Earthworm Family-Safe Products Achieve National Distribution

With the addition of a major supermarket chain, Earthworm family-safe drain cleaner from Clean Earth Brands, a division of Positive Attitude,is now available to consumers across the country.

“A couple of years ago, we started with nothing more than an idea and a dream,” said Ricky Greer, president of Clean Earth Brands. “Today our products are found on the shelves of several national retail chains, and have been featured on NBC’s The Today Show and recommended in National Geographic’s Green Guide. And that’s a testament to all those who understand that it’s time we start taking responsibility for Mother Earth and treat her right.”

Earthworm uses the natural cleaning power of enzymes rather than caustic chemicals that are harmful to the environment and dangerous to our families. “Knowing that what goes down the drain eventually ends up in a water or soil system nearby, developing a natural drain cleaner was an effective way to make a positive impact on keeping the environment clean,” said Greer. “It’s a new and unique addition to the green market, and it provides consumers with a safe and effective way to keep drains flowing freely.”

Enzymes are the key to the Earthworm formula. All living things contain enzymes. They’re proteins that convert organic material into harmless nutrients and water. The human body uses about 75,000 of these microscopic workhorses to help perform essential tasks such as breathing and digesting food. Think of them as nature’s recyclers.

Earthworm is biodegradable and free of caustic chemicals, solvents and phosphates, so it’s safe to use around children and pets. It’s ideal for all household drains, ie: shower, tub, bathroom and kitchen sinks, garbage disposals. Also good for boat / RV holding tanks, as well as for septic systems.

“Retailers are happy to have an environmentally friendly product to offer their consumers,” said Greer. “Both large and small outlets are eager to sell Earthworm. Consumers appreciate Earthworm’s performance and often take the time to send e-mails or make a phone call telling me how good they feel about using our products, not just because they don’t contain harsh chemical ingredients, but because they work.”

In addition to the Family-Safe Drain Cleaner, Clean Earth Brands has also recently developed a line of products to tackle a host of household cleaning tasks, including, bathroom tubs and tiles, floors, carpets and upholstery, mold and mildew and household odors, all using the power of natural enzymes. A septic system treatment rounds out the company’s offerings.

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The University Of Manchester Announced That Its Eco Cities Initiative For Sustainable Cities Will Use Bruntwood’s Office Buildings As ‘Living Laboratories’ To Test Climate Change Adaptation Methods

Climate modelling undertaken by the Forestry Commission suggests that by 2080, the temperature in Manchester will mirror that of the current climate in Naples. This will mean that during the height of summer, the temperature in a typical office building will reach up to 28°C.

The University Of Manchester Announced That Its Eco Cities Initiative For Sustainable Cities Will Use Bruntwood’s Office Buildings As 'Living Laboratories' To Test Climate Change Adaptation Methods

Michael Oglesby, Chairman of Bruntwood said: “Although the battle to gain acceptance of global warming is now almost won, the task of gaining a clear understanding of what practically and realistically can be done to adapt to its impacts is to a large extent still the topic of much debate and uncertainty.”

Climate modelling predicts changes to the rainfall in the UK, which will become heavy and more infrequent compared with the fine and persistent rainfall the UK is used to. Such changes in the climate will have a significant impact on the way people live and work.

The Eco Cities project will explore methods of adapting existing office space to the effects of climate change to ensure comfortable working conditions can be maintained, without relying on energy hungry technology.

Working with a global network of individuals and organisations, the project will provide Greater Manchester with a blueprint for a climate change adaptation strategy that will become a resource for planners and other relevant stakeholders with a responsibility for action in this field.

In addition to the adaptation of commercial property, it will also equip Greater Manchester with knowledge and understanding on how its public spaces and homes need to adapt.

Michael commented, “Reducing our output of CO2 is a task requiring government action but of equal importance is a clear understanding at city and individual level as to the vital role that they have to play in adapting our urban areas to a changing climate.

