novelties in 2013? Social media! So imagine, what…read more
You would think that with us being on summer vacation, more and more people will use their bikes, walk, use public transit, pogo sticks, whatever tickles your fancy. But no. We still see people blasting their air conditioning (oh goodness,…read more
As much as we like to pump up the AC during the hot summer days to come, you can cool down in a variety of ways that feel good and lessen your impact on the environment. Here are some things…read more
It’s always nice to see more and more efforts here in the USA and all over the world where people help others in need. It’s also nice to see more and more green efforts to save the planet. ^^ This…read more
I’d like to start off by saying that you gotta do what you gotta do for the environment. Especially if it’s accessible to you. Now that I have offered that justification, here it goes. © Allison Bailes’ big Phoenix composting…read more
And there goes another one. Oil refineries and chemical processing plants on the Gulf Coast are bringing another industrial byproduct into the air: ‘upset’ emissions. What are upset emissions? In lamest terms, they are chemicals released into the air by…read more
Woohoo! School’s out! I know everyone is excited about what they are going to do over the summer. Maybe you’ll go camping with your family or go to the mall with your friends, and some of you guys might get…read more
In the recent past, people have become more aware of how they hurt the environment; this is why we have thousands of websites, like OnAir, and thousands of organizations to help us see how we affect the Earth and its…read more
This building…in my opinion anyway…is probably one of the strangest, prettiest, weirdest buildings I’ve ever seen in my life. Is it just me or does it look like a building that would be in a Dr. Seuss book? Or a…read more
- Go Garbage-less: Meet the family that produces just one quart of trash per year.
- May 26, 2013
- By saharfarooqui
We get it. You recycle, you use public transit, you ride your bike, you’re green—I mean, golden. However, could you do what the Johnsons did? Cute family, yeah? Oh, but they are just so much more. This family only produces…read more
I’m sure most of you are aware of places like Venice that are steadily sinking into the ocean. But I’m also sure you didn’t expect somewhere else to be washed away so close to home, right? Newtok is a village…read more
It’s summertime again, or maybe finals time, if you are like me. Honestly, I am to the point where my brain is feeling simply fried and I absolutely need to unwind, but I also need to study and kind of…read more
In a state like New York, which is known for being crowded and a hub of urbanization, you don’t really think about wildlife. Or do you? Several experts have proposed ideas about how water-capturing wetlands (yes, that’s a thing) would…read more
In places like Beijing, where the air is filled to the max with gross smog, you’ll often see people riding their bikes with masks on. See? I’m not lying. But what if the bikes they rode had air purifiers so…read more
For the past two weeks, I had a science project on biochemistry! Discussing with my dad, he stated anything “bio” he knew. He mentioned biofuel, which interested me, so I Googled it. I searched to find out that there are…read more
- Do Car Emissions Affect Your Risk of Type Two Diabetes?
- May 22, 2013
- By Peyton
Hey guys! When we’re little, we have generally have no choice in where we have to live, which means that we can’t control what environment we are exposed to. A new study from German researches has showed that children growing…read more
As many of you are already aware, Oklahoma experienced a deadly tornado which spread a significant amount of destruction. While the death toll remains uncertain, and at least 200 people have been injured, and many remain missing. Colin Schultz at…read more
Super-tall buildings can be super impressive. You know, places like this: Yes, these are beautiful structures and definitely works of art. But if you’re like us here at OnAir, then your Green Radar has been blinking obnoxiously. These aren’t…read more
We all know the harmful effects of plastic bags. For example, they’re non-biodegradable, they’re made of petroleum, and kill animals. Just…no. In general, you don’t want to be exposed to that much plastic anyway. That’s why students in Nevada County…read more
The start of summer is always exciting until you feel like you have nothing to do. Several summers ago, to stop my complaints of boredom, my mom encouraged me to learn how to sew and turn my outgrown jeans into…read more
A debate in the northwest of the United States has everyone in a buzz about coal-export terminals. What are the people of the northwest debating, exactly? The effects on air quality these terminals would have. These terminals would allow trains…read more
Here at OnAir, we are trying to point you toward reducing your carbon footprint, as well as keep the earth clean and green. (Gosh, we hope that’s coming through.) But now scientists have found a pretty efficient way to keep…read more
China has an outstanding economy–they are ranked in the top five economies in the world–but they have an extremely high price to pay for their success. In the past century, Asian countries such as China have jump-started their economies with…read more
The main argument about biking spots and lanes in cities is that it takes up space needed for cars. And without a steady stream of car traffic, businesses lose customers. Seems like a reasonable argument, right? So what if it’s…read more
Ah, the outdoors. So full of greenery, fresh air, furry animals, and plastic bottles. Wait, what? As we dive further into being more eco-friendly and loving of the earth around us, we are able to spot littering more often. And…read more
The grass always looks greener on the other side…especially after a day or two of rain and especially in Georgia. Sometimes I take all the green for granted…sometimes I think it will always be green. But, a few days ago,…read more
