Sunday, May 5, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 5 April 2013

Sensor glove changes colour in the presence of hazardous substances
3 May, 2013 - Security takes top priority in laboratories and in production. In the future, employees exposed to risks will only have to put on a glove in order to receive a toxic substance warning: This textile identifies poisonous substances, and points them out immediately.

Employees in chemical production or in laboratories are frequently exposed to harmful substances. The problem: Many of these aggressive substances are imperceptible to human senses, which makes handling them so risky. read more>>>

Minnesota should act now on transportation
05/02/13 - Much of the focus at the Minnesota Legislature this session, appropriately, has been on education and the need to prepare a world-class work force for Minnesota to compete. Legislators who have committed to solving problems for Minnesota should not forget transportation. It’s the second largest household expense (after housing), and affects everything from jobs to economic vitality to health care.

Thousands of Minnesotans from the labor and environmental movements have found common ground on ideas — such as investing in transit and transportation — that create good, family-supporting jobs while making our country more efficient and protecting our environment. read more>>>

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$7m for clean energy on US tribal lands
03. May 2013 - The U.S. Department of Energy is making up to US$7 million available for clean energy projects on tribal land.

In a statement announcing the launch of two funds for tribal land clean energy projects, the Energy Department claimed the 2% of land which belongs to native American peoples has the potential to provide 5% of the U.S.' renewable energy resources. read more>>>

Solare Energy, Inc. Offers New Solar Specific Loans to San Diego Homeowners
May 01, 2013 - With homeowners often wondering if solar will fit within their budget, San Diego-based solar company Solare Energy, Inc. has partnered with EnerBank USA to offer the first ever, solar specific combo loan*. The goal of the partnership and the loan is to make going solar easy for homeowners, and to provide immediate savings and cash flow. Solare Energy is offering this solar specific loan to all homeowners in San Diego, Riverside and Orange Counties that are looking to finance a residential solar system.

“We are so excited to be offering the first ever loan designed specifically for solar purchases,” says Solare Energy Vice President of Energy Assessments, John Davis. read more>>>

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Girl Scouts Design Eco Dream Houses
May 01, 2013 - For many young people designing a dream home is a rite of passage, a point in childhood when they start to realize that someday in the future they’re actually going to have the opportunity to build or purchase their own houses.

The Girl Scouts of America (GSA) has found a way to take that age-old fantasy and give it a fun twist that doubles as an environmental lesson for scouts in the 7-11 year-old age group. It’s called “Design Your Eco Dream House,” and the GSA joined with New York-based design studios Vault49 and Sanborn Media Factory to combine an online architectural and design journey with real life options that would highlight environmental impact, gauged through the game’s “eco-meter.” read more>>>

AIA/COTE Announces 2013 Top Ten Green Projects
April 22, 2013 - With an outstanding 2013 line-up, the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment (AIA/COTE) Top Ten Green Projects continues in its role as the nation’s premier showcase of projects that marry good design and green performance.

This year’s projects continue the strong focus from 2012 on social consciousness. “This group of projects underscored the social value of providing high functioning buildings for people who are often without the benefit of that,” notes juror Gail Vittori of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. Working with limited budgets didn’t seem to hurt many of the winners. In fact, as juror Fiona Cousins of Arup points out, “In many cases, the slightly more financially constrained budgets actually produced better outcomes.” read more>>>

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When is a cow like a car?
Apr. 25, 2013 - Martin Barrow, Head of Footprinting at the Carbon Trust discusses the need for the meat industry to take action on carbon emissions.

When is a cow like a car? It may sound like a joke, but the answer could be serious for meat producers. Red meat is suffering from a wave of bad press. Shoppers' confidence in beef products has been knocked by the horsemeat scandal which has also increased awareness of high prices. Concerns are also emerging about the environmental impact of rearing cattle and sheep for consumption. read more>>>

Global trends shaping the future of energy
Apr. 29, 2013 - Industrial energy users are going to have to bear the brunt as governments around the world struggle to bring down carbon emissions.

That is the finding of a new white paper produced by Schneider Electric Professional Services – “Five Global Trends Shaping the Future of Energy”. It is well known in the UK that government policy is often driven by domestic energy cost concerns, but 75% of consumption is from industrial users. Now industrial users seem set to take the heat to achieve increased carbon reduction. read more>>>

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