Top Ten Green News Stories of August 2011

Posted on 08. Sep, 2011 by in Business & Policy, Clean Tech, Design & Culture, Events, Green News Monthly Roundup


1. In Environmental News: This past month the Atlantic coast has been devastated by one of the most powerful storms the east coast has seen in Hurricane Irene.  Many wonder if the increasing strength of these storms are caused by human induced climate change.  Click here to read thisarticle discussing the possible links between hurricanes and climate change.

2. In Economic News:  ARPA-E is the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy.  Vice President Joe Biden has announced that 5 recipients of the ARPA-E seed funding now have $100 million in outside private capital funding paving the way for new green jobs.

3. In Corporate Responsibility News: Nike pledges to eliminate hazardous chemicals by 2020. Read about Nike’s pledge here.

4. In Business News: Big news in the business world as Steve Jobs resigns from his post as the CEO of Apple.  What will this mean in terms of sustainability and Apple’s environmental impact

5. In Design: Shoe company, New England Footwear, to receive stimulus funded Green Launching pad grant.  CEO Doug Clark talks about his goal to reduce the carbon footprint in shoe manufacturing and his vision for a fully compostable shoe.

6. In Tech News: Is your cell phone’s battery low.  Didn’t bring your charger?  UCLA and Apple are working together to so you can point it at the sun and let it charge with their Solar Powered IPhone.

7. In Green Building: General Electric opens one of the world’s greenest data centers as it obtained LEED Platinum Certification, which is the highest, for their Louisville facility.  Learn how they were able to achieve what only 6% of other LEED certified buildings were able to here.

8. In Clean Tech
: Ford and Toyota have formed a partnership to develop a new hybrid system for light pickup trucks and SUVs.  Click here to read about their collaboration to create new standards for hybrid technologies.

9. In OG News: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin talks about the impact of Hurricane Irene and rebuilding here.  Gov. Shumlin will be attending Opportunity Green Conference 2011 as the Green Governor of the Year award recipient.

10. In Other News: William McDonough, co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, speaks with Opportunity Green to discuss cradle-to-cradle business framework.  Learn about the new circular model that is based on zero waste at every phase of a product’s lifecycle. Click here to read the conversation.

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