It’s common knowledge to recycle soda cans. But what about upcycling them? Pretty, right? Here are five ways you can upcycle your soda cans. Click on the pictures for the DIY step-by-step. Landscape art – If you cut the top…read more
I love Lord of the Rings. I love everything about it. From the books, to the actual movies, to the characterization, to the whole story…it’s just amazing. So what would the modern version of Bilbo Baggins’ house look like? Maybe…read more
Summer vacation is ALMOST HERE! Time to run around, roll in the sand at the beach, eat loads of ice cream, go to the park, and picnics…we love picnics. Or you could be the one barricaded at home with the…read more
Summer vacation is right around the corner! Some of you may be working, doing volunteer work (like cleaning up the city or at a recycling facility, right?), or maybe even being a bum at home. But if you are amongst…read more
Here in the United States, we tend to go all out for a variety of things. Big cars, big houses, big highways, big buildings…you name it. I mean, look at it. See what I mean? So it shouldn’t be…read more
One might think air pollution is different than water pollution, but that person doesn’t realize that everything in the world is correlated. First, let’s see what air pollution REALLY means. According to Princeton worldwide net, it defines air pollution as…read more
When it comes to going green, we sometimes forget the most basic and necessary things. Recycling, for instance. Why is recycling important? Because it reduces waste. Because it takes less energy to create new materials from recycled ones than it…read more
Our lives have become so heavily influenced by the use of electronics. In the United States, if you don’t have a laptop or a cell phone, you’re classified as an official weirdo. Because of this bout of consumerism, especially in…read more
Gardening is so green. Plants are good air purifiers, growing veggies means cutting down on energy waste and air pollution used to ship veggies from big farms, and also…you know…leaves. Staying home for the summer and looking for a project?…read more
Hello OnAir Readers! This week I’d like to talk about something that I think is very important for our collective future, and is also very interesting. Each and every one of us uses energy every single day, and I’m not…read more
Here at OnAir, we are always trying to find new ways to avoid wasting just about anything. That includes food. Unfortunately, produce typically isn’t biodegradable the way we think it is. For it to decompose properly, it needs to have…read more
You may have recently visited a park or two, but I know from personal experience that when I choose a smaller park, I often have to pick between two good things. For example, I may have to choose between location…read more
Would you be more inclined to not travel by car if you had a bike like this? Yes, it’s a pretty fantastic looking bike. But maybe you’re still not convinced. So what if we told you that it’s actually a…read more
So, a lot of you will be heading off to college soon. And campus life brings tons of new experiences. But how to make those new experiences eco-friendly? Let’s start by tackling a big one: getting to class. Dorms are…read more
- Garbage for Fuel, and What Happens When You Run Out
- May 2, 2013
- By saharfarooqui
Did you know that the city of Oslo, Norway is powered by garbage? Yes, guys. Garbage. Okay, before anyone gets nauseous, let’s put this into context, shall we? Here’s Oslo’s reasoning: All garbage really does is fill landfills. Right? Plus,…read more
Finals. Perhaps the most dreaded word in the history of forever for anyone enrolled in school or a university. They’re stressful, annoying, and unreasonably difficult. Plus, this is usually what happens on exams: Yeah. Story of my life. However, when…read more
Our lifestyle choices are a huge part of living sustainably and contributing our part to improving the environment, but public policy also holds great potential for improving our cities as a whole. Whether you can vote or not, elected officials…read more
Is it just me or is 2013 starting to look a lot more like what the Jetsons envisioned? What is that, you ask? It’s a solar powered charger that converts solar energy into electricity, and you simply just stick it…read more
We understand, we talk about bicycles all the time. But when you live in a city like Atlanta and you see so many people taking cars instead of bikes or public transit (when they really don’t have to use…read more
Haven’t jumped on the green bandwagon yet? You should. The Air Pollution Control Act of 1955 was the beginning of several milestones for the Clean Air Act to reduce smog and improve air quality in the United States. Before that,…read more
When you live in suburbia, as a huge part of the population does, it really is hard to get places without driving. It can be difficult to clean commute. We get it. But if it’s really so difficult…why have our…read more
When we think of saving the Earth and helping the environment, we come to a common thought: recycling paper. But did you know that recycling doesn’t necessarily mean just paper, cans/bottles and metal? There are more than 40 ways of…read more
In downtown L.A., they seem to know what they’re doing. A man named Edward Belden has combined two of the most amazing things in the world in an eco-friendly way. Belden has created an ice cream machine that is powered…read more
So the last Friday of every April is Arbor Day! (Arbor Day = trees, fyi.) We celebrated by taking a walk around our OnAir offices and capturing some of the greenery in downtown Atlanta. Like… and… The greenery around here…read more
http://www.ridethecity.com/ Check this out! This website is unbelievable. What it does is that it maps out the best way for you to get to your destination…by bike. That’s right, guys. We love biking around here. It’s fun, it’s healthy, and…read more
