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I think we need to exploit this fact more.  With anaerobic digesters and this technology, we can power our own future without fossil fuels.

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The key difference between biofuels that are truly green and those that aren’t is the source material: is it genuinely waste, or is it something like food or virgin wood, that could be put to better use? Well, there’s one source about which there can be no doubt: sewage sludge. And a new study says that this poo-power can produce biodiesel that costs just 10 cents more than conventional diesel.

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Every year, Americans generate seven million tons of sewage sludge — the semi-solid stuff that remains after wastewater is treated — and disposing of it is a real mess. Adding oil-producing microorganisms and processing the results into biodiesel could kill two turds birds with one stone, generating roughly seven billion gallons of fuel at just $3.11 a gallon. Conventional diesel costs about $3.00 a gallon.

The best practices for getting biodiesel this way have hardly been worked out yet, according to the study by EPA scientist David Kargbo. Among the biggest problems is finding a way to collect sludge that is high in lipids — the material the reaction uses — ensuring that traces of pharmaceutical chemicals don’t make it into the fuel. Finally, regulators haven’t even begun to assess what it would mean to transfer large amounts of sewage sludge to private companies for processing into biodiesel.

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I love statistics that can help the revolution!  :)

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Thank goodness for the "State of Green Business Forum," the annual roll-out of's State of Green Business Report. Unlike the plethora of studies and conferences on how well green business is faring, the "SOGB" is one of the only report cards on how green business practices collectively are actually affecting the environment. Unfortunately, the air, water and soil upon which all commerce (and human beings) depend, are not doing so well, even if the green economy is. As Joel Makower, the Forum's host and one of the report's lead author's put it, "If we're not moving the needle, then does all this work matter?"

Indeed, it does, and Makower walked the audience through some of the key findings. Thanks to the report's "Greenbiz Index," twenty indicators that include carbon intensity, water intensity, green power use, and toxic releases per unit of GDP, the report's conclusion is: It is a mixed bag.

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This should be on all our minds. Certainly we, here at Sustainble Hosting, believe this is the wave of the future.

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Major multinational corporations want to lead the way towards sustainability, arguing that global challenges present vast business opportunities.

Sustainable living by 2050 will require "fundamental changes in governance structures, economic frameworks, business and human behaviour," notes a report presented last week at the World CEO Forum in New Delhi.

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Some more sweet solar news.

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The U.S. Navy is installing solar panels on five rooftops at its Pearl Harbor, Hawaii base.

Catch an aerial view of Pearl Harbor and it’s easy to see the potential for rooftop solar energy.   Parts of the U.S. Navy base in Hawaii are open space but much of it is a dense conglomeration of buildings and facilities, and every roof could be a potential sustainable energy generator.

The Navy is turning the potential into reality by contracting with a local company, Niking Corporation, to install solar panels on five rooftops at the base.  In terms of the available roof space that may seem like more of a demonstration project than a full scale installation, but it’s still significant.  The Navy expects the five roofs to bring in enough solar energy to power 440 homes, and for a state that’s not rich in fossil fuels, that’s a clear demonstration of the potential for growth in sustainable solar energy.

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SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposal to exempt the purchase of clean technology manufacturing equipment from sales taxes is being met with enthusiasm at a Carmichael company. manufacturers solar devices for homes and businesses that are shipped across the country. Company owner Al Rich said a sales tax break for the purchase of new manufacturing equipment could help his company expand as well as attract new clean technology companies.

"The more that can be done to attract big manufacturers to come here and not have to deal with taxes, as big as they are, that would be a very big incentive," said Rich.

There are 10,209 clean technology companies in California. Besides solar, manufacturers of zero emission cars would also be exempt from sales taxes.

The governor stated that the loss of sales taxrevenues would be made up by new companies moving to California.



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I love that a huge corporation is trying to clean up their footprint.  Here's some good news from Coca-Cola.

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Renewable Energy, PlantBottle(TM), Recycling Programs Also Among Environmental Initiatives Launched In San Francisco

Coca-ColaSAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Coca-Cola Company officially "flipped the switch" today on its newly refurbished, historic Coca-Cola sign located in downtown San Francisco at701 Bryant St. The relighting also coincides with several environmental initiatives that Coca-Cola is currently introducing in the Bay Area.

About the New Coca-Cola Sign

Viewed by thousands of people who cross the Bay Bridge every day, the new sign's high efficiency lighting provides the same level of brightness as the previous sign, but with enhanced reliability and greater energy efficiency. With this new sign,

Coca-Cola has furthered its corporate commitment to environmental sustainability by converting obsolete lighting technology to a state-of-the-art LED display that is 80 percent moreenergy efficient than the previous sign and has offset 100 percent of the electricity used to power the sign through the purchase of Green-e certified 100 percent wind Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

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Here are some sweet stories from 2009!

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2010 is quickly approaching and we can only hope that it holds even more innovations that will benefit the world we live in.  As we move forward, here's a look back at the stories you clicked on most during the past year.  From gadgets to urine fuel, these are the top ten.

10.  Power-Generating Shock Absorber is Surprisingly Strong A bumpy road could become an asset if these electricity-generating shock absorbers make it to our cars and trucks.

