Day: September 25, 2006

Buyer Beware: How One Person Can Change the Fabric of an Industry

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Coral Rose is often asked, “If you don’t eat it, why would you care if your T-shirt is organic?” Her answers to that question is why she helped one of the world’s largest retailers embrace organic cotton.

Campus Sustainability Assessment Questionnaire

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Designed to rate the level of sustainability of colleges and universities using its seven dimensions of sustainability.

Study Says Renewables Becoming Cost-Competitive in U.S.

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Renewable resources currently provide just over 6 percent of total U.S. energy, but that figure could increase rapidly in the years ahead, according to a new report by the Worldwatch Institute and the Center for American Progress, “American Energy: The Renewable Path to Energy Security.”

Steelcase Receives Pollution Prevention Award

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Steelcase Inc. has received the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, the largest U.S. membership organization devoted to pollution prevention.

Mobile Phone Companies Commit to Environmental Action Plan

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A group of mobile manufacturers, network operators, suppliers, recyclers, consumer and environmental organizations, led by Nokia, has committed to improve the environmental performance of mobile phones and to do more to raise consumer awareness and participation in take-back and recycling.

New WMRC publication on small scale biodiesel production

WMRC has just released a new publication entitled Feasibility Report: Small Scale Biodiesel Production.

New climate change report from the Government Accountability Office

Climate Change: Greater Clarity and Consistency Are Needed in Reporting Federal Climate Change Funding, testimony by John B. Stephenson, director, natural resources and environment, before the House Committee on Government Reform. GAO-06-1122T, September 21.
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Termites Could Eat into Oil's Bottom Line

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In order to make the economic production of cellulosic ethanol viable and cost-effective, the discovery of new enzymes must be found in order to convert agricultural biomass to clean burning fuel. Surprisingly, one rich source of these enzymes has been found in the digestive tracts of termites.

Floating Wind Turbines the Wave of the Future

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An MIT researcher has a vision: Four hundred huge offshore wind turbines are providing onshore customers with enough electricity to power several hundred thousand homes, and nobody standing onshore can see them. The trick? The wind turbines are floating on platforms a hundred miles out to sea, where the winds are strong and steady.

Here Comes the Sun: Going Photovoltaic with Whole Foods and the 11th Annual National Solar Tour

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Corporations are discovering that solar installations can be more than a sunny public relations exercise—they’re actually good business.

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