Photo by Fernando de Sousa.
Here is some of green speed link finds of the week. Some are via my email and others are from various reads on the web:
Power Management Project May Save Indiana University $500K a Year via Greener Computing:
IU invented software that puts some of its computers into deep sleep after a designated period of inactivity. In addition, the University’s Information technology department developed the “Go Green Gadget” which allows the users to track how much carbon emissions their individual computer is avoiding.
Hailing Cash for Appliance Program via GreenBuildingAdvisor:
October is Kitchen and Bath month. What better way to kick off this month, then with a stimulus package that enables you to obtain rebates on purchases of an energy star rated appliance? See here regarding the rebate program in your area. Check out cash for recycling options as well on the Energy Star site.
What is a Waterless/Water free Toilet System? via Merlin the Planet Saving Wizard.
Featuring Sun-Mar, a unique waterless composting toilet system. No need for a sanitary system, plumbing, or water and is low odor. According to the Company’s website:
“The way a Sun-Mar works is not only unique, it is also elegantly simple. Common sense tells us that the best way to compost is to use a drum. Luckily for Sun-Mar, our many international patents ensure that only Sun-Mar can take full advantage of the benefits a drum offers for mixing and aeration.”
Not being a compost toilet expert, how does this differ from other compost toilets on the market?
HUD offers $10 Million to Clean Up Dangerous Lead in Housing via HGTV Pro’s newletter:
“The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering $10.1 million in grants to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from lower income homes and protect young children from lead poisoning. HUD is making these grants available through its Healthy Homes Demonstration Technical Studies, and Lead Hazard Control Capacity Building programs.”
The Green and Healthy Home Technical Studies grants will
“improve knowledge of the effects residential green construction has on both indoor environmental quality and occupant health, with a particular focus on children and other sensitive populations.”
This new product helps make solar panels more efficient.
“Honeywell’s SOLARC, which is a liquid-based coating, can be used by all common types of PV modules. However, it provides the most benefits to rooftop installations, where space is limited and any increase in efficiency is critical. Because SOLARC coating reduces glare from the glass, it also contributes to a discreet, blend-in look of residential PV panels that has become very desirable to consumers installing the panels.”
Walmart Digs In Deep to the Sustainability Index via Greenbiz:
Two months after Walmart announced its sustainability index questionnaire for its suppliers, Joel Makower and Rand Waddoups, Walmart’s senior director for sustainability, sat down for a 90 minute conversation about the index. According to the article,
“First and foremost among the takeaways from today’s event is that calling this “Walmart’s Sustainability Index” is a misnomer; the concept of the project has first and foremost been to create an open and all-inclusive system to measure the environmental impacts of retailers’ products and operations.”
Read this article for more details about the interview or you can register to hear the webcast at Getting Ready for the Sustainability Index.
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