Archive | June, 2008

The Ecoffice makeover

Office products supplier Corporate Express launched its Ecoffice Makeover contest to all US businesses with the winner receiving $5,000 worth of office supplies,janitorial facility products and business furniture from the company’s Ecoffice catalog. Entrants must submit a presentation why their company deserves an Ecoffice makeover. Not that I’m ridiculing the idea (I think it’s great!) […]

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Green burnout for the blog

For those who can’t get enough of solar information (I have), here’s another solar study from research firm Clean Edge and green-economy organization Co-op America. The study finds, among others, that solar photovoltaic prices are projected to decline from an average 15-32 cents kWh today to 8-18 cents kWh in 2015, and to 4-8 cents […]

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Politics and green in Denver

Here’s a very interesting article from the Wall Street Journal on how the organizers of the Democratic convention to be held in Denver are trying their best to be the greenest show on earth come November. Some examples include organic and US union-made fanny packs; compostable utensils (not imported from Asia); biodegradable balloons; recyclable wastes; […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Better late than never I always say. Here’s this week’s roundup after frantically scouring the net all day today for green news. Fuel cell for US Army DuPont and SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG launched the M-25 portable fuel cell for a limited use for the US Army. The light-weight fuel cell uses Dupont’s methanol […]

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Should GreenPeace attend chemical conferences?

This group was able to get in a major coal conference in New York this week using a phony name, ads and brochures (for a sponsorship fee of $8,500), according to this article from Reuters. The organizers decided to let them stay (but beefed up their security just in case) even after they unveiled their […]

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The Future of Energy from The Economist

On my way back to New York from Paris, I was able to grab a free copy of The Economist’s June 21st issue from an American Airlines stewardess as their copies of Vanity Fair magazine (featuring Angelina Jolie) were already gone. I guess I am unable to escape my green blogging job as the issue’s […]

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California implements emissions reduction plan

California plans to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% over the next 12 years, according to the California’s Air Resources Board (ARB). Central to the plan is a cap and trade program covering 85% of the state’s emissions, which ARB said is also in conjunction with the Western Climate Initiative program covering six […]

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Bees and pesticides don’t mix

Pesticides and other agchemicals can still be a factor for the disappearing of bees that started last year, according to this article from ICIS News. In a House subcommittee hearing, scientists from the US Department of Agriculture still can’t determined the cause of the disappearing bee colonies epidemic but said that they have not yet […]

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New soy chemicals

My good friends at the United Soybean Board sent me their recent newsletter about newly developed/commercialized soy chemicals and products: Protein Strengthens Soy-Based Adhesives Columbia Forest Products introduced its new adhesives, Purebond, a formaldehyde-free paste/glue for interior plywood panels made with soy flour. The National Cancer Institute designates urea formaldehyde as “carcinogenic to humans” making […]

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New cleaning chemicals launched

Companies such as BASF and Genencor grabbed the opportunity to introduce their new eco-friendly/sustainable/natural-based cleaning chemicals at the CESIO World Surfactants Congress that I’m attending this week in Paris. BASF says its new cost-effective detergent surfactant Lutensol M is not subjected to environmental classification because of its eco-friendly properties. The ethoxylate can also be marketed […]

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