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Tires Made From Renewable Resources

Tires made from recyclable materials will help alleviate a serious environmental and health risk

Guest post by Trisha Miller –  On average only about 35 percent of used tires are actually recycled. The rest end up in large supply at landfills, burn spots, and water dump areas. One major problem with tire dumpage is the fact that tires do not decay at an organic rate. The average tire will not decay for 60-80 years. In an attempt to solve this problem, people often collect tires and burn them in order to both get rid of the waste and have a very long lasting fire. Although, tires contain quite a lot of materials and chemicals that are hazardous to humans and the environment and undoubtedly should not be inhaled via flame. Lastly, tires that accumulate inside …

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Infographic: 10 Ways to Improve Our Green Cities

While often times we associate the environmental movement with open landscapes and vast swaths of rural land, a tremendous amount of environmental change is taking place right here in our cities. Cities offer many opportunities for testing out sustainable living practices because the close proximity of so many individuals makes innovative transportation and housing solutions possible. While new progress is happening all the time, many have looked at existing city structures designed for one purpose, and devised ways in which they can be retrofitted to be environmentally friendly. What was formerly just blacktop on top of a building has the potential to become a green roof. The concrete divider in between two parking spaces can be recast as a charging …

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Green Technology for Truckers

Green technology for truckers - save money and the environment

Guest post by Hank Barton Fuel consumption is one of the commercial driving industry’s biggest concerns both for its cost and its impact on the environment. We rely on truckers to provide our society with everything it needs to function, so necessity of the industry may have overshadowed environmental impact in the past. Recently, there has been increasing focus on the issue, however. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the SmartWay program in 2004 to address this and offer some solutions. Though investment in green technologies has been slow for varying reasons, companies are increasingly moving in the right direction as they see the long term benefits. Here are some technologies that truckers can take advantage of to reduce fuel …

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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse — Driving Clean & Living Green

Reduce, reuse, and recycle: three steps to a cleaner and greener world

Guest post by Brad Long Three years ago, Americans tossed out 250 million tons of trash. One third of it was composted and recycled and the rest was left to rot in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Drastic changes need to be made and habits need to be broken for this problem to be solved, but as one person you can only do so much. Part of living a sustainable and green lifestyle is knowing what you can do and doing it. Here are five ways to incorporate planet-saving activities into your life: Green Gardening Growing a garden keeps you from having to pay extra for organic products at the grocery store. Plus, it’s fun. Avoid using chemicals …

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Who Killed the Electric Car… Again?

Toyota postpones their plans to develop and electric car

Guest post by B. Jerew It seem like Toyota might have done their best, but finally decided that electric vehicle [EV] technology was going to have to wait. Toyota is already known for their highly efficient vehicles, starting back in the 1970s with the Corona in the US, and the demand for more efficient vehicles, spurred by the 1974 OPEC Oil Embargo, has continued to climb ever since. Today, with the price of gasoline nearing $4 per gallon, fuel-efficient vehicles are the norm, while consumers demand better performance at the same time. Automakers have met that need and today’s vehicles are some of the best performing and most efficient in history. In the 1990s, Toyota was among the first to …

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Top 7 Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

The Volkswagen E-Buster concept car is among the top electric and hybrid vehicles

Guest Post by Kristy Kravitsky Believe it or not, electric and hybrid vehicles are popping up left and right- and consumers are loving them. If you can get style, affordability, and spend less money on gas, why not? And guess what else- they help to save the environment. We’re sold! You don’t need a car owners manual to realize that times are changing; people are becoming more aware of how their actions affect the Earth and they’re learning how to modify them. Electric and hybrid vehicles are more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, provide various performance benefits, and reduce overall energy dependence. Plus, they’re not too hard on the eyes either. Time to sell your absurdly large Hummer; environmental ignorance is such a bad …

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Blade Tailpipe Emissions Filter: Stick This On Your Tailpipe! (And It Will Smoke a Lot Less!)

The blade tailpipe emissions filter reduces particulate pollution and CO2 emissions

So you can’t afford to go out and buy one of the new eco-friendly electric cars, and biking just isn’t cutting it? Well, this new gadget might be just the answer for you. It’s called Blade,  from EcoOptimized, and it’s a relatively inexpensive way to decrease carbon dioxide emissions on your existing car. How does it work? The device attaches to your car’s exhaust pipe (you’ll need to pay someone to install it) and acts as a filtration system for all the junk that comes out of your car. Manufacturers claim that it will drastically reduce particle emissions which cause smoke and soot that can damage your health and the environment. Up to a 12 percent decrease in carbon dioxide emission …

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National Clean Energy Summit – Live Streaming

Watch live streaming video from nationalcleanenergysummit at livestream.com

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Ford Brings More EVs to Market

Ford's EV utility vehicle

Electric vehicles become more mainstream There’s more than just the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt as all-electric options for your next car.  Ford, one of my favorite auto makers (because they didn’t take government bail-out money), is planning to triple it’s electric vehicle production going into 2013. Offering more options translates to better deals for consumers.  Ford will begin rolling out more than 100,000 units in 2013, more than tripling it’s current output.  More models are coming too.  Ford plans to sell the Focus Electric, an all-electric version of it’s popular compact car.  It will also produce the Transit Connect Electric Van, a great option for small businesses that previously had no super-clean options.  Thirdly, it will offer a C-Max …

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GM Plants Go Solar

GM begins conversion of some of their plants to solar power

GM Announced it would be placing a 516 Kilowatt solar array on it’s property in Detroit.  This move will save GM approximately $15,000 annually in electricity costs.  The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is responsible for the production of the Chevy Volt, the second greenest car out there.  The conversion will include 6 acres of solar arrays behind the plant.  Of course, GM will be reaping the benefits of this choice by co-marketing alongside the Volt. A second GM plant being built in Maryland will pull 9 percent of it’s energy from a large solar array on the roof.  This plant will make electric motors, and various hybrid and conventional transmission systems. This move suggests GM is riding the green bandwagon of tax credits …

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