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.

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USS Ford conducts operational transit on alternative fuel blend

SAN DIEGO — USS Ford (FFG 54) successfully transited from the ship's homeport in Everett, Wash., to San Diego last month using 25,000 gallons of a 50/50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 blend in the ships LM 2500 gas turbines.

Goat maintenance is a sustainable landscaping practice

Navy hosts Senate energy subcommittee hearing

NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy hosted a field hearing for the Senate Energy subcommittee on water and power last month aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), moored at Naval Station Norfolk.

Energy programs showcased at 7th Annual Military Energy Alternatives Conference

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The director of the Navy Energy Coordination Office (OPNAV N45E) was a featured presenter at the 7th Annual Military Energy Alternatives Conference, March 6-8 at the Weston Tysons Corner, Falls Church, Va.

Navy's first alternative fueling station open in Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii officially opened the first of three Ethanol 85 (E85) fueling stations planned for the Navy's fleet of flex-fuel vehicles at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) last month.

Local restaurateurs incorporate sustainable building practices into their eateries

Designing, building and integrating sustainable features into the restaurant industry is picking up steam here in San Diego.

On-field defense to roadside offense: Chargers’ Garay shows initiative in going green

Unless they’re looking to disagree with a very big man, people might consider throwing their excuses out the window instead of trying to convince Antonio Garay, defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers, that being economically and environmentally conscious is beneath them. Or, alternately, that they're too cool for something often thought of as less than manly.

Small cars changing San Diego in a big way

Imagine someone selling off his or her everyday commuter car, and trading ownership for the privilege of being able to use another car at any time, but never having to perform maintenance on it. More precisely, imagine someone doing that in favor of a number of cars, but ones that are powered only by electricity, won’t cost a cent in gasoline and will leave them feeling like a steward of the environment.

EarthFair 2012 in Balboa Park

EarthFair 2012 is San Diego EarthWorks’ 23rd annual event. EarthFair in Balboa Park has become the largest free annual environmental fair and Earth Day celebration in the world.

Solana Beach seeks to ban plastic bags

In the wake of the Los Angeles City Council’s recommendation to ban plastic bags from supermarket checkout lines, the city of Solana Beach may be the next in line to implement a similar ordinance.

Sustainable entrepreneurs are Getting Their GREEN ON!!! for Earth Day

Local businesses with remarkable visions are getting their green on in honor of Earth Day at San Diego’s premier socially conscious and sustainable business event, Get Your GREEN ON!!!

Navy exercise tests smart grid capabilities at San Diego installations

SAN DIEGO — Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest engineers along with Navy Region Southwest (NRSW), Marine Corps Installation West (MCIWEST), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) capitalized last month on Navy-wide security exercise to test the abilities of local Navy and Marine Corps installations to reduce electrical consumption.

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Environmental Innovation April 2012

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April 20, 2012


Building industry needs education on energy efficiency, experts say

As the number of buildings attaining LEED status in San Diego continues to rise, the definition of energy efficiency and the technologies that make for it continue to evolve.


Biologist, genetics pioneer, entrepreneur, maverick

He sequenced the human genome in 2001, three years ahead of the public human genome project's schedule, using a “shotgun sequencing” method that is still the industry standard today.

Scripps climate scientist shared stage with Dalai Lama

“Do you consult your dentist about your heart condition?”

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