- DOE luminary sheds light on the bright future of energy efficient bulbs
"I see a real innovation in the LED space that allows many companies and residential communities to get involved more aggressively," says West. "As technology matures and changes, we see prices dropping as well, which makes the LED bulbs more attractive to the public."
- David McKinney: Clean Light, Green Light is lighting the future
"Our biggest battle with LED lighting is controlling the heat," says McKinney. "By controlling the heat, we can create a light that will last 50,000 hours or more. Across the country and across the world- energy rates are raising; while our product does cost more upfront, the pay back is much quicker compared to traditional lighting."
- Cliff Lampe: Web-based communities enhancing sustainability
Lampe is working on the Advanced Michigan Project with MSU Extension and the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. Every five years MSU Extension has a mandate to census the area to collect feedback from the residents of Michigan.
- Don Morelli: Transferring waste heat into electricity
Whether energy is converted from wind, solar energy, or coal, energy is lost in the form of heat and Michigan State University's Don Morelli is looking at ways to make use of that wasted heat.
- Ryan Vartoogian: High-tech going green at Spartan Internet
Ryan Vartoogian is president of Spartan Internet Consulting, which he founded in 1997 as a sophomore at Michigan State University. Vartoogian adds that there is a strong "green" consciousness throughout the high-tech industry.
MSU leading the way in green packaging
- Joe Hotchkiss talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
“I define packaging as a technical system for distributing and marketing products,” says Hotchkiss. “So one of the major requirements of a package has to be that it communicates with the user. The package is the only way you’re 100 percent sure you’re communicating with consumers.
“Consumers usually focus on the product and don’t think about the package. But more and more they’re looking at the package to see how it delivers what they want and what the environmental costs are.”
Hotchkiss points out the distinction between recycled and renewable materials.
“Recycling and reuse are important components of green packaging and so is the use of biological materials,” says Hotchkiss. “We have spent more than 100 years deciding how to take that gooey black stuff that comes out of the earth that we call crude oil and make it into a water bottle, for example.
“It’ll take us a while to change that, but eventually that water bottle will be made from a renewable, biologically-derived source because the gooey stuff that comes out of the earth is going to get in shorter and shorter supply.”
Hotchkiss believes the main challenge ahead for the packaging industry revolves around the feed stocks used to manufacture packaging and the performance standards of these materials.
“They will change from petrochemical into renewable, biological sources,” he says. “When you put something in a package, you have a number of technical issues in terms of distribution, product use, communication – all those things we call performance.
“The challenge is to take renewable resources and turn them into packages that have equal or better performance standards.”
Click on the arrow above to hear Hotchkiss’ December 3 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Fridays at 7 p.m. on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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