Green-building webinar invites Dummies, and others
Eric Corey Freed, author of "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies," will kickoff the GreenExpo365.com November virtual "Live Event" with an interactive webinar, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. Pacific/11:30 a.m. Eastern.
During the live session, "How Fake Buildings Are Destroying Our Future," Freed will examine the current layout of our car-centric built environment through the lens of sustainability and share his thoughts on ways to transform urban sprawl into sustainable neighborhoods. Participants can attend additional live webinars and view the latest green building products in a virtual tradeshow format.
Registration is free and can be completed at GreenExpo365.com
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There’s a new state champion for energy efficiency
Massachusetts has replaced California at the top of the Energy Scorecard Top 10, which measures the states’ efforts to plan and implement efficient energy policies.
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which maintains and publishes the list, the six most improved states are Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, Alabama, Maryland and Tennessee.
The Scorecard ranks the states based on metrics that capture best practices and recognize leadership in energy-efficiency policy and program implementation, according to the ACEEE.
“Energy efficiency is America’s abundant, untapped energy resource, and the states continue to press forward to reap its economic and environmental benefits,” said ACEEE executive director Steven Nadel. “The message here is that energy efficiency is a pragmatic, bipartisan solution that political leaders from both sides of the aisle can support.
Rounding out the top 10 behind Massachusetts and California are New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Connecticut and Maryland.
The Scorecard also identified states most in need of improvement: North Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, Missouri, Alabama and South Dakota.
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Scotts enters deal to develop more natural products
Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro will collaborate with Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) on research and development in natural plant protection products.
"We are excited about this new partnership with MBI because we believe it will lead to improved products that enable gardeners who choose natural options to get great results," said Bruce Caldwell, Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Global R&D Leader.
Scotts Miracle-Gro will have access to MBI’s full portfolio of innovative biopesticides for the development of new products for the lawn and garden market. MBI will manufacture and supply any resulting products, and Scotts Miracle-Gro will maintain worldwide marketing rights. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Our goal is to provide the tools and products consumers need to be successful, and it is important to offer natural products that are truly effective," Caldwell added. "Working with partners like Marrone Bio Innovations helps drive a robust development process that combines consumer insights with the most advanced R&D in the business to create products that are simple, sustainable and significant."
Derived from naturally occurring compounds, MBI’s biopesticides are used increasingly in farming because they effectively control pests, can enhance plant health and increase yields, and leave no residues on crops or in the environment, according to the Davis, Calif.-based company.
Natural seems to be the
Natural seems to be the answer to everything these days and I am glad things are heading in this direction especially when we talk about pesticides. I am lucky enough to keep in touch with what I believe it's the best pest control company in the area, they always offered their support whenever I needed them.