Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 115.

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By the time you read this, I will be in Denver to visit friends and attend the Green Festival at the convention center. (Hope no one has the swine flu! 😉 ) If you happen to live in or near Denver, come on down and find me! It’s only $15 to get in, and there are a ton of exhibitors and speakers. Good times. On to the news…

My friend Allie wants your help finding an eco-friendly mattress. Have any experience with one? Head over and let her know – and I will be watching for when I replace mine!

At 9:08 a.m. on April 27, 2009, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid team hit the 1,000-mile mark on a single tank of gas, and is continuing its ultimate fuel-efficiency challenge with nearly one-third of a tank of fuel remaining.

On April 23, Andrew Revkin of the New York Times published a story proving conclusively that the so-called Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, knew that they were lying when they ran “an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming.” It is important to know, therefore, exactly which companies are prone to lie and distort the truth so we know not to believe them in the future. For that reason, here, according to SourceWatch, is the list of members of the so-called Global Climate Coalition, who tried for so long to mislead us.

Planning is an important element influencing sustainability of a town or city. The design of an urban area has inherent in it a level of resource and energy use-the right design can result in thrifty use of energy and resource savings, the wrong design can create an energy hog for decades.

Federal agents have raided city offices in the Chicago suburb of Crestwood, Ill., which has been accused of knowingly drawing drinking water from a contaminated well for more than two decades. Yikes.

Titled Justice in the Air: Tracking Toxic Pollution from America’s Industries and Companies to Our States, Cities, and Neighborhoods, the report ranks cities, states, and companies that are failing to protect the socially disadvantaged from dirty air. Check that report too to see if your city makes the list of “Ten Worst for Protecting Minorities” or “Ten Worst for Protecting the Poor.” Luckily, L.A. isn’t on either of those lists; perhaps our air’s so unclean that wealth can’t protect anyone from its polluting effects.

They’ve been specifically designed for a digital music lifestyle. They can cozy up to your laptop, transform into a tabletop speaker, or be taken on a picnic along with your iPod. Oh yeah, and they’re powered completely by three layers of photovoltaic panels! Solar powered speakers!

Getting tweens and teens to break away from their MP3 players, cell phones, computers or game systems can be a challenge. For today’s wired teens, it can seem next to impossible. Here are a few tips to help encourage a more balanced lifestyle for the tweens and teens in your world.

Have a great weekend everyone, and if you go to the Green Festival I hope to meet you!

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