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    Green zone: After two years, did all her eco-friendly projects pay off? – Kansas City Star

    A great article of a LA writer’s 2 year experiment on green living.

    It started with gray water, then escalated to chickens, composting toilets and rain barrels. I’m talking about the two years I’ve spent transforming my humble California bungalow into a test case for sustainable living – an experience that’s cost me hundreds of hours of my time and thousands of dollars, an endeavor that has tested the limits of not only my checkbook but also my sanity – and my DIY skills.

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    Juice Bar Chargers Offer Free EV Fill-Ups

    Electric vehicles would become much more appealing to the general consumer if they were cheap to fuel. With that in mind, Connecticut-based Green Garage Associates has realized that even better than ‘cheap’ is ‘free’ and is now offering no-charge EV charging ports in convenient locations for the public. The company’s Garage Juice Bar, a custom designed EV charging station, would be sold to parking lot owners to encourage EV drivers to use them over standard high-rise parking lots. Even better for all concerned, the construction of the $3,000-$5,000 EV stations would be funded by government grants. The parking lot rates would then include free EV charging for drivers, benefiting both Green Garage, the parking lot owners and EV owners.

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    First Products Pass New Stricter VOC Standard for Homes

    Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has released their first Indoor Advantage Gold certifications for products meeting the new, tougher residential criteria under Version 1.1 of the 01350 specification ( see the new certificate here ). The State of California made several revisions to the 01350 standard early this year including: 1) Tightening the formaldehyde standard to meet new California state guidelines and 2) Establishing a residential scenario that accounts for the lower air change rates in houses that can lead to dramatically higher concentrations of toxicants off-gassing from building materials

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    Pricing the Value of Nature

    NAGOYA, Aichi, Japan, October 20, 2010 (ENS) – Assigning economic value to the benefits the world gets for free from nature is not easy, so today’s release of the report, “Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature,” by a banker who works with the UN Environment Programme has attracted a lot of attention at the Convention on Biodiversity’s Conference of Parties meeting in Nagoya.

    The banker, Pavan Sukhdev, a Deutsche Bank capital markets expert, heads UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative.

    Today he released the fourth and last in a series of reports from a three-year-long study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, which everyone calls TEEB.

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    For Sustainable Wood, a New and Unloved Standard

    Next week select members of the United States Green Building Council will begin casting ballots on whether to overhaul how the organization awards sustainability credits for wood products.

    If adopted, the standards would fundamentally alter the organization’s approach to rating forestry products. At present, only wood certified by theForest Stewardship Council qualifies for so-called LEED credits, which are used to certify a building as environmentally sustainable and assign it a rating.

    The new standards would open up LEED certification, an increasingly popular benchmark for responsible construction, to any timber certification system that meets a series of sustainability benchmarks.

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    CC Expanding Sealer – An Alternative to 1- and 2-Part Expanding Foams

    CC Expanding Sealer comes tightly compressed in 5-meter rolls, and it expands 15-fold once it is unrolled.

    Manufactured by 3-C Production AB in Sweden, CC Expanding Sealer is a foam “tape” that expands in a few hours to 15 times it’s packaged thickness. The expanding sealer is sold in vacuum-sealed, 5-meter (16.4-foot) rolls in various widths, the most common being 60 mm (2.36 in).

    Peel-and-stick adhesive on one side of the foam tape (which is also available without adhesive) allows easy attachment to a window or door opening, and the slow expansion allows the window to be set in place before the foam expands to its full thickness of 30 mm (1.2 in). The expansion rate depends on temperature: at 68°F, it should take about an hour-and-a-half; at 14°F, 24 hours.

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