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Green Engineering


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  • “Meet need, minimize excess” is one of the pillars of green engineering.
  • Environmental engineering uses life-cycle thinking to promote products that are recyclable and biodegradable.
  • The Nissan LEAF is a 100% electric car. It is made from 60% recycled material, mostly water bottles, and is 99% recyclable at the end of its lifespan.
  • Americans throw away about 2.5 million plastic beverage bottles every hour.

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Green Chemistry


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  • Within 26 seconds after exposure to chemicals such as those found in cleaning products, traces of these chemicals can be found in every organ in the body.
  • More than 2,700 household and industrial cleaning products carry the EPA’s Design for Environment (DfE) logo, which ensures that the product is harmful neither to personal health nor to the environment.
  • The process that produces pressure treated wood has traditionally involved the use of chromium and arsenic
  • Estimates indicate that the weight of chemicals and fossil fuels required to make a computer chip is 630 times the weight of the chip.
  • Approximately 2.7 percent of all crude oil is used to generate synthetic polymers or plastics.

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Energy Efficiency


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  • An energy-efficient clothes washer can save more water in one year than one person drinks in their lifetime.
  • In the U.S., home refrigerators use the same amount of electricity as 25 large power plants each year.
  • Using an automatic dishwasher instead of washing by hand can save 2,000 gallons of hot water per year.
  • ENERGY STAR clothes washers use 70% less energy and 75% less water than washers from 20 years ago.

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Renewable Energy Sources


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  • According to data from 2010, the states that generate the most electricity from renewable sources in the U.S. are Washington, California, and Oregon.
  • In 2010, 260 gigawatthours of electricity were generated from hydropower, the most of any renewable resource. 94 gigawatthours were generated from wind power, the second highest.
  • Renewable energy sources provide 34.2% of Denmark’s total capacity for electricity generation, the highest rate in the world.
  • Renewable energy accounts for 25% of global energy use.
  • Biomass is only considered a renewable energy resource if it is managed sustainably. This means that it must be replenished faster than it is consumed.

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Green Jobs


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  • In 2011, there were 3.4 million Green Goods and Services jobs, comprising 2.6% of total employment in the United States.
  • The highest number of green jobs can be found in the manufacturing and construction industries, where a combined total of nearly one million people are employed.
  • Organic farming requires 2.5 times more labor than conventional farming, but can bring in 10 times as much profit.
  • As of 2011, the renewable energy industry provided between 850,000 and 950,000 jobs in the United States.
  •  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 73% of green jobs are found in the private sector.

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Lower Costs


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  • WaterSense fixtures and ENERGY STAR appliances can save the average family $350 off of a $1,100 yearly water bill.
  • Taking measures to improve gas mileage can result in savings. Keeping your car tires properly inflated can save you up to $0.11/gallon and keeping your engine tuned can save you up to $0.14/gallon.
  • Obtaining LEED certification for a building can reduce energy and water bills by up to 40%.
  • Using the sleep mode or power management feature on your computer can save you up to $30 per year on your electricity bill.

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