Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Free Hot Chocolate this Friday! (Kendall Square Cambridge)

On January's Walk/Ride Day (January 29, 2010), if you Wear Green and Go Green you can enjoy a FREE cup of hot chocolate at the Kendall Square Community Skating Rink!


The offer is good all day! The rink is open from 11am-9pm.

12-2pm will be a great time for Green business networking at the Kendall Rink. If you come for a lunch time skate, you will likely run into Walk/Ride Day participants from the many local companies. We have been in contact with the Kendall Square Business Association, the East Cambridge Business Association and employees at Genzyme, Vertex, Microsoft, Alnylam and Archemix to let them know of the offer.

Evening at the rink is also a wonderful gathering time!
The rink is lit up with hundreds of tiny lights in the surrounding trees and you might forget you are just a few blocks from the Kendall Square T stop. Kendall Square Rink is a fun, local night out and we hope that we see some new faces and lots of Green hats and gloves. Liz Powers, a Harvard student and LIFT volunteer plans to be there with some friends and we have spread the word to local schools and universities.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

80 U.S. CEOs urge President Obama to push climate legislation

In a letter to President Obama and members of Congress, the chief executives of about 80 U.S. companies urged members of the government to pass comprehensive climate change legislation before the U.S. falls further behind the rest of the world in the race to develop clean technologies.

"We need strong policies and clear market signals that support the transition to a low-carbon economy and reward companies that innovate," the letter said. "It is time for the administration and Congress to embrace this policy as the promising economic opportunity that will empower American workers to compete and American entrepreneurship to lead the way."

The CEOs, which include the chief executives at Ebay and Virgin America, argue in the letter that climate legislation will drive innovation, improve unemployment rates, and increase U.S. companies' competitiveness against foreign competition.

For more information and to read the letter, check out this story from Business Green.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

World's first ethanol power plant opens

A Brazilian utility company has opened the world's first power plant that has the ability to run off bio-ethanol.

The plant was designed using a twin turbine system that allows the plant to instantly switch between running off of natural gas or ethanol.

Brazil is the world's second largest producer of ethanol and is exploring back-up sources of energy to hydro-electric power, which is the country's primary source of power.

The bio-ethanol plant will undergo five months of tests and trials to make sure it is running properly and that it meets emissions requirements. After that, the plant will be commercially operated.

For more information on the world's first ethanol power plant, check out this story from Business Green.

Monday, January 18, 2010

U.S. government tightens geothermal regulation amid earthquake fears

The U.S. Department of Energy is planning to release stricter safety regulations on geothermal energy sites in an effort to address concerns that drilling deep holes into the Earth can result in local earthquakes.

Geothermal energy sites work by drilling deep holes into the ground to access hot bedrocks that are found deep underground. Water is then poured into the holes, which releases steam that can be used to power turbines and produce power.

While the localized earthquakes that can occur around these sites are highly unlikely to cause serious enough earthquakes to endanger humans, the local earthquakes have been known to damage the foundations of buildings and can cause thousands—even millions—of dollars in damage if left unregulated.

The new rules will require sites to get plans approved by seismologists and to run seismic tests at the site during drilling. If the earthquakes that result from the drilling are larger than expected, the sites will be required to shut down.

For more information, check out this story from Business Green.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The most fuel efficient 2010 cars and SUVs

The Daily Green has compiled a slide show of 2010 cars and SUVs that get over 30 miles per gallon. As we have pointed out before, going green doesn't necessarily have to cost you a bundle, and you will see that most of the vehicles cost about as much as other, less-efficient models.

Each slide contains a description of the car as well as a neat section that will highlight the fuel efficiency, the cost to drive 25 miles, and the annual emissions of each vehicle. Whether you are in the market for a compact, a family sedan, or a SUV, this list likely has something for everyone. Check it out here when you get a chance.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cap-and-trade, emissions regulation debate continues in Congress

Much debate is going on in the Senate this week over the proposed Boxer-Kerry Climate Bill as well as the EPA's decision to regulate emissions.

Several moderate Democratic senators are trying to get the cap-and-trade language taken out of the climate bill, arguing that it is important for the focus to be on energy reforms that will dramatically reduce U.S. carbon emissions.

Also, a group of Republican senators is trying to get the Senate to vote on whether the EPA has the authority to regular emissions under the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is also working on a law suit against the EPA, saying that the agency does not have the authority to regulate emissions.

For more information on the climate change legislation debate, check out this story from The Daily Green.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

U.S. government introduces funding to increase fuel efficiency of large trucks

The U.S. government announced funding this week for nine projects aimed at increasing the fuel efficiency of large trucks and passenger vehicles.

Government officials said the funding will create 500 jobs immediately and has the possibility of creating as many as 5,000 jobs in the future.

The Department of Energy said the projects could reduce carbon emissions from road transport vehicles in North America by 30 percent by 2030.

For more information, check out this story from The Daily Green.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Number of cars in U.S. shrunk for first time in 2009

In either a sign that U.S. citizens are switching to more sustainable means of transit or a reflection of the economic recession, more cars were taken off the road in 2009 than new cars were sold for the first time in history.

A report from the Earth Policy Institute argues that increasing population growth in urban areas as well as rising oil prices means that this trend is likely to continue until at least 2020. In 2009, the total automobile population in the U.S. decreased by 2 percent. By 2020, there could be as many as 20 percent fewer cars on the road.

Hopefully, these numbers are a sign that Americans are realizing and taking advantage of the benefits of sustainable transportation methods. For more on this story, click here.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Five radical (maybe crazy) ways to stop global warming

As politicians continue to debate what role governments should play in fighting global warming, some people are promoting scientific fixes to the problem.

Some of these ideas may be feasible, while others are just plain crazy. But, I guess it is important for us to realize that while the best solution to global warming may lay in changing current behaviors, this may not be enough to reverse some of the damage our past actions have caused. Looking at scientific ways to slow down warming may be helpful as well.

If you're curious (and you should be), check out this story from The Daily Green.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

GM set to begin manufacturing electric car batteries

Auto giant GM will begin production tomorrow of the battery packs for its Chevy Volt electric vehicle.

Production of the batteries at the company's plant in Michigan is a major step towards the release of the Volt later this year. The vehicle is expected to cost around $40,000.

GM officials have said the car will operate solely on battery power for about 40 miles of travel or until the battery reaches 70 percent power remaining. After that, the vehicle will operate similarly to traditional hybrids. The car is expected to have a total range of about 300 miles between fueling stops.

To read more about production of Chevy Volt batteries and the vehicle itself, check out this story from Business Green.

Monday, January 4, 2010

15 New Year's resolutions that will help the environment

Have you still not pinned down what your New Year's resolution(s) is going to be for 2010? Well, why don't you try picking one that can not only save you money but also help the environment?

The Daily Green has done the thinking for you. This slide show contains 15 resolutions that will not only make the environment cleaner and safer but may also help you keep a little more green in your pocket. Check them out when you get a chance. From giving up grocery bags to lowering your thermostat, most of these ideas are simple and easy and would make a great New Year's resolution.