World's First Solar Powered

Smart Jacket

ThermalTech introduced its patented solar powered smart fabric.  Made from stainless steel yarn, the ThermalTech fabric is lightweight and gathers energy from the sun or artificial light to keep the body warm even after the sun has set.  Providing warmth without the bulk found in traditional outerwear apparel, the ThermalTech fabric allows for a lighter and more fashionable look, even when in the cold outdoors.

ThermalTech's technology takes a proactive approach to warmth. Whereas most coats and jackets are designed to recycle body heat and slowly warm a person up, the ThermalTech fabric soaks up energy from indoor and outdoor light to bring warmth to the wearer within minutes. The fabric's technology generates up to 10C/18F of heat gathered from the sun or artificial light in just two minutes, even when it's cold outside...MORE


Germany's RWE Invests in Orange County Clean Tech Firm, KnGrid

KnGrid, a leader in the effort to make it easy for consumers to shift from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy starting with the electric car and RWE New Ventures LLC, Californian daughter of German Utility RWE, announced plans to further strengthen their co-operation.

Smart Grid Meets the Smart Car:

When Californians drive across the German countryside, they're struck by the amount of wind and solar they see. In fact, Germany is actually ahead of California on that measure. Germans that drive through California are impressed by the number of plug-in electric vehicles on the road...MORE


Europe Hottest in Over 2 Millennia

New research is finding that temperatures over the past 30 years lie outside the range of natural variations, supports the conclusions reached by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that recent warming is mainly caused by anthropogenic activity.

Most of Europe has experienced strong summer warming over the course of the past several decades, accompanied by severe heat waves in 2003, 2010 and 2015. New research now puts the current warmth in a 2100-year historical context using tree-ring information and historical documentary evidence to derive a new European summer temperature reconstruction...MORE

Boxed Water Donates to
Flint, MI Residents Amid Water Crisis


As residents of Flint are still wrestling with contaminated water, local companies are stepping-up to help their fellow neighbors.  One company we want to showcase who is doing their part in Flint it Boxed Water, an eco-friendly packaged water company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they announced this week that it will be donating to the local Flint, Michigan, residents to provide relief and support for the ongoing water crisis in the city...MORE

Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED, the world's most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The per-capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions, create jobs and establish a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community... MORE



Sharing a life, an income, a community

450 acres is a lot of land regardless of where you own it.  Yet, the 450 acres owned, managed and home to the Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia is, perhaps, one of the most unique parcels of land in the world.

What does it mean to be part of an income-sharing community?  What lessons can all of us learn from the experiences and practices of such a community?  The answers are, as you find out in this segment, are surprising, multiple and, in our view, life changing.

Paxus Calta, GM, not only manages a living community, but does while helping to run six very successful businesses that our housed on the same complex.  While sharing many facilities, food, transportation, education, etc, Twin Oaks cuts living costs by 80% and does the same with energy use, waste, commuting expenses and blends their people's time and talents into very efficient daily lives.

It is not often we think of a shared-living community managing 2 million of revenue with net income of $750,000.  Those funds cover the operating costs, based on their incredible efficiency, of about 100 people.  The cash flow also gives all members health coverage and jobs for life.  Many non-profits are now pushing to be self-sufficient on financial needs by generating consistent income.  This is a great model to look at.