Like we said regarding teens doing big things in our previous post, it seems like everyone is finding ways to make our planet a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable place to live in. This. Is. Wonderful. Kavita Shukler, has created…read more
Nowadays, teenagers are making a serious impact on the world. From developing new apps and making millions to inventing new gadgets, and well…also making millions, the youth today are making quite a large footprint. Well, gadgets and digital media aren’t…read more
So I imagine that many of you guys are about to start college. If you are a reader of OnAir, then I’m also sure you are like us where you try to find ways to be more green in everyday…read more
YEAH, PLASTIC SUCKS! But really, it does. Keep a Breast Foundation has started this new challenge known as the “Plastic Sucks Challenge”. Why does plastic suck? Plastic is harmful to the environment—in producing it and in disposing of it. Plus,…read more
Actually, a better question: How important is the earth to you? According to this article Americans place less importance (gasp) on environmental issues than they did a year after 1971, when Earth Day was established as a holiday. However, what is…read more
For us here at OnAir, Earth Day is extremely important and we celebrate it. Like really, we do. Plus, it was really nice to hear about everyone’s Earth Day efforts. Here are some tweets and posts from around the web,…read more
So you’re following our blog, you’re logging your AirCreds, so you’ve proven yourself to be quite the OnAir fan (we hope). But are you following our Facebook and Twitter? For the purposes of becoming more eco-friendly, we need to increase…read more
Hi OnAir Community! It’s that time of year again… yep, it’s pollen season. Now, I know that this might not be what many of you would consider worthy of a post where we usually discuss often life threatening environmental issues,…read more
We all remember the BP oil spill disaster very well, don’t we? Not to bum you guys out, but it’s not anywhere close to being over. Sure, they have made some progress in clearing up the spill, but overall, there…read more
So I’m going to climb out on a limb here and say that you all are green junkies like us here at OnAir. In that case, I’m sure many of you have also spotted people that are trying very hard…read more
These are just about some of the most unique and beautiful bracelets I’ve ever seen. Abigail Mary Rose Clark is an exceptional artist that upcycles unwanted, British porcelain teacups into these beautiful bracelets. She sells her work on Anthropologie, and…read more
So we have explored a lot of eco-friendly options for our wardrobes. There is H&M with their new collection, and we also know about thrift stores and upcycling pieces we already have. When we do these things, we keep in…read more
We all know the impact that deforestation has on animals, and humans as well. It is common knowledge that we need trees to provide clean oxygen for us to breathe. You know, pretty standard. All living things need it. But…read more
It’s 2013. Sure, we don’t have flying cars or floating buildings, and we haven’t cured cancer yet. However, what we do have are phenomenal gadgets with flawless touchscreens that are just oh-so-convenient to use. Yes, I’m talking about “smartphones” and…read more
Who’s got big plans for Earth Day? Looking for something green to do? Look no further. Join the 2nd Annual Earth Day Cleanup Challenge! On April 23, you can join a bunch of other eco-warriors in helping to make Atlanta…read more
To commemorate Earth Day, my school’s environmental club holds an Earth Week. For the five days leading up to the annual celebration, we hold a plethora of lunchtime and after-school activities to build up the momentum and get fellow students…read more
Photo credit: http://www.eat-ento.co.uk/ How can munching bugs help you go green? Read on… So, humans all over the world eat some pretty weird things. For example, some people enjoy eating shark. Others enjoy alligator. And personally, the one I find…read more
Now…I understand that OnAir’s hometown, Atlanta, isn’t exactly one of the most fashion forward cities in the United States. How can we beautify our city and go green at the same time? Here’s an idea: H&M has lately been putting…read more
So, we all know recycling’s important. Kind of a no-brainer. But why stop at cans…when you can recycle cars? Here are some pretty fantastic statistics about recycling cars: According to this graphic by the Mother Nature Network, car recycling can…read more
How many times have you left food on your plate, only to hear “What about the kids in Africa?” (But seriously, what about the kids in Africa!?) Here in the United States, especially Atlanta, which is considered to be one…read more
Ok, so if you live in or around Atlanta I am willing to bet you or someone you have visited Stone Mountain Park. True, it is a lot more commercial now than it used to be, but it still has…read more
Hey guys! I was in my biology class the other day when the topic of acid rain came up in class conversation. I hadn’t heard of acid rain in quite a while, so I decided to look up areas where…read more
Watching movies is my favorite non-physical pastime, but it was only last year I realized I was neglecting one of the most important kind of movies: documentaries. I’d always assumed they were boring and avoided them until I watched a…read more
So our friends over at Greening Forward are staffing up. Are you what they’re looking for? We like Greening Forward because it’s an environmental organization run by young people, for young people–ages 5 to 25. In their own words: “Greening…read more
Springtime is finally here and along with it a chance to get back to nature! I know I have been missing the warm weather, and the winter schoolwork rush has had me inside more than I’d like but now that…read more
- Top 10 Most Polluted Cities… Not Where You Would Expect.
