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Boulder's Eco-Cycle offers cafe style Fixit Clinic

Boulder's Eco-Cycle offers cafe style Fixit Clinic
The Boulder "fixit clinic" was the seventh clinic organized by Dan Matsch, manager of Eco-Cycle's Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials — also known as ChaRM — and local engineer and repair enthusiast Wayne Seltzer. The two started setting up the …
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Creative volunteers link three Peterborough eco-sites for The Big Draw
Dozens of enthusiastic volunteers gathered in Peterborough city centre to link three local eco-sites with a continuous line of artwork spanning 1.5km. School children and adults produced over 1,800 drawings for The Big Draw event on the theme It's Our …
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Green Communities are Empowered Communities: Reflections from SXSW Eco
During the first week of October, nearly 3,000 people gathered in Austin, Texas for SXSW Eco. This three-day event brings together representatives from science, industry, education, NGOs, policy and business to “explore, engage and co-create solutions …
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KeysCaribbean Says Schools Out! With May Stay & Play Offers: Save Up to 50% Off, Complimentary Nights & Book Now Pay Later


Key Largo, Florida (PRWEB) April 29, 2014

KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas present three reasons to getaway, stay and play in the Florida Keys this May. “The Longer You Stay in Paradise, The More You Save special discount offers a lower nightly rate for each additional day booked, and guests can receive generous rates of up to 50 percent off, or complimentary night stays at all KeysCaribbean luxury resorts all season. There is also an advance booking special that requires no deposit until two weeks prior to arrival date; plus a 100 percent cancellation guarantee.

May in the Florida Keys is the perfect time for any stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts as well as anyone looking for a little a little angling fun or some great music to round out a tropical vacation.

Head to Higgs Beach May 1-4 for the Key West Paddleboard Classic. This ocean paddleboard race will provide participants with an exciting and challenging 12-mile course. Circle the scenic mangrove of Key West while also passing by the Historic Seaport district and many other important Key West spots. The race is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks.

With $ 15,000 in cash and prizes on the line, all anglers and fisherman will want to be in Marathon May 9-10 for the 8th Annual Mothers Day Dolphin Tournament. Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys invites participants to fish for a cause, with all entry fees for the tournament will go to building two new affordable homes in Marathon. Nearby, Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina and Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina in Marathon, and Village at Hawks Cay Villas & Marina in Duck Key, offer luxury Florida Keys accommodations with free Wi-Fi Internet and free unlimited local and long distance calls. The resorts also offer the up to 50 percent special discount. Guests can also receive a complimentary night with a minimum stay of three nights at Village at Hawks Cay or five nights at Coral Lagoon or Indigo Reef.

Continuous music, original live performances and much more delight the senses at the Key Largo Original Music Festival May 15-18. Great food, spectacular entertainment and a real Key Largo ambiance will be in plentiful supply during this festival event. Hit songwriters and musicians will be performing several musical genres across multiple stages for the four-day event. Nearby, Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and Ocean Pointe Resort Suites & Marina offer luxury Key Largo accommodations, courtesy Wi-Fi Internet and unlimited local and long distance calls. There is also an up-to-50-percent-off special discount and every fourth night is on-the-house with a minimum three night stay.

“May in the Florida Keys provides something unique for everyone whether you are an avid fisherman, outdoor sportsman or lover of relaxation, food, music and warm weather fun. We are pleased to provide our guests with reasons to stay and play in May, including our special discount of up to 50 percent off our normal rates, as well as our complimentary night stay packages and advance booking rate, said Sam Schorr, KeysCaribbean managing director.

Discounts are subject to availability. Some restrictions apply to the 100 percent cancellation guarantee. To receive the advance booking special, booking must be made a minimum of 30 days prior to arrival date. Complimentary night stays require minimum night stays, have limited availability and certain restrictions apply. Please see the KeysCaribbean website for more details. For reservations book direct at http://www.keyscaribbean.com or call 305.853.5000.

