Category Archives: Environment

The Rose receives 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award from the Urban Land Institute

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016-Nov-04 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — PLACE is pleased to announce that The Rose and three sister developments at Portland and Franklin Avenues (South Quarter) in Minneapolis were selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. This annual award honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes. Representing the completion of South Quarter, The Rose offers 43 market rate apartments and 47 income-restricted affordable apartments in profoundly sustainable buildings that have neither furnaces nor conventional air conditioning equipment.

In 2010, affordable housing developer Aeon, in partnership with Hope Community, selected PLACE by competition to add specialized development consultant capacity as Sustainability Champion for the last phase of South Quarter. Aeon wanted the final buildings to be the best performing buildings of their kind in the country, on an affordable housing budget. A 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to public benefit, PLACE provided disruptive environmental design analysis, assisted in assembling and facilitating a world-class collaborative design and construction team, deepened community engagement, and refined financial modeling in furtherance of creating high-performance, healthy buildings for Aeon’s residents.

Minneapolis has the harshest climate of any large city in America. The biggest challenge for PLACE was to ensure that the team could deliver a building envelope capable of keeping residents cool in a scorching summer with high humidity and a frigid winter with temperatures plunging to minus thirty degrees Fahrenheit. Buildings in the U.S. are built each day to standards that cause them to consume 70% of America’s primary energy, with 52% of that energy going to heating and cooling. The Rose is 75% more energy efficient than local standards require, which also deepens affordability for residents; it represents PLACE’s most cutting edge restorative development work to date.

“This project is on the leading edge of workforce housing development and preservation,” said J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners in Atlanta. “It has it all—mixed-income housing, environmental sustainability, long-term affordability, and long-term financing.”

“The efforts of Aeon and Hope Community, with their many public and private sector partners, prove that previously disinvested communities can point the way forward for mixed-income, environmentally sustainable redevelopment in our cities,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center.

PRESS CONTACT
place
Chris Velasco
Executive Director
PLACE
100 Portland Avenue South
Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 309-3889
www.welcometoplace.org

Startup mentored by Promwad created one of the best IoT products in Europe

Vilnius/Lithuania, 2016-Oct-18 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — ZIVE smart radiation monitor has reached the final of Elektra Awards 2016, a big influential contest for the electronics market players. This device designed by R-NOX startup with the assistance of Promwad Electronics Design House was named one of six best innovative products of Europe exploiting the Internet of Things potentialities.

ZIVE is a portable radiation monitor of the next generation that can connect to smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth. It’s the first device of professional level designed for common people. It has a user-friendly interface, a Geiger-Muller counter, and a low market price comparing with other high-precision radiation monitors.

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ZIVE radiation monitor measures gamma rays, ionizing radiation, and X-rays. Differentiating features of the device:

  • Calibrated by accredited European laboratories (CE).
  • High accuracy at a lower price in comparison with other similar devices.
  • “Smart monitor” mode that provides users with specific health and well-being advice: how to interpret the measurements and reduce the risks.
  • Working with maps to create eco-routes: save radiation spots, find cleaner routes.

The collected ZIVE data is used for the real-time global map of radiation contamination.

Roman Pakholkov, Promwad’s CEO and R-NOX’s mentor, says that the data collected by ZIVE users is stored in the eco-platform, which is becoming the most detailed in the world. This platform allows accelerating the innovations development for the environmental management and can be integrated into other devices and applications via the open API.

To date, R-NOX has developed partnerships with the largest tour operator in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation; Greenpeace; companies and organizations in Japan, Finland, Singapore, and other countries.

Promwad continues its work in supporting new electronics design projects in the IoT field. The company believes in the high potential of this popular trend and are ready to share their experience in the development and manufacture of electronic products for the global consumer electronics market.

The best companies of Elektra Awards 2016 will be announced on Thursday, 1st December, at the awards ceremony taking place in The Ballroom, Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Contact-Details:

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Promwad
Olga Potonya
olga.potonya@promwad.com
+370 (5) 214 12 44 ex.227

Environmentalist Lori Grace of Tiburon funds Biorock Technology project to contribute to help SF Bay underwater life

Tiburon, CA, 2016-Sep-03 — /EPR Network/ — Lori Grace, founder of the Bay area organization, Save Our Bay, Save Our Ocean, a division of Sunrise Center, is now funding Tom Goreau of the Global Coral Reef Alliance to work with the Romberg Environmental Research Center in Tiburon in a Biorock project that, if successful, will assist the SF Bay Area in supporting salt marsh, oyster and eel grass growth . It will also help reduce sea level rise at the same time.

