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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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Environmentally-Friendly Way To Get Rid Of Your Rat Problem

A COMPANY has developed an environmentally-friendly way of helping get rid of your Rat Problem – by tempting them out of hiding like the legendary Pied Piper and Relocating their Nests by using Foods they love to eat.

Environmentally-Friendly Way To Get Rid Of Your Rat Problem

But instead of luring the rats with music, W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM eliminates the rodent problem by enticing them with their favourite foods.

The firm is confident its modern-day Pied Piper effect will help businesses, workplaces and other organizations eradicate their rat problem using a natural method, which is safe for both children and pets.

The company’s special food pellet formula includes a mixture of foods that rats love, including peanuts and soybeans.

Food Formulator Ernest Adam Csolkovits, who is CEO of Michigan-based W.H.I.C, said: “Rodents like the same foods as humans.

“This rodenticide works by using the same ‘following effect’ as the Pied Piper to help get rid of rodents. Instead of music, we use their favorite foods (the same food humans eat) in a small pellet form.

“This is the perfect green solution to E.R.A.S.E. your rodent problem.”

W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM (Eliminate Rodents And Save Everyone) uses a non-toxic food pellet formula, which is safe for both youngsters and pets.

Latest figures show that more than 1.1million children aged five and under are exposed to poisons every year in the US and Canada, while there are also more than 400,000 cases of pet poisoning annually.

But Mr Csolkovits, who developed the product, added: “This product is safe for humans and pets. Why would anyone want to use something that could be harmful and even fatal to your loved ones?

“W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM was invented to eliminate the fear of deadly poisons in homes, workplaces, schools and anywhere you and your loved ones would visit. Let W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM give you the peace of mind you deserve, knowing that your family is safe.”
Rats have a keen sense of smell and can easily sniff out poison. They usually urinate on the poison as a warning to other rats.

But studies have shown that they favour certain foods and will be attracted by the smell and taste of the ingredients in W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM Also, the rats will not consider it a poison because the ingredients can be eaten by humans and can be found in Food.
The new product is currently available in Alaska and Wyoming but the ambitious company is planning to serve other areas.

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International Masters Publishers, On Behalf Of Wildlife Explorer, Has Made A Donation To Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

Reflecting its strong commitment to providing valuable information about wildlife and wildlife conservation efforts, International Masters Publishers, Inc. (IMP) recently announced its support for wildlife conservation and education programs. IMP has made a generous donation to the Missouri-based Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary.

Crown Ridge was founded in 2004 by Joe Scott Sr. with the mission of providing a safe and caring environment for exotic cats. Through both on-site and off-site presentations, tours, youth programs, and its website, Crown Ridge seeks to educate the public about the importance of habitat conservation and wildlife preservation.

“We are extremely proud to lend our support to an organization that shares the same values that we promote through our Wildlife Explorer® collection”, says Divanna Gilleaudeau, IMP spokesperson, “Our goal, which we share with Crown Ridge, is to educate young and old alike about the world’s most fascinating creatures and in doing so, remind us all to respect and protect the wildlife we live with.”

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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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NS&I Is Delighted To Be Named As The First Customer Within The Government To Meet Sustainable Mail™ Environmental Standards

National Savings and Investments (NS&I), the government-backed savings provider, is delighted to be named as the first customer within the Government to meet Sustainable Mail™ environmental standards.

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Sustainable Mail™ has been designed by Royal Mail to help businesses increase the use of environmentally-friendly materials in mailings, while reducing the amount of mail in the waste stream. With almost 27 million customers, NS&I regularly uses direct mail to communicate with customers. The new service will help the financial provider minimise the environmental impact of its direct mail campaigns. Another benefit of signing up to the Royal Mail’s new bulk mail service is a lower price tariff.

Tim Mack, Head of Marketing and Communications at NS&I, stated: “We welcomed and encouraged Royal Mail’s development of Sustainable Mail(tm) and are proud to meet the criteria and pleased to save money on postage costs.”

To qualify for the Sustainable Mail™ product, mailers must meet one or both of the specification requirements – entry level, where prices of up to 2% below normal Mailsort tariffs are available, or intermediate level where this increases to 4.7%.

