Early Briefing: Washington's Green Economy
This week we focus on companies big and small around the region that are staking their claims on the green economy.
* At its core, the business of climate change - at least the really big business of climate change - is an energy business. Many of the companies involved in that business are located here in our backyard, including AES, the Arlington energy giant that is pouring money into wind power and other alternative energy sources. There's Beltsville's SunEdison, a solar energy provider, and Gridpoint in Washington, a company that makes devices that allow utilities and consumers to control their electricity use. Read their stories here.
*At Honest Tea, executives weigh whether to sell their drinks in plastic or glass bottles. Glass can be recycled more often, but plastic weighs less, allowing more to be shipped at one time. See story.
* In his Federal Dairy, Steve Barr tells us about the Energy Department's attempt to build one of the most green buildings ever constructed by the federal government - the new National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. See story.
* Meet Jennifer Woofter, the Silver Spring sustainability coach that helps big and small companies become green. See story.
* At Marriott International, green has been an evolution, not a revolution. See story.
* Winchester's Trex is still trying to win converts to its composite decking products. See story.
* Local venture capitalists see risks in new energy and "cleantech" initiatives. See story.
* Jeffrey Abramson of Tower Cos. finds success in building green office buildings. See story.
November 26, 2007; 8:02 AM ET
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