The Week in Green: October 1-7, 2011

The Week in Green is a series that highlights green technology, building science and sustainability.


Installing the Vegetative Roof at Green & Main
Installing the vegetative roof at Green & Main.

The Des Moines Register featured an article on Green & Main’s vegetative roof initiative. “The Grass is Always Greener Up on the Roof” briefly discusses the lengthy process and partnership between the Green & Main pilot project and Roof Top Sedums, a Davenport company. Pictures, video and text of the event will be on Green & Main’s website in the coming days.

The National Academies through the National Research Council issued a report on biofuels in “Certain Biofuel Mandates Unlikely to be Met by 2022, Unless New Technologies, Policies Developed.” The report, requested by Congress, adds that reaching the current Renewal Fuel Standard by 2022 may actually “be an ineffective policy for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. [Achieving] this standard would likely increase federal budget outlays as well as have mixed economic and environmental effects.” Additional information may be found here.

Wallaces Farmer, in “World Food Prize to Mark 25th Anniversary,” notes that the international World Food Prize Symposium will be held this year in Des Moines at the Marriott Downtown Hotel. Attendees will include John Kufuor, former president of Ghana, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme and CEOs of ADM, Deere & Co., Dupont, Monsanto, Novozymes and Syngenta.

“Specific topics to be discussed in conversation sessions include the greening of agriculture, the role of the private sector in sustainable agriculture development, empowering youth leaders and entrepreneurs, the potential of women and girls in agriculture, improving efficiencies, the phosphate challenge, and enhancing communication and collaboration across all stakeholders.” Additional information may be found here.


— Jean Danielson is director of operations for Indigo Dawn. She likes to sit in Smokey Row Cafe and drink lots of Sumatra coffee with skim milk.


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