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Jonathan Dollard, P.E. Joins Free Flow Power Corporation

Free Flow Power Corporation, a developer of clean renewable energy, welcomes the addition of Mr.Jonathan Dollard, P.E.to the company as aVice President of Engineering.

Mr. Dollard has more than 20 years of experience in hydropower industry. Mr. Dollard was responsible for the operation and maintenance of over 65 hydroelectric and other renewable energy generating projects across the United States during his preceding 14-year employment with Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (formerly CHI Energy, Inc.) Mr. Dollard also worked with Rivers Engineering and has completed various civil, structural and water resources analyses and designs. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Dan Irvin, CEO of Free Flow Power, commented, “We’re thrilled to have Jon leading our engineering team. We expect his experience in design, operation, and maintenance of utility-scale renewable energy facilities to enhance the value of our development pipeline.”

Mr. Dollard remarked, “ I look forward to working with FFP team who is clearly one of the leading hydropower development companies within the United States. It’s wonderful to join a team that has a common goal of economically developing renewable energy sites and I hope to share my past experiences with them to ensure success. ”

About Free Flow Power

Free Flow Power Corporation is a clean renewable energy company focusing on hydropower, hydrokinetic and hydro pumped storage projects as reliable, cost-effective sources of electricity and grid stability. Free Flow Power is developing a pipeline of over 150 projects representing potential capacity of more than 3,500 Megawatts in the US on behalf of investors, utilities, and electricity consumers.

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Green Mountain Signs Distribution Agreement with Solluxus for Bio-Miracle Products

Robert Brehm CEO of Green Mountain Development Corp (Pinksheet: GMND), announced that Green Mountain and Solluxus, LLC have signed a joint venture (JV) distribution agreement for a private label version of the company’s Bio-Miracle™ microbial products. Solluxus plans to market the microbial products with its non-GMO seeds to groups and individuals who want to preserve and protect the integrity of the food supply.

Under the terms of the agreement, Solluxus will have exclusive channel international marketing rights for Bio-Miracle™ products through its proprietary sales and marketing program and Green Mountain will provide fulfillment services for the Bio-Miracle™ and Solluxus products. Both companies will work together to develop and distribute related products for Solluxus including solar power, water treatment, and backyard and community food growing systems that empower individual and community self reliance. The three year renewable agreement provides for exclusive channel marketing rights in return for a $5MM product purchase commitment. Initial product deliveries are expected in the third quarter beginning April 1.

Brehm commented, “I have known the principal of Solluxus for over 20 years and when he invited me to participate, I was very excited to not only supply the Bio-Miracle™ products but also to be actively involved in the market development and product mix decision making. I believe our past experience in water treatment and the company’s microbial product line will be very useful in quickly ramping up Solluxus’ sales efforts to domestic and international customers. Our initial efforts will be in branding, packaging design, kitting, and setting up the internal operations for product fulfillment and customer support for deliveries beginning in the third quarter. The Solluxus relationship adds a new channel of distribution and potentially large, new customer base that augments our existing international channels for Bio-Miracle™ product distribution.”

About Green Mountain Development Corp

Green Mountain Development Corp provides project development services for capital providers and technology operators and distributes licensed products related to the energy, agricultural and environmental sectors.

About Solluxus
Solluxus is connecting like-minded people and groups to encourage strategies for protection of family, for self-reliance and for sustainability through delivery of non-GMO seeds and related products. (see www.Solluxus.com for more info or contact at 1-702-871-8535).

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RDZ Industrial Heating – High Comfort and Energy-saving

The choice as to the type of heating to use in industrial premises is essentially based on financial and comfort considerations. Reductions in energy consumption are an essential element when it comes to considering an effective heating system, both in terms of the saving involved, as well as from the environmental point of view.

RDZ Industrial Heating - High Comfort and Energy-saving

Another factor of key importance in any heating system for industrial premises is the required level of comfort which enables users to work in a pleasant, healthy environment without currents of air or dust. Comfort and energy saving are the two main factors when choosing RDZ industrial underfloor heating system.

