Monthly Archives: July 2012

Jul
30
2012
Tremont Electric Seeks to nPower® Handheld Electronics

Ever trekked through a crowded airport only to discover that every electrical socket at your terminal was occupied? Tremont Electric’s patented nPower® Personal Energy Generator (PEG) hopes to eliminate this hassle. Aaron LeMieux started the Green Plus Certified business in the basement of his home five years ago. Named after …

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Willie Wright is a first year PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina. Prior to his admittance he worked as a Research Assistant on the Research on Food and Farming for All (ROFFA) project, a National Science Foundation sponsored initiative, which assessed the...
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Jul
30
2012
Four Green Plus Businesses earn Re-Certification

Four of the earliest adopters and Certified organizations of the Green Plus program have recently earned Re-Certification.    Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, The Redwoods Group, Warfel Construction, and Laser Plus, are four of the 11 organizations to become Green Plus Certified in the first year of the Certification’s …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Jul
25
2012
Great Lakes Brewing Company is serving up great beer, sustainably

  Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) has taken many measures to produce high-quality, award winning beers at low costs to the environment. Two brothers, Daniel and Patrick Conway, started the Cleveland, Ohio-based business in the 1988. As the first microbrewery in the state, GLBC signaled a new era of beer brewing …

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Willie Wright is a first year PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina. Prior to his admittance he worked as a Research Assistant on the Research on Food and Farming for All (ROFFA) project, a National Science Foundation sponsored initiative, which assessed the...
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Jul
24
2012
'Business Delivering Environmental Innovation'

By Intel’s Gary Niekerk for the Business Civic Leadership Center “Today, businesses are using their passion for innovation to develop and build new technologies that can address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainability challenges. For example, the development and application of “smart” technologies to manage buildings, transportation systems, …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Jul
24
2012
The Most Important P in the Triple Bottom Line

The most important P in the triple bottom line of People, Planet, Performance is People.  This may sound funny coming from an “ecycling” startup that, in 4 short months, has kept nearly 25,000 pounds of e-waste out of landfills and considers Mother Earth to be our #1 client. But to …

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Triangle Ecycling is on a mission to promote a new alchemy: converting e-waste into education. We provide a way for businesses, organizations and individuals to support sustainability education and give back to the Triangle community through electronics refurbishing and recycling.
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Jul
24
2012
Kings Daughters Inn

The King’s Daughters Inn, a Green Plus certified business, is working to integrate sustainable technologies with historic preservation. Through extensive renovation and restoration, the Inn’s owners, Colin and Deanna Crossman, turned the former “residence for single, older women,” originally opened in 1911, into a high-end 17-suite bed and breakfast. During …

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Scott Brennen, native of no-where-in-particular, earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Grinnell College in 2008. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps, which put him to work teaching 9th grade Chemistry at a rural high school in Mozambique. He is currently studying science...
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Jul
19
2012
Optimax Systems, Inc. values team-based culture and enlightened management practices

Optimax Systems, Inc., founded in 1991, manufactures optics prototypes. With over 140 workers, Optimax brings in revenues of nearly $15 million with a steady stream of defense, semiconductor, medical and aerospace clients. They have a lean management staff with 90% of their workers making up the manufacturing team. Rick Plympton, …

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Amanda is a current MA student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her areas of expertise are social media and marketing and new/digital media. She's also interested in innovative marketing techniques for nonprofits.
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Jul
18
2012
Are there any personal care/cosmetic companies that are certified fair trade?

Fairtrade certification is growing in the cosmetics industry. The first fairtrade product made by a American company was Queen Helene Naturals, produced by Hain Celestial. In 2008, shea butter became the first fair trade cosmetic in Canada. Also, the Organic Monitor has drafted a report on the business potential of fairtrade cosmetics and …

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Willie Wright is a first year PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina. Prior to his admittance he worked as a Research Assistant on the Research on Food and Farming for All (ROFFA) project, a National Science Foundation sponsored initiative, which assessed the...
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Jul
17
2012
Can you tell me which shipping company to select in order to reduce carbon associated with my shipping?

There are several options available to you about carbon reduction related to shipping. On the more commercially well-know shipping companies, both UPS (through CarbonNeutral) and FedEx offer the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets, however FedEx’s service currently only applies to envelope shipping. That being said, both FedEx and UPS are …

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Amanda is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received her master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, specializing in Public Relations. She received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech, where she majored in Environmental Policy and Planning and...
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Jul
12
2012
PlotWatt's Home Energy Monitoring Innovation Reduces Utility Costs

A Durham, North Carolina-based Green Plus company has developed software to help residential and business clients reduce their monthly energy bills.  PlotWatt, founded in 2008, provides users with detailed information about the energy consumption of individual appliances within their homes or businesses. PlotWatt analyzes the energy-use data to produce practical …

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Scott Brennen, native of no-where-in-particular, earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Grinnell College in 2008. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps, which put him to work teaching 9th grade Chemistry at a rural high school in Mozambique. He is currently studying science...
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