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Retailers Push Green for "Back to School" Crowd

August 17, 2007

Jenn Abelson, writing in today’s Boston Globe, tells us that retailers are looking to the back-to-school crowd with the hope that their shopping lists will include a new item: saving the planet.   According to Abelson,   Merchants are trying to capitalize on the growing eco-conscious movement by promoting green products this season, from $70 solar backpacks that power iPods and cellphones to pens made of recycled materials...   The article goes on to discuss a series of back to school themed green initiatives from retailers such as Wal-Mart, Office Depot, and Staples.

BMW Hydrogen 7

August 19, 2007

Does Will Ferrell have a place in a green blog? Of course he does as BMW has seen it fit to give him the keys to the first BMW Hydrogen 7 for everyday use. This is all part of the Hydrogen 7 Pioneer Program which basically means giving Hydrogen cars to high profile people.   Some interesting facts… The car emits nothing but water vapor and is not for sale. Some argue that using hydrogen as a fuel is silly because it actually consumes more energy than it produces but the opposite argument is that over time this should change.   Certainly cars become much cleaner vehicles when using hydrogen for propulsion.   For more information on celebrities such as Angelina Jolie who have driven this car be sure to check out autoblogGreen for more.


August 21, 2007

Rick Snyder, president of TANDBERG Americas, recently took the time to answer questions about the telecommunications industries role in the green movement, his company’s efforts to stay ahead of the pack and the upcoming Green Technology World Conference this September in Los Angeles.   TANDBERG, a global provider of visual communications, has a stated mission of developing products that reduce CO2 emissions, traffic congestion and unnecessary business travel, while maintaining or improving productivity.   For more background on TANDBERG Americas, please read earlier TMCnet coverage of the company here.   How is the green movement changing the way your company operates?   We’d been using videoconferencing to reduce the need for business travel and improve productivity since 1989. As we grow exponentially, it becomes even more essential that we address our carbon footprint. Recently, with the introduction of Tandberg Movi, all employees with a webcam can join the enterprise video network.

Al Gore’s Green Tips

August 27, 2007

Following up on a recent blog post on my other blog regarding green technology, here are the top five ways you can become green from none other than Al Gore.   1)      Florescent light bulbs: These bulbs are getting better and better. Many people complained about the first generation of these bulbs as they had poor lighting characteristics. Nowadays you will get better looking lights which save money and last longer than incandescents. 2)      Outdoor Solar Lighting: Boy these things really stink but still they are better than nothing and will save money and reduce carbon emissions. My experience with these lights is in New England.

Will Suing Polluters Help Us Breathe Easy?

September 4, 2007

Polluters are the next target in our litigious society.   In a CNNMoney article, staff writer Steve Hargreaves is reporting on a series of lawsuits that environmental groups are bringing in an effort to “force polluters to change their ways.”   According to Hargreaves:   In the U.S., plaintiffs are trying three general tactics: ·        Seek monetary compensation for damages caused by global warming; ·        Force polluters to clean up by saying they are a public nuisance, and ·        Redesign projects currently on the drawing board by applying local laws requiring carbon emissions to be considered in any new development.   So far, no judgments against polluters have been issued. But several cases are pending.     It’s an interesting article that shows just how serious green groups are about forcing polluters into cleaning up their mess.   Check out the article and then feel free to share your thoughts below. Is this an example of using the full authority of the law to help curb polluters? Or is it yet another case of a litigious society gone mad?

Green Barbeque

September 5, 2007

It isn’t easy eating green but the good news is your backyard cookouts aren’t as bad for the environment as you might think. Still there are things you can do to become an even better world citizen. Make sure you stay away from disposable plates and cutlery and be sure to use DEET-free insect repellents. Here is more from CNN.

Have an appetite for more information on green technologies? Be sure to come to the Green Technology World conference next week in Los Angeles, CA.

Green Technology Conference Doing Well

September 6, 2007

Thanks to all the readers of TMC’s green blog for supporting the Green Technology World conference taking place next week in Los Angeles, CA. Our attendance numbers are far ahead of where we thought they would be based on the limited time we had to market this event. We now expect up to 2,000 people to register for the show when all is said and done. In addition there may be some of you who don’t want to use a computer to register just so you can lower your carbon footprint.


September 7, 2007

Is the ultracapacitor the ultimate green technology? Capacitors charge and discharge rapidly but can can hold less energy. By contrast a battery charges and discharges slowly but holds more energy. The ultracapacitor is designed to be the best of both worlds allowing quick charges and large amounts of energy storage.   One company on the forefront of this technology is EEStor. The Texas based company could be on to something here and the automotive industry is certainly watching closely. Here are some details on the company, its founders and what could go wrong.

Green Technology and IP Communications

September 11, 2007

If you ever wondered how IP communications and green technology are similar, take a look at this blog post explaining how it all works. We hope to see you at Green Technology World conference very soon. The show kicks off in a few hors and we can’t wait to host you.

Toronto Star: Will New Social Climate Lead to Green?

December 26, 2007

The Toronto Star has an item today about green living and a message to the citizenry of Ontario that going green doesn’t have to be all about sacrifice.   Amid messages of new technologies and altering lifestyles, Canadians looking to make a change in 2008 should take heart that it doesn't all have to be sacrifice.   Experts say an environmentally friendly lifestyle can mean not only lower household bills but also improved mental and physical health when forgoing the automobile.   Of course, whether or not recent polls showing that consumers would be willing to pay more or take that extra step for a greener planet will translate into real world changes remains to be seen.   Clifford Maynes, executive director of Green Communities Canada, told the Star: “You have polls where people say, ‘Yes, we’re willing to pay more to be green.’ I think this is a premise that has yet to be fully tested.”   To check out the article Is new social climate needed for green living? click here.  
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