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Intel to Become Largest Green Energy Purchaser in the U.S.

Intel looks to be putting its money where its mouth is as it strives to become the largest purchaser of green power in the United States. The chip maker said it will purchase more than 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours a year of renewable energy certificates as part of cialis pharmacy in india an effort to reduce its impact on the canadian pharmacies nexium viagra environment.

Intel described these certificates as "the currency of the renewable energy market." The Environmental Protection Agency has said that Intel's lofty goal is "the equivalent environmental impact of taking more than 185,000 passenger cars off the road each year, or avoiding the amount of electricity needed to power more than 130,000 average American homes annually."

This purchase includes a a portfolio of wind, solar, small hydro-electric, and biomass sources, added Intel. The company hopes its renewable purchase will spur additional development and demand for renewable energy. This move puts Intel at the top of EPA’s latest Green Power Partners Top 25 list, and also at the No. 1 spot on EPA’s Fortune 500 Green Power Partners list.

 

Behind the Scenes at the Greener Gadgets Conference

I was in New York City on levitra india Friday for the first Greener Gadgets Conference which was put on by the get levitra good folks at Inhabitat and Mark Alt + Partners. They were kind enough to www.boehler.org give me and EcoGeek a free press pass and I made the trek down to the Big Apple with my friends Brian from Green Daily and the Eco-Chick herself Starre Vartan.

The day started off with opening remarks by event organizers Jill Fehrenbacher, founder and publisher of Inhabitat, and Mark Alt, the Principle at Marc Alt + Partners. They welcomed the 400 or so attendees and ups delivered tramadol laid out the schedule for the day as well as the three main themes for the day- Materials & Lifecycle, Energy, and Social Sustainability.

The first keynote speaker of order cheap tramadol fedex overnight cod the day was Chris Jordan, someone I've been a big fan of ever since seeing him and his work bounce around the levitra online in usa blogosphere. Chris is a well known photographer and artist who has made a name for himself in the green world with his work Running the Numbers, an amazing collections of photographs showing the realities of American consumption. Some of his photos show what 1,410,000 brown paper bags we use ever hour look like, how high the 410,000 paper cups we drink through every 15 minutes stack up, and what the 60,000 plastic shopping bags we use every FIVE SECONDS piles up like. His message was simple: Americans consume a crap load of stuff and we need to figure out how to stop throwing it all away.

One thing that Chris said that really struck me was how proud the Aluminum can industry is over the fact that we recycle 50% of the aluminum cans we use in this country. It sounds good on the surface, until you consider that we use 106,000 cans every 30 seconds. That's 111,427,200,000 every year (yes, billion). If you could stack up the levitra cheapest best buy lowest cost number of cans we use in a single day you'd have a pile a mile wide and a mile high. The amount of cans that get buried in a landfill would be just a half mile wide and a mile mile high every day. Chris feels that in order for the green movement to achieve true mainstream status it has to get itself a Michael Jordan- someone cool enough to bring the green message to the masses and who can create drastic change in a short period of online levitra uk time. Swing over to levitra vs viagra his site to read more about him to to view more of his striking body of work. It's damn scary how many cell phones we burn through every year.

The second keynote speaker was Mary Lou Jepsen, the former CTO of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and current founder and CEO of month old startup Pixel Qi. Holding a OLPC in her hand during her speech she laid out some of the green credentials of the laptop that she largely invented. The OLPC is arguably the greenest laptop in existence- it sips energy, using less than 10% the energy used by traditional laptops; is built without lead, mercury, and many other toxic materials found in conventional computers; is built to be modular and easily repairable; and can be powered with a hand crank or small solar panel. You can even drop the battery into the compost pile where it will break down along side the banana peels and soft viagra worms.

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Mary Lou's broader point was that the adoption of green technology shouldn't be limited to the highest end of the market. By inventing things for the dirt cheap OLPC like motherboards that shut down when the overnight delivery of tramadol online screen is not moving we will drive innovation on the whole scale of viagra free trial pack the market. Building cheap green laptops will eventually make our MacBook Pros and Blackberrys run better, longer, better, and greener.

