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The Debate Over California's Solar Energy Policy

California Solar Policy

In July, California Governor Jerry Brown, announced a plan to increase the state's renewable energy to a 12-gigawatt by 2020, by relying on “tens of thousands of little decisions” by residents and business owners. Brown cited the cost of routing large-scale energy farms in remote areas as a reason for focusing on smaller projects. He also cited the delays in previous large-scale desert projects due to litigation over natural resources, native animals, and Native American sites.

However, a recent article from Freakonomics.com points out several concerns with this plan, based on simple cost-benefit analysis:

-Individuals (such as homeowners and small businesses) do not make decisions based on what is “socially optimal”... read more

Cleantech Funding Drops 44% from 2010 to 2011

cleantech venture capital

Like there hasn't been enough bad economic news in the past few weeks? According to a recent Reuters article and study published by Ernst & Young, investment in clean tech/ green tech companies dropped 44% (when comparing the second quarter of 2010 and the second quarter of 2011). This may be in part due to the increased attention on internet IPO's, such as LinkedIn and Zillow.  Still the cleantech field is receiving more financial attention than most: from April to July of this year, cleantech companies saw $1.1 billion in investment funds. ... read more

Dunkin Donuts -- Ditch the Styrofoam Cups!

dunkin donuts styrofoam

I live in Massachusetts, which is Dunkin Donuts country.  While the affinity for a Dunkin Donuts cup of joe is strong here, Dunkin's commitment to the environment is seriously lacking.  Many of their hot coffee drinks still come in Styrofoam.... read more

Giveaway: A Free Kids Konserve Lunch Sack & Coupons!

Win a free reusable lunch sack from Kids Konserve filled with coupons from Annie's Homegrown,  Stonyfield YoKids, and Seventh Generation.

Keen For Green is giving away 5 of these coupon-filled lunch sacks!  

How to win one:

1)  "LIKE" Keen For Green on Facebook.*

2)  Leave a comment here on THIS post let let us know you're a fan of Keen For Green on Facebook.  Also, let us know what are some of your favorite things to pack for lunch!  (For either you or your kids!)  Be sure to either comment with your Facebook account or leave your email address!

*If you're not on Facebook, just comment on this post to tell us what your favorite things are to pack for lunch.... read more

The Chipkos One Million Square Feet Challenge

chipkos sandalsRemember Chipkos, their awesome sandals, and their efforts to protect the rain forest?  The rain forest-saving footwear company is at it again, this time with on an online campaign called The Chipkos One Million Square Feet Challenge.... read more

The Green Empire State Building

Growing up outside of New York City, my sister and I used to always talk about things being "as tall as the Empire State Building."  Nowadays, we can also ask:  "Is this as green as the Empire State Building?"  The Empire State Building recently got a green makeover, and you may be surprised and impressed by how green it has become.  While things were seldom as tall as the Empire State Building, we can strive to be as green.  

empire state building gone green

Here are 10 quick facts about the eco-friendly upgrades --... read more

Green Your Business: Cloud Virtual Offices Provides Solutions to Clean Up Your Carbon Footprint (and make employees happy, too)

virtual office

What is a virtual office?

Many small businesses and large companies alike are turning to “virtual offices” and professional business centers in order to meet ever changing demands. A virtual office, such as those offered by Cloud Virtual Offices, is “a combination of off-site live communication and address services that allow users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism." A professional business center often provides business space and services on as as-needed basis.... read more

Solar Panels in San Jose – San Jose, California Schools Go Solar and Incorporate Solar Technology into Curriculum

san jose solar school

Last year, East Side Union High School District in San Jose, California joined forces with Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) to install solar panels on 6 school sites. The solar project's goal is threefold: 1) to save the struggling school district $7.6 million dollars over the next 5 years; 2) to prepare students for careers in the cleantech industry and spark student enthusiasm in science and the environment; and 3) to reduce the city's carbon emissions by 3,100 metric tons per year.

“Our schools will all benefit from these savings, especially in these tough economic times when they’re needed most,” said the Superintendent Dan Moser at that time. “Also, this project reduces our carbon footprint and allows us to incorporate solar into our teaching curriculum so our teachers and students can learn about renewable energy technologies firsthand.”... read more

Practically Green -- Making Going Green Easy, Accessible & Fun!

For the eco-newbie, going green can sometimes seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be!  One of my favorite green websites is Practically Green.   Instead of it making seem like going green is a huge, unattainable undertaking, it helps you figure out small goals you can reasonably achieve while saving the planet.

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to talk to Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder and CEO of Practically Green.  She just so happens to live in my city, Newton, Massachusetts.  Over caffeinated beverages, we had a good time talking about Practically Green and the small lifestyle choices a family can make to go green easily.... read more

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