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Posted: Monday, 15 February 2010 3:54PM

New Web Site Aims To Help Detroit Get Greener

Two entrepreneurs with significant experience in the energy industry have launched a new Web site they aim to make the headquarters for all things green in the Detroit area.

GreeningDetroit.com has been up only a month or so, said John Carlos Carvajal, one of the partners. And it's still looking for green businesses who want to become part of its dual mission of advertising and education.

The Web site features three main sections -- commercial and industrial buildings, green homes and "metro communities -- green news and more."

The commercial and industrial buildings section aims to attract power plant engineers, facilities engineers, property managers, building owners and investors. It features cutaway illustrations of both a commercial and an industrial building, with information on how energy efficiency can be improved through everything from roofs to heating systems to lighting. Contractors advertise in the particular sections of their expertise.

Similarly, the green homes section aims to attract homeowners and consumers simply interested in living a greener lifestyle. It also features a cutaway illustration of a home -- with energy saving tips for every room in the house, along with a directory of product and service providers who can help.

"We're looking for more vendors who want to get on board," Carvajal said Monday.
Carvajal’s partner in the venture is :Paul Ozment, a veteran power plant engineer.

The site also has an academic and educational mission. Part of the green news section is devoted to a listing of Michigan universities' green education and training programs. There's also a section for green student organizations.
Carvajal said he also wants to offer similar space to K-12 school districts, cities, counties and municipal organizations to display their green programs on the site. Listings for these nonprofits are free.

Carvajal is also boosting the Web site through efforts in the Birmingham school district, which his children attend. He's one of the leaders in an effort to build a small vertical-axis wind turbine -- made in Manistee by Mariah Power -- to Covington School. Construction on the wind turbine is scheduled to begin this week.

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1 comment:

john said...

Great opportunities for schools to be connected to something on the cutting edge.