My 5: Louis Hayner, CSO, Alteva

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Louis Hayner, Chief Sales Officer for Alteva, responded to our favorite question for the folks we interview. Alteva provides hosted unified communications to businesses. Following is Hayner’s response.

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to protect the planet?

* Implement Hosted Technologies.

When a customer chooses a hosted vs. premise-based phone solution for its communications, they contribute to an overall reduction in resources and costs of power and cooling by up to 84 percent. By reducing energy consumption, they reduce the carbon dioxide gas emissions produced as a byproduct of generating electricity.

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GE Requests Stimulus Funds for Advanced Batteries – and Green Collar Jobs

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General Electric’s proposed $100 million battery manufacturing facility was probably just the kind of project President Obama had in mind when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) passed in February.

If funded, GE’s sodium-battery producing facility will create 350 new green-collar jobs. The facility is to be built at a still-to-be-determined location in upstate New York. These batteries will power hybrid locomotives, mining trucks, and tugboats. They will also provide back-up power for stationary applications like telecom, which needs an uninterrupted power supply…

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Donate Your Cell Phone

November 14, 2008 by  
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Do a quick online search for places to donate your old cell phone, and soon your head will be spinning with choices.

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What to Do with Your Old Cell Phone

November 13, 2008 by  
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How often do you buy a new cellphone? With the latest options to choose from (Smart Phones, iPhones, Blackberries, Treos, and more), 18 months with the same cell begins to feel like a long-term relationship. But when you fall in love with your new phone, what do you do with the old one? Cast it off like a spurned lover? Or tuck it away like a memory you can’t let go of, but don’t quite want to revisit?

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Part 4: Safety Tips for Battery Recycling

November 12, 2008 by  
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Collecting batteries for recycling doesn’t mean just dumping them together into a box or a pail. Careless handling of batteries — spent or not — can lead to disastrous consequences. As you gather household batteries for recycling, follow these simple steps.

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Part 3: Finding a Battery Recycler

November 11, 2008 by  
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Finding a battery recycling center sometimes feels like looking for Waldo in a crowd wearing red-and-white striped sweaters. In most cities and towns, there are recycling centers that accept almost everything. But battery recyclers are elusive.

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Part 2: The Inside Scoop on Batteries

November 10, 2008 by  
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Batteries are kind of mystifying to me. My flashlight does nothing until I put a battery inside. Then, suddenly, there’s light. The same is true of my digital camera. No battery, no picture. And my watch? Without a battery, time stands still. The magic doesn’t happen until I put in just the right battery in just the right way. But how? What allows a battery to give “life” to inanimate objects?

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Part 1: Much Ado about Batteries

November 9, 2008 by  
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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans use billions of batteries every year. That’s Billions, with a B. We buy them, use them, and throw them away. Buy, use, throw. Buy, use, throw… Sounds like a bad habit.

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