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Power Shift 2009 - 0 views

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    Feb. 27-March 2
Jack Olmsted

The Electronics Recycling Superguide - Features by PC Magazine - 0 views

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    Consumer electronics-including TVs, computers, peripherals,
    audio equipment, and phones-make up almost 2 percent of the municipal solid
    waste stream, according to the
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    . This percentage may seem
    small and inconsequential, but the quantity of electronic waste is steadily
    rising.



    In fact, the
    EPA
    estimates that the number of obsolete consumer electronics
    sold between 1980 and 2007 is 235 million; a total weight of 2.25 million tons.
    Where are these 235 million units now? Eighteen percent of these products were
    collected for recycling; the rest are, unfortunately, sitting in landfills.
    Toxins (lead, mercury, flame retardants, and the like) from these electronics
    can seep into the soil and ground water, posing serious health and
    environmental
    risks.
Jack Olmsted

Following the e-waste trail - UK to Nigeria | Greenpeace International - 0 views

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    following the e-waste trail
Jack Olmsted

Electric Hub Motor 26" used - 0 views

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    This is the Pheonix Brute. Otherwise known as the Crystalite 5305. It's a front
    motor laced to a 26" mountain rim. It has 460 miles exactly on the motor
    You
    will need a controller, battery and throttle. This is for a 48 or 72 volt
    system. I found it to be a little too much power for a front wheel drive.
    Might be more appropriate for a pedicab or power push trailer etc. These
    retail for 470.00. If you want to buy the entire power system from me, I'll sell
    it for 595.00 (motor, controller, throttle) Then you just need a battery.
    Please do your homework before emailing. Here is a link for more info:
    http://www.electricrider.com/crystalyte/phoenix.htm
Jack Olmsted

E-Bikes - Tips For Purchasing An E-Bike Power Assist Bicycle - thedailygreen.com - 0 views

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    For short hops around town, to run errands or to just enjoy the countryside up close, ditch your car for an E-bike: The boost your pedaling will get from an electric motor, when you want it, gives you the freedom to get around town unencumbered, get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. You can bike 15-20 miles before you'll need to recharge the batteries.
Jack Olmsted

E-Cycle: We got to move these color TVs ... | Yakima Herald-Republic Online - 0 views

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    YAKIMA, Wash. -- In its first month, Washington's new electronics recycling program has collected more than three million pounds of waste -- 20 percent to 30 percent more than expected.

    Although pleased with the program's success, regulators of
    E-Cycle Washington are asking people to wait a few months to drop off their electronics so collection sites can catch up with demand.

    "Response has been good, but there are some capacity issues," said John Friedrick, director of the Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority, which oversees the recycling network. "I anticipated there would be a lot more problems, but there haven't been. Overall, I'm very happy with it."
Jack Olmsted

Dell Expands E-Cycling Programs, Precious Metals Recovery Firm Says Its Haul Grows | Gr... - 0 views

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    Dell is expanding its consumer electronics recycling program with Goodwill and its own tech trade-in operation, while the M&K Recovery Group says it harvested 15 percent more copperware from computer gear than it did in 2007.

    The companies detailed their latest activities on the e-cycling front in separate announcements yesterday. Such growth is welcome news in the drive to better manage tech waste.

    The U.S. is awash in used, broken and old consumer electronics -- from cell phones and laptops to televisions and sophisticated entertainment systems. The number of programs to recycle goods is increasing, but those efforts have yet to check the flow of gear that's discarded every day.

    Dell is expanding its consumer electronics recycling program with Goodwill and its own tech trade-in operation, while the M&K Recovery Group says it harvested 15 percent more copperware from computer gear than it did in 2007.

    The companies detailed their latest activities on the e-cycling front in separate announcements yesterday. Such growth is welcome news in the drive to better manage tech waste.

    The U.S. is awash in used, broken and old consumer electronics -- from cell phones and laptops to televisions and sophisticated entertainment systems. The number of programs to recycle goods is increasing, but those efforts have yet to check the flow of gear that's discarded every day.

Jack Olmsted

The State of Green IT in 2009 | Matthew Wheeland on GreenerComputing - 0 views

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    We've said it before, and we'll surely say it again, but even though green IT
    is here to stay, it's still got a long way to go.

