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.

  • 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.

  • Keeping business in San Diego vital to our economic growth

    Wise consumers look for value not just price. We may be willing to drive 50 miles to get a $500 savings for a car, only to find out that although it saved $500 in price, it cost multiple trips back for service which took time and money, and often offset the savings we thought we received. The same goes true for the purchasing decisions you make here in San Diego.

  • Putting the ‘green’ in green build

    It is the goal of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to plan, design and operate San Diego International Airport in a manner that shows the utmost respect for our unique natural setting: an urban center on the shore of San Diego Bay. Every aspect of the existing and future activities at the airport are designed to protect these natural resources, as well as the health and well-being of the traveling public that pass through our facility, our surrounding neighborhoods and communities, and the people who work at the airport.

  • University of San Diego launches website for San Diego Regional Climate Education

    Earlier this year, University of San Diego (USD) launched the San Diego Regional Climate Education Partnership website at sandiego.edu/climate. The purpose of the site is to provide background on the project, updates on the status of project activities, and to share findings and results of project activities.

  • The importance of environmental innovation in green building

    To meet environmental goals, architects, designers, builders, landlords and tenants need to bring about changes in procedures, practices and embrace environmental innovations in green building.

  • Is your home taking care of you?

    Our homes are truly our sanctuaries. We spend nearly 90 percent of our time indoors and much of that is in our homes. But do our homes really provide the healthy, safe and comfortable environment we think they do?

Environmental Innovation April 2012

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