Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
KENDALL SQUARE CORPORATION IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE
SECOND ANNUAL "
Two Free Shows
Saturday, December 20th at 2:00pm & 5:00pm
Kendall Square Community Skating will kick off its public skating season with Gingerbread Men, a Carton of Milk, and Holiday Cheer when it presents the Second Annual "Kendall Square Holiday on Ice" - a spectacular, fun-filled skating show, free of charge suitable for all ages - Saturday, December 20th with performances at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
The event produced by Frozen Frog Productions; will feature an exciting cast of professional skaters and performers Featuring skating performances by former stars of Disney on Ice and Ice Capades, and US National and International medalists. Emceed by former Ringling Brothers circus star, Chris Allison
as Bucky the Clown.
"Kendall Square Holiday on Ice" is open to the public and free of charge.
* Free Admission and Skate Rentals All-Day
* 2:00pm "Kendall Square Holiday On Ice" (1st performance)
* 3:00pm - 5:00pm Free food and beverage, in addition to Free Skating
* 5:00pm "Kendall Square Holiday On Ice" (2nd performance)
* 6:00 PM- 10:00 PM, Free Skating
Kendall Square Community Ice Rink is 8,400 square feet seasonal outdoor ice skating rink, located in the heart of
For more information please contact John Pyne, Rink Manager at (617) 492-0941 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Kendall Square Community Skating is located at
Monday, December 1, 2008
Once thought of as only a niche technology, hydroponic farming is getting a second look from researchers and public health advocates because of several factors, including the environmental cost of shipping produce from farms to cities and the risk of bacteria across extensive, insecure food chains.
Here's a story from cnn.com, if you are looking for more info on hydroponics.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
"Few challenges facing America–and the world–are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We've seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season," Obama said at the summit.
As if that statement weren't enough, Obama had some other things to say that left little doubt whether he will push environmental policy changes during his presidency. Among them:
- "My presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process.
- "Climate change and our dependence on foreign oil, if left unaddressed, will continue to weaken our economy and threaten our national security.”
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Worldwide carbon emissions from industrialized countries increased from 2000 to 2006, after showing a slight decline throughout the 1990s, according to a United Nations report released yesterday.
The release of the report comes two weeks before the U.N. is set to meet and discuss the issue at a major review conference. The conference is expected to work on an agreement that will serve as a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The United States signed the Kyoto Protocol but never had any plans of taking the necessary steps to ratify it, which would have made it legally binding for the country to reduce the six greenhouse gases named in the protocol.
Friday, November 14, 2008
If you were ever interested on saving the world without doing anything, then we have the program for you. GreenPrint is a revolutionary way to save money, trees, and waste. Add this program to your computer, and you will no longer print out useless pages with a URL, signature, or legal jargon. The best part is that if you have Windows 2000 or
Just check it out here for all the details and happy printing.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Performance testing of using glycerin, a byproduct of bio diesel production, as a base in antifreeze has shown that it should be reexamined as a possible less toxic base.
This Eco Geek article supports the use of glycerin in antifreeze because the current bases are much more toxic. Check it out for more info on the subject.
Monday, November 10, 2008
As this blogger points out, "The transition from a Bush Administration to a Barack Obama Administration implies enormous policy differences." That may be quite the understatement.
But what does this mean for environmental and scientific issues?
As far as the environment goes, Obama criticized the Bush administration's stance and reaction to global warming. During the campaign, the President-Elect called for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emission in the country by 2050.
In the realm of science, the Bush administration drew heavy criticism for allegedly editing federal reports about global warming. Will the Obama administration continue this practice, or will the new President receive criticism for overstating the problems surrounding this issue, as many from across the aisle believe?
One thing's for sure: It will be interesting to see how the Obama adminstration deals with environmental issues and if the new President is able to keep the promises he campaigned on.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The trucks are powered by an eco-friendly hydraulic hybrid system that combines a diesel engine with a unique hydraulic propulsion system. The technology was developed in the EPA laboratory in Michigan and patented by the government agency.
Government testing has shown that the trucks use 50 percent less fuel and have much lower carbon emissions than regular delivery trucks.
While this initial order is only for seven delivery trucks, the company hopes that the EPA can work out agreements with manufacturers to mass produce the trucks, making them able to be affordably purchased in large quantities.
Click here for more information in a story on cnn.com.
Monday, November 3, 2008
As part of their study, the researchers created statistical models that suggest the warming in the polar regions is not consistent with internal climate variability or natural drivers alone.
For more on this, check out this story on cnn.com.
Monday, October 27, 2008
The amount of two other gases—methane and nitrogen trifluoride, which come primarily from decaying ancient plant life and flat-panel screen technology, respectively—in the atmosphere is on the rise as well.
Of these two, methane, which makes up roughly one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, is the one that concerns scientists the most. Methane is released into the air from decaying plants, coal mines, landfills, and a few other sources. At the heart of this issue is the methane (from ancient plants) trapped in the permafrost and ocean floor of the arctic regions of the earth. As these regions warm, this methane will likely be released, hastening the warming of the earth.
