going green

Saving the World

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The clean tech gurus are gathering; and they’re fighting for efficiency.

Rex Northen is executive director of the Cleantech Open. A company that started in California’s Silicon Valley and has spread across the country to the rest of the world. It began in 2006 by a group of business leaders who saw clean technology coming and also saw the potential for clean tech companies to fail.

“That wouldn’t matter if the start ups were developing some new table but it does matter if the technologies they’re developing can help change the planet.”  read more »

Keeping the Lights On

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These days more people seem to be going green; but soon we may not have the choice.

The International Green Energy Council is an advocacy organization dedicated to introducing countries to the idea of renewable energy. Recently I spoke with their Secretary General Ralph Avallone about the challenges our nation is facing just to keep the lights on.

“We don’t have a national security plan for energy for our future. And without energy our country dies.”  read more »

A Green Administration

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Next year the American people vote for a leader; and some are hoping we go green.

I recently spoke with Ralph Avallone, Secretary General for the International Green Energy Council; an organization working to educate countries on embracing and achieving different means of energy. I asked him how green energy is going to impact the upcoming 2012 presidential election.

“I think green energy, the green energy movement, renewable energy; alternative energy in itself is going to become a serious issue in this election because utility companies don’t know how they’re going to provide energy for the growing population.”

And people are looking everywhere for a solution.

“Our country is broke and someone needs to be held accountable.”  read more »

Sweet Sustainability

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In this changing economy it pays to go green and now it might even taste good too.

Lola is a Formula Three racing car developed by students at the University of Warwick in Britain. The car has a top speed of 135 mph and can race from zero to sixty in 2.5 seconds. Under the hood is a 2.0 liter BMW engine, and in the gas tank is leftover chocolate, carrots, potato starch and flax.

Lola also features a radiator that converts ozone back to oxygen and brake pads made from cashews are being developed. One of the car’s designers, Kerry Kirwan says Lola uses materials that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill. Kirwan says the car lets people engage with recycling without the finger wagging.  read more »

Going Green

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The business of going green is starting to bloom. We are watching everything from sustainable clothing to eco-friendly cleaning products emerging on the market. But on one island nation, going green will not just be a voluntary exercise. It will be the law of the land.

Travelers to Liuqiu, a small tropical island off the coast of southern Taiwan, can anticipate clean air year round, thanks to a new law that will phase out and then ban all gas powered scooters, cars and buses.

County officials are planning to spend between $9.3 million and $15.5 million on the going-green project. County officials say electric scooters will be made available to the 300,000 tourists who visit every year. They have purchased 400 scooters, and are offering subsidies for residents to start buying them.  read more »

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