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This week’ s roundup is an eclectic mix of green news form the state of green marketing to IBM’s big splash into water management:
“The Clean Energy Stimulus and Investment Assurance Act of 2009 (S.320) introduced by Sen. Maria E. Cantwell (D-Wash.) intends to create green-collar jobs and revitalize the economy through clean energy investments. But the bill also provides financial incentives for homeowners or commercial building owners which chose to install green roofs on their buildings.”
Think of financial incentive to install a vegetable garden on top of a roof. Talk about stress reduction at work.
Got a green product you want to market? Read the report and you will see who knows how to play the green game and who doesn’t. What the secret? Consumer Perspective. Side note, I actually met one of the authors of this publication at the Jumpstart the new Green Economy conference. A must read for anyone trying to get a foot hold into the green market place.
I have to include one for the die hard green building aficionados. Though this might not sound sexy, a must read for those venturing into commercial green building or want to install an acoustical basement ceiling.
IBM just launched their Strategic Water Management Consulting services to help governmental agencies, utilities, and businesses to reduce their water, energy, waste, and other environmental impacts. In addition, the Company announced a breakthrough in the purification and desalination of groundwater.
As the debate rages on about the use of adult versus embryonic stem cells, the use of newborn stem cells offer wonderful opportunities without the ethical implications.
“Newborn stem cells are a rich and diverse population of stem cells that can be collected from umbilical cord blood without ethical concerns in a 10-minute window immediately following birth. This population of stem cells is a desirable source for clinical research because they are younger, more flexible and more pristine than adult stem cells. In addition, newborn stem cells have demonstrated embryonic-like capabilities to proliferate and develop into all of the major cell types in the body; yet they don’t carry the same safety concerns as embryonic stem cells. “
We collected my last son’s cord blood cells at the time of his birth. I would highly recommend this course of action for anyone having a new baby. As many of you may know, my oldest was diagnosed with JV1 diabetes. Promising research is being done which may reverse the course of diabetes. You never know what life brings you. Your own child’s newborn stem cells may save his life one day.
According to the article, “Meraki–the ubiquitous WiFi company–announced their mission to bring affordable Internet access to everyone via new solar powered mesh repeaters.” With their new solar unit, this could easily be accomplished throughout the country. Read on and see if the benefit outweighs the payback.
If you live in the Boston area, Extras for Creative Learning, funnels cast-offs of supplies from businesses for schools, day care, and parents to use. A small yearly fee is charged. Many teachers I know often go into their pockets for much needed supplies due to budget constraints. Read on for other organizations offering similar programs.
So, do you have any green news to share? Go ahead and post your own articles. Self-promotion is encouraged. The more green news, the better.