The Green Community week in review: Edible gardens in schools, Clean Energy Victory Bonds, CFL guide and more

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[image-1] - Ford had just announced the twenty cities fortunate enough to be the first acquire the all-electric, zero emissions Focus Electric when it hits the market late next year. It can travel 100 miles on a full charge and leaves zero CO2 emissions in its wake.


EarthTalk: For sustainable housing, look to small prefab homes - In theory, prefabrication generates less waste, uses less energy, and provides more opportunities for the incorporation of greener construction methods and technologies. Most such buildings are also less demanding on the home site of choice.


Environmental education is more than learning to recycle - Environmental education needs to begin when we are young and continue through our lives to help us understand our relationship with the world around us.


Edible gardens are sprouting up in schools and contributing to better nutrition to the lunchroom - Getting started can be as easy as "planting the seed" with teachers who are of like mind, community groups such as Boys and Girls Club or Garden Clubs to work outreach with local elementary, middle, or high schools.


Vuvuzelas find new life as innovative, recycled creations in the WoZela contest - The contest, whose tagline was, "make a difference, not just a noise," garnered more than 100 entries of creative ways to turn the plastic noisemakers into useful items.


Clean Energy Victory Bonds: Can WWII tactics really help America's green effort? - Modeled after the successful World War II Victory Bonds, Clean Energy Victory Bonds (CEVB) are an opportunity for the American population to lend their help in the green energy effort.


Don’t forget to check out our Green Community Calendar for green events and workshops in the Bay Area!

What’s the buzz on the latest issues in the Green Community? Check out what you may have missed last week:

EarthTalk: Restaurants don't have to let unused food go to waste - Diverting food waste to feed hungry people or for animal feed or compost is a winning scenario for all concerned parties as it not only provides relief to overburdened landfills but also helps meet social welfare, agricultural and environmental needs.

The Story of Electronics: Why 'designed for the dump' is toxic for people and the planet (video) - Leonard tells us why electronics are "designed for the dump" — made to be easily replaceable, not long lasting and certainly not easy to dispose of.

Richard Branson wants in on Florida's high speed rail fun - Though some Floridians (such as incoming Transportation Committee Chair John Mica) may be indifferent to the Tampa-Orlando high speed rail line, bidders for the $2.6 billion project are coming in from all over the world.

Finding the right light: An interactive guide to finding the right CFLs for your home - ENERGY STAR has created an interactive website where you can learn the exact type of CFL bulb you can use for certain fixtures, the different color options available — soft white, bright white, and daylight — and you can even see what the colors will look like.

Recycle your old holiday lights and get a discount on ENERGY STAR sets - Sears and Kmart are taking in those old lights in exchange for a coupon toward ENERGY STAR qualified lights for their “Trade-in to Trade-up to ENERGY STAR” program.

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