Volkswagen AG’s “green cred” got a big boost recently. The global automotive group earned top rankings in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the 2013 CDP Global Climate Change Report. It also signed a 20-year contract with Mexico Power Group to bring in 130-MW of wind power for its manufacturing facilities in Silao and Puebla.
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SPECIAL SERIES: The Business Of Biking
It’s a quiet revolution. More than 400 communities across the globe have endorsed bike sharing programs, and the numbers are continuing to climb. Cyclists can attest to the personal benefits of using a shared biking program, which are numerous. But what’s the appeal for cities? According to two experts we spoke to in Seattle, there is lots.
SPECIAL SERIES: Understanding Sustainable Forestry
By far the most significant threat to forests is the expansion of agriculture and agricultural commodities. The expansion of soy and pasture land, palm oil production and other agricultural activities accounts for probably about 80% of tropical deforestation.
The DOE has signed an MOU to collaborate with Georgetown University in launching a 2-year, $5M energy efficiency competition open to 8,892 small and mid-sized communities across the nation. The initiative falls right in line with President Obama’s recently announced National Climate Change Action Plan, as well as sustainable cities and communities initiatives that have launched around the world in recent years.
A cultural commitment to sustainability led SAP Labs’ developers to create a better company bus system, ultimately leading to new business as well.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced recently that it will invest $30 million in Energy Excelerator, a Hawaii-based program that funds the development of clean energy innovations.
America’s power sector has been largely unchanged for many decades, yet faces the potential for drastic transformation in the years to come as a result of technological innovations and a changing mindset among consumers towards energy consumption.
The Federal Aviation Administration joined with a group of universities to run a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for alternate jet fuels and the environment.
FIFA is working to offset the carbon footprint of the 2014 World Cup and the 2013 Confederations Cup, which is projected to be just over 2.7 million tons carbon.
By Keith Patterson Renewable energy has seen significant growth over the past decade. While the most obvious projects use wind and solar to create usable power, some smaller-scale ideas have that same power coming from unexpected places. Here’s a look at what some green entrepreneurs were able to accomplish in the clean gadget industry. 1. … Continued
Mere weeks after securing a staggering $258 million in new funding from Google Ventures and TPG Capital, car-booking service Uber is already training its venture-infused guns on its closest competitor — Lyft. In response to Lyft’s launch in St. Paul, Phoenix and Indianapolis last week, Uber announced that it is offering free rides in these cities from Uberx — the lower-cost version of its premium booking service.