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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

SRECs 101

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Summertime in Paris

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

One of my best friends, Jami, in beautiful California is giving away some fresh summertime picnic essentials here, not to mention a deliciously refreshing cocktail recipe.

Click here for details  Do it.

Hydrating Vessels

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Add style to your everyday drinking and inspire more environmentally conscious habits to all in awe of your very cool, super savvy hydrating vessels.

The 360 Paper Bottle is a sustainable vision of the future. It is the first totally recyclable paper container made from 100% renewable resources.

The Glass Beverage Bottle with Silicone Sleeve from LifeFactory is BPA, phthalate, PVC and polycarbonate free. The silicone sleeve is free of plastics and 100 percent non-toxic. And the whole thing's dishwasher safe.

In case you were wondering, there’s really no good reason to buy bottled water, other than convenience.  It’s expensive, can contain high-levels of bacteria and is a total mess for the planet.  Americans alone use enough plastic water bottles in one year to wrap around the Earth three times.

360 Paper Bottle


Happy Picnicking !!

Serenity in city life.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010


Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Hotel Indigo Gaslamp Quarter is the first LEED certified hotel in San Diego (only 19 in the U.S).  It boasts 12-stories of sustainable green building design.  Head straight up to the ninth floor to find a serene meditation deck, which, in addition to the hotel’s Phi Terrace Bar, is the world’s first installation of MoistureShield composite decking made from recycled polyethylene plastic and recycled wood fibers (i.e., grocery bags, milk jugs, byproduct from furniture/cabinetry making, etc.).

You’ll also find locally-inspired artwork decorating the hotel, including a 40-foot glass sculpture called “Indigo Waters” affixed to the western facade of the hotel between the ninth and twelfth floors.  Large-scale photographic murals of native plants and water-driven images, such as agaves and the Pacific Ocean, embody the guest rooms and public areas adding to Hotel Indigo advanced aesthetics.

What else makes me want to go here and stay forever?  Hotel Indigo takes recycling to a new level.

Equipped with a green roof, which is covered with drought-tolerant plants, reduces energy consumption by cutting the need for heating and air conditioning and will contribute to lowering the urban heat island effect.

Other ways Hotel Indigo has incorporated green initiatives to their precocious design:

  • Herb garden on ninth floor terrace with basil, spearmint, rosemary, and tarragon; herbs will be used in gourmet menu items at the hotel’s Phi Bar and Bistro;
  • Operable floor-to-ceiling windows in Phi Bar and Bistro and ninth floor Phi Terrace Bar, providing natural daylighting and ventilation;
  • On-site recycling program with recycling containers in guest rooms and operations areas;
  • Pantry and kitchen composting of organic matter from Phi Bar and Bistro; and
  • Reserved parking spaces and parking discounts for guests who drive low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.

And last but not least, my favorite part of the hotel’s thoughtful attention to detail~

Hotel Indigo’s stylish, inviting design is inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, a universal design constant found throughout nature, art and architecture.  Adopting this mathematical ratio as a design principle creates a perfectly-balanced urban oasis of effortless beauty in the heart of downtown San Diego.

I’m ready.  Let’s go.

Haewoojae. A place where one can solve one’s worries

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Sim Jae-duck founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001 to call attention to the fact that 2.6 billion people around the world lack access to basic sanitation services. His house is designed to look like a toilet.

Recycle contaminated land.  New Jersey Brownfields have a purpose.

Recently, converting brownfields or landfills into renewable energy projects has gained acceptance and attention much due to the state Assembly’s passage of a bill.  On January 17, 2010, A4341 was enacted, which authorizes matching grants of up to $5M per year under the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund to local municipalities, counties or certain redevelopment agencies for up to 75% of the cost of remediating contaminated property for renewable energy production.  This expands the current law authorizing such grants for projects involving the redevelopment of property for recreation, conservation, or affordable housing to include the redevelopment of contaminated property for renewable energy sources.

Challenges pertaining to developing landfills deal with settlement issues that persist for years even after the landfill has been closed.  Another concern relates to penetrating the earth to anchor pillars for ground mount arrays which can disrupt the caps that cover many closed landfills.  However, despite these obstacles, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that approximately 4,100 brownfield sites have potential for renewable energy development.  The RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative found that in New Jersey, there are about 243 contaminated sites that have renewable energy development opportunities.

In August 2009, a 23-acre solar farm on a former landfill was approved by the city of Hopatcong; it is estimated to generate 8-10 MW of electricity.  One idea they have discussed but has not been formalized, is to have the Hopatcong school district become the major customer for the electricity generated by the solar farm.

Contact us if you would like an evaluation of your contaminated land.


Electric cars are for dorks.

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

So glad I’m a dork.

Tesla S

Identity Theft is so last year

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Photo: Michael Sohn- Coal-fired power plant Scholven in Gelsenkirchen, Germany; April 6, 2005

Savvy cyber-thieves made millions by fraudulently obtaining European greenhouse gas emissions allowances (also referred to as carbon credits) and reselling them.

Under the EU’s (European Union) Emission Trading System, companies which are large emitters of greenhouse gases are required to have enough of the greenhouse allowances to cover the CO2 they release each year. Firms are free to trade their credits in an open market, similar to the stock market.  The idea is to use market mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as the scheme gives firms an economic incentive for companies cut their CO2 production.

How’d the thieves do it?  On January 28, 2010, hackers launched a targeted phishing attack against employees of numerous companies in Europe, New Zealand, Germany, and Japan, which appeared to come from the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt). The workers were told that their companies needed to re-register their accounts with the Authority, where carbon credits and transactions are recorded.

When workers entered their credentials into a bogus web page linked in the e-mail, the hackers were able to hi-jack the credentials to access the companies’ Trading Authority accounts and transfer their carbon credits to two other accounts controlled by the hackers.

It is estimated the hackers stole 250,000 carbon credit permits from six companies worth more than $4 million. At least seven out of 2,000 German firms that were targeted in the phishing scam fell for it. One of these unidentified firms reportedly lost $2.1 million in credits in the fraud.

The fraud is the latest example of hacks aimed at gaming environment controls. A year ago, hackers penetrated the Brazilian government’s quota data for Brazilian rain forest products — allowing the illegal poaching of more than 1.7 million cubic feet of timber.

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Photo: Coal-fired power plant Scholven in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany; April 6, 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)