Category Archives: Green School

Friday To-Do: Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks WHEELS – Art & Music for Safe Routes to School

WHAT: Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks (BCO) WHEELS – Art & Music for Safe Routes to School

WHEN: Friday, Sept 3 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology (3274 North Lee Avenue) in Fayetteville

Silent Auction 7-9 p.m. Bicycle Music by various artists from 8-9 p.m. Refreshments provided by the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks. Silent Auction will benefit the BCO’s efforts to fund bicycle education in all Fayetteville Public Schools through the Safe Routes to School program.

Contributing artists for the Wheels Art Silent Auction include: Cindy Arsaga, Anita Hejtmanek, Kirk Lanier, Kelly Mulhollan, Donna Stjerna, Emily Kaitz, Ben Buonaiuto, Sage Billig, John Allendorpher, JoAnn Kaminsky, Dan Dean, Cindy Wiseman, and Effron White. Artists will transform used bicycle wheels into silent auction pieces.

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AR Business: UCA Tests ‘Green Roof’ at Laney Hall

The University of Central Arkansas is testing a 2,000-square feet green roof on Laney Hall to help school officials determine green roof benefits and how they function.

A green roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. Environmental benefits of green roofs include reductions in energy use and water runoff.

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Sunday To-Do: University of AR Green Groups Guild Potluck

WHAT: University of Arkansas Green Groups Guild Potluck

WHEN: Sunday, February 21 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: House of Billy Fleming and Patrick Kunnecke (252 W. Mountain St.) in Fayetteville

For more information, contact Patrick Kunnecke at (479)544-1906.

Spot on Green: CynerGreen

On December 16, CynerGreen held a ribbon cutting event to commemorate the grand opening of its first test store in Cabot, AR.

Danelle, Riley and Joe Hoffer, the brains behind CynerGreen. At age 11, Riley founded a nonprofit called CGKidz to help kids go green. She recently won the U.S. Green Building Council's Youth Leadership Award for her work.

CynerGreen is serious about being green. That's why I love them!

Inside CynerGreen's store. I stocked up on the water bottles and reusable shopping bags.

Inside CynerGreen's store. I stocked up on water bottles and reusable shopping bags!

CynerGreen also has a kids line called CGKidz. I bought CynerGreen's sippy cup for a baby born in September. He started his life on a good note!

Did you know that the U.S. uses 17 million barrels of oil each year to manufacture water bottles? How about that the U.S. consumes 30 billion water bottles each year, and that only 14% of them are recycled? One Arkansas company is trying to change this situation, one bottle at a time. Headquartered in Cabot, CynerGreen manufactures, markets and sells eco-friendly, reusable, stainless steel water bottles. Joe and Danelle Hoffer founded the company in 2007 when Danelle, then working for a large hotel near Washington, DC, discovered the staggering number of plastic water bottles consumed by her workplace. What if hotels go bottle free? Voilà, CynerGreen was born.

Some of CynerGreen’s customers are Who’s Who of the American economy – QVC, Toys R Us, Microsoft, Staples, Marriott, American Express Publishing, Gaylord Hotels, and Terra Resort Group. CynerGreen has focused on high volume sales to maximize the environmental impact, but the recent years has seen the company entering individual retail store market. CynerGreen sells its products online and at The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.

On December 16, CynerGreen held a ribbon cutting to commemorate the grand opening of its store front in Cabot. See above for the photo from the event.

The Hoffers are serious about being green. They didn’t buy anything to open the Cabot store. All of their products come in recycled cardboard boxes. They plan to spread their message to stamp out plastic bottles, opening up to 50 franchises in various states in the next 18-24 months. I was impressed!

I first learned about CynerGreen when I saw their products at The Green Corner Store. I confess, I thought they were Kleen Kanteens. Then, I realized that they’re better than Kleen Kanteens. They’re manufactured by an Arkansas company.

Now, Eddy and I are HUGE fans of CynerGreen. We use their reusable, stainless steel, BPA-free water bottles everyday. We also love their reusable shopping bags made of recycled plastic, carry up to 45 pounds, but fold into tiny sacks. I always have one in my purse so that I’ll never leave home without one.

Want to reduce your environmental footprint and support a local business? Visit CynerGreen’s website at or head to The Green Corner Store in Little Rock!

Friday To-Do: Little Rock Sustainability Commission Meeting


The Little Rock Sustainability Commission meets today between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center (3805 W. 12th) in Little Rock. Meetings are open to the public. Public comments are heard at the end of each meeting.

The Little Rock Sustainability Commission formed in Spring 2008 at the recommendation of a City Manager-appointed task force that examined the opportunities and benefits of a sustainability policy for the City of Little Rock. The commission’s purpose is to serve as a liaison between the Citizens of Little Rock and the City of Little Rock’s City Manager, Mayor, Board Directors, and Departments on matters relating to the sustainability of the City. Membership consists of seven to fifteen residents of Little Rock appointed by the Mayor.

For more information, contact (501)371-4510 or

Tuesday To-Do: GREEN is the New Primary Color

Bethel Middle School

Bethel Middle School

Dr. Richard Abernathy, superintendent of the Bryant School District, and Dr. Deborah Bruick, assistant superintendent of the Bryant School District, will discuss their journey through building the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) school in the district and state. Hurricane Creek Elementary and Bethel Middle School are the first in Arkansas to achieve LEED certification, an earned designation awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. The district is now constructing its third green building on the high school campus. Dr. Abernathy and Dr. Bruick will also discuss how the Bryant community learned to support the green mission of the district and adopt many of the same philosophies.

WHAT: GREEN is the New Primary Color: LEED School for Arkansas

WHEN: Tuesday, October 6 – Reception: 5:30 p.m., Lecture: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Arkansas Arts Center – Lecture Hall (9th & Commerce, Little Rock, 72202)

COST: Free

For more information, contact June Freeman at (501)664-6496.

Tuesday To-Do: U of A Sustainability Council Meeting

university_arkansas_logoJoin students, leaders of the Applied Sustainability Center, leaders from Facilities Management, and others to discuss and make decisions on the pressing sustainability issues on the University of Arkansas campus.

WHAT: University of Arkansas Sustainability Council Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, September 29 – 3:30-5 p.m.

WHERE: University of Arkansas, Walton College of Business – J. Willard Walker Hall

For more information, contact Billy Fleming at (479)414-1367 or