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President Barack Obama talks about the promise of an economy built on "green" jobs - the work that will have to be done to make our society more eco-friendly and sustainable. This week, we shed some light on what "green" means and what standards determine when something can be called "green" or "sustainable." We also take a look at recycling - one of the ways many people are trying to do their part.
Irene speaks to Kim Button, an Eco-Wellness consultant, from Greenwell Consulting in Orlando, Florida.
Listen to Daniel Benjamin talk about his other myths of recycling:
Listen to Jennifer Languell and Thomas Snelling explain the types of certification the Florida Green Building Coalition offers and how its programs focus on the unique challenges of building in Florida. (2:51)
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Going Green: A phrase referring to individual action that a person can consciously take to curb harmful effects on the environment through consumer habits, behavior, and lifestyle.
Sustainable: Actions and products that meet current needs without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Sustainability is a broad term and often refers to the desire to provide the best outcomes for the human and natural environments both now and into the indefinite future.
Carbon Footprint: The total amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted over the full lifecycle of a product or service, expressed as grams of CO2 equivalents. Greenhouse gases contribute to global warming and climate change, so reducing carbon footprints is desirable for a healthier earth.
Co-op: Short for co-operative. Worker cooperatives are owned and democratically controlled by its workers. Since the co-op is worker-owned and membership is not compulsory, this type of manufacturing set-up avoids exploitation of its workers.
Green Building: A green building is designed to conserve resources and reduce negative impacts on the environment - whether it is energy, water, building materials or land. Compared to conventional construction, green buildings may use one or more renewable energy systems for heating and cooling, such as solar electric, solar hot water, geothermal, bio mass, or any combinaion of these.
Source - http://lohas.com/glossary.html