For more, click here for an Associated Press article on the study.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Also on Popular Mechanics Web site is a test drive article/video of the new electric Mini Cooper. This latest model can go about 200 miles on a fully charged battery and takes about six to eight hours to charge. More importantly, it costs a much more affordable $50,000, compared with a few years ago when an all-electric car would have run in excess of six figures.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
In related news, the 2009 Toyota Prius, which was the most fuel-efficient car on the list, may include an option for built-in solar panels, according to Toyota officials. More info and pictures of the 2009 model is here.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The MBTA started a pilot program in January, when it equipped several coaches on the Worcester line with Wi-Fi. Because of the positive feedback from that program, the board authorized $1.39 million to install Wi-Fi equipment on 258 coaches on the various lines of the commuter rail system.
The plan calls for every trip on every line of the commute rail to have at least one Wi-Fi-ready coach. Installation of the equipment is scheduled to begin in December, with the service being installed on about 30 coaches per month until the project is completed.
After this round of Wi-Fi equipment is installed and in use, MBTA officials will evaluate whether to equip the rest of the coaches with the service.
For more information on the MBTA and its services, click here.
Friday, October 17, 2008
While many people are concerned about the effect of global warming on the polar regions, even more harm may be done to the environment around the tropical regions of the planet, the researchers said.
The researchers said that because the tropics are already so hot, many of the species there are living at the maximum temperature at which it is possible for them to survive.
For more information, check out this story on cnn.com.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
For more information on this feat, click here.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The 11-mile trail, which used to be a rail line for trains, is now a path for bicyclists and walkers that runs from Cambridge to Bedford.
"We are all very excited about the award," said Joey Glushko, Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development liaison to the Arlington Bike Committee. “ [The trail] has a great atmosphere, is used by every age group, and is wonderfully accessible."
The trail is one of the most popular in New England, attracting an estimated two million visitors a year. The trail is maintained by the four communities it passes through. The trail was not only created with recreation in mind but also with the goal of reducing automobile traffic in the area as the trail serves as a convenient bicycling and walking route from the Alewife Station to other communities in the area.
The Minuteman Bikeway is the fifth of 25 trails that will be inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Since announcing in June that the Minuteman Bikeway would be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the RTC has chosen its sixth and seventh inductees, a trail in Illinois and a trail in Wisconsin. The RTC will inductee 18 more trails into the Hall of Fame between now and the end of 2011.
The path is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. year round. For more information on the Minuteman Bikeway, visit the trail's web site.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
While we often blame large corporations for their disinterest in the global warming problem, individuals can have a major impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our country by doing little things. Taking transit whenever possible, finding a co-worker to carpool with, and walking or riding a bicycle on short trips are a few simple things you can do that add up. In fact, for those of you reading whose company is one of our clients, your company offers you a number of incentives and/or benefits to encourage you to do something besides drive alone to work.
As this article points out, when gas prices shot up, Americans started driving less, which had a major impact on greenhouse gas emissions. If Americans put their mind to it, then we can have a major effect on these emissions—one person or one trip at a time.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
After the technology is developed for the family cars, the company also hopes to use the technology to build minivans, coupes, and light pickup trucks to be used in commercial fleets. But, creating the affordable technology necessary to manufacture these family cars (and later the commercial fleet vehicles) won't be easy. Tesla will have to partner with other automakers as well as auto parts manufactures to get this done. Here's hoping that the companies involved have the flexibility and the desire to make it happen.
I've always enjoyed the thought of an electric car, but both the price and efficiency of current models have left a lot to be desired. As the technology advances, the efficiency does as well, making these cars more and more viable as replacements for traditional automobiles. All that's left now is an automaker coming up with the ability to mass produce and market these in a way that makes them affordable to the average buyer. I'll be cheering Tesla on with mild optimism as they work toward this.
For more information, click here for a news story from CNET on the Tesla announcement.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
As gas prices continue to hover between $3 and $4, it's no wonder that businesses are starting to pay more attention to the green movement. And more and more business are popping up with the goal of providing the goods and services necessary for these companies to get green. In fact, the 300 exhibitors at the AltWheels event was triple the number that appeared at the same event just last year.
According to this Christian Science Monitor blog, U.S. auto giants Ford and GM were at the event to talk about each company's plans in regards to sustainable energy. Ford's Director of Sustainable Business Strategies said the company is trying to create technology that is not only greener but also affordable and easy to produce in high quantities. In addition to the company's new EcoBoost engines, which claim to increase gas mileage by 20 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent, the company is working on making its vehicle's components slimmer to improve gas mileage.
Increased interest in events such as this one suggest that the green movement continues to slowly gain traction in the business world. And as more businesses realize the importance of conserving our environment (and that they can also save a lot of money by going green), interest in sustainable-energy products and practices will only increase.
Friday, September 26, 2008
These numbers are called 'scary' by many experts that believed emissions would be lower in 2007 because of the slight economic downturn seen in many of the larger countries in the world. Emissions in the U.S. increased by two percent in 2007, after decreasing from 2005 to 2006.
