(Originally published on Planetsave.com) Four new 100% electric community shuttle buses have hit the road in the beautiful Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, California. The four electric shuttles are free to the public, thanks to Google, and are equipped with seating for 16 passengers, a wheelchair lift, space for two wheelchairs, Wi-Fi connectivity, and bicycle
Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined with business, civic and community leaders on Wednesday, Dec. 03 to launch PPIE100, a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). The PPIE was the focus of the 1915 World’s Fair, celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal. San Francisco, which had just emerged from the ashes of
The city of Montreal has turned its retired mechanical parking meters in to piggy banks or “ParcoDons”. These ParcoDons are designed to collect loose change in order to help the city’s homeless population. The meters were first installed in the downtown borough of Ville-Marie in 2007, and since its inception, the program has raised $23,000
Federal Government Asks Fletcher Allen to Teach the Nation How to Scale Local Sourcing in Healthcare (Part II: Taking Local From Trendy to Essential) “The Hospital That Heals The Earth” is a two-part series on the intersection of sustainability innovation and healthcare at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont. Part 1 of the series
Apega/WENN Today’s Chicago Tribune business section has a stunning report on the Republic of South Korea’s $25 million plan to reduce energy consumption at some of downtown Chicago’s largest skyscrapers. The operation will focus on retrofitting HVAC and lighting systems in up to 14 buildings. Joining Korea in the agreement are the Building Owners and
Pittsburgh once again finds itself on a “top list” of sustainability. Site Selection magazine just released its inaugural sustainability index where Pittsburgh is ranked 6th among metro cities based on Green Industry; number of LEED Certified projects; LEED Certified projects per capita and level of incentives support for green projects.
Today’s New York Times has a brilliant report on the battle royalle being waged in the hipster-strewn streets of Portland, Oregon over the integrity, meaning and yes, swine-worthiness of local food. According to the Grey Lady, Portland chef Eric Bechard (top) dropped his gloves outside a bar after confronting an outsider chef (oh, the horror)
A free webinar explains California’s new mandatory commercial recycling law… will you be in compliance? If you run a business in California, then you are aware of California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32). The act requires California to develop regulations that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. It is
Panera Bread opened its first non-profit cafe with the motto: Take what you need; leave your fair share. I was surprised to read about Panera Bread’s new cafe in St. Louis dubbed the St. Louis Bread Company Cares Cafe. The concept is simple yet groundbreaking… take whatever you want to eat or drink and instead
Several months ago, online auction giant eBay announced its new green team – 1000 employees gathered together to help make a difference in the planet through small steps.
Although it can be argued that the increased use of shippers and shipping of items by eBay is decidedly NOT green – noone can argue that eBay has kept LOTS of stuff otherwise destined for the landfills from being thrown away. The new green site informs us that 86 million buyers and sellers on eBay have reused over $100B worth of products since 1998.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/qHc5NaaZvrc&hl=en&fs=1] Economist, James Galbraith, on bank stress tests The results of bank stress tests released this week, do not bear good news. The bottom line is that at total of $75 billion needs to be raised from 10 major banks to prop them up for losses that could come from a deepening recession. Here is
Good ideas have a life of their own. That’s what Paul Baricos, Executive Director of the Hollygrove Growers Market and Farm (HGMF) in New Orleans is learning two years after the Carrolton-Hollygrove Community Development Center (CHCDC) set out to figure out how to bring fresh produce to a neighborhood with no real access to affordable food.
Boulder, Colorado, an idyllic college town notorious for its health conscious population, has again shown its progressive spirit by voting for county Issue 1A last November, authorizing the government to sell bonds to fund loans to homeowners who want to make energy-efficient upgrades. This week, lawmakers met to decide upon details of this new local “stimulus” package.
Changing consumer behavior can be a slow painful process. Not only does it require educational efforts but often widespread systemic conformity is required. However innovation has radically altered some of our most fundamental behaviors. Globally, we now access cash from a machine and we carry and use mobile phones for a significant percentage of our calling. Its this type of basic change that will be required to have significant impact on socially and environmentally responsible consumption habits.
Carbon Sciences, Inc. has developed an innovative technology to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) – which is implicated in the issue of global warming – into a number of commercially useful, earth-friendly carbon products. The company calls this technology advance: GreenCarbon Technology. The aim is to extract value from carbon emissions by transforming the gas into a product that holds commercial value.
A few details are starting to emerge about the proposed “bail out plan” of the US Government. While legislators wrestle with the finer details, here are a few figures to juggle with over the weekend. So far, $200bn has been spent saving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with another $300bn to prop up the Federal
Rockies Venture Club (RVC) was one of the first non-profit organizations in the country to help entrepreneurs launch and manage high-growth potential companies. Founded in 1985, RVC is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier networking organization that connects entrepreneurs, service professionals, investors, venture capitalists and other funding sources.
The Eighteenth Annual Legislative Breakfast on Women’s Issues this year we will be covering Women in Action Women in Politics. This year our keynote speaker: Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brien and our legislative panelists will be Representative Morgan Carroll, Representative Rosemary Marshall, Representative Ellen Roberts and Senator Nancy Spence. Sign up below to attend this inspirational
Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) is a non-profit community development financial institution founded in 1976 to help small businesses. They provide small business loans up to $150,000 to entrepreneurs who are unable to obtain financing from traditional sources. Though they are not a bank, they do utilize basic lending guidelines when reviewing a loan application. The
Micro Business Development (MBD), a Colorado non-profit organization, was founded in 1993 to eliminate barriers to economic independence for disadvantaged entrepreneurs, both youth and adult, through access to markets, resources, and business capital. MBD offers individualized services tailored to meet each client’s definition of success. In keeping with this philosophy, MBD has also tailored its
Xcel Energy is launching a Solar*Rewards program for medium-sized systems (over 10 kW up to 100.0 kW) for residential and business applicants. The medium-sized program includes a standard offer of an upfront payment of $2.00 per watt installed DC capacity and monthly payments of $115 per measured MWh of system production over the life of