“Eco Cities aims to make a major contribution to the adaptation debate and to give clear and scientifically verified guidance to local government, companies and individuals.

About Eco Cities:
The project seeks to provide Greater Manchester, by the end of 2011, with a climate change adaptation blueprint. This will be based on leading scientific research, extensive stakeholder engagement and best practice examples of new programmes successfully piloted during the project. Eco Cities is funded through charitable donations from Bruntwood and The Oglesby Charitable Trust.

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Get Ready For The Ban On Tungsten Filament Bulbs Says GW Supplies

Dartford based GW supplies provide electrical supplies to the trade and public. They are concerned that many UK households aren’t prepared for the imminent removal from sale of most tungsten light bulbs.

Due to an EuP directive all non clear tungsten bulbs will be banned from manufacture from 1st September 09. This means pearl, frosted and opal bulbs of all shapes and wattages will be removed from sale. 100W clear bulbs are also being discontinued.

Many UK consumers have delayed moving over to energy efficient bulbs because of compatibility issues with their light fittings or dimmer switches. GW supplies stocks a wide range of low energy compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) that replace most old fashioned light bulbs. Consumers can choose from a wide range of high quality MEGAMAN bulbs including candle lamps and dimmable bulbs that are compatible with standard dimmers, provided you check the minimum dimming wattage on your dimmer and stay within the limits.

GW supplies is also concerned that consumers may try to mix old fashioned bulbs and energy efficient bulbs in the same light fitting. Consumers are advised to replace all the bulbs in a light fitting with suitable compact fluorescent bulbs, this will give a more aesthetically pleasing effect and eliminate any compatibility issues.

The good news is that the light output of this new generation of bulbs is the same (if not brighter) than the equivalent tungsten filament lamp but uses 5 times less energy i.e. 11W energy saving bulb = 60W tungsten bulb.

To see the full range of high quality, good value long life MEGAMAN lamps visit Gurney & White Ltd at www.gwsupplies.co.uk.

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New MapGuide By The National Geographic Society Council To Capture The History And Heritage Of The Sierra Nevada Region

The National Geographic Society has partnered with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Sierra Business Council to capture the history and heritage of the Sierra Nevada Region in order to create an interactive Web site and print map. The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project seeks to celebrate the Sierra Nevada as a world-class destination, while contributing to the economic health of the region by promoting sustainable tourism. History buffs and adventurers, backpackers and foodies, birders and sightseers can discover unique destinations based on recommendations from those who know best — residents of the Sierra Nevada.

Sierra residents and visitors, community organizations, tourism stakeholders and local businesses will nominate sites for potential inclusion in a print MapGuide and interactive Web site. Unlike any other mapping project, a favorite local restaurant, farm, winery, hiking or biking trail, swimming hole, museum or artist gallery are samples of the type of nominations National Geographic and its project partners will be seeking. The Web site will target a variety of growing travel niches — adventure and nature tourism, cultural heritage travel and agritourism – and allow for residents to select the one-of-a-kind places integral to a distinctive character of place.

“The breadth of the beauty in the Sierra Nevada is tremendously unique. Lassen National Park, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are incredible jewels in this 400-mile-long region,” said Steve Frisch, President, Sierra Business Council.

“The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project is the perfect synthesis between economic outreach to culturally rich communities and respect for the planet,” he added.

Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents. Geotourism helps travelers to tread lightly and enjoy a locale’s sense of place.

“An inherent benefit of geotourism is connecting diverse interests under a common goal,” said Jim Dion, Associate Director of National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations. “The design of the MapGuide process, specifically in forming a regional stewardship council, encourages and builds mutually beneficial partnerships.”

A Geotourism Council will oversee the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project. Working with the National Geographic Society, the Geo Council will:

1. Encourage community participation in the collection of nominations for the geotourism Web site and MapGuide during the three-month nomination period.

2. Review the nominations and identify themes for the project; work with National Geographic on the writing, editing, fact-checking and design of the Web site and print MapGuide.

