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Soil Technology becomes an Audubon Lifestyles and ISC Platinum Member

Soil Technology ( and ) Soil Technology is the result of 6 years of college, 10 years in the citrus and avocado nursery business, and a ton of fertilizer and soil amendment mistakes.  Soil TechnologyAfter selling the nursery business in 1994 Soil Technology started out introducing Agriculture to new and innovative soil amendments like cross linked polymers, Endo mycorrhizae, biological inoculants, concentrated chelating agents, and an array of cutting edge products and fertility practices.  A joint venture in 1999 with the Ag Research Service in Salinas, California produced a disease suppressing, biological alternative to fungicides.  The innovation continues to this day.

With more than 35 years of combined fertility experience in Agriculture, Lowell De Long and Blaine Vice decided to bring that experience to the landscape industry in 2010.  Using state-of-the-art injector technology and cutting edge product development, they bring a level of fertility management rarely seen in the industry.  Based in San Diego, California, Blaine and Lowell are determined to make positive changes in the landscaping world of the West.

By joining as a Platinum Member, Soil Technology has joined the growing network of businesses, municipalities, non-profits and others who are actively showing their support of Audubon Lifestyles and The International Sustainability.  Audubon Lifestyles Platinum Membership was created to help foster sustainability by working with, and providing educational resources to individuals, businesses, organizations, universities, government entities, municipalities, communities, neighborhoods, and virtually anyone seeking assistance to balance the triple bottom line of people, profit, and planet where they live, work, and play.

In addition, their support and membership allows Audubon Lifestyles and the ISC to expand their efforts of promoting sustainability on a global scale.

R. Eric Dodson, CEO of Audubon Lifestyles said, “We are very excited to welcome Soil Technology into the Audubon Lifestyles family. Soil Technology has shown that they are willing to become a global leader and advocate of sustainable causes by becoming a Platinum Member, and are leading by example. Their commitment and efforts in promoting sustainability on a global scale should be commended.”

“We are excited to join with Audubon Lifestyles and the International Sustainability Council as a Platinum Member.” said Blaine Vice of Soil Technology. “We are committed to promoting the Principles of Sustainability and seek to encourage commercial, residential and municipal landscape managers to take sustainable actions on the ground.” continued Mr. Vice.  We are proactively involved in the State’s water quality initiatives, runoff compliance, and environmental stewardship.  The Audubon Lifestyle Certification Program is our “soap box” and we are devoted to teaching, preaching, and implementing sustainable fertility programs.

Audubon Lifestyles Platinum Membership provides Soil Technology with a vast pool of resources to assist them with their sustainability efforts, and also allows them to participation in Audubon Lifestyles Programs and work towards certification.

In addition, Soil Technology has earned the right to use the Audubon Lifestyles/ISC Platinum Member Logo on their materials, and is now listed on the Audubon Network for Sustainability as a Platinum Member. Platinum Membership is the first step in gaining the Chartered ISC Member Designation, and earning additional recognition from the International Sustainability Council as a sustainable business.

About Fertilizer for the Environment
In our world of “fertigation” or micro-dosing fertilizers through irrigations systems, it is important to have an intimate understanding of how soils interact with fertilizers.  Every client we work with gets a soil report.  From that report we determine what nutrients are deficient and then create custom fertilizer blends to address those needs.  Quite often it is not about injecting more N,P, or K, but rather introducing biology, adding carbon, lowering soil pH, reducing salts, foliar applying nutrients, and a host of other “sustainable” fertility practices rarely utilized.  Our belief is that proper plant nutrition is rarely found in a bag.

When we create a new blend, we first consider the environmental impact.  If there is a possibility that the blend could have a negative impact, such as having enough Phosphorous to create runoff issues, we will seek a different formulation.  As fertility consultants, our goal is to create healthy soils in a natural, sustainable way.  Nutritionally balanced soils produce healthy plants.  Balanced soils require less inputs, which preserves resources and create an environment of sustainability.  That is why we are so excited about being a part of the Audubon Program, we share the same vision -  moral responsibility.

Contact Information
Soil Technology
955 La Rue Ave
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Contact Person
Blaine Vice
Phone: 760-728-0354
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SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

Fight Rising Fuel Costs- Get Better Gas Mileage!

Fuel Economy

Four Quick Tips to help you get better Gas Mileage:

1) Drive Sensibly
Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.

Observe the Speed Limit
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.31 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer.

Remove Excess Weight
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.

Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner (AC) use. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. It only takes a few seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle. Turning your engine on and off excessively, however, may increase starter wear.

Use Cruise Control
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Use Overdrive Gears
When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.     

2) Keep Your Car in Shape

Engine Properly Tuned
Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.

Keep Tires Properly Inflated
You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver's side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner's manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire's sidewall.

Use the Recommended Grade of Motor Oil
You can improve your gas mileage by 1–2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1–2 percent. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1–1.5 percent. Also, look for motor oil that says "Energy Conserving" on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.

Replacing a Clogged Air Filter on Modern Cars Improves Performance but Not MPG
A new study shows that replacing a clogged air filter on cars with fuel-injected, computer-controlled gasoline engines does not improve fuel economy but it can improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11 percent. This kind of engine is prevalent on most gasoline cars manufactured from the early 1980s onward. Tests suggest that replacing a clogged air filter on an older car with a carbureted engine may improve fuel economy 2 to 6 percent under normal replacement conditions or up to 14 percent if the filter is so clogged that it significantly affects drivability. The effect of a clogged air filter on diesel vehicles will be tested in the near future.

3) Planning and Combining Trips
Combining errands into one trip saves you time and money. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Trip planning ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed-up and efficient, and it can reduce the distance you travel.

Stagger your work hours to avoid peak rush hours. Drive your most fuel-efficient vehicle. Consider telecommuting (working from home) if your employer permits it.

Take advantage of carpools and ride-share programs. You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half and save wear on your car if you take turns driving with other commuters. Many urban areas allow vehicles with multiple passengers to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes which are typically less congested, further improving your fuel economy.

Consider using public transit if it is available and convenient for you. The American Public Transit Transportation Association has links to information about public transportation in your state.

A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to meet your needs with a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5 percent. Reduce aerodynamic drag and improve your fuel economy by placing items inside the trunk whenever possible. Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 lbs in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent.

4) Choosing a More Efficient Vehicle
Selecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important fuel economy decision you'll make. The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $968 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.87). That's $4,840 extra in fuel costs over five years!

The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $968 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.87).  That's $4,840 extra in fuel costs over five years!
Use's Find and Compare Cars section to find the most fuel efficient vehicle that will meet your needs.     




References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 

Sustainability Campaign

Ford Motor Company

Urbana University

Defenders of Wildlife

The Earthday Network

Bloomberg Businessweek

Small Busienss Trends

The Dodson Group      

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