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A brief introduction to —
Eco Technology

"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 Polluntants contaminate the water or air or soil and make the environment 
unfit for or harmful to living things, often by the addition of waste matter. or prevent them from entering into the environment. The term can also be applied to using natural resources or By-products are secondary or incidental products with sometimes unexpected 
consequencec deriving from a manufacturing process, a chemical reaction or a biochemical pathway. By-products can be useful and marketable, or they can have a negative ecological 
impact. in sustainable ways.

Pittsburgh Connection:
  • 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 Environmental Renaissance – 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, Capable of being sustained. Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment. 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 with many buildings that have achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an ecology-oriented building certification program run under the auspices of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED concentrates its efforts on improving performance across five key areas of environmental and human health: energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials selection, sustainable site development, and water savings.
LEED rests on a collection of special rating systems that apply to all kinds of structures, including schools, 
retail, and healthcare facilities. Rating systems are available for new construction and major renovations 
as well as existing buildings. The program is designed to inform and guide all kinds of professionals who 
work with structures to create or convert spaces to environmental sustainability, including architects, real estate professionals, 
facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, private sector executives, and 
government official. certification.

    Environmental technology terms include:
    Green  •  Greening  •  Eco-friendly
    Energy-saving  •  Sustainable  •  Energy-efficient
    Pollution Control  •  Global Warming is an increase in the average temperature of the earth's atmosphere (especially a sustained increase that causes climatic changes) due to the Greenhouse Effect. The Greenhouse Effect is where natural and human-produced gases (from the burning of fossil fuels and pollutants from industry) prevent the sun's energy from escaping back to space and lead to an overall rise in the temperature of the Earth's atmosphere. These gases keep the sun's heat in - or - operate like a greenhouse.
    Greenhouse Gases trap heat in the atmosphere - examples are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons and ozone.  Greenhouse gases are essential to maintaining the current temperature of the Earth; without them this planet would be so cold as to be uninhabitable. See Global Warming.  •  Power  •  Ecological

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