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

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New grant to help commercialize renewable energy technology

Potential entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency will be able to get help taking their technology from a university laboratory to the market, thanks to a new three-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

California wants third of its power renewable by 2020

SAN FRANCISCO -- The state with some of the nation's most ambitious clean energy standards went even further recently: Regulators approved new regulations requiring utilities to draw a third of their power from alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal in 10 years.

How employers can be environmentally conscious without getting sued

Employers are increasingly “going green” to protect the environment, improve public opinion, reduce costs and enhance retention and recruitment.

Debate over Proposition 23 heats up

Proposition 23, which would suspend Assembly Bill 32 -- California’s 2006 emissions reduction legislation -- until the economy recovers, is so hotly debated that even groups that aim toward political neutrality are chiming in.

Smart grids – the next gold rush?

Our electric power infrastructure, also known as the grid, is complex -- it generates more than 1 million megawatts of electricity and spans 300,000 miles of transmission lines.

Airport construction focuses on sustainability, supporting local economy

As the announcement comes that the pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport to taxis and shuttles is now closed for demolition, it’s clear that construction at the airport is well under way.

CCDC taking downtown San Diego to forefront of sustainability

To the uninitiated, downtown San Diego -- with its soaring skyscrapers and bustling streets -- might not seem like a green mecca, but it is.

Natural gas elbows its way to center stage

NEW YORK -- By unlocking decades' worth of natural-gas deposits deep underground across the United States, drillers have ensured that natural gas will be cheap and plentiful for the foreseeable future. It's a reversal from a few years ago that is transforming the energy industry.

Google to invest in offshore wind power project

NEW YORK -- Google and a handful of other companies are investing in a proposed $5 billion network of underwater transmission lines that could bring power from future offshore wind farms to customers along the East Coast.

J.R. Daley Construction breaks ground on Dreyfuss home in Encinitas

Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss and his wife Svetlana purchased a 4,830-square-foot home on 1.2 acres in Encinitas more than three years ago, knowing it would require a major overhaul. After an intensive planning period and search for the right general contractor, they are now through the framing stages of the renovations and are anxious to start selecting their finishes for this custom estate.

How White Reflective Roofing Systems have changed roofing forever

Most property managers and owners by now have heard of the term “White Reflective Roofing System” or maybe Single-Ply TPO, PVC or even “White Reflective Coating.” There are many different types of roofing systems you can have installed now that have common themes: They are white, reflect light, save you energy and are Title-24 compliant.

Energy Evolution symposium comes to San Diego

Green buildings, alternative energy, hybrid vehicles and energy efficiency will be among the topics of discussion at the Energy Evolution: Transforming the Future of Power symposium on Nov. 8. The event, presented by global energy management company Eaton Corp., will feature a keynote address by Thomas W. Hicks, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, with primary responsibility for the Navy’s energy management strategy. Tony Haymet, vice chair and co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego and director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will provide closing remarks.

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Roundtables

Businesses see public catching up with sustainability practices, but more education needed

Local “green” businesses say getting customers on the green bandwagon often sells itself from an ideological standpoint, but one challenge is getting people to realize how it benefits them personally, especially from a financial standpoint.

Profiles

PCN Technology CEO has a knack for getting in the game early

Venkat Shastri’s first job in 1988 was with NASA, at its jet propulsion lab, where he got to work on the navigation of the Pathfinder that was used to explore Mars. His next gig was as a research scientist at Yale University, where he helped develop the robotics laboratory.

North Park restaurateur dishes on the sustainability of farm-to-table food

Running a successful restaurant is known to be one of the most challenging business ventures -- in any economy. And local restaurateur Jay Porter adds another element to the mix: He’s committed to a solely local, organic and ingredient-driven menu.

Green Videos

Interview with Sidnee Chong, David Steel

Oct. 6, 2010 -- Sept. 23, 2010 -- Executive Editor George Chamberlin speaks with David Steel, CEO of Green Chamber of San Diego County, and Sidnee Chong, owner of EcoPackStore LLC, about green businesses.

National News

California wants third of its power renewable by 2020

SAN FRANCISCO -- The state with some of the nation's most ambitious clean energy standards went even further recently: Regulators approved new regulations requiring utilities to draw a third of their power from alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal in 10 years.

Natural gas elbows its way to center stage

NEW YORK -- By unlocking decades' worth of natural-gas deposits deep underground across the United States, drillers have ensured that natural gas will be cheap and plentiful for the foreseeable future. It's a reversal from a few years ago that is transforming the energy industry.

Google to invest in offshore wind power project

NEW YORK -- Google and a handful of other companies are investing in a proposed $5 billion network of underwater transmission lines that could bring power from future offshore wind farms to customers along the East Coast.

Archived Reports

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 - 2010

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

Environmental Innovation - 2009

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

Environmental Innovation - 2008

Find out what local companies are on the cutting edge of green technologies, who's "going green" and how green building is being incorporated into our communities.

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