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Sprout Robot Makes Growing a Garden Easy

Sprout Robot jump starts home gardens with a simple web interface. Type in their zip code and what vegetables and fruits you want to grow and Sprout Robot creates a personalized planting calendar for your the area. Users have a choice of signing up for the free version of the site or one of the … Continued

GE To Double Green R&D to $10 Billion by 2015

General Electric has already invested $5 billion in research and development for its ecomagination line of energy efficient and environmentally friendly products and services, and plans to double that amount by 2015, the company announced Thursday. GHG emissions from GE’s operations have been reduced 22 percent from a 2004 baseline, and energy intensity has increased … Continued


Tesla’s Planned IPO Rides the Anti-Oil Wave

Electric car maker Tesla Motors probably could not have picked a better time for their initial public offering as interest in alternatives to the internal combustion engine has been growing in tandem with the oil slick off Louisiana. Even as Tesla CEO Elon Musk traveled around the country this week pitching the start-up’s $100 million … Continued

The Rented Life, Part 2: How You Can Do It

By Simon Dunne Last week I posted an entry entitled “The Rented Life: Can We Live Without Owning?” touting the many benefits of forgoing ownership of underused possessions. It’s a lifestyle direction growing in popularity, allowing companies like Zipcar to be successful – they provide an attractive alternative to car ownership, allowing city dwellers to … Continued

PG&E Creates $100 Million Solar Slush Fund

PG&E Corporation, the parent company of utility Pacific Gas & Electric, announced on Monday a new $100 million tax equity fund to finance residential solar systems with little or no money down. The fund will bankroll installations by solar installer SunRun, which will own and operate the systems in return for providing customers, who essentially … Continued

Woolfiller Fixes Holey Wool: Poke it Repeatedly With a Needle

Wool. It’s a renewable resource that sees use in a wide range of applications. It magically keeps you warm or cool depending on your needs. But it’s not without its issues. Moths like to eat it. Time tends to wear away at it. It ends up getting holes. For some, a few holes aren’t enough … Continued

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Coulomb Technologies to Bring 5000 Electric Car Charging Stations to US

Mad Max, meet the Jetsons.  Imagine pulling your electric car into a charging station not worrying about the dozen or so gallons of gas being poured into the back of your car.  Imagine there being enough of these charging stations that you need not worry about losing your charge while cruising down an interstate, miles beyond your … Continued


Will Green Tech = Drill, Baby, Drill?

What’s the problem with rare earth minerals? The problem is that they’re rare—maybe even rarer than we used to believe—but they’ve got a major role to fill in the clean energy economy (not to mention consumer electronics). Rare earth minerals  are lightweight, resist heat and are crucial ingredients in the magnets and other components that … Continued

The Green Business Blog Carnival, #1

Welcome the first ever weekly Green Business Blog Carnival! This is a post which serves as a wrap up of the week’s most interesting green business news, as interpreted by various green business publications and writers. It will be hosted somewhere new every Friday – you can find out where it’ll be by checking out … Continued

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The Hot Eco-Fashionista Five Principals of Good Design

Summer Rayne Oakes, the woman named “Hottest Eco Model, OK Only Eco Model” by Grist in 2006 is nothing if not conversation worthy. Which is why, when she walked onto the stage at Sustainable Brands 2010 , I opened my email. However, I quickly closed it and started taking notes when I realized that the 5’11 … Continued


Lawsuits Start to Surface From Unclear Green Labeling

My conscious weighs on me as I stare at the selection of colorful shampoos in aisle five of Whole Foods.  Should I pay the extra $1.49 for the one made from organic lavender or save some cash and opt for the one containing the ever-so healthy sodium lauryl sulfite?  According to a recent Wall Street … Continued

Vote Here: Where in Africa Would You Invest?

By David Abraham Two people are sent by their company to a poor and dusty country.  When they return, they report separately to the same supervisor.  “Well, what did you find?” asks the manager of his first employee.  “Sir, the people there don’t even have shoes.  The place is just too poor for us to bother … Continued

Insurance Rates up 50% for Oil Companies – Thanks BP!

The oil spill is Bad News with a capital “B” for enviros, even those of us who lean toward the critically optimistic approach to environmentalism. With oil still leaking in the Gulf after nearly two months, the increasingly cumbersome remediation strategies coupled with increasingly  ridiculous names (I’ve got my money on Death Squad Burst as … Continued

The Semantic Web Comes to Social Change

Imagine if when you searched for “oil spill,” you got not only the most relevant links, but also the most relevant videos as well as ways that you can help through online action.  Now imagine that for each video you watched about the oil spill, you were served up more highly relevant media absent the … Continued

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Tesla and Toyota: A Match Made on Wall Street?

Tesla’s new partnership with Toyota comes at a trying time in the history of both companies. The recent announcement initially seemed to be good news for these two leaders in the burgeoning green car market. But Tesla’s amended S-1 filing released May 27 indicates that perhaps the deal isn’t as rosy as it first appeared–at … Continued