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EmeraldPlanet – Sustainable Solutions for Populations Under Stress: Pre-Disaster Development

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Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest

The Pacific Northwest has the diverse feedstocks, infrastructure and political will needed to create a viable biofuels industry capable of reducing greenhouse gases and meeting the future fuel demands of the aviation industry. Creating an aviation biofuels industry, however, will depend upon securing early government policy support to prioritize the aviation industry as a beneficiary of US biofuel development. That’s the conclusion of a 10-month study by Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest (SAFN), the nation’s first regional stakeholder effort to explore the feasibility, challenges and opportunities for creating an aviation biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest. Boeing and Alaska Airlines partnered with Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Spokane International Airport and Washington State University in a strategic initiative to identify the potential pathways and actions necessary to make safe, sustainable aviation biofuel commercially available to airline operators in the area. Learn more about the study at www.safnw.com.
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Revealing dark PuppetMasters behind ShadowPlays of Deception… What if 9/11 was not an act of Islamic extremism, but something far more sinister… an evil from within? In the past, invisible elites lurking behind thrones have tightened their grasp on power by provoking attacks on their own people, then blaming the enemy as a false-flag pretext for imperial wars. The idea that this could happen today is almost unimaginable. Or is it? www.shadowplay.info AVANTE FILMS PRODUCER/DIRECTOR – JILINDA EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS – MARK STEPNOSKI, IAN WOODS, JOHN BURSILL CONSULTANTS – WEBSTER GRIFFIN TARPLEY, BARRIE ZWICKER MUSIC – KEVIN MCLEOD SHADOWPLAY INTERNET SERIES PART I 9/11 PUPPETMASTERS Featuring: CHARLIE SHEEN at 9/11 & NWO Conference General LEONID IVASHOV – Commander of Russian Armed Forces, September 11, 2001 ANDREAS VON BUELOW – Former State Secretary of Defense, Germany CONNIE FOGAL – Leader Canadian Action Party, Canada WEBSTER GRIFFIN TARPLEY – Historian, USA G.EDWARD GRIFFIN – Founder Freedom Force International, USA WILL THOMAS – Investigative Journalist, Canada BARRIE ZWICKER – Media Critic, Canada Prof KEVIN BARRETT – Islamologist, Univ Wisconsin-Madison, USA Prof MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY – Economist, Univ Ottawa, Canada Prof JOHN McMURTRY – Moral Philosopher, Univ Guelph, Canada SHADOWPLAY SERIES Also Featuring WILLIAM RODRIGUEZ – Last Man Out WTC North Tower, Sept 11,2001 General WESLEY CLARK – Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Maj SCOTT RITTER – UNSCOM

Sustainable Living Program, Environment 185, ESLP, Lecture 1, UCLA

Scott Sherman on “Introductions, Footprints, and Empowerment,” as part of theEducation for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP). ESLP is a student designed, student developed, and student facilitated program offered through UCLA’s Institute of the Environment. ESLP runs a Lecture Series which brings guest speakers from UCLA and across the country to speak on specialized subjects including food systems, green business, organic gardens, sustainable living, the green economy, environmental justice, transportation, as well as sustainability projects across Los Angeles. More information can be found at www.eslp-la.com. Scott Sherman is a founder of the Transformative Action Institute (TIA), devoted to training a new generation of social entrepreneurs, innovators, visionaries and problem-solvers for the 21st century. www.transformativeaction.org Some clips and images may have been blurred or removed to avoid copyright infringement. * See all the UCLA Education for Sustainable Living classes in this series: www.youtube.com * See more courses from UCLA: www.youtube.com * See more from UCLA’s main channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com
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Power corrupts, oil corrupts absolutely: “[company name] operations still impossible unless ruthless military operations are undertaken for smooth economic activities to commence” www.remembersarowiwa.com Another reason to avoid this company, if the economics of green weren’t enough: www.guardian.co.uk ** From the docu: crudeimpact.com
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sustainable-investment-guide.com: New Feed-in-Tariff Rates and the Sustainable Investment Market

sustainable-investment-guide.com: New Feed-in-Tariff Rates and the Sustainable Investment Market











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London, UK (PRWEB) November 30, 2011

Sustainable-investment-guide.com, a UK information website about green and ethical investments, released an article today on the consequences of the new FIT rates, which are expected to take effect as of April 2012. The article comes in response to the recent announcement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which confirmed much-speculated on plans to slash in half the existing FIT incentives for small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the country.

