Green tech finds (12/23/10)

Because green tech never takes a holiday… your finds for the week.

  • Biodegradable Styrofoam: Styrofoam is a great insulating material… but is made from a nasty chemical mix that doesn’t break down. AeroClay blends milk proteins and clay to create the insulation benefits of Styrofoam (along with strength and light weight) without the waste impact. (via Springwise)

  • Are wind turbines good for crops? Preliminary research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory suggest that might be the case… see the video above. (via GreenTech Pastures)

  • How a paper mill creates energy: By burning non-recyclable biomass — Cincinnati’s SMART Papers has been recognized for shifting its cogeneration plant away from coal towards more renewable resources.

  • Shelter captures solar energy and rainwater: The Alternative Consumer takes note of designer Mostafa Bonakdar‘s concept for a shelter (say, for bus stops) with a drinking fountain fed by solar-purified rain water. (via Treehugger and @3blnow)

  • What’s the value of a tree? i-Tree, a software suite from the US Forest Service, calculates the economic benefit living trees create in urban environments. (via gizmag)

  • Carbon footprinting ad campaigns: Envido’s new CarbonTrack tool allows advertisers to track the carbon emissions of their campaigns (via TriplePundit)

  • What’s the Internet’s environmental impact? An infographic at Cleantechnica shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of the relationship between the Internet and the environment.

Hopefully you’re taking some time off rather than surfing, but if you’ve got a good green tech find from the week, let us know about it…