April 20 was the 20th anniversary of Earth Day Lobby Day. Governor David Paterson, who has been active in promoting and strengthening the standing of New York State as a national leader in environmental protection and initiatives promoting clean energy, addressed New Yorkers on this auspicious occasion. Among Governor Paterson’s energy accomplishments is the leadership role he has taken in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; his expansion of New York’s clean energy goals, with his “45 by 15” initiative; and promoting the State’s bottle bill, as just a few examples.
In his address Governor Paterson also encouraged New Yorkers and law makers to deal with the growing issue of electronic waste in New York. This past year the Governor proposed legislation to regulate the disposal of toxic chemicals and metals which comprise many popular electronic devices.
“From the day I took office, I have worked to make New York State one of the most environmentally friendly states in the Nation. Not only is this work critical to sustaining a healthy environment, but it is critical to creating jobs and rebuilding our State for the New Economy,” Governor Paterson said. “Forty years ago, we celebrated the first ever Earth Day, and this year I challenge all New Yorkers to do their part in making our State and our Nation healthier and cleaner for a more prosperous future.”
Through IDT Energy’s Green Energy/Buy Green program New Yorkers are able to do a lot towards creating a cleaner environment and saving resources, worthwhile goals to strive towards as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day.
Cooper Union in New York City, one of the most prestigious schools for architecture, engineering and fine arts in the country, has created a building which is not only making waves due to its unique design, but is saving the school lots of energy, too.
Thom Mayne created this architectural masterpiece which combines imagination, high tech materials and engineering to use up to 40% less energy to maintain comfortable temperatures as buildings of comparable size.
According to Cooper Union’s president Dr. George Campbell,
“We set goals for the architect to make the building inspirational, but we wanted it to be green.”
IDT Energy is interested in what’s new in the world of sustainable and renewable sources for energy, and because of that IDT offers its customers the choice of “buying green.” When IDT Energy customers “buy green” they are helping the environment because a large percentage of the electricity bought comes from renewable and sustainable, green resources.
New York State is working hard towards becoming a hub for clean-technology development, hoping to establish within the next 10 years the use of 25% renewable, green sources for all its electricity production. IDT Energy is participating in this effort, and hopes its customers will also partake in this goal to improve the environment for the future.
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Keeping you up to date on what’s going on in the world of renewable energy, green energy and greenhouse emissions reduction programs around the country is one of IDT Energy’s missions. Below is a list of the goals of Green-e, a program to help consumers make informed choices in the marketplace.
There are four main goals of the Green-e program:
• Reassure consumers of the quality and reliability of retail electrical products which is a true reflection of their renewable energy generation.
• Enlarge and expand the market for retail electrical products which incorporate renewable energy. This includes helping to increase the demand for new renewable energy generation.
• In order that customers can make educated purchasing decisions Green-e supplies clear information about retail green electricity products.
• Advocate the purchase and use of electrical products that keep air pollution to a minimum and diminish greenhouse gas emissions.
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Nonrenewable energy makes use of fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil to produce energy. These are limited resources that cannot be replaced once they are consumed. Other sources of energy, however, like the wind, organic matter, running water and the sun are renewable. This means that green energy is sustainable and that the costs involved in producing green energy are less dependent (if at all) on availability.
Energy production from fossil fuels results in emissions that cause pollution and leave destructive waste products. Energy that is produced from renewable energy sources does not affect the environment during its production, as it does not contribute to global warming, acid rain, nor urban smog. The health risks
associated with producing green energy are almost nil, while standard energy production can result in the cause of lung cancer, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.
IDT Energy believes in producing green energy!