Google signs a 20-year contract to buy wind power

I know that in the past few years, Google has received a lot of grief for seemingly acting contrary to their “Don’t Be Evil” motto, but you have to give credit to them when they do something that is genuinely positive, even altruistic. Take for example, their goal to become carbon neutral and the ensuing… Continue reading Google signs a 20-year contract to buy wind power

How to get a new iPhone 4G for ‘free’

The latest iPhone 4G is about to be launched any day (remember the brouhaha about the missing prototype?) and we’ll bet you’ll be slobbering over that one too. 😉 Sooo… how can you (potentially) get your mitts on that one. For free? Or with a nice discount? Pretty simple actually – Recycle your old one for… Continue reading How to get a new iPhone 4G for ‘free’

GE announces new LED light bulbs that last 17 years

GE is continuing to push the technological envelope of light bulbs, announcing their next line of LED bulbs which have an even better eco-footprint than CFLs. The GE Energy Smart LED bulb is a 40-watt (40w) replacement that will consumer 9 watts, produce just as much light as a 40W incandescent and last 17 years… Continue reading GE announces new LED light bulbs that last 17 years

The Green Microgym’s members powers its lights, reduces its CO2 footprint

If you live in Portland, OR, and want to improve your carbon footprint while getting/staying in shape, then take a look at The Green Microgym. In a nutshell, Green Microgym (TGM) offers an environmentally-conscious gym experience. The actual neat details include the fact that the exercise machines are hooked up to the building’s energy grid,… Continue reading The Green Microgym’s members powers its lights, reduces its CO2 footprint

BuyMyTronics.com pays you for your old Electronics

It’s always great to see more companies involved in recycling. In the past, we’ve featured electronics recycling sites like YouRenew, MyBoneYard and Gazelle (and even Costco/Gazelle) that pay you to take your old cell phones, computers, MP3 players, etc. off of your hands. We’re pleased to tell you about another such site: BuyMyTronics.com (think of… Continue reading BuyMyTronics.com pays you for your old Electronics

Amazon now has a Green category for electronics

Amazon now has a ‘green’ category off of its electronics page. The products listed within have certifications from both EnergySar and EPEAT. Note that this doesn’t mean that all of the products match up equally – there are different levels of ‘green’. For example, there are only 14 TVs that make the EPEAT silver level.… Continue reading Amazon now has a Green category for electronics

Greenpeace’s latest Guide to Greener Electronics still ranks Nokia at top, Nintendo at bottom

Nokia is still in 1st place in Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics. The order of the 18 companies ranked here hasn’t changed much in the past 6 months, so apparently this list isn’t enough to shame them into changing their ways. You can take a look at the list on their site, or pull down… Continue reading Greenpeace’s latest Guide to Greener Electronics still ranks Nokia at top, Nintendo at bottom

Dell’s ‘Solar’ Parking Lot recharges plug-in cars

Dell is one company that is at least trying to tackle the climate problem in whatever capacity they can. For example, here’s what I feel is a great idea: solar cell-lined shaded parking structures. These ‘trees’ not only shade cars from the sun, but also collect and can power electrical outlets in the column, so… Continue reading Dell’s ‘Solar’ Parking Lot recharges plug-in cars

MIT Team Develops Temperature-Dependent Color Changing Roof Tiles

As you know, we love featuring ‘green’ and/or environmentally related advances in technology, and here’s another. This time, a team in the Department of Materials Science at MIT have devised a roof tile that changes its surface reflectivity depending on the temperature. In a nutshell, at low temps, it absorbs as much sunshine and heat… Continue reading MIT Team Develops Temperature-Dependent Color Changing Roof Tiles

Pansonic Shows Off Its “Eco Ideas” House

We may not have reached a real substantive climate agreement in Copenhagen this past week, but thankfully this is not stopping companies around the world from making steps towards improving our dire environmental state. Take Panasonic for example, which is testing out ideas for an eco-friendly house that may actually produce more energy than it… Continue reading Pansonic Shows Off Its “Eco Ideas” House