Matthew Neilson, Head of Environmental Solutions at Royal Mail, said: “There has been tremendous interest in the Sustainable Mail™ service and we are delighted to name NS&I as the first Government organisation to use this service for their direct mail campaigns.”

Sustainable Mail™, along with the Responsible Mail™ product offered by Royal Mail’s Wholesale division, are the first services available that are consistent with the forthcoming BSI standard for Environmental Performance for Direct Marketing. The standard, PAS 2020, was announced in January with the backing of Royal Mail as well the Direct Marketing Association, Acxiom and advertising organisation ISBA.

NS&I produces all its direct marketing material in association with integrated agency Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw. The agency was appointed in January 2008 to provide direct marketing and direct response services. NS&I expects to post its first direct mailings using the Sustainable Mail™ product in July 2009.

About National Savings and Investments
NS&I is one of the UK’s largest financial providers with almost 27 million customers and over £94 billion invested. It is best known for Premium Bonds, but also offers Inflation-Beating Savings, Guaranteed Equity Bonds and Children’s Bonus Bonds in its range. All products offer 100% security, because NS&I is backed by HM Treasury.

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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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A New Online Bird Watching Community Reaches For The Sky

ChatterBirds.com is a new online community designed and developed to provide birdwatchers with tools to help share their passion for birds. Bringing people closer together in an innovative style, chatterbirds.com enhances the hobby of bird watching in a dynamic, informative and interactive fashion unique to an online birding resource.

The community offers tools to support the challenges of bird watching, such as the ‘bird identifier’ for confirming species sightings, or the ‘locate species’ function – a search function for species sightings in your part of the world. Other features allow members to store and share images, search a database of birding hotspots, keep an online bird diary, join groups and share birding activities.

In the current global climate where many people may be feeling the pinch, the prospect of spending money on joining fees for a website fees may raise a few eyebrows, but as the chatterBirds community is free to use that makes the decision to join an easy one. With no registration fees, easy to use features and open to anyone with access to the internet, one of the world’s fastest growing hobbies now has its own vibrant, interactive community.

Bird watching is a hobby available to everyone. No matter where you are based, or what your physical ability chatterBirds.com offers every user a sense of involvement.

From the millions of people spending hours each year watching birds in their backyards, to the more experienced twitchers forever chasing that illusive tick for their bird lists, the chatterBirds community provides a meeting point for everyone to interact regardless of level of experience or what part of the world you live in.

So for anyone out there with an interest in birds and nature, or those simply looking to learn more or find a new hobby, the chatterBirds.com community provides the perfect one-stop online resource to enhance your bird watching enjoyment and experience.

 

About chatterBirds.com
ChatterBirds.com founded by entrepreneurs Paul Searle and Zak Jacobs in Cambridge, UK. The unique free online community for birdwatchers is set to be the world’s most dynamic interactive bird watching resource. The community begins the official launch from 1st June 2009 and already has over 300 registered birdwatchers that have taken part during the development and testing phase.

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Europcar, Europe’s Leading Car Rental Company, Is Once Again Pioneering In The Area Of Environmental Awareness And Protection

The company now provides information about the CO2 emitted by the vehicle on its rental invoices. The calculation is based on the vehicle type and model and the distance travelled.

A first in the car rental industry, this initiative is in keeping with Europcar’s ‘Environmental Charter’ commitment of raising awareness about the importance of taking the environment into account.

It also caters to an increasing trend among corporate customers – which have made their own commitments in the area of corporate social responsibility – to set specific environmental criteria for accrediting their suppliers.

Commenting on this latest initiative, Rafael Girona, Chief Operating Officer of Europcar Group, said: “By providing this information on rental invoices, we want to raise awareness among our customers and employees about the environmental impact of their actions and help them to be ‘ecological citizens’. After the certification of our Environmental Charter by Bureau Veritas in June 2008 and the creation of our carbon-offset program, this latest measure further demonstrates Europcar’s commitment to sustainable development.”

Europcar currently offers invoicing with the precise CO2 emissions data per rental in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. It will also soon be available in Australia.

