Business & Technology

Once there were parking lots

New Agtivist: Gene Fredericks is thinking inside the city’s big box

They're the bane of urban and suburban areas alike: the vacant, boarded-up K-Marts and Home Depot Expos. But where most people see blight and a waste of space, San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur Gene Fredericks sees opportunity: to grow food. Lots of food. Fredericks' latest venture, Big Green Boxes, offers a new, high-tech, sustainable approach to Feeding the City.

Crude conversation

Will we ever get off oil? [AUDIO]

If the Gulf oil disaster doesn't make us reconsider crude, then what will? Our expert panel tackles whether and how we'll move beyond fossil fuels.

Cash for Coal Clunkers

We should pay to shut down dirty old coal plants

“You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Inspired by this adage, we could create a positive financial incentive to induce power companies to shut down old coal plants. And because coal plants are so costly to society, a Cash for Coal Clunkers program could be revenue neutral.

Still charging

California Legislature passes energy storage bill

California now boasts the nation's first energy storage bill, AB 2514. It promises to cement Arnold Schwarzenegger's legacy as a green governor.

cheesing it

What do cream cheese, screws, and solar panels have in common?

What really caught my eye was the Philadelphia brand cream cheese label that said the product was made with renewable energy.

Fed Letter Day

Want a car that gets good grades? Buy a hybrid

The federal government plans to grade cars based on their fuel efficiency. That C for the Ford A-150 pickup wont make everyone happy.

Sea to Shiny Sea

With drilling stalled in the Gulf, Big Oil sets its sights on the Arctic

Drilling is on hold in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's about to hit high gear in the Arctic. It's accessible because climate change is melting the polar ice

My smart meter, my self

California's smart meter fears

No one said changing our century-old power system into a digital smart grid was easy. But Californias already bogged down in a fight over smart meters

it's electric, boogie woogie woogie!

They Might Be Giants riding in electric cars [VIDEO]

As a general -- and generally very reliable -- rule, songs about green issues suck. Which makes it that much more refreshing to find this fun and catchy anthem about electric vehicles from the band They Might Be Giants. Won't you take this song for a ride?