Tag: Green

"Gamify Green for Good" with the Act-On Hackathon this weekend

It’s the height of the event season. And with that, comes the opportunity for any number of hackathons. Local startup Act-On is looking to attract a bunch of talented developers to join them this weekend with a hack that focuses on gaming and green—all for the good of the community. Read More

It ain’t easy being green: Hacking on Nike open data to make sustainability easier for designers

When it comes to materials, it’s pretty obvious that a something like polyester isn’t exactly gentle on the environment. But you know what’s almost as bad? Wool. That’s right. Good old sheep. Well, if you’re not right near them.

But how are apparel designers and furniture makers and other manufacturers supposed to know that? Well a little local apparel company called Nike is hoping to help. Read More

ClearEdge Power signs $500 million deal

While green energy may be a little out of my range, I couldn’t resist covering this.

ClearEdge Power—which makes onsite power systems—has signed a $500 million deal with Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH, a provider of carbon-neutral energy solutions. Read More

Earthtechling: All the green gadgety goodness you’ve been seeking—in one place

What’s Earthtechling? It’s a new Portland-based site that’s designed to cover everything happening at the intersection of gadgets and green.

If there’s one thing we like in Portland, it’s the whole sustainable and green movement. If there’s another thing we like, it’s the whole shiny technology object thing. So why hasn’t anyone around here had the gumption to marry those two oh so Portlandy things into one great “you got your techie peanut butter in my green chocolate; you got your green chocolate in my techie peanut butter” you might ask?

Well, okay. I asked that. So I’m going to pretend you did.

And now we have our answer. Even if you didn’t ask. Introducing Earthtechling. Read More

One small step forward for buying local, one giant leap backward for hypocrisy

Anyone who puts up with me on Twitter often sees me carping about the Web hosting for Silicon Florist. Good news, my friends. At least that part of my whining may soon be coming to an end.

You see, when I started Silicon Florist on a whim a couple of years ago, I didn’t exactly plan it well. I just hacked together something on an existing server I had and went from there. And that didn’t scale terribly well. And I couldn’t seem to find time to resolve it.

Well, I’ve finally moved over to a new host—Portland-based Taproot—and in so doing, I’m hoping to have solved a few problems. Read More

GreenRenter: Put your green where your home (or office) is

Green RenterIf there are two things that have a firm foothold in Portland, they’re technology and sustainability. Well, and a crazy housing market.

Okay, so that’s three things.

So what happens when you combine tech, green living, and housing? You get GreenRenter, a new resource that helps you search for your own green living (or office) space in the Portland area.

Currently serving Portland, Oregon, GreenRenter aims to show total inventory – all green rental property, regardless of whether it is currently available. So even though a property is listed here, it may not have space available right now.

What do they mean by green?

GreenRenter is very inclusive when it comes to “greenness.” We want to showcase the efforts of all owners who are trying to improve the sustainability of their properties, regardless of whether they’ve sought out certification or awards.

As long as the building includes at least one feature in any of the seven “green” areas (energy, water, building materials, operations, building surroundings, certifications and awards, other innovative green features) it can be listed with GreenRenter.

So, the next time you’re seeking a new humble abode or some new digs for your new gig, you might want to saunter over to GreenRenter to do the proper Portland thing by going green.

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