The article claims that all PV installations, which are currently under construction, must be registered in the Ofgem system by December 12, 2011 if they are to take advantage of the existing higher FIT rates. As of April 2012, new lower rates will be imposed on all projects approved after the cut-off December deadline.

Sustainable-investment-guide.com further explains that current FIT rates are set at 43.3p per kWh and are paid for 25 years after the initial PV installation, giving investors about 7 per cent return on their investment. Under the new policy, these rates will drop to 21p per kWh, resulting in approximately 4 per cent return on investment. Therefore, the website states, after April 2012, a solar installation, which cost around £10,000-£12,000 to build, will take almost double the time to be paid off. Instead of 10 years, investors can expect to be in credit for 18 years.

Sustainable-investment-guide.com also reacts to the short notice the UK government has given investors to react to the changes. “Cutting rates on a whim as opposed to taking a more structured approach causes unnecessary stress and places untimely pressure on investors,” says Tonka Dobreva of Dezz, the digital media agency operating a number of green investment websites, sustainable-investment-guide.com included. “This message of uncertainty artificially makes the solar sustainable investment market look like what it is not and should not be portrayed as – an unstable and high-risk playfield.”

The article claims that the government’s hasty decision can create a ripple effect, scaring away investors in other industries as well. In the context of the larger Euro crisis, this instability could discourage entrepreneurship, contracting the job market and affecting the economic stability in the country, the website says.

Sustainable-investment-guide.com also notes that investor reluctance to put further funds into the renewable energy sector and develop zero or low-emission, cost-effective technologies could bear larger energy and environmental consequences for the country and its environmental goals. The portal cites a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to illustrate how the government’s new energy policy translates in the broader energy picture. The IEA 2011 World Energy Outlook estimates that global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions have spiked by 5.3 per cent in 2010 to a record 30.4 gigatonnes (Gt). Echoing the IEA recommendation, the article warns that governments will have to take urgent and consistent policy action to avert catastrophic climate changes and “viciously more expensive” energy in the future. By 2035, the website explains, emissions will reach 36.4 Gt, leading to global temperature increase of more than 3.5°C.

To read the full article and to get more information about the sustainable investment market, visit http://www.sustainable-investment-guide.com/new-feed-in-tariff-rates-industry-in-havoc.php.

About Dezz

Dezz is a UK-based boutique digital media company providing original and reliable up-to-date information in the area of carbon credit trading and sustainable investments to large investment company decision makers, NGOs and to eco-minded individuals.Dezz Limited, 843 Finchley Road, London, NW11 8NA. Registered in England and Wales as a Limited Company. Company Number: 07376661

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2012 Sustainable Winegrowing Award Call for Entries Botanical Research Institute of Texas

2012 Sustainable Winegrowing Award Call for Entries Botanical Research Institute of Texas











2012 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing


Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) November 22, 2011

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas is accepting nominations for its 2012 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing. The completed submission (application and wine sample) is due on or before March 31, 2012.

The award will be presented at BRIT’s annual fundraiser, Fête du Vin Wine Dinner and Auction on Saturday, October 6, 2012, in Fort Worth. Guests at the black-tie affair will raise a glass of the winemaker’s sustainably grown wine in a special salute, while enjoying a festive evening featuring haute cuisine and spectacular silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit BRIT and advance its mission to conserve our natural heritage and achieve public understanding of the value that plants bring to our lives.

Nominees are required to provide an assessment of their organization’s accomplishments in sustainable winegrowing, winemaking, and social responsibility practices. They must describe their organization’s conservation efforts in the vineyard and in operations: how waste is avoided, how it is reclaimed, and how the winery extends conservation efforts to its customers. They must also detail the practices they have established to maintain environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically feasible winemaking principles. A bottle of wine must be provided for a tasting by the judging committee. Because BRIT does not have an alcohol importing license, BRIT requires that all international submissions be made through the winery’s US importer/distributor.

Among the 18 criteria to be judged are seed selection, agricultural and winemaking protocols for saving water, soil conservation, saving energy, packaging protocols for waste reduction, programs for reducing carbon (CO2 e) emissions, social responsibility programs, and plans for continual improvement.

For 2011, Parducci Wine Cellars received BRIT’s International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing based on its advanced sustainability standards and accomplishments. Parducci Wine Cellars is recognized as America’s greenest winery. In 2010 the award went to Hall Wines of California.

