"From next Monday, those staying at the 366-room Crown Plaza Copenhagen Towers will be encouraged to head down to the gym to spend time on its new fleet of electricity-generating exercise bikes. The bikes have iPhones mounted on the handlebars which monitor how much power is being produced and fed into the mains supply of the hotel. Any guest producing 10 watt hours or more will be rewarded with a free meal."
CleanTechnica had details recently on how businesses large and small have banded together to get climate change on the front-burner in Washington.
American Businesses for Clean Energy (ABCE), the US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) and other businesses outside of these organizations have created a new national advertising campaign to push for swift action on this important legislation.
It’s no coincidence that big oil and chemical companies aren’t represented. But you can bet they’re mobilizing their own lobbyists and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a counter ad campaign soon. Let’s hope this continues to move forward with vigor.
Chevrolet has given us another good reason to cut our commutes. Freep published info from Chevy’s engineers that showed its long-awaited Volt could go 40 miles on an electrical charge. Now all you have to do is load the app on your iPhone that finds the nearest EV charging station.
I ran across this presentation from one of the green Twitter Lists I follow.
The thing I liked was its common-sense approach to positioning sustainability initiatives. I’ve prepped hundreds of pitches and sales decks and invariably it boils down to understanding motivations.
Whether an organization’s moving towards sustainability is altruistic or money-motivated, you have to hone in on specifics, as Collective Responsibility outlines.
And it’s ok to have financial motivations as the basis for your green initiatives. Wal-Mart’s chairman talked about the genealogy of its green movement recently.
"What Wal-Mart has done is approach this from a business stand point and not from a point of altruism. If we as a company focus on waste, we can make Wal-Mart a better company and at the same time, become a better citizen," he said.
And this was the best part from Martin LaMonica’s piece.
From there, it spread to the point where now people who don’t have an environmentally oriented initiative in the company are "outliers," he said.
This past week, the American Wind Energy Association released data showing wind power continues to gain momentum.
The New York Times’ Green Inc. blog had some figures from the report, showing Texas and Iowa leading other states in terms of new capacity.
• Thirty-six states boast large-scale wind projects.
• Texas remained the wind leader with 9,405 megawatts installed.
• Iowa, the No. 2 state in wind capacity, obtains 14.2 percent of its electricity from turbine farms.
• By displacing fossil fuel power plants, which use water for cooling, wind farms saved an estimated 15 billion gallons of water in 2009.
The other thing that caught my eye was the reference to the electric grid. As transmission lines continue to progress, the smart grid becomes even more important as the power to run the wind turbines can be more effectively partitioned to scale up and down as needed.
It’s no wonder there’s so much venture capital pouring into smart grid technologies and power management.
“The inadequacy of the nation’s electric grid is a major impediment to the continued growth of the wind industry..”