Even before booking, customers can go online to assess the average Europcar fleet CO2 emissions for each rental car.

They can also offset car rental emissions thanks to Europcar’s partnership with leading global carbon offset provider ClimateCare.

Through these various initiatives, Europcar formalizes its commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. In reflection of its pioneering role in the environmental field, Europcar was elected ‘The World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company’, at the World Travel Awards in December 2008.

About Europcar
Owned by the French investment company Eurazeo, Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. The company serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Excluding franchise operations, in 2008 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 8,000 employees and an average fleet exceeding 225,000 vehicles. In September 2008, Europcar and U.S. market leader Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces in a strategic alliance to form the world’s largest car rental network, with more than 1.2 million vehicles and 13,000 locations around the world.

About ClimateCare
UK-based ClimateCare is a leading global carbon offset provider, with experts in London, Ankara, Mauritius, Nairobi, New York, Oxford, Santiago and Sydney. ClimateCare has over 50 projects across the developing world, funding low carbon technologies with social and environmental benefits.

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The Prince Of Wales ‘Frog’ Campaign Receives Support by Richard Branson

Richard Branson pledged his support for the Prince of Wales “Frog” Campaign. Richard stated “As you all know, for many years I have been concerned with climate change and its impact. The plight of rainforestsos.orgthe world’s rainforests is a massive influence on this and perhaps the single most important factor in protecting our environment – that is why I have served on the steering group for this project.

“I will use my speeches and contacts to reinforce his message. The Prince is looking for public support across the globe by seeking millions of sign ups for his web based petition.”

Simon Burridge CEO of Virgin Games (poker, casino and bingo games) commented “This is another great initiative by Richard and The Prince of Wales. They are setting the standard when it comes to campaigning on climate change. Virgin Games is thrilled to be a part of helping bring awareness of the devastation that it’s having to rainforests all over the world.”

To find out more and get involved with the The Princes Rainforest Project please go to www.rainforestsos.org and pledge your support to saving the worlds rainforests.

About Virgin Games

Virgin Games, a subsidiary of Virgin.com Ltd, launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises three distinct entertainment offerings, giving consumers the chance to play their favourite online games the Virgin way:

  • Virgin Casino, part of the Wagerworks network, provides a taste of Vegas online, with classic casino offerings like blackjack and roulette, as well as popular feature slots like Elvis, Cleopatra and Vegas, Baby!
  • Virgin Poker, offers a huge array of games and content for beginners through to experienced pros – as well as the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry. The successful Virgin Poker Festivals, which take place in casinos around the UK throughout the year, now allow gamers to experience the fun of Virgin Poker offline too
  • Virgin Bingo offers cash prizes worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as regular promotions and an unrivalled loyalty scheme

UK Recyclers Get Battle Footage To Help Them Out…

The film “Bin vs Printer” has been unleashed by WRAP to highlight the need and facilities for recycling Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. (WEEE)

Hosted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUEPWF_mBQw the minute-long animation recreates a tarantino-eque duel between an obsolete printer and a wheelie bin. The aim of the film is to remind people not just to bin their waste electrical goods, but instead to recycle them- there is also URL supplied at which people can find out where they can do this at http://www.dontbinitbringit.org/

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations are in place across Europe and local authorities, with the help of major electrical retailers, have joined forces to provide facilities for the re-use of electrical components.

According to research conducted recently, 30 per cent of UK residents have never recycled an electric or electronic device. Recycle Now believes that this is due to a lack of information and has unleashed an interactive Regeneration Game, in which users put in their postcode to find out details about their nearest recycling facilities.

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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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National Cohousing Conference & International Cohousing Summit

The First Annual Cohousing Conference will be held on Friday, June 26, 2009 – Sunday, June 28, 2009 on the University of Washington campus. Presented by the Cohousing Association of the United States (CoHo/US), a Seattle-based non-profit founded in 1997, this conference brings together the insights of international thought leaders, those already living in cohousing, people currently seeking community, and cohousing professionals. The conference is an ideal place for newcomers to explore the idea of living in community or for public officials to better understand how to encourage community oriented development and its benefits. The theme “growing community” will be explored in each facet of planning and implementation from initial plans and group formation through successful building and ongoing community management.

