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GREEN GLOSSARY


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Aeroponics – Growing plants in an air or mineral mist environment without the use of soil. Learn more about aeroponics at NASA.

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Billion Tree Campaign – The United Nations’ campaign that has planted 12 billion trees around the world. Learn how you can get started today visit the UN’s campaign.

Buy Local – Is a campaign or movement to keep the economic activity of a community viable by the purchase of services or products from locally-owned businesses. Buying Local is also better for the health of the planet because of the small carbon footprint.

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Car Sharing program – A cooperative ownership, or membership of a fleet of automobiles that allows member access to motorized transport through annual fees or charges per mile. Most car sharing programs are located in large urban areas, featuring fleets of hybrid or high mpg vehicles.

Climate Refugee – The term refers to people migrating to other lands because of being displaced by severe environmental, or climatalogical conditions. Climate Refugee is currently a controversial term as the debates continue about the cause of extreme weather on the planet.

Earth Day – Founded by Wisconsin governor Gaylord Nelson. The first Earth Day celebration took place April 22nd, 1970. Beatrice and her forest friends planted pine trees and maples for the United Nation’s Billion Tree Campaign.

Electric Vehicle – A motorized form of transporation powered by electricity. This type of vehicle does not use a combustion engine, and produces no direct carbon emissions. Generally electric vehicles have a range of 40 miles on a single charge, and a top speed of 40 miles/hour. Beatrice, Myles, and her family took Morrie the Electric Truck to the Madison Flower Market.

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Fair Trade – A social movement that helps producers and farmers in poor countries sell their products and crafts directly to consumers
in “developed” countries for a “Living Wage.” See Fair indigo or SERRV International to help these producers today!

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Gray Water – Waste Water left over from washing dishes in the kitchen sink, bathroom (sink, shower, tub), washing floors, and laundering clothes. This water can be reused or recycled with little or no treatment for watering your plants or gardens, and other non-potable uses. Beatrice writes about gray water in her daily, green journal.

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Hoop House – An inexpensive, easy-to-build greenhouse with ribs made from bent metal piping and covered with plastic often heated by decomposing compost.
Beatrice writes in her journal about these easy to make greenhouses in Hoop Houses & Hand baskets.

Human Powered – A term usually referring to a vehicle or appliance which is powered by human activity such as turning a hand crank to generate electricity. A hand-crank, emergency, weather radio is a great example of a human powered appliance.

Hydroponics – A soil-less environment for growing plants via the use of a nutrient based solution. Beatrice writes in her green journal about hyrdoponics in My Hydroponic Garden.

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Invasive Species – Animals or plants not native to the aquatic or land communities that they reside.

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King Tide – Tides above average height which are often seasonal but now with climate changes can occur more frequently. The country of Tuvalu is often susceptible to King Tides.

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Living Wage – Monetary compensation for working in production or service which allows a worker the ability to pay for all basic living amenities such as food, shelter, health, clothing and education.

Locally Made – Products which are produced or originate from a community or region close to the final marketplace.

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Native Plants – Plants which reside in a local community that were not transported to their environment by man or other means.

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Permaculture – Plants or animals which only require renewable, sustainable inputs.

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Recycling – Taking a product and reusing the materials from which it is composed of.

Renewable Energy – An energy source such a the sun, wind, water, or heat from the earth. The state-owned, Tuvalu Electric Company plans to provide Tuvalu with electricity 100% from renewable resources by 2020. The photovoltaic, solar panels installed on the roof of TuvaluĀ“s Vaiaku Stadium supply 5 percent of the electricity needs of the nationĀ“s capital, Funafuti.

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Solar Cooker – An outdoor cooking device which heats food in a pot via the sun and a reflective enclosure. Beatrice writes in her daily journal about her Solar cooker.

Sustainable

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Tuvalu – A tropical island nation located in the South Pacific near Fiji. Tuvalu has a population of 12,000 and is comprised of nine, low lying islands which are constantly subject to damage from rising tides. Because of the rising ocean levels, and few educational opportunities many Tuvuluans are seeking refuge in nearby New Zealand. New Zealand has the highest concentration of Tuvaluan expatriates though there is no official immigration policy for climate refugees in the Kiwi country.

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UNCC – United Nations Climate Change

Upcycle – To use an old worn out product in a new manner. For Example: an old boot used as a planter.

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Vertical Farm – The use of shelving or successive floors in a building (possibly in a urban setting) to grow produce eliminating the need for extensive farm lands.

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Waste Water – Please see Gray Water entry above.

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