Weekly Green Business Wrap-Up

TelecommuteWithAttitude_1_.jpgOne More Reason to Take Confcalls in Your Underwear
Cisco unveils its new “Virtual Office,” a wireless internet router and phone system employees can take home with them. This innovation will keep employees from having to commute, which saves them time and keeps their carbon footprinting asses off the road. Fred Kost, Cisco’s Director of Security Relations, reminds us that flexible work also boosts employee morale and satisfaction.
Hurricane-Dean.jpgInsurance Company Cashes in on Climate Change
ACE Green’s global property and casualty group is now offering a “Global Weather” insurance that will mitigate their risk from environmental disasters. Blogger resists urge to make a crass George Bush/Katrina joke.
paper-clip.jpgGreen Printers Claims Now Verified
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership’s verification criteria cover product materials, manufacturing processes, equipment and technology, energy use, overall building operations and employee actions. And they found their first two printers that meet their stringent criteria! Go forth and print in soy based ink.
smart-car.jpgVegas Says Smart Cars Better Bet than Hummers
Towbin Hummer a luxury dealership in Las Vegas is shutting its doors and re-opening with a new Smart spin. Hummer sales have languished in recent months, despite inventive offers that top $8,000, and Towbin has had enough. He sees Smart Cars as the next new “gotta have-it” and he’ll be offering them along with a range of mid-level luxury cars.
Apple Unveils Toxic-Free iPod nano
The new iPod contains no arsenic, brominated flame retardants, mercury, or PVC, and according to Steve Jobs, it’s “highly recyclable.” Apple will also be keeping flame retardants and PVC out of all of its products after Jan. 1, 2009. (Grist calls it a “Jobs Well Done” and I’m not even going to try and compete with that).
hardhat.jpg2 Million Green Jobs Within Reach
If we spend 100 billion. Yeah it’s a lot, but to put that honking number in perspective, the April 2008 stimulus program cost $168 billion. The program proposed in this plan would create 20 percent more jobs than the best estimates of the 2008 stimulus package’s impact. You all spent your $600 on good old American made products, didn’t you?
Rail.jpg Proposed High Speed Rail Would Connect California
A proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot would authorize the sale of nearly $10 billion in bonds to help start construction of an 800-mile high-speed rail network that would send electric trains zipping between Northern and Southern California at up to 220 mph. The trip would take 2 and a half hours and cost $55. The system would be the largest public works project in California history.

Jen Boynton

Jen is editor in chief of TriplePundit. She has an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and is currently studying to be a CASA -- court appointed special advocate for children in foster care She lives in San Diego with her husband and toddler overlord. 
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  1. FINALLY the high speed rail is on the ballot. If this state/country can’t get it together to build that train then we’re in worse shape than I thought. We should have built in 30 years ago.

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