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GM uses wind power to build SUVs, trucks

Wind farms came online this month, with more to come

Wind farms came online this month, with more to come.

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Goodyear rolls out moss-filled tire that releases oxygen

Maybe they can get Sir Stirling Moss as their pitchman?

The Oxygene is a photosynthesis tire, 3D-printed, that makes electricity.

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GM commits to sustainable natural rubber for tires

Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, and Michelin will help lead the change to greener tires.

Transparency, labor rights, and preventing deforestation are keys to the initiative.

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Ford wants to make car parts from Jose Cuervo tequila leftovers

Bioplastics make it possible.

The companies are working on sustainable plastics made from parts of the agave plant not used to make liquor.

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Homegrown Trailers makes camping comfortable, eco-friendly

Make your own hippie version of 'Road Rules'

Homegrown Trailers builds solar-powered campers from sustainable materials.

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Toyota Prius, Tesla Model S fans apparently like very different things

Prius fans polled have above-average interest in yoga, sustainability and Apple. As for Model S fans? They're big on economics, Jim Beam, strip clubs and weed.

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GM increases number of clean facilities in Asia, has 100 worldwide

General Motors has added two more outlets to its global land-fill free initiative – the Rayong engine plant in Thailand and Cheonga proving ground in Korea. This brings the total to 33 facilities in Asia, 45 in North America and 22 in Europe that recycle, reuse or

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GM ready to double production of vehicles that get 40+ mpg

General Motors is planning to be twice as nice to the environment four years from now when it comes to producing high-MPG vehicles. The US automaker recently spelled out its green goals in its sustainability report and notably predicted that it would double the number of vehicles it makes that get at least 40 miles per gallon (highway) by 2017. That means boosting production of extended-range plug-ins like the Danny King

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GM signs Ceres declaration, says 'responding to climate change is good business'

General Motors has signed on to the Ceres "Climate Declaration," which is dedicated to stopping – and therefore acknowledges – climate change. While other major corporations like Starbucks, Ikea, Intel and eBay also signed on, GM is the only automaker so far to do so.

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VW sustaniability report shows emissions, production progress

The most recent companywide sustainability report from Volkswagen comes in at a tidy 168 pages. Here's hoping not too many folks took out trees by printing the whole thing out.

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Ford reduces water use in vehicle assembly by 10.6 billion gallons

Ford is reducing its water use much faster than expected, and touting the achievement with another infographic. During 2012, the global automaker achieved an 8.5 percent reduction in the amount of water used to make its vehicles, putting Ford more

Should there be a fossil fuel moratorium? Some scientists say yes

Climate change was barely mentioned during October presidential debates, but that doesn't mean the public doesn't care. After all, climate change affected Hurricane Sandy, and that got some media coverage. Some analysts say climate change is just part of historic weather patterns that humans have little say over but most scientists say humans play a big part in the matter, in

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Hertz, Liberty Tire Recycling announce nationwide tire recycling program

The Hertz Corporation has added another sustainability initiative to its brand portfolio through a partnership with a major tire recycling company. Hertz and Liberty Tire Recycling launched what they call the first nationwide tire recycling program in the US car rental industry. Hertz goes through more than 160,000 tires each year, and going forward, the used tires will be turned into something much better than landfill as they become a selection of products for playgrounds, public parks, highwa

How Leonardo DiCaprio inspired Henrik Fisker to build plug-in hybrid cars

BBC's TopGear recently had an exclusive interview with Leonardo DiCaprio to find out about his commitment to sustainability and his investment in Fisker Automotive. The most surprising thing is that Leo was in part responsible for Fisker getting started in the first place.

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Lexus Eco Challenge entices teens with $500,000 in grants, scholarships

The sixth annual Lexus Eco Challenge has launched, giving young students a shot at winning part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. More than 22,000 middle school and high school students have been included in past programs, where more than $3.5 million has been awarded to studen

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GM recycles something called Sonozorb into coats, sleeping bags for the houseless

For automakers pursuing sustainability initiatives – things like powering plants with solar panels and recycling existing car components – General Motors is stepping it up a notch. GM is working with a Detroit nonprofit group to turn leftover auto materials into warm coats and sleeping bags

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Ford hedging its bets on how much consumers willing to pay for green vehicles

Ford is taking a cautiously optimistic approach to hitting its target for sustainability and compliance. A new study, and the company's recent sales figures, have revealed to Ford that there are limits on what consumers will pay and what they expect in return. Jon LeSage

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GM's sustainability report highlights conservation efforts

General Motors met many of its goals to reduce its environmental impact and carbon footprint by cutting landfill use, boosting recycling efforts and reduce water use, the automaker said last week in the first sustainability report it's released since emerging from bankruptcy in 2009.

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