|GPS helps cemetery Go Green.|
|by Roxanne McManus on January 13, 2010 1047 views
A solution to a known problem often results in a new product or service. The ecological impact of graves on their surroundings is in need of attention. Archie Lang, Calgary's cemetery manager and his administration are looking into green solutions for the city's expansion and GPS is one such option.
The concept is to do away with conventional grave markers, and assign each gravesite with a GPS coordinate location. These locations will be logged with the pertinent information. When loved ones come to visit they will be offered a GPS handheld receiver, which will lead them directly to the gravesite.
The lack of headstones means the property will simply be a grassland meadow. Offering the benefit of limited maintenance, and keeping nature present in an urban setting, this green alternative is sure to spark change in other cities as well.
Other eco-friendly options suggested by this committee include biodegradable caskets and asking that the bodies not be embalmed. These measures will certainly assist in reducing the human impact on these natural areas.