Sustainable Technology- Fiber-Optic Lighting

      Michael Kanellos of Cnetnews.com reports that Fiberstars, an Ohio-based company, has come up with a way to combine industrial-grade lamps with fiber-optic technology to create interior lighting systems that consume far less energy than traditional fluorescent or incandescent bulbs.  A single 70-watt metal halide high-intensity discharge lamp from Fiberstars linked to the …

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Whole Foods Market Becomes First Fortune 500 Company to Offset 100% of Its Energy Usage

ROCKY HILL, Conn. The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), SunEdison and Whole Foods Market today hosted a dedication ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of a 121-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed on the rooftop of the Whole Foods Market Distribution Center located at 400 East Johnson Road in Cheshire, Connecticut. Covering about 10% of the …

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WBCSD Chairman Travis Engen wins this year’s SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award

The 6th annual SAM/SPG Sustainable Leadership Award, acknowledging personal excellence in implementing the principles of sustainability in the corporate sector has been awarded to WBCSD Chairman and retired Alcan President CEO Travis Engen. An international jury of sustainability experts chose Travis Engen for his many years as successful CEO of the Canadian Aluminum producer. Jeremy …

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The Economics of Urban Sprawl- What’s Happening to Our Farmland?

If you are from Colorado and have made the drive along I-25 over the last five years from Denver to Fort Collins or Denver to Colorado Springs, you have undoubtedly noticed it.  The irony of vast corn fields and pastures surrounded by construction sites and tract housing.  Productive pastures once grazed by livestock replaced by …

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Vast Oil Pool Tapped in Gulf of Mexico- What Does it Mean for Alternative Energy?

The AP reports that a trio of oil companies led by Chevron Corp. has tapped a petroleum pool deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico that could boost the nation’s reserves by more than 50 percent.  Tim Haab, Environmental Economics, finds the reports "both promising and troubling.  As most models of resource depletion would predict, rising …

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Top Ten Reasons for Businesses to Build Green

TOP TEN REASONS TO BUILD GREEN: 1.  In the event up-front costs are higher for for high performance green buildings, they can be recovered. 2.  Integrated design lowers ongoing operating costs. 3.  Better buildings equate to better employee productivity. 4.  New technologies enhance health and well being. 5.  Healthier buildings can reduce liability. 6.  Tenants’ …

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Paonia, Colorado- Offering Green Slopes and Policies

Nancy Lofholm of The Denver Post offers an interesting article about Paonia, Colorado and how their desire "not to become Vail" has helped them become a hotbed of alternative-energy, blurring some of the traditional divisions between the coal mining crowd and "those who favor straw-bale homes", sharing the common goal of saving energy.  Click here …

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Better Solar Power – Scientist Creates Light-harvesting Molecules that Mimic Those in Plants

Scientists at the University of Sydney in Australia have created molecules that mimic those in plants which harvest light. “A leaf is an amazingly cheap and efficient solar cell,” says Dr Deanna D’Alessandro, a postdoctoral researcher in the Molecular Electronics Group at the University of Sydney. “The best leaves can harvest 30 to 40 percent …

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Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Based on the cooperation of Dow Jones Indexes, STOXX Limited and SAM they provide asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios. Currently 56 DJSI licenses are held by …

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