    One of the trends I noted in my
    2008
    roundup of green IT stories
    -- and one of the most promising trends out
    there, is that companies are increasingly harnessing the power of IT to solve
    bigger environmental issues. From IBM's goal of mapping water systems to
    maximize efficiency to the E.U.'s plan to put IT to work in buildings to trim
    energy use, it's clear that the sphere in which IT can operate is expanding, and
    much to the good.
Jack Olmsted

Local News | Free e-cycling off to strong start in Northwest | Seattle Times Newspaper - 0 views

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    Oregon and Washington have collected almost 5 million pounds of electronic waste since their free recycling programs went into effect in January.

    The free recycling applies to TVs, monitors and computers, both desktops and laptops.

    Oregon reported about 1.5 million pounds collected in January, ahead of the 12.2 million pounds projected for the year. Washington said residents brought in slightly less than 3.3 million pounds, establishing a pace that would far exceed the state's projection of 25 million pounds for 2009.

    Officials, however, expect the pace to taper off a bit. People appeared to stockpile a large amount of electronics while waiting for the program to start Jan. 1. "Our recyclers told us they were just inundated at first," said Kathy Kiwala, manager of Oregon's electronics program for the Department of Environmental Quality.

    "The activity continues to be strong but not like it was the first two weeks," she said.

    Oregon and Washington have collected almost 5 million pounds of electronic waste since their free recycling programs went into effect in January.

    The free recycling applies to TVs, monitors and computers, both desktops and laptops.

    Oregon reported about 1.5 million pounds collected in January, ahead of the 12.2 million pounds projected for the year. Washington said residents brought in slightly less than 3.3 million pounds, establishing a pace that would far exceed the state's projection of 25 million pounds for 2009.

    Officials, however, expect the pace to taper off a bit. People appeared to stockpile a large amount of electronics while waiting for the program to start Jan. 1. "Our recyclers told us they were just inundated at first," said Kathy Kiwala, manager of Oregon's electronics program for the Department of Environmental Quality.

    "The activity continues to be strong but not like it was the first two weeks," she said.

Jack Olmsted

The GigaOM Network Announces Final Line-Up for Green:Net, The First Green Conference fo... - 0 views

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    The GigaOM Network, a leading Silicon Valley news network, today announces the final schedule for the Green:Net conference, to be held March 24, 2009 in San Francisco. The first Green:Net conference spotlights how technologies of the Web and the Internet will be instrumental in the new, green economy. The conference will be the first event hosted by Earth2Tech, The GigaOM Network's cleantech publication and a thought leader in the emerging "Green Digital" sector. Startups are also encouraged to apply to the Green:Net LaunchPad, a green startup showcase, before nominations close on February 13th. More details are available on the conference website.

    Software, communication networks and the web will help companies shape the future of our electrical system, deliver transportation infrastructure, create social movements and help both companies and regular folks reduce carbon emissions. The Green:Net conference brings together the knowledge and talent of The GigaOM Networks publications GigaOM and Earth2Tech to create a must-attend event for those interested in everything from money-saving, energy-efficient data centers to money-making online applications for businesses and consumers.
Jack Olmsted

Experts Gather to Discuss the State of Green Business | GreenBiz.com - 0 views

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    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- More than 500 people gathered Monday for the State of Green Business Forum in San Francisco, an all-day event that marked the release of the State of Green Business 2009 report from the editors of GreenBiz.com. The report attempts to measure the adoption of green business practices in the U.S.

    The Forum featured more than a dozen industry leaders to bring various aspects of the report to life: water management, green jobs, innovation and energy efficiency. GreenBiz.com Executive Editor Joel Makower also assembled a panel of advisors of President Barack Obama to discuss the new administration and its efforts to jumpstart a green economy.

    In opening up the forum, Makower presented an overview of the finding of this year's report: in a nutshell, companies are doing OK, but there's plenty of room for improvement.
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- More than 500 people gathered Monday for the State of Green Business Forum in San Francisco, an all-day event that marked the release of the State of Green Business 2009 report from the editors of GreenBiz.com. The report attempts to measure the adoption of green business practices in the U.S.

    The Forum featured more than a dozen industry leaders to bring various aspects of the report to life: water management, green jobs, innovation and energy efficiency. GreenBiz.com Executive Editor Joel Makower also assembled a panel of advisors of President Barack Obama to discuss the new administration and its efforts to jumpstart a green economy.