Underfloor heating systems are especially suitable for industrial premises with particularly high ceilings, since heat diffusion due to radiation allows rooms to be heated to human height. Apart from maximum comfort, however, industrial premises show excellent results in terms of energy consumption with savings of up to 50% compared to a standard air heating system. Indeed, uniform temperature distribution not only guarantees the sensation of physical wellbeing but also allows the system to be operated at low temperatures, thus significantly reducing energy consumption compared to traditional systems.

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npower Funds National Trust Community Led Project

An npower funded project will see two historic villages owned by the National Trust attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and energy bills as part of a community led programme. The initiative, which is similar to the government’s Low Carbon Community Challenge, will show how major energy efficiency improvements are achievable in homes of any age – not just modern buildings – with savings possible from the biggest mansion to the average family house.

The low carbon village pilot – supported by £600,000 funding from the National Trust’s energy partner npower – is being trialled at the National Trust owned villages of Coleshill in Oxfordshire and the Wallington Estate in Northumberland. As well as funding the project, npower is also giving advice on effective energy saving tips for tenants of the properties.

The project involves 62 houses at Coleshill and 73 cottages and 14 farms at Wallington, with properties dating from the 1850s and 1750s respectively. Through community engagement, each village will decide what measures to take to reduce their carbon footprints with the added incentive of making savings to their energy bills.

Residents at Coleshill wanted to find out their current energy consumption and carbon emissions as a starting point so that any success could be measured. On assessment, the average carbon footprint for homes and appliances was 7.57 tonnes of CO2 each year, slightly higher than the national average of 6.15 tonnes.

At Wallington, the community’s overall carbon footprint for heating and electricity was 879 tonnes of CO2, equating to 9.5 tonnes of CO2 per property per year. The reason for this higher emission level is because, like a third of all rural areas in the UK, Wallington is off the gas network. The village therefore has to rely on carbon-intensive oil and electricity for heating which pushes up carbon levels as well as the bills.

Celia Robbins, the National Trust’s project manager at Wallington, said: “By introducing our energy efficiency measures and helping people understand their energy use we hope to make a real difference to both people’s pockets and to the environment.

“Installing sheep’s wool loft insulation and improving the efficiency of off-grid electricity generation will reduce Wallington’s carbon footprint by more than 10%

“On advice from npower’s energy advisor, we are also encouraging residents to monitor their electricity with a Smart Meter which shows how much any appliance uses every six seconds. Using the display can be quite a revelation because although electricity is invisible this helps people see exactly how much they use and the associated costs.”

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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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npower And Zurich Have Swapped Their Shirts And Boots For Overalls And Wellies, Digging Deep To Support The Development Of A Community Environmental Facility At A Local Primary School

npower and Zurich, two of Swindon’s largest employers, have swapped their shirts and boots for overalls and wellies, digging deep to support the development of a community environmental facility at a local primary school.

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Volunteers f r o m both npower and Zurich have been working with Rodbourne Cheney Primary School to form a ‘field of knowledge’, developing a variety of creative learning zones using natural and recycled materials.

The primary school has developed various areas of the field over the last year, involving members of the local community which suffers f r o m high levels of unemployment.

Rising to the challenge, the teams set about using their working day to revamp selected areas of the field. The npower team focused on creating an outdoor seating area, with a barbeque and log seating for children to observe the surrounding wildlife, whilst Zurich created a wildflower garden, with the aim of attracting butterflies and other wildlife to the area.

The day’s activities took place as part of Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Tony Martin, volunteer development manager at Zurich Community Trust, said: “Working together has been a rewarding experience for everyone involved. By joining forces we have been able to take on a big challenge for the school and local community.”

In 2008, both npower and Zurich were awarded the prestigious Community Mark f r o m Business in the Community (BitC), in recognition of their commitment to investing in their local communities.

Jacqui Gavin, community investment executive at npower , said: “There was some healthy rivalry on the day which only spurred the volunteers on. It was fantastic to look back at the end of the session and see what we had been able to achieve by working together.”

Liz Matthews, community tutor at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, said: “We are dedicated to developing outdoor learning spaces where the children can learn about the importance of the environment and protecting wildlife in an inspirational multi-sensory environment.

“The volunteer teams have helped to take us one step closer to achieving our vision, which we plan to open up to the surrounding community so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful space.”

