Manti sunning on stevia herb

Yesterday evening we attended a Green Building Program “Open House” sponsored by the City of Pasadena. There were a few vendors who showcased Earth friendly products. One of the favorites was wall insulation made from old jeans!   City staff were on hand to explain Pasadena’s proposed Green Building program – detailing rules, programs, rebates and tree-protection efforts that promote environmental stewardship.

There wasn’t any new rebates that we hadn’t know about for residents; free shade trees, rebates on Energy Star appliances, water rebates on low water washers, dual flush and low flush toilet rebates and many more ( PWP Rebates). Still no rain water harvesting or grey water products or rebates offered. We mentioned to one of the officials that we hope the city will look into suchwater conservation programs.

The city handed out its Environmental Charter filled with details on Pasadena’s green programs and sustainability efforts. It was also filled with hard hitting factoids on how much resources we are using up and how little resources we have left to even use.
I’d like to share some of the factoids.

Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty and undrinkable. Another 2% is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves only 1% for our needs.

Typically, at least 50% of the water that is consumed by households is used for outdoor irrigation.

In one year an acre of trees absorbs the amount of carbon dioxide you produce when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

One acre of healthy trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people per day.

If American households recycled just one out of ten plastic milk jugs they used, landfills would save 200 million pounds of space annually.

Average global temperature has increased by almost 1° F over the past century: scientist expect it to increase an additional 2-6°F over the next few years.


We received the colorful and authoritativeOIL POSTER in the mail the other day which we had requested at the Sierra Summit conference we attended back in September.   This poster traces the history of the Oil Age from its beginnings in the hills of western Pennsylvania in 1859 to its rise as the engine of global industrial economies.

“If a picture is worth one thousand words, then The Oil Age Poster is worth one million words because people can not only see the oil production Hubbert’s peaks in many countries and regions, but also read the facts proving that global peak oil is both inevitable and quite probably imminent.” – U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett

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  1. Nancy Kelly says:

    Aren’t those praying mantis personable little creatures? I have them all over my garden too and they are very welcome.


  2. green LA girl says:

    Not so related to the post, but I’m green LA girl, not green girl LA 😉

    Think I could visit sometime?

  3. JBB says:

    Yeah! You fixed the journal page for Firefox browsers. Thanks! I can view it in IE, but I do like the tabbed browsing feature in Firefox (although your site is one of a select few on the toolbar at the top of my page).

  4. Jordanne says:

    Hi JBB,
    Yep, after speaking to you, I downloaded Firefox, loaded the journal page and cringed. It looked horrible. So I spent some time going over the code and fixing the mistakes that IE overlooks. Now I just need to fix the background to remain stationary as it does in IE. Grrr….

  5. Anais says:

    Hi Green LA Girl

    Sorry for the mix up. The link has been corrected.

    As for visiting, I recommend that you sign up for our events mailing list at Every month we send out an email with a list of public events held here at PTF.