Valero Invests in Producing Car Fuel From Wood Waste

by Tracy McGill •

The cellulosic ethanol movement got a much needed boost yesterday with the announcement that Valero, the nation’s largest independent oil refiner, is investing $50 million into the Mascoma Corporation’s plans to build a commercial sized wood-based biofuel refinery in Kinross, Michigan. Together with subsidiary Frontier Renewable Resources, Mascoma, based in Lebanon N.H., intends to break ground on the facility by …

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An Inexpensive Electric Bike Conversion Kit

by Justin Thomas •

An Electric Bike Convesion Kit by AmpedBike

Sales of electric bikes have spun into high gear this year — some merchants reporting¬†a 6000% increase in sales. This is good news, because, for short trips, the efficiency and convenience of electric bikes is hard to beat. You may have heard that in the U.S., ¬†40% of all trips are made within two miles of the home, and 50% …

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Google To Spend $10 Million On Electric Cars

by Justin Thomas •

Wow, this is great news for those of us who would like to see electric cars go mainstream. Yesterday, Google switched on the 1.6 megawatts solar roof on its corporate campus. The roof will provide about one third of the company’s electricity. Google also announced plans to accelerate the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Google.Org is awarding $1 million …

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New Rooftop Wind Turbine Tested: The Helyx

by Justin Thomas •

Recently, I wrote about the low-profile Aerotecture wind turbines, which are designed to be installed on the rooftops of city buildings. Now I’ve heard of another rooftop wind turbine under development. It’s called the Helyx Wind Generator, and it’s composed of two twisted wings of fiberglass that rotate around a vertical axis. The turbine is also colored bright green, which …

Nau: Eco-Effective Outdoor Clothing

by Justin Thomas •

Good news: Nau just opened their online store. Nau is a company that uses only eco-effective materials to construct their clothing, including a number of materials that they developed themselves from the ground up. Nau also closely monitors the production process of the clothing, to ensure good labor practices and environmental standards. Via Groovy Green

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New Nike “Considered” Models

by Justin Thomas •

Nike has released four new “Considered” sneakers. This is good news, because the first round of sneakers were fairly unattractive. Nike produces these shoes using sustainable manufacturing practices (more details here). However, Nike has a history of maintaining questionable working conditions in its oversesas factories. More information on this issue can be found on the Responsible Shopper website. You can …

Eco-Investing: SustainableBusiness.Com

by Justin Thomas •

The Sustainable Business web site covers news about eco-effective companies. It hosts a large list of the current stock prices of these companies, sorted by industry type (for example “Geothermal” or “Health Care”). The web site also has a “Green Investor” section, and lists the “20 Most Sustainable Stocks of 2004”. The editor, Rona Field, starts with this introduction: Wind …