Michelle Kaufmann recently posted a video on YouTube calling people out to participate in a "recycle in style" challenge. She wants to see your creativity in making re-use of everyday items and/or things you might normally throw in the trash. To participate, make a video and post it in response to hers on YouTube.
"A challenge for green finance is the ongoing struggle among appraisers and underwriters to understand the value and risk of sustainability."--Scott Muldavin, Executive Director of the Green Building Finance Consortium in San Rafael, CA.
It's back! Welcome to the largest residential green building movement get-together! Featuring over 380 exhibitors, 6,000 industry professionals, and this WCG is featuring a "Homeowner Day" where the public can have full access to the tradeshow. Click for a list of the speakers and exhibitors. West Coast Green is an opportunity to share best practices and get ideas on the green movement.
Yesterday, the guys at Genzyme (NASDAQ: GENZ) held a conference call with green bloggers to discuss their green building efforts. As far as I know, Genzyme is one of the first bio-tech firms to really embrace and enter the green building space. Led by Rick Mattila, director of enviornmental affairs, and Lisa Hartman, principal environmental engineer, the group discussed the Genzyme Center (corporate headquarters) based in Cambridge, Mass., which was awarded the LEED-Platinum certification, the highest green rating a building can receive. When asked what was the biggest bang for their buck in building the Genzyme Center, Rick responded...
Yeves Perez, founder and chief visionary officer of the Eco Investment Club, is hosting a GreenMeet tonight in San Diego. If you haven't heard or don't know about the Eco Investment Club, the mission statement is the following:
"To support the progression of the green movement by promoting sustainable businesses, providing eductation, networking and relationship building opportunities, and eco-investing, which ultimately drives the green economy."
Tonight's GreenMeet is from 7-9pm at The Eco Center for Alternative Fuel Education (on 1st floor...see map here). The guest speaker is John Stein, Chairman of the Board, Founder and CEO of Kirei USA. And the keynote speaker is Ronald J. Ramos, President of New Green Housing Corporation. Should be a great night! If you are in the area, swing by, $15 for members, $20 for non-members and you can pay at the door. If you have questions, email Yeves at ecoinvestors at gmail dot com.
Yahoo Finance posted a very informative interview this morning with Acciona CEO Peter Duprey [CEO of North American operations]. He discusses the wind and solar energy markets and touches on the job growth and investment opportunities that are beginning to surface here in the US. A few points that surfaced in the interview: by 2009, the U.S. is expected to overtake Germany as the #1 wind energy market in the world; U.S. wind power generating capacity jumped 45% last year; wind energy poised to generate over 1% of U.S. electricity in 2008. Click picture to watch.