New Greenhouse Technology Emerging in Reno, Nevada, Thanks to Josh Smith

Joshua Smith from Reno, Nevada, is the founder of Modular Greenhouses and he brings to the forefront of science a new modular design and smart interface to greenhouses. His company’s product, in conjunction with pink glass could potentially generate enough a large reduction in energy costs associated with greenhouses. Scientists from the University of California at Santa Cruz published their work in the American Geophysical Union’s journal Earth’s Future. The pink panels are Wavelength Selective Photovoltaic Systems, which are made with a magenta luminescent dye. Plants are naturally sensitive to sunlight. Pink glass merely enhances this effect.

Recently, scientists discovered that using pink panels do not hinder growth; instead they make plants grow under better growing conditions. The panels have been tested on 20 different plant species, including tomatoes, cucumbers, lemons, limes, peppers, strawberries, and basil. Some thought the plants would grow more slowly with darker colored panels. The color is likened to being on Mars because plants are also sensitive to color. Joshua Smith is at the forefront of this progress which marks an incredible discovery, which is useful to the greenhouse industry, which has grown six times its size in the last 20 years. More than 9 million acres are used to grow food in greenhouses.

Greenhouses use a lot of energy to grow plants. Joshua Smith is trying to make this technology more accessible. Cornel University stats that the four acres they use to grow food uses at least 18 million kWh for heating and lighting every year. There is still work to be done on greenhouse sustainability. It is the goal of Josh Smith to gain significant market share by 2020. Greenhouses require temperature regulation, lighting, fans and water monitoring systems, which consume high quantities of electricity. Greenhouses often use solar panels to power the electricity in the greenhouse itself. With glass being painted pink, it saves power because it traps heat inside the greenhouse. Plants don’t use all visible light for photosynthesis. A barrier to establishing a greenhouse is often the cost of installing one with materials, along with the cost to use air conditioner inside the greenhouse.

Learn more about Josh Smith here: https://about.me/joshua-smith-reno

Waiakea Water Provides Clean Water to Poor Communities

Waiakea Water is a philanthropic company that has helped increase the access people have to clean drinking water. Lack of access to clean water is a serious problem that plagues many communities in Africa and throughout the world. Waiakea Water has partnered with a charity called Pump Aid to help poor communities gain access to clean water. Pump Aid has focused its efforts on Malawi, where dirty water is a contributor to one of the leading causes of death. The charity installs “Elephant Pumps;” an award winning and sustainable pump, ensuring that everyone in the village has access to clean water, saving lives as it decreases the men and women’s exposure to water-born illnesses.

The effect Waiakea Water and Pump Aid has had in Malawi is considerable. Pump Aid has provided clean water to 1.35 million people throughout Africa and to 487,600 people in Malawi alone. This has resulted in less malnutrition and exposure to water-bourn illnesses, more children in school, and more time for women to focus on other needs as they spend less time commuting to find clean water. Pump Aid has changed the lives of millions of people and Waiakea is extremely excited about and proud of the partnership.

Waiakea Water is unique in that it comes from a volcano in Hawaii. The water is filtered through the volcano, making it naturally alkaline and healthier to drink than most filtered waters. The bottles themselves are 100% recyclable and use 85% less energy to manufacture than most name brand water bottles. So not only is Waiakea Water one of the healthiest and most natural waters out there, the packaging is safe for the environment.

Founder Ryan Emmons didn’t stop there at making one of the healthiest and most eco-friendly water bottles. He wanted to include a philanthropic aspect to his new business. So he started his partnership with Pump Aid, a charity that has been incredibly successful in providing clean drinking waters to poor communities. For every bottle of Waiakea Water sold, Emmons ensures that a community gets 1 week of clean water.