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.

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Restaurants bracing for potential ban of Styrofoam containers

Restaurateurs will be watching Sacramento closely this spring for the outcome of legislation that could significantly affect their business operations.

San Diego leading way in alternative fuel use

With gas prices hitting new highs in the United States, electricity is being considered as a viable sustainable fuel alternative and San Diego is one of the largest test markets.

Hippie no more: Suit, PhD mark today's activist

BREMEN, Germany — The gleaming green schooner in Bremen's shipyard says everything about how Greenpeace has grown up through the years.

Benchmark Landscape honored with prestigious awards

For the 10th consecutive year, Benchmark Landscape has been recognized for excellence by the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA). This year they earned top honors in two commercial categories for their project at Soledad Business Park in Sorrento Mesa: California-Friendly Landscape Maintenance and California-Friendly Construction. These accomplishments were recently recognized at the CLCA’s Annual Beautification Awards Program, held at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.

Company builds better batteries

The way conventional research goes about discovering new battery material is to read up on it, test the material one compound at a time, screen it and repeat the process.

Reshaping the surfing world

Moss Research founder and 16-year veteran surfboard shaper Jake Moss has been pioneering the creation of a sustainable surfboard for the past five years.

Federal judge orders more review on polar bears

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has thrown out a key section of an Interior Department rule concerning the threat to polar bears posed by global warming.

Trend watch: ChloroFill

An early-stage company in San Diego is betting on sorghum stalks — an agricultural waste product — as a healthier, greener alternative to formaldehyde-based particle boards that are widely used in office furniture and construction.

‘Ecopreneur,’ green innovator

Better known as the founder of Envision Solar, the company behind the signature solar “trees” we see popping up in parking lots, Robert Noble is a man with many irons in the fire.

SDG&E exploring fuel cell, renewable technologies

In the rural town of Alpine and the vast desert east of the city, San Diego Gas & Electric has a massive project underway that will, it is hoped, enhance the utility’s ability to draw more renewable energy to its grid.

Up on the roof: the newest trend in sustainable building

An interest in and demand for building practices that reduce our impact on the environment is producing an integrated, holistic approach to design that incorporates new technologies and living materials on the fifth façade: the roof top.

Before installing solar, how’s your roof?

Solar power has quickly become a trend in San Diego for both residential homes and commercial buildings. The only difference is; this trend is going to stick. According to gosolarcalifornia.org, California leads the nation for total solar projects and total megawatts installed. Homeowners and building owners are quickly pulling the trigger on solar, but often pay little attention to what condition their roof is in prior to the installation. This can be a very expensive mistake to make.

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National News

Hippie no more: Suit, PhD mark today's activist

BREMEN, Germany — The gleaming green schooner in Bremen's shipyard says everything about how Greenpeace has grown up through the years.

California green tax breaks in question

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In just a year, a little-noticed state panel created with bipartisan legislative support worked briskly to authorize $104 million in tax breaks to help “green” companies in California buy equipment and add jobs.

Google to finance home solar systems

NEW YORK -- Google wants to buy solar panels for your house.

Archived Reports

Environmental Innovation - Exclusive Web Content! - 2014

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

Environmental Innovation - Exclusive Web Content! - 2013

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

Environmental Innovation - Exclusive Web Content! - 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 - Exclusive Web Content! - Fall 2012

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

Environmental Innovation - Exclusive Web Content! - 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 - Exclusive Web Content! - 2011

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

Environmental Innovation - Exclusive Web Content! - Oct 2010

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

Environmental Innovation - Exclusive Web Content! - 2010

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

Environmental Innovation - Exclusive Web Content! - 2009

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

Environmental Innovation - Exclusive Web Content! - 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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