- March 26, 2013
- By Peyton
photo credit: CTV News Hello On Air Readers! After a long hiatus, we’re finally back in business and I have lots of environmental related things that I hope will make you think and want to make changes in the world…read more
Not sure how to get your foot in the door and dive into your green career? It’s okay. Thanks to Google and other search engines, researching volunteer and internships have become a cinch. Googling “Georgia teen internships” grants you access…read more
- Calling all young artists–design a shirt for us and win!
- February 11, 2013
- By OnAir Team
Got an eye for design? Or are you just really good with the drawing and the sketching? If you’re ready to put those pastimes to good use, then we’re ready to get people at your school wearing your designs. Announcing…read more
Listen up, OnAir–it’s Big Announcement Time. But first, a poll: Raise your hand if you have a smartphone. Go on–use the one you’re not texting with. There you go. If you’re part of the smartphone crowd, then we’ve got great…read more
Did you know that 40% of all trips are 2 miles or less? And ninety percent of those trips are taken by car. Maybe we can’t bike and walk everywhere. But there’s a growing movement of people that bike and…read more
Have any of you guys wondered about the stance your favorite bands and artists are taking on the environment? Do your favorite rock bands do more than just write lyrics about trees and the evils of pollution? Does your favorite…read more
- Measuring the ‘Green-ness’ of Your Commute with Google Maps
- January 11, 2013
- By DeMorris Marable
The holiday season has ended and it seems as though everyone has headed back to the office and back into the classroom. Quick question: while traveling, toasting to the New Year and opening last minute gifts, did you calculate the…read more
OK, let’s talk about Fair Trade products. If you’re unfamiliar with the term Fair Trade, it is a label given to products that are responsibly produced. Typically these products are produced outside the United States, and have to comply with…read more
Ever opened up your fridge and been bombarded with a stench from some sort of food that has become rotten? I think we have all experienced this horrifyingly disgusting event at least once in our lives. Well, just as we…read more
Now that the semester is winding down, you’ve finally got some time to ask out that classmate that you’ve been eyeballing over the past three months. I know, I know, you’ve got a crippling fear of rejection and/or you’re worried…read more
Winter is coming. Your clean commute is looking more and more menacing. Soon you will face a tough decision: to push on with your clean commute, suffering through the cold in the name of walking, cycling, or jogging – OR…read more
Atlanta has a lot of parks, but have you ever gone to an inner city park and found it to be crowded? I know I have. Of course, it’s great that there are people in these parks, and even better…read more
Clean commuting. It’s the cat’s pajamas. We know you’ve all been hustling to run errands, filling your cars to max seating capacity, and pedaling your hearts out all for the sake of clean air. We appreciate that, we really do…read more
Hey guys, hope you had a great Thanksgiving! My friend just got a new Honda Insight this week for her birthday, and the first thing that hit me when she picked me up in it was of course that classic…read more
Over the past few months we’ve been doing our best to spread the clean air message. For all of you who have ditched your gas-guzzling cars for a chance to ride your bike, walk, skate, or carpool – we applaud…read more
- What Hurricane Sandy Could Say About Global Warming
- November 19, 2012
- By LinzyLinzy
Hey everyone, so as you guys know, Hurricane Sandy has been all over the news, and for good reason. It’s been wreaking havoc in the New York and New Jersey areas, and has really established itself as one of the…read more
Thanksgiving is coming up, and you know what that means: the season of face-stuffing is about to begin. Between Thanksgiving, various holiday parties, and New Year’s celebrations, the American social scene centers around one thing: food. Yeah I know, the…read more
What do dogs and skateboards have in common? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not the latest viral Youtube video. Still haven’t got it? It’s Brook Run Park! Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, GA is actually two separate parks. The…read more
We all know how bad Atlanta traffic is, but the truth is that it’s even worse in Europe. Traffic is so bad, and gas is so expensive, that most Europeans rely on an awesome subway system or their bicycles to…read more
Hi guys! I can’t think of anyone who enjoys breathing polluted air full of exhaust fumes and other pollutions. To be honest, it gives me a major headache. However, according to a recent study by students at Ohio State university,…read more
In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve dug up some spooky natural phenomena for you to consider while you rot you teeth out with hard-earned candy. Maybe “spooky” isn’t the best word, but these are still pretty fascinating–and aren’t likely to…read more
Halloween is coming up, and if you haven’t started thinking about your costume, you probably should. Dressing up for Halloween is an age-old tradition that will be a part of your life for many years (as it should be). What’s…read more
Here at On Air, we love a good movie almost as much as we love clean air and clean commuting. And we thought it was only right to follow up our last post about public transit in the movies with…read more
Hi guys! So, a while back I posted about Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park. But did you know that the skate park is just a tiny piece of one of Atlanta’s largest and greatest public parks? Located on the Atlanta…read more
