Daily Green Wrap-Up 12.July, 2012

Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA has flipped the “on” switch for several new locations this week, and is laying claim to the biggest rooftop photovoltaic arrays in Michigan and Virginia.

The new systems range in capacity from about 500 kilowatts to more than 1,000 kilowatts. Here are some of the particulars…

Now that many designers and manufacturers have gone green, there are more environmentally friendly products for the home than ever before. When it comes to floors, consumers now have many sustainable options for their homes and businesses that are affordable, durable, and attractive. You can achieve a designer look for your floor and still maintain your commitment to work with eco-friendly materials.
In this short segment from the documentary Growthbusters several experts discuss why the issue of population growth is taboo, even within environmental circles. Speakers include Tom Horton, Lisa Hymas, Robert Walker, Katie Elmore, Bill Ryerson and Veronica Egan.
With all of the concern about Bisphenol-A (BPA), an estrogen-mimicking chemical used in some plastics, most metal food can linings, and most thermal paper receipts, manufacturers are looking for alternative materials to use so they can tout their products as BPA-free. But are the substitutes actually safer than BPA itself?

FedEx will expand testing of the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 utility van to Japan’s Yokohama region this month.

The agreement marks a continuation of the road-testing partnership between FedEx and Nissan. FedEx started testing the electric concept version of Nissan’s NV200 in Europe last fall, and expanded that effort to the U.K. in December.

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