Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Following is a list of upcoming sustainability-related webinars for the month of October 2008.
Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Methods and Best Practices (Oct. 1)
Elements of Green Leases (Oct. 1)
Ten Steps to Getting Started with Practice Greenhealth (Oct. 3)
Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhood Projects (Oct. 7)
Go Green From the Inside Out: Developing a Corporate Environment Program (Oct. 7)
An Eco-Design Overview (Oct. 8)
Going Paperless and the Environmental Impact of Architectural Practices (Oct. 14)
Energy Efficiency for Your Business: The Low-Hanging Fruit (Oct. 14)
Greening Your Office (Oct. 15)
Writing a Greenhouse Gas Action Plan (Oct. 15)
Energy Efficiency in County Buildings: Southeast Region (Oct. 16)
Linking Renewables and Demand Response (Oct. 21)
Green Purchasing (Oct. 22)
Sustainability Consulting 101 (Oct. 22)
Green Power Markets and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives (Oct. 23)
Energy Use in Hospitals (Oct. 24)
Financial Mechanisms for Campus Sustainability (Oct. 29)
Carbon Offsetting (Oct. 29)
Biofuels: What They Mean for County Fleets (Oct. 29)
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Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
- Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
- Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
- Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
- Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
- Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
- Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
- Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
- Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don't fit into any category at all.
Entries can be submitted through October 20, 2008. The top 100 ideas will be selected and posted for public voting to narrow the field to 20 semi-finalists. An advisory board will then select up to 5 finalists and identify the organization(s) best able to implement the winning ideas. Google has committed $10 million for implementation of the winning ideas.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
On Saturday, September 27, we're launching a national mobilization to say, "I'm ready for the green economy." We are ready to tackle the climate crisis by building a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
Green Jobs Now is a National Day of Action that will empower everyday people to stage hundreds of grassroots events throughout the country. We will have a special
focus on low-income communities, communities of color and indigenous people. This will send a message to our leaders that, when it comes to creating green jobs for a more sustainable economy, PEOPLE ARE READY!
Visit the website to organize an event or to find an event in your area.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Massanelli's Cleaners (Jonesboro AR) offers dry-cleaning and fire/water recovery and restoration services.
Massanelli's Cleaners utilizes a completely perc-free, environmentally friendly cleaning process, non-toxic, odorless cleaning process that has been thoroughly tested by the Environmental Protection Agency and causes neither short nor long term health risks. Cleaning agents are 100% biodegradable and earth-friendly and the perchloroethylene-free (perc-free) cleaning process is gentle not only on your clothing and textiles but on the environment as well.
In an effort to further reduce Massanelli's Cleaners' carbon footprint, the company has joined the CarbonFree Small business program. The company has been recognized for environmental stewardship and is an official sponsor of the upcoming Green Jobs event to be held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Massanelli's Cleaners supports numerous charitable organizations and has a strong philanthropy program.
Massanelli's Cleaners began in 1948 and is currently owned and operated by Len and Sandie Yun - Pipkin.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Paper that comes 'straight from the tree' is referred to as virgin pulp paper. Paper can then be placed in a recycling bin destined for another life. Paper can generally be recycling 5-7 times. But with each recycling, the paper fibers become weaker. Through a sifting process, the stronger pulp can be pulled out and, in it's second life, paper can still be paper. However, by the time the paper goes through several lifecycles, the fibers are weak and brittle and are used for hand towels, facial tissue, toilet tissue, and similar products. For a detailed description of how paper is recycled, visit the TAPPI website.
So don't be afraid to purchase towel and tissue products made from post-consumer recycled material. It's not "icky" at all and it is good for the environment!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Two sustainability competitions are now open for entries from MBA and other graduate students. For those students ready to compete on their sustainability knowledge, these competitions allow students to showcase their skills before corporate sponsors.
The Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit and Challenge registration deadline is Oct. 5 and the first online round begins Oct. 6. The top 10 finalists then advance to the finals and an on-site presentation. The Global Champion team will receive $20,000. The competition is currently accepting applications for Judges.
The Darden Innovation Challenge registration deadline is Sept. 25 and the first online round begins Sept. 26. The top 25 teams move on to a second online round, top teams will hold a conference call with the corporate sponsors, and the top 10 teams advance to the finals and an on-site presentation. The Grand Prize team will receive $20,000. The competition is currently accepting applications for Judges.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Art installation with environmental message will travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2010
The free, eight-week exhibition will take place at the World Financial Center Plaza and along the Battery Park City Esplanade from May 1, 2009 to June 28, 2009. The event is expected to draw more than two million to the Battery Park City area over the course of two months. Picture Earth, the event's U.S. producer, will then bring the exhibit to San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2010. "This summer, we are seeing that New Yorkers and tourists are hungry for outdoor experiences that surprise, inspire, and engage," said Chantal Buard, creative director and co-founder of Picture Earth. "We believe Earth From Above, with its breathtaking photos and powerful call-to-action, will draw even larger audiences. We are thrilled to bring Yann's extraordinary work and message to American audiences."