In light of our Bike to School challenge, we want to offer up a few tips (courtesy of Intown Bicycles) to help make your clean commute easy, less stressful, and most importantly safe. Now we know that it can be…read more
- New Device Monitors Schoolroom Air for Carbon Dioxide Levels That May Make Kids Drowsy
- October 17, 2012
- By Peyton
Hello On Air members! As the school year is getting into a roll, I know that most, if not all, of you are beginning to deal with midterms, etc. You’ll be studying and stressing about taking tests, and both will…read more
Here at OnAir, we try to stick to eco-issues that affect teens. That’s why we want our blog posts to come from teens, because only you know what topics you and your friends care about. Right now we’re hunting for…read more
What’s up, clean air fans? So, there’s a new thing happening in the clean air, clean environment discussion. And it started right here at OnAir. It’s the #ChalkBomb movement. Whats #ChalkBomb, you ask? It’s this cool new thing that all…read more
So the old folks over at The Clean Air Campaign have issued an October Bike to Work Challenge. I figure if they can bike to work for an ENTIRE month, we have to be able to bike to school…right? I…read more
In our previous post about Apple’s iOS6, we talked about the new Apple maps feature not having transit directions – an absolute necessity for the modern clean commuter. To their credit, last Friday, Apple admitted to their short-comings with the…read more
Need some inspiration to express your individuality as a walker? Boom: Walk on friends. Get creative, and share your walking style with us via Facebook or on Twitter: @OnAirGa
Guess what? Tomorrow is International Walk to School Day! But of course, you already knew that. So we want to see you strut your stuff to and from school tomorrow. It’s good for you, and it’s good for the air….read more
…$78 million worth of big changes, to be exact. 16 year-old Azza Abdel Hamid Faias, an Egyptian student, has found a relatively cheap catalyst to help break down plastic waste and turn it into bio-fuel feedstock. Azza’s discovery was made…read more
On Friday, September 20, Apple’s sixth iPhone (the iPhone 5) went on sale at 7am nationwide. As with the last five iPhones, hordes upon hordes of eager Apple devotees flocked to their nearest Apple or wireless stores, many camping out…read more
Hey there, OnAir community! So, remember when we told you about our #GetOnAir September video challenge? The one where you could show off your camera skills for a good cause? Oh yeah–the one where you could win a Sony HD…read more
Of course you’re interested! Why wouldn’t you be? After all, carpooling is great for the environment. It means fewer cars out on the road, which means less tailpipes emitting fumes, and cleaner air for us to breathe! Not to mention,…read more
Guess what we did today, people? We hit 1,000 likes on Facebook! Your clean air community is growing, and we couldn’t be more pumped. Here’s how it went down: So there we were, business as usual, when someone said “Hey,…read more
Here are six of our favorite actors, musicians, and heartthrobs who are doing their part to keep the world a beautiful place: 1. Drake: Drizzy has been making moves – in his eco-friendly tour bus! When traveling between cities to…read more
We’re pretty fired up over here at OnAir, now that we’ve launched the AirCreds system! We know what you’re thinking: ‘What’s an AirCred?” Don’t worry- we’ll break it down for you, and we know that once you understand how AirCreds works,…read more
Are you well-known for your skills behind smartphone or video camera lens? Been itching to make your directorial debut? Or, maybe you’re ready for your on-camera close up? Either way, we’ve got the perfect project for you to show off…read more
As we all know, trees are an important part of cleansing our air by way of the “carbon cycle.” They take in carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen! But I recently found out that there are a lot of…read more
School’s back in, and you want to make an entrance. Our suggestion? Make it a clean entrance by biking or walking to school. Remember, walking and biking are great for the air—and for you—because they put out zero pollution and…read more
As of now, retail and department stores are advertising their great deals and back-to-school specials for the coming school year. However, due to the economy and price strategizing, we find ourselves driving to lots of different stores for specific items…read more
School’s almost here. Which means you might be focused on looking your best in your back-to-school gear. We all know that some of the best clean-air choices—walking and biking—are great workout choices too. But how else can a tree hugger…read more
The Olympic games are an international tradition that have their roots in Roman times. These games are the world’s linchpin. They are something that connects us all to one another. Some of you might not know this, or even have…read more
The summer really seems to be flying by! Hope everyone is having a great vacation. The weather’s been pretty hot lately, and you may be spending lots of time inside. But did you know that indoor air can become polluted,…read more
As we’ve said a million times, plants and trees are the best natural air-purifiers out there. But not everyone has time—or yard space—to grow them at home. If you’re not lucky enough to have a front or back yard, or…read more
As we all know, it is mid-summer and with that comes heat and back-to-school sales. Yes, indeed it is time to prepare for the rigorous routine of school, however while some of our views are headed back to middle and high…read more
So…sorry to bring this up, guys, but it’s almost back-to-school time. And while the end of vacation might be kind of a bummer, we’ve go a project for you to tackle that might make the school year pass just a…read more