About KeysCaribbean

KeysCaribbean is a dynamic, boutique resort company specializing in operating Florida Keys resort villas and marinas from Key Largo to Key West. CEO Craig Hunt, the former vice chairman of Intercontinental Hotel Group and past president of Holiday Inn Worldwide, along with managing director Sam Schorr, possess more than 60 years of experience in operating and marketing unique and exclusive destination resorts and marinas.

KeysCaribbean is committed to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Green Lodging Florida program. Mariners Resort Villas & Marina is designated as a Green Lodging property by the Florida Green Lodging Program.

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Chrome Alternative for Home, Cosmetic, and Auto Applications Offers Designers Performance, Environmental Benefits

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

Chrome finished products have long been prized for their aesthetic appeal and durabilityhowever, that value comes at a price: environmental concerns, hazardous exposures, and recycling issues. The automotive, home appliance, and cosmetic markets are actively searching for alternatives that offer the look and durability of electroplating, without these negative side effects and design limitations. Sustainable UV (ultraviolet) coatings combined with physical vapor deposition (PVD) can now replicate the look and benefits of a chrome finish, providing scratch, abrasion and chemical resistance, with the added benefit of a super fast production process.

With UV/PVD, there are no hexavalent chromium exposure or disposal issues; no hazardous waste to report; and full recyclability (due to the metal layer thickness in a nanometer scale), all providing a much safer, cleaner production environment. From a design perspective, there is an almost an unlimited color and appearance pallet, while simultaneously offering consumer safety and innovative functionality.

RadTech, the non-profit trade association for ultraviolet technology, is offering an important information session and exhibition of UV/PVD in Chicago/Rosemont, May 12-14, at RadTech 2014, http://www.radtech2014.com. U.S.-based manufacturers including Conforming Matrix, Helios, and RedSpot will present the latest advancements targeting chrome finishing for the automotive, appliance, and cosmetics industries. The Conference features over 100 speakers including from Boeing, Nestle, JMC Steel Group, Motorola, Idex, American Trim and many more. For more information, please visit http://www.radtech2014.com.







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Admirals Bank Offers Residential Solar Financing to Foster a Sustainable North Carolina Community


Durham, NC (PRWEB) February 03, 2014

On January 30, 2014 an information session was held at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durham to generate interest among homeowners within the Durham City limits who may have considered purchasing solar panels for their homes. Keynote speakers at this workshop included Patrick Murphy, a Relationship Manager and Solar Financing Expert of Admirals Bank, and representatives of NC WARN and Yes!Solar Solutions. Solarize Durham opens up a tremendous opportunity for homeowners in the area to take advantage of financing options and purchase home solar systems. Homeowners can easily enroll in the program by visiting http://solarize-durham.org and submitting basic contact information.

The state of North Carolina currently offers residents who purchase solar systems a tax credit up to 35% of the total purchase cost of the system. Additionally, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, homeowners are eligible for a federal personal income tax credit up to 30% of the purchase cost of their renewable energy system, without a maximum limit. Tax credits reserved by the government pooled with local North Carolina incentives permit homeowners to be reimbursed up to 65% of the total cost of a residential system. The tax credits offered in North Carolina are significantly higher compared to most states in the country, making this an ideal location for the Solarize project.

The loan programs designed by Admirals Bank allow homeowners to borrow up to $ 40,000 for residential solar systems. Homeowners can also apply any rebates, tax credits or incentive monies they may receive to the principal balance of their loan within the first 24 months of the fund date. If a homeowner chooses this option he or she may then re-amortize their loan at no cost to reduce his or her monthly payments. The loan programs provided by Admirals Bank are non-equity based, and homeowners may receive the funds in as little as 12 days, prior to the system being installed.

North Carolina is an ideal market to host a Solarize initiative, said Ted Fawcett, Vice President and Director of Business Development of Renewable Energy Lending at Admirals Bank. Our Banks financing products, coupled with local and federal tax credits make home solar energy an attractive purchase.

