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The Going Green Vocabulary

Don Wyeth

The Going Green Vocabulary

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March 1, 2021

 There are many technical terms which I use in this column that are associated with the concept of ‘going green'. I thought that it would be useful for readers of my column if I laid out and explained some of the vocabulary that I frequently use in the stories.

  Going Green: “… means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.” thrall.org   

  Sustainability: “…the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level; ’the sustainability of environmental growth’…[the] avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance."the pursuit of global environmental sustainability.” languages.oup.com 

  Biofuels: “…a fuel derived directly from living matter. Ethanol and biogas are examples of this fuel.” languages.oup.com  

  Conservation: “…[the] prevention of wasteful use of a resource.preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment and of wildlife.” languages.oup.com 

  Green Building: A building that, in its design, construction or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, and can create positive impacts, on our climate and natural environment. worldgbc.org 

  Green Engineering: “…the design, commercialization, and use of processes and products in a way that reduces pollution, promotes sustainability, and minimizes risk to human health and the environment without sacrificing economic viability and efficiency.” epa.gov 

  Green Power: “…[is] a subset of renewable energy and represents those renewable energy resources and technologies that provide the highest environmental benefit.” epa.gov 

  Renewable Energy: “…[is] energy from a source that is not depleted when used, such as wind or solar power.” epa.gov

  Sustainable Development: “…[is] economic development that is conducted without depletion of natural resources.”  languages.oup.com 

  Waste Reduction: “…(or prevention) is the preferred approach to waste management because waste that never gets created doesn't have waste management costs.” calrecycle.ca.gov 

  Carbon Footprint: “…[is] the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group [or country].” languages.oup.com

  I sincerely hope that providing this list has been educational. I would ask that if you have a specific green topic you'd like discussed, please contact the Sentinel and Rural News. They will pass on your requests to me in Madison.


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