Daily Archives: August 18, 2010

SunChips’ green packaging comes under fire for creating a racket | Business | GreenBiz.com

[I bought these chips the other day simply because of the ecofriendly packaging. Yes, it was a little loud, but not really a problem. Although, I would back the warning issued regarding selling the chips with that particular packaging at movie theaters. — KM]

SunChips’ Green Packaging Comes Under Fire for Creating a Racket | Business | GreenBiz.com.

State, local governments lack policies for green job creation | SustainableBusiness.com

State, Local Governments Lack Policies For Green Job Creation.

Camden Windjammer Festival 2010 is Sept. 3-5

Taken from the website for the Camden Windjammer Festival:

The Camden Windjammer Festival is a community-led celebration of Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions. From the great age of sail when four, five, and even six-masted schooners were launched into Camden Harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business here in the 1930s and continuing with the elegant yachts that visit or call Camden home every summer, sailing ships have always defined this gorgeous community where the mountains meet the sea.

Every year on Labor Day weekend thousands of visitors from as far away as Alaska and as near as Bay View Street in Camden gather along the wharfs and parks to explore the ships themselves, learn salty crafts and skills, and swap sea stories and songs in talent shows and concerts that appeal to landlubbers and swabbies alike. Now in its sixteenth year, the Camden Windjammer Festival has become a wildly popular event for tourists as well as locals.

This festival recognizes not just what makes Camden unique but also the important role maritime heritage plays in shaping the lives of all who live here. And, most of all, to celebrate it!

Investors plant the seeds for slow money: Mainers getting behind effort to fast-track the slow money movement for local food | Maine Today Media

While brokers tempt investors with derivatives, hedge funds and collateralized debt obligations that are able to zip around the globe at lightening speed, venture capitalist Woody Tasch wants to see a return to a slow but steady gold standard with more long-term security than a blue chip stock.

His plan? Invest in soil fertility.

Tasch, who lives in New Mexico, is the leading figure in an emerging movement called slow money. The concept is catching on across the country, including here in Maine.

Slow money brings together socially-responsible investors with proponents of local and organic food, in a collaboration aimed at fundamentally shifting how money moves through the economy and where it gets invested.

“There’s a growing awareness about the importance of local food,” Tasch said in a recent interview. “But there’s also a broader concern from investors that the global financial system is out of control.”

Click for the rest of the story by Avery Yale Kamila of Maine Today Media.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Viles Arboretum, Augusta
HOW MUCH: Free; RSVP at 236-4703 or bonnierukin@gwi.net
MEET WOODY TASCH, Slow Money founder and author of “Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money,” at the Common Ground Country Fair at 11 a.m. Sept. 25. Tasch and representatives of Slow Money Maine will give an informal meet-and-greet session.

Jetport project tapping Earth’s energy: Expansion plans include an ‘underutilized technology’ that cuts new terminal’s need for oil by 90 percent | Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND — Drivers who use a new parking lot at the Portland International Jetport won’t notice, but their vehicles will be atop more than 11 miles of plastic tubing.

If they could slice open the earth, they would see 120 loops extending 500 feet into bedrock. And if they could peer through the tubing, they would see fluid circulating at 500 gallons a minute.

Drill rigs will run every day for the next month to turn the land under the new parking lot into a giant heat exchanger. The fluid will absorb some of the earth’s stored heat in winter and help warm a new addition at the jetport. The process will be reversed in summer, with heat being dumped into the cooler earth.

When the jetport’s $75 million expansion opens in 2012, it will be heated and cooled by Maine’s largest geothermal system. The system is expected to cut the amount of oil that would otherwise be used for the new terminal by 90 percent — nearly 102,000 gallons a year.

Click for the rest of the story by Tux Turkel in the Portland Press Herald.

Maine company says underwater turbine is a success | Bangor Daily News

Maine company says underwater turbine is a success – Bangor Daily News.

Teenage girl rescues three brothers in house fire considered total loss | Bangor Daily News

Teenage girl rescues three brothers in house fire considered total loss – Bangor Daily News.

Maine’s Open Lighthouse Day is Sept. 18