3. Develop a marketing plan for the site; oversee the MapGuide’s distribution and contribute fresh material to the Web site; and encourage long-term stewardship of the Sierra’s natural, historic and cultural assets.

Nominations begin in the Yosemite Gateway region at the August 19 press event, with the initial Web site slated to launch January 2010 and completion of the Web site covering the entire range slated for November 2010.

The National Geographic Society has worked with community-based alliances to develop similar Geotourism MapGuides in several other regions around the world. MapGuide projects have been completed in Greater Yellowstone, the Central Cascades (Oregon, Washington), the Crown of the Continent (Alberta, British Columbia, Montana), Guatemala, Montreal, Sonoran Desert (Arizona, Sonora), Romania, Norway, Honduras, Peru, Baja California, Rhode Island, Vermont and Appalachia.

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Monarch School’s New Green Building Earns EPA’s Rare DEES Designation & Saves $170,000

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program last week recognized The Monarch School’s new green building as exemplary with the EPA’s rare and coveted “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR” (DEES) designation. The school’s Chrysalis building achieved a score of 86 out of 100, meaning it ranks among the top 14 percent of buildings in the United States. This building is designed to use 33 percent less energy and carbon than an average, comparable building, saving more than $170,000 and nine million kilowatt-hours in energy over the next 25 years. The efficient design also qualified The Monarch School as the first private school to receive a cash rebate — $2,300 — in CenterPoint Energy’s SCORE program.

Monarch School's New Green Building

In the coming weeks, the Chrysalis building will become the new campus for The Monarch School, a national leader in therapeutic education for hundreds of children with neurological differences, many of which are related to autism.

“We’re excited about our students’ future, and about promoting a healthy, sustainable Texas,” said Head of School and Founder Dr. Marty Webb. “As we began planning the future of the thousands of people who will use this building in the next century, we were delighted to find that energy-efficient design could be another affordable, practical way for The Monarch School to serve more families, better.”

The Chrysalis building will use 33 percent less energy and carbon than an average, comparable building, which will save more than $170,000 in energy bills over the next 25 years. The 9,000,000 kilowatt-hours saved are the annual equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 1,200 passenger vehicles, or the electrical usage of more than 900 homes.

Dr. Webb said, “This DEES designation confirmed that our early decisions to bring together an experienced ’green team’ have helped our donors’ contributions go farther today and over the coming century.” The sustainable design team included:

– Architects: Jackson & Ryan Architects
– Green Building Consultants: Green Building Services, Inc. (GBS)
– MEP Engineers: Wylie & Associates
– Energy Modeling: BVM Engineering
– Civil Engineers: Brewer & Escalante
– Structural Engineers: Matrix Structural Engineers
– Acoustical Engineers: HFP Acoustical Consultants
– Landscape Architects: TBG Partners; Home & Habitat
– Green Electricity Broker and Sustainability Consultant: Momentum Bay Associates LP (d.b.a., GREEN POWER 4 TEXAS)

The school also earned a cash incentive of more than $2,300 from CenterPoint Energy’s SCORE Program, which rewards participants for incorporating energy-efficient design into new and existing buildings, specifically for more efficient lighting, HVAC and building envelope systems. The Monarch School was the first private school allowed to join the program.

The Chrysalis building is expected to help the utility avoid nearly 6,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide over 25 years, and reduce peak demand for electricity significantly, by saving:

– more than 12 kW in electric demand above ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 requirements for lighting and HVAC, and
– 30,558 kWh/yr in energy, roughly the annual electricity used by three average homes in Houston

The efficient design complements the school’s ongoing sustainable operations strategies of conservation, energy efficiency, hybrid transportation and green power. For example, The Monarch School’s two existing campuses approached a zero carbon footprint over the past three years, largely by purchasing 100 percent green power. The new campus has also contracted for 100% green power, continuing The Monarch School’s commitment to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and 100% Purchasers group.

