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  • Ain’t Fuelin’: Finding the Inner Fuel Efficient Car in Your Clunker

    Still driving a clunker? That’s not surprising: times are tough, and credit’s tight. But even if you’re not ready to invest in a new vehicle, you don’t want to burn more gas then necessary. MPGOMatic’s planned video series “Ain’t Fuelin” will show you how to upgrade that clunker into a fuel-efficient ride… More

  • How Many Cars Were Recycled Last Year (Infographic)

    Kars4Kids just created an Infographic entitled “How many cars were recycled last year” (below). Given that we’ve covered recycling of old cars in the past, it’s an important but not widely discussed topic, and there are some pretty interesting stats here, I thought it’d be something fun to share here. Here’s a particularly shocking statistic […] More

  • Turn that Old Car into a Work of Art

    Old cars can be a veritable fire hose of pollutants. From leaking fluids to rusting metal, junk cars harm your lawn, your neighborhood, and the environment. There are more than enough reasons to get that car off your lot and into the hands of a responsible recycler. Junk that car, sell it, or even find […] More

  • Reducing Carbon Emissions on the Road: from Cars to Infrastructure

    Slowly, it seems that everyone is waking up to the dangerous potential of our dinosaur-sized carbon footprints. And speaking of dinosaurs, perhaps the worst contributor to world-wide CO2 emissions is fossil fuel consumption. One of the driving forces behind all of these emissions is, well, driving. Between personal travel, commercial transport and construction and maintenance, […] More

  • Three Cool Solar Power Competitions That Could Change Our World

    It seems that we are finding a new use for solar power everyday.  Whether it’s grid-tie applications*, lighting*, or backup power*, solar is rapidly becoming our green energy alternative of choice.  Solar is rapidly evolving as the technology and applications for it are changing daily.  In this light, here are 3 great contests that are […] More

  • Cars and People Compete for Grain

    By Lester R. Brown At a time when excessive pressures on the earth’s land and water resources are of growing concern, there is a massive new demand emerging for cropland to produce fuel for cars—one that threatens world food security. Although this situation had been developing for a few decades, it was not until Hurricane […] More

  • Reclaiming the Streets: Urban Transportation Innovations

    By Lester R. Brown Cars promise mobility, and in a largely rural setting they provide it. But in an urbanizing world, where more than half of us live in cities, there is an inherent conflict between the automobile and the city. After a point, as their numbers multiply, automobiles provide not mobility but immobility, as […] More

  • US Car Fleet Shrinks by Four Million in 2009

    America’s century-old love affair with the automobile may be coming to an end. The U.S. fleet has apparently peaked and started to decline. In 2009, the 14 million cars scrapped exceeded the 10 million new cars sold, shrinking the U.S. fleet by 4 million, or nearly 2 percent in one year. While this is widely […] More

  • A Greener Cash for Clunkers: Trade Your Car for a Bike

    If you’ve kept an eye on the federal government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program (which will end on Monday), you know that it’s been a huge success on a number of fronts: hundreds of thousands of people have traded in older, less fuel-efficient vehicles for new models with better gas mileage, and some auto manufacturers are […] More

  • Traffic Improvements at Bonnaroo Speed Entry, Slash CO2 Emissions

    Manchester, Tennessee- The first day of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, a day which has traditionally been a day of travel and arrival for most festival attendees, greeted an estimated crowd of seventy-five thousand music fans from around the world with some good old fashioned southern rainshowers. And this wasn’t a light rain, by […] More

  • Green Talk Radio: Electric Cars and New Battery Technologies with Renewables

    Sean Daily, Green Living Ideas’ Editor-In-Chief, talks about electric cars, car kits, and new battery technologies with Steve Heckeroth, electric vehicles expert and owner of Renewables. [Courtesy of our friends at] Click Play Below,or Electric Cars and New Battery Technologies with Renewables. More

  • The Twelve Days of sustainablog: Poop, Green Teeth, and Pimpin' Your Ride

    June’s most often associated with weddings, summer vacations, and Father’s Day… as you can see by the headline, we went in some other directions that month, too. Summer was here, and the living was sustainable… and here are some of our best efforts. June 2008 Caroline Savery declared that one of the top rules of […] More

