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Featured in this newsletter :
- Note from the editor
- Got smart meter?
- Dismanteling the EPA?
- The GE Ecoimagination Challenge : video & more
- The PSGS bulletin board (a classic car for sale & great events!)
Note from the editor:
The fairly long "info-mercial" I posted on last week's newsletter about the Biotane division of Imperial Western sparked a relevant comment and question by a local reader :
"Thanks for your continuing commitment to an exceptional
I am curious about the piece on Imperial Western Products.
It looks to me like a big corporate advertisement, no matter how environmentally hip
the language. Is this a paid advertisement? I get a similar feeling with the Leeds
housing. If indeed these are paid ads, I would as a reader want to know this, as already
these long self promotion pieceshave altered my interest in the newsletter.
I understand cost issues associated with publishing, but
would like some clarity on the mentioned pieces.
I feel it important to share these comments with you."
My response is below - and I'm happy to reaffirm this truth for the
benefit of any and all readers who might have similar doubts.
"Thank you for your message and comments.... I can assure you that
the PSGS and I are totally independent, and a 100% one-woman volunteer outfit
- no sponsors, no paid advertisement, all out of pocket.
from Imperial Western product filled out the online form, requesting
to be listed in the PSGS business directory. I thought that their
services and products are interesting... there are a lot of
restaurants and hotels in the valley that could recycle their
vegetable oil instead of sending it to the landfill. They might be a
large corporation, but that is not necessarily bad. In fact I think
their services are very relevant to sustainability.
I chose the video on LEED certification, because the public hears
the term used, but not a lot of people know what LEED certification
I try to vary the info I put out."
Thank you C.W. - In a world being taken over by corporate interests and
$handouts to load the dice, I appreciate people who question why
certain info is being posted. My aim ALWAYS is that someone among
the current 1175 readers will be inspired to change something
dysfunctional in the way we live. Positive change in this case
would be creating a valley-wide hotel & restaurant vegetable oil recycling pick-up system!
Anybody out there interested?
|Biotane Fuels Division
Biotane Fuels represents the new frontier in
renewable and alternative fuels emerging on American markets
today. Since the year 2000, Biotane Fuels has been at the
forefront of the alternative fuels industry manufacturing “Biotane
Biodiesel” from animal fats and vegetable oils.
Additionally, we offer our customers the ability to complete their
“sustainability loop” by taking their waste vegetable oil and recycling
it into an alternative fuel called Biodiesel. Biotane Fuels is one of a few biodiesel plants in California, and the
only one that is BQ9000 certified as a producer and marketer of
Imperial Western Products
|Click here to view Biotane video
Got Smart Meter?
Palm Desert [Map/Directions]
75178 Gerald Ford Drive - Suite 3A
Palm Desert, CA 92211
A free energy event in Palm Desert.
Tuesday Feb. 22, 2011 at 6pm!
grid, smart meters…what is their impact on your electricity bill? Can
solar help you offset rising electricity bills? Is it cost effective to
go solar now? What do you need to know to go solar? What can you do
before you go solar to save money on your electric bills?
efficiency in your home now, smart meters and their effect on your
electric bill, the changing landscape of energy generation and
distribution (smart grid)…these are the subjects we will cover in this
free event by HelioPower. Scott Gordon, vice president for HelioPower,
will cover these questions and more in this free informational event.
Special guests as well. Refreshments will be served. Save your seat
today, as these seminars are popular!
To register call us at our toll free number 877 652 7888.
Dismantling the EPA?
Dear Palm Springs Green Scene readers,
Don't let Dirty Energy's allies in Congress dismantle the EPA.
Clicking here will automatically add your name to this petition to Speaker Boehner:
"Keep your dirty hands off the Environmental Protection Agency."
Sign the Petition
Last week, speaking at the Conservative Political Action
Conference in Washington, D.C., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for completely abolishing the Environmental
This week, Republican leaders in the House have taken a big
step toward making the Gingrich plan to eliminate the EPA a reality by slashing
funding for environmental and public health safeguards in their proposed funding measure.
