Daily Green Wrap-Up 25.June, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today the creation of a fund of $ 20 million for clean energy projects in Africa which will be open to the contribution of private enterprises.
Nest Labs has won over Apple, home improvement giant Lowe’s and investors with its sleekly designed thermostat loaded with intelligent features that allow it to learn. Now, the Silicon Valley company has landed a deal with Reliant, the Texas utility unit of NRG Energy.
There’s an old problem on the law book that has hindered plug-in vehicle adoption in the U.S.: figuring out who has the rights to sell electricity. Traditionally, in many areas, only utilities have that right because of, we’ve heard, unscrupulous landlords who overcharged their tenants. Of course, if you’re a landlord today who wants to install an electric vehicle charging station, how do you legally sell your tenants the juice? Colorado has an answer.
When one thinks of a building that’s part of a National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease, one thinks of Dustin Hoffman running around in a plastic suit in a highly secure bunker, like in Outbreak. Not in New Zealand, where Stephenson & Turner have designed a lovely campus centrepiece that doesn’t make you run away in panic. It is actually inviting.
The next time you’re making guacamole or slicing an avocado for a salad, try saving your pits to grow into avocado trees. It’s surprisingly easy to grow your own avocado tree from seed, and it makes a great educational project for home and classrooms. Check out our handy-dandy guide below, complete with photos, to learn how to grow an avocado tree from seed.
There’s a growing trend in the mechanisms and measures used to determine corporate executive compensation. From increased attention to Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) measures to “say on pay” votes, these changes have been driven by factors such as increased dialogue between management and shareholders as well as the financial crisis.

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