C3, an energy and emissions management solutions provider, has been named the 2011 GoingGreen Global 200 Company of the Year, by AlwaysOn. The company has been selected from a finalist list of 200 private companies, which included Miovision, that are leading business innovation in green technology.
Next time you’re sitting in traffic, think about the 60-mile-long traffic jam in China that lasted for an incredible 10 days last August. Motorists on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway slept in their vehicles, while vendors from nearby towns set up impromptu markets and performances to relieve the volcanic levels of road rage.
If you have an Internet connection, chances are you’ve come across some form of Software-as-a-Service or “Cloud” computing interface. In my opinion, Microsoft’s recent Windows 7 “To The Cloud” ad campaign, the recent release of Office 365 and Apple’s iCloud made the terminology extremely popular in the public realm. Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS, has proliferated itself to the point that if you’re a software provider not “in the cloud,” you’re missing out. It certainly seems that was the pressure that Microsoft Office felt from free services like Google Docs and Gmail.
In no other city in America is it so difficult to get from one point to another without a car. Three attempts at bicycle plans in Los Angeles have failed. The buses are poorly run and can take you several hours to get to your destination. Not that residents of LA mind, where typically a swanky car is prized more than a swanky apartment.
The Center for Investigative Reporting recently produced a fantastic animated video which exposes the unseen, “invisible” costs that go into a gallon of gas. Reporter Sarah Terry-Cobo points out that while most of the US pays between $3-$4 per gallon, the true cost is much higher when we consider the cost of greenhouse gas pollution, toxic chemicals and smog-forming gases, oil spills and deteriorating health due to air pollution.
Here’s an idea that could provide the United States with all the solar power it needs, while also helping to fix a large part of their crumbling infrastructure: pave their 25,000 square miles of roadways with intelligent solar panels. A road “that pays for itself,” its designers propose.
Is this a feasible idea, or something akin to trying to build a bridge across the Atlantic?
First things first, kudos to Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong in Toronto who is championing new bike lanes on five major downtown streets. As a previous Toronto resident who has tried to make his way through Downtown Toronto on the saddle, the mess of parked delivery trucks, construction, narrow streets and oblivious drivers and pedestrians can scare all but the craziest bike couriers away from the core.
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