In this episode Eco Company visits the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Jessica explores the rain forest dome and finds out why rain forests are so important to the delicate balance of our world-wide eco system.
Then Adam takes a quick detour to visit with a global climate change expert at Chabot Space & Science Center to get the simple facts about global warming and what is causing it.
Eco Company gets down to earth in this episode, quite literally. Jessica learns how restaurant scraps are collected to provide the nitrogen and wonderful nutrients needed to make compost. It's compost that goes back to farms and wineries to grow our food and produce. Nothing is wasted and all goes right back into the soil.
Eco Company takes to the road on Segways for this episode. And they’re out looking for stuff that has a valuable second use. First they discover a new use for used cooking oil. Who would have known restaurants would be a source for biodiesel fuels. Adam went to the source to find out more.
There is obviously a lot of trash that doesn't have a second use...or does it? Brendan went to a landfill where the trash goes 200 feet deep. Trash piles produce methane gas and this place is putting it to good use.
Eco Company is hanging out at the California Academy of Sciences again, and this time our first two stories are about recycling. Recycling is so very important to reducing our collective Carbon footprint! Up first Adam visits a materials recovery facility to see what happens to all of the stuff we put into our recycling bins. How is it sorted and what do they do with it? Then he gets a lesson in the 4 “R”s. Yes, there are 4...reduce, reuse, recycle and ROT…or composting. Knowing the importance of the 4 Rs will help you walk a green path in life.
Eco Company visits the Monterey Bay Aquarium known throughout the world for it's conservation efforts. There are over 35,000 plants and animals in this amazing facility. The exhibits inspire us to preserve our oceans. First we take a look at some of the exhibits through the eyes of special tour guides, teen volunteers whose messages are music to our ears. Jordan tags along on a tour.
Eco Company visits the campus of Santa Clara University where a team of students are participating in a bi-annual competition called the Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. What do they have to do to win? They must design and build the greenest, most energy efficient house. They build it, then dismantle it and take it to the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C. to be judged. Adam gets a tour of the home they are readying for this year's competition. It's possibly a preview of homes of the future.
Eco Company wanted to know if our favorite sports teams are keeping up with the green revolution. So we went to the home of the San Francisco Giants to check it out. We learned the Giants are one of the greenest teams in sports from the concession stands, to watering the field, to recycling and transportation to the park! Jordan got the inside scoop on what they are doing and how they are doing it.
Eco Company visits a local farmers market to check out the bounty of locally grown organic produce. There are a lot of reasons to buy organic and to buy local, but we wanted to hear and see for ourselves. So Jessica goes to an organic farm that specializes in tomatoes and melons…and a whole lot more.
Eco Company goes to the beach! Because beaches and lakes are popular recreation areas, they often become a wasteland of plastic and garbage that people leave behind. But we found a girl scout troop that has adopted a Northern California beach and is determined to keep it free of trash and waste. Jessica catchest up with them on a beach clean-up day. Some of what they find is very surprising.
Eco Company goes hiking to enjoy fresh air and the great outdoors. Hiking gives you a great appreciation for the hills, trees, plants, streams, lakes and wildlife. And speaking of plants, we visit the Joint Bio Energy Institute...a place where high tech scientists are working to change the future of fuel. They're working to unlock nature's secrets to create plant based biofuels to replace fossil fuels. Jordan gets a lesson in photo synthesis and sugar polymers as she learns more about the process.
Eco Company visits a school that is doing everything to be sustainable. From their greenhouse and organic garden, to their energy monitoring systems and the new LEED Gold awarded science building with a living roof, this school is getting it right. Jordan visits the campus and discovers students who regularly check the tire air pressure of commuter’s vehicle to help maximize fuel consumption! We hadn’t seen that before.
Eco Company is back on the beach… and for good reason! The SURF’S UP!! Surfing is very popular along the West Coast. But have you ever thought about the materials use in making surfboards? Jessica finds one guy who not only gave it some thought, but began making surfboards with non-toxic and sustainable materials. She catches up with him in his shop…and on the waves!
Eco Company visits two amazing schools that are doing it right when it comes to helping the planet. First up is Sacred Heart Preparatory in Menlo Park, CA. Not only do they have a large organic garden, but they boast a brand new, LEED Platinum-rated science and multi-use building and state-of-the-art resource monitoring. Here you will find sustainability both inside and out the classroom.