Monday, March 28, 2011

Light It Up Blue...................

Autism..............


Autism, part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. The disorder is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, and also by repetitive behaviors. Symptoms range from mild to severe. One milder form of the disorder is known as Asperger's Syndrome. Other developmental disorders that fall under the Autism Spectrum Disorders are Rett Syndrome, PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified), and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child or their child's failure to reach appropriate developmental milestones. Some parents describe a child that seemed different from birth, while others describe a child who was developing normally and then lost skills.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects as many as 1 in every 110 children in the United States. Therefore, it is estimated that 1.5 million Americans may be affected with autism. Also, government statistics suggest the rate of autism is rising 10-17 percent annually.

2005 - 2011 Autism Speaks Inc

April is Autism Awareness Month, a global effort to raise awareness and world attention on the issues affecting those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.


What you can do to Light It Up Blue

  • Wear blue clothing or your Autism Speaks puzzle piece, and encourage your coworkers to do the same.
  • Light your house up blue by putting blue light bulbs in any outdoor fixtures.
  • Raise awareness for Autism online or spread the word about Light It Up Blue.



April 1st.......Autism Speaks.............

World Autism Awareness Day is coming up on Saturday, April 2, and it’s going to light up the world in blue! Light It Up Blue is an easy way to raise awareness about autism and be part of a worldwide movement to show your support for the autism community.

Sign the pledge to raise autism awareness:

http://action.autismspeaks.org/share-blue

Make sure you get your Blue Blues to help raise awareness for Autism, we have ours!

Friday, March 25, 2011

What Can You Do During Earth-Hour.................

Saturday March 26, 2011 at 8:30pm!!!!



Here are some Earth-Hour Suggestions for Saturday.............

Ask you parents to have an indoor picnic in the living room, you can read, play games, eat pizza, tell stories, etc.

Or

Maybe you can have an Earth-Hour Party invite, family, neighbors, or friends and have a street party or go smaller and have a party in your yard. Have everyone bring torches or flashlights, grill, order pizza, make smores, play flashlight tag, tell stories, etc.

Maybe you can go for a walk and try to get all your neighbors involved.

Enjoy an hour outside and just sit and talk with family or friends enjoy the night sky and the fresh air.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, we would like to hear from you email us and let us know what you do for Earth-Hour..............

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Earth Hour Countdown.................

Remember Earth Hour..................




We encourage all residents and businesses to participate in Earth Hour, a global movement to show support for our Earth, by turning off all unnecessary lighting for one hour this Saturday off unnecessary lights is an easy way for all of us to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen our i

(March 26) at 8:30 p.m.

Participating in Earth Hour reminds us all that we can do our part to use less energy.

This is the perfect example of how something simple can add up to amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Spring Tip................

Welcome Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that spring has arrived we can do a few more things.

Hang your Clothing...........




Drying your clothes in an electric or gas dryer isn’t just hard on your clothes; it’s also hard on the environment. Stay green every step of the way and install a clothesline in your backyard. If space is an issue, look for a “retractable clothesline” like this one from Gaiam, which takes up virtually no space when not in use. Weather permitting, line-dry your clothes outside to reduce pollution, cut your energy bill, get more exercise, enjoy the sunshine, and extend the life of your clothes. Plus, they’ll smell like a clean breeze, not a fake “clean breeze scent.”

Also remember if rain or dust are an issue you can always hang your clothes in a garage on garment racks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Green Standard.............



Share Their Ideas!!!

The Green Standard
On Earth Day 2008, Disney rolled out a new program, the Green Standard, for employees and Cast Members. Aimed at reducing the company's operational impact on the environment, the Green Standard asks that every Cast Member and employee make simple environmentally minded changes in four key areas: workspace, meetings and events, travel and dining.

Green Workspace Standards
Key components of the Green Standard for the workplace:

  1. Don't Talk Trash, Recycle: Recycle cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, cell phones, electronics, electronic media (DVD, CD), landscape waste and construction debris.
  2. Reduce & Refill: Eliminate individual plastic water bottle use in backstage operations and offices.
  3. Double Up: Print and make copies using both sides of the page.
  4. Branch Out: Use a minimum of 30% recycled-content paper for everyday printing and copying.
  5. Take a Power Break: Turn off unnecessary lights.
  6. Be a Low-Rider. Minimize driving alone during work hours by using environmentally friendly options such as teleconference, videoconference, carpools and public transit.
Green Meetings and Events Standards
Green Standard expectations for meetings and events include:
  1. Venue: Request that the meeting or event venue complete and return an environmental assessment checklist in advance of planning.
  2. Education: Educate staff, exhibitors and attendees to ensure participation in environmental initiatives that are in place at the event or meeting.
  3. Communication: Avoid printing materials and disseminate information electronically via email or a designated website.
  4. Product: When promotional products are necessary, choose recycled-content or reusable options. As an attendee, accept only giveaways that you will use.
  5. Recycling: Provide highly visible recycling bins. As an attendee, look for opportunities to recycle.
  6. Food and Beverage: Request that food and beverages be served in bulk containers (e.g. condiments). Do not pre-pour beverages; offer pitchers or individual servings upon request.
Green Travel
Four Green Standard expectations help reduce environmental impact for business travel:
  1. Company Travel: Minimize business travel by conducting virtual meetings whenever possible.
  2. Ground Transportation: When commuting on business trips, choose one of the following alternatives:
    • Mass transit or shuttle-service
    • Carpool or shared taxi
    • Hybrid or low-emission rental or car service
  3. Lodging: Choose Disney-preferred lodging that is closest in proximity to your business destination.
  4. Hotel Room Practices: During your stay, turn off unnecessary lights, electronics, and air conditioning; reuse linens and towels; and recycle.
For More on The Green Stand Check Out:

