To-go containers keep going
Here's a way to eliminate the millions of plastic-foam clamshell to-go boxes that clog landfills. Audrey Copeland, a 2007 Eckerd College graduate, developed the EcoClamshell, now in use at Eckerd, the first such device to be used in any college in Florida. How it works: For $5 students sign up for a clamshell — made of durable, dishwasher-safe plastic — good for their four years of college. When they place a to-go order at the college cafeteria they check out an EcoClamshell. Later they check it back in and it is washed and sterilized in the industrial dishwasher and used again. If the EcoClamshell program works well at Eckerd, the college's food services vendor may consider taking the idea to other campuses.
Take green from fad to ingrained
"Builders believe green building has legs. I'm sorry, builders are wrong. . . . The big shame is that green is a fad. It should not be a fad. It needs to be continuing, regular, be part of building science . . . The term green is used so often, it loses meaning. We have to send out the message to homeowners that it's not about building a green home, it's about building a better home. . . . It's smarter."
Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director,
Professional Builder magazine
Compiled by Times homes and garden editor Judy Stark