The teams plan to transform a dilapidated school shed into an outdoor classroom when they return for their last session in the summer.

About npower:
RWE npower is the only utility business, amongst 13 other large companies in the UK, to receive the prestigious BitC Community Mark. The Community Mark is a new BitC standard, created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes. Rodbourne Cheney Primary School has established a vision for outdoor learning with the help of parents, local charities including TWIGGS and the Great Western Community Forest, and the surrounding community.

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npower Volunteers Care For Coastline In Beach Clean Up

A group of wildlife enthusiasts from the npower graduate scheme has been giving Welsh beaches a boost in time for the British summer, donning their wellies to clean up the coastline in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Graduates from npower’s power station in Aberthaw adopted a stretch of coast and spent a day carrying out a beach clean, working to guidelines provided by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), which is a UK charity dedicated to the protection of seas, shores and wildlife.

The group scaled the beach with a litter picking mission, helping to protect wildlife in the area and supporting the MCS’s campaign for cleaner seas, by providing campaigners with information about the litter found on the shoreline.

The Graduate Volunteers Day saw npower graduates support seven projects near to its operations across the UK. As a Volunteering England initiative in support of Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June) it is the latest drive from the organisation to encourage staff to support projects in their local community through its employee volunteering scheme.

Niall Moroney, team leader from npower, said: “Taking care of our shoreline is essential to the health of our seas and impacts greatly on marine life.

“The MCS has shown us that we can all do our part in protecting our beaches. Our work today mirrors our commitment to caring for the environment, keeping our beaches clean and safe for the next generation.”

Sue Kinsey from the MCS said: “We are delighted that this beautiful piece of coast has been adopted by the team. The results of their litter sweep will be essential in helping us determine the next step in conserving the area, and is a vital indication of the state of our oceans.”

In total 60 npower graduates volunteered on 4 June at projects in Swindon, Birmingham, Leeds, Didcot, Worcester and Aberthaw.

About npower:
RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious Community Mark from Business in the Community (BitC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The Community Mark is a new BitC standard, created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes. npower is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and provides gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK. npower is a market leader in renewable energy and sources green energy directly from renewable sources, at no extra cost. npower sponsors the 2009 Ashes Test Match Series in England, Women’s Test Series, the Twenty20 Cup and the Village Cup organised by the Wisden Cricketer.

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In Order To Mark World Environment Day 2009, Barclaycard Challenged Its Colleagues To ‘Cut A Kilo’ By Changing The Way That They Work

The campaign was part of Barclaycard’s commitment towards carbon neutrality and was aimed at helping colleagues understand how they can reduce their energy and water usage, and cut travel and unnecessary waste.

On the day itself, a team from Barclaycard was out and about litter picking near Barclaycard’s Brackmills HQ to help improve the local environment. Barclaycard also hosted guests from the local enterprise group Workbridge, the Energy Saving Trust and Monkey World.

Other initiatives taking place included a scheme to promote car sharing and promote the use of teleconferencing to reduce the need for long distance travel.

In 2008 Barclaycard colleagues saved over 500 tonnes of CO2, helping to make Barclaycard carbon neutral for its UK operations. In 2009, the aim is to become carbon neutral for the entire Barclaycard Global operation which has large operations in the US, Germany and South Africa amongst others.

Ben Brakes, Barclaycard’s Environmental Manager commented, “Barclaycard’s work to help colleagues reduce their impact on the environment paid great dividends in 2008 and we want to go one step further in 2009. By marking World Environment day we’re helping remind colleagues that this is a problem that affects everyone and we’re all in this together”.

About Barclaycard
Barclaycard, part of Barclays Global and Retail Commercial Banking division, is a leading global payment business which helps consumers, retailers and businesses to make and accept credit card payments flexibly, and to access short-term credit when needed. The company is one of the pioneers of new forms of payments and is at the forefront of developing viable contactless and mobile payment schemes for today and cutting edge forms of payment for the future. It also issues credit cards and charge cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. Barclaycard partners with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit. In addition to the UK, Barclaycard operates in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle and Far East.

