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

  • 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.

  • Skylights: Hot spots on your cool roof

    Cool roof technology is increasingly popular as more emphasis is put on roof insulation to reduce HVAC capital expense and year-round operating cost.

  • Drive smart, drive green, drive profits

    More than 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide is discharged into the world’s atmosphere each year by the cars that we drive. According to the United Nations, “The transportation sector accounts for 30 percent of greenhouse fuel emissions in developed countries … and that share is rising.”

  • GM to use Envision Solar technology to charge cars

    Envision Solar International Inc., (OTC: EVSI), a sustainable infrastructure designer and developer said the company has been selected by General Motors, LLC to install its CleanCharge solar powered electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations.

  • CARB diesel amendments seen by contractors as helpful but still flawed

    In the midst of a down economy, amendments presented Tuesday to ease the transition into off-road diesel emissions regulation were mostly looked upon favorably by San Diego contractors -- but some in the industry still feel left on the losing end.

  • Sunrise Powerlink starts preconstruction transmission line work

    After years of protest and anticipation from the public and officials, the San Diego Gas & Electric Sunrise Powerlink project is getting under way. SDG&E, a Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) subsidiary, began on Thursday four projects that are prerequisites to the actual construction of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line.

Roundtables

Profiles

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 - 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 - 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.

Green Videos

Interview with Michael Powers of Stellar Solar

With over a decade installing residential and commercial solar, Stellar Solar is one of the oldest and most experienced solar energy companies now operating in San Diego – we specialized in solar before it was hot! 

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