I am visiting family in Illinois right now. My brother is leaving to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in less then 2 weeks. I will not see him for 2 years, so we are having some concentrated SAM time while we are out here.
If you want to see him opening his call:
If you want to read his blog, click here. But the only thing green about him is the fact that he might use a substantially smaller amount of electricity while he's missioning.
The real reason I am writing is because since I am here in Illinois, I have visited this grand establishment called the Morton Arboretum (named for the Salt peops). It is fabulous...not only for the amount of CO2 it's plants are contributing to the atmosphere, but also for it's very green parking lot. As we were walking out, my mom said: "you should blog about this!" So I am.
Basically, the pavement has holes in it, and below is 4 feet of gravel, which naturally filters the rain water, making it healthy to go back into the natural resources of water surrounding the area. If the water wasn't filtered, it would send harmful chemicals into the water and raise the water's temperature, etc. You can read all about it in the above link.
I think next the Arboretum needs to get one of those ECO-Restrooms. It would fit in SO WELL there.
As for the arboretum itself. All I remember from going as a kid was a whole lot of BORING. And today, 20 years later, it is anything but. Highlights include the Children's Gardens, Secret Stream, Maze, and the sculpture Xanadu. What a wonderful way to spend the day, and the price was right too.