Green Gifts: 7 Last-Minute Christmas Present Ideas

Green Christmas present ideas

If you’re like me and totally haven’t been thinking about Christmas this year, perhaps you’re still in need of some Christmas gifts.Hopefully, I can help you out with this list of last-minute Christmas gift ideas (green ones, of course).There are all kinds of awesome things to get the greener-minded folks on your Christmas list. The cool thing about giving a green gift to someone who cares about the environment, is that the types of things you may give that person are the types of … [Read more...]

Solar in UK Schools

solar in uk schools

This is a really fun new development in the UK. Climate activist group 10:10 is behind it, but really, it’s all about local communities.The short story: 10:10 has created a website, Solar Schools, where people can easily donate as little as £5 to put solar panels on a local school’s roof.The organization creates a webpage for each school involved that shows who has donated (unless you want to remain anonymous) and how much, by replacing some of the solar cells with donor photos, names, … [Read more...]

Facebook’s Social Energy Efficiency App

facebook like energy app

Energy efficiency holds huge potential when it comes to being better stewards of the environment and stopping climate change (well, human-caused, extremely rapid and destructive climate change, that is).It could also help us save money. Reportedly, the U.S. could save $700 billions dollars with some energy efficiency improvements.How much time do we spend thinking about energy and these potential savings, though? The average American spends about 6 minutes per year doing so, according to … [Read more...]

Live Green, Bike More! 3 Tips for Enjoying Your Next Bike Ride

Bike rides don't have to be just exercise, they can be fun too.

Bicycling is actually really hard not to enjoy. And it comes with a ton of benefits -- which is why it’s one of the most popular recreational activities in the U.S. (and why some folks bike into their 100s).But a lot of people still have trouble believing they can bicycle for transportation purposes, or have fears about doing so.The percentage of utilitarian bikers is clearly growing across the U.S. though.Perhaps you’re thinking about joining the green transport trend?If so, or … [Read more...]

Nature in a Rail Car…Literally

Rail car turned mobile garden

As part of this month’s Art on Track festival in Chicago, some greenies with an artistic twinge (or artists with a green twinge) turned the inside of a rail car into a nature wonderland.The rail car “circled Chicago’s elevated downtown loop for 5 hours with several additional cars decorated with numerous other art installations,” This Is Colossal writes.Art on Track was apparently the “world’s largest mobile art exhibition” and I imagine this is the biggest such “nature on a train” … [Read more...]

7 MORE Cool Solar Power Technologies

Solar boat

Following up on my post last week on 7 cool solar power technologies, here are 7 more cool solar power technologies.1. Solar-powered Cars: I’m not sure if you’ll ever be able to buy a solar-powered car, but some researchers at Japan’s Tokai University and Panasonic, among others, are trying to make it possible, and there are some pretty wicked solar-powered car races out there, like the World Solar Challenge in Australia (the 2011 race is coming up next month -- October 16-23).2. … [Read more...]

7 Cool Solar Power Technologies

logitech k750 wireless solar keyboard for mac users

Solar power is cool, and is very widely supported by the public -- who doesn’t support getting our electricity from the sun? But as solar has developed over the years, more and more interesting solar power technologies have popped up. Here are 7 that I think you’ll find pretty interesting.1. Solar shingles. Want to 1-up your neighbor who just bought a solar power system? Go with some solar shingles! They aren’t available yet, actually, but mass production is scheduled to begin in 2012. Keep … [Read more...]

World Solar Challenge

world solar challenge

There are a ton of cool solar technologies out there or in development these days -- solar bikinis, solar-powered 3D printers and cutters, peel & stick solar panels, solar paint, and solar shingles, for example.But, while cool solar technologies are fun, it’s hard to beat a solar vehicle race!The World Solar Challenge is just that.  … [Read more...]

Solar Powered 3D Printer and Sun Cutter

Sun Cutter low tech light cutter

These are wicked cool. I don’t know their large-scale usefulness yet, and maybe they’ll never be that useful on a large scale, but they are two of the coolest inventions I’ve seen in a long time -- a 3D solar printer and a low-tech light cutter.The inventor demos both of them in the Sinai Desert of Egypt in the videos below. Solar Sinter — 3D Solar-Powered PrinterIndustrial designer and inventor Markus Kayser recently created a solar-powered 3D printer, using cutting edge 3D … [Read more...]

Solar Bikinis that Can Power Your iPod, iPhone, & More

Keep your gadgets charged with this sexy solar powered bikini

What’s hotter than a solar panel bikini?Not much for us clean energy geeks.Truthfully, I have to say that this creation of Brooklynite Andrew Schneider looks a little strange, but it’s also quite a cool and interesting concept.Now, you are probably wondering at this point, is this for real? Can you really create solar power from your bathing suit? Can you actually swim in this thing?The answers: yes, yes, and yes. … [Read more...]