Morning and I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. It was a blast for me as friends and family came to see the new addition to the family. She was quite well behaved (even being quiet through her first mass). Very exciting. I know you don't come to the site solely for news concerning my family so let me present, without further ado, the latest and greatest clean technology and sustainability news being produced across traditional news outlets.
Best Buy to Sell Green Vehicles: Miguel Bustillo & Nick Wingfield of the Wall Street Journal are reporting on the sale of green vehicles at one of the largest electronics vendors in the country: Best Buy. The store will sell electric scooters, bicycles and Segways at 19 locations on a trial basis. The most important vehicle is the Enertia, a $11,995 electric scooter able to travel 45 miles at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and plugs into a standard wall outlet. I highlight this product not just because of it's large price during a recession or applicability to most people's lives but to show that we scooped the Journal!! KeenforGreen.com reported on the sale of the bikes in Best Buy in this earlier post on May 29, 2009.
South Korea to spend $85 billion on green industries: On Monday a statement was released by the President's office in South Korea that the Asian tiger economy will invest 107 trillion won ($84.5 billion), or 2 percent of its annual GDP, in environment-related industries over the next five years. Reuters reported on this aggressive campaign by the government (which is without any explanation on where the funds will come from). Part of this huge investment includes the $19.4 billion over the next year on creating "star brands" in key new growth sectors, previously reported on by KeenforGreen.com.
Green Box Offers Alternative to Traditional Pizza Box: The Miami Herald wrote a wonderfully light piece on the new 'green' pizza box that is being used in Florida. The box, properly titled the “green box,” is made out of 100% recycled materials. I did additional searching and found the manufacturer's, Eco-incorporated, web page so readers can go and find out more about this fun product.
A Green Car Nation: Philadelphia Inquirer provided a great overview of the new Cash for Clunkers program being initiated by the federal government in the site's. The piece done by staff writer Jeff Gelles not only gives some background information but answer's questions such as which cars qualify, what one has to do to qualify, does an SUV or minivan qualify and if the program will truly help the environment. Nicely researched and well written.
Labor Department Grants $7.5M for Veterans' Green Job Training: Sustainable Business is reporting on a federal program that seeks to aid veterans enter into the new green workforce. The program will give 17 grants, totaling more than $7.5 million dollars, to provide approximately 3,000 veterans with green job training. Organizations receiving funds are in California, Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Arizona. Here is hoping that these funds help vets find truly worthwhile jobs in this economy.... read more