April 22, 2012 is Earth Day and reminds us of what we should be doing all year to take care of the Earth – you know – that place we live. So in the spirit of Biology of Technology, here are some ways you can use technology to help save the planet.
Everyone has old electronics taking up space. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Staples has a free program that allows consumers to recycle their electronics easily and free. Simply drop off old technology at a the service desk of a Staples store, and Staples will send the devices to a certified electronics recycler.
Google maps save paper and is so much easier to use than a conventional map. But Google maps also has green tips with biking directions (available in over 200 U.S. cities and in nine Canadian regions). This feature illustrates bike lanes, hills and route suggestions, making it easier to leave your gas guzzler behind.
Google Transit can map the quickest public transit routes in more than 470 cities around the world. And if you want to carpool and avoid traffic, the Traffic layer displays real-time traffic conditions on your route.
As an extra perk for those of you who drive electric vehicles, you can easily find electric vehicle charging stations by typing “ev charging station in [your city]” directly into Google Maps.
Stop Receiving Unwanted Catalogs
If you buy a candle at Pottery Barn then you will get catalogs for life whether you like it or not. Want to go clean and green with your traditional mailbox? The website https://www.catalogchoice.org/ can help.
Each year, 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers. All those catalogs require more than 53 million trees and 56 billion gallons of waste-water to produce — and many of us don’t even know how we got on so many mailing lists! So grab that stack of catalogs piling up on your coffee table and clear out the clutter. Visit https://www.catalogchoice.org/ to put a stop to unwanted catalogs. Within 10 weeks, your mailbox will be empty of unwanted catalogs. A less cluttered mailbox means less pollution, less waste and less of the pollution that causes global warming.
Follow Green Celebrities on Twitter
Green celebrities are almost a cliche. Here are just a few you can follow on Twitter who tweet about the environment and other green topics.
- Edward Norton – Twitter: EdwardNorton
Checkout Edward Norton’s Earth Day article:
- Ellen Degeneres – Twitter: TheEllenShow
- Ian Somerhalder – Twitter: iansomerhalder
- Brad Pitt – Twitter: bradpittupdates
- Sheryl Crow – Twitter: SherylCrow
Rock star and longtime environmentalist
- Leonardo DiCaprio – Twitter: LeoDiCaprio
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LeonardoDiCaprio
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