Over the past 24 months, Admirals Bank has significantly contributed to the considerable successes of three additional Solarize projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts and North Carolina. In early 2012, Admirals Bank participated in the first Solarize initiative, Solarize Massachusetts, and helped homeowners in Hopkinton, Millbury and Sutton obtain the necessary funds to purchase solar systems. In May 2013 the Bank also signed on with Solarize Connecticut, which resulted in solar panel installations on over 100 homes in Durham, CT that produce over 1.017 million watts of clean energy. Following the success of Solarize CT, the Bank worked with the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute to launch the Solarize Asheville, NC program that signed up 368 interested homeowners.

Mr. Fawcett concluded, Our Bank is committed to providing renewable energy lending on a national level. We regularly conduct market analyses to locate unique areas, like North Carolina, where homeowner incentives are high so we can further simplify the procurement of residential solar systems by offering our lending products.

For more information regarding Admirals Bank Renewable Energy Lending please call 800.615.8472 to speak with a Relationship Manager or email us at admiralsalternatives(at)admiralsbank(dot)com.

About Admirals Bank

Admirals Bank is a federally-chartered financial institution headquartered in Boston, MA with a Regional Banking Center in Providence, RI, and a Renewable Energy Lending Business Development Center in San Francisco, CA. Since 2012, Admirals Bank has focused its home improvement lending efforts in the residential solar and renewable energy industry, opening Admirals Alternatives, the Renewable Energy Lending division of Admirals Bank in April 2013. Admirals Bank also remains a leading national provider of the Title I Home Improvement Loan for a variety of other home improvements. Admirals also offers customers additional borrowing solutions such as Residential Mortgages. Additionally, Admirals Bank is an active acquirer of commercial real estate loans in the secondary market. Admirals introduced Bespoke Banking to the financial industry, which is individually tailored, highly customized, relationship banking, and also provides customers with classic banking options such as checking, savings and money market accounts, which can be conveniently opened and maintained online or via a mobile device. Admirals Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

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The information contained in this document should not be relied upon as tax or legal advice. Please consult your lawyer or tax preparer regarding residential renewable energy tax credits. All loans require a completed application and are subject to credit approval. Must be a project that qualifies for federal and/or government rebates or incentives. Lien will be placed against the property. Lien will be in first or second position.







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Topical BioMedics, Inc., Offers Fall Safety Tips for Yard Cleanup


Rhinebeck, NY (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

The days are growing shorter, leaves are turning, theres a brisk chill in the air and homeowners are busy with outdoor cleanup. Its time for rakes, leaf blowers, ladders, chain saws, and mowersand the possibility of pain and injury they can cause.

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Solar Sphere LLC Now Offers DIY Solar Panel Kits for At-Home Use

(PRWEB) May 08, 2013

Solar Sphere LLC, provider of Solar Power Kits and Solar Panels since 1998, now offers DIY Solar Panel Kits for at-home use. People around the world are becoming more aware that the technology of DIY Solar Panels is readily available, thanks in part to Solar Sphere LLC. The days of people spending countless dollars on building their own power systems are long gone. The new DIY kits offered by Solar Sphere LLC include cells, wiring and diodes that are used to build a panel to generate clean energy.

The main reason for the growing popularity of DIY Solar Panel kits can be contributed to the ever-rising cost of electric bills and the fact that global warming is becoming a more serious issue around the world. Due to the use of fossil fuels by power plants scattered throughout the country, harmful gases are released into the atmosphere. DIY Solar Panels have become an easy solution for people to save money, along with saving the health of the planet. With the use of this renewable energy source, the worlds natural resources can be saved.

