Low-VOC Vs. Eco-Friendly Wall Paints and Coatings

Most conventional paint products and coatings emit dangerous VOCs that are used to enhance product performance and shelf life. Bowing to consumer pressure, the industry has made a significant shift to water-based paints that are lower in VOCs than solvent-based paints. Today, many low-toxicity, and low-VOC paint alternatives are available. What are low-VOC paints? These paints are now generally accepted to mean a paint with a VOC content less than 100 mg/L. While a variety of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints {Read More}

Properties and Environmental Benefits of Cellular Glass

Q: What are the insulating properties, environmental and health benefits of cellular glass? Cellular glass is an insulation made from natural materials that contains between 40-70% recycled content. The content is commonly obtained from defective windows from car and construction industries. Cellular glass was originally developed during the last century in Moscow, Russia. Production of Cellular Glass Recycled glass is ground and placed in a steel mold. The material undergoes a heating process where it expands to create millions of {Read More}

How Sustainable is Your School? Questions to Ask Your Campus Administrator

At many colleges and universities, students have been the leading force behind sustainable water and energy use, waste generation and disposal, ecosystem conservation, sustainable food practices and many other examples of sustainable, ecologically-minded lifestyle. The philosophy of sustainability on campus has been constantly redefined and newly emerging notions are starting to embrace sustainability courses and environmental justice issues. How sustainable is your campus or school? Here are some credible questions you can ask your campus administrators. Some aspects of sustainability {Read More}

How is Solar Energy Renewable?

Q: How is solar energy renewable and why is that important? Renewable sources of energy are characterized by the ability to replenish themselves without any human involvement. Examples of renewable sources of energy include solar but also hydropower, geothermal and wind energy. Solar energy is a renewable energy source because regardless of how much it is used, its supply will never be exhausted. In other words, renewable resources are not only characterized by abundant energy flows, but also by their {Read More}