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November 26, 2008

Printed as part of the Fresh Sheet in the Spokesman Review - Nov. 26, 2008
by Lorie Hutson

Fifteen years ago, owners Marcia and William Bond opened the doors to Luna on the day after Thanksgiving. Much has changed since.

The South Hill restaurant has expanded its footprint. Artisan breads are now baked on site at Bouzies Bakery (and delivered around town). Morning pastries and coffee have been added to the menu. Herbs, fruit and veggies are grown on site, kitchen scraps are composted, LED lighting is used and the staff tries to find ingredients as close to home as possible.

Soon, the restaurant will have a license for retail wine sales from its cellar, which has been recognized for its excellence by Wine Spectator magazine.

At least one thing is the same for the Bonds. "They want us to treat every single person who comes in here as they would a guest in their home," says Jessica Collins, who manages front-of-the-house operations at the restaurant. Learn more...

November 13, 2008

Biodiesel industry revs up
Local companies will use new, recycled oil

Jeff Bennett of Spokane County Biodiesel grinds off a spot weld on a locking ring atop a waste vegetable oil collection barrel Wednesday in Spokane Valley. The Spokesman-Review (DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review )

Pia Hallenberg Christensen
Staff writer
November 13, 2008

A biodiesel plant under construction for the past couple of years in Odessa, west of Spokane, is up and running.

Inland Empire Oilseeds produced its first 15,000-gallon batch of biodiesel last weekend.

"Hopefully by the end of this run we'll have 30,000 gallons of oil," said general manager Steve Starr.

Producers usually make canola biodiesel by pressing seeds. But Empire Oilseeds' first batch is converted canola oil, which arrives by railcar. Learn more...

October 21, 2008

Tom Sowa
Staff writer - Spokesman Review
October 21, 2008

For more than a decade venture capitalist Tom Simpson has been studying and evaluating companies from the outside, deciding if they’re candidates for investment.

But this year, Simpson, managing partner of Spokane VC firm Northwest Venture Associates, made the swing from financial tracker to company starter.

The company is Greencupboards.com, launched recently and now trying to market itself as the go-to site for consumers looking for guidance on green products. Learn more...

October 19, 2008

By Mike Prager - Staff Writer
Spokesman Review
October 19, 2008

When the SpokeFest organization held its first community bicycle ride in September, 1,255 people showed up. More than 900 people signed up for the first Bike to Work week in Spokane last May.

That apparent two-wheel zeal has a group called SmartRoutes angling for a share of a potential $5 billion federal fund to boost non-motorized transportation – otherwise known as walking and bicycling – for Spokane.

SmartRoutes' partners, which include the Spokane Regional Health District, business interests, activists and public officials, believe that promoting walking and biking can help reduce congestion and energy consumption, while shrinking waistlines. Learn more...

October 1, 2008

Mike Prager
Staff writer - Spokesman Review
October 1, 2008

The view from the catwalk on top of Spokane’s two new egg-shaped sewer digesters offers a panoramic view of the Spokane River.

More than 100 feet below lies a honeycomb of pipes, pumps and valves – the guts of a $45 million investment in the Spokane area’s wastewater treatment system.

The steel-walled digesters replace treatment capacity lost in the 2004 catastrophic collapse that claimed the life of sewer maintenance worker Mike Cmos.

They are 89 feet in diameter, hold 2.8 million gallons each and have a gray-green exterior to blend with the environment. The digesters use bacteria to process sludge into fertilizer. Learn more...

September 13, 2008

State law will pay companies to process, transport discards
Tom Sowa
Staff writer
September 13, 2008
Starting Jan. 1, Washington residents will no longer need to pay a recycler to take old computers and TVs off their hands.

Instead, a new state e-waste reduction law that takes effect that day will pay recyclers to handle and transport electronic components to processors, who will break them down for reuse.

Once the program begins, the largest Spokane recycler will be Spokane's Goodwill Industries. The nonprofit has for years accepted electronic products at its four Spokane stores and at seven other county drop-off sites.

Goodwill has repaired or refurbished the items with value, and the rest have been hauled off to landfills or the regional Waste-to-Energy Plant.

Come January, Goodwill Industries will accept all TVs, PCs, laptops and monitors and transport them to any of three approved processors. Learn more...

December 10, 2007

Spokane, Washington using clean-running hybrid buses. In January of 2008, the Spokane Transit Authority, STA, began running three hybrid buses. In twelve years, the buses will produce 352 fewer tons of carbon emissions than fully diesel buses. Learn more...

April 1, 2007

Eco Depot has what you need to build green. Renewable energy sources? They've got it. New materials made from recycled materials? They got it. Beauty and Function - that's Eco Depot.

Eco Depot is located in Spokane, Washington. Their products can be seen in the Saranac Hotel Project, 25 W. Main, Spokane, WA.

The following story was printed in the Spokesman Review on March 6, 2007.

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March 1, 2007

Tango, an electric car that is 39 inches wide and 8 1/2 feet long. Goes 0 to 60 in 4 seconds and up to 120 mph. The price tag? A mere $108,000 for the higher end model. Learn more...

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