Business and Economics

Ford’s Solar Powered Charging Stations

Ford Motor Company is using SunPower Corp.’s panels for its solar electric vehicle charging system. The charging stations will fuel Ford's new EVs (Focus Electric and C-Max Energi). The system employs rooftop solar panels which feeds power to an electric vehicle charger. Under Ford’s “Drive Green for Life” program customers can get the 2.5-kilowatt solar-powered charging station for under $10,000. The price includes federal tax credits but not state or local rebates. Loans and leases to offset the cost of the solar roof are also available. The solar roof comes with a residential monitoring device that tracks the performance of the array...

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GM’s Solar Powered Charging Stations

GM Ventures L.L.C., the venture capital arm of General Motors Corporation is investing $7.5 million in Sunlogics P.L.C. a maker of electric vehicle charging stations. As part of the Chevrolet Green Zone program, Sunlogics will construct solar charging stations for GM. These “solar canopies” charge electric cars with low weight photovoltaic panels. The solar charging stations are rated at 20 kilowatts and can take up to 24 electric vehicle spaces. Sunlogics will also install solar canopies at GM’s Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric car dealerships as well as large-scale solar arrays to be installed on GM’s facilities. Sunlogics plans to...

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Patagonia Shows the Way with Responsible Business Leadership

Patagonia is an outdoor clothing company that is showing real leadership by asking consumers to think twice about whether they really need to buy a new jacket. They offer services to fix the jacket you have rather than buy a new one. They will even help you sell it without charge. If it is really beyond repair, they will recycle it. Patagonia is a business and like many businesses they exist to make and sell things. But Patagonia only wants to sell things to people that really have a need. Although the health of their business and the livelihoods of...

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Steve Jobs: Apple’s Product Recycling Efforts

Apple started recycling in 1994 and today they operate recycling programs in countries where most of their products are sold. Apple fares very well when assessed using Dell's method of measuring recycling, (given a seven year product lifetime, the percentage of the total weight recycled each year compared to the total weight of what was sold seven years earlier). Apple recycled 13 million pounds of e-waste in 2006, which is equal to 9.5% of the weight of all products Apple sold seven years earlier. This percentage grew to 13% in 2007, and to 20% in 2008. By 2010, they had...

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Video: Volkswagen’s Dark Side

Volkswagen has made the strategic decision to produce and market vehicles that are more price competitive than they are fuel efficient. All the major automotive brands are making radical fuel efficiency improvements to help reign in carbon. It is obvious to all but the willfully misinformed that climate change is a serious threat to all life on the planet, and anthropogenic carbon is the leading cause. Carbon reduction on the scale required demands a new approach to the way we do business. Companies that oppose the transition to a low carbon economy are compromising their own long term competitiveness as...

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Find EV Charging Stations with Google Maps

To help make it easier for electric vehicle owners to recharge, Google will display the locations of EV charging stations on its web and mobile applications. Charging stations are nowhere near as ubiquitous as gas stations and this is a barrier to the widespread proliferation of electric cars. Thanks to Google Maps, owners of plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles will have an easier time finding charging stations.Google has been a powerful supporter of greener cars. The search leader is also behind an initiative called RechargeIT, which hosts data about plug-in electric vehicles.Google is working with the US Department of...

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International Impact Investing Challenge

The Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Kellogg School of Management have joined forces to launch the 2011 International Impact Investing Challenge. This competition is unique because it challenges MBA students to solve the world’s biggest problems – poverty, climate change, ecosystem degradation – with innovation and entrepreneurship.The competition will challenge MBA students to achieve economic returns that support progress on global impact issues. Teams from a dozen top MBA programs are competing for more than $40,000 in awards in a final event at J.P. Morgan in New York City on April 8.The International Impact Investing Challenge is an...

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Ford Focus Electric Car

Ford is producing some leading green vehicles including the Escape Hybrid, and the Fusion Hybrid, but the flagship of Ford's green offerings is their first all electric car known as the Focus Electric. This zero emission vehicle is a fully electric version of their popular small car.The Focus Electric is an aerodynamic vehicle with low-rolling resistance tires. It is powered by a 100 kW electric motor coupled with a 23-kWh battery. The 100-kilowatt electric motor provides 123 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed is 84 mph (136km/h) and can be charged in just three hours...

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Best Green and Sustainable Business Twitter Feeds

Twitter is one of the leading social media platforms, it is also a great way to follow a wide array of green feeds. Here are some of the best Twitter feeds for sustainable business and green news. GreenMarketBlog: A comprehensive sustainable business resource containing a wide range of articles and information. GreenBizTimes: This Twitter feed includes environmental information and resources for companies and business professionals to go green and reduce their impact on the environment. GreenBizWorld: A feed that explores green business, sustainability, low carbon and energy business industry news updates. sustainablebizz: This sustainable business feed contains green business news,...

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Volkswagen’s Dirty Automotive Brands

Volkswagen may be receiving awards for their greener cars, but other automotive brands belonging to the company have large environmental footprints.Volkswagen owns three of the world's most exotic brands, Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley, yet even these gas guzzling car companies are striving to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.The Porsche 918 Spyder, was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. With its three electric motors, Porsche claims that in the "Eco" mode (one of the car's four settings), the Spyder gets an astounding 94.1 mpg and emits just 70g carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometer. However in this...

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