Monday, July 12, 2010

Green News Headlines: Monday, July 12

Interview With MTA CEO Art Leahy (Los Angeles Magazine)
Summary:  Art Leahy, boss of the MTA, says getting around should be no problem: Just leave your car at home

L.A.'s River Clears Hurdle (L.A. Times)
Summary:  U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Wednesday declared the entire concrete-lined Los Angeles River channel "traditional navigable waters," a designation crucial to applying Clean Water Act protections throughout its 834-square-mile urban watershed.

LEEDing the Way in the Office Market (Los Angeles Downtown News)
Summary:  City National Plaza -- the twin 51-story towers in the Financial District -- notched LEED Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Broadway Streetcar Loses Out on Federal Funding (Los Angeles Downtown News)
Summary:  The effort to open a $100 million streetcar on Broadway was dealt a setback today, when Los Angeles lost out on an attempt for a major federal grant.

Sunshine and Tap Water? Finding a Fuel for the Future (Brand X Daily)
Summary:  Imagine a world where all it took to power a car was sunshine and tap water. That isn't a pipe dream but, rather, the reality of emerging technology that someday could turn your house into a personal, zero-emission gas station.

Telecommuting Saves $10K Per Employee Yearly (GreenBiz.com)
Summary: Businesses that let 100 employees work half of their time from home can save more than $1 million a year according to Telework Research Network's (TRN) latest study of telework programs and their benefits.

Scientists Revisit Power from Potatoes (Alternative Energy)
Summary:  This could very well be the magic formula for future power generation. Yes, scientists are busy crafting what is now called as “solid organic electric battery based upon treated potatoes.” These are absolutely eco-friendly batteries – based on the hidden powers of potatoes – which will be an economical answer to the growing power needs of developing and developed countries.

US Bicycle Route System Begins Connecting America (USDOT Fast Lane Blog)
Summary:  America has a national interstate network of bicycle routes in a state of initial development.

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