Naturally Boulder Days — a conference for greenie entrepreneurs and an opportunity to fortify Boulder’s cachet as the center of all things natural and organic — kicks off Wednesday.
Alicia Wallace, Daily Camera business writer, wrote an in-depth piece about the history (and future hopes) of conference organizers in Monday’s paper:
In 2005, some people in this hometown of some famous herbal tea, bread, milk (organic and soy), sparkling beverage … you name it, wanted to nourish not only what was born here, but what also could come.
Through the city of Boulder’s Economic Vitality arm, the Naturally Products Task Force was created. Its mission: to spur innovation in the natural products industry, to help local companies grow, to keep those companies here and to build the “Boulder brand.”
One project spurred by the task force was the launch of an event that epitomized the charge.
That event — Naturally Boulder Days, which begins on Wednesday — is now in its fifth year.
“We are like a breeding ground for this new economy, and it’s really important to nurture this,” said Steve Hoffman, president of Naturally Boulder “We’re one of the nurseries of this economy.”
Turns out that while the federal “Cash for Clunkers” program may be a great economic stimulus for hurting car dealerships — it’s not a great way (or at least not a cheap way) to cut the nation’s carbon footprint.
This is from the New York Times blog Green Inc.:
“The program is really not cost effective as a climate policy,” said Michael Wara, who is an assistant professor at Stanford Law School and a faculty fellow at the university’s program on energy and sustainable development. “It might be a great economic stimulus — we’re selling a lot of cars — but this is not the way to deal with mobile sources of climate change.”
Mr. Wara found that the program cost between $200 to $400 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions avoided, and Mr. Knittel’s estimates went up to $500 per ton. By contrast, the climate bill recently passed in the House of Representatives would result in a $28 per ton carbon price in 2020, according to analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
Read Green Inc.’s full post on the high carbon cost of the “Clunkers” program, or read a story by Alicia Wallace in the Daily Camera about how the program is giving a boost to Boulder County car dealers. Check out the government’s cash-for-clunkers Web page for more information about the program, officially called the Car Allowance Rebate System, or CARS.