NEWS: Last Week @ SSC

Alerts - we announced our special early bird offer for the SSC Green Auditor Certification Course as well as our Spring 2010 internship vacancies. We also reported on government loans channelled to an automotive start-up, Clinton Global Initiative’s latest meeting and analyzed the possibilities of algae as alternative fuel, investing in sustainability and the waste of energy that big TVs induce. Read on!

Alerts

• Special Early Bird Offer for our Green Auditor Certification Course: If you register until December 15, you will enjoy our special offer – 40% off normal price.
• Jobs - Spring 2010 Internships at SSC: We are looking for 4-6 Research Interns and one Marketing/Communications Intern for Spring 2010. These internships are for 15-25 hours/week for January 18, 2010 – May 07, 2010, and may be conducted remotely.

News

• Automotive Start-up Obtains Government Loan: California automotive startup Fisker Automotive, Inc. was recently granted a $529 million loan from the United States Department of Energy. While the company eventually plans on creating a sedan in the $40,000 price range, it is currently working on a hybrid sports car, the Karma, which will sell for $89,000.
• Clean Tech and the Clinton Global Initiative: The fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative recently concluded in New York. Centered around 4 key action areas – harnessing innovation for development, strengthening infrastructure, developing human capital and financing a sustainable future, this year’s meeting sought to encourage collaboration on the key economic challenges at present.

Views and Analysis

• Can Algae Help Meet our Fuel Demands? ‘Nature’s solar panels’ soak up carbon dioxide and sunlight, and use photosynthesis to convert them to oil. One of the advantages of algae is the fact that it can be harvested more frequently and at a greater yield than other potential biofuel crop...
• Lucrative Opportunities By Going Green: RCM – a subsidiary of Allianz Global Investors – stated that historical data illustrates that making investments in sustainable enterprises does not bring relative loss.
• Big Televisions – Big Waste of Energy: According to the state of California, big-screen TVs are a big waste of energy. Sets over 40 inches that use plasma or liquid crystal technology consume more electricity than you might think.

Stay tuned as more is to come!