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What Would an Icelandic Volcano Do to American Transportation?

I’m stuck in Berlin on an indefinite journey that was supposed to end today, were it not for the interference of an Icelandic volcano known as Eyjafjallajokull. Before we get to that, a little perspective. I’ve just finished a fantastic week-long tour of Frankfurt and Berlin, organized by the Ecologic Institute, an EU think tank, … Continued

Fisker Automotive Buying Closed GM Plant To Produce Plug-in Hybrids

General Motors (GM) closed its Wilmington, Delaware plant in July, leaving 550 active employees out of work, and another 500 laid-off hourly workers without the hope of being called back to work. Vehicle manufacturing used to be Delaware’s second largest private employer. Perhaps it will be again. Fisker Automotive announced on October 27 it signed … Continued

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Vermont’s Green Mountain Coffee Roasters: Selling Activism

By Richard Seireeni The following is an excerpt from The Gort Cloud: The Invisible Force Powering Today’s Most Visible Brands. It has been adapted for the web. The Challenge The birthplace for many of today’s green brands is the verdant hills and valleys of New England. This is where Tom’s of Maine, Ben & Jerry’s, … Continued

Senate Passes Energy and Water Bill – Will Close Nuclear Waste Storage Facility

Big news in the environmental legislation world: the Senate passed a $34.3 billion energy spending bill yesterday that will cover hundreds of Army Corps of Engineers water projects and allow for the closing of the Yucca Mountain (Nevada) nuclear waste facility. (Obama promised, during his campaign, to close the facility.) According to an NPR report, … Continued

Did Apollo Alliance Influence the Stimulus?

Labor and environmental groups used to be on opposite sides. However, those days are long gone, according to a recent report, High Road or Low Road: Job Quality in the New Green Economy. The report mentions the 2004 creation of an alliance of labor, environmental groups, business, and social justice leaders called Apollo Alliance. The … Continued

Railroads and the Creation of National Parks

By Amy Jewell Be sure to say happy birthday to your favorite national park, for 136 years ago, on March 1, 1872, the very first national park in the world was born. Yellowstone National Park was created on this day in green history when President Ulysses S. Grant signed the bill that created the park. … Continued