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Going Green: Who’s In, Who’s Out

By Loretta White ecomii.com
May 18, 2009
File under: Alternative Sources, Climate Change, Energy Sources, Green Economy, Solar Energy

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There is a huge transition to “going green” across the planet lately. Corporations looking to get on the green band wagon to; save money, get buyers loyalty, and get tax incentives have all lined up and started to do their part.

In this series I will focus on individual companies and projects that we as “green people” would like to know about and support. After all, if you had a choice between a green company and a “I don’t care about the environment” company, all else being equal, what would you pick?

I for one would rather support the company that has a “sustainability policy,” or a local small business apposed to a huge monopoly just because these are the players that cement our lives, add value to our communities and care about the consequences of their decisions and ultimately, they have to live here too! …read more of Going Green: Who’s In, Who’s Out here

 
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My New Smart Meter

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
May 3, 2009
File under: Electric Sources, Green Economy, Waste Reduction

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This week I was able to see the green revolution at work, when my electricity provider–San Diego Gas & Electric–installed a smart meter on my home (some info on their smart meter program from SDG&E).

The smart meter will be the ground soldier of the smart grid, allowing both utilities and consumers to track demand from individual homes and businesses in real time. Critics remain skeptical about the cost of installing smart meters across the US, but the benefits we are going to see will prove well worth the cost.

Eventually, my smart meter will allow me to monitor my electricity usage online, but this feature will not be available to SDG&E customers until later in the year. Until then the meter’s main benefit is that SDG&E can monitor my demand and identify problems (basically, not much).

Once I can track my usage and the current price of electricity in real time, however, the system will allow me to level off my demand–moving away from peak demand hours when prices are highest–and encourage me to reduce my overall demand. …read more of My New Smart Meter here

 
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Why Trees and Vegetation Are Important

By Loretta White ecomii.com
April 17, 2009
File under: Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Green Economy, Waste Reduction

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Over the past 15 years working and communicating with people globally, I have noticed a pattern; where trees are cut down and land has been cleared, erosion and drought soon follow.

I remember talking to a woman in Kansas where the area was in the midst of another major drought. Mother Nature was not conforming to “modern farming”. When it did rain, the soil was washed away due to the lack of vegetation. My first thought was “Why did they cut all the trees down and reshape the plains?”

A simple solution is to plant some trees and other vegetation to hold the soil before it becomes barren. Encourage Mother Nature to re-boot herself.

Its not rocket science; trees are the key to maintaining life. They keep the heat island effect down, retain ground water, create oxygen, and evaporate water into the atmosphere. Most importantly, they remove tons of carbon dioxide from the air. …read more of Why Trees and Vegetation Are Important here

 
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Biomass: A Renewable Resource and Green Solution

By Loretta White ecomii.com
March 23, 2009
File under: Alternative Sources, Biofuel, Carbon Emissions, Energy Sources, Green Economy, Heating Sources, Research and Development, Reusable Energy, Waste Reduction

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When I think of biomass, I think of the silver DeLorean in “Back to the Future” where the professor was able to turn garbage into fuel for his time machine.

When that movie came out, the idea of using banana peels to power your engine was probably thought of as ridiculous. But today, humans can use all sorts of natural, renewable vegetation and substances.

 
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Invest in Renewable Energy

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
March 20, 2009
File under: Climate Change, Green Economy

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Investing in renewable energy is not just for venture capitalists and banks. Anyone can, potentially, make a profit by putting their money into renewable energy.

Threats to the sustainability of our society also create business opportunities that innovative companies will take advantage of.

This promises to be a long-term trend, not just a fad: the need for a paradigm shift towards environmental sustainability will impact every industry, every individual, and every country. It will not go away. Energy is a sector that will be particularly impacted, as energy consumption produces most of the greenhouse gas emissions behind climate change.

The old ways of producing energy will give way to production methods which can safely be sustained over the long-term. Both established players and start-ups will likely play a role in changing the game. Here are a few ways any Joe six-pack can get in on the action: …read more of Invest in Renewable Energy here

 
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