The first half of summer is already over for most people, and the camps and time spent at the pool are starting to become mundane. Now it is about time to take the great family vacation, which can be the…read more
You’ve passed your driving exam and have finally gotten your license – or, maybe you’re still racking up hours of practice with your learner’s permit. Either way, the open road is calling your name and you can’t wait to get…read more
This summer, you and your family might be planning to go on a vacation or two. And while your parents will be making most of the decisions and reservations, etc., there are things you can do to help and remind…read more
Independence Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means: fireworks and outdoor cookouts galore! But since we’re in the middle of smog season, some may not look forward to an all-day, outdoor cookout followed by an…read more
As many of you sports fans know, it is now the time of reckoning for many in the 2012 Olympic Games located in London. For those who keep track, a major problem in the 2008 games in Beijing was the amount…read more
We love a good movie around here…almost as we love buses and trains! As you know, riding transit gets cars off the road, which reduces air pollution – and that’s awesome. So, being transit nerds, we naturally make a mental…read more
Passing time is one of summer’s only great challenges. Its fun to watch TV and sit at home for a few days, but after the first few weeks of vacation, those activities become increasingly dull. A great way to spice…read more
Online shopping: is it really the greener choice? Even we wondered whether it was the cleaner way to shop. While shopping online eliminates the emissions you’d expend by driving to and from the store, it also often comes with long shipping…read more
Now, I know you’ve probably been preached to about the benefits of buying organic foods, so I’m not gonna re-hash what you already know. But did you know that you can get great organic products locally? Even in the city!…read more
So, everybody’s talking about voting these days. It’s an election year, after all—and the buzz is only going to get louder as the year goes on. But you know, there’s more to voting than picking a president. In fact, there…read more
In these modern times, we have become a bit muddy on the definition of going green and what we as a people should do to help the environment. As of now, just about everything has some sort of label that attaches the…read more
Now that smog season has started, we’re all concerned about outdoor hangouts during high smog days. Just last week, metro Atlanta had its first Code Orange smog alert. As you know, smog is mostly made up of particle pollution and…read more
There is so much to do! There are so many places to go! Summer is finally here! No more school or homework to stop you from having a good time. What should you do first? Personally, I’m thinking something fun…read more
We like bikes around here. That’s because bike riding is one of the cleanest modes of transportation available—not to mention healthy and pretty fun, too. But what if you don’t own a bike? Meet bike sharing. Cities all over the…read more
Wow! I can’t believe it- summer is practically here! While school’s winding down, the weather is heating up, especially in Atlanta! In fact, this city has been known to reach temperatures of 110° Fahrenheit and above! So although it will…read more
We all know that riding the bus is one of the best ways to combat air pollution. One full bus can take as many as 35 cars off the road, which cuts down on the amount of harmful emissions in…read more
OnAir says: The harm we do to the environment can be felt all over the world. Several of our student bloggers, in addition to being champions for clean air, also make a point to get involved with humanitarian causes they…read more
Wildlife is one of Atlanta’s biggest draws. Our state’s rich and diverse variety of plants and animals is more than just fascinating. It is part of what makes our state what it is. More and more, we are seeing animals…read more
It’s May, which means summer’s around the corner. In other words, the weather is no longer an excuse to leave those bikes in the garage. Wheel them out, dust them off, and participate in National Bike Month! Organized by the…read more
Smog is an important issue when it comes to air quality, but it can be difficult to understand. So with smog season (May 1 – September 30) upon us, we’ve drawn up a cheat sheet with everything you need to…read more
At my school, walking and biking to school is very common. There’s a massive group of students who live relatively nearby, and ride their bikes or come to school on foot almost every day. We even have one organized day…read more
We’re all looking for ways to improve air pollution, and one way to do it is by eating green. The best way to “eat green” is to try to intake foods that have the least amount of impact on the…read more
One of the major topics that are commonly elaborated upon is the benefits to people when we are relentless in our efforts of the Green Movement. It has become commonplace to say, “Do this and you will save the Earth…read more
Prom often turns out to be a magical night of celebration, dancing and looking your best! But, believe it or not, prom night can be quite harmful to the environment. Just think of all the expensive dresses and tuxedos made…read more
If you are like most people, you probably haven’t been on a skateboard in years, and if you have been on a skateboard recently, then you’ll know how difficult skating is. It could be your first day learning to skate,…read more
- Last Chance to Create a Video for Clean Air—Enter the Young Lungs at Work Art Competition!
