The 2014 Green Colleges Guide is Here!

All-Natural Fertilizer Pods

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Launches New Biodegradable Coffee Bags as Part of “Clear and Green” Campaign

All You Need Is Less

Central Park Conservancy's Mother's Day Gifts from the Heart

Truett-Hurst, Inc. Announces Supply Agreement with Ecologic Brands for PaperBoy Wine Bottles

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The 2014 Green Colleges Guide is Here!

The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges profiles 330 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The guide is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges.

To produce this book the editors at the Princeton Review partnered with the United States Green Building Council, an outstanding national nonprofit organization best-known for developing the LEED green building certification program. In 2010, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed, and operated.

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All-Natural Fertilizer Pods

Vegalab is a global leader in formulating and manufacturing environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability. Their unyielding commitment to produce eco-safe, all natural products that are based on years biological research and patented technology have positioned the company and its Vegalab and SUPREME GROWERS® brands for rapid growth and advancement. The results are breakthrough products that increase productivity, decrease residue in crops, decrease waste and reduces the chemical footprint on the land. Vegalab is an agricultural destination for responsible solutions for farming, landscaping, gardening, and home horticulture.

Making their debut this spring:  SUPREME GROWERS® Home Gardening Kits that contain super concentrated fertilizers in powder form that are individually packaged pods (similar to a sugar packet). Each 5 gram pod yields a gallon of fertilizer by just adding water. The SUPREME GROWERS® fertilizer pods will revolutionize home gardening: no fillers, no bulky packaging, no synthetic chemicals – that’s the power of pods!

New gardeners will be attracted to the all-inclusive kits because of the vibrant packaging and ease of use and experienced gardeners will recognize the naturally powerful ingredients: mycorrhizae, kelp, fungi and beneficial bacteria. The kits include OMRI listed pods which comply with organic standards. There are two kits to choice from: All Purpose Kit to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers, and the Herb & Leafy Greens Kit. Both kits include a proprietary 3-Step System that takes the guess work out of gardening and delivers fast results, the safe and natural way.

Professional farmers and landscapers all over the world use Vegalab products to grow an array of crops and vegetation. “We wanted to tap into a new market and find a way to make our natural and highly effective products accessible to the home gardener. We’ve taken the secrets of professional growers and created an easy-to-use 3 step system which includes our super concentrated fertilizers that are packaged in convenient little pods that deliver big results,” said Jill Duggan, Vegalab CEO.

SUPREME GROWERS® eco-friendly products are made in the USA and contain natural ingredients that are good for year round, indoor and outdoor use. They are formulated to provide the same high level quality results that commercial farmers are already enjoying in a way that’s scaled for the everyday consumer.

SUPREME GROWERS® Home Gardening Kits will be exclusively distributed by Plastec Products, a leading gardening accessory supplier with a 25 year history of gardening innovation. This partnership will support SUPREME GROWERS’® aim to create a new standard of all-natural home gardening with its innovative fertilizer pods and specialized gardening kits.

“Our customers have always trusted us to bring them high quality and innovative products at a fair price, and in an environmentally friendly way. That’s why we’re so proud and excited to include the new line of SUPREME GROWERS® products that are safe, natural, innovative and effective!” said Susan Yeager, Plastec’s Vice President. “It completes a line of products that bring the consumer ways to grow and decorate with plants, as well as to bring nutritious plants to the table.”

“With the help of Plastec Products, we will quickly bring our new line of SUPREME GROWERS® Home Gardening Kits to market,” said Jill Duggan, Vegalab CEO.  www.vegalab.com

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Launches New Biodegradable Coffee Bags as Part of “Clear and Green” Campaign

In celebration of Earth Day, specialty coffee retailer, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, announced its participation in the first ever “Clear and Green” campaign, aimed at providing transparency about where products originate and how they are produced. The campaign, hosted by ProductBio, is working with local businesses in La Jolla to help educate them on eco-friendly practices and green initiatives.

In addition to ongoing sustainability practices, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters earlier this month launched its new biodegradable coffee bag. The bags were engineered to biodegrade once they come in contact with microbes found in soil and water, including those found in backyard composts and landfills. And important to Bird Rock’s location, the bags will degrade in both salt and fresh water. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is the only coffee vendor in San Diego utilizing these bags, and they expect to distribute more than 20,000 this year.

“We had wanted to shift to a sealed bag, but every other sealable bag on the market does not biodegrade and is rarely even compostable,” said Chuck Patton, owner of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. “This was the only solution for us that will help us maintain the coffee’s freshness and vibrancy and align with our environmentally responsible ethos.”

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters partnership with ProductBio further amplifies its influence on a local level as it continues to demonstrate global influence and leadership in direct trade practices, a step beyond fair trade especially in regards to increased economic benefit to farmers. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters focuses its sustainability efforts in several areas, including: cultivation, roasting, packaging, usage, and disposal.

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters cultivation practices are comprised of direct trade sourcing with farmers from all over the world, and investing in those farms to help develop and cultivate sustainable farming practices.

  • The coffee beans are roasted using only energy efficient roasters and afterburners.

  • Coffee packaging is sustainable, biodegradable, and recyclable.

  • Bird Rock Coffee Roasters’ cafe maintains efficient water usage, provides only sustainable paper products, supports its local community and sponsors global non-profits in the coffee growing communities.

  • Ensures all disposable products, from cups to waste, are recycled appropriately.

“Bird Rock Coffee Roasters has a responsibility to set a strong example to our neighboring business community about conducting sustainable practices,” said Chuck Patton, owner of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. “We care about our community and want our customers to know where their coffee is coming from. We’re proud to work with ProductBio to share our experience to help encourage other businesses in the area to do the same.” For more information, please visit www.birdrockcoffee.com.

