Archive for August, 2011

Rachel Botsman speaks about collaborative consumption at HP Technology@work 2011

August 31st, 2011 by Rachel Botsman

Rachel Botsman, founder of CC Lab and author of “What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live“, speaks at the HP Technology@work 2011 post event about Collaborative Consumption – the future of innovation.

“Technology is going to enable collaboration, creativity, and connectivity in ways and on a scale that has never been possible before.”

“We are at the start of a transformation in our consumer economy that I believe is as big as the industrial revolution….”


Replicating nature by creating a zero waste circular economy

August 31st, 2011 by Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has produced this short video on why a circular economy will solve the problems our linear economy creates.

“In the living world there is no landfill.”

“Humans have adopted a linear approach.  We take, we make, and we dispose.”

“If we accept that the living world’s cyclical model works, can we change our way of thinking so that we can operate a circular economy?”

“What if the goods of today became the resources of tomorrow.”

“One solution may be to rethink the way we view ownership.”

“What if we designed products that came back to their makers?”

“The circular economy isn’t about one manufacturer changing one product.  It’s about all the interconnecting companies that form our infrastructure and economy coming together.”


Halloween quiz in aid of Guernsey Mind on 31 October 2011

August 31st, 2011 by Guernsey Mind

A Halloween quiz is taking place at the Wayside Cheer Hotel beginning at 7 pm on 31 October 2011 in support of Guernsey Mind, the Guernsey Association for Mental Health.

(please click on the image to download the PDF flyer)

The entrance fee is £10 per person and each team will have six people.  There will be a charity raffle and a price for the winning team.

For more information or to enter a team please email: susan.riseborough @


Guernsey wastewater network extension scheme commencing at L’Eree

August 31st, 2011 by Guernsey Water

GUERNSEY Water’s wastewater section has commenced a project to install a foul water pumping station and sewer along the L’Eree coast road.

These works are part of the overall Network Extension Programme (NEP), a long-term scheme which aims to connect as many Island properties (both domestic and commercial) onto the wastewater network (main drain) as possible. Continue reading

Free breakfast presentations to celebrate Guernsey’s Fairtrade status

August 29th, 2011 by Events

Guernsey gained recognition from the Fairtrade Foundation as a Fairtrade Island in March 2006. Now islanders are even bigger supporters of the principles of the Fairtrade movement.

(click on flyer to download PDF file)

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National Zero Waste Week runs from 5 to 11 September 2011

August 27th, 2011 by Events

This year’s Zero Waste Week takes place from 5 to 11 September.  The theme is ‘Reducing waste away from home.’

(click on the banner to go to the Zero Waste website)

There are many ways to reduce waste while away from home such as: Continue reading

Bacteria produce butanol, a superior biofuel to ethanol, directly from the cellulose in newspapers

August 26th, 2011 by Tulane University

Tulane University scientists have discovered a novel bacterial strain, dubbed “TU-103,” that can use paper to produce butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline.

They are currently experimenting with old editions of the Times Picayune newspaper with great success.

TU-103 is the first bacterial strain from nature that produces 
butanol directly from cellulose, an organic compound.

Tulane University has applied for a patent for a method to produce the biofuel butanol from organic material, a process developed by associate professor David Mullin, right, postdoctoral fellow Harshad Velankar, center, and undergraduate student Hailee Rask (click image to expand - photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Environment Department welcomes more Beachwatch volunteers for weekend of 17 and 18 September

August 26th, 2011 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

National Beachwatch Big Weekend takes place on 17 and 18 September 2011 when hundreds of Islanders will comb Guernsey beaches as part of the Marine Conservation Society survey, organised locally by the States of Guernsey Environment Department.

Volunteers in Herm have also signed up and will be cleaning up and recording the debris found on their island’s beaches.

Typical beach litter left by Guernsey residents. Litter collected from the sea shore at La Valette on 22 June 2009 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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Europcar offering electric car rental at three London Airports

August 26th, 2011 by Europcar

Europcar, Europe’s leading car hire service for leisure and business users, is the first UK rental provider to add the new Peugeot iOn to its fleet. These electric cars, which are available for hire at Europcar’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton Airport locations, will provide travellers heading into London with a congestion-charge-free option.

Europcar offers Peugeuot iOn electric car rental at three London Airports (click image to expand - image courtesy of Europcar)

This development follows the announcement of Europcar’s global partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen last October and responds to increasing demand for access to electric vehicles to rent. Continue reading

UK Government provides weak response to recommendations on reducing aviation emissions

August 25th, 2011 by WWF

A Flybe aircaft overhead (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

WWF expresses disappointment that the long-awaited UK Government response to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on their recommendations for reducing aviation emissions has shed little light on future aviation policy. Instead, their response focusses on what the UK Government might do rather than what they will do. Continue reading