- April 12, 2012
- By Karen Edwards
There are just a couple days left to enter The Clean Air Campaign’s Young Lungs at Work Art Competition. Submissions are due April 16. And you don’t have to have a fancy studio or expensive camera to be the next Steven…read more
I love living in the city, I really do. There are so many wonderful things about it. Hanging out in Little Five Points & East Atlanta, going to the park and other outdoor places like Six Flags. But as a…read more
Did you know trees are the most effective air purifiers on earth? They are experts at capturing airborne particles and absorbing toxic pollutants in the air. And aside from cleaning the air, trees also cool the air and clean our…read more
Spring Break is here! And I’ve found some great green vacation ideas that can also help keep the air clean. If you’ve already got set plans, we’ve added some ways for you to green and clean up your already planned…read more
Recently a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution mentioned that a study spanning over the last 40 years has shown a declining attitude for the environment in the younger generations. While the study itself gave considerable proof of the matter, I still disagree…read more
What if I told you there was a free, environmentally friendly way to have fun, at places that are probably walking or biking distance from where you are right now? That would sound crazy, right? Except it’s true. The Atlanta…read more
- Create a Video for Clean Air—Enter the Young Lungs at Work Art Competition!
- March 21, 2012
- By Karen Edwards
Ever get the urge to direct your own film? Got a special relationship with the zoom lens? Are you more of a Spielberg or a Scorsese? Either way, we’ve got a project for you. Enter The Clean Air Campaign’s Young…read more
We love biking around here. It’s fun, it’s healthy – and it’s a great way to rack up some AirCreds! Perhaps you’re hesitant to hop back on your bike because you haven’t ridden one since elementary school, but a lot…read more
Nowadays, smartphones are the norm. And if you’re concerned about air quality outside your door (and I know you are!), you’ll be excited to know that downloadable air quality apps are becoming available! Got an iPhone? iSmog, free on iTunes,…read more
We’re pretty fired up over here at OnAir- we’re about to launch our new AirCreds program! We know what you’re thinking: ‘What’s an AirCred?” Don’t worry- we’ll break it down for you, and we know that once you understand how…read more
- What Are You Doing Next Week? Clean Commute With Us!
- February 28, 2012
- By OnAir Team
Wake up, ladies and gentlemen! Next week isn’t just any week. It’s the first full week of March, the week of National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day (March 6th) and, most importantly, Clean Commute Week! That’s right, a whole week dedicated…read more
How often do you think about what goes into our cars, buses and planes to make them run? All the time, right? (Just kidding.) The sources of our fuel are easy to forget. But when I saw this video about…read more
Happy Day of Love! Today you’re bursting with appreciation for all of your loved ones and the Earth. How do you show it? With a thoughtful, eco-friendly gift of course! The ideas below should satisfy everyone on this year’s love…read more
Today I thought we could drift a little off topic to talk about an awesome cause I discovered called “Teens For Jeans”, by dosomething.org. Although this cause doesn’t exactly fall under the subject of clean air, it certainly ties into…read more
Recently I stumbled across a website called WasteFreeLunches.org. After checking out the site and reading about all of the waste that goes on during school lunches, I began to look more closely at my own school cafeteria. It’s amazing how…read more
“The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.” Richard Rogers Are you willing to get involved? Regardless of age, race, religion or culture, everyone can be part of the…read more
I’m a lover of all things delicious. Chocolate, french fries, berries, milkshakes, sandwiches, pastas… I could go on. Usually I don’t think about what I eat beyond whether or not the food in question tastes good. But recently I’ve learned…read more
- Save Time, Money, and the Environment by Carpooling
- February 5, 2012
- By Bethany
Do you and your friends all drive to school? Here’s a thought—carpool! According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if you carpool with four friends, you will be emitting 200 fewer pounds of pollution per week, assuming an average ten…read more
So you recycle, right? (We hope so!) But are you making the largest impact you can? We’re huge fans of the Green Youth Movement, a group founded by a teen who agrees that youth like us can make a difference…read more
Hybrids are the current “it” car of the automotive industry. Why does this matter to you? For many of us, it’s almost that time—time to start thinking about what type of car we want. So why not make a choice…read more
- Spotlight on an Eco-Friendly Company: Alternative Apparel
- February 2, 2012
- By OnAir Team
In our last post, we listed eco-fashion as one way to make 2012 your greenest year yet. One fashion company we love that is really making a positive impact is Alternative Apparel. Based here in Atlanta, Alternative Apparel has locations…read more
- Resolutions to Make our World a Better Place in 2012
- February 1, 2012
- By OnAir Team
There are tons of resolutions out there with tips about self-improvement. But what about resolutions to improve our community? We hope this list helps you make 2012 your most environmentally-friendly year yet! Go outside. This one seems simple, but it’s…read more
What pops into your mind when you hear the word ‘asthma’? Is it a grandma, struggling to catch her breath, chasing after her grandkids? What if I told you that as of 2010, 22 million Americans were affected by asthma…read more
Hybrids are the current “it” car of the automotive industry. Why does this matter to you? For many of us, it’s almost that time—time to start thinking about what type of car we want. So why not make a choice…read more
- Resolutions to Make our World a Better Place in 2012
- January 6, 2012
- By admin
There are tons of resolutions out there with tips about self-improvement. But what about resolutions to improve our community? We hope this list helps you make 2012 your most environmentally-friendly year yet! Go outside. This one seems simple, but…read more
Have you ever been to the Atlanta Botanical Garden? If not, it may sound like a tourist attraction your grandmother would make you see, but it’s both beautiful and “green”—in more than one way! Right now through January 7, you…read more
- Have you made an environmental difference this year?
