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  By Thomas Fuller © The New York Times Co. SALEM, ORE. » A giant earthquake. A huge flood. Wildfires followed by choking smoke. An ice storm that knocks out power for days. Four years ago, a group of employees at the Oregon State Treasury sat down and compiled a list of every conceivable d...
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Businesses, partners working to restore nature to RiNo, Five Points In Denver, CO  By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Jevon Taylor’s goal as a clothes designer and retailer goes beyond selling shirts and sweatshorts, just as his reasons for promoting the “greening” of the Five Points neighborh...
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    The Earth (and your neighbors) will thank you By Stephen Treffinger © The New York Times Co. It’s not easy being green. When you envisioned a meticulously nonchalant drought-resistant front yard, you were thinking “High Line,” the Manhattan green space. Your neighbors, however, pe...
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Expert says more demand for salvaged materials is needed By Lisa Prevost © The New York Times Co. As the green building movement evolves beyond energy efficiency into new areas of sustainability, one promising effort focuses on finding new life for used building materials, although advocates say ...
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You likely have heard the stories of the bankruptcies of Solyndra, Fisker Automotive and Evergreen Solar, heard about the green tech funds on Sand Hill Road that just didn't deliver and the less than rosy stock prices of clean energy companies that actually made it to an IPO ... So is green investin...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
A recent article on The National Geographic website titled Los Angeles River: Concrete Ditch to Urban Oasis tells us that a restoration plan has been made for the practically empty 51 miles that was once a river. Success for the city of angels, indeed! Make sure to read up on the plans, it is really...
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Chalk this one up as a combination we never saw coming. It appears that one of America’s most recognizable car companies is teaming up with America’s favorite ketchup brand. Ford and Heinz are coming together to investigate whether using tomato fibers in the development of sustainable composit...
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A team of University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering students created a roof tile coating that when applied to an average-sized residential roof breaks down the same amount of smog-causing nitrogen oxides per year as a car dri...
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Posted by on in General Environment
Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores in the United States and around the world will celebrate the upcoming Earth Day next Tuesday, April 22. According to a new report Thursday, Apple’s Cupertino, California campus will also join the celebration with a major internal event on April 22 focused on 2014 Eart...
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Last spring, we explored the fascinating work of Ecovative Design, an upstate New York company that was expanding from using fungi as the basis for greener-than-plastics shipping materials into the building insulation realm. That’s right, insulation made from mushrooms. At the time, the company wa...
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Through Biomimicry I work almost exclusively in the business world and talking about nature regardless of whether we talking about an issue, a risk or opportunity; it makes a lot of business people uncomfortable. A bit like talking about religion or politics. I think the recent rise in awareness of...
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Green Lifestyle Choices Don't Change the Systems That Make Fossil Fuels Attractive Which is why we need a structural solution, like a carbon tax. by MAGGIE KOERTH-BAKER Fossil fuels don't care which brand of paper towel you use. They don't care whether you put bamboo flooring in your kitchen, or ...
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In 2012, despite a 39 percent decline in education sector-related construction, the growth in its total green share was estimated to be $16 billion, almost double the 2008 green education market, according to the new report from McGraw-Hill Construction, "New and Retrofit Green Schools: The Cost Ben...
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Adopting "clean technology" doesn't have to cost the earth, whether you're a large global enterprise or a local shop, but it could ensure the long-term survival of your business. As the population continues to grow, the demand for food, water and energy will rise by as much as 50% by 2030, says the...
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Environmental strategists have been talking about green cities for years. The hope of the future in terms of reducing the carbon footprint and negative ecological impact of the industrialized world lies in our ability to clean up our cities. Our major urban centers have the potential to do the most ...
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Posted by on in Forestry
Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow, so forests have long been proposed as a way to offset climate change. But rather than just letting the forest sit there for a hundred or more years, the amount of carbon dioxide taken out of the atmosphere could be quadrupled in 100 years by ...
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  More new homes now will come with energy labels that estimate monthly energy bills, allowing buyers a different way of shopping for homes. The energy labels have been compared to the miles-per-gallon ratings available for cars, which give insight into a car’s fuel efficiency. Likewise, more ...
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When EarthWorks Expo www.earthworks2009.com returns for the third year to the Denver Merchandise Mart (Aug. 22-23), it will offer attendees a comprehensive workshop schedule, two keynote presentations and 150 exhibitors showcasing Earth-friendly products and services. EarthWorks Expo’s 42 workshops...
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A partnership of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Transport Forum (ITF) and FIA Foundation is launching the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) at the upcoming Geneva motor show. The “50 by 50” effort calls for cars worldwide to be made...
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On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, executives at the Sears Tower announced plans for the most significant sustainable modernization projects of an existing building ever undertaken. The project will result in energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, cutt...
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