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Is the future of sustainable electricity ... in turkey droppings?

Posted on December 18th, 2017
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 


A new study shows that poultry excrement could be used as a viable biofuel.


This time of year, we typically think of turkey as the centerpiece of a giant, hearty, all-American holiday meal.

But according to a new study, we should all be looking at it from a, um, slightly different angle.

Researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel found that converting treated waste from turkeys, chickens and other poultry into combustible solid biomass fuel would produce an alternative energy source that's environmentally safer than coal, and could be used to replace it.

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Eco-Friendly Hanukkah Traditions

Posted on December 11th, 2017
From Sustainable Baby Steps


Have you started preparing your eco-friendly Hanukkah traditions yet? No doubt you are thinking about polishing your menorah, dusting the dreidels and starting the search for the perfect presents.

However, how will you polish that menorah? Did you keep the dreidels from last year and what types of presents will you buy? These are all things which need to be taken into consideration if you want this holiday season to be a sustainable one.

My household Hanukkah traditions usually consists of a nightly Menorah lighting and present giving, so that each family member receives eight presents in total. We might also go to a public Menorah lighting and attend or hold our own Hanukkah party during the 8 day festival. We don't put up much in the way of decorations or exchange cards, but every family is different with their own Hanukkah traditions over decorations, food, present giving and so on.

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5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

Posted on December 4th, 2017
by Inhabitat


Everybody loves Hanukkah; the festival of lights that comes but once a year! Every December, we look forward to this joy-filled excuse to stuff our faces with fried potatoes, sour cream, and apple sauce, but eight days of burning candles, giving gifts, and frying pancakes could lead to some seriously wasteful behavior. Not to worry, all you eco Hanukkah lovers—there are plenty of ways that you can green up this year’s holiday celebration, and here are five smart tips to get you started!

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Want more great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in our Hanukkah Guide.
 

8 Ways to Make Your Hanukkah More Eco-Friendly

Posted on November 27th, 2017
myjewishlearning.com


Green tips for the Festival of Lights.

 

Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, thanks to the one-day supply of oil lasting a miraculous eight days. In the spirit of this resource-preserving miracle, here are eight suggestions from the Jewish environmental organization Hazon for making your Hanukkah celebration more environmentally sustainable.

Use locally grown potatoes and onions, and fry them in organic oil.
Potatoes and other root vegetables are in abundance during the winter, and buying food locally cuts down on the greenhouse gasses from transporting food. Stop by your local farmers market and stock up prior to making your Hanukkah latkes.

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Want more great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in our Hanukkah Guide.
 

New Zealand energy firm invests $10m in Iron Dome maker

Posted on November 20th, 2017
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


mPrest’s technology will allow Vector engineers to manage and predict outages and allow the efficient delivery of energy to and from the grid.


Did a gas and electric company in New Zealand just buy Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system to protect its infrastructure? Not quite.

But New Zealand-based energy and communications infrastructure provider Vector did make a $10 million investment in the Israeli company that developed the Iron Dome. And some of the technologies that power Israel’s remarkable protection against projectiles will be used by Vector as part of its IoT (Internet of Things) approach to optimizing management and control services.

Vector’s investment in Israel’s mPrest means that the New Zealand company has transitioned from mPrest customer to investor and business partner. The two companies “will to continue to develop and apply a machine learning and artificial intelligence system to better manage Auckland’s changing energy demands.”

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