Do’s and Don’ts of Going Green

April 1, 2008 at 5:46 pm

I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t read it with my own eyes. Starting this month, the Japanese pro baseball league will cut playing time by 12 minutes in an effort to save the world.

Now, I’m an earth-friendly gal – I recycle grocery bags and never brush with the tap running – but cutting a baseball game by a few minutes to save energy?! On the extreme, it’s like opting to stay in bed all day just to spend less. Cutting the Japanese work day by 12 minutes seems a little more conciliatory, if only to spare new hires from their dreaded boss. “Uh sorry, can’t create that Power Point presentation now. Gotta go home and turn off the lights.” Revealing enough, at the end of the article, the writer casually mentions that Japanese baseball has long been looking for ways to speed up the game pace.

Here’s a far more ingenious way of going green: Atop skyscrapers in Tokyo’s Roppongi district owners have grown their own eco-oasis: rice paddies, lush vegetable gardens, and fish ponds. It’s hard to imagine but, yes, they’ve laid grass over concrete rooftops in hopes of offsetting costs to cool the buildings in the summertime. Of course, vegetation also produces oxygen, and for that matter, food.

Roppongi garden

Like Los Angeles, Tokyo is an asphalt-dense city. There are too many shades of grey to feel like you’re one with nature. That’s why I got really excited when I spotted these rooftop gardens from my hotel balcony in Roppongi a couple years ago. There really are ways to meld industry and the environment into something amazing. (^_^)/


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