9.    Lithium Supply Fears are Total B.S. Don't let the media frenzy fool you:  why a lithium-crisis is not around the corner.

8.    World's First Floating Wind Turbine Switches On Floating wind turbines could be installed in deep water, keeping them out of coastal views and shipping lanes.

7.    New York State Agencies Switching from Bottled to Tap Another government entity realizes the environmental benefits of tap water over bottled water.

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In addition to carbon emissions, water will be a key point of contention.  If the US can become a leader in solution providing, we all win!

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Oakland, CA — In-ground soil moisture sensors, a system to recover clean water from oil and natural gas production, and an online dashboard that analyzes investor risk that from changes in global watersheds were among the finalists named for this year’s Imagine H2O Prize. This year’s prize — the inaugural global competition — rewards business plans that offer the greatest promise of breakthroughs in the efficient use and supply of water.

If all of the finalists’ proposed businesses were realized, they would save more than one trillion gallons of water annually.

With more than fifty teams from all over the world submitting entries, “the competition has already exceeded our wildest expectations,” says Brian Matthay, the competition’s program manager. Created to help find sustainable solutions to global water problems through entrepreneurship, the competition offers prizes of $70,000 in cash, business and legal support, and access to a network of partners, customers and financiers to help bring their ideas to market.

“Only a small number of water start-ups receive angel and venture investment each year. Our team did an extensive search to find an impressive number of promising water start-ups looking for support,” says Tamin Pechet, Imagine H2O’s Chairman. “More importantly, the Prize actually inspired some water start-ups to put together their teams and business plans that might not have done so otherwise.”

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I hope that our whole country can get on board with climate change regulation. We all need to work towrads the goal or reduced green house gasses.


As world leaders conclude the Copenhagen summit to chart a global strategy on climate change, the U.S. Congress will soon take up cap-and-trade legislation to reduce carbon emissions at home. Business leaders from across the globe and in our own country are supporting these efforts.

The reason is simple: There is an urgent need to put a price on carbon so that markets and businesses can not only plan for, but profit from, the transition from an industrial-age economy powered by coal and oil to a sustainable economy powered by clean energy and energy efficiency.

This past week, more than two-dozen major U.S. companies – including Dow Chemical, Microsoft, Nike, eBay, Sun Microsystems and Pacific Gas & Electric as well as New Hampshire-based Stonyfield Farm and Timberland – sent a letter to President Barack Obama encouraging him to secure a strong climate change agreement with significant emissions reduction targets and substantial new financing commitments from the United States and other developed nations.

Saying that “our environment and economy are at stake,” the letter calls for forceful leadership to achieve a global climate deal and accelerate investments in clean technology deployment, job creation and enhanced U.S. competitiveness.

“We must put the United States on the path to significant emissions reductions, a stronger economy and a new position of leadership to stabilize our climate,” the letter states. “The costs of inaction far outweigh the costs of action.”

It is curious, therefore, that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which ostensibly represents the business community, has not only chosen to oppose climate change solutions, but continues to advance the specious argument that we face a stark choice between the environment and the economy – that addressing climate change will somehow be bad for business and cost us jobs.

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A little know how goes a long way!  ;)

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How to get government money for energy efficiency and other green overhauls.

EarthTalk is a Q&A column from E/The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I've been following reports about President Obama's stimulus package and what it may mean for creating green jobs. Beyond that, are there programs in place to help businesses switch to greener raw materials and/or to green up operations overall? -- Diane, via e-mail

Even though the push to create green jobs is getting the lion's share of business news headlines right now, almost $7 billion of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, the stimulus bill President Obama signed into law earlier this year, has been allocated to help businesses reduce their environmental footprints in any number of ways.

For starters, the stimulus package rewards businesses (as well as individuals) for investments in energy efficiency -- that is, for doing more with less power. The federal government has extended its tax credit program for energy efficient business improvements -- whereby 30% of qualified expenses up to $1,500 can be credited against your tax bill -- through 2010. No one knows yet if the program will be extended beyond that, so 2010 could be a great time to finally go for that upgrade you've been putting off.

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The new carbon mindset is coming soon to a planet near you!

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PARIS — If you happen to be an electronics company fairly satisfied that your products comply with the nightmarish variety of "green" regulations like ROHS, WEEE and REACH, wait a minute. There's a new layer of regulation on the horizon: carbon-footprint labeling.

Bruno Berthon
Managing Director, Accenture


Pending regulations for such labels -- very much like nutrition labels posted on food products -- are already in the works in Europe, driven by the European Union, which has set 2012 as its implementation target date. The French government is also floating the idea of getting this done by 2011.

The implication to the electronics industry is that it's no longer enough to inform consumers how little power your company's electronics product consumes. You need to specify the quantity (in grams) of carbon-dioxide emissions associated with the manufacture, transport and recycling of your product.

Don't roll your eyes.

Regulators in Europe are planning to introduce carbon-footprint labeling for every product -- ranging from potato chips to shampoos.

Asked if electronics products will also be subject to this regulation, Bruno Berthon, managing director, responsible for sustainability services at Accenture, said, "It will be naturally a priority," considering the big carbon footprint electronics products produce.


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