Come to the 2009 National Conference and see the power of community for yourself. With more than 50 program offerings—featured speakers, workshops, seminars, and tours—there’s something for everyone.

Stewardship, education and cooperation are part of the cohousing quality of life. Come find out why cohousing makes it natural and easy to live more lightly on the planet.

Learn how cohousing makes living green easier. Register and get details at www.cohousing.org.

Event Details
WHO: Cohousing Association of the US

WHAT: International Cohousing Summit, Pre-Conference Workshops and Tours, National Cohousing Conference

WHEN: International Cohousing Summit (by invitation)—Sunday, June 21 thru Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pre-Conference Workshops and Tours—Wednesday, June 24 thru Friday, June 26, 2009

National Cohousing Conference— Friday, June 26 thru Sunday, June 28, 2009

RESERVEhttp://www.cohousing.org/2009/overview

WHERE: Conference events will be at the University of Washington plus a variety of regional on site tours

FEES: Some offerings are free; workshops begin at $20, full conference registration $375 ($325 for first 50 registrants)

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Contact Details:
Email: growing@cohous.org

Tel: 866-758-3942 (toll free) or 314-754-5828

http://www.cohousing.org/2009/overview

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V.O. TECH a manufacturer of vegetable oil conversion systems for diesel engines recieved award for being eco-friendly

V.O. Tech, LLC, a manufacturer of systems which allow diesel engines to run on straight vegetable oil, was presented with an “Environmental Responsibility Award” by Senior Americas’ Team Green. V.O. Tech was chosen for contributing to the greening of America and to our children’s future by promoting renewable fuels for transportation.

Patent Pending all-in-one vegetable oil filter housing (the “Geo”) More info…

The award was presented by Howard Levin, President Senior America’s Team Green and was accepted

on behalf of V.O. Tech by the company’s founders Walter Little and Jonathan Bernz.

V.O. Tech, LLC, is a manufacturer of high-performance diesel-hybrid conversion systems that allow mechanical and electronic diesel-powered engines to operate on either pure (straight) vegetable oil, or traditional diesel fuel, all at the choice of the driver. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Mahopac, NY.

“These companies are promoting the greening of America to put our nation back in balance with the earth, and Senior America’s Team Green is proud to officially recognize them,” said Levin. Senior America’s Team Green Promotions represents environmentally friendly companies. Howard “Lev” Levin is a philosopher who believes that “America is out of balance, but we must continue to inspire other nations. We all have a stake in determining in which direction we must go to ensure our children’s future and our quality of life.”

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Ultra-Fine Bubble Diffuser for Cleaner Water Treatment

Stamford Scientific Inc. (SSI), a global leader in wastewater treatment diffuser products and support facility for wastewater treatment plants, announced a new ultra-fine bubble diffuser for the membrane diffuser market.

The new ultra-fine bubble diffuser from SSI produces the finest bubbles of any membrane diffuser currently on the market. In comparison, the panel-disc diffuser bubbles from this ultra-fine bubble diffuser are 0.2 to 0.5 mm in diameter, which compares to 1 mm diameter bubbles in a typical panel diffuser and 2-4mm diameter bubbles in a conventional disc or tube diffuser.

“We are very excited about our new wastewater treatment bubble diffuser product,” said Tom Frankel, Director of Stamford Scientific. “Currently, there is nothing in the bubble diffuser market that compares to the effectiveness of our ultra-fine bubble diffuser product.”

“This product changes everything for those who purchase aeration systems based on life cycle costs. The ultra-fine bubble diffuser is more economical than conventional membrane disc or tube system, has a moderate headloss, and very high oxygen transfer efficiency. Wastewater treatment has never been more effective in producing clean water!”

The new design concept utilizing a reinforced thin EPDM (Ethylene Proylene Diene Monomer) membrane with a low surface energy fouling resistant coating supports a reasonable pressure drop across the membrane. The ultra-fine bubble diffuser is economical is now ready for sale worldwide. This product complements the existing replacement tube diffuser and bubble diffuser products already offered by Stamford Scientific Inc.

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