Bio-Rock Pemuteran Bali Indonesia / Photo by EunJae Im | www.eiLabs.net
Bio-Rock Pemuteran Bali Indonesia / Photo by EunJae Im | www.eiLabs.net

There is great excitement at the County, NERR, and Richardson Bay Audubon about the possibilities offered by bringing this technology to the SF Bay Area. The results will definitely be fully assessed in the experimental tanks of the Romberg Center by June 2017.

After showing the success of Tom Goreau’s Biorock technology in a tank, plans are to introduce this technology with the County’s approval to the Richardson Bay Audubon sanctuary, Bothin Marsh, the Corte Madera Salt Marsh, and Stinson Beach among other locations.

Media contacts: Edward Ellsworth, 6 Playa Verde, Tiburon, CA 94920

http://saveourbaysaveourocean.org/

https://www.youtube.com/c/sunrisecenterchannel

http://www.globalcoral.org/

The Metropolitan Council approves a $2M grant to fund a landmark, transit-oriented development in the heart of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

St. Louis Park, MN, December 11, 2015 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — On December 9, 2015 and after overwhelming enthusiasm and support from a rigorous application and vetting process, the Metropolitan Council approved funding for PLACE’s St. Louis Park Community. The Council approved 2 million dollars in funding from its Livable Communities Account for a Transit-Oriented Development (LCA-TOD) grant after the proposed project demonstrated a breakthrough approach to meeting housing and economic development needs in the Twin Cities. The funds will be used to help secure site acquisition at the former McGarvey Coffee property, pioneer alternative energy sources, and integrate stormwater improvement with infrastructure like green roofs and an urban forest.

A nonprofit called PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community, and Environment) heads up the community endeavor in concert with the City of St. Louis Park, fellow eco-minded and socially conscious companies like Allianz Life, Stantec, Shaw-Lundquist, Lindquist & Vennum, MSR, LIFT, and Rachel Contracting that have invested in the project, other private partners, and public collaborators like Hennepin County. The community will elevate affordable living, design, and artistic culture in the city and will be located near the expected Green Line extension (Southwest Light Rail) Wooddale Station. The development’s potential positive impact is staggering, with healthy homes for 300 households across the income spectrum supported by a mobility hub, urban agriculture, live and work spaces, a hotel, and a renewable energy generation system that consumes food waste created by its inhabitants and surrounding neighbors.

Chris Velasco, PLACE’s Executive Director, observed, “I think this project will be of national significance for communities that want to effectively leverage their scarce resources.”

Ryan Kelley, City of St. Louis Park Planner, says, “The City of St. Louis Park is extremely proud to be the co-recipient with PLACE of the Met Council’s largest transit oriented development grant for a new sustainable community of regional significance.”

“PLACE is an excellent project, for the city and the region. Turning vacant, unused property into a community space with alternative energy features, that is connected to other uses, like transit, is just the kind of investment the Council wants to make toward a livable communities and a prosperous region” – Erin Heelan, TOD Grants Coordinator, Metropolitan Council Livable Communities.

Executive Director Velasco thanks the Metropolitan Council for its confidence and support on behalf of the entire team and the residents of St. Louis Park.

MEDIA CONTACT

Peter Sieve (612) 326-0409 pete@welcometoplace.org
Elizabeth Bowling (612) 326-0399 elizabeth@welcometoplace.org

www.welcometoplace.org

Hays PureWater Launches $10,000 Campaign To Save Lives

WASHINGTON, IA, November 25, 2014 — /REALTIME PRESS RELEASE/ — 783 million people live each day without clean water and 3.4 million die annually from a lack of pure water. To combat these staggering statistics, Washington-based nonprofit, Hays PureWater, launched a crowd-funding campaign. The money raised will fund 30 Khlor Glen technology units to purify water for 150,000 individuals. The organization hopes to raise $10,000 by December 1st.

