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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 07/26/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION238.8MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
33,152 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 185.1 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
25,693 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $25,554 DOLLARS SAVED
$3,547,312 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 401,224 MILES NOT DRIVEN
55,696,121 YTD

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7/15/2015

Inspiration from The Ocean Cleanup Foundation

POSTED UNDER Energy & Conservation

We are in the middle of the plastic age, where almost everything tangible we produce or consume is either made or packaged in plastic … and naturally a portion of this plastic makes it way into our oceans. Some environmentalists claim there are around 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the waters around the globe, enough material to fill nearly 600 typical jumbo jets. This waste affects the ocean’s ecosystems, our waterways and our food chain – which includes humans. So what are we doing about it?

One young man – 20 year-old engineering student Boyan Slat – is working hard to revolutionize ocean cleanup, and he’s found the funding to work toward this unbelievable goal. Slat first conceived the idea of cleaning the Pacific Ocean while diving off the coast of Greece when he was just 16 years old. He soon became determined to kick start a global ocean cleanup effort, making his plans public at a TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Talk in 2012. Soon after, Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup Foundation.

Slat devised a system to use ocean currents to his advantage; driven by the ocean currents, the plastic would concentrate itself, reducing the theoretical cleanup time from millennia to mere years.This passive system will collect plastic debris floating on the surface of the oceans while allowing aquatic life and the currents themselves to pass by underneath. When the pilot project is deployed in 2016 in waters between Japan and South Korea, the 2,000m floating line will become the longest floating structure in the world.

We can’t all be prodigies like Boyan Slat, but we can use him as inspiration for individual sustainability goals. Think of Slat when you’re recycling or reducing your waste generation. Or even go so far as to clean a waterway in your community. We can all work toward our own personal Ocean Cleanup Foundation, and we have one very smart 20 year-old to thank for that realization.