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Showing posts from June, 2012

Mariners' , Newport Beach, environmentalists become mentors

Mariners Elementary School's Green Team talks about what they did that reduced the school's energy usage throughout the year. A portion of the savings went to help with Matt Evans' 1-year-old daughter, Piper, who has opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome. (SCOTT SMELTZER, 
Daily Pilot / June 6, 2012)
By Britney Barnes June 6, 2012 | 9:10 p.m.
Mariners Elementary School pulled together over the last year to help the environment.
The school lowered its energy consumption and earned the status of "mentor campus" to guide other schools next year.
"Being green is very important to our school," said Claire Covina, 12, the sixth-grade energy commissioner. "The whole school is involved."

Intricate Animal Sculptures Made from Reclaimed CDs

The characteristic reflectivity and round shape of CDs make them stand out like sore thumbs in most sustainable art pieces, leading to a result that can be a bit amateurish. But some artists have managed to elevate this waste material to a true art medium, creating sculptures that transcend their mundane beginnings. These recycled CD sculptures by Sean Avery are a beautiful example, so artfully formed that you can barely even tell what they’re made of.

The Australian artist cuts the CDs into tiny shards and blends them with other materials to create his animal sculptures. Using the translucent blue-green color of the CDs to its full advantage, the sculptures look, at times, as if they’re made of sea glass.

Cut and crafted into the feathers of a bird or tufts of fur on a bear, the CD shards make each sculpture look even more multi-dimensional as they glitter in the sun.

As the world switches from wasteful CDs to more environmental…