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On the Road with CNG

CNG fill-up

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Earlier this year, Piedmont Natural Gas generously donated a bi-fuel van, meaning it runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and gasoline, to the Sustainable America fleet. We were thrilled to have the 2002 Chevy 2500 Express Passenger Van to use in our alternative fuel programming and educational outreach, but first we had to drive it from Charlotte, N.C., back to our headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Here’s how it went…

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Our Latest Investment: eNow

eNow solar panels for trucks

eNow's solar panels help trucks power auxiliary functions without wasting fuel.

A large segment of the driving population in the United States has to idle to do their jobs properly: truckers. How can we reduce the fuel that gets wasted to refrigerate their trucks and keep their cabs warm in winter? Fortunately, there are smart and dedicated entrepreneurs out there trying to solve this problem through technology. We’re proud to announce that we’ve just made an investment in one of these companies: eNow, Inc., a Rhode Island-based clean technology company that integrates thin-film solar panels and auxiliary power management systems into long-haul and delivery trucks, reducing the need for those trucks to idle their engines to power auxiliary functions.

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How Much Can You Save with an Electric Vehicle?

Charging an electric vehicle

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If you know anything about electric vehicles, you probably know that they cost less to operate than gasoline-fueled cars. But the savings get harder to discern when you’re trying to figure out which car to buy. Will a used plug-in electric hybrid get better mileage than a new fuel-efficient gas-powered car? How do the electricity rates in your area affect the costs? A new tool called EV Explorer can answer those questions.

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Renewable Natural Gas: Clean, Green Energy

How Waste Can Be Used to Make Renewable Natural Gas

Think natural gas only comes from reserves of ancient fossils trapped deep underground? Think again. We’re actually sitting on a much-overlooked but plentiful source of natural gas here in America — and we don’t have to drill into the ground to get it. Check out our infographic to learn more.

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Seattle Vs. Denver: Who Wins the Sustainable Super Bowl?

Denver vs Seattle Eco Smackdown

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Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos fans may not see eye to eye about who they want to win Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII, but supporters of these two football teams do share one thing in common: They live in eco-minded cities. So we thought we’d pit Denver against Seattle in our own EcoSmackdown to see who really comes out on top on food and fuel sustainability issues.

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Update: Deadline Extended for Cleantech Fellowship

Boston skyline

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Northeast-based cleantech startups have a little more time to enter the fellowship program Sustainable America is producing with Greentown Labs. The competition is open to start-ups engaged in sustainable solutions focused on transportation or agriculture.

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How Green Is Your Airline?

A new ranking of U.S. domestic airlines based on fuel efficiency makes it easier for passengers to choose a lower carbon footprint on their next flight.

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Start-Ups: Apply for Fellowship & Co-working Space at Greentown Labs

Boston skyline

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Today, we’re excited to announce that Sustainable America is partnering with Greentown Labs, a Massachusetts-based cleantech business incubator, to offer a year-long fellowship program for start-ups engaged in sustainable solutions focused on transportation or agriculture.

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What We Learned From Better Place

Despite filing bankruptcy last month, EV innovator Better Place leaves behind valuable ideas and lessons for the future of electric vehicles.

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New Work Perk: EV-Charging Stations

With electric vehicles becoming an increasingly popular way to save money on gasoline and promote sustainability, more employers are installing charging stations at the workplace.

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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