Monthly Archives: January 2009

Jan
30
2009
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber First in NC to Offer Discounted Health Options

The Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Piedmont Health, has created a pilot program to offer health care to its members at a discounted rate. Members who take advantage of this trial program will be able to visit any of Piedmont Health’s facilities and receive a doctor’s care and prescription …

Jan
30
2009
Bland Landscaping Sustainability Checklist

The Landscaping industry creates wonderful expressions of natural beauty that are enjoyed by many.  Good landscaping reduces carbon dioxide, cools the air, stabilizes soil and provides habitat for countless animals. Because we spend our days caring for the built environment, we realize more than most people that the time for positive …

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Jan
26
2009
President Obama's Order is Likely to Tighten Auto Standards

“Once they act, automobile manufacturers will quickly have to retool to begin producing and selling cars and trucks that get higher mileage than the national standard, and on a faster phase-in schedule. The auto companies have lobbied hard against the regulations and challenged them in court.” Click here for the …

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Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's...
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Jan
17
2009
Continental Test Flight Uses Algae As Fuel

From Fast Company: “Continental Airlines became the first US carrier to power a plane using algae as fuel yesterday. The flight, which notably took off from Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, was also the first in the world to use a dual-engine commercial plane rather than a four-engine aircraft to test …

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Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's...
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Jan
14
2009
No Furnaces But Plenty of Heat...

“From the outside, there is nothing unusual about the stylish new gray and orange row houses in the Kranichstein District, with wreaths on the doors and Christmas lights twinkling through a freezing drizzle. But these houses are part of a revolution in building design: There are no drafts, no cold …

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Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's...
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Jan
8
2009
Innovative Use of Sewage Knocks 15% Off of Akron, Ohio's Electricity Bill

Schmack BioEnergy designed an incredible methane-powered sewage plant for Akron, Ohio, that is saving that city 15% in electrical costs. “Akron’s methane-powered sewage plant is the only system of its kind in the United States. But other cities,

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Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's...
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Jan
8
2009
99 Year Old Smith's Dairy Takes Environmental Measures That Boost Its Bottom Line

(From The Plain Dealer, Oct. 19, 2008 – Orrville, Ohio) “… launching a major environmental initiative in these times actually makes a lot of practical business sense, Schmid believes. “We’re saving money by paring down on our delivery routes and having our trucks spend less time parked but running their …

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