Beth Trask

Beth Trask

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10 years 5 months ago

This is the tenth in a weekly series highlighting 15 green business innovations from Environmental Defense Fund's Innovations Review 2009

Humans beware: population growth and climate change are in cahoots to steal our water. This year has witnessed vicious wildfires in California, sagging reservoirs in the Southwest and Florida, and the current drought may be the worst in Texas' history.

Automatic irrigation systems contribute an important part of the problem and possible solution. Currently, there are...


10 years 7 months ago

No one ever takes a rental car to be washed. And most people don't think about energy savings when staying in a hotel. Too many blast the air conditioner or heat even when deserting the room for the day. But good luck to the hotel that tries to add it to my bill!

Thankfully, key-card energy management is a simple and effective way to conserve energy that has saved hotels money in Europe and Asia for years.

These systems link the heating, cooling and lighting in a room to an illuminated...


10 years 7 months ago

This is the third in a weekly series highlighting 15 green business innovations from Environmental Defense Fund's Innovations Review 2009

The corporate world has directed much attention and ambition of late to greening of fleets. While some companies have taken steps in the right direction, such as by purchasing hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles, they have often overlooked their least expensive and most immediate leverage over fleet fuel efficiency (and company carbon footprint): Employee education.

In other words, influencing how your...