"First you must change the people in their hearts and their minds.
Then they will take care of what you can change with money..."
An Ecuadorian tour guide of the Galapagos Islands
Buzz Words: ‘Environmentally Friendly’
A definition of Environmental Technology:
Environmental Technology is an all inclusive term used to describe pollution control devices and systems that may be utilized to remove
or prevent them from entering into the environment. The term can also be applied to using
natural resources or in sustainable ways.
A Carnegie Mellon University group has discovered how to use bacteria to counteract pollution from steel mills where the pollution was killing fish in nearby rivers and streams.
Read about the Pittsburgh Green Story – The environmental transformation of an American Industrial City. Pittsburgh is one of this nation's leaders in environmentally friendly or green architecture.
2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and environmental activist Wangari Maathi was a student at the University of Pittsburgh.
‘Environmentally Friendly’ Applications:
Hybrid cars use a combination of electricity and gas. Hybrids significantly increase the mileage and reduce the emissions when compared with a gas-powered car.
Green Architecture is a term used to describe economical, energy-saving, environmentally-friendly,
development. For example offices and homes are becoming more efficient in both recycling and water conservation.
Today’s chemists are developing alternative ways to produce medicines, plastics and fuels that do not harm the environment - green chemistry.
There are options for your energy sources or alternative energy, for example electricity generated by the wind.
Did You Know?: Western Pennsylvania is home to many - firsts - in green building, from the world's first green civic convention center to the Phipps Conservatory's green visitor center. These and other buildings have made this region a leader in sustainable development, now seventh in the number of buildings with certification.
Environmental technology terms include:
Green Greening Eco-friendly
Energy-saving Sustainable Energy-efficient
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