Compounding this problem even more is the fact that the world's forest and oceans are sucking up CO2 at a lower rate this century than they did last century.
Furthermore, these numbers put the world on a possible course that is worse than the "worst-case" scenerio for global warming that Nobel Prize winning scientists projected in 2007.
Your company offers a number of programs and incentives to make it easier for you to lower your carbon footprint and keep our environment and world cleaner by doing something besides driving alone to work. What have you done lately to keep our environment safe for future generations?
Here's a complete link to the story on cnn.com: http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/09/25/warming.emissions.ap/index.html.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The next President will play an important role in shaping the policies that our country takes in relation to these green issues. Do yourself a favor and check out this analysis piece at http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/green-elections-guide-47082517.
Monday, September 15, 2008
GM has given a new Fuel Cell Equinox to the head of the EPA. The car will be used in day-to-day activities around
**Bloggers note: We are currently working on a video news report about hydrogen fueling cells. Check back often!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This just proves that even our animal kingdom is doing its part to go green. What have you done?
Monday, September 8, 2008
Texas Instruments has developed a new chip that can be used in a larger variety of products, including battery-powered cars and solar panel lighting. The new chip is so sophisticated it conserves energy usage. The example presented by cnet.com is “set an air conditioner or refrigerator fan at a lower speed rather than always full blast. A variable-speed air conditioner could be 30 percent more efficient, says TI.” Chips such as this haven’t been used in the past because of their price, but TI has be able to produce them cheaper starting at $2 for bulk orders.
For the original article, visit http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10033769-54.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=GreenTech
Monday, August 25, 2008
Be green and make green by selling your old electronics. Gazelle.com will give you an estimate for your product, and once they receive it, they will clear your personal data and send you a check. The product is refurbished and sold or recycled responsibly. For more information, check out Gazelle.com or http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_10293812.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I am appalled at what I just learned. Greenpeace has a huge campaign against Kleenex because they cut century-old trees to make their tissues. They kill wildlife and deforest trees, leaving only stumps behind. I think there is a definite need to bring back the hanky. They are fashionable, personalizable, and completely reusable! Please consider it, and check out the Greenpeace website at http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/forests/kleercut.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Transaction's Thoughts: We believe that everyone has a vested interest in the world. There are so many ways you can reduce and reuse everything around you. Less is more, and it will not only save you money but also save the environment.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Hello commuters with MP3 players and CD walkmans! Why not commute while listening to a great book on tape. Building 19 is having a big sale on audio book CD’s this coming week starting Sunday, Aug. 17th. I don’t know about you, but a sale always sounds good to me. Check out their website for a location near you. www.building19.com
A company called Poet is working on research and development of a pilot facility that will produce 20,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol. This biofuel is made from corn cobs and the fibers from corn. They are also looking into using other plant residuals to produce cellulosic ethanol. The company is hoping by 2011 to have a large scale commercial plant open.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Instead of waiting on long lists for electric cars, this article highlights how consumers are converting their cars and taking out their gas-run engines and installing electric motors. There is also a how-to article on how to do this.
Check out the story on:
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The MBTA has recently added new buses to the
For more info, check out http://mbta.com/about_the_mbta/news_events/?id=15541&month=&year=.
A story was posted on The Boston Channel’s website today. The story highlights the decrease in miles driven by Americans since November 2007. A 4.7% decrease was seen in the month of June alone, compared with June 2007. This brings up an interesting topic: tax revenue. U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters says, “We can’t afford to continue pinning our transportation network’s future to the gas tax”. In a nutshell, the less gas we purchase, the less tax revenue is received for infrastructure. We all know the condition of our roads and bridges.
Check out the article:
Just came across this great website Dig ‘N’ Swap (http://www.dignswap.com/index.php) You start an account, you upload images of clothes you don’t want, and you look for clothes you do want. Then you swap! How fun and environmentally friendly! See the website for more information.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Interested in getting a new bike or a new bell for your old bike? These shops will be more than happy to help you. Biking helps burn calories and reduce emissions.
- ATA Cycle
1773 Massachusetts Avenue (617-354-0907)
- Bicycle Exchange at Porter Square
2067 Massachusetts Avenue (617-864-1300)
- Broadway Bicycle School
351 Broadway (617-868-3392)
- Cambridge Bicycle
259 Massachusetts Avenue (617-876-6555)
- Emerging Vehicles
One Broadway, Kendall Square (617-583-1379)
(Sells and repairs electric bicycles and electric motorscooters for commuting, etc.)
These first-in-the-nation policies mean gasoline tax exemptions for cellulosic biofuel, mandating a blended biodiesel, investments in and development of wind, wave, and tidal power generation while protecting state waters. The Global Warming Solutions Act mandates greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.
For more information please check out the Boston Globe article "Green, with Envy."
For a transcript from the Energy Bill Signing or the press release, visit the Boston Government website.