Wednesday, February 27, 2008

February 27--Kauai, Hawaii

The Kauai local planning commission has approved construction of a biomass power plant on the island. The plant will be owned and operated by Green Energy Hawaii and will use albizia trees as a renewable energy resource. The plant will provide 10% of the island's energy needs.

Sustainability In Hawaii

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

February 22--Malawi, The Warm Heart of Africa

The new biofuels market has the potential to make a huge difference in Africa's agriculture economy as well as help with the country's Green Revolution. Using farm land for biofuels may attract funds for rural developement. In 2007 Malawi began selling corn to the UN's World Food Program and exported thousands of tons of corn to its neighbors. Had they converted the excess food into biofuel, they would have replaced all of their imported fossil fuel at once and become entirely oil independent.

William Kamkwamba: Student studying wind and solar energy
Bennett Kankuzi: Computer Science Student

Thursday, February 21, 2008

February 21--Costa Rica

Finca Bellavista: A Sustainable Rainforest Community is located at the base of a primary rainforest mountain on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The community strives to implement sustainable energy sources such as hydroelectric and solar power. Each unit captures its own rainwater. There is a community garden as well as a recycling center.

February 20--Malta

Gordon's D-Zone:Malta through the eyes of disability