  • Earth Policy Institute: Run Cars on Green Electricity, Not Natural Gas

    By Jonathan G. Dorn [social_buttons]With the dramatic increase in oil prices earlier this year translating into higher prices at the gas pump in the United States, concerns over U.S. dependence on foreign oil are once again part of the national discussion on energy security. Combined with the growing understanding that carbon emissions from the combustion […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: 20 Energy Solutions – From You

    This post is by Sheryl Canter, an online writer and editorial manager at Environmental Defense Fund. Last week we sent an email to our action network asking how people were coping with high oil prices. The response on our sister blog, the Green Room, was enthusiastic — over 600 comments! Here are some of our […] More

  • Pimpin' Your Ride: The Green Way

    I cannot afford a hybrid, smart car or ZENN at this time in my life despite how much I’d like to. I am quite envious of those that can make this significant environmental change in their lives but if you are like me you may have to settle for some other small changes to reduce […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Eight Ways to Green Your Road Trip

    Peak driving season, when many Americans hit the road to visit relatives or see the sights, is now in full swing. With U.S. gas prices topping $4 a gallon in some places — and likely to edge up more during summer’s high demand — you may want to consider taking more efficient mass transportation. But […] More

  • Sundance Does Transportation: Cars, Bikes, Trains and More…

    Running a bit late again on my preview of tonight’s The Green; unlike last week, though, I did take the time to watch tonight’s episode of Big Ideas for a Small Planet. As usual, I recommend you also take the time to watch it tonight… lots of food for thought packed into 30 minutes. Tonight’s […] More

  • Environmental Defense Fund: Asthma and Idling – A Bad Combination

    Today’s post is by Mel Peffers, a project manager in the Living Cities program at Environmental Defense Fund. May 6 was World Asthma Day. Since car exhaust can lead to asthma as well as global warming, we thought it would be a good day to highlight the importance of not idling your car or truck […] More

  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car Moves Towards a Greener Business Model: Part 2

    Last week, I began to take a look at some of the environmental initiatives underway at St. Louis-based Enterprise Rent-a-Car (which also own National and Alamo). While my discussion with VP of Corporate Responsibility and Communications Pat Farrell, and VP of Public Relations Christine Conrad, involved all five of the current “planks” in the company’s […] More

  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car Moves Towards a Greener Business Model: Part 1

    Last September, when discussing a new tool for vehicle fleet managers to determine the environmental impact of purchases, I made a quick reference to efforts by the rental car industry to “green” their fleets. At the time, I’d seen a number of press releases touting these efforts, particularly commitments to purchasing vehicles that produced lower […] More

  • Give a Shout-Out to Super (Fuel Efficient) Cars…

    And maybe even win some cash. The folks over at PlanetThoughts kicked off their Super-Cars Shout Out Competition today as a way to recognize folks who are contributing to the fight against climate change by driving a high-mileage car. The concept is simple: according to the contest site, We all want to do what we […] More

  • People Powered Energy: Portable Wind Turbine and Power Bank

    About three years ago in design school at the University of Michigan, I was making concept sketches of wearable energy-generating devices, such as turbines, for my thesis on people-powered energy systems. Although I focused in on a different, yet quite similar, project, I have been waiting for a personal, handheld wind turbine to come to […] More

  • Can Your Windshield Affect Your Fuel Efficiency?

    If you’re non-mechanical like I am, you can probably name two parts of a car that directly impact fuel efficiency: the accelerator pedal, and the tires. Those of you who understand an automobile’s inner workings can probably rattle off a few more. But few from either group would probably include the windshield. Yet Pittsburgh-based chemical, […] More

  • Chicago Auto Show: The Interview Round-up

    Apologies for not getting this up sooner… was in bed at 8:30 Wednesday night, and yesterday was traveling home day… I spent a good part of Wednesday afternoon talking to GM executives. We’ve got audio files that we’ll be sharing with you as soon as we get some glitches smoothed out, but I wanted to […] More