San Antonio’s Compost Queens taking food out of landfills to replenish the land – ExpressNews.com

A small San Antonio family business is trying to combat the dangers of decaying banana peels and the gaseous gore of yesterday’s lunch scraps. Betsy Gruy and daughter Kate Gruy Jaceldo started Compost Queens to keep food waste out of … Continue reading

Designer Talks About Eco Positive Environmental Impact

Elegant design and engineering goes beyond being sustainable to being eco positive. New vocabulary, additional data collection and working with scientists is needed to most effectively stimulate and manage a circular economy, making the means by which we live to … Continue reading

Power Move: How On-Site Energy Solutions Can Help Save the Grid

Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution in 360º … Continue reading

Janine Benyus: What Can Today’s Designers Learn From Nature?

Science writer Janine Benyus believes innovators should look to nature when solving a design problem. She says the natural world is full of ideas for making things waterproof, solar-powered and more. Source: Janine Benyus: What Can Today's Designers Learn From … Continue reading

From Oregon to Johannesburg, micro-hydropower offers a solution for drought hit cities | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

How quickly will SAWS and CPS use micro-hydropower to be more profitable and increase their value to San Antonio residents? To see how closely water and energy are linked, you only have to look at the west coast of the … Continue reading

France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities | World news | The Guardian

French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste.The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass … Continue reading

What if companies and their buildings actually enhanced ecosystems? | GreenBiz

What if building codes actually required new projects to enhance a certain number of ecosystem services — such as sequestering carbon, building topsoil, enhancing pollination, increasing biodiversity or purifying water and air? Is it possible that a city could be … Continue reading

▶ Distributed Urban Agriculture | Mitch Hagney | TEDxSanAntonio – YouTube

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. While the majority of the population now lives in urban areas, the vast majority of our food still comes from far distant rural farms using … Continue reading

Reinventing Fire: Electricity – YouTube

Reinventing Fire: Electricity – YouTube. … Continue reading

VVWRA to unveil biogas facility – News – HesperiaStar.com – Hesperia, CA

VICTORVILLE — Renewable-energy enthusiasts from all reaches of the nation will visit Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority’s main treatment plant later this week to witness the first carbon-neutral facility of its kind in North America. Teaming with Anaergia Inc. of … Continue reading

Transparency About Fracking Chemicals Remains Elusive | WSKG

By Katie Colaneri Listen to this 5 minute 28 second report Transparency about tracking chemicals remains elusive. This is a story about a place where Big Drilling meets Big Data in website called “FracFocus.” The site is run by an … Continue reading

AACOG hears proposal for moderating water concerns in Eagle Ford Shale

SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo Area Council of Governments is mulling over a proposal from the Texas A&M Water Conservation and Technology Center for the center to become a neutral agent in addressing water concerns in the Eagle Ford shale … Continue reading

Fracking flowback could indirectly pollute groundwater | Cornell Chronicle

The chemical makeup of wastewater generated by “hydrofracking” could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks during accidental spills, Cornell researchers have found. Previous research has shown … Continue reading

Smart Cities — A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity – Forbes

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “India is to be found not in its few cities, but in its 700,000 villages.” Though that may at one time have been true, it is no longer the case. With about 30 country dwellers moving … Continue reading

Germany’s first waste-free supermarket about to open its doors | The Mind Unleashed

Everyone wants to contribute a smaller carbon footprint, but it’s quite difficult when 80% of stock sold in supermarkets is wrapped in toxic packaging. In effect, Americans still produce near 3 pounds of trash every day, and this is a … Continue reading

Environmental Working Group Releases 2014 ‘Dirty Dozen’ List | Food Safety News

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its annual Shopper’s Guide today, including the latest iteration of its “Dirty Dozen” list – a ranking of produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticides. The guide ranks 48 popular fruits and vegetables … Continue reading

EcoCentro promotes sustainability, cooperation – San Antonio Express-News

Jess Mayes opened a plastic container filled with soil — and worms. He showed Tobin Hill neighborhood leader Carolyn Kelley the fruits of the labor he and other volunteers have put toward composting, worm harvesting and other organic gardening techniques … Continue reading

New book on fracking illuminates pros, cons | kens5.com San Antonio

"The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World" (Simon & Schuster), by Russell Gold The once-obscure oil and gas drilling process known as fracking has generated hundreds of billions of dollars and considerable dissent, as … Continue reading

State penalizes San Antonio coalition after fracking study made public – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas environmental agency has frozen funding for a San Antonio area governmental coalition’s air quality improvement work after an official there publicly shared modeling results that suggested fracking contributed pollution to the city. Last summer the … Continue reading