The Green Wrap-up 3.April, 2013

There are many little, inexpensive ways you can save energy — insulate your hot water heater, use ceiling fans in the summer, insulate your attic, use fluorescent light bulbs, wash your laundry in cold water and use Energy Star appliances. But what else can you do to decrease your home’s overall energy use?
Whole Foods is using the rooftop of its new Brooklyn, New York store to make the dreams of locavores everywhere come true. It’s building a massive, 20,000-square-foot greenhouse on top of the new store to provide incredibly fresh produce grown, pesticide-free, with an innovative hydroponic system.
As the cost of tuition, books and housing continue to rise, the college experience is often as much about learning to scrimp and save as it is about earning a degree. With that in mind, one Tufts University student has launched The Gleanor’s Kitchen, offering hungry patrons a variety of healthy meal options — for free.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): Food waste is a huge problem globally. While there are programs that allow supermarkets to donate soon-to-expire food to the hungry, many refuse to, partially because they fear that they’ll be liable if someone gets sick from eating food that’s nearing its expiration date. I’m sure that most of the food that The Gleaners Kitchen finds in dumpsters is perfectly edible, but personally, I would still feel a little weird about eating dumpster food.
In 2010, PlanetSolar’s Tûranor solar-powered boat completed a 19-month voyage around the world. Now the eco-vessel is set to set sail again over the Atlantic Ocean in order to conduct experiments along the Gulf Stream in a project known as PlanetSolar DeepWater. The 115-foot Swiss catamaran, whose name means ‘power of the sun’ in Elvish, will take measurements on behalf of the University of Geneva.
Something refreshing is about to blow into Dallas, Houston, and other oil-soaked Texan cities: wind energy. Lots of wind energy.
GM’s new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck comes with a 5.3 liter V8 engine which, according to GM, offers better fuel economy and towing capacity than Ford’s F-150 equipped with the EcoBoost V6.

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