Explore some of the local companies and products driving green innovation.

  • Local company harvests fuel from seed pods

    The jatropha shrub grows in tropical climates all over the world, and the seeds inside its crab apple shaped pods yield a greasy oil, like peanuts or soybeans.

  • Enviros, growers agree on farmland reuse for solar

    LEMOORE, Calif. -- Cash-strapped farmers in California's agricultural heartland and environmentalists at odds over water rights and wildlife protections finally agree on something: that thousands of acres of cracked, salty farmland is the perfect site for a sprawling utility-scale solar farm.

  • CARB chairwoman ushers in inaugural Climate & Energy Law Symposium at USD

    In February 2009, the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the San Diego Journal for Climate & Energy Law (JCEL) held the inaugural Climate & Energy Law Symposium on the USD campus.

  • Building sustainability into form, function and future

    At T.B. Penick, we're committed to building a green future and incorporating sustainability into every job, as well as into our everyday work environment. We integrate green techniques, environmentally friendly materials, and recycling and disposal processes into all our projects. We take pride in making design and architectural quality a cornerstone of our work, and with in-house LEED-accredited professionals on our project management staff, we bring sustainable construction expertise to every jobsite.

  • What is a green roof?

    The word “green” has been San Diego’s most popular word the past few years -- and for good reason. Sustainable, environmentally/eco-friendly, green; all this jargon has been incorporated into products and services throughout San Diego.

  • Greg Brown joins C.W. Driver as director of federal programs

    C.W. Driver is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Brown as director of federal programs. Brown is an active member of the CMAA San Diego Chapter. His 20 years of experience with federal agencies -- including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration (GSA), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and the U.S. Postal Service -- will bring best practices to our federal clients.

  • Downtown parks: Outdoor living spaces in the urban environment

    The back yard of a single-family residence in suburbia is often considered an extension of the home. In a high-density urban environment, however, among the high-rise condominium and apartment complexes, residents have no private yard to call their own. Frankly, not having a yard to maintain often is one of the reasons people choose to live downtown. Where can downtown dwellers go to escape the built environment and wiggle their toes in a manicured lawn? These folks find respite in our local parks and open spaces.

  • Del Mar hosts Algae World Summit in May

    In mid-May, Del Mar will host the Algae World Summit, an event designed to bring key players in the algae industry together to discuss the burgeoning sector.

  • City program focuses on sustainability

    When California cities were told it was time to green up their acts, the city of Santee took it to heart.

  • Company creates specialty paper from recycled and tree-free materials

    Founded in 1992 by Jeff Lindenthal, Green Field Paper Co. was well ahead of the eco-curve. Lindenthal initially sent the thank-you notes for his wedding on paper made from his wife’s wedding dress. Now, the company’s papermaking has expanded to include product lines such as greeting cards, stationery and promotional products from other non-wood, recycled materials like ground junk mail, organic cotton, garlic skins, hemp and coffee chaff. The most popular product: plantable paper.

  • South Bay to build county’s first LEED platinum school

    One of the greenest and most sustainable education facilities in San Diego is creeping closer to reality, as the construction process moves forward for a new LEED campus in the South Bay.

  • Electronics recycling coming to a store near you

    EcoATM has come a long way from the Del Mar Starbucks where it was first dreamed up.

  • City’s solar program more than a year behind schedule

    Financing for rooftop solar panels tied to property taxes, a plan announced by Mayor Jerry Sanders in December 2008, is still in development.

  • Plastic solar concentrator optimizes photovoltaic efficiency

    Drawing on innovations developed by a University of California at Merced professor to fabricate tiny features on to plastic chips, the founders of Shrink Nanotechnologies started the company as a FIGA business -- a for-profit business that brings together finance, industry, government and academia.

  • ASA general counsel: Green construction poses legal risks for contractors

    Sustainable buildings may save owners green in the long run, but construction of efficient buildings puts contractors at greater risk than conventional buildings, said Donald Gregory, general counsel for the American Subcontractors Association Inc. during the group’s national convention.

  • Storage technology next step in renewable energy implementation

    Energy storage technologies will be an integral part of the nation’s move to modernize the utility infrastructure.

  • CARB delays reporting requirement for most off-road vehicles

    Changes to statewide emissions regulations for off-road diesel vehicles will not be made before August, California Air Resources Board staff said Tuesday during a workshop at the offices of Hawthorne CAT.