Hosted on crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo, the project offers nine sponsorship levels. Each level includes novelty “rewards” for donors, ranging from stickers to t-shirts to a trip to Haiti. The rewards are unique, innovative and hands on, giving donors a sense of ownership in the project. For just $2,500, an investor can travel to Haiti (all inclusive) to see the life changing benefits first hand.

The Khlor Glen is a simple unit that turns salt water into chlorine. The chlorine treats infected water, removing deadly impurities and toxins in just one hour. It’s solar powered and easily used in remote areas, where clean water is most needed. “It will also impact malaria zones as it can be used as a bug repellant and protect from disease,” says founder John Hays. “Even just using the chlorine produced by the unit as a sanitizer can cut down on so many infections that the natives in these areas don’t even know exist.”

In the last eight years, Hays PureWater distributed over 4,000 purifying units around the world, changing entire communities by implementing this system. It’s proven to work. Hays builds each system with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers. Nothing is outsourced, ensuring the most effective product for the lowest cost. Now all they need is help from their community to change the lives of those in need once more.

See the crowd-funding campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hays-purewater-providing-clean-water-globally

ABOUT Hays PureWater
In 2006, after traveling around developing nations on missions trips, John Hays began to create a low cost, portable solution for water purification. John, who worked with municipal water works for over 30 years, put his experience to use and developed the Khlor Gen system. Through the years, the design and look has been changed and improved, but the mission has stayed the same. The organization exists to provide people with clean water, reaching out to them through word and deed. Eight years and 4,000 units later, that mission continues full steam ahead. For more information, logon to www.hayspurewater.com.

 

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Contact-Details: TJ Widbin
tj@hayspurewater.com
319-470-7391

Renewable Home Energy.org Educates and Connects

Renewable energy – if you haven’t noticed, it’s the buzz around the world. We are using an alarming amount of fossil fuels every day; fossil fuels that won’t last forever. Some experts say we will be known as the generation that destroys the earth unless we change our energy behavior now.

“Renewable Energy makes sense from both a financial and a green responsibility” says Todd Sachs, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of www.renewablehomeenergy.org.

“We are committed in educating consumers on how to turn their homes into Renewable Energy Homes. We help by connecting consumers with qualified installers throughout the United States so they can save money on their fast rising energy bills, create more value in their home investment, and join together in reducing dependency on fossil fuels; together reducing the carbon footprint.” Sachs says.

A recent press release from the whitehouse.gov states the following:
“President Obama is committed to an “all-of-the-above” approach that develops all American energy sources in a safe and responsible way and builds a clean and secure energy future. That’s why the President’s plan:

Challenges Americans to double renewable electricity generation again by 2020. In order to double generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources by 2020, relative to 2012 levels, the President called on Congress to make the renewable energy Production Tax Credit permanent and refundable, which will provide incentive and certainty for investments in new clean energy. Instead of continuing century-old subsidies to oil companies, the President believes that we need to invest in the energy of the future. During the President’s first term, clean energy tax incentives attracted billions of dollars in private investment in almost 50,000 clean energy projects, creating tens of thousands of jobs. Permanent extension keeps the momentum building, while creating new jobs in clean energy.”

Once Americans realize just how possible it is to remove their home from the grid completely and/or partially, many will turn to clean energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal for home energy systems. Renewable Home Energy (www.renewablehomeenergy.org) just launched last week and is serving-up a great way to connect homeowners with qualified renewable energy installers throughout the entire United States.

Renewable Home Energy is committed to working with local governments, manufactures and installers to help develop affordable ways for consumers to save money with Renewable Energy to remove them from the grid and reduce the carbon footprint by reducing the usage of the finite fossil fuels.

The process is easy. Just click on www.renewablehomeenergy.org and learn about Renewable Energy for your home. You can also complete a form to connect with a Renewable Energy Installer. You will be contacted by qualified installers in your immediate area. They will review your current energy consumption and suggest the best Renewable Energy alternatives for your home.

There are great tax incentives for you to install renewable energy in your home, and great finance options with 4% or less interest rates for up to 10 year terms for qualified buyers.

