Goats Instead of Lawn Crews

My wife and I were joking {sorta) this would be an interesting business to start on the side. I bet we’d make some friends just be eliminating the noise pollution alone. Go Google.
 
"The cost of bringing in the goats is comparable to hiring lawn mowers for the same job and the green benefits are clear: the goats eliminate mower emissions, reduce noise pollution, restore plant species and fertilize while grazing.
 

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Samsonite’s Solar Luggage Is A Sign Of Things To Come

Boy how I’d like to get my hands on one of these. Besides reducing power consumption, we can reduce the number of cords and adapters we have to lug around. And as Candace Lombardi writes, the cost of the technology enabling these applications is decreasing

One of the main things holding back small incorporable solar has been the cost. But with CIGS coming along further in terms of both efficiency and production cost compared to silicon solar cells, integrating flexible thin-film solar cells finally looks commercially viable.

CNET says data from Ascent Solar suggests the Samsonite products will ably keep power-hungry gadgets charged like media players and handheld navigators.
 

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Dear Hoteliers: Pedaling Hotel Guests Can Help Pay Your Electric Bill

How’s this for innovation in the hospitality sector? A Copenhagen hotel has hooked up iPhones to exercise bikes to deliver extra power. Brilliant.
 

"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."

 
 

 

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The Pro-Climate Change Collective — 3,000 Businesses Create New Ad for Climate Change Action

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.