Headlines from 5/30/12

A sampling of headlines relating to sustainability and sustainable agriculture… http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/05/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-energy-security/257525/#.T8ZIAyCNCq8.google_plusone_share -Excellent discussion of the difference between energy independence and energy security. Wonderful graphics. http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/29/11941078-fish-farm-in-14th-floor-bronx-apartment-landlord-neighbors-object#.T8ZF6ElqJ0k.google_plusone_share -A quick look into how sustainable food producing technology intersects with day-to-day life.  Although both aquaculture and aquaponics have many applications in an urban setting, not all settings are appropriate… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/michelle-obama/9296716/Michelle-Obama-launches-White-House-Kitchen-Garden-book.htm -The First Lady talks about the White House garden and the history of American kitchen gardens. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/magazine/last-ones-left-in-treece-kan-a-toxic-town.html?smid=go-share -A haunting and sobering tale of the legacies of resource extraction – sadly, Treece, Kansas is only one of 112 such sites in the United States. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/magazine/craig-venters-bugs-might-save-the-world.html?pagewanted=1&smid=go-share -Nothing could possibly go wrong! Check back next week for more headlines. Written by Ariel...

Floating Wind Turbines: The Future of Wind Energy?

Wind energy is often touted as one of the major up and coming sources of renewable energy. There are however many problems wind energy faces before it can truly hope to help to replace nonrenewable juggernauts like oil and coal. Part of the issue is finding the available space within reliable wind patterns. This is further complicated by the fact that wind turbines are not particularly aesthetically pleasing or popular. A large percentage of the general public doesn’t want wind farms ruining their view of the surroundings. This has been even more of an issue when it comes to offshore wind energy development. Offshore development seems ideal; plenty of unoccupied space and a very strong reliable source of wind. However, up until recently wind turbines could only be placed offshore if it was moored permanently to the ocean floor. This limited them to water depths of roughly 15 meters or less and thus caused a problem for coastal residents and vacationers who valued unencumbered views. Thus floating turbines seem to be the answer. Prototypes have been being designed for years and in December of 2011 the first viable floating turbine was launched in the Atlantic Ocean. The turbine was towed 217 miles off the coast of Portugal. More projects are on the way and recently the UK and US have partnered to provide funds to develop these projects further. For more information on this individual project and other floating wind projects, please see the links below: http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/first-floating-offshore-wind-turbine-deployed-atlantic-ocean.html http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/floating-offshore-wind-turbine-collaboration-united-states-united-kingdom.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/29/windfarms-that-float-or-fly Written by Savannah Miller, Business Development Intern, Spring...

Free Webinar Tonight @ 7:00 pm MST: A Profile of a Young Professional in Sustainable Ag

What does it take to be a professional in Sustainable Agriculture? What are the jobs like? Who are these people!!??  Well we are going to feature one on our Webinar Tuesday May 15, 2012 at 7:00 Pm MST. You can register by clicking this link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/715497505 Nourish the Planet is bringing you an exciting FREE Webinar, interviewing Ariel Chesnutt, a person who has decided her career path should be in Sustainable Agriculture. Register here to join: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/715497505 Right now the first real work force is beginning in sustainable agriculture and Ariel is on the front lines of this movement! She is full of excitement and passion. Don’t miss this talk! You can register by clicking this link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/715497505 Thanks! NTP...

Urban Garden Solutions: Unique Designs for Small Spaces

When it comes to gardening in an urban setting, many find it a true challenge to marry their space limitations with their desire for fresh produce. However, with a little creativity and the right tools anyone can achieve a beautiful home garden. Below is a link to 12 small-space gardening ideas and designs. These designs can work for those with small yards that maximize ground space, to those with only small patio spaces, and even vertical garden spaces. http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/06/14/12-savvy-small-space-urban-gardening-designs-ideas/ Written by Savannah Miller, Business Development Intern, Spring...