The Agropolis: Produce Grown On-Site
Created 11/18/2010 8:01:53 AM 
With the world heading towards a greener future, eating local is one practice is receiving a big push. Taking this eating local culture to a completely new level altogether is a team from the NSA Ames campus. This team of business professionals envisioned a do-it-yourself grocery store concept that grows the fruits and veggies on site.
Card Rewards Consumers for Buying Locally
Created 10/25/2010 9:09:58 AM 
Large businesses have extensive marketing tools at their disposal. One used extensively is the rewards card. They offer user-friendly incentives while precisely tracking buying habits. But because of the high technology costs associated with them, the benefits of the electronic rewards card hasn't yet infiltrated small business.
Tap Your Local Volcano for Renewable Energy
Created 10/14/2010 12:05:30 PM 
According to Wikipedia, a volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet's surface or crust, which allows hot magma, ash and gases to escape from below the surface. They are generally found where tectonic plates are diverging or converging. With more than 500 active volcanoes there surely must be plans to harness their power.
Go Green, Donate your Stuff and Save on Taxes
Created 9/16/2010 9:02:22 AM 
Whether you're replacing your office windows or swapping out your office furniture for something new, always check to see if there is a charity that needs your stuff. Not only do you get the satisfaction of knowing it's not just rotting away in the dump and increasing the load on our overcrowded landfills; but it's going to help local charities repair homes, furnish non-profit offices, and other tasks.
Back Yard Beekeeping
Created 8/23/2010 9:30:48 AM 
Many beekeepers have bee hives in their back yards. Some bees are even kept on city roof-tops. Bees can travel several miles to collect nectar and pollen, so they do not need flowering plants close by. Most suburbs have plenty of flowers, and bees can make a good crop of local honey.
Rooftop Organic Produce
Created 8/2/2010 11:23:13 AM 
A wave of innovators is developing profitable models for sustainable alternatives to industrial agriculture. These new entrepreneurs are developing breakthrough technologies, approaches and business models that can help create a post-industrial food system that is less resource intensive, more locally-based, and easier to monitor and control.
FoodHub: Connect Local Producers & Buyers
Created 7/21/2010 8:33:14 AM 
This growing season, Northwest food producers and food buyers will begin utilizing a new online resource that simplifies the process of making connections with each other. The website embraces new technology to bolster a regional food system, expand market channels, and bridge rural and urban economies.
Eco Scraps: Leftover Collection Business
Created 6/25/2010 8:45:42 AM 
Americans throw out nearly 30 million tons of food every year, and 90% of those come from supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores. Now a business collects leftover food from grocery stores and restaurants and turns it into valuable organic soil conditioner for sale at local nurseries.
iPhone Helps You Get Great Local Deals
Created 6/9/2010 8:31:52 AM 
While local is certainly a flexible term, the basic concept is simple: local stuff are produced as close to home as possible. Buying local supports a more sustainable food system because it goes beyond the methods used in goods production to include every step that brings them to your home.
Shop Globally but Bank Locally
Created 5/21/2010 8:45:50 AM 
 Do you think the local movement only applies to food? Think again. Community banks, like farmers markets, are smaller, localized versions of their too-big-to-fail counterparts. They’re equal parts neighborhood community center and full service lending institutions.

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