2012 Sustainable Winegrowing applications may be downloaded from the BRIT web site at http://www.brit.org.

About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Founded in 1987, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) based in Fort Worth, Texas, is an international, scientific research and learning center focused on conservation, knowledge sharing, and studying the diversity of plant life. BRIT conducts extensive global research, including major projects in Texas, Europe, Peru, and the Pacific Islands. In the last 10 years, BRIT scientists have located and described scores of species previously unknown to science. BRIT’s herbarium is among the largest in the United States and is the largest U.S. herbarium not part of a university, botanical garden, or broader natural history museum. In the spring of 2011, BRIT moved into its new, US Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified headquarters located in the Fort Worth Cultural District. For more information, visit http://www.brit.org.

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Natural Medicine A Sustainable Alternative for Underdeveloped Countries

National Medicine: A Sustainable Alternative for Underdeveloped Countries Director: Anthony Trujillo This short film examines healthcare for underdeveloped countries by focusing on the country of Nicaragua. It proposes that natural medicine can be a viable solution for basic healthcare within these countries. Film Festival Screening When: Thursday, 2/12 @ 6pm Where: Coor 174

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world, Mary Robinson is a member of the Elders, co-founder and former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and Vice President of the Club of Madrid. She is chair of the GAVI Alliance Board. She chairs the Fund for Global Human Rights and is Honorary President of Oxfam International, and Patron of the International Community of Women Living with AIDS (ICW). She is President of the International Commission of Jurists. She is now serving as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

Black Friday Sale at San Francisco Clothing Store Skunkfunk?Up to 50% Off Sustainable Clothing

Black Friday Sale at San Francisco Clothing Store Skunkfunk–Up to 50% Off Sustainable Clothing











Skunkfunk’s Fall / Winter 2011 Collection, “Fight the Grey,” features a broad range of styles for men and women.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 19, 2011

Environmental and social responsibilities are always in fashion at New York and San Francisco clothing store Skunkfunk. This year, the fashion-forward retailer of organic cotton, recycled polyester and Lyocell attire is making shopping fun and rewarding with a special sale on Black Friday and all weekend long at their three retail locations.

A fishbowl at the register will be filled with discounts of up to half-off the total purchase amount, and Skunkfunk shoppers will get to play the exciting pick-your-own-discount Go Fish game.

“We’re hooking up customers with ‘reel’ savings during our Black Friday Go Fish Promotion,” said Kyle Retzik, owner of Skunkfunk North America. “Every shopper will fish for discounts as deep as 50% off their total purchase—it’s going to be fun and exciting!”

Savings don’t end on Black Friday. Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27, all merchandise will be marked down 30%. The doors at the San Francisco men’s clothing and women’s clothing store open at 10 am, and New York doors open at 11:30 am.

Skunkfunk’s Fall / Winter 2011 Collection, “Fight the Grey,” features a broad range of styles for men and women and includes dresses, jackets, coats, sweaters, skirts, tops, t-shirts, bags, wallets, scarves, hats and gloves. The complete collection is available exclusively at Skunkfunk’s retails stores in Manhattan and San Francisco.

Skunkfunk works hard to bring positive change to three areas of their fashion industry: people, planet and prosperity. Textiles are carefully chosen based upon their impact to the environment, and include recycled polyester, organic cotton, and Lyocell.

RECYCLED POLYESTER

Polyester comes from crude oil, a natural scarce resource with a low renewability ratio. Recycled polyester is processed in a less energy intensive way than creating virgin fibers, and it’s a perfect option to give a second life to post-industrial remains or post-consumer plastic waste.

ORGANIC COTTON

Organic Cotton is a natural fiber cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, such as pesticides or fertilizers, and is not genetically modified.

LYOCELL

Lyocell is a light and silky textile made from regenerated cellulosic fiber that comes from eucalyptus wood pulp. The biodegradable fiber is extracted under a sustainable closed-loop process that saves energy.

For more information about Black Friday, holiday shopping, or any of Skunkfunk’s products, call (415) 692-7678, go to http://www.shopskunkfunk.com, or visit one of their three stores located at 1475 Haight Street (Haight-Ashbury) and 302 Valencia Street (The Mission) in San Francisco or 181 Orchard Street (SoHo) in New York City.

About Skunkfunk

Skunkfunk is a Spanish-born New York and San Francisco clothing store that specializes in environmentally-friendly women’s, children’s and men’s clothing. Skunkfunk has stores in San Francisco, New York City, various European cities and online. Their clothing is also sold in multi-brand stores throughout the United States.

