Welcome to our weekly green news roundup. This week we’ve gathered stories about video conferencing, green renovation, energy saving air conditioning and local sustainability-related events taking place throughout the Valley.
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Energy Saving A/C Conquers All Climates
As Phoenix rolls into its hottest time of the year, residents are all dreading the energy bill. Keeping cool requires non-stop air conditioning, and that doesn’t come cheap! Or does it? The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has invented a new air conditioning process that has the potential of using 50 to 90 (yes 90!) percent less energy than today’s best units. The process uses membranes, evaporative cooling and liquid desiccants in a way that has never been done before. But alas Phoenix, we’ll still have to wait for our cheaper A/C as the system is best for dry climates that don’t get too hot or humid for example Denver. It doesn’t work well for climates such as ours or very humid climates like Miami. Still, it’s encouraging to know that alternatives are in the works and hopefully ours will come out in the near future!
Sealing Deals in Virtual Space
Video conferencing is a term we’ve all heard before. However, as technology has progressed so has this innovative conferencing method. Cisco-AT&T Telepresence is one of the latest incarnations of this exciting new technology. The New York Times Green blog covered this topic, noting the significant benefits limiting airline travel for conferences can have on the environment. Not only does this help the environment, it also helps businesses save money. London-based Carbon Disclosure Project examined “how greater reliance on teleconferencing might affect business costs and emissions,” also encouraging companies to collect data about greenhouse gas emissions hoping they will take steps to reduce them.
Valley Partnership Presents “Green Renovation for Progress & Profit”
Learn how to apply the green renovation and operation strategies of Arizona landmark, El Chorro Lodge, to your business. The tagline of this breakfast, which will be held on Friday, June 25, at 7 a.m., is “A case study on solar strategies fueled in part by sticky buns!” Come educate yourself on how to efficiently use green power in your business while chowing down on El Chorro’s famous sticky buns. To register for this event visit www.valleypartnership.org.
New Meritage Green Home Concept Gets Kid-Friendly
Turn your kids into junior sheriffs working for fictional Sheriff M. Green who takes wasted energy from Wally Wasteful and gives it back to the community. On Saturday, June 26 at 10 a.m., Meritage Homes will literally unveil its green home concept in Meritage Home’s Lyon’s Gate in Gilbert. The work on this green home concept has been kept under a secretive green drape and will finally be revealed. Contact Mary Garrett at (602) 432-2010 or email@example.com for more information on how to take part in this green unveiling.
Clean Up After Your Pet the Green Way
Ever wanted to clean up after your dog in a more environmentally-friendly way? Well PoopBags, Inc. is here to help. PoopBags, a pet waste disposal product, is made with renewable resources like corn. This American-made product is 100 percent biodegradable, shelf-stable and will decompose at the rate of an apple after usage. PoopBags, Inc. is trying to make the world a better place for generations to come. If you’d like to order PoopBags, visit www.poopbags.com.
EarthFest Night is Back!
Valley Forward’s Annual EarthFest Educators Night is back for the sixth time. Arizona kindergarten through 12th grade teachers have the chance to win $5,000 to put toward environmental programs in their classroom, school or community. Free resources on environmental education and how to create a greener school will also be available to attendees. EarthFest Educators Night combines education and entertainment in innovative programming that uses Arizona’s unique desert character. To learn more about this free event, held Thursday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo, visit www.valleyforward.org.