Grants to Support Sustainable Agriculture

| Thursday April 14th, 2005 | 1 Comment

agriculture.jpgIn early 2006, the Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program will distribute more than $2 million in grants to projects exploring and promoting sustainable agriculture. Grant categories include Research and Education, Professional Development, Farmer/Rancher, and Professional + Producer, with deadlines varying from early June to December of this year.
For complete category descriptions, calls for proposals, and application instructions, visit the program’s Apply for a Grant website.

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Sustainable Business Declaration of Leadership

| Thursday April 14th, 2005 | 0 Comments

bizdec.gifGil Friend of Natural Logic recently published a short PDF entitled “Sustainable Business: A Declaration of Leadership“. It’s the kind of excellent, concise document you can print out and paste above your desk for inspiration and conversational stimulation. Among my favorite points: “the well being of our economy fundamentally depends on the services from nature that support it”. Download the PDF here.

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Nike CSR Report Breaks New Ground

| Thursday April 14th, 2005 | 2 Comments

nike.gifPrompted in part by a court ruling three years ago, Nike has just put out a new CSR report that breaks new ground in transparency. Among other notable steps, a complete list of Nike’s suppliers is now available on their website. That move in particular is likely to spur similar supply-chain transparency among other companies, and puts Nike ahead of the game in social and environmental reporting. (Financial Times Article, Nike Press Release & CSR Website)

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Suspending Time to Save Oil

| Wednesday April 13th, 2005 | 0 Comments

oilclock.jpgThe U.S. Transporation Department estimates a whopping 10,000 barrels of oil a day could be saved by extending daylight savings time by two months. The savings would come due to a decrease in electrical demands during daylit hours. In an attempt to offset skyrocketing energy costs, an ammendment stipulating this extension has already been approved by lawmakers. Hopefully the legislators invloved realize that the sun not only provides natural light, but also harvestable energy that could further offset rising costs.

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Whole Foods Market takes Transparancy to Next Level

| Wednesday April 13th, 2005 | 1 Comment

wholefoods.jpgAt their recent shareholder meetings, Whole Foods Market took a huge step forward by agreeing to label their private label brand products as GE-Free. Indigo Teiwes of Progressive Investments says,

Improving transparency, increasing consumer education, and realizing the full benefit of the company’s market advantage resulting from this decision is a strategic business move. Given increasing consumer concerns about genetically engineered foods, Whole Foods is taking advantage of a natural opportunity to enhance its market share.

Read about it at Organic Consumer Association.

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The 6040 House

| Wednesday April 13th, 2005 | 2 Comments

prefab.gifThere’s no reason pre-fab construction has to mean a doublewide and a Camaro on blocks. There’s also no reason it has to employ anything less that the highest green building standards. Enter the 6040 House: A generous 3,000+ square feet of energy efficient steel-framing (readily recyclable) manufactured to minimize construction waste. I’ve also been informed by a tipster that “Solar power, wind generator, rainwater harvesting, and biolet off-grid toilets are available” – although I can’t seem to find that referenced on the website.

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Prius Hack Could Give 180 Miles per Gallon

| Wednesday April 13th, 2005 | 3 Comments

prius.jpgLike all good hacks, this probably voids your warranty, but a group of enterprising folks in silicon valley have managed to rig a Toyota Prius with a plug. This allows users to crank the batteries to maximum charge overnight, reducing the amount of gasoline needed. One enthusiast claims an astonishing 180mpg is possible. No word on his electric bill, but Toyota and other skeptics claim the batteries just aren’t made to handle this sort of abuse, and environmentalists remind us – the ‘greeness’ of an electric car is only as good as the source the electricity comes from. [Cnet article here]

