Honda's ultra-efficient, carbon neutral smart home is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually—and it comes with a specially modified Honda Fit electric vehicle
Though the first official assessment that climate change was caused by human activity came in 1988, with NASA scientist James Hansen's famous testimony to the U.S. Congress, the "carbon neutral" concept, which refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions, is a relatively new one. The non-profit Climate Neutral Network, which developed the Climate Neutral Certification, was incorporated in 1999; the first company to receive certification was the California-based nutrition supplement producer Shaklee Corporation, in 2000.
The demand for electric vehicles is expanding in the United States. Through the Workplace Charging Challenge, recently announced by President Obama, the Department of Energy is joining the effort to increase access to charging stations in the workplace, thereby increasing the affordability and convenience of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).
Power to the plug-ins celebrated at ribbon-cutting made possible by Chevy’s EcoAd advertising with CBS EcoMedia
Malibu, CA, August 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Two of the most popular State Parks in Southern California – Leo Carrillo State Beach and Malibu Creek State Park – now have even more appeal for plug-in electric vehicle owners with the addition of new, free charging courtesy of Chevrolet’s funding through their EcoAd advertising with CBS EcoMedia Inc. The two, 240 volt , chargers can accommodate up to four plug-in electric vehicles. The units were installed at the two parks by EcoMedia’s nonprofit partner, Adopt A Charger.
One summer morning in southern Germany, Bertha Benz climbed into her husband’s car, grabbed her two teenage sons, and drove off to her mother’s house 60 miles away without telling her husband. What sounds like a budding family drama was in fact a historic roadtrip that launched the automobile age. Bertha’s husband was Carl Benz, the perfectionist inventor of the automobile, who has been reluctant take his car for a drive “until it’s ready.” Bertha, on the other hand, lacked Carl’s patience and wanted to show the results.
At GM, we pride ourselves on being an industry leader in electric vehicle manufacturing. Case in point: the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, which sets the industry benchmark in electric vehicle efficiency in the U.S. retail market with an EPA-estimated combined city/highway 119 MPGe fuel economy equivalent.
Investors' Circle increases investment activity in targeted sectors
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Investors' Circle, a network of impact investors, is dedicated to the growth of businesses with high social and environmental impact. As mentioned in Forbes recently, the IC network invested more than $10 million in early-stage enterprises in 2012, and targets are higher for 2013. Some of the exciting companies in Education, Health and Cleantech that raised significant investment through IC in 2012 are: