India's Punjab state is poised to enter into a memorandum of understanding with a consortium made up of Beta Renewables, Novozymes and CVC India Infrastructure to develop a cellulosic ethanol plant worth an estimated $154 million. The proposed plant would use paddy straw to produce ethanol, biogas, pellets and compost. If successful, the proposed biorefinery would be followed by five more.
Boulder, Colo.-based coffee wholesaler Conscious Coffees promotes sustainable practices and pays growers more than the fair trade price of $1.61 a pound. Mel Evans-Glenn, co-owner with husband Mark Evans, delivers coffee via bicycle to restaurants and Whole Foods Markets.
In his new book, "Confessions of a Radical Industrialist," Ray Anderson pushes businesses to take from the planet only that which the planet can replace. His company -- Interface, which produces modular carpets -- has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 82% and fossil fuel use by 60% while increasing sales by two-thirds.
Baltimore's 1,000 Friends of Maryland is offering to push for measures that would keep farmers profitable in an effort to combat sprawl. Environmental groups often have a contentious relationship with farmers, but if farms don't make money, their owners have no incentive to stave off development.
A dog park in Ithaca, N.Y., has become a composting park for dogs' waste. People put the waste in corn-based bags available at the park and toss it into a bin that a company dumps -- and keeps separate from food-waste compost. The company, Cayuga Compost, is still figuring out what to do with the compost.