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Canadian Rockies cook up greener transportation

Across the nation, 22 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts – like The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies – are heating things up in the kitchen.


Planted against a backdrop of towering firs and turquoise waters, the chateau offers an ideal location within Banff National Park, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognized across the globe for its forward-thinking environmental program, the hotel has just announced efforts to recycle kitchen oils as an alternative fuel initiative, fueling both grounds equipment and two resort shuttle buses.

Nearby, The Fairmont Banff Springs partners with a local high school and the Zero Emission Research Institute to alter cooking oils for use on the golf course.


Eager to getaway? Check out The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Yoga Retreat package, offered later this month, which includes three nights accommodations, five yoga sessions and a guided hike. (more…)

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

soda pop meets the king of pop


For those who haven’t gotten quite enough Michael Jackson…These upcycled bottle cap earrings, by ampandolph, feature the inimitable visage of “The King of Pop.”  The bottle caps are filled with smooth, durable, high-gloss, resin.  You can also have custom earrings made, or choose from a variety of earrings adorned with the images of music stars, politicians or the like.

$18/pair @ ampandolph’s etsy shop

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Kinesis K3 portable wind and solar charger

K3_ipod.jpgHere’s a new addition to the growing list of portable device chargers, the Kinesis K3 portable wind and solar charger.  Kinesis is marketing the charger as a “3-in-1 tribrid,” due to its ability to collect and store power from wind, sun, or AC wall outlet.

One hour of exposure to sun and wind provides about 30 minutes of talk time, and over 300 minutes of mp3 music.  The gadget charger will power: cell phones, iPods/mp3 players, iPhone, smartphones, PDAs, portable gaming devices, GPS units, digital cameras, Bluetooth headsets, and most other small gadgets and gizmos that come to mind.

They claim the K3 has the largest rechargeable battery capacity of its class.  The K3 comes with a variety of device adapter tips.  Available @ for $99.95

Related:  previously on altCon:
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solar power on a pole

petrasolar2.jpgComing to a neighborhood near you – a great way for most utility companies to integrate solar power into their existing infrastructure.  New Jersey’s Petra Solar, Inc. has announced it will be producing 200,000 smart solar systems for installation on PSE&G utility and street light poles in the largest ‘pole-attached’ solar installation in the world.  The project, which the NJ Board of Public Utilities approved yesterday, will create more than 100 green jobs in installation, R&D, operations and manufacturing of the grid-connected solar PV system.

PSE&G’s $200 million contract will call for Petra Solar to make 200,000  units for installation on poles in New Jersey’s six largest cities and 300 rural and suburban communities.  The 3½ year contract will add 100 new “green jobs” to Petra’s existing, 40-person, employee base.


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