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All You Need Is Less

By Madeleine Somerville

"Funny, honest, eloquent, non judgmental and practical... what else could we want from a book on eco-friendly living?"- Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home

"Madeleine Somerville effortlessly blends fresh ideas with a delicious sense of humour to create eco-friendly tips you'll actually want to read. Seen through her lens, living a green life becomes not only attainable, but irresistible, too." - Eden Godsoe, Founder and CEO of SkinnyScoop.com

All You Need is Less: The Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity explains how to realistically adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. Madeleine Somerville's first book is full of original—and fun!—ideas on how to save money and the planet. Somerville has emerged as the voice of reason on urban homesteading that is stress-free, sanity-based and above all, doable. Learn how to recycle, reuse, and most importantly reduce with tips from All You Need is Less.  The guide has already been featured on Food Network's website, quoting Somerville on the best ways to reduce waste and shop locally.

Madeleine Somerville adores writing in all its incarnations, and has a popular blog at SweetMadeleine.ca.  She has a B.A. in sociology and became an unrepentant, tree-hugging hippie after moving to British Columbia eight years ago. She lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband, Adam, her baby girl, Olive, and their dog, Gus.


Central Park Conservancy's Mother's Day
Gifts from the Heart

This Mother's Day, you can give mom gifts that are unique and everlasting with the following gift ideas from Central Park Conservancy. In doing so, you will help support the Conservancy, a not-for profit organization that manages the Park year after year.

For the Gardener: The annual blossoming of Central Park's beautiful daffodils and tulips mark the arrival of spring in New York. Express the never-ending love you have for your mom by planting flowers in Central Park that will continue to bloom every year. With a minimum donation of $50, the Conservancy will place either plant in one of the Park's flower beds so your mom (and millions of annual park visitors) can stroll through the Park each spring and be reminded of the special gift you gave her. Your mother will also receive an e-card with your own personalized note, letting her know that the flowers were donated and planted in her name. $50.00 minimum donation

For the Sentimentalist: Give your mother the gift of tranquility by dedication a Central Park bench in her honor. Your mother will be able to enjoy the bench as a special haven where she can be alone with her thoughts, or enjoy her favorite book while being surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of the Park. Most benches can be adopted for $7,500; contributions of $25,000 are recognized with a plaque on a handmade rustic bench in the perfect spot chosen by you. This meaningful and charitable gift is the perfect present for your mother who loves to give back. $7,5000.00

For the Nature Lover: This Mother's Day, select your mom's favorite spot in Central Park to endow and dedicate a tree. A beautiful granite paving stone with your inscription will be placed in her honor on Literary Walk, mid-park at 66th street. You and your mother can enjoy this exclusive and extremely charitable gift together each time you visit and enjoy all the nature that surrounds you in Central Park. $500 Sapling; $5,000.00 Mature tree 

For the Decorator:  This May, show your mom how much you appreciate all the love and comfort she has given you through the years by giving her this cozy heirloom quality Large Hand Embroidered Pillow. For years to come, your mom will enjoy this decorative and collectible pillow. The pillow takes one week to embroider. The cover is 100% cotton, has a down-like poly insert, and a three-button closure with dimensions of 20"x20". $149.99

For the Social Butterfly:  Gift your mom membership to the Central Park Conservancy  – she can enjoy our events, tours, programs, and benefits all year long! Member benefits range from discounts to select restaurants, spas, and cultural institutions to members-only invitations at exclusive Central Park events.

For more information, visit www.centralparknyc.org/member


Truett-Hurst, Inc. Announces Supply Agreement with Ecologic Brands for PaperBoy Wine Bottles

Truett-Hurst, Inc., a recognized leader of innovative super-premium, ultra-premium and luxury wine, today announced earlier this month that it completed a general supply agreement with Ecologic Brands, Inc. ("Ecologic") to produce paper bottles for the groundbreaking PaperBoy brand. Ecologic Brands has been recognized for making America's first recycled paper bottles offering consumers a choice in packaging beyond plastic or glass.

Building upon its growth strategy, Truett-Hurst's three-year supply agreement (with a potential two year extension) with Ecologic demonstrates the progress the company has made in developing its downstream manufacturing supply channels over the past year. Ecologic's 60,000 square foot facility in Manteca, California will enable the company to meet the increased demand for PaperBoy wine while providing greater management and transportation efficiencies. PaperBoy recyclable wine bottles are made from compressed recycled cardboard formed into the shape of a standard Bordeaux wine bottle, are 85% lighter than traditional glass bottles and filled with appellation--based, super-premium wines sourced from the Mendocino and Paso Robles growing regions. PaperBoy is available in 45 states and has two offerings: a 2012 Paso Robles Red Blend (MSRP $14.99) and a 2012 Mendocino Chardonnay (MSRP $14.99).

Phillip L. Hurst, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Truett-Hurst, Inc., commented, "We are enthusiastic about the early sales and consumer pull for our PaperBoy brand. We have also been impressed with Ecologic's manufacturing approach and this agreement illustrates our confidence in their product and commitment to producing packaging produced locally. We believe this is an important step in solidifying the future for PaperBoy wine and we're excited to get this deal done with Ecologic."

Ecologic Brands CEO and Founder Julie Corbett commented, "We are excited about partnering with Truett-Hurst in growing the wine category through innovation. This is an important milestone that will drive Ecologic's mission of creating jobs and building a sustainable future with eco-friendly packaging designed and manufactured in California."

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