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Npower’s Climate Cops Awards Enterprising Green-Agers

npower has announced the winning schools of the Climate Cops Green SOS competition with a class of school pupils who petitioned their local shops to ban all plastic bags emerging as the winners of the national competition, scooping £20,000 for its school to invest in eco projects. 

Hellesdon High School in Norwich beat hundreds of schools to win the npower Climate Cops Green SOS at a ceremony held at the Science Museum, London. The project impressed the panel of judges, including award ceremony presenter Fearne Cotton as well as Piers Morgan and eco activist Eugenie Harvey. The panel were impressed with the way the intrepid youngsters lobbied local shopkeepers to ban bags, with 23 out of 56 local stores committing to stopping the use of plastic in their stores.

Hellesdon was selected out of 10 shortlisted schools. Other top projects included runners up Penrice Community College, Cornwall, for their fight to make house numbers clearer to help the emergency services and reduce carbon emissions of delivery vans and the pupils of Gateways School in Leeds, who worked with the Women’s Institute and the world’s fastest speed knitter to make recycled fashion items.

Piers Morgan, head judge and champion of npower’s Climate Cops campaign, said: “I’ve been impressed by the dedication to green issues demonstrated by each of the shortlisted schools. Their determination to mobilise their schoolmates, families and local communities is just the sort of green campaigning we need to make a difference to climate change.”

Fearne Cotton, who met the children, all aged 11-13years, added: “These projects are proof that if we all pull together we can make a difference to the environment around us. It’s the little things that count and I urge us all to think green! We’re hoping that Hellesdon’s success will inspire plenty more school years get involved with Green SOS 2009.”

Npower’s Climate Cops programme is part of the five year Brighter Futures initiative, designed to motivate eco-aware students to turn their passion for the environment into positive action.

Students inspired by Hellesdon’s success can put themselves forward to take part in Green SOS 2009. Shortlisted schools will be given the training and skills needed to make their green mission fly, f r o m selecting a cause, project management, team work and using the media. Interested schools can find more information at www.npower.com/GreenSOS.

 

About npower:
npower is one of the UK’s largest electricity suppliers and draws on 50 years experience in supplying electricity and gas. npower offers a range of essential home and business services to 6.6 million customers across the UK.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark f r o m Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

The aim of the npower Brighter Futures programme is to inspire young people f r o m their first day at school to their first day at work. This is achieved by helping them to develop their skills and knowledge to make their own choices while empowering them to achieve their vision of a ‘brighter future’ for themselves and for the environment. npower Brighter Futures also includes our apprenticeship and graduate recruitment schemes.

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Pollution can make your child obese, according to the latest study conducted by Barcelona’s Municipal Institute of Medical Research and reported in the Acta Paediatrica journal

Pollution can make your child obese, according to the latest study conducted by Barcelona’s Municipal Institute of Medical Research and reported in the Acta Paediatrica journal. While this study links chemical pollution to extreme and debilitating weight gain, one American expert wonders if electrical pollution might be having the same effect on children in the USA.

Russ Allen, author of the new book Electrocution of America: Is Your Utility Company Out to Kill You?, says, “Isn’t it time to conduct non-utility-funded studies here in America to see what kind of effects stray electricity is having on our people?”

Stray high voltage is current that travels through the earth on its way back to the substation. Up to eighty percent of this stray voltage travels through our homes, offices, schools, farms, streets and playgrounds. This means that children as well as adults, including pregnant women, are highly exposed to electrical pollution in every day life. Stray voltage has been linked to shocks and even death in humans and animals.

In the Barcelona study, it was clearly shown that exposure to a range of common chemicals while in a mother’s womb can cause a baby to grow up fat. The researchers speculated that pollutants may have made the mothers diabetic, which would increase the chances of their children becoming obese.

Mr. Allen’s concern is that electrical pollution can produce the same insidious results.

“Stray voltage might be having profoundly negative effects on people’s bodies,” he says. “California has taken steps to deal with this form of pollution, but only recently. And they are the only state doing so. It’s time the rest of the country’s politicians and public health officials took this threat to our national health seriously.”

Russ Allen is a leader in the movement against electrical pollution. He is also an advocate for increasing unbiased government and academic studies of stray voltage’s harmful effects on humans and animals. He won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Wisconsin Public Service for the damage the utility company caused because of the poor design of its electrical distribution system—a design that is common across North America.