  • Rebate for efficient clothes washers to increase

    County residents will soon be eligible for a $150 rebate when purchasing a high-efficiency clothes washer (HEW).

  • Lindbergh Field expansion enters new phase

    Travelers and visitors will now start to see and feel the effect of the San Diego International Airport expansion, as construction moves ahead on the Green Build Project.

  • Filner sponsors bill to fund alternative energy training programs at community colleges

    Community colleges will soon train students to become alternative energy technicians, if a bill co-sponsored by Congressman Bob Filner (D–Chula Vista) is passed.

  • Military construction to drive local economy

    The San Diego economy will outperform recoveries at the national and state level due to improvements in the local housing industry and robust spending in military construction, former Bank of America economist Lynn Reaser said Thursday.

  • Kyocera to begin manufacturing solar panels in region

    Kyocera Solar plans to soon begin manufacturing solar panels in San Diego.

  • LEED standards not perfect fit for MILCON; change possible

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification standards help a developer create a building that strives to be more environmentally friendly and more sustainable than other building options.

  • Expert: Reducing waste can help bottom line

    Condensing waste can significantly reduce businesses' bottom lines, experts said Wednesday during the Zero In on Zero Waste Conference.

  • Green tax incentives to reduce cost of homebuilding

    Homebuilders can reduce their tax liability by constructing more energy efficient homes, Phil Jelsma, an attorney with Luce Forward told attendees of the Urban Land Institute's luncheon on "Green Tax Incentives" Wednesday.

  • Contractors say CARB's decision not to enforce diesel regs 'meaningless'

    The California Air Resources Board said Thursday it will delay enforcement of diesel emissions regulations for off-road equipment. The decision came in response to a petition filed Jan. 11 by the Associated General Contractors of America, in which the group requested implementation of the regulations be postponed until 2013.

Environmental Innovation

Roundtables

  • Education, regulations to drive green innovation

    “Green washing,” politics and changing regulations are hot button issues for the green industry, experts said during a Daily Transcript executive roundtable.

  • Manufacturers struggle with regulations, economy

    California’s regulatory environment is less than ideal for manufacturing companies, however the region is becoming more attractive to certain types of companies, industry experts said Feb. 25 during a Daily Transcript Executive Roundtable.

Profiles

  • VP propels sales, innovation in Knight & Carver wind business

    Despite being the vice president of sales at Knight & Carver Wind Group, Gary Kanaby wears multiple hats.

  • Entrepreneurial CEO positioning desalination technology for growth

    Brian Hays joined Vari-Ro in the fall of 2008, after looking at several companies. The Lakeside company developed an innovative reverse osmosis technology for seawater and brackish water. Hays was attracted by the entrepreneurial opportunity and the chance to make a difference -- a large part of the world has inadequate access to clean, fresh drinking water. He is now part-owner and chief executive officer.

National News

  • Enviros, growers agree on farmland reuse for solar

    LEMOORE, Calif. -- Cash-strapped farmers in California's agricultural heartland and environmentalists at odds over water rights and wildlife protections finally agree on something: that thousands of acres of cracked, salty farmland is the perfect site for a sprawling utility-scale solar farm.

Archived Reports

Environmental Innovation - 2015

Learn about the latest eco-friendly innovations and how local businesses are trying to reduce their impact on the environment.

Environmental Innovation - 2014

This edition focuses on new technologies and green building techniques that can aid in conserving water.

Environmental Innovation - 2013

Learn about San Diego's first solar-powered community.

Environmental Innovation - 2013

Learn about new options to finance solar energy systems, how retrofitting a swimming pool can reduce utility costs and local government’s latest commitment to become sustainable.

Environmental Innovation - Fall 2012

Learn about the latest eco-friendly innovations and how local businesses are trying to reduce their impact on the environment.

Environmental Innovation - April 2012

Read about local pioneers in environmental science, how electric cars are taking over San Diego’s streets, and why one Chargers player loves his Smart car.

Environmental Innovation - October 2011

From “green roofs” to sustainable surfboards, learn about the latest eco-friendly innovations and how local businesses are trying to reduce their impact on the environment.

Environmental Innovation - 2011

Learn about the latest innovations in eco-friendly technology and how local businesses are going green.

Environmental Innovation - Oct 2010

Take a closer look at how businesses in various sectors throughout the region are embracing sustainability.

Environmental Innovation - 2009

Take a closer look at how businesses in various sectors throughout the region are incorporating the green lifestyle.