Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Weird Waste Day!

Put Saturday November 13th on your calender for the next Weird Waste Day. GRINCH will be collecting your electronic waste for 40 cents p/pound from 1-4pm in the Valley Green Bank parking lot on Highland Ave. And now that GRINCH is an official non-profit your expense will be a tax deduction!

Here is a complete list of accepted items:
Desktop Computing:
PCs including desktops, mini-towers, laptops and handhelds, notebooks, tablets, hard drives.
Healthcare Equipment:
All non-biohazardous equipment: defibrillators, EKG machines, mobile carts/workstations, patient monitors.
Currency counters, coin counters, transaction drawers, check encoders, check scanners, receipt printers, ATM machines.
POS systems/registers, barcode scanners, receipt printers, barcode printers, card readers, touch screen monitors.
AC adapters, memory, motherboards, network, sound and video cards, CD/DVD drives.
Laserjet, deskjet, thermal, dot matrix, line printers, plotters, paper trays.
Keyboards, mice, power supplies, cables, speakers, external drives, etc.
Laptop carry cases, modems, software, cables, cabinets, office furniture, cameras, KVM switches, generators.
Audio/Video Equipment:
TVs and displays, VCR/DVD players, projectors, video and audio conferencing systems, Smart/electronic white boards.
CRTs, LCDs, WYSE terminals, etc.
Data Center Equipment:
Mainframes, mid-range and servers, Power Conditioning/UPS systems, cabinets, relay racks.
Office Equipment:
Copiers, scanners, fax machines, typewriters.
Mobile Devices:
Cellular phones, Blackberry/PDAs, pagers.
Telecom Equipment:
Telephones, switches, PBX, voice mail and VoIP systems, voice stations, headsets.
Storage Equipment:
SAN, tape drives, hard drives, zip drives, data backup systems, disk arrays, thumb/flash drives.
Networking Equipment:
Hubs, routers, switches, bridges.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Solar Schools


From installing solar panels to purchasing clean energy, area schools are joining in on the effort to step up Philadelphia’s green status.

The Albert M. Greenfield School, located in Center City, recently became the first public school in Philadelphia to install a solar energy system on its roof. Greenfield’s roof hosts 26 solar panels, creating a system capable of producing an estimated 6,400 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy each year. The solar system is just one phase of the “Greening Greenfield” sustainability program that the school is in the process of implementing.

Area universities are also embracing renewable energy. Drexel University recently announced a commitment to purchase enough wind power credits to account for 100 percent of the power consumed by the school. Drexel’s purchase makes the university one of the 50 largest purchasers of wind power in the nation.

And if that’s not enough, St. Joseph’s University was recently awarded a $1 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study switch grass and green roofs. St. Joe’s researchers will study how switch grass, a potential biofuel source, is affected by climate change. Their green roof study will evaluate stormwater retention, cooling ability, and other measures of effectiveness for green roofs in Southeastern Pennsylvania.