A whole new generation has made the environment, global warming
and going green their cause. Eco Company was created to chronicle the
passions of this new generation and to answer the questions we have.
Eco Company is hosted by a dynamic and diverse group of teens who
combine their natural curiosity with their enthusiasm for preserving
the planet they will inherit.
Eco Company explores all aspects of being green and understanding
how we impact our world. The Eco Team reports on the latest devel-
opments in renewable energies and alternative fuels. They explore or-
ganic processes and learn how conservation and recycling can have an
impact on reducing our carbon footprint.
Most of all, Eco Company profiles individual teens and organizations
who are making a difference. These inspirational stories showcase teens
who have made a commitment to being green and to having an impact on their schools, in their communities, in their homes and in their personal lives. Often their impact goes beyond their own communities. That is what Eco Company is all about.
California Academy of Science Rain Forest
In this episode Eco Company visits the California Academy of Sciences in
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Jessica explores their rain forest dome
and finds out why rain forests are so important to the delicate balance of
our world-wide eco system. Then Adam takes a quick detour to visit with a
global climate change export at Chabot Space & Science Center to get the
simple facts about global warming and what is causing it.
Eco Company gets down to earth in this episode, quite literally. Jessica
learns how restaurant scraps are collected to provide the nitrogen and
wonderful nutrients needed to make compost. It's compost that goes back
to farms and wineries to grow our food and produce. Nothing wasted and
all is goes right back into the soil.
Re-using Our Trash
Eco Company takes to the road on Segways for this episode.
They're out looking for stuff that has a valuable second use: like
used cooking oil. Who would have known restaurants would
be a source for biodiesel fuel? Brendan went to a landfill where
the trash goes 200 feet deep. All trash produces methane gas
and this place is putting it to good use.
Eco Company is hanging out at the California Academy of Sci-
ences again, but this time our first two stories are about recy-
cling. Recycling is so very important to reducing our collective
Carbon footprint! First, Adam visits a materials recovery to see
what happens to all of the stuff we put into our recycling bins.
How do they sort it? And, what do they do with it? Then, he
gets a lesson in the four R's: reduce, reuse, recycle and ROT (com-
posting). Knowing the importance of the four R's will help you
walk a green path in life.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
In this episode Eco Company visits the Monterey Bay Aquari-
um known throughout the world for its conservation efforts.
There are over 35,000 plants and animals in this amazing facil-
ity. The exhibits inspire us to preserve our oceans. First, we take a
look at some of the exhibits through the eyes of some special
tour guides, teens volunteers whose messages are music to
Building Green Competition
Eco Company visits the campus of Santa Clara University
where a team of students participate in a biannual competi-
tion called the Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Depart-
ment of Energy. What do they have to do to win? They must
design and build the greenest, most energy efficient house.
They build it, then dismantle it and take it to the Capital Mall
in Washington, D.C. to be judged. While Eco Company makes
themselves at home in the house that placed 3rd two years
ago, Adam gets a tour of the home they are readying for this
Eco Company wanted to know if our favorite sports teams are
keeping up with the green revolution. So we went to the home
of the San Francisco Giants to check it out. We learned the Gi-
ants are one of the greenest teams in sports from the conces-
sion stands, to watering the field, to recycling and transporta-
tion to the park! Jordan got the inside scoop on what they are
doing and how they are doing it.
Eco Company visits a local farmers market to check out the
bounty of locally grown organic produce. There are a lot of
reasons to buy organic and to buy local, but we wanted to
hear and see for ourselves. So Jessica went out to an organic
farm that specializes in tomatoes and melons... and a whole
lot more. Meanwhile the rest of the Company checks out the
booths and samples the goods.
Our Beaches & Plastic
Eco Company goes to the beach! Because beaches and lakes
are popular recreation areas, they often become a wasteland
of plastic and garbage that people leave behind. But we found
a girl scout troop that has adopted a Northern California beach
and is determined to keep it free of trash and waste. Jessica
caught up with them on beach clean-up and some of what
they find is very surprising.
Eco Company goes hiking to enjoy fresh air and the great
outdoors. When hiking you gain a great appreciation for the
hills, trees, plants, streams, lakes and wildlife. And speaking of
plants, we visit the Joint Bio Energy Institute...a place where
high tech scientists are working to change the future of fuel.
They're working to unlock nature's secrets to create plant
based biofuels to replace fossil fuels. Jordan got a lesson in
photosynthesis and sugar polymers.
Leftover Green Beans
Eco Company visits a school that is doing everything to be
sustainable. From their greenhouse and organic garden, to
their energy monitoring systems and the new LEED Gold certi-
fied science building with a living roof, this school is getting it
right. Jordan visited the campus and also found students who
regularly check the tire air pressure of commuters to maximize
fuel consumption! We haven't seen that before.
Eco Company goes back to the beach... and for good reason!
Surfing is very popular along the West Coast. But have you
ever thought about the materials in Surfboards? Jessica found
one guy who not only gave it some thought, but began mak-
ing surfboards with non-toxic and sustainable materials. She
caught up with him in his shop...and on the waves!
Sustainable Crops In India
Eco Company visits two amazing schools that are doing it right
when it comes to helping the planet. First up is Sacred Heart
Preparatory in Menlo Park, California. Not only do they have a
large organic garden, but they boast a brand new, LEED Plati-
num-rated science and multi-use building and a state-of-the-
art resource monitoring. Here you will find sustainability both
inside and out the classroom.
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