Since its 2000 premiere, Earth From Above has inspired more than 130 million people in over 120 cities throughout the world, including London, Tokyo, Beirut, Sydney, Mexico City, and Reykjavik. Born from Arthus-Bertrand's book, Earth From Above, which has sold more than 3 million copies in over 21 languages worldwide, the exhibit is recognized as one of the most influential environmental art events of the 21st century.
The exhibition was created by Arthus-Bertrand both to illuminate Earth's beauty and fragility, and inspire audiences to care for the planet and its resources. Its centerpiece is over 150 4-ft. by 6-ft.aerial photographs that capture the planet in astonishing, unexpected and often abstract ways. Each photo is accompanied by captions that link the image to the environmental and social issues at stake.
"The timing could not be better to bring Earth From Above to New York City," said Arthus-Bertrand. "People are eager now more than ever to get involved and play a greater role in the future of our planet, and I believe Earth From Above can be the catalyst that inspires them to take action." He continues, "When we see the beauty of our world, we feel emotion. And emotion brings reflection."
To further raise awareness and motivate audiences to support sustainable living and development, the exhibit will also feature an "inspiration" pavilion, a walkable world map, and special educational programs.
About Earth From Above
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The company follows a triple bottom line approach (people, profit, planet). Alaffia's relationship with the Cooperative brings income to and empowers communities in Togo. Additionally, Alaffia and Agbanga Karite donate 10% of sales proceeds (or 30% of income, whichever is greater) to community empowerment projects, AIDS and malaria outreach, and educational scholarships in Togo.
The Cooperative's website describes it's own triple bottom line approach:
We do not hire based on age, ethnicity, sex, color or religion. We work to improve the positions of disadvantaged groups, such as women and ethnic minorities. Also, we pay our members a salary that is 30% higher than the national standard and provide them with a pension plan, vacation, sick and family leave, and overtime. Our members are free to organize and are provided with education and training on how to do this. Our work environment is comfortable, well ventilated and lit, with potable water provided to all members. Finally, our revenues are invested back into the community as educational scholarships, ecological restoration projects, and renewable energy programs.
Our members undergo extensive training in all aspects of our business, including production, marketing and management. The purpose of this training is to enable them to begin their own businesses in the future. A percentage of our revenues are dedicated to educational scholarships for local students to study within Togo and abroad.
We plan to switch to renewable energy sources for all our energy needs as our organization becomes established. These include solar powered grinders, presses, and office equipment. We have also converted our diesel powered trucks to use vegetable oil, which in our case is unmarketable shea butter. We do not condone the use of chemicals and actions that harm other species. We have designed our production facilities and harvesting practicies to minimize our impact on the natural environment.
Through work individually and with GACE, Agbanga Karite Cooperative has provided more than 300 children with books, uniforms and supplies for the 2004-2005 school year, paid the school enrollment fees for these children, donated desks and chairs to a local primary school in the village of Adjorogo, and donated and installed new school roofs on rural schools in central Togo.
Alaffia was founded by Olowo-n’djo Tchala.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
There is a certain slug etiquette. The first person in line is the "caller" that announces the driver's destination to others waiting for a ride. Once a slug has taken a ride, there is no eating or smoking, no exchange of names, not much talking, no window adjustments, no cell phones, and no messing with the radio!
It is believed that slugging began in Washington DC in the early 1970s. While slugging is not for everyone, it has become so "advanced" in Washington DC that it even has it's own website, Slug-Lines.com.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Think MTV and Kiva are teaming up to help you fight global poverty. Kiva.org is a non-profit organization that enables people like you to make small loans, or microloans, to low income entrepreneurs so they can empower themselves to earn their way out of poverty.
By supporting the Kiva profile on Think.mtv.com, you will receive a FREE $25 Kiva certificate that you can loan to any entrepreneur on the Kiva site.
Use this loan to help a farmer in Guatemala, a restaurant owner in Uganda or a baker in Lebanon start and sustain their businesses to help themselves, their families, and their communities. This is a REAL way you can help REAL people. Start right now.
To get started, just visit Think MTV's website, register, and then check your Think MTV inbox for instructions on how to redeem the gift certificate to make a loan to a Kiva entrepreneur. I've just loaned my $25 gift to a group of entrepreneurs from Bolivia. What will you do with your gift certificate?