Electrocution of America: Is Your Utility Company Out to Kill You? can be found on Amazon.com,  BarnesandNoble.com,  Borders.com,  PriceGrabber.com and Ecampus.com.

For more information, contact the author directly at allen4568@sbcglobal.net.

GLENMORE BOOKS and author Russ Allen chose Arbor Books (www.ArborBooks.com) to design and promote Electrocution of America: Is Your Utility Company Out to Kill You? Arbor Books is an internationally renowned, full-service book design, ghostwriting and marketing firm. 

(Electrocution of America: Is Your Utility Company Out to Kill You? by Russ Allen; ISBN: 0-9779685-0-2; $22.95; softcover; 5½” x 8½”; 406 pages; GLENMORE BOOKS)

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Sierra Business Council — Where Business Leads For Integrated Success In Environment, Economic And Social Solutions

The Sierra Business Council and Sierra Nevada Conservancy hosted the Sierra Solutions Conference October 3-4. Over 200 members gathered from across California to share insights and learn from leaders in housing, sustainable development, carbon sequestration, and sound energy policies and practices.

The Sierra Business Council’s (SBC) mission embraces community, environment and the economy, and this was reflected in the broad range of speakers and topics.

During the day Thursday, 20 high school students from urban and rural areas throughout California were out on the trail hiking, rock-climbing and exploring the Sierra through SBC’s Sierra Nevada Youth Empowerment Program. Engendering the next generation of stewards is a priority with Sierra Business Council, and with the support of the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, these students participated fully in the entire conference, adding their important voices throughout the conference and to the closing comments.

Thursday evening some 100+ guests shared their experiences at the Sierra Leadership Institute Alumni dinner, celebrating the success of SBC’s Sierra Leadership Institute (SLI). The SLI is an annual collaborative leadership training session founded in 1996 and is designed to improve individual professional skills while enhancing the civic infrastructure of our region, over 250 Sierra Leadership Institute alumni currently work throughout the Sierra, contributing to the quality of life and economic well being of the region.

SBC Founder and Past President, Lucy Blake, opened Sierra Solutions with a return to the values that began the Sierra Business Council, looking forward to a vision where business leads for integrated success in environment, economic and social solutions.

Chief Executive Officer Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, Rusty Gregory, made sure everyone felt at home for the Sierra Solutions Conference. Mammoth Mountain is the first ski resort in California to put in place a measurement program with the California Alpine Resort Environmental Cooperative (CAREC). A tour of the erosion control test plots at Mammoth Mountain was held on Sunday, October 5. In the opening remarks, Gregory noted the need for balance in embracing unique opportunities as an organization. “Mammoth is long-term orientated, but also focused on surviving the short-term, so we get to those long term goals.” Mammoth Mountain Executive Chef Reed Hearon provided memorable meals using local foods, showcasing ranches and farms in the Eastern Sierra with extraordinarily delectable results.

Sierra Business Council honors outstanding community member efforts with the annual Vision 2020 Award. This award is designed to recognize those firms and individuals charting the course for a sustainable future by the year 2020. The conference dinner on Friday opened nominations for this prestigious award.

The SBC’s Board of Directors will select the award winners from member nominations and present the 2009 awards on March 19 in Sacramento, California. Sierra Business Council’s 2009 Vision 2020 Awards Celebration will feature presentations from Vision 2020 Award winners, comments from past winners, a Slow Food Dinner and of course, important news from the Sierra Nevada. SBC established the Awards in 1996 to recognize and reward innovation and leadership in the Sierra Nevada region.

“We are honored every year by the remarkable accomplishments of our friends and neighbors; they are the people in our communities who do the heavy lifting to make our futures bright. One of our greatest pleasures is being able to recognize them for their innovation and hard work,” said Rich Morrison, Chairman of the Board, Sierra Business Council.

“The Vision 2020 Awards are being held in Sacramento as a way to bring the importance of the Sierra Nevada in California to the State Capitol. This change is both symbolic and practical in communicating our message to the population of the entire state,” commented Steve Frisch, SBC president.

