Daily Green Wrap-Up 14.October, 2011

Valentin Vodev’s Partially Electric Vienna Bike Can Carry a Trunk Load of Groceries

We get the sense that the folks from Valentin Vodev Studio got so tired of hearing people say that biking is not practical for everyday activities like grocery shopping that they designed the Vienna Bike in response. Technically it is a tricycle that is both human and electrically-powered, but a unique suspension system makes the ride feel every bit like being on a bicycle. And even better, this elegant bike from Austria comes with a handy extension bar and cargo box that can carry a trunk load of groceries and stump the naysayers.

There are many homeowners who are now attempting to make their living spaces more eco-friendly. They are doing this not only to protect the environment but also to cut their bills by saving the energy used around the home. Sometimes, all they have to do is upgrade an existing appliance to a newer more eco-friendly household model, or they should avoid certain types of appliances in favor of energy-efficient products.

From lattes to muffins and of course pie, you’ve probably been seeing pumpkin flavored goodies in stores and cafes everywhere this autumn. But instead of purchasing these goodies, why not try your hand at making organic versions of them in your very own kitchen? Aside from being downright scrumptious, pumpkins are packed with nutrients like alpha and beta carotene, fiber, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium and pantothenic acid, so head on over to your local grocer or greenmarket and whip up some of our 6 sweet and savory pumpkin recipes today!

SmartPlanet has highlighted the work of the Climate Corps fellowships run by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) several times over the past two years, but this year’s class appears to have been the most successful yet: the 96 MBA and MPA students who participated in the program last summer collectively identified an estimated $650 million in energy savings, according to EDF.

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