True or False: Wind farms are huge and only work in the middle of nowhere.
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 of these gems.
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 winner; however the Global Coalition for Green Schools, which is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and the World Green Building Council, simply couldn’t decide. They granted each school $5,000 to continue to work on their sustainability projects.
Say hello to the winners:
Sing Yin Secondary School – Hong Kong
What’s great about this school?
It has an organic farm.
It has two green roofs.
It even has an aquarium.
All classrooms are equipped with solar panel lighting, LED sensors, and motion sensors.
And, last but certainly not least, the school has assigned 100 students to be “green ambassadors” to carry out green initiatives in the community.
Uaso Nyiro Primary School – Kenya
It has a Waterbank School Building, which is made from materials found in the surrounding area and local labor.
The facility stores and filters clean water for its students and the surrounding community.
It even provides protected gardens with organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Which includes a courtyard theater and a community workshop where they have gatherings and “environmental theater”.
^ Dead Poet’s Society, Midsummer Night’s Dream reference. Edumacation.
And they did it at a disadvantage — 25% of the community lives on less than $1.25 a day, and it increased school attendance from 70% to 90%. You know what else? The risk of waterborne disease has dropped to zero.
So, yeah. These schools win.
OnAir: Thoughts/opinions? Know how you can make your school a candidate for 2014, or even a winner? Share your insight in a comment below!
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 Afghanistan that has had its problems over the past few decades, it may be safe to say that green solutions aren’t exactly top priority. However, when we see how skateboarding has caught on in these photographs (especially among girls–YAY), it reminds us of how innovative and important alternative forms of transportation are.
The skateboards are not only a convenient use of transportation, but they’re also friendly to the air. They eradicate the use of a car for these young girls to transport themselves, and it also gives them the flexibility of going wherever they need to go. Cultural stigmas aside, this is AWESOME. And green. And we love it.
OnAir: Thoughts/opinions? Share them with us in a comment below!
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 with their own bike share systems (ahem, Atlanta), and hey let’s face it…some people are just more comfortable with using their own bikes.
So what if we told you that there is a much more convenient way to bike share? And all you need is a little device?
Introducing Bitlock, “the world’s first keyless bike lock”.
Here are a few reasons WHY YOU NEED THIS.
1. All you need to unlock it is an app on your phone.
2. So…you don’t have to remember a code anymore.
3. It’s faster to unlock because it’s all electronic.
4. You can share your bike using the app with your friends when your friend needs a bike.
See that? True friendship.
5. Hence…automatic, personal bike-sharing system!
All the love.
6. Although it’s made for bikes…you can virtually use it on any item you have.
That just about sums it up. Would you get this for yourself? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below!
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.
In Helsinki, Finland, they have come out with a new bus program called Kutsuplus, and it essentially does all of the things that you complain about regarding your bus commute.
6 AWESOME THINGS ABOUT KUTSUPLUS
1. It’s a personal service as opposed a set schedule with set routes.
2. You can install an app that lets you set your pickup and drop-off location.
3. It’s much more inexpensive than similar services we have here in the United States because it’s a bus, not a cab or a black car like they use for Uber.
4. It’s calculated the same way taxis calculate fees, per kilometer or mile. Which actually makes a lot of sense, and can ultimately save you money.
5. There’s space available for your bike, your stroller, etc.
That feeling when you can stretch out your legs. ^^ Yep.
6. Free WiFi.
Thoughts/opinions/questions/ideas? Share them with us below!
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.
But you’re sad. Because sometimes you wish you could everything under the sun while traveling. You know, like accessing internet.
But what if we told you there’s a bike accessory with 3G, an alarm, and a GPS tracker?
Tada. Here it is. Beautiful, isn’t it?
A company called Bike+ came out with this excellent bike platform, and we’re basically ecstatic.
What makes it so special? Features like these:
High-performance GPS receiver
Anti-theft alarm with buzzer
Real-time location and mapping
Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone for in-ride experience
You can mount Bike+ on the downtube of your bicycle, giving you easy access as well as including an anti-theft alarm. Which is an idea we can all hop on to. Unfortunately, it won’t be available till the end of this year.
What are your thoughts? Would you use a gadget like this? Share with us in a comment below!
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. This couple has been biking around the world for the past five years, logging over 60,000 miles in the process. And they did it in 84 countries overall. EIGHTY-FOUR.
Laura Scott from the blog Locals interviewed Ryohei Oguchi (the boyfriend), and what was his reasoning?
It was his dream.
What does his boo think? Well, I can think that’s clear by the picture.
Their next stops include Morocco, south of France, Spain, Ireland, and eventually Latin America.
D’awww, good luck you little scoundrels. :’)
Just goes to show you that a lifestyle involving bikes is extremely possible. We’re not saying drop everything to ride around on your bike (although that would be pretty great), but if these guys can go place to place on bike, then so can you.
Thoughts/opinions? Inspired yet? Share with us below!
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. And I’m sorry. Okay not really, it’s pretty funny. #sorrynotsorry
It was estimated in 2006 that 14.5% of greenhouse emissions came livestock emissions. (“Emissions” is a nice way of saying “farts”.) Think I’m lying? Here’s the report.
Apparently cows belch and fart…a lot.
latimes.com “Hey can I come to your party?” “….no. I’m sorry.” #sorrynotsorry
And yeah, cattle ranching is a huge industry in this country. So it’s not likely we’ll be reducing the number of cows out there any time soon. But before you argue that this whole thing is a “moooooooooooot” point (#sorrynotsorry), read on–THERE IS HOPE.
Greenhouse emissions can be reduced by up to 30%. How, you may ask? Here is the quote from the FAO: “Wider adoption of existing best practices and technologies in feeding, health and husbandry, and manure management — as well as greater use of currently underutilized technologies such as biogas generators and energy-saving devices — could help the global livestock sector cut its outputs of global warming gases as much as 30 percent by becoming more efficient and reducing energy waste.”
Translation: If we make a little more effort to keep cows healthy, scoop their poop out of the way, and switch to energy-saving machines, cows hurting the climate can become less of a thing.
OnAir: Thoughts/opinions/remarks of disgust? Share with us below!
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 will often hear “Shut up and train” shouted out, willy nilly, at normal people with feelings and everything.
So why do we kind of like it? Because it’s a green workout, that’s why.
Lots of gyms are packed with electric-powered equipment that uses batteries/electricity. Blasting stereos, arctic-level air conditioning, and large flatscreens in every corner are the norm.
(Seriously, have you ever thought how much ENERGY your workout is using–and not even paying off in burned calories?)
CrossFit gyms tend to have no warmed towel service, no televisions, no air conditioning, and no vending machines. They also typically utilize large, abandoned, industrial buildings instead of multi-level suites. Here at OnAir, we are all for that.
What about you? Have you thought about ways to take energy OUT of your workout? Let us know your ideas in a comment below!