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Engendering The Next Generation Of Stewards Is A Priority With Sierra Business Council

The Sierra Business Council’s Sierra Solutions got under way October 3rd at the Mammoth Mountain Conference Center. The first item on the agenda was getting 20 high school students from urban and rural areas throughout California out on the trail hiking and exploring the Sierra.

On a day that saw usually quiet roads blocked and helicopters flying over Mammoth Lakes due to the location of Steve Fosset’s plane and remains, students seemed oblivious to these parallel events and delighted to be finding their own beginning to a closer relationship with nature.

Engendering the next generation of stewards is a priority withSierra Business Council. Speaking at the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board meeting this spring, SBC member, Soapy Mulholland of Sequoia Riverlands Trust stressed the importance of education, stating that if we don’t get this generation out on the land, what we conserve will not matter. She noted a recent survey that showed only 4 out of 30 university students have been to one our national parks.

The students joined conference attendees in a dinner celebrating the success of SBC’sSierra Leadership Institute (SLI). The SLI is an annual collaborative leadership training session founded in 1996 for individuals from all walks of life—business, government, ranching, et al. Designed to improve individual professional skills while enhancing the civic infrastructure of our region, over 250 Sierra Leadership Institute alumni currently work throughout the Sierra, contributing to the quality of life and economic well being of the region.

Sierra Solutions continues through October 4 with important presenters from economic, environmental, state, city and county representatives throughout the Sierra Nevada.

About Sierra Business Council
The Sierra Business Council serves the entire Sierra Nevada region. As a nonprofit association of more than 750 businesses, agencies, and individual members, Sierra Business Council is committed to promoting a new perspective on regional wealth while emphasizing collaboration in planning and policy making.

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Rick Phelps Of High Sierra Energy Foundation Is One Of The Facilitators At Sierra Solutions Conference In Mammoth Lakes, California October 3-4, 2008

The High Sierra Energy Foundation has been working on transitioning Mammoth Lakes from its dependency on propane as a primary home-heat to geothermal energy, obtained locally. Currently about 75% of Mammoth Lakes heat source comes from propane—going to local energy would radically effect not only the emissions from the production and burning of propane, but the impact of moving the fuel to Mammoth and then delivery to each home’s fuel tank—the trickle down of energy loss gets converted to energy saved when the movement is made to a local energy distribution network.

The California Energy Commission approved a grant of $191,000 from the Geothermal Resource Development Account to the Town of Mammoth Lakes in 2006, which is now underway. “The grant facilitates developing a business model for a geothermal heating district in Mammoth Lakes,” stated Phelps. “Over the last 20 years there have been numerous technical studies confirming that there is hot water under Mammoth Lakes, but this is the first study that will generate a comprehensive business plan,” continued Phelps. “This project has the potential to become a model for local energy creation and distribution. Mammoth Lakes will be a showpiece for energy efficiency and responsible use of local resources.”

Dave Harvey, Board President of the High Sierra Energy Foundation pointed out “this CEC grant, combined with the recent Community Energy Partnership with Southern California Edison, puts the Foundation well on the way to fulfilling its mission of promoting and developing efficiency and renewables in the High Sierra.”

In fact, electric power production and transportation are the two largest sources of carbon emissions in the United States with California producing 47.24 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. It qualifies as one of the biggest emitters in the United States.

Moving towards local economies and local energy sources is a powerful notion for saving energy, reducing carbon and building strong economies. Learn more about local energy generation, and other strategies for building resilient, sustainable communities in the Sierra—and how these practices apply to other regions by attending Sierra Solutions conference.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: SIERRA SOLUTIONS—Tools for Sustainable Communities, Economies and the Environment
October 3-4, 2008
Mammoth Resort Conference Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Hosted by The Sierra Business Council and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, SIERRA SOLUTIONS highlights leading sustainability speakers, who believe, “The Sierra Nevada is a place that serves as a model for the rest of the nation – it is a place where we pursue a green economy, support valuable ecosystems, and design sustainable communities.” Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council

Solution-based tools, processes and opportunities for ensuring sustainable and vibrant Sierra communities, landscapes and local economies are the focus of this 2-day event in scenic Mammoth, California.

