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EV Drivers Get a Charge Out of AAA

To help address what has been dubbed "range anxiety," AAA announced that they are deploying North America's first roadside assistance trucks with the capability to charge electric vehicles. A pilot program will be launched in 6 cities, including Portland, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles, Knoxville, and the Tampa Bay area in a phased rollout that will begin later this summer. The...

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Sustainable Construction Comes With Risk

Innovative green building designs and materials are becoming more commonplace. While these advancements should be held in high regard and adopted where it makes sense, there's also a small caveat attached with regards to insurance and inspection codes. Will this risk diminish outside the box thinking? Students from Rutgers University and NJIT recently teamed up to challenge the status quo and...

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Stories of Ancient Recycling (Minus The Blue Bin at the Curb)

Ask any primary school child about recycling, and chances are, they'll be confident that it's a twenty-first century initiative. As humans become more aware of things like "carbon footprints," zero-emissions and the virtues of composting, recycling for personal responsibility has become more commonplace. While the kids may have a point about recycling's modernity: the first national recycling...

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Prescription and a Plug-In?

Walgreens has announced a plan to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 800 or so locations across the country. Walgreens would then become the nation's largest retail host of charging stations. "Consumer interest and enthusiasm has been incredible and we're excited to provide locations to charge up in neighborhoods across the country," said Walgreens president of community...

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Union Workers' Health Coverage Less Affected by Recession

While both union workers and non-union workers' employment-based health benefits were affected by the recession, union workers' health insurance coverage suffered less, a new study shows. Unionized workers are more likely to have health insurance coverage through their employer than non-union workers. What's more, they were less likely to lose their employer-based health insurance coverage during...

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EPA Recognizes Best of the Energy Star Best

The U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE have announced the first products recognized as the most energy-efficient in their categories among those that have earned the Energy Star label. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2011 designation identifies products in several categories as being on the leading edge of energy efficiency. Aimed at providing manufacturers with an incentive for greater product energy...

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Friendly Competition - Vancouver's Bid to Become the World's Greenest City

The Canadian city of Vancouver, B.C., is making a bid to become the world's "greenest city" by 2020. On July 14, 2011, the Vancouver City Council voted to approve a Greenest City Action Plan that aspires to make Vancouver "a source of inspiration, optimism, and hope," to demonstrate to the world "that concerted efforts can turn back the tide of ecological damage that humans have inflicted on the...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Venture Capital Investments Rise

Plus: Leading Economic Indicators Increase and Largest Jet Order in History Announced. Leading Economic Indicators Index Increases The Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators (LEI) rose 0.3 percent in June following a 0.8 percent increase in May and a 0.3 percent dip in April. June's reading suggests that the economy should grow modestly in the second half of the year. "[T]he...

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Green: Sometimes It's A Bit Crazy Here

Sometimes green politics, activism and technology is a bit crazy. Curt Trennepohl, the President of Brazil's environmental protection agency, IBAMA, told an interviewer on the Australian TV news show 60 Minutes that it wasn't his job to protect the environment. "My job is to minimize the impacts," he told a surprised Allison Langdon, adding that "indigenous tribes which stand in the way of...

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