Feel free to use Sustainable Business Design (info [at] sustainablebusinessdesign.biz) as your referral source so that we can see how many of our readers made a difference! Now go loan!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
By recycling glass and concrete, IceStone saves hundreds of tons of glass from landfills each year. The products are cradle to cradle certified and are manufactured in a day-lit factory. The factory has a cool, low-emissions manufacturing process. IceStone is working to become carbon-neutral, purchases renewable energy credits, and strives to reduce energy usage. The company is working toward water reduction goals and over 80% of the company's waste is recycled, recovered or composted. IceStone is implementing a grey-water recycling system. All petroleum-based machine lubricants have been replaced with soy-based lubricants. Additionally, IceStone conducts environmental education programs for employees.
Within the supply chain, IceStone encourages suppliers to improve sustainability standards. IceStone’s glass and mother-of-pearl are recycled from post-industrial and post-consumer sources. IceStone advocates for stronger glass recycling programs in New York in order to create an infrastructure that allows the commercial re-use of regional waste glass. The company buys cement regionally and advocates for the greening of the cement industry. IceStone continuously conducts product research to seek the most eco-friendly and local materials as possible.
Visit IceStone's website for a list of 10 things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Climate Counts is a nonprofit organization funded by Stonyfield Farm, Inc. and launched in collaboration with Clean Air-Cool Planet.
Monday, September 8, 2008
There are more than 4 million miles of paved roads in the United States alone. That's enough asphalt to build a paved road that would wrap the earth 160 times or to build 16 bridges between the earth and the moon. That's alot of asphalt. So it's no wonder that researchers are experimenting with ways to make paved roads more sustainable.
In the Netherlands, Dutch company Ooms Avenhorn Holding BV has created the Road Energy System (RES). The RES lays a water piping system within concrete or asphalt to heat the water The water is then used for heating and cooling in buildings and to keep the road ice-free in winter. The system is also being used in Scotland.
Similarly, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are working to use asphalt as an solar energy source and to heat water. Roads are resurfaced every 10-12 years and could be retrofitted within that cycle. An added benefit is that removing heat from the asphalt could reduce the urban 'heat island' effect.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Asphalt Research Consortium hopes to develop “cold-mix” asphalts that use more recycled materials and require significantly less energy than conventional asphalt to apply.
Meanwhile, Dutch researchers at the University of Twente have refined air-purifying concrete paving stones. The concrete stones convert nitrogen oxide from exhaust fumes into harmless nitrates which is then washed away by rain. In the city of Hengelo, streets are being half paved with the stones to test the effect and results should be available by summer 2009.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Green Drinks is an informal, organic, self-organizing network. Green Drinks social events have been organized in over 400 cities around the world. Melbourne Australia claims to have hosted the largest Green Drinks event, with over 1800 attendees. And New York City hosted a sizeable event with over 900 attendees.
Whether you have 5 or 500 attend your event, Green Drinks is a great way to meet and socialize with others sharing your environmental interests. Check out Green Drinks' website to find a location near you or start your own group.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The company's Trade for a Change fundraising program allows nonprofit organizations to sell Higher Grounds' organic and fair trade blends and thus increase sales for the coffee farmers.
With each purchase of one of the Coffees for Change blends, "Higher Grounds will donate a portion of the proceeds to worthy initiatives including the promotion of organic agriculture, education about economic justice, protection of bird habitat and indigenous rights and the construction of potable water systems!"
Through the Water for All campaign, each purchase of the Water Carrier’s Blend will result in a $5.00 donation to support the construction of sustainable water systems in coffee-growing countries.
Higher Grounds' Fair Trade Tours invites you to join them on a trip to partner farms and fair trade collaborators. You can choose from trips to Africa, Central America, or South America and $100 per participant is donated to a local project.
In addition, "Recycling, composting, and purchasing post consumer recycled paper for office supplies are all “business as usual” at Higher Grounds!"
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sustainability webinars coming up in September 2008:
Introduction to Green IT (Sept. 4)
Ten Steps to Getting Started with Practice Greenhealth (Sept. 5)
Global Initiatives: Becoming Certifiably Green (Sept. 10)
Legal Liability in Green Building (Sept. 11)
Advanced Green IT (Sept. 11)
Sustainable Design and the MEP Engineer (Sept. 16)
County Change a Light Campaign & Florescent Lamp Recycling (Sept. 16)
Case Studies: Water Efficiency & Transportation (Sept. 17)
Energy Efficiency in County Buildings: Western Region (Sept. 18)
How to Make Your Hotel Kitchen More Sustainable (Sept. 23)
Ultimate Marketing Course for Engineers: Get More (Green) Projects Approved and Implemented (Sept. 23-25)
Benchmarking & The Legislative Front (Sept. 24)
Green Funeral Service Strategies and Practices (Sept. 24)
New Technologies, Lessons and Opportunities in European Green Building Approaches (Sept. 25)
Energy Efficient Server Rooms in County Buildings (Sept. 25)
Greening County Fleets (Sept. 30)
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