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Inspried by Trout

Posted by on 11 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: biomimicry, water

Greentech Media

What does a water-purification system have to do with a trout? Find out via an interesting post at greentechmedia:

When it comes to water technology, nature appears poised to become a major player. Similar to the Watreco and Parc situation, a group of startups – Novozymes and Aquaporin – are facing off against an industrial giant – Danfoss – in an effort to create a water-purification system based around a synthetic version of a protein called aquaporin. Continued…

Smart Sprinkler Systems

Posted by on 09 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: energy efficiency, water

Cyber-Rain Logo

Here’s another ‘smart’ product company: VentureBeat reports that Cyber-Rain, maker of wireless sprinkler control systems, an has raised $1.5 million in first round funding.

Cyber-Rain claims its technology can save customers 30 to 70 percent on their watering bills. While smart networks are nothing new in the utility sector, Cyber-Rain is one of the few startups we’ve seen that offers wireless control systems for water management. Continued at VentureBeat…

Conference: Biomimicry’s Climate-Change Solutions

Posted by on 21 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: biomimicry, climate change, energy, energy efficiency, events, water

On October 20th, The Biomimicry Institute in conjunction with the annual Bioneers conference will be holding a one-day conference “Biomimicry’s Climate-Change Solutions: How Would Nature Do It?”

This landmark one-day intensive reveals the leading edge of biomimetic solutions to climate change, modeled on nature’s operating instructions. It’s designed for action-oriented professionals from the fields of business, finance and investment, science, technology, public policy, education, media and civil society.

Find out more and sign up now!

Former EPA Head Talks at Kitchen/Bath Industry Event

Posted by on 11 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: business, energy efficiency, events, news, water

Christie Todd Whitman

This weekend I’m attending the 2008 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and Conference (K/BIS). I was booked on American Airlines and my flight was cancelled so I missed the Friday morning opening keynote, but here’s what I’ve gleaned from other reports:

Christine Todd Whitman, former administrator of the EPA delivered the keynote address focused on sustainability. She said that kitchen and bath professionals can play a key role in educating the public about lessening environmental impact. “…selling green kitchen/bath design and products is very similar to selling eco-sensitive public policy: it’s about getting people to do something for the common good.”

By explaining the long-term benefits derived from an upfront financial investment, architects and designers can help open their clients’ eyes to green design “…they aren’t sacrificing anything by going green.”

A green theme is said to be present around the vast show floor and I’ll be checking out the “Implementing Sustainability” seminar Saturday to see just how quickly this old, old industry is taking the message to heart.

GreenPlumbers: The Future of Plumbing

Posted by on 27 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: cleantech, enablers, water

I sat in on a presentation by Steve Lehtonen at PG&E this week and learned about a terrific new initiative:

GreenPlumbers® was developed by the Master Plumbers’ and Mechanical Services Association of Australia. (MPMSAA). The enormously successful training and accreditation program is being introduced in the United States through an exclusive agreement between MPMSAA and the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association of California.

The GreenPlumbers® Contractor Licensing Program is being introduced in the United States through an exclusive agreement between the Green Invest LTD of Australia and Onni, Inc. of the United States.

The Australian GreenPlumbers® program has revitalized the plumbing industry’s culture and image in Australia. Since its implementation in 2001, MPMSAA/GreenPlumbers® has accredited more than 5,000 plumbers throughout Australia. MPMSAA is in the process of adding new courses to the curriculum in 2008.

The program and the emerging technologies have been a major catalyst in helping to reduce water consumption levels by up to 50% from 1990 levels.

Steve Lehtonen’s presentation: GreenPlumbers: The Future of Plumbing