Smart Beer, New York's First Organic Beer Company, Continues Expanding

Smart Beer, New York's first organic beer company, has just expanded distribution to New Jersey, bringing premium organic beers brewed with herbal ingredients for a pure, clean, crisp, refreshing taste to discerning drinkers of the Garden State.

Smart Beer is an innovative new brand with a focus on active lifestyle and health-conscious positioning. Headquartered in New Paltz, in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the company crafts beers with pure, certified organic ingredients, yielding a refreshing taste for consumers who want to enjoy a beer they can feel good about drinking. Smart Beer's great brews and core values have made them a fast favorite among consumers, prompting a rapid expansion to stores and bars in all boroughs of New York City and beyond, including Mets' Citi Field and citywide Whole Foods locations.

Smart Beer founder Gabriel Heymann, a certified yoga instructor and former touring musician, devised the brand as a means to bridge the gap ... MORE


High Hopes for Hydrogen-Powered Public Transit, an online service that connects travelers with places to stay, has revealed findings from its global Sustainable Travel Report[i] , identifying what the term "sustainable travel" means to consumers, how sustainable accommodations are viewed, and what the future holds for eco-conscious travelers.

What does green mean?

Nearly half (47%) of American respondents said they consider themselves to be sustainable travelers, rising to 72% amongst Chinese respondents and dropping to 25% amongst the Japanese, with findings showing a wide spectrum when it comes to what people understand "sustainable travel" to mean. More than half (58%) of Americans consider the act of staying in eco-friendly accommodations to be sustainable travel with just over two thirds (68%) confirmed they would be more likely to choose accommodations if they knew they were eco-friendly. A third (33%) of Americans said they don't plan to stay in an eco-friendly accommodation in the year ahead, and of these travelers, 38% said it was because they did not even know sustainable accommodations existed. This reason was even higher amongst Japanese (43%) and German (46%) respondents in particular... MORE


EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportationís National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation. The final phase two standards were called for by President Obamaís Climate Action Plan, and respond to the Presidentís directive in early 2014 to develop new standards that run into the next decade.

The final phase two program promotes a new generation of cleaner, more fuel-efficient trucks by encouraging the wider application of currently available technologies and the development of new and advanced cost-effective technologies through model year 2027. The final standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1.1 billion metric tons, save vehicle owners fuel costs of about $170 billion, and ... MORE

Puerto Rican Business Groups File Legal Challenge to Hike In Electric Rates Forced By PREPA

A group of nine leading Puerto Rico industry and business associations are joining in an unprecedented legal challenge to a Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC) move to impose the first in a series of unlimited, "blank check" rate increases under the controversial debt-restructuring agreement for Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

Available online at, the filing -- made jointly by the  Institute ... MORE

Maison LíArc-en-Ciel-Building the Sustainable Orphanage: Proving that Sustainability is Profitable 


Currently, Maison LíArc-en-Ciel Orphanage relies completely on external donations to remain afloat and while many individuals and business give generously to MAEC, it is not sustainable for them to rely solely on extrinsic donations. Organizations like ODEM International, Cross Catholic Outreach, the American Red Cross, the Society of Saint Vincent DePaul, and Catholic Relief Services each have contributed to the survival of Maison LíArc-en-Ciel over the years, but each year, these donations are diminishing. This is a problem many non-profit organizations are facing around the world. Donations coming in...MORE



True Public Service in Grand Junction Colorado

There are many very competent public workers.  Then there are exceptional ones who will change the world.  Dan Tonello and his team in Grand Junction are clearly the latter.

Treating public waste water is a critical job for every city.  It is complicated, challenged by huge storm surge and torrential rains and now demands great technology and management.  Failing to do it well cripple a city, just as missing the mark on sanitizing drinking water will bring a city to its knees.

Dan Tonello is the waste water service manager in Grand Junction.  He and his team not only properly treat and recycle back into the river millions of gallons of sewer water, turning it back in pristine condition, better condition than the river, but, at the same time, they have found a way to separate the organics in the process and turn those organics into local natural gas to fuel their city's vehicles.

Think about this triple win for Grand Junction:  better separation of waste water during processing; creating a clean, local fuel;  AND thereby taking their fleet off of diesel and fueling their fleet for free.

His unique process, which he now shares with other cities, takes 3 million pounds of carbon out of the local atmosphere and saves the city 2.8 million per year.  Those numbers will continue to get better each year as they convert the rest of their fleet to natural gas.

This remarkable municipal innovation has been recognized as game changing by a major non-profit that works across the world to improve our air quality and environmental performance.  Listen in as Dan tells the behind-the-scenes story of a city, and its employees, that are leading us to a brighter, cleaner future and making every step of the way.