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Tennessee environmental officials will make a decision today that some say has implications not only for Chattanooga, but for anyone living south along the Tennessee River.

Eco-friendly soap and beauty products that are made with natural ingredients and packaged in recycled materials.

Rick Strickland, owner of Preferred Cleaners, said the eco-friendly Rynex solvent he uses is non-carcinogenic, biodegradable and has a low toxicity, unlike traditional solvents long used in the industry. In addition to the solvents being easy on the Earth, a special machine is able to reclaim 99 percent of the solvent used.

* What: Shaw Green Edge platform — an eco-friendly initiative the business has undertaken that encompasses its companywide sustainability efforts, which include 150 to 200 projects, products and processes.

Owner Larry Hopper said it’s not just about going into an industry that is environmentally friendly, but by making an environmentally friendly product to go along with the industry. All stair towers are made from 100 percent recyclable aluminum or steel.

Chattanooga and Tennessee may be on the front edge of the plug-in electric car movement, but are we ready?

Business groups make pitches on energy legislation

Energy package faces calendar deadline

The leaders of Chattanooga’s growing clean energy industry urged U.S. senators this week to give them a boost by adopting legislation that sets a price on heat-trapping carbon emissions and offers help for alternative energy sources.

Last year was the second warmest on record for the planet, and this year is now on par to be the planet’s hottest, according to climatologists.

What: A recreational vehicle dealer in Hixson has begun selling “green” Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels, which officials say are lighter and have less of an impact on the environment during the manufacturing process than comparable “nongreen” trailers.

Before the city’s Brownfield Job Training program, Dee Craig made $7.25 an hour stacking cardboard cutouts for a local poster company.

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