“With electricity and green power prices at six to 10-year lows, our little nonprofit has found it quite economical and practical to approach carbon neutrality and strive with others for clean air and a healthy, sustainable Texas,” said Dr. Webb. “While market research, case studies and anecdotes have confirmed a zero to three percent premium for the design of green schools and green buildings over the past decade, this DEES designation confirms that our building’s energy savings alone may yield the equivalent of nearly a 14 percent-off coupon on our design professionals’ fees. That’s a healthy value.

“When other school administrators ask ‘How was The Monarch School able to secure cash rebates, energy savings and avoided emissions?’ I answer two factors: a great team and great tools,” shared Dr. Webb. “First, our design team members pursued exemplary design throughout the project. For example, we committed to pursuing LEED® for New Construction certification for not only the Chrysalis Building, but also the entire campus’ future buildings.

“Second, we wanted to articulate these benefits for our students, families and donors and set ongoing operating budget goals,” continued Dr. Webb. “The EPA’s Target Finder tool and DEES designation helped us quantify and communicate much of the LEED-NC benefits long before we could receive LEED certification for the campus. In fact, the energy modeling required by DEES may have propelled the project into a higher level of LEED certification.”

Dr. Webb concluded by saying, “Achieving the DEES designation is still quite rare nationwide and in Texas, with just over twenty DEES buildings in Texas. What that fact means, though, is that our team merely followed the lead of other rational, forward-thinking Texas neighbors. And, that decision really paid off. ‘Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR’ clearly makes business sense for commercial offices and even schools.”

About The Monarch School
Founded in 1997 by Dr. Marty Webb, The Monarch School is now one of the nation’s leading schools that provides an innovative, therapeutic education for children ages 3 to 25 years old. It serves the needs of children with neurological differences, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, PDD-NOS), Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome, Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder, Depression), Anxiety Disorders, and other neurological differences. With a ratio of 2.5 students for each teacher/mental health professional, the school develops individualized plans to help each student make progress in the school’s four core goals: executive functions, relationship development, self-regulation/self-awareness and academic competence.

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China Mart Los Angeles And Shanghai Environmental Energy Exchange Sign Exclusive California Emissions Trading Agreement

China Mart TM Los Angeles (CMLA), a business platform for Chinese Manufactures to Invest and grow in the U.S. located at Los Angeles International Airport has signed an exclusive emissions/equity trading agreement for California with the Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange (SEEE), China’s newest and largest exchange for trading environmental technology companies shares, and emission credits for COD and SO2 pollutants.

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Stephen Perl, CEO of China Mart Los Angeles states, “China Mart TM serves as a useful bridge and partner/member of the SEEE’s exchange because our mission is to increase the U.S.-Sino business relations resulting in new investment and jobs in the U.S., and at the same time, this partnership allows China Mart TM to create new clean-tech jobs in the U.S. as well. China Mart TM has been granted exclusive broker privilege to handle all SEEE emissions trading for the State of California which will be a useful tool for all manufacturing businesses in California in order to stay compliant with environmental standards when Congressman Waxman’s AB 32 Bill becomes law.”

Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange (www.cneeex.com), approved by Shanghai Municipal Government, is an international comprehensive market platform for the transactions between China and other countries in the fields of environment and energy. Based in Shanghai and serving the whole country and the world, SEEE is a specialized equity-capital market platform for the transactions of emission trading, asset rights, creditor’s rights, stock rights, IPR and etc focusing on environment and energy.

China Mart TM Los Angeles (www.ChinaMartUSA.com), founded by Stephen Perl (also CEO of 1st PMF Bancorp) is a U.S.-Sino business platform dedicated to bringing Chinese manufactures to invest in the U.S. market and to support their marketing, financing, and business operational needs as a “One-Stop Solution” in a safe environment. The China Mart TM Los Angeles location occupies a 3-acre campus at LAX and manages a 300,000 sq foot facility. It has offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen and an experienced marketing and business team of seasoned professional.

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