About Shelley

Shelley Densler enjoys researching trendy topics related to clean air, sustainability and green fashion. She is most happy when she spends time with her family and dog, Mr. Bentley, enjoying the natural green scenery at Piedmont Park. She is currently a senior at Georgia State University majoring in communications and is a member of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia.

AirHealth Report

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 you know that the primary target is the respiratory system? It also affects the heart and the immune system.

The short-term effects of air pollution on health are better understood than the long-term effects, although evidence suggests that children with frequent exposure to air pollution have increased chances of developing asthma and decreased lung development.

Its crazy how air pollution can do all of that – affect you respiratory system and decreased lung development!

Did you know that smog can also trigger asthma attacks? In fact, it is the most common chronic illness in children in the U.S. Asthma can cause inflammation in the airways that results in swelling , a tightening of muscles around the airways and increased production of mucus.

Who knew that air quality and you health were so connected? What can you do to protect your health?

 

Eco-friendly Fun Facts

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, literally. Carpooling is so in. A single vehicle dropping off and picking up students at one school puts up 3 pounds of pollution into the air per month. (Source- http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/toxics/whatyoucando.htm)

Did you know that one New York City schools energy use is down by 11%? They decided to conserve energy at their schools and look at the big impact it has made.At the end of each school day that started cutting of their computers and turning off the entire buildings lights system. (Source-http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/energy-use-nyc-down-11-percent-post-its.php)

It wows me that small things we tend to take for granted can have such a big impact on our lives. There are so many ways for you to be environmentally friendly at home and at school. These are just a few! I would love to hear from you. What are your ideas? Is your school Eco-friendly? Your home?

Get There Green

 

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 B with the least amount of impact to the health of your community and the environment. Of course we think about alternative fuel vehicles and fuel efficiency, but what about the other modes of transportation that we don’t consider. I’m talking about walking, biking, or taking public transit. When we think about green transportation we need to consider smart choices and how to get around with or without a car. We have to learn to drive less. By doing so you not only reduce air pollution but you save money as well.

There is a lot to be said for people powered transportation. Whether it’s riding the train, bus, or walking these all help to reduce the vehicle tailpipes. What’s your commitment? How do you plan on getting there green?