Day: June 20, 2006

Ohio companies receive $650,000 in small business contracts for environmental technology projects

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 recently announced that five companies in Ohio have been awarded $650,000 in contracts for 2006 EPA Small Business Innovation Research program projects. Ten companies in Region 5 states received more than $1 million in total funding. Read the press release.

The Dirty Secret of China's Economy

Read the full story in BusinessWeek.

China’s rapid growth has only worsened its environmental problems, and the government expects pollution to quadruple by 2020.

Computer recycling a niche industry

Read the full story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

When Scott Electric started recycling electrical materials five years ago, the company shipped about six tractor-trailer loads a year to its recycler, including a few computers.

Now, the South Greensburg company sends out a tractor-trailer of recyclables once a week, and discarded computers increasingly make up more of the load, according to Dick Smith, industrial sales manager.

Global warming series from the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Read the full series.

In a special project, the Louiseville Courier-Journal takes an in-depth look at climate change and examines how decisions by people living in the MidWest and South affect the environment and residents of the Arctic.

Global Warming Goes To Wall Street

Read the full story in Forbes Magazine.

Although the U.S. did not ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which addresses the problem of global warming, Peter Suozzo, director of sustainable investment research for North America at Citigroup, believes that the nation has begun a significant shift in its climate policies. “We see a number of catalysts that will create investment opportunities related to reducing greenhouse gases and mitigating exposure to climate change risk,” says Suozzo.

International Conference: Biofuels for Transportation – Event Agenda with Presentation PDFs

From the Worldwatch Institute:

For more on the report, read the complete press release, view selected trends and facts from the report, register (free) or log in to our site to download PDF files of the short and extended summaries, and view a transcript from the morning session of the conference. The full report will be available later in the year. read more

Hope For A Thirsty City: Rainwater Harvesting in Beijing

Read the full story from the Worldwatch Institute.

It is not sensational to predict that if China ever moves its capital city, this will be due largely to water shortages. The current capital, Beijing, is exuding dryness from every pore, particularly during the spring and fall when it is plagued by inland sandstorms and strong winds.

London Sustainability Weeks: A Green House

Via Treehugger:

It’s London Sustainability Weeks and the city has been engulfed by an awe-inspiring number of events celebrating the creation of “a better quality of life for everyone, whilst protecting our environment and being aware of the limits on resource use.”

It kicked off with the Camden Green Fair; in a park, complete with booths representing just about every environmental group that exists, plus the requisite food, children’s activities and a bicycle-driven forge. On Open Garden Squares Days, private squares and private parks across the city were open for public envy. Donnachadh McCarthy, creator and owner of London’s first green house, opened his doors to the public. The genial Irishman started working on it in 1999, recognising that he wanted to change his lifestyle and make a difference. He has installed the first wind turbine for electricity on a private house in London (the same one that David Cameron wants to put on his house).

On his roof he also has solar electric PV panels and a single solar electric panel for a hot water system. He made a profit of 20£ from energy sold back to London Energy but emphasised that in fact the paybacks are very little, no matter what anyone says. “You get into this to save the environment, not money”.

His house has made him reconnect with the weather—if it’s raining he knows that his rain barrel is filling up, if it is windy, the turbine is working away and if it’s sunny, the solar panels are being used.

Coffee Table Made of Compressed Coffee Beans and Sugar: a Nick Rawcliff Design at the Scottish Museum

Read the full story on Treehugger:

According to Single Serve this made-from-dregs table is “being exhibited in the Scottish Museum in Edinburgh at the Green Design: Creativity with a Conscience exhibition on until 25th June”.

This looks wonderful as a functioning item, as recycling innovation, and as an artful expression. But, does it represent “re-cycling;” “down-cycling;” or, something entirely new? When it’s worn to the dregs can it be composted? Will my dog want to chew on it? Is a spill a problem?

So tasty looking we’ve got to find out more. The full Scottish Museum press release on the exhibit features many re-workings. Cheers to the single malt of TreeHugger museum for being forward-looking and green.

WSJ Takes A Look At Eco-Fiber Fashion Design

Via Treehugger:

Solar panels, minihouses, eco-friendly cleaning services and now – fashionable eco-fibers? Hmm… It appears as though the Wall Street Journal which we once referred to as a “rabid anti-treehugger fishwrap” has come along quite nicely in their coverage of eco-progressive issues.

Our favorite fashion maven Jill Danyelle at FiftyRX3 brings news of this weekend’s WSJ coverage of the trials and tribulations facing designers working with a new class of sustainable fabrics. It seems that: corn fibers are sensitive to heat; repurposed plastic can’t hold a stitch, bamboo stretches and banana is itchy.

But the good news is that from Armani to Rogan Gregory, designers are busting through the learning curve to discover better ways to make eco-fibers both beautiful and user-friendly. Via FiftyRx3. (To get the full-on TH scoop on eco-fibers check out Leonora’s post on green fabrics).

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