The Greening of the Nevada Prison System project is a pilot program that intends to develop sources of woody biomass feedstocks for conversion into biofuels, biopower, and biobased products through a comprehensive program that advances the use of fast growing trees in enriched soil conditions along with better forest/woodlot management. The economics of this integrated system are enhanced by innovative production systems, low cost labor including prison inmates, and creative technologies such as remineralization.
Bill Holmberg, our ally since the 80’s, most long-standing board director and our man in Washington, D.C., was just feted by friends and policy makers on July 16 with the theme An Officer, A Gentleman, and A Hero. His 80th birthday marks a lifetime of continuing accomplishments on behalf of sustainable energy and the environment.
Judy RoylanceFairmont, West Virginia
An Apple Tree Story
Once upon a time, on a farm not too far away and not very long ago, there were five very old apple trees. Sadly, they had no apples. They had not had any apples for many years; no one knows how many. One tree was very tall; one was very wide; three were dwarfs. The first dwarf tree stood next to a forsythia bush which was too tired to put out any yellow flowers in April. The second dwarf tree would have had a lovely shape if it had had anyone to prune the suckering branches. The third dwarf tree stood near the hayfield and was very unhappy indeed.
The fast growing popularity of the soil remineralizing SEER Rockdust has spread across the North Sea to Sweden.
U.S. House of Representatives
Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue SE
Thursday - July 31, 2008
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Through the invitation of Bill Holmberg at ACORE, RTE has the honor of being featured at the ACORE booth of the Sustainable Energy Expo of the Sustainable Energy Coalition. ACORE will be one of 30 exhibits at the event.
On July 31, the Sustainable Energy Coalition - in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses - will host the 11th annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum.
This year's EXPO will bring together more than three dozen businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations to showcase the status and near-term potential of the cross-section of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. A morning news conference will feature Members of the U.S. Congress while afternoon speakers will discuss the role sustainable energy technologies can play in meeting America's energy needs.
As Congress, the Administration, the business community, environmental advocates, and American voters search for options to address ever-higher energy prices, increased reliance on energy imports, and the potential threat posed by rising levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the EXPO will help address the role that sustainable energy technologies might play. This will include not only the technical aspects of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies but also related issues such as economics, jobs potential, environmental benefits, current and near-term market potential, model programs in the public and private sectors, institutional and legal barriers, etc.
The EXPO is free, open to the public, and no RSVPs are required.
We are pleased to announce that Lars Angstrom, former member of the Swedish Parliament for eight years, has joined us as the RTE Coordinator for Sweden. Lars and his wife have arranged seminars and lectures on remineralization of soils and and they distribute SEER's Rockdust through their own website and through retailers across Sweden. The demand and interest has been tremendous and within less than a year they have distributed 52 tons of SEER's Rockdust to many hundreds of people. The results in their own garden and their customers' gardens speak for itself. Check out the photos at their website and their blog, which is coming soon.
While many socio-ecological problems have worsened over these 30 years, it appears that
While many socio-ecological problems have worsened over these 30 years, it appears that an ever higher percentage of our 6.6 billion population is waking up to the need to transform our ways of living, to truly go “green,” to make peace with the Earth and ourselves, to end the “war on Terra.” This Terra, the beautiful living Earth of which we are an essential part, needs each of us to become conscious contributors to personal/planetary healing. You are needed and invited and welcomed! Here are some views from my perspective as a health-oriented ecologist and organic grower.
Int'l Coordinators Taking Leaps and Bounds
Within the next month at our website, our International Coordinators will have their own blogs in their languages as well as English and will be complete with lots of photos and video clips.
As a preview, have a look at the following updates, photos and videos from our International Coordinators:
Timo Ter Voort, our coordinator in Holland, has a stunning video in English about the product he has created in Holland called Living Foods’ Sea Minerals (Zeemineralen).
Living Foods grows remineralized foods such as the wheatgrass shown in these photos.
Niklas Fred from Finland has recently sent an initiative to the Helsinki University faculty of Forestry and Agriculture to do a Finnish research project on the effects and use of rockdust. He shared, "The initial answer was very positive" and that he is waiting to hear back "with a very positive feeling." For now he says that he is "just waiting for the upcoming season to see the changes...[from] the rockdust...[he] applied last year."
Alberto Machado of Brazil has a wonderfully informative video in Portuguese about the application of rock dust and the results there. This is worth a look even if you don’t understand Portuguese for the beautiful images of rock dust applications and results.
These photos display a Brazilian landscape before, during and after remineralization.
In Mexico, Ing Bernardo Castro is co-facilitating the III Taller Internacional de Agricultura Organica, or the 3rd International Conference on Organic Agriculture, where people from various countries will gather to learn about using accessible, low-tech solutions for healthy, organic agriculture practices. Ing. Bernardo Castro will be leading several workshops on rockdust as a highly viable alternative to chemical fertilizers highlighting its effective applications to increase soil fertility and vibrancy.