As America takes steps to improve our energy security, home-grown fuel sources are more important that ever. One of the fuel sources of the future is algae, small aquatic organisms that convert sunlight into energy and store it in the form of oil. Scientists and engineers at the Energy Department and its national laboratories are researching the best strains of algae and developing the most efficient farming practices. This edition of Energy 101 shows how oil is extracted from algae and refined into sustainable biofuels.
September 18, 2012
2 pm CDT, 1 pm MDT
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The lodging industry is increasingly deploying sustainable practices that reduce properties’ operating costs and help them gain a market advantage. Hotels and inns have found ways to cut energy and water use, reduce solid waste and use safer chemicals—while improving their bottom line.
Learn what actions U.S. hotels are taking in these areas, including:
- Best practices
- Green certifications
- How you can leverage your sustainability achievements to increase market share
- Resources and incentives to help get your projects started.
Pollution Prevention (P2) Week highlights the efforts of EPA, its partners, and the public in making pollution prevention a cornerstone of sustainability. This website from U.S. EPA links to P2 week events and tips for preventing pollution at home and on the road; at work; and for students.
The Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s sector resources also offer a wealth of pollution prevention information on a wide variety of topics.
Read the full story at SmartPlanet.
Many banks are wary to finance renewable energy projects, and that hesitation can stall or even stop new projects. Insurers have stepped in to help mitigate the risks and establish the appropriate underwriting processes.
Massachusetts based Energi Insurance Services has published a handbook to guide banks though the many risks involved with renewables (and naturally how insurance products can help). The findings outline potential risk exposures in an attempt to help banks identify conditions when loans may not be repaid.