The conference's panel discussions were filled with green corporate types from Intel, Nokia, HP, and Sony and talented designers, material scientists, and even gadget blogger god Ryan Block from Engadget. They talked about electronics materials & lifecycle, energy efficiency, and mobile forms of energy generation. On the corporate front it seems that giants like Sony, Nokia, and Intel are starting to come around the to the fact that their products are a big part of The Problem. One of the recurring ideas that kept coming up is the responsibility to we like it search cialis ensure that consumer electronics are actually recycled at the end of their life and done so in a responsible manner instead of being dumped in third world recycle farms with little to no environmental and safety standards.

 

Twittering from the Greener Gadgets Conference

Shea Gunther is buy cialis doctor online currently at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City, keeping his eyes out for stories and interesting tidbits. This Twitter Stream will remain at the top of the page, but full stories will appear below.

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Apple's Unfixable Gadgets...Made to Break?

 

For a while now I've been in communication with Brett Mosley, the guy who started "BuyMyTronics.com." Brett's a huge EcoGeek...he basically buys broken electronics, fixes them, and then sells them on EBay. It's like recycling, but way better, because the gadgets get to keep living. He's recently expanded his business to cover iPhones, Zunes, and gaming systems, and is about to expand even further into cell phones and laptops.

But Brett is upset, and that makes me upset. Apparently, the sixth generation iPods and www.aumm.nl the current iPod Nano have been designed to africa-info.org be 100% unfixable. According to Brett,

The new generations of iPods and the iPhone are not designed to be opened. Because the Nano, iPhone and generation 6 "Classic" bodies are metal to metal the body gets completely trashed upon opening. In the Nanos and Shuffles, parts are actually soldered together, eliminating the possiblility of simple repair. So, for me, it will be harder to fix these, increasing repair costs and diminishing their resale value after they have been repaired.

All of this kinda flies in the face of viagra brand name Apple's new green image. So I thought maybe they were just trying to get people to send them back to Apple for proprietary repairs. I asked Brett if Apple maybe had special tools that allowed the buy cheap online levitra to repair these metal-to-metal devices:

Besides charging you hundreds to buy viagra and receive it in canada fast fix it (which makes it more economical for most to just get a new one) they probably have to give it a whole new body whenever they open one. I don’t know how they could make a repair without trashing the body.

Kinda the opposite of green there. We need to hear more from Apple, obviously, but it's hard to imagine, in the midst of their "green-up" why Apple would switch to bodies that are impossible to open for repairs. Brett's answer: "Looks...Pure Looks." And as Apple has always been known, and commended, for its design, this doesn't seem too hard to accept. He also surmises that they might be trying to discourage the market in repairs and mods that fuel his and many other businesses.

But it comes down to the fact that, when choosing between extending the life of their gadgets and making things look pretty, Apple is landing on the side of pretty.

Making these models more difficult to repair is invariably un-green in the long run. By reducing their future re-use, value and no prescription order viagra lifespan, Apple is basically saying, "These gadgets are no use after two years, so send them back to us for recycling, and buy a new one."
 

E-85 Ferrari Green or Not Green?

Last month we wrote about Ferrari reducing its emissions by 40% over the next five years (by 2012). This week at the Detroit Auto Show, they took a step toward reaching that goal by introducing a concept car that runs on cheapest generic levitra E85 (85% Ethanol, 15% Gasoline). The "Ferrari F430 Spider Biofuel" is essentially the always-beautiful Spider, but with a few modifications. The fuel injection system was tweaked and of course the computer systems were changed to 120 cheap tramadol reflect the buying viagra in canada differences in the fuel. Of course, that's not all -- it also comes with fancy green stripes.

Interestingly, these changes (not the stripes), actually increased the power output, likely due to ethanol's higher octane and being able to be used in higher compression engines, providing greater horsepower than from traditional gasoline. It also resulted in a 5% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, which doesn't sound like much, but if you consider that 85% of the fuel is nearly carbon-neutral (we must add some emissions due to processing of the organic matter), it's not a bad start.
 
But as Matt James so aptly put it, though I am paraphrasing, "it's still a fuel-intense Ferrari that's not really green, and for all the 4 or 5 times it's used in a year, from cradle to cradle it's still a net loss for the environment."

 

 
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