    In opening up the forum, Makower presented an overview of the finding of this year's report: in a nutshell, companies are doing OK, but there's plenty of room for improvement.
Jack Olmsted

Earth Day 2009 | Campaigns and Events | The Green Generation | Earth Day Network - 0 views

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    Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of the Green Generation Campaign! This two-year initiative will culminate with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend the Green Generation'sEarth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of the Green Generation Campaign! This two-year initiative will culminate with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend the Green Generation's
Jack Olmsted

National Environmental Education Week | Promotional Toolkit - 0 views

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    National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the nation's largest organized environmental education event. Held each April, EE Week promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12th grade students and educators of all subjects in an inspired week of environmental learning and service before Earth Day. Join the thousands of schools, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums nationwide who have made a commitment to engage students in environmental learning through participation in EE Week! This year's EE Week theme is Be Water Wise! Registered partners will have access to a wide variety of FREE environmental education resources, including:
Jack Olmsted

Web Council Members and Other Key Web Contacts | EPA Web Governance | US EPA - 0 views

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    The table below lists Web, communications, and IT contacts in EPA headquarters and Regional offices.
Jack Olmsted

Solex Solex - French E-Bike - 0 views

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    Conceived during the second world war by Marcel Mennesson and Maurice Goudard, the Solex was marketed in 1946.

    In the difficult context of the post-war period, France in rebuilding is looking for an economic mean of transport which doesn't need a lot of energy.The Solex, whose selling price is lower than the minimum wage and whose energy consumption is very low, corresponds perfectly to these two requirements.
    While cars are starting their appearance, the Solex represents a mass mean of transport. Thus, it will become a legend by occupying a place of first order in the history of popular motorization.
    Seducing by its cost, its safety, its simplicity and its sobriety, it will be used as well for leisures as for daily ways.

    With an easy employment, economic and reliable, the Solex quickly met a large success : 8 million specimens were sold between 1946 and 1988 in France and all around the world.
    Conceived during the second world war by Marcel Mennesson and Maurice Goudard, the Solex was marketed in 1946.

    In the difficult context of the post-war period, France in rebuilding is looking for an economic mean of transport which doesn't need a lot of energy.The Solex, whose selling price is lower than the minimum wage and whose energy consumption is very low, corresponds perfectly to these two requirements.
    While cars are starting their appearance, the Solex represents a mass mean of transport. Thus, it will become a legend by occupying a place of first order in the history of popular motorization.
    Seducing by its cost, its safety, its simplicity and its sobriety, it will be used as well for leisures as for daily ways.

    With an easy employment, economic and reliable, the Solex quickly met a large success : 8 million specimens were sold between 1946 and 1988 in France and all around the world.
Jack Olmsted

The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House? - 0 views

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    In November, not two weeks after winning the election and still two months from becoming commander in chief, Barack Obama brought the government into the 21st century. Or at least that was what we were told when he released his first Web video address as president-elect. The clip, billed by some as a modern fireside chat, was embedded as a YouTube video on Change.gov, the incoming administration's Web site. Sitting in a leather chair, framed slightly off center from his chest up, Obama delivered a three-minute talk on the economic crisis, vlog style.In November, not two weeks after winning the election and still two months from becoming commander in chief, Barack Obama brought the government into the 21st century. Or at least that was what we were told when he released his first Web video address as president-elect. The clip, billed by some as a modern fireside chat, was embedded as a YouTube video on Change.gov, the incoming administration's Web site. Sitting in a leather chair, framed slightly off center from his chest up, Obama delivered a three-minute talk on the economic crisis, vlog style.
Jack Olmsted

About - Collaboration Project - Collaboration Project - 0 views

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    The Collaboration Project is an independent forum of leaders committed to
    leveraging web 2.0 and the benefits of collaborative technology to solve
    government's complex problems. Powered by the National Academy of Public
    Administration, this "wikified" space is designed to share ideas, examples and
    insights on the adoption of Web 2.0 technologies in the field of public
    governance.
Jack Olmsted

After Admitting Faults at Hearing, New EPA Head Starts Work - ProPublica - 0 views

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    With little scrutiny or controversy, Lisa Jackson was confirmed by the Senate late last night to head the Environmental Protection Agency after a confirmation hearing where criticisms of Jackson's tenure as head of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection were given short shrift.

    In her first move as EPA chief, Jackson pledged to make science "the backbone for EPA programs [1]." In a memo sent to EPA employees today, Jackson said that reducing greenhouse gas emissions, managing chemical risks, cleaning up hazardous waste and protecting America's water would receive her personal attention.
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