Press Contact:
Todd Sachs – Co-Founder & CMO tsachs@renewablehomeenergy.org

Renewable Home Energy
Hunt Valley, MD 21030

http://www.renewablehomeenergy.org

 

Tokyo’s Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers in Asia

Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers which can be charged by AC power. Terra Motors’ prototype is completed this April, and they plan to produce 10,000 sets of electric 3-wheelers in 2013.

In Asian countries, 3-wheeler market has expanded rapidly, because it is cheap and freight is large, compare to cars. For example, in India, the number of three-wheelers is increasing twice by these five-years. And the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh also shows the same transition.

It is thought that electric-ization of the three-wheel taxi in Asia progresses rapidly, because of aggravation of air pollution, the high price and constant shortage of gasoline. For example, in India, gasoline cost has increased also 2.5 times by these ten-years, so the demand to the cut in fuel consumption by electric-izing is serious. By replacing a three-wheel taxi to electric one, the annual income of taxi driver can be raised by about 3 times.

They plan to establish branch office in India in this summer, and aim at world top share acquisition in 2014.

About Terra Motors

  • Terra Motors Corporation has the largest market share of electric motorcycle in Japan
  • Company Name Terra Motors Corporation
  • Foundation April 2010
  • CEO & Founder Toru Tokushige
  • Office 34-5,Udagawa-cho,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 150-0042, Japan
  • Factory Vietnam / Philippines
  • Paid in Capital 6.621 million yen
  • Business Design, Manufacturing, Selling and Service for electric vehicle
  • Share Holders (exp.)
    • Nobuyuki Idei (Former President of Sony)
    • Kenji Yamamoto (Former Vice President of Apple)
    • Koichiro Tsujino (Former Presient of Google Japan)
    • Masaru Murai (Former president of Compaq Computer Co.,Ltd.)

 

Press Contact:
Tetsuya Ohashi – Director of Business Development Unit
Tel:81-3-6674-9558
FAX: 81-3-6690-4419
E-mail : ohashi@terramotors.co.jp
URL    : http://www.terra-motors.com/

Initial Test Site Chosen for Eccotopia Megafolia© Plantation

Eccotopia has agreed to the development, implementation, and management of Megafolia© tree plantations in South Africa, identifying land use, as well as the approximate number of local jobs to be created.

Cape Town, South Africa, March 01, 2013 — Julian Moses, president of Symphony Trade and Investment 57 (PTY) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eccotopia Ltd., http://www.eccotopia.com , announced today that Eccotopia has secured an initial test site in the Republic of South Africa. Phase 1 of the initiative will include implementation of a Site and Feasibility Study/Analysis that will identify land and plantation use, the approximate number of local jobs to be created, as well as the establishment of a greenhouse and propagation facility.

The project goal is job creation through the development, implementation and management of Eccotopia’s Megafolia© tree plantations for a variety of uses including Phytoremediation of ground water and topsoil, biofuel production, timber production, biomass-to-energy production and carbon sequestration. Also, the wide variety of timber products available from Eccotopia’s Megafolia© trees are remarkably able to ultimately provide numerous new job possibilities in the region.

The establishment of Eccotopia’s Megafolia© tree plantations can utilize waste mining water as the trees grow, creating a solution for mining waste water issues. Eccotopia’s Megafolia© trees are uniquely suited for the process of phytoremediation, as they are able to flourish utilizing polluted mining water which is an abundant by-product of the mining industry.

Eccotopia ( http://www.eccotopia.com ) has developed a number of significant strategic alliances with environmental industry partners. We offer not only innovative, patented technologies of our own, but also an unmatched ability to provide experienced, objective third-party testing and evaluation of new technologies and cutting-edge approaches to site remediation, decentralization, forestation programs and pollution control.

We understand the dynamics of combining ecological and environmental improvements with industrialization and profitability. We have begun to explore linkages between ecology and economics, looking to create new kinds of partnerships and enterprise out of environmental protection and restoration initiatives. Eccotopia’s principal commitments are to our partners and the environment.

Eccotopia, Ltd. is a BVI Corporation domiciled in the Republic of South Africa. ISIN # VGG292031090.