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Business Ethics Top 100 Corporate Citizens

| Tuesday April 12th, 2005 | 0 Comments

bizethics.gifBusiness Ethics Magazine has just published its annual “top-100 lists” of the best corporate citizens. Engine manufacturer, Cummins has received the coveted number-one spot after announcing a 90% reduction in diesel emissions, while tripling earnings for 2004. Rounding out the top five: 2) Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, 3) St. Paul Travellers, 4) Nuveen Investments, 5) Intel. (PDF list of all 100 winners here)

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$100 Laptops for Third World Kids?

| Tuesday April 12th, 2005 | 0 Comments

laptop_moon.gifMIT is developing an ultra-cheap laptop computer designed for use in underpriveldged areas of the globe (CNN Story here). The idea is to sell large orders to governments who would distribute them to children as a valuable educational tool. Some of the cost saving features – Linux, hand crank chargable batteries, and novel backlit screens. (via Phatgnat)

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The Kyoto Effect?

| Tuesday April 12th, 2005 | 0 Comments

uptrend.jpgNo, the Kyoto effect is not a warming climate trend, it’s a warming profit trend. As reported in GreenBiz, European companies that deal in renewable energy have already seen significant stock price growth, while their counterparts in non-Kyoto nations have seen weakening. The article does mention that it’s too early to tell if the effect is provable but it certainly adds improved prospects to renweable energy investment, at least in Europe.

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Healthy Soda? Try Zota

| Monday April 11th, 2005 | 1 Comment

zota_sm.gifThe vast majority of carbonated beverages are far from healthy, despite their ubiquity. Something about that sweet bubbliness just keeps people coming back. But recently, a Silicon Valley entrpreneur and an exec from Ben & Jerry’s teamed up to create a soda that’s not only healthy but also good for the planet. Zota Soda is organic green tea flavored in a variety of ways, with a wee bit of cane juice as sweetener – that means no high fructose corn syrup – and nothing artificial. The company website has more. (Industry article here)

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Chai Tea to Mulch Equals Good Business

| Monday April 11th, 2005 | 0 Comments

tnova.jpgTerra Nova Ecological Landscaping of Santa Cruz California has a business model that’s about as green as it gets. As a landscaping company that may be easier than for other types of firms, but there is still plenty of room for interesting innovation. The company recently teamed up with a local tea company to recycle mounds of fragrent used tea leaves as something called “Chai Mulch” (article in Epoch times), a win for the landfill and for happy customers’ olfactory sensibilities. To top it off, they’re using bikes as their primary mode of hauling materials. (website)

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GMO Corn Incident Leads to Fines, Trade Issues

| Monday April 11th, 2005 | 0 Comments

Corn.jpgBetween 2001 and 2004, biotech company Syngenta accidentally released seeds from an unapproved strain of genetically-modified corn into the domestic and European supplies. Last Friday, the US Department of Agriculture slapped Syngenta with a $375,000 fine for the transgression, and the company will be required to sponsor a compliance traning conference. There may also be fines from the EPA.
It gets worse; the European Union Executive Commission is talking about an end to all imports of biotech animal feed from the US because of the incident. Read more at Reuters.

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The Next American City

| Monday April 11th, 2005 | 0 Comments

The Next American City is a new quarterly magazine by a new generation of urban thinkers and leaders that explores the transformation of America’s cities and suburbs, asking tough questions about how and why our built environment, economy, society and culture are changing.
They ask: asks, “Where do we go from here?” In this rapidly changing landscape, how can businesses and developers thrive? How can cities and suburbs expand their economies? And how can our society successfully address social and environmental challenges?

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Taking Green Steps to the Tradeshow Floor

| Friday April 8th, 2005 | 1 Comment

greenfeetsmall.gifAt the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah (Jan 28-Feb 1) a new tradeshow concept called Green Steps was introduced- designed to raise awareness on sustainability and showcase outdoor companies that support a healthy environment. Operating under the premise that retailers are increasingly interested in building relationships with exhibitors that support green business practices, it received high marks from both retailers and exhibitors and plans to implement “Green Steps” into future tradeshows is in the works. So remember to follow those green steps while at your next convention!

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