We cannot allow Dirty
Coal and Big Oil – and their allies in Congress – to dismantle the EPA.
Tell Speaker Boehner: Keep your dirty hands off the Environmental
Protection Agency. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
The Republican leadership in the House is calling for a 30
percent cut to the EPA’s budget – the largest cut in 30 years. Such draconian
cuts would jeopardize the water we drink and air we breathe, endangering the
health and well-being of all Americans.
In addition to these draconian cuts, the House proposed
funding measure also includes sneak attacks on our bedrock environmental laws.
It would prevent the EPA from closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act that
would jeopardize the drinking water for 117 million Americans. Additionally,
the plan would prevent the EPA from enforcing commonsense safeguards in the
Clean Air Act that curb harmful carbon pollution and hold corporate polluters accountable.
|The GE Ecoimagination Challenge : video & more |
graciously submitted by Constance Walsh
Solar Roadways is a first round finalist for the $200M GE Ecomagination prize thanks
to it's innovative plan to build American roads with the power to
harness solar energy. Determined to be recognized as having a possible
solution to the country's energy needs, Solar Roadways is working to
streamline production and lower costs.
is currently the top contender of public votes in the second round of the Ecoimagination Challege.
You can vote for SR HERE.
Are you interesed in the futuristic concept of smart solar homes? Check it out here.
Solar Roads Fix The Grid And Crumbling Pavement
By Keith Barry , September 23, 2010
A revolutionary idea that converts existing roadways into a national solar power grid is up for a major cash prize.
Scott Brusaw (shown below) is working on a project to encapsulate solar panels in high-strength glass
capable of standing up to thousands of cars and trucks passing by each
day. He estimates that a single parking lot paved with solar panels —
even one where cars are parked — could power the big box store it
serves, and a cul-de-sac paved with solar panels could take an entire
subdivision off the grid even on a cloudy day.
Eventually, LEDs built into the tops of solar panels placed on
highways could move lanes around, create crosswalks, display speed
limits and even detect and warn drivers about road hazards like stopped
traffic and crossing wildlife. Best of all, the panels could be laid
down over existing asphalt.
The project might sound improbable, but he’s got the ear of the
Federal Highway Administration and is currently in fourth place in the GE Ecomagination Challenge,
a competitive funding opportunity that could get the project off the
ground, so to speak.
“We’ve gotten estimates from the universities for developing the
glass and it would cost about $50 million to complete the research and
get ready for production,” said Brusaw. “If we could get part of that,
it would get us going and help us finish our R&D.”
It all started a few years back when Brusaw and his wife Julie were
gardening and talking about climate change. Scott had dreamed of
transmitting electric power through roadways since he was a kid playing
with slot cars and always thought an electrified roadway could be used
as a solution to reduce emissions. “Couldn’t you make your electric road
out of solar panels?” Julie asked. Read more
Prior "Work with the planet, not against it!" postings:
millions of years life on Earth has persisted and evolved in concert
with the chemical, physical and biological processes in the
environment. The advent of the Age of Liquid Fossil Fuels brought
humanity the ability to jump start and force-march many of these
processes at terrible cost to the planet's environmental viability. In
the waning days of the Oil Age, it is time for humanity to relearn the
lessons of the past tens of thousands of years of civilization: life,
human and otherwise, on Planet Earth can recover and maintain its
viability and sustainability only as we rediscover working WITH this
planet's environment, animate and inanimate, not against it!" John Cooper
The PSGS bulletin board
FOR SALE : Classic car with a touch of green
This "green" 1966 Mustang runs virtually emisson free on Propane, or on
Gasoline. It has factory air conditioning with an oversized radiator
for Desert conditions.
|It is equipped with a 289, V-8 engine and an automatic transmission.
