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Greensburg Wind Farm named ‘Wind Project of the Year’

first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — NativeEnergy Inc,The Greensburg Wind Farm in Greensburg, KS, has been named “Wind Project of the Year” by RenewableEnergyWorld.com, a leading renewable energy publication. This award recognizes the project’s community benefits and unique financing model.Jeff Bernicke, president of NativeEnergy of South Burlington, accepted the award at the Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo in Tampa, Florida.RenewableEnergyWorld.com said: “To recognize the perseverance of the people of Greensburg, Kansas, and the leadership of companies involved in developing and marketing the project, the 12.5 MW Greensburg Wind Farm is the 2011 ‘Wind Project of the Year.'”In May 2007, a massive tornado leveled Greensburg, destroying 95% of the town. In the face of this tragedy, the citizens of Greensburg decided to rebuild as “the greenest town in America.” This plan’spearheaded by non-profit Greensburg GreenTown’included construction of the Greensburg Wind Farm.The wind farm was financed in part through NativeEnergy’s innovative Help Buildâ ¢ carbon offsets. By purchasing Help Buildâ ¢ offsets, companies and individuals across the U.S. provided critical upfront funding for project construction. In return, they received a share of the project’s long-term verified greenhouse gas reductions. Major project supporters included: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Ben & Jerry’s, Brighter Planet, Stonyfield, CLIF Bar, Aveda, Clean Air-Cool Planet, and Reverb.”When NativeEnergy first brought the Greensburg Wind Farm to us, we were excited to be early supporters,” said Paul Comey, vice president of Environmental Affairs at GMCR, Inc. “Upon visiting the site and meeting the community, we realized we could make a difference. By purchasing carbon offsets from the project, we are mitigating our carbon footprint while helping Greensburg along its journey to become the greenest community in America.””I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous progress that the people of Greensburg have made in their commitment to becoming a truly green community, so being awarded ‘Wind Project of the Year’ is a fitting recognition,” said Chuck Bennett, vice president of Earth & Community Care at Aveda. “This tremendous honor reinforces my belief that Aveda’s support for the community and the wind project has been very well founded.”Jeff Bernicke, president of NativeEnergy, noted, “We are honored that the Greensburg Wind Farm has been named ‘Wind Project of the Year.’ This project demonstrates that well-planned environmental initiatives can have local economic and social advantages too. This was truly a community project’from the way it was financed to the benefits it offers.”The project, which began operating in March 2010, consists of 10 new wind turbines, 1.25 MW each. The project developer, owner, and operator is Exelon Wind, LLC (formerly John Deere Renewables, LLC). The wind farm’s exceptional community benefits include job creation, lease revenues for local farmers, and greenhouse gas reductions. It is expected to reduce nearly one half million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide over its 20 year life.For more information about the Greensburg Wind Farm, visithttp://www.nativeenergy.com/pages/greensburg/517.php(link is external).About Native EnergyNativeEnergy is a leading provider of verified carbon offsets and renewable energy credits. NativeEnergy’s Help Buildâ ¢ carbon offsets help finance the construction of Native American, family farm, and community-based carbon reduction projects. For more information, visit: www.nativeenergy.com(link is external). last_img read more

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Study offers troubling information about baby food products

first_imgDenver, Co. — A study by the Clean Label Project has revealed two-thirds of baby food in United States has tested positive for arsenic and other dangerous toxins. The same study determined 80 percent of baby formula contains the deadly poison as well.Experts say exposure to arsenic can affect motor skills, cognition, growth and organ development.The study examined at total 500 baby food products, some very popular.The Clean Label Project is a Denver, Colorado-based organization committed to looking beyond the label and marketing terms to give consumers information they need to select products that contain the fewest poisons and food additives. For more information about the Clean Label Project look here.last_img

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Wakanow Set to Launch Beach Sports Series Today

first_imgSome of the participants billed to compete for the highly coveted prizes include Google Nigeria, Andela, Yudala, Mouka Foam, DHL, Snopec, Konga, Inlak Computers, Krones West Africa, Datagroup IT and Oya.com. Major games to be played during the competition are kayaking, beach soccer and beach volley. Commenting on the objective of the tournament themed “Sand, Sweat and Glory”,Group Deputy Managing Director of Wakanow, Mr. Ralph Tamuno, said that the company seeks to leverage on the imitative as a platform to connect people together through sports. “The Wakanow La Campagne Beach Sports Series is a specially packaged initiative that brings together corporate bodies and sport loving individuals in a relaxed and fun environment inspired by a sense of healthy competition. It also provides networking opportunities and experience sharing for professionals across various industries. “Over the years, sporting activities have become not just a tool for recreation and social cohesion but a vehicle to promote good health and tackle some of the life-threatening hazards associated with modern life,” he stated.  Following the fast-paced rise of the middle-class in Africa which has pushed the pressure curve all the way up, the challenges of shortened lifespan, health hazards and burn-out from the workplace are fast becoming emerging threats to human longevity and general wellbeing.  “Activities like the Wakanow La Campagne Beach Sports Series,” Mr. Ralph added, “provide a window of opportunity for busy professionals to unwind and stay healthy.”Speaking on the choice of La Campagne Tropicana as co-host of the tournament, Mr. Ralph noted that the 30-year-old resort provides the ideal ambiance, standards and spark required to create enduring experiences for participants. Chief Marketing Officer of Wakanow, Mrs. Victoria Onwubiko, said the beach sports initiative is another way the Wakanow brand immerses itself in the culture and lifestyle of its customers.“Travel is a lifestyle, and the Wakanow brand places a huge premium on the lifestyle of its esteemed customers, and particularly, delights in those magical experiences that come with winning together as a team. The Wakanow La campagne Beach Sports initiative allows the brand to plug into these rich consumer experiences, celebrate team effort, promote friendship and connect people together to achieve a common goal.” She reiterated the commitment of the brand to continue to deepen its relationship with consumers, leveraging heavily on multi-touch campaigns and superior brand experiences.Wakanow is one of Africa’s online travel portals, providing seamless travel deals, holiday packages and tour services to millions of travelers in Africa and beyond. Wakanow has grown from a humble background to becoming one of the fastest growing and largest travel sites in Africa. All is now set for the maiden edition of the annual Wakanow La Campagne Beach Sports Series to be hosted by Nigeria’s No1 travel booking portal Wakanow. The event, which has been tipped to become a major corporate soccer tournament in Nigeria, holds today, October 1 at the Africa-themed La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more