Energy Efficiency From the Baseball Stadium to Washington's Birthplace

Energy Efficiency From the Baseball Stadium to Washington's Birthplace

Safeco Field image CC-licensed by d_herrera96/Flickr

Editor's Note: This is the latest episode of Energy NOW!, A video program dedicated to energy and environmental issues. You can see the full video at the bottom of this post, and archived episodes are online at EnergyNow.com.

First up this week, plastic waste is piling up in America's landfills, but there's a solution: bioplastics. Correspondent Dan Goldstein tells us how these products are made, who's helping to put them in wide use among consumers and how they can help both the environment and the economy. Dan also shows us why some people are concerned about both the production and disposal of bioplastics, and what the industry is doing about it.
 
Next, baseball fans have a lot of fun and consume a lot of food at major league games, but they also produce a lot of trash. Correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan reveals the Seattle Mariners' novel solution to this problem and the surprising results it achieved.
 
And what's hot at the beach this year? How about a solar-powered bikini. The two-piece suit comes with a 5 Volt USB port to charge a cell phone, an mp3 player or a camera. And coming soon for guys, trunks that can power a custom cozy for cooling a single beer.
 
Then, as the father of our country, George Washington was known as a forward thinker and an innovator. Now, visitors to the George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Virginia can experience that same spirit when they visit a building that is heated and cooled by a geothermal heat pump. Special Correspondent Josh Zepps follows each step as National Park Service workers complete this archeologically sensitive engineering project inside and outside the Memorial House, near the site of Washington's birth in 1732.
 
Finally, this week's energyNOW! Hot Zone takes us to the movies, where Lightning McQueen and his pals are taking on big oil in the summer blockbuster “Cars 2.” Lightning and the other cars on the World Grand Prix circuit are filling up with Allinal - a green alternative fuel – and that's not making the oil companies very happy. The American Petroleum Institute says it understands movies need villains, but hopes children and adults appreciate the world needs oil - as well as alternatives.

 

 

Safeco Field image CC-licensed by d_herrera96/Flickr