Website: http://www.eccotopia.com

For more information on Eccotopia, Ltd. please contact:
Richard Kruger, Client Services
Ground Floor, Liesbeek House
Gloucester Road, River Park,
Mobray, Cape Town 7700
Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27-21-680-5252
Fax: +27-22-881-5611
Email: info@eccotopia.com

Press & Media Contact:
Richard Kruger, Client Services
Eccotopia Ltd
Ground Floor, Liesbeek House
Gloucester Road, River Park
Mobray, Cape Town 7700
Republic of South Africa
+27-21-680-5252
richard.kruger@eccotopia.com
http://www.eccotopia.com

Eccotopia, Ltd. Moves Headquarters from Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa

Move will facilitate company’s expanded efforts at combining ecological and environmental improvements with industrialization and profitability.

Cape Town, South Africa – January 25, 2013 — Eccotopia, Ltd., a BVI company domiciled in the Republic of South Africa, is pleased to announce the relocation of its headquarters from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. The move will support the growth of Eccoptopia’s ongoing efforts to create enterprises out of environmental and restoration initiatives. The new telephone number is +27-21-680-5252.

Julian Moses, Eccotopia’s CEO and founding director noted that the move is “a strategic decision for long-term growth and maximizing earnings potential.”

Based on over 30 years of research and development, Eccotopia Ltd. has developed a number of significant strategic alliances with environmental industry partners which offer not only innovative, patented technologies, but also an unmatched ability to provide experienced, objective third-party testing and evaluation of new technologies and cutting-edge approaches to site remediation, decentralization, forestation programs and pollution control.

To learn more about Eccotopia Ltd. and its business of providing individuals, corporate entities, states and countries the diversity of information and expertise required to obtain sustainable community and economic development via planning and implementation of carbon sequestration, Phytoremediation, renewable and sustainable energy technologies and strategies, visit www.eccotopia.com.

For more information,
Contact Richard Kruger, Client Services
Email: richard.kruger@eccotopia.com
Ground Floor, Liesbeek House
Gloucester Road, River Park
Mobray, Cape Town 7700
Republic of South Africa
Phone: +27-21-680-5252
Fax: +27-22-881-5611
Website: http://www.eccotopia.com

Press & Media Contact:
Richard Kruger, Client Services
Eccotopia Ltd
Ground Floor, Liesbeek House
Gloucester Road, River Park
Mobray, Cape Town 7700
Republic of South Africa
+27-21-680-5252
richard.kruger@eccotopia.com
http://www.eccotopia.com

Engineering Firm ENERCON Expands U.S. Operations To San Clemente

ENERCON adds third California office as it expands to 25 offices

Kennesaw, Ga., January 14, 2013, 4:37 pm — /EPR NETWORK/ — Enercon Services, Inc. (ENERCON) has added a San Clemente office located at 1201 Puerta Del Sol, to serve Southern California Edison’s (SCE) San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station bringing the total number of ENERCON offices to 25, nationally and internationally.

ENERCON, specializing in environmental, engineering, licensing, technical and management services will be adding additional resources to support its nuclear utility clients as a result of this expansion.

ENERCON President John Richardson said, “Our Power Generation Division is opening an office in San Clemente to support a recently awarded Engineering Services Contract from Southern California Edison Company for its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Under this contract, ENERCON will be providing Design Engineering Services in the Civil, Structural, Electrical, Instrument and Control, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering disciplines. The opening of the San Clemente office is our third one in California.  Delivery of high-value services to our clients has continued to facilitate job growth and market expansion.”

About Southern California Edison 
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

About ENERCON 
Founded in 1983, ENERCON, an Equal Opportunity Employer, provides a broad range of professional services to private, public, and government clients throughout the United States. With 23 U.S. offices and 2 international offices, along with over 1,400 professionals in a broad range of disciplines, ENERCON has substantial capabilities that help clients address energy and environmental needs of today and tomorrow. Engineering News Record magazine ranks ENERCON in the top 200 U.S. Environmental Firms and in the top 60 U.S. Design Firms. ENERCON is also ranked in the top three of all U.S. Engineering Services providers to the Nuclear Industry.

CONTACT
Peggy Striegel
918.740.5584
peggy@striegela.com