Customers can now save time and money by purchasing DIY Solar Pane Kits from the Solar Sphere LLC website. Up until a few years ago, DIY Solar Panel Kits were inefficient and expensive. But now, Solar Sphere LLC provides affordable solutions to keep the planet protected for years to come. Thousands of families have taken part in stopping Global Warming by purchasing DIY Solar Panel Kits from Solar Sphere LLC. If customers cannot find the Solar Kit that fits their specific needs, Solar Sphere LLC will make a custom one just for them. On the company website, people interested in purchasing a Solar Panel Kit can find instructional videos that will walk them through how to build a system from the ground up.

About the Company:

Solar Sphere has been providing customers with Solar Power Kits and Solar Panels since its inception, in 1998. Kriss and Sue Bergethon, owners of Solar Sphere, are dedicated to helping people go green and empower their world. The company offers a wide selection of over 1,000 Solar Power Kit products, leaving customers satisfied with everything they are looking for. Customers can contact a customer service representative with any questions or concerns, as well as give their order over the phone, or seek more information about a new product. To contact Solar Sphere, please email Kriss(at)Solar-Sphere(dot)com or call 1-877-774-3730.

For more information on the products available, please visit http://www.spheralsolar.com/.







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Admirals Bank Now Offers Secured FHA Title I Home Improvement Lending in Texas


Providence, RI (PRWEB) September 09, 2013

Admirals Bank has over 30 years of experience financing home improvements on a national level. The Bank currently works with over 3,000 contractors across the U.S. providing home improvement lending to their interested customers. The Bank also actively conducts market research to uncover unique areas and industries that complement their loan products.

Lee Pollock, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Admirals Bank commented, In analyzing the prospects of offering our home improvement financing products in Texas, we uncovered a significant need for these products in that market.

After much effort to adapt the Banks processes to the unique aspects of the Texas market, the Bank is now poised to offer their secured, non-equity based financing* to homeowners throughout the Lone Star State.

Mr. Pollock continued, Texas is an incredibly large market and we are now one of a few institutions that can effectively lend in this area.

The financing provided by Admirals Bank can be used towards a wide variety of home improvements, including: residential solar and renewable energy systems, general remodeling, roofing, garages, basements, kitchens, bathrooms, septic systems and much more. There are no equity or appraisal requirements** associated with the FHA Title I loan and borrowers can pay the loan off early if they so choose.

For more information regarding Admirals Bank Home Improvement Lending please call 800-715-8472 to speak with a Business Development Officer or email homeimprovement(at)admiralsbank(dot)com

About Admirals Bank

Admirals Bank is a federally-chartered financial institution headquartered in Boston, MA with a Regional Banking Center in Providence, RI. Admirals Bank is an active acquirer of commercial real estate loans in the secondary market and also remains a leading national provider of the Title I Home Improvement Loan. Since last year, Admirals Bank has focused its Title I lending efforts in the residential solar and renewable energy industry. Admirals Bank also offers customers additional borrowing options such as Residential Mortgages and Personal Loans. Admirals Bank provides customers with classic banking options such as checking, savings and money market accounts, which can be conveniently opened and maintained online or via a mobile device. Admirals Bank also introduced Bespoke Banking to the financial industry, which is individually tailored, highly customized, relationship banking. Admirals Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

*All loans are subject to credit approval. Lien will be placed against the property. Lien will be in first or second position.

**New residential structures must have been completed and occupied for a minimum of 90 days.







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Beginning July with a Bang, Stylish Organics 4th of July Holiday Special Offers Customers Money Back on Organic, Sustainable, Eco-friendly, Made in the USA Products


Stanton, NJ (PRWEB) July 02, 2013

This 4th of July at http://www.stylishorganics.com, shoppers can celebrate America while remaining earth friendly with purchases of organic, eco-friendly, made in the USA products. Stylish Organics is offering to give back $ 5.00 on purchases made on their site between July 4th and July 7th. With a $ 50.00 minimum and at least one made in the USA product purchased, shoppers will qualify to receive $ 5.00 back in the box with their merchandise. This is our way of showing how much we love America and how much we are dedicated to protecting her natural resources, commented Lynn Lavanga, owner of the on-line boutique. It is also a great opportunity for consumers to show their support for made in the USA product manufacturers, a USA small business, and for protecting our environment through the use of organic and environmentally friendly products. Organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly products provide benefits for the environment and for consumers as organic production methods eliminate environmental damage by avoiding the introduction of toxic chemicals into soil and ground water, provide consumers with a purer product free of chemical residue eliminating the possibility of skin irritations or even more serious health problems, and use sustainable resources that naturally replenish and promote ecological balance.