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Fuels For Schools And Beyond Is Moving Into Providing Biomass Energy For Schools And Private Enterprise While Maintaining Healthy Forests

After the wildfires in the summer of 2000, which burned over 350,000 acres and 70 structures in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, a resident of Darby, Montana began to research ways in which to tie fire hazard reduction work with economic development in the valley. Discovering that waste wood was being used to heat a number of schools in the northeastern U.S., this individual approached community leaders with the idea of using slash (tree limbs, tops and branches) from hazardous fuels reduction projects for heat in Darby’s schools. With the aid of a grant from the Economic Action Program and assistance from the Bitter Root RC&D, USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory and the Biomass Energy Resource Center, a biomass boiler system was planned, designed and installed at Darby and began heating three schools in the fall of 2003.

Today, Fuels for Schools and Beyond is a recognized national leader in community biomass projects, moving into providing biomass energy for schools and private enterprise while maintaining healthy forests.

The Fuels for Schools and Beyond program is a partnership between the USDA Forest Service’s State & Private Forestry Division, the State Foresters of Montana, North Dakota, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, and the Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area, Inc., to promote and facilitate the use of forest biomass waste for heating, cooling and power in public and private buildings.

These organizations are advancing local and national policies in biomass utilization, and ensuring the viability of the nation’s forests and communities.

There are currently 14 biomass boilers operating throughout North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Nevada with two more in the design or construction phase. While continuing to provide support to existing projects, the program is now actively advancing “wood to energy” for private enterprise.

Dave Atkins, Fuels for Schools and Beyond Program Manager, from Missoula Montana, is one of the presenters at Sierra Solutions conference in Mammoth Lakes, California October 3-4, 2008.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: SIERRA SOLUTIONS—Tools for Sustainable Communities, Economies and the Environment October 3-4, 2008 Mammoth Resort Conference Center Mammoth Lakes, CA

Hosted by The Sierra Business Council and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, SIERRA SOLUTIONS highlights leading sustainability speakers, who believe

“The Sierra Nevada is a place that serves as a model for the rest of the nation – it is a place where we pursue a green economy, support valuable ecosystems, and design sustainable communities.” Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council

Solution-based tools, processes and opportunities for ensuring sustainable and vibrant Sierra communities, landscapes and local economies are the focus of this 2-day event in scenic Mammoth, California.

Conference details—Nikki Streegan 530.582.4800

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A survey of British businesses has revealed strong concern that Government regulation to reduce carbon emissions will make the country uncompetitive

A survey of British businesses, conducted by npower business has revealed strong concern that Government regulation to reduce carbon emissions will make the country uncompetitive and add more costs than benefits

The fifth npower Business Energy Index (nBEI 5) canvassed 200 senior managers and energy buyers at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large industrial firms on attitudes to energy use, costs and C02 emissions, revealing unease within the business community about the existing CO2 reduction framework of regulation.

When questioned about the new Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) – a new carbon reduction scheme aimed at large businesses, announced in the 2007 Energy White Paper* – 71% of intensive energy users said they believed that the scheme would make the UK uncompetitive. When asked about the implementation of such regulation, 63% of respondents said they thought the costs would outweigh the benefits. Only 48% believed that the CRC would achieve its target of removing 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere each year by 2020.

Demonstrating further concern, 75% of intensive energy users surveyed said they thought the combined pressures of the Climate Change Levy, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the new CRC will place an undue burden on business.

The Government has shown a desire to involve businesses in meeting the UK’s CO2 reduction targets and introduced a framework of regulation to incentivise and reward emission reduction, but npower business’s findings indicates companies need further convincing that this is the best method. Comments from the report suggest that British businesses feel penalised as other European and global businesses do not have to conform to the same administrative and financial requirements imposed by UK regulation.

“Businesses have faced a raft of new legislation in recent years, with more now promised in the form of the CRC, so it is understandable that they may feel the responsibility to reduce CO2 is being placed at their door. However, with the UK’s CO2 emission targets becoming legally binding this year, we cannot escape the fact that all businesses will be called on to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Paul Coffey, managing director of npower business.

