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THE TEN GREENEST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN AMERICA

Posted in Clean Energy, Conscious Actions, Ethical Living, Sustainable Living on November 6th, 2007

HIGHER EDUCATION HAS RESPONDED TO GROWING DEMAND FOR MORE ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS — HERE ARE THE 10 BEST

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It is good to see that not all of these schools are the Ivy League. haunts of the privileged few. Kudos to all of the schools on the List.

1. Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (2,800 students)

Oberlin College’s environmental accomplishments are music to a tree hugger’s ears. A third of the food served in its dining halls is produced locally, the school hosts the first car-sharing program in Ohio, student activity fees subsidize public transportation, and half of its electricity comes from green sources. A real-time monitoring system tracks 17 dorms and displays how much juice all those laptops, blenders, and iPod chargers are burning at any moment. Last spring Oberlin held its first ecofriendly commencement, with biodegradable utensils and programs printed on 100 percent recycled paper.

2. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (20,000 students)

This Ivy League exemplar is a front-runner in getting the most structures certified by or registered for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. A $12 million loan fund provides interest-free financing for ecofriendly projects — such as installing motion-sensor lights in classrooms and converting a recycling truck to run on waste vegetable oil from one of the dining halls. Such efforts generate enough savings to pay back the loan.

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Source: Alternet / Sierra Magazine

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GENERAL MOTORS TO ROLL OUT BILLION-DOLLAR TEST OF FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY

Posted in Alternative Energy, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Clean Energy, Cool Products, News Brief, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Transportation on November 6th, 2007

COMPANY TIRES OF WAITING FOR THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE GOOD ON ITS 2003 PROMISE TO MAKE FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE GASOLINE ENGINE

altfuelcars.jpg In 2003, President George W. Bush called for a billion-dollar initiative. These clean battery-like devices produce electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen and giving off only water.

But four years down the road, not many besides California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have been behind the wheel of a fuel-cell car, and a big reason for this is the paucity of hydrogen fuel filling stations.

“The infrastructure is not evolving fast enough,” said Britta Gross, General Motors manager of hydrogen infrastructure and strategic commercialization.

Not waiting for the so-called “hydrogen highway” to be built, GM has launched its own Project Driveway, in which 110 Chevy Equinoxes equipped with hydrogen fuel cells will be lent—at no charge—to ordinary customers for 3-month test periods.

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Source: Live Science

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ADVISORY PANEL TO ADMINISTRATION: EMPOWER FEDERAL REGULATORY AGENCIES TO ORDER MANDATORY RECALLS OF UNSAFE PRODUCTS

Posted in Conscious Actions, Corruption Watch, Health Watch, News Brief on November 6th, 2007

CURRENTLY FEDERAL AGENCIES CAN ONLY “SUGGEST” A RECALL AND OFTEN MUST SHAME THE COMPANY INVOLVED TO COOPERATE

2007-09-28-money.jpgAn advisory commission created in response to concerns about recalls of dangerous toothpaste, dog food and toys will recommend to President Bush that the Food and Drug Administration be empowered to order mandatory recalls of products deemed a risk to consumers, an administration official said Monday.

Currently, the FDA lacks the authority to order recalls, but works with producers on voluntary recalls. The new proposal would give the agency far more clout.

The panel also will urge increasing the presence of U.S. inspectors from Customs, the Border Patrol, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other agencies in countries that are major exporters to the United States.

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Source: The Associated Press

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