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GreenShields. Saving the planet, one bus at a time.

January 6, 2012 in Efficiency, Transportation

GreenShields, based just outside of Chicago in Highland Park, IL, is a project to retrofit traditional school buses with a Plexiglas shield to reduce drag and therefore reduce fuel consumption by up to 28%.   GreenShields is run by a bunch of teenagers, led by Jonny Cohen, 16, the genius behind the project – the idea [...]

Autolib’. An urban revolution.

December 12, 2011 in Transportation

In July 2007, Paris launched Velib’, a widely successful bike-sharing program with over 20,000 bikes in circulation in the Paris metropolitan area.  Four and a half years later, the city welcomes Autolib’.  Similar concept — but with cars. Autolib’ is a lot like Zipcar in the US, but all the cars are electric.  The model of [...]

Better Place. Accelerating the transition to sustainable transportation.

November 21, 2011 in Efficiency, Energy Storage, Transportation

Better Place is developing a multi-faceted infrastructure to support and ease the expansion of the electric vehicle (EV) market. Better Place’s various solutions include: Batteries – Development of advanced lithium batteries through partnerships with storage companies like A123 Charging stations – Networks of “charge spots” in office and public spaces to provide convenient charging Battery switch [...]

This one runs on fat. This one makes you fat.

November 18, 2011 in Transportation

I don’t have time to write a full article today, but just wanted to share this tag that an artist in NYC is spray painting on sidewalks and buildings. via Sue Young via BicycleSpace. On the subject of how awesome bicycles are, I saw “The Lost Interview” last night, an interview with Steve Jobs from [...]

RelayRides. Neighbor-to-Neighbor Carsharing.

November 3, 2011 in Efficiency, Transportation

RelayRides connects people who need a car with their neighbors who own a car, in order to borrow that car for as little as $5/hour.         It’s a win-win-win…win! situation. The borrower wins – because it’s free to sign up, it’s super cheap ($5/hour includes gas!), and it’s crazy convenient. The lender wins [...]

1BOG: The Greener Way to Get There

October 27, 2011 in Transportation

Every wednesday, One Block Off the Grid publishes an awesome infographic about energy. I thought this infographic on traveling and the greenest way to get somewhere in terms of pounds of CO2 emitted per trip - car, bus, train, or airplane – was particularly informative. I am however, a bit confused about the emissions associated with taking a [...]

La Petite Reine. Delivery solutions for the city.

September 12, 2011 in Efficiency, Transportation

There’s so many cool things you can do with pedaling power.  Like power a school bus.  Or charge your cellphone.  Or sew a sweater. La Petite Reine is a French company that employs bicycle power to optimize the delivery of goods in dense urban communities.           La Petite Reine developed the Cargocycle to overcome [...]