Monday, March 14, 2011

March 15th............

When : March 15th

The Ides of March is the first day of the Roman New Year.It also marks the first day of spring in the Roman calendar.

On this day in history, Julius Caesar was warned by soothsayers to "beware of the Ides of March". Apparently, he did not heed the warning strongly enough as he was stabbed by Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March in 44 BC.

National Pi Day.............


National Pi Day celebrates Pi, a mathematical concept and a number that never ends....at least no one has found the end yet. Often, we round it off to 3.14. If you are a mathematician, this is your day. For National Pi Day is a celebration of mathematics. And, more specifically.... it celebrates "Pi".

Friday, March 11, 2011

Printer Cartridges..............

Facts About Printer Cartridge Recycling

  1. It takes 3 oz. of oil to make an inkjet toner cartridge and 3 quarts of oil to make a laser toner cartridge.

  2. Over 38,000 tons of plastic and metal are saved from landfills in the U.S. each year due to cartridge recycling.

  3. In just 7 months, cartridge recycling would save 11 million gallons of oil—more than what was spilled by Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989.

  4. 92% of inkjet cartridges and 60% of laser cartridges are not recycled…but could be.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Eco-Tips..................


Five Simple...................................


  1. Change to Fluorescent Bulbs - If every house in the United States changed all of the light bulbs in their house, that would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the streets.
  2. Don't Rinse - Skip rinsing your plates before putting them into the dishwasher. In average you will save 15 gallons of water per load. Plus, you will save time.
  3. Hang Outside to Dry - Get a cloths line or rack to dry your cloths. Your cloths will last longer and you will save money
  4. Turn off computers at night - don't just put them to sleep. You will save an average of 4 cents a day which ads up to $14.60 a year.
  5. Use Both Sides of Paper - if you have a printer with a double sided print option use it. You will save half of the amount of paper you would have normally used.
For More Information Click on each Underlined Sentence.................

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Platypus...............

An unlikely mix of duck, beaver, and otter, the male platypus also has poisonous stingers on his rear feet.



According to National geographic:

The platypus is among nature's most unlikely animals. In fact, the first scientists to examine a specimen believed they were the victims of a hoax. The animal is best described as a hodgepodge of more familiar species: the duck (bill and webbed feet), beaver (tail), and otter (body and fur). Males are also venomous. They have sharp stingers on the heels of their rear feet and can use them to deliver a strong toxic blow to any foe.

Platypuses hunt underwater, where they swim gracefully by paddling with their front webbed feet and steering with their hind feet and beaverlike tail. Folds of skin cover their eyes and ears to prevent water from entering, and the nostrils close with a watertight seal. In this posture, a platypus can remain submerged for a minute or two and employ its sensitive bill to find food.

These Australian mammals are bottom feeders. They scoop up insects and larvae, shellfish, and worms in their bill along with bits of gravel and mud from the bottom. All this material is stored in cheek pouches and, at the surface, mashed for consumption. Platypuses do not have teeth, so the bits of gravel help them to "chew" their meal.

On land, platypuses move a bit more awkwardly. However, the webbing on their feet retracts to expose individual nails and allow the creatures to run. Platypuses use their nails and feet to construct dirt burrows at the water's edge.

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/platypus/

National Platypus Day!!!

Platypus Day
(also known as National Platypus Day) is a Phineas and Ferb promotion and accompanying marathon by Disney Channel US andDisney XD in an attempt to "create a new holiday to celebrate one of our most valuable semi-aquatic undercover agent," as Major Monogramdescribes it. The event will be Saturday, March 5, 2011.


Now through March 9, 2011 you can save 30% on “Phineas and Ferb” merchandise at the Disney Store in honor of Platypus Day! Today if you tune in to Disney XD or the Disney Channel you will be able to see a “Phineas and Ferb” Platypus Day Marathon, and all of the episodes revolve around Perry the Platypus, AKA Agent P, from the show.

Disney Dreaming: Platypus Day At The Disney Store | Disney Dreaming http://www.disneydreaming.com/2011/03/05/platypus-day-at-the-disney-store/#ixzz1FkEvI2IG