Jace is the Internet Feature Writer for Suite101 and is the Holidays and Working Moms Examiner for Examiner.com. She is a regular contributor for Energy Boom, EcoWorldly and PlanetSave. She particularly enjoys writing about unusual and downright wacky environmental stories and issues plaguing wildlife and animals.Besides writing, Jace is also passionate about online safety and issues concerning children. As an Internet Safety educator, she teaches online safety and technology to 600 elementary-aged children every week for her local school district.Jace has two children who are both in college and is also mom to a slew of pets.

Schools Go Orange with Carrot Vending Machines

Bugs Bunny would love this idea.  Two high schools recently installed vending machines that dispense nothing but baby carrots.   Located in Cincinnati and Syracuse, the schools are taking part in a two-month testing project designed to change the way children look at vegetables and junk food.  The machines were installed earlier this month.

Bikes Travel Door-to-Door in Community Composting Experiment

A three-month, experiment is currently underway in a neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Eureka Recycling is testing a door-to-door bike-powered composting service in an effort to collect compostable waste. As part of the city’s goal of becoming waste-free by 2020, the composting project is collaboration between the Macalester-Groveland Community Council (MGCC) and Eureka Recycling.  The … Continued

Plug In the Sun With Clarian’s Sunfish Plug-N-Play Solar Power Device

Clarian Technologies has developed a next-generation solar power module that is not only affordable, but is super easy to install.   The new Sunfish is a plug-and-play solar-powered device that plugs right into an existing electrical outlet and automatically generates power as long as the sun is shining. The simple and portable design allows for easy … Continued

HighDro Power Toilet Generates Electricity With a Flush

Instead of flushing money down the drain, imagine being able to harness energy every time you flush the toilet or drain the tub.  That is exactly what a grad student in the U.K. has done. Tom Broadbent, an industrial design graduate student from De Montfort University (DMU), has created the HighDro Power, a device that … Continued

Starbucks Offers Free Coffee Grounds for Gardens & Compost Piles

Do you ever wonder what coffee shops do with all those leftover coffee grounds?  Instead of tossing out all those grounds, why not put them to good use? In 1995, Starbucks Coffee Company launched its Grounds for Your Garden campaign, which offers customers a complimentary five pound bag of used coffee grounds for the garden or … Continued

Coke Vending Machines Help Endangered Birds

A partnership between a non-profit and the world’s largest beverage company is coming to the aid of endangered birds in an unusual way. Coca-Cola Japan, Okinawa Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and the NPO Conservation & Animal Welfare Trust are working together to help the Okinawa Rail, Gallirallus okinawae. Listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of … Continued

Wearable Collections Brings Clothing Recycling to NYC

Keeping up with the latest fashion trends can be a daunting and expensive task.  If your closets and dresser drawers are filled to the brim with apparel you no longer wear, you’re not alone.   According to the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Solid Waste, Americans toss out more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles … Continued

Chipotle Helps Turns Spam into Healthy Lunches for Kids

Spam.  Whether it’s the kind we eat or the kind that inundates our in-boxes, spam is something many of us are not particularly fond of. But one popular restaurant chain is actually embracing spam.  Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched an innovative campaign that helps implement healthy school lunch programs for children across the United States, … Continued

Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Opens in Morocco

Earlier this week, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI officially inaugurated a wind farm in the town of Melloussa.   With 165 turbines and a production capacity of 140 megawatts, the farm is touted as Africa’s largest wind farm. Besides significantly reducing CO2 emissions, the farm is expected to save over 125,000 metric tons of oil annually. With … Continued

Bicycling Banned in Colorado Casino Town

A small casino town in Colorado is cracking the whip when it comes to “pedaling.”  Black Hawk, population 100, recently outlawed a popular activity for “health and safety” reasons.   And believe it or not, the crackdown isn’t on gambling, drinking or smoking. It’s bicycling… the reason – casinos complain that cyclists get in the way … Continued

BetaCup Challenge Contest Winner Not a Cup

The BetaCup Challenge Contest was created to generate ideas and sustainable solutions to reduce paper cup consumption and waste.  According to the website, about 58 billion disposable paper cups are thrown away each year in the United States.   About 20 million trees are cut down to make those cups. The BetaCup Challenge Anyone 13 or … Continued

Elements Naturals Compostable Baby Wipes Made from Plants

All else being equal, if you had the choice of using an oil-based product or a compostable, renewable plant based product on your baby’s delicate skin, which would you choose?   Elements Naturals uses plant-derived products in a completely compostable baby wipe.  Unlike many other baby wipes, these products are free from synthetic chemicals, foaming agents and … Continued

Emeco’s 111 Navy Chair Constructed out of Plastic Bottles

The next time someone asks you to “pull up a chair,” you may want to take a second look.  It could be made out of plastic bottles. In an effort to show the value of recycled plastic, Coca-Cola and Emeco are working together to create some pretty cool furniture – beautiful chairs made out of recycled … Continued

First Cat Food with Sustainably Sourced Fish Soon Hits European Shelves

Several cat food brands that use sustainably sourced fish will soon be hitting the shelves in Europe.   Touted as an industry first, Mars Petcare Europe recently announced it will be launching its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified pet food as part of the company’s commitment to use only “sustainably sourced fish by 2020.” According to … Continued

The Lemon Lady’s Inspirational Campaign Against Hunger

It all started when stay-at-home mom Anna Chan and young daughter Ava were taking a spin in the family’s SUV.  Like many parents, Chan often took short road trips around the California neighborhood to help calm her colicky daughter. In February 2009, Chan noticed many of her neighbors’ fruit trees were loaded with delicious fruit.  … Continued