Innovations

The Environmental Help Desk features environmental innovations that help your business reduce both costs and environmental impacts.

Jul
2
2012
LubeStop: 'Dirty' Oil Change Business Goes Green With Environmental Innovation

Ohio’s largest oil-change provider has shown that even “dirty” businesses can go “green.” Lube Stop, a Green Plus certified company, has designed and trademarked the EcoGuard Oil Change, a process that greatly reduces the environmental footprint of car oil-changes. The cornerstone of Lube Stop’s EcoGuard innovation is the use of …

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Jun
27
2012
Sustainability in Action Grant Program: Growing Algae on the Roof by Intel Corporation

From the Business Civic Leadership Center: “A team of innovators at the Ocotillo campus determined that the carbon dioxide emissions produced by the fabrication facility (“the fab”) were well-suited to grow algae, which can be used to create clean-burning biofuel.  Working with Arizona State University (ASU), the team erected a …

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Jun
21
2012
Convenient Composting for Washington Businesses

A Washington DC company has created a new way to help urban residents and businesses compost organic waste. For a small fee, the Compost Cab truck collects organic waste from urban clients each week and brings it to local, not-for-profit farms outside the city. By composting donated waste, farms are …

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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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Jun
19
2012
Slow Money: Micro-Lending Helps Sustainable Farming Businesses in NC

Carolinians Provide ‘Slow Money’ in Support of Slow Food  Slow Money NC has brought a new manner of investing to the Tar Heel state. As part of a larger Slow Money movement, Slow Money NC is made up of concerned citizens who use their personal finances to support sustainable food 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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Jun
13
2012
New Pigment Can Help Keep Buildings Cool--and Green

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new blue pigment that could help make buildings more energy efficient. The pigment, dubbed“Cool Blue,” is able to reflect 40 percent more light than other blue pigments, keeping building surfaces, especially roofs and walls, cooler. Cool Blue, like other cool-roof coatings, works …

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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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Jun
6
2012
Upcycling Coffee: From Ground Coffee to Arable Ground

Heine Brothers’ Coffee is significantly reducing its contribution to area landfills by repurposing its coffee waste. Gary Heine and Mike Mays established Heine Brothers’ Coffee in 1996. By 2006 their franchises were contributing over sixty tons of nitrogen-rich coffee grounds to local landfills. It was in this year that Heine …

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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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Apr
10
2012
Are mushrooms the new plastic?

Ecovative Design pioneered a new technology to create a Styrofoam substitute using mushroom material. The material is produced in optimal growing conditions for mushrooms, where mycelium (the mushrooms) digests agricultural byproducts that cannot be used for food, making a strong, binding structure.  Essentially, the mushroom materials acts like a glue. Because it …

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Apr
9
2012
New software eliminates unnecessary printing, saving money and trees

    Launched in 2006, GreenPrint functions by acting as a faux printer, inserting itself between the internet browser and the actual printer.  When a user prints a document, it is first sent to this virtual printer.  GreenPrint scrutinizes the document and eliminates any unnecessary pages, then sends the document to …

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Apr
5
2012
Diesel gas additive results in lower emissions and better air quality

Sylvatex, a San Francisco-based fuel technology company, has created a fuel additive that will reduce the mount of harmful particulates emitted from diesel gas.   The additive is made of affordable, renewable, non-toxic, and locally sourced forms of biomass.  It will not reduce the quality of the diesel fuel or …

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