Washington coal plant to be converted into solar farm

June 14, 2018 by  
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Situated next to what was once the largest coal pit in Washington state , the TransAlta coal plant near the city of Centralia is turning into a source of clean energy. While TransAlta’s 2011 agreement to shut down the coal plant by 2025 will go a long way towards Washington’s goal of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 – the emissions produced by the Centralia plant represent 10 percent of the state’s total emissions – TransAlta is going even further, converting 1,000 acres of the former mine area into a solar farm. The farm will compensate for the loss of 1,340 megawatts from the shutting of the coal plant and will be called Tono Solar, after the long-gone pioneer town of Tono that once existed at the site. TransAlta’s deal with Washington State to convert the former polluting plant into a clean-energy production site is a win-win for both parties involved. “This is a good-news story about moving away from fossil fuels and toward renewables,” NRDC senior attorney Noah Long told Ecowatch . The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 requires coal companies to clean up a former coal plant or mine after it is shut down. “By putting solar on the land, it maintains an industrial use. This good use of a brownfield brings the costs of reclamation down quite a bit.” Related: Trump’s nuclear bailout could cost consumers up to $17 billion each year The existing infrastructure at the site also eases the conversion process. “The location is good because it’s close to transmission lines,” TransAlta lead developer Ryan Schmidt said in a March 2018 presentation . “We know exactly what’s in the ground, because we put it there when we reclaimed the site.” While Tono Solar will produce only about 15 percent of the power once generated at the TransAlta coal plant, it is one of many renewable energy projects in the region that will serve Washington’s goals of reducing emissions and encouraging economic growth. The Centralia model of renewal could serve other communities around the United States as they attempt to rebuild after decades of industrial job decline. “There are lots of places in the Rust Belt of our country, not just coal mines,” Long said. Via Ecowatch Images via Robert Ashworth/Wikimedia

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Yoga pants, fleece jackets and the microplastics dilemma

March 28, 2017 by  
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No clothing brand intended for their synthetic products to be discharged into the environment in the former of tiny bits of plastic. Now that they know, they must step up and tackle the problem.

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Episode 43: Big Ag unites for healthy soil; Candid career advice for millennials

September 8, 2016 by  
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This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: Abounding advice for traversing the world of corporate sustainability, with lessons from a new-hire, our “30 Under 30” and the former CSR lead at McDonald’s.

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Gorgeous LEED Gold-designed Chicago theater recycles 98% of the former building materials

February 17, 2016 by  
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Miguel Chevalier Transforms a Former Church Into a Colorful Pixelated Setting for a ‘Magic Carpet’ Ride

April 16, 2014 by  
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Artist Miguel Chevalier transformed the entire floor of the former Sacred Heart of Casablanca Church into a mesmerizing pixelated Magic Carpet . His interactive installation uses sound and lights to create multicolored patterns and mosaics that adjust to the movement of visitors. This virtual carpet creates choreographed movements of light accompanied by echoing sounds of music by Michel Redolfi . Read the rest of Miguel Chevalier Transforms a Former Church Into a Colorful Pixelated Setting for a ‘Magic Carpet’ Ride Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cellular art , church art installation , interactive art , interactive installation , light and sound art , light installation , magic carpet church , magic carpet installation , Miguel Chevalier art , pixelated art , responsive installation , Sacred Heart of Casablanca Church , sensors art

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Trader Joe’s Ex-President Plans Market to Prevent Food Waste

November 19, 2013 by  
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Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s, is planning a store that will sell food slightly past its sell-by date for rock-bottom prices.

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Students Design a High Line Style Park for Philadelphia’s Abandoned Reading Railroad

October 12, 2012 by  
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The power of walking the talk: BD CEO Ed Ludwig

August 5, 2012 by  
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The final episode in a series on Higher Ambition Leadership finds the former CEO of pharmaceutical giant Becton Dickinson sharing how he got his company back on track by focusing on its core values, engaging in continuous dialogue with employees and walking the talk.  

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XL Hybrids Taps Former Ford Exec for Board of Directors

November 8, 2011 by  
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Former director of global strategic planning at Ford,  Richard Canny, joins Boston-based XL Hybrids, makers of electric conversion technology for fleets.

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Shopping Malls Changing or Closing Because "The World Is Awash In Stuff"

October 31, 2011 by  
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Former shopping malls are being converted to other uses or even demolished and replaced with housing. It’s about time.

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