Day: October 19, 2011

What’s the greenest business?

Read the full story from Grist.

On Oct. 17, Newsweek will release released its attention-getting rankings of the top “green” publicly traded global companies.

Last year, the magazine ranked Dell as No. 1. Dell is no slouch on operational greening: The company, along with Hewlett Packard, has led the tech industry in lifecycle stewardship, with a willingness to take back and recycle its old hardware, among many other progressive internal waste reduction measures. Dell also leads in the energy efficiency of its products.

But is Dell really the greenest company in the world? It depends on your criteria. The Newsweek analysis looks at operational issues like emissions of nine key greenhouse gases, water use, solid-waste disposal, and emissions that contribute to acid rain and smog. That’s good and important.

Downloading isn’t as green as you think

Read the full story from CTV News.

While digital music may be the more environmentally benign choice over CDs – which are made primarily with aluminum and petroleum-based plastics – it is not quite as green as many people think, says Casey Harrell, a San Francisco-based IT analyst at Greenpeace International. The same goes for that other popular download: movies, which are increasingly becoming available in digital format through video streaming services such as Netflix.

Cassandra Lin, Rhode Island Student, Applauded For Recycled Biodiesel Project

Read the full post at Huffington Post Green.

Our last foray into kid-hatched alternative-energy projects didn’t end too well (although we’re still big Aidan Dwyer fans), but this one looks puncture-proof. The child this time is 13-year-old Cassandra Lin, who two years ago came up with the idea of collecting used cooking oil in the Westerly, R.I., area where she lives and turning it into heating fuel for people in need.

Battelle scientists develop demonstration of mileage-based user fee based on smart phone technology

Read the full post at Green Car Congress.

At the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems 16-20 Oct. in Orlando, Battelle staff will be demonstrating their mileage-based user fee system based on smart phone technology to interested public officials and representatives of private industry. (Earlier post.)

Illini Biodiesel Initiative recycles used vegetable oil for sustainability

Read the full story in the Daily Illini.

A regular at mealtime in the Ikenberry Dining Hall, fried food has become a staple in the college diet. Though not at the forefront of anyone’s mind during dinner, by eating fried chicken, in a small way, students are helping the University toward a sustainable future. Behind the scenes, a tank that collects all the waste vegetable oil used to prepare some of students’ favorite foods is directly piped into the kitchen system.

Once a week, the Illini Biodiesel Initiative, a registered student organization, collects around 100 gallons of oil from Ikenberry, loads it onto the back of a truck and drives it to Research Park. Here, the oil is put into a 400-gallon thermal reactor, heated and turned into biodiesel — an environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline.

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