You may remember seeing this car displayed at the Earth Day celebration
held at the Ace Hotel, and on "Eye on the Desert" Channel 2 news.
This is a perfect car for a classic car lover with a green consciousness. Asking $12,600, will negotiate.
Call 760-399-8001 for more information and ask for Jim.
Palm Springs First Edible Garden Tour
February 26, 2011
two school gardens, walk through restauraunt herb gardens, visit homes
with edible landscaped yards, hear a master gardener and an agronomist
along the way.
Come with a friend! HAVE FUN! Get inspired!
The first Palm Springs Edible Garden Tour is being organized by the Palm Springs Neighborhood Involvement Committee (PSNIC). Limited to 50 participants.
All details & purchase your ticket(s) HERE
Support the Farmers Markets
For more information, call 760-898-5250
Proceeds benefit the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Certified Farmers’
Market program and a portion is tax deductible.
Tickets can be purchased at all of the Certified Farmers Markets & at the Camelote Theatres
CFM 2nd Annual Fundraiser
Sat. Mar 19, 2011 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Price: $ 75.00
Casa de Monte Vista 696 N. Via Monte Vista,Palm Springs, CA 92262
Help Support your Local Certified Farmers’ Market!
Join us at the fabulous Casa de Monte Vista in Old Las Palmas for a
wine tasting, silent auction, entertainment and seated dinner featuring
several local world-renowned chefs.
| The documentary that everyone should see!|
February 27 at 4:00 pm
Suites Hotel – Salon IV
Hwy 111, Palm Desert CA 92260
$5 room cover charge
The Chemtrail/Geo-Engineering Coverup
The new G. Edward Griffin Documentary
We are being sprayed with toxic substances without our consent
and, to add insult to injury, they are lying to us about it.
For further information contact Melanie St. James @ 760-776-7600
Wednesday through Sunday, March 2-6, 2011
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum presents the tenth annual Festival of Native Film & Culture
at Camelot Theatres in central Palm Springs. The Festival is one of the
nation’s most highly-regarded events of its kind -- featuring the best
in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other indigenous
peoples. Engaging, entertaining, and enlightening feature films,
documentaries, and short films from some of today's premier Native
American and indigenous filmmakers will be followed by informative
Guest programmer is Elizabeth Weatherford, founding director of
the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the
The outstanding lineup of screenings this year includes a wide
variety of films. They range from short films originating in Hawaii and
those of hilarious comedic content with strong messages, to finely
crafted documentaries that evoke new depths of appreciation for and
understanding of gay/lesbian and migrant issues experienced in the
UCR Palm Desert's Series
"The Desert of 2050: Alternative Scenarios"
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 6 p.m.
By 2050, the Coachella
Valley could be a model sustainable urban-wildland ecosystem, or a land
of rusted pipes and weeds. The difference depends on the willingness to
plan for and work through the range of issues with long-term
sustainability in mind. Dr. Allen
will discuss some of the implications of alternative decisions in terms
of ecological sustainability (biodiversity, clean air, and adequate
water). Presented by Michael F.. Allen, Ph. D., Director, Center for
Conservation Biology, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology,
Department of Biology, UCR. Click here to register.
"Population Growth, Aging, and Sustainability"
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 6 p.m.
lecture will explore how demography often determines destiny.
Population growth around the world is closely tied to the aging of that
population, and aging has profound consequences for economic growth and
financial sustainability. This lecture
will touch upon these inter-relationships and highlight the potential
impact of demographic changes on inland Southern California's future. Presented
by Anil Deolalikar, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Professor of Economics,
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, UCR. Click here to register.
The World Environmental & Water Resources Congress is an important
opportunity for professionals in the environmental and water fields to
convene and focus on topics of the day. This year's technical program
focuses on “Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability”. It is important that
the environmental and engineering community integrate sustainability, in
dealing with today’s issues whether they be technical, economic,
social, environmental or political.
Registration is open. More information.