Windsor Goes Green
Eco/Green Committee News




April 6, 2009

In this Issue
Seeds For Success - Big Success

Solar Pathfinder Demo

The New England Rain Barrel Company

"Too Much Saving, Not Enough Playing?"

"Food Safety Modernization Act" - For Real?

Recyclable Materials for Curbside Collection

Leaving PCs on overnight costs companies $2.8B a year

Mineral water in plastic bottles contaminated with hormones

New Survey Uncovers the Hidden Dangers Lurking in American Homes

Group finds carcinogens in kids bath products



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Important Dates
April 6th, 7:00PM - Green Committee Meeting

Green Committee - April 6, 2009
Monday, April 6th at 7:00 pm at the Chamber of Commerce. Join our monthly discussion about green initiatives in Windsor. This month we will talk about the Shad Derby booth, rain barrels, an educational series, the CT Clean Energy Solar Panel program, and more.

Note, this is a change to the FIRST Monday of the month.


Seeds For Success - Big Success
Raye Hodgson did a great job with the educational series. I feel prepared for a summer of gardening.

We're not alone. Seed companies are selling out early this year. Even the first family has one planted at the White House.


Solar Pathfinder Demo
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Raye gave us a demo of an instrument called a "Solar Pathfinder". It estimates the amount of solar energy at a specific site throughout the year.

Here is a photo from the Chamber of Commerce. Look at the reflection of trees on the dome to see when the sun rises and sets throughout the year.

In winter, the sun traces an arc near the top of the dome. In summer, it traces an arc closer to the middle.


The New England Rain Barrel Company
"Through the Collinsville Canoe & Kayak Store and the Farmington River Watershed Association, you can get a New Englander rain barrel, normally priced at $119.95, for only $80*.

*For each barrel sold, $4 of the price will be donated to the Farmington River Watershed Association."

New England Rain Barrel


"Too Much Saving, Not Enough Playing?"
"LOS ANGELES (MYFOX NATIONAL) - With the economy stuck in a downward spiral, most people are doing everything they can to save money. But is it possible to be too frugal?

There is the belief that if you don't take any chances and spend some money, you risk regretting that you didn't have a little more fun while you had the chance."

Too Much Saving, Not Enough Playing


"Food Safety Modernization Act" - For Real?
Should we file it under "conspiracy theory"...or is this a big deal?

"Some small farms and organic food growers could be placed under direct supervision of the federal government under new legislation making its way through Congress."

Big Brother legislation could mean prosecution, fines up to $1 million


Recyclable Materials for Curbside Collection
In case you are wondering what you can recycle, here is a page from the town website:

Windsor - Recyclable Materials for Curbside Collection


Leaving PCs on overnight costs companies $2.8B a year
"U.S. organizations squander $2.8 billion a year to power unused machines, emitting about 20 million tons of carbon dioxide " roughly the equivalent of 4 million cars " according to a report to be released Wednesday.

About half of 108 million office PCs in the USA are not properly shut down at night, says the 2009 PC Energy Report, produced by 1E, an energy-management software company, and the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy. The report analyzed workplace PC power consumption in the USA, United Kingdom and Germany."

Leaving PCs on overnight costs companies $2.8B a year


Mineral water in plastic bottles contaminated with hormones
"Martin Wagner, who worked on the study, said in a statement, When we started the work we did not expect to find such a massive oestrogen contamination in a foodstuff which is so strictly controlled.
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It is thought that the plastic ingredient bisphenol A, which acts like oestrogen, leaches out of the plastic bottles."

Mineral water in plastic bottles contaminated with hormones


New Survey Uncovers the Hidden Dangers Lurking in American Homes
"Nearly three in five adults (58%) clean their homes by wiping the surfaces with a cleaning solution/product at least once per week. The lack of consumer awareness about what's in those products, coupled with the fact that the average American home has 63 hazardous chemical products within arm's reach (according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission), makes for this stark reality: the typical American home can be a danger to families."

New Survey Uncovers the Hidden Dangers Lurking in American Homes


Group finds carcinogens in kids bath products
"Many children's bath products contain chemicals that may cause cancer and skin allergies, according to a report released Thursday by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Twenty-three of 28 products tested contained formaldehyde, the report says. Formaldehyde " considered a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency, " is released as preservatives break down over time in a container."

Group finds carcinogens in kids bath products



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