- December 28, 2011
- By admin
With 2012 just days away, have you made an environmental difference this year? I know I have! 2011 has definitely been an amazing environmental year for me. Who knew that I would be interning for The Clean Air Campaign writing…read more
- Action Guide: How You Can Make a Difference in your Community this Winter Break
- December 23, 2011
- By admin
Winter break is here! Finally, right? We all need a vacation, but have you thought yet about what you’re going to do once break boredom starts to set in? Don’t worry. We have some ideas to help you beat the…read more
During the holidays we show our appreciation by providing service to others and/or gift giving. We donate blood to help save lives. We attend fundraiser to raise money for a special cause. We even volunteer our time to help package…read more
Clean Commute options allow you to explore new ways to reduce idling cars in school zones, grocery stores, or even at the banks. Anywhere were you would leave your car running for a long period of time we recommend you…read more
- To Shop Online, or Not to Shop Online: Which Choice is Greener?
- December 15, 2011
- By OnAir Team
This holiday season, I did the majority of my shopping online. I have to admit- part of the reason I did this was for the simple convenience. However, it also gave me a good feeling about what I was doing…read more
Have you ever consider the effects that air pollution has on your health or for that matter the health of anyone? I know we have! Air pollution and poor air quality can be harmful to anyone’s health, especially children. Did…read more
Going green is the new trend. No one uses paper bags for their sack lunches anymore. It’s all about renewable, reusable, washable lunch bags. Did you know that Jason Derulo song “Ridin’ Solo” was such a thing of the past,…read more
We talk a lot about improving air quality and reducing air pollution but many of you may wonder why we are motivated to talk about these things. As Georgia’s population continues to grow, so does the traffic congestion and…read more
Everyone wants and deserves to breathe clean air. That is why the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1970 has established national air quality goals for the protection of human health and welfare. Despite these efforts and significant progress, the United…read more
What can be said about getting there green? What is getting there green? ‘Getting there green’ is the modes of transportation we take to get to our specific locations. Consider how you can get from point A to point…read more
- Please Don’t Make Us Cough, Turn Your Engines OFF!
- November 21, 2011
- By OnAir Team
Motor vehicles exist everywhere. In the midst of exhaust emissions; it does not care about highways, schools, or residences. The pollutants that vehicles produce do not discriminate – air or lungs, child or adult. Air pollution is everywhere and we…read more
Imagine this being the city in which you live in. Now, imagine this being your school or community. It is hard to imagine an image like this when you can’t tell what it is that you are looking at. This…read more
Look at this image. How does it make you feel? Now, imagine yourself walking down the street and seeing emission coming for the tailpipe of a car. Imagine that smoke being blown in your face. How does that make you…read more
“Leadership is bringing people together to accomplish something good. Good leaders have the ability to work with diverse groups of people, communicate their ideas effectively, and inspire the people around them toward a common vision.” -Miriam Denard, Program Director, 21st…read more
Do you know that air is connected to everything? When I say everything, I mean everything. We all need air to survive. It is a shared resource, recycled repeatedly since the beginning of time. We all deserve to breathe in…read more
Who are we kidding…everyone knows the secret to effortless actions? Or do they? Actions are the things that we do to help make a difference. We’ve all seen The Responsibility Project campaign by Liberty Mutual where they explore what it…read more
Hi Guys, This week we are celebrating Clean Commute Week. Clean Commute Week is a five day event for schools that raises awareness about clean commute options. Throughout the week encourage four clean modes of transportation: biking, walking, bus riding,…read more
Why don’t we take better care of the air we breathe? It’s better for our health and our air. Mainstream Georgia commuters drive to and from work each day. And all of these cars and trucks traveling during peak…read more
FYI – Before becoming an intern at The Clean Air Campaign I never paid attention to the effects that driving my car had on the environment. I never thought about the harmful effects that idling (emissions coming from my car…read more
We’ve all heard the saying “actions speak louder than words,” right? Actions are things that we do to achieve a certain goal and can make a big difference or impact depending on the action. Our community and ecosystem are the…read more
Do you remember when green was just a color in your box of crayons between yellow and blue? Now green is everywhere…at our schools, in the news, and even fashion. Green is about being conscious and thinking of ways…read more
Hey Guys, So, it’s finally here!!! If you’re asking what it is, it’s OnAir and I’m so happy that you could all join me! Oh, I’m Shelley by the way. I’m the Education Social Media intern at The Clean Air…read more
Welcome to OnAir! We’re a part of The Clean Air Campaign and we believe everyone has the right to breathe clean air. We wish clean air was a given, but it’s not. That’s why OnAir is here — to help young people fight air…read more