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Energy Sort Game

Recently, we had to develop a game for one of our journalism classes. The game we created teaches you about how energy is currently consumed in the USA, the price of energy types and the effects of various energy sorts on the environment. The game features the likeness of Al Gore, Donald Trump and Mother Nature.

Please play our game by clicking the link below, and leave comments about what you liked or did not like about Energy Sort.

Thanks!

Energy Sort Game

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Air Force bases booming with green biz

SACRAMENTO – As military bases close because of realignment, many are becoming nothing more than wastelands and Superfund sites. But not in northern California. McClellan. Mather. George. Castle. March. All names with a military past and all on the EPA’s radar to clean what was left behind after years of government service. But the good news is green news, as in the former Air Force bases becoming magnets for green business. Especially true with McClellan, where everything from solar panels to net-energy housing to newspaper recycling has become part of a once-busy landscape filled with aircraft and the machines of the military. This is certainly great news for Northern Nevada too, as the economy begins ramp up and investment money thaws. See the article at http://www.af.mil/news/story_print.asp?id=123192413

Entrepreneur and Small Business Expo March 12

RENO – Ready to pull the trigger on that new green business idea? Contrary to what the biz pages may indicate, tough times can be good times for starting new ventures. And one of the “must attend” events for budding business owners will take place at the Atlantis on Friday, March 12, 2010 – the Entrepreneur and Small Business Expo is free and open to the public. Dozens of vendors will be waiting for you, ready to dole out advice and optimism. Whether or not your business idea is based in environmental or green, many of the necessary hurdles will be waiting to help you climb over and get up and running. Hey, it’s free!!! For more info, go to www.ncetexpo.com or www.eweeknevada.com.

UNR’s Bonnefant says foreclosure cycle key to recovery

On one of many weekend morning talk radio programs, UNR’s Brian Bonnefant (who is with the Business Services Group) kind of told it like it is with regards to Northern Nevada’s economic turnaround: clear out the glut of foreclosed and existing homes. That, said Bonnefant, will allow the construction industry to fire up their hammers and get to work. He said that basically the area is getting hammered – or not, pun intended – because the average home price dropped from $350k to $179k today. Along with all the unemployment, that left a lot of upside-down folks walking away from their mortgages – that led to a 40 percent loss in construction jobs and people getting denied loans.

Many homes on the market are new homes – environmentally updated and ready to go – but few takers. Many published articles seem to suggest that the more environmentally “green” a home is, the better the chance it may have with buyers. Any opinions on that?

As for Californians coming across the border and screwing everything up? Don’t worry, Bonnefant said, they’ll come when the prices go back up – not now. And that’s good, because someone needs to buy the glut of homes on the Nevada side of the down market. “We need to get through the foreclosure cycle first,” said Bonnefant.

As for jobs? He stated on the AM talker that 44 percent of businesses surveyed in the Reno are will likely be hiring within the next 12 months. How’s that for optimism?

Northern Nevada Environmental Professionals meet

Anyone interested in the environment and northern Nevada should think about attending the Northern Nevada Environmental Professionals meeting at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. Meeting locations are on a to-be-determined basis. To find out more, call Ty Whitaker at 828-1991.