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Eco challenge for students grades 6-12 with huge prizes!
(Tuesday, 19 October 2010) Written by greeniac24
Lexus and Scholastic have partnered to sponsor two “Eco Challenges”, open to students in grades 6 – 12. The theme areas are “Land/Water” and “Air/Climate”. Each of the 16 winning teams will receive a minimum of $10,000 in prize money.

For full contest details:

And, if you are a student living in the Silicon Valley area of California, check out the support being offered by Lexus of Stevens Creek to help you maximize your team's chances of winning:
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Invasive species
(Wednesday, 30 September 2009) Written by greeniac24
I've been seeing these commercials broadcast what seems like every other minute on the threat of invasive species on my TV... they seem to be specific to California, but the threat is everywhere, perhaps just particularly serious to the California agriculture industry. The commercials are pretty scary, ominous music playing in the background, and use of the slogan "they're here and they're hungry... find out what you can do to fight...", I'm paraphrasing from memory here... but here is the website they direct viewers to:
Greeniacs has an article on invasive species, so if you're interested in getting some background on the issue, check out:
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New Green Seal for products
(Thursday, 24 September 2009) Written by greeniac24
NEW YORK (September 24, 2009) – After more than 18 months of research and development, the first products to earn the new Green Good Housekeeping Seal were announced today. The Green Good Housekeeping Seal (GGHS), an environmental extension of the brand’s well-known primary Seal, is designed to set a mainstream bar for consumers who wish to live a greener lifestyle. The first categories to be introduced are beauty and cleaning products and AVEENO Soothing Bath Treatment, Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer, Green Works’ Natural Bathroom Cleaner, Nature’s Source Laundry Stain Remover, Nature’s Source Glass & Surface Cleaner, Nature’s Source All Purpose Cleaner, and Nature’s Source Natural Bathroom Cleaner are the first products to earn the magazine’s environmental emblem.

The scientists and engineers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute worked with Brown & Wilmanns Environmental, one of the nation’s leading green consultants, as well as other environmental experts, to establish criteria for the Green Good Housekeeping Seal. A summary of the lengthy and detailed application for the GGHS can be found at

Before being considered for the GGHS, a product must pass evaluations for the primary Good Housekeeping Seal, which evaluates claims and measures efficacy to ensure it performs as promised, and also represents a limited two-year warranty from Good Housekeeping. If the product passes, it is then reviewed using more in-depth environmental criteria, including the reduction of water use in manufacturing, energy efficiency in manufacturing and product use, ingredient and product safety, packaging reduction, and the brand’s corporate social responsibility.

“The Good Housekeeping Seal was originally created to protect consumers from potentially dangerous products and false claims,” said Rosemary Ellis, editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping. “Today our readers are interested in making choices that are healthier for their families and for the planet, so we’re continuing our legacy of consumer advocacy with the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, offering consumers a guide, backed by scientific research, for products making significant steps towards being environmentally sound.”

Products with the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, since they have also earned the primary Good Housekeeping Seal, carry a limited warranty: If the product proves to be defective within two years of purchase, Good Housekeeping will replace the item or refund the consumer.

"There is an overwhelming number of products making green claims in today’s market,” said Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. “We are recognizing mainstream products making significant efforts in the right direction, and as advances are constantly being made in sustainability efforts, we will continue to reevaluate our green criteria on a regular basis."

Good Housekeeping will continue to introduce products that have earned the Green Good Housekeeping Seal in more than a dozen categories, including building products, home appliances, consumer electronics, textiles, and children’s products.

For more information about the Green Good Housekeeping Seal and to view a summary of the application, please visit:

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