Developed to meet the needs of busy consumers concerned with eco-friendly living, Stylish Organics launched in March of 2012 with an easy one-stop-shopping structure. The search for products that are truly organically grown, all natural, made from renewable materials, or coming from manufacturers practicing green production methods, is very time consuming and this on-line boutique brings them together to save shoppers time and effort. With on-going research for new products, they offer a well-rounded palette of organic personal care and natural skin care products, sustainable fiber and organic cotton clothing, organic and natural fiber linens, renewable materials furnishings and home d

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Off Grid Shelter's Architectural Design Competition Offers Professional Exposure

Off Grid Shelter's Architectural Design Competition Offers Professional Exposure
"Beyond the Grid" is an architectural design competition hosted by Off Grid Shelters LLC. The competition challenges students and young professionals to create beautiful, sustainable shelters that integrate “off-grid” energy, water and waste system …
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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Market By Grid Type (Grid-Connected, Off
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Market By Grid Type (Grid-Connected, Off-Grid), By Technology (Thin Film PV, Crystalline PV, Others), By End Use (Residential, Commercial, Utility-Scale) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And …
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Viewing Progress: Global LEAP Awards for World's Best OffGrid Color Televisions
New Delhi, India, April 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards' television competition, announced today by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial in New Delhi, will recognize …
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Review: Channa Horwitz's work goes off the common grid
I had just been standing in Channa Horwitz's orange gridded room when I received an email announcing that she had died. Although I didn't know her, the experience was a bit vertiginous, not unlike the sensation of standing in the sunken space at …
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U.S. Sunlight Offers Information for Many California Rebates, Up to $200 Back, for the Purchase of Solar Attic Fans


Incline Village, NV (PRWEB) December 01, 2012

Solar attic fans have become popular with the green movement as a way to effectively reduce energy costs and maintain the health of the home. Many states, local municipalities and utilities have opted to reward home owners for improving the energy efficiency of their homes by offering rebates or tax credits. The 30% federal tax credit for solar attic fans applies to the cost of the product, the tax on the product and the cost of installation. In addition, California residents are qualified for a variety of local utility rebates and incentives, ranging from $ 50 to $ 200 cash back.

U.S. Sunlights Solar Attic Fans are award winning, received Best of Show at the 2011 National Hardware Show and Best Sustainable Product of 2011 by BUILDERnews publications. U.S. Sunlight has developed their Solar Attic Fans and All Purpose Ventilators to provide maximum efficiency and durability. These appliances are a perfect solution to reduce air conditioning bills in the summer months and reduce attic mold and mildew and ice damming in the winter months. Solar Attic Fans and All Purpose Ventilators are easy DIY products to quickly improve the health and energy efficiency of a home. In regions, such as California, where winters are moist with limited sunshine available and summers are hot, U.S. Sunlight developed the Solar Controller an electronic thermostat and humidistat with dual power capabilities. The Solar Controller includes an AC power adapter to allow the U.S. Sunlight Solar Attic Fans and All Purpose Ventilators to operate on solar power when its available and switch to AC power in the evenings or on overcast days.

Purchase a Solar Attic Fan or All Purpose Ventilator before December 31, 2012 to take advantage of a local California rebate and the 30% federal tax credit. CEO of U.S. Sunlight, Geoff Foreman, states, We are pleased to provide a comprehensive list of available tax credits and rebates on our website that are available throughout the country. It is imperative to reduce energy costs and improve mold and mildew issues in our homes and with the federal and state incentives now available there has never been a better time to do so.







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