Day: May 18, 2012

Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through a new initiative, Environmental Solutions for Communities, designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. This five-year initiative is supported through a $15 million contribution from Wells Fargo that will be used to leverage other public and private investments with an expected total impact of over $37.5 million.

Collectively, investments under this initiative will promote a sustainable future for communities by:

  • Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship;
  • Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality;
  • Restoring and managing natural habitat, species and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods;
  • Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency; and
  • Encouraging broad-based citizen participation in project implementation.

Under this five-year initiative, grants will be offered twice a year to support priority projects in states and communities where Wells Fargo operates ( Additional priorities and funding guidelines may be found within the program’s Request for Proposals. In addition, funding available under this new partnership will also be used to leverage resources associated with other NFWF funding opportunities.

National Design Award Winners Announced

The National Design Awards program celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement.

ENB wishes to congratulate Janine Benyus, a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In 1998, Benyus cofounded Biomimicry Guild, the world’s first bio‐inspired consultancy, bringing nature’s sustainable designs to over 250 clients, including Boeing, Nike, General Electric, Herman Miller, HOK, IDEO, Interface, and Procter and Gamble. In 2006, Benyus cofounded Biomimicry Institute, home of AskNature, an online library of life’s best ideas. In 2011, she launched Biomimicry 3.8 to certify and nurture the growing network of biomimicry professionals. Benyus has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Heinz Award, and was TIME’s International 2007 Hero of the Environment.

H/T to Scott Butner for bringing this to my attention.

How an organic egg farm established a new pecking order

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

It isn’t easy being green. But, for one New Hampshire egg farm, the long, difficult road to becoming an organic egg producer has reaped rewards by the dozen…literally.
The move to developing a socially and environmentally responsible egg farm wasn’t easy for Pete & Gerry’s, which has been in the egg game since the late 1800s. It was, however, their only hope for survival. When, in the 1990s, new technology allowed larger farms to ramp up production on regular farm-fresh eggs at a rapid pace, Pete & Gerry’s was almost left behind. Instead, the company decided to evolve into an organic and natural company. Two decades later, the company sells more than 180 million organic eggs a year.

11 ways to control weeds without chemicals

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

Here are seven strategies for preventing weed growth, and four methods of controlling existing weeds, with the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Extreme recycling: A poo-powered Tuk Tuk

Read the full story at SmartPlanet.

A tuk tuk, also known as an auto rickshaw, is a cheap, alternative form of transport found in countries across the world.

Usually three-wheeled and used as a vehicle for hire in developing countries, tuk tuks also provide a novelty form of transport in the West. They can be powered by petrol, LPG (autogas) and hydrogen (in more modern cases), but now the Denver Zoo has found another means to provide energy for their tuk tuks — human trash and animal feces.

Things that can be recycled: 14 unique items

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

As environmental awareness has grown, so have greater opportunities to recycle. Recycling is incorporated into the waste management systems of most every town in the U.S., and what can be recycled has expanded because of changes in technology and marketing.

Justine Fallon of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection said that even within the last year, changes have occurred. “Aerosols used to be a safety issue (for workers). Some of the procedures in how the materials are baled now have brought about less concern,” said Fallon.
It is always a good idea to check with your local department of public works regarding what can be recycled where you live. There is a range of differences in each recycling plant as to what they will recycle, but you might be closer to going waste-free than you think.
Here’s a list of 14 items you used to have to throw in the trash, but can now be recycled in many areas:

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