Green Roofs

 

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A green roof photographed by InterNACHI.

The Basics

Recently I’ve been working on a project at my job – How much energy could we save if we changed our building’s roof to a green roof? Answer: I don’t know. That would require a lot of math which I don’t have the energy to calculate. But I did learn some stuff on the way to giving up. For instance: Changing up your roof adds oxygen to the air and attracts wildlife. Continue reading

Ozonation

Most sources on the internet state that ozonation water treatment dates back to the 1800s. The truth is that ozonation could only take place once electricity was discovered, so ozonation as a water treatment method wasn’t studied until the 1840s. The most basic ozonation system includes a transformer, circuit, and water. Take caution if you purchase or own such devices as ozone causes lung damage, and beware that water and electricity are a deadly combination.

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The inside of an ozone generator. Photo from CureZone.

 

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Sunflowers for Change

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Photo by Sunflowers for Change on Facebook.

Phytoremediation is the use of plants to save the environment, a method which Bridget Llanes and Bernadette Hardy from the University of New Mexico are highly involved in.  Not far from their hometowns lies a major source of contamination to the surrounding neighborhood known as the Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) Jet Fuel Spill. Twenty four million gallons of volatile, carcinogenic chemicals sit five hundred feet below the surface in Albuquerque New Mexico. Continue reading