“While the need to actively reduce CO2 has become a business requirement in the last few years, it will increasingly become a priority as low carbon outputs become evermore linked with strong financial performance. Those that identify the advantages of low carbon operations now, and work within the existing legislative framework, will be the ones that benefit in the future,” he added.

He also pointed to the fact that advice is available from energy providers and government organisations, which can assist businesses in reducing CO2 output. The nBEI clearly suggests businesses are in need of guidance: 56% agreed they would value help in reducing CO2 emissions and 50% said they would welcome guidance to improve energy efficiency.

While the findings suggest a lack of support for carbon reduction regulation in business, finding 88% of respondents stating they support the Government’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions and 56% said they thought compliance with climate change agreements had resulted in energy savings or process improvements. Also, 36% said they believed there were commercial advantages to be had from a small carbon footprint.

Mr. Coffey pointed to the fact that, “Businesses will have to develop policies to manage the risks associated with corporate energy use including cost, environmental and societal risks. In this way, decisions on buying and investment in energy efficiency measures that can reduce CO2 outputs can be assessed on a more holistic basis, rather than just cost. This moves away from a quick win scenario in which energy efficiency measures are only made for financial gain to a more progressive strategy in which the approach to energy management and CO2 reduction is aligned with business goals”.

* The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) is a mandatory cap and trade scheme, which will apply to large non-energy intensive public and private sector organisations. The CRC was first detailed in a 2007 Energy White Paper.

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Totally Fitness announces that it is giving carbon dioxide a good work by offsetting its emissions to go Carbon Zero

The UK’s leading gym and fitness equipment retailer Totally Fitness has given carbon dioxide a good work out after announcing that it is to offset its emissions and go Carbon Zero.

Totally Fitness, whose clients include a host of celebrities, is working with co2balance.com to calculate their ‘carbon footprint’ (the amount of carbon the company produces), to take action to reduce their emissions, and then offset the remaining amount, in order to go Carbon Zero.

Announcing their move towards becoming Carbon Zero, Emma Peoples from Totally Fitness said it is vital that companies take steps to minimise their impact on the environment in order to create a sustainable future. “We all leave an impression on the environment, and it is up to companies to take action to make it a positive impression, rather than negative, and that is why Totally Fitness has taken this decision to go Carbon Zero”, said Emma.

As the leading supplier of exercise equipment, Totally Fitness provide fitness apparatus to a variety of clients, from stars such as Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey and Nicolas Cage, to hotels and hospitals, and Peoples believes that clients are becoming more environmentally mindful in their purchases. “In addition to top quality fitness products, people want to buy equipment from companies that are proactive in looking after the environment, and so we are delighted to be able to offer this to our clients through our new Carbon Zero status”, commented Emma.

co2balance.com offers several ways to offset a company’s carbon footprints and help make them become ‘Carbon Zero’; through energy efficiency projects in Kenya, renewable energy projects in East Africa and through tree planting (as trees absorb carbon) in various locations throughout Europe.

Suzanne Longworth, from co2balance.com said: “The co2balance philosophy is based on minimisation of energy use and reduction of the Carbon Footprint before offsetting. All our projects are truly additional, in that they would not otherwise have occurred but for the investment of the funds from our offsetting clients like Totally Fitness. This ensures that their move in becoming Carbon Zero results in clear and direct action in reducing carbon dioxide”.

About Totally Fitness:
Totally Fitness began life in 1997 trading as Rent To Be Fit, a business specialising in the rental of fitness equipment to the consumer and hotel market. It soon established a reputation in the industry for providing a highly responsive and flexible service.

Totally Fitness now has an enviable portfolio of private and corporate clients. Stars such as Julia Roberts, Andre Agassi and Jim Carrey have been clients of Totally Fitness since the beginning and the list of celebrity clients continues to grow. Corporate clients range from the capitals most prominent property developers, hotels, schools and hospitals to the Metropolitan Police.

About co2balance Ltd:
co2balance’s aim is to provide a simple, practical and cost-effective way for individuals and businesses to reduce their ‘carbon footprint’ and then balance their unavoidable carbon dioxide emissions through investment in woodland planting and energy efficiency. After providing advice on carbon reduction, co2balance will arrange to offset the residual CO2 emissions.

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