The Greenpulse team will be taking a break in postings for the next month as exams are just around the corner.

We apologise for not being able to update our site regularly during this period.


Mandatory Composting in San Francisco

Inhabitat.com brings news from the San Francisco, California, about the USA’s first mandatory composting law that came into effect on the 21st of October. Mayor Gavin Newsom signed the mandatory composting law last June, which will see big green composting bins being used alongside blue recycling bins and black trash bins.

This will increase San Francisco’s recycling rate from 72% to 90%!

Mayor Newsom further states that the city plans to eliminate all landfill waste by the year 2020 through this new law.

Given that Malaysia as a country can’t get a simple recycling program going, perhaps a targeted city-by-city approach would be for the best – and the adoption of the San Francisco model could be viable.

Statistics of Project Switch Off

Finally, the fruit our Project Switch Off. Although the graphs are simple, they reflect the amount of hard work put into this project by all members.

The trend shows a yearly decline in usage of electricity in the School of Science and Technology. From 2007 to 2008, the difference was RM 42 633 and for 2008 to 2009 the decrease was RM 46 960.

From here, we can see that the monthly trend for electricity usage in the School of Science and Technology is also declining. Note that Project Switch Off was implemented in the month of September. The amount saved was much more than the previous month (July to August). In August, the amount saved from the month of July was RM 26 071. In September, a total of RM 54 080 was saved.

Considering the yearly declining trend of about RM 46,000, our project helped to save approximately RM 7,000.

So, KUDOS to Project Switch Off for achieving this amount despite our lack of experience! Did the results wipe out your fears?

Shall we make this a continuous long run project?

P.S. A big thanks to Jabatan Pembangunan dan Penyelenggaraan for working hand in hand with us to accomplish this project.

Talk by Phill Loosli

All Greenpulse members and other attendants taking a group photo with Greenpulses guest speaker, Phill Loosli.

A group photo with Greenpulse's guest speaker, Phill Loosli.

18 days after the first part, I have finally gotten down to writing the second part of Mr. Loosli’s talk on the US environmental movement. Forgive the tardiness, s’il vous plaĆ®t.

The first part of the talk, as I described in the previous post, was about the economic conditions that led to the overexploitation of resources. The second part goes into some details on how the environmental movement in the USA has evolved to address the issues described.

– REALLY Long details after the jump!!!>

Turning Vegan

Looking towards vegetarianism as a solution to our environmental problems, I realised how little I actually know about the animals that I am eating. In little more than 3 days after visiting the PETA site, I have now set upon the ultimate diet change – to turn vegan, completely.

Details after the jump!

Recycling handphones

Recently, in my Environmental Chemistry & Chemodynamics presentation, I took part in a slideshow regarding lead pollution. While doing research on the mitigation measures of this issue, I realised that not only plastic bottles, glass, aluminium can, and scrap steel are being recycled, but handphones as well! (OK, maybe I’m just too ‘Sakai’. Lol).

Nokia have just started their used handphone recycling program. In the United Arab Emirates, Nokia launched this program in May 2009, while Nokia of Boleh-land began it early September. According to Nokia’s survey, a mere 3% of consumers recycle their old handphones.

Details after the jump!

Thank You Mr. Goetzl

Although the chances of it making onto the main headlines of the nation’s newspapers is dim, Greenpulse is glad for the extra publicity, however minor, that the United States Embassy has generated by placing news of Greenpulse on its site.

The article explains Alberto Goetzl throughout five states in Malaysia and how he specifically engages Greenpulse during his stop at Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

We really appreciate the continued support of the US Embassy in our efforts to advance the environmental movement in this country.

That said, I really need to get the second part of Phill Loosli’s talk done.