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Dozens of Cutting-Edge Products and Solutions Showcased at GreenBuild 2012 Expo

ARVA’s HypoSys Hybrid Lighting SystemTM is an “anywhere-anytime” street lamp that uses both solar and wind power to produce a 24-hour, zero-pollution, cool white light output. | Image credit: ARVA.

Two days of perusing GreenBuild 2012’s countless aisles at downtown San Francisco’s Moscone Center last month made it clear that the trend continues: Eco-friendly, sustainable, and “green” products are not only innovative, cost-effective, and good for you (as well as the planet), but are pretty darn cool-looking, too.

Often the “eco-reluctants” disavow products because of erroneous beliefs of higher cost or lackluster appeal. Fortunately, our innovators have turned the tide on these misconceptions and produced products that are both aesthetically pleasing and in-demand solutions. Below are a few of the brands and most interesting groups from the show that I expect we'll see a lot more of in the near future:

*  ARVA’s HypoSys Hybrid Lighting SystemTM (pictured above) is an “anywhere-anytime” street lamp that uses both solar and wind power to produce a 24-hour, zero-pollution, cool white light output. Without the mess of cables, this system is more than aesthetically pleasing, simultaneously bringing street lighting into the 21st century while creating permanent art installations.

*  Finally, the battery we all need, want and can feel good about! EcoAlkalinesTM Batteries are the world’s first certified carbon-neutral batteries that use no mercury, lead, or cadmium, making them landfill safe. The patent on EcoAlkalines’s leak-resistant technology means you can store them for up to five years without the batteries losing their charge. Head to Walgreens on Earth Day 2013 for the U.S. launch of these eco-energizing, guilt-free batteries.

*  One of the most attractive displays at GreenBuild 2012 encapsulated the “rethink” around products: refurbish your old furniture rather than just recycling or buying new. Overnight, Davies Office Refurbishing disassembles your weathered workstations and installs pristine office furnishings without disrupting the workday. These refurbished desks, filing cabinets and dividers cut carbon footprints and refresh the office look and feel using only non-toxic paints and veneers.

*  The “little guy with a big idea” is encouraged to participate and compete in the world’s largest cleantech accelerator, The Cleantech Open. Founded by Silicon Valley leaders in 2006, this competition is designed for new products addressing our energy, environmental and economic challenges. Perhaps inspired by Occam’s Razor, the principle to seek simple explanations first, the winners of the CleanTech Open’s 2011 Energy Efficiency Challenge designed a simple-yet-efficient alternative to window upgrades. With a pop-in, precise-measurement design, Indow® Windows are easy-to-install, affordable, thermal window inserts that cut heating and cooling costs while preserving historic beauty, as well as reducing condensation and noise, simply.


Image credit: Nurazzo

Nurazzo creates a stunning assortment of eco-friendly, terrazo floor tiles made from recycled glass, shells or marble chips. Nurazzo also contributes to LEED projects and comes with an impressive 20-year warranty.

*  Gone are the days of unhealthy, moldy, and musty office environments, thanks to wall panels from Saint-Gobain ADFORS that guarantee 10 years of air sanitation and neutralization of 70% of harmful aldehydes. Novelio® CleanAir and Novelio® Mold-X panels filter the air while you work. No energy, no noise, no maintenance. 

*  The non-profit The Heartland Coalition owns and manages what might become the next hottest carmaker, Carrera CoachWerks. Located just outside of San Diego, CA, Carrera is researching and testing electric motor and hybrid options for its must-have sporty and classic models.   

*  How to create permanent permeability? Xeripave Pervious Pavers create permeable, yet sturdy paved surfaces. Using its pollutant-filtration system, Xeripaved surfaces capture rainwater runoff for general water reuse and maximize clean water delivery to tree roots.


Image credit: Xeripave

*  We can probably count on many more green building and sustainable products from our blond cousins in Northern Europe in the coming years. Nordic Built is a consortium started by the Ministers of Trade and Industry in the Nordic countries. Their goals are to promote innovation and knowledge for a sustainable built environment through showcases and competitions across the Nordic countries. Principles include aesthetically pleasing products that merge urban living with nature, zero-emissions lifecycles, and innovation founded on transparent collaboration across borders and disciplines. 

Using "A Fun Approach to a Serious Problem" to save rhinos and elephants from being poached to extinction, Valerie launched the Save A Horny Friend Foundation to promote biodiversity and combat poaching.  

With a Master of Science in Evolutionary Biology… [Read more about Valerie Kosheleff]

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