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Buildings, Part 6 of 6 Sustainable Cities

Cities and developers across the globe recognize that they can increase asset value and attract business/people through sustainable development. Sustainable development includes improving esthetics, mobility, the environment, and energy systems. The US census determined that 80% of the population now lives in cites, up from 40% one hundred years ago. The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program reports that approximately 50% of the buildings that will exist in 2030 have yet to be designed. This represents a tremendous opportunity to apply sustainable development concepts. Unless cities and developers are provided with alternatives to the current energy production, distribution, and supply system; fossil fuel energy consumption will surge by 34 quads while renewable sources increase by only 3 quads over the next 23 years according to the US EIA Annual Energy Outlook. This continued emphasis on fossil fuels is expected to increase carbon emissions by over 2200 million metric tons over this same period. Through partnerships with private sector, universities, and governments; companies can finance, design, and build more efficient, smarter, and esthetically pleasing local energy systems. Archimedes said “give me a lever long enough and I can move the world”. Cities and developers can provide this lever by integrating sustainable energy models and practices into community development and redevelopment projects. This includes efficient land use design, technology

Corey Pressman of Experimamedia holding the virtual David Griswold of Sustainable Harvest via FaceTime on the iPad

Check out these developing nations images:

Corey Pressman of Experimamedia holding the virtual David Griswold of Sustainable Harvest via FaceTime on the iPad
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Image by Wayan Vota
We all lust for iPhones, iPads, and the like, and yearn for the day the developing world can use the same cool gadgets we geek on. But did you realize that iPads could be used in remote areas today? That rural coffee farmers in Mexico, Peru, and Tanzania are enriching themselves and their communities through an enterprise iPad app.

At the September Technology Salon, we heard from Corey Pressman of Experimamedia and David Griswold of Sustainable Harvest on how they developed iPad apps to help coffee growers become more efficient, reliable, and quality-focused. You can read about the event here: iPads in Agriculture: Glitz Toys or ICT4Ag Business Tool?

At this Salon, we decided to eat our own dog food and had David join us via FaceTime on the iPad. He was a great participant via tablet until network congestion took him offline about 3/4 the way through the session, or about 9:30am, when the DC office of UNF was fully staffed and everyone started using bandwidth.

Overall, it was a successful virtual+in-person Salon mix.

Middelgruden Offshore Wind Farm in Denmark
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A view of the Middelgruden offshore wind farm. The wind farm was developed off the Danish coast in 2000 and consists of 20 turbines.
25/May/2009. Denmark. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. www.un.org/av/photo/

Secretary-General Visits Ny-Alesund to Highlight Climate Change
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) with Oddvar Midtkandal, Director of the Kings Bays Research Center, in Ny-Alesund, Norway. Witnessing the impacts of climate change firsthand, the Secretary-General appealed to the world to "seal the deal" in Copenhagen in December, a deal which will be comprehensive, equitable and balanced, so that both industrialized and developing countries and all citizens of the world can live in an environmentally sustainable way.
1/Sep/2009. Ny-Alesund, Norway. UN Photo/Mark Garten. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

Principor Communications Helps International Relief & Development Tell Its Story of Successful Community Stabilization and Sustainable Development

Principor Communications Helps International Relief & Development Tell Its Story of
Successful Community Stabilization and Sustainable Development










Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 30, 2011

Principor Communications today announced it will continue to represent International Relief & Development (IRD) to assist with message development and media outreach. IRD is a leading global humanitarian organization that helps vulnerable people stabilize their communities and achieve self-sufficiency. Founded and led by Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr., IRD focuses on development programs in conflict and post-conflict environments. Successful projects have been and are being implemented in Afghanistan, the West Bank, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Ukraine and many other countries.

Principor will continue to focus on obtaining media coverage that highlights IRD’s programmatic successes and communicates the value of development work in promoting global values and international peace and stability.

“Principor Communications brings the senior experience necessary to anticipate and leverage trends in the external messaging environment,” said Jeffrey Grieco, Chief of Communications, Advocacy & Legislative Affairs for IRD. “Principor understands international policy, which enables it to communicate our messages in a way that generates results. We appreciate the senior level resources. It means there’s no need to “hand hold” and we get real value for our investment.”

In addition to IRD, Principor has designed and implemented communications campaigns for The KonTerra Group, Disability Management Employer Coalition, Insurance Educational Association, Fidelis Security Systems and many other profit and not-for-profit organizations.

About Principor Communications

Principor Communications is a public relations consultancy based in Washington, DC that specializes in serving growth-oriented enterprises. Principor’s team offers senior level experience, strategic insight and creative execution to help clients ‘Master the Message to Master the Market.’ Telephone: 202-595-9008. Web: http://www.principor.com.

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