The 650-person farming town of Elk Horn, Iowa, is preparing to become a beacon for electric car drivers, with four electric charging stations already online. Mike Howard, the businessman financing the project, plans to add four more charging stations along Interstate 80 next year. "We have a dream about electric vehicles, and we're going to make that a reality," Howard says.
The first prototypes of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt hit the road last week, finally allowing drivers to answer one nagging question: What happens when the charge runs low? The generator-powered drive remains smooth -- though much different from conventional cars, Lindsay Brooke writes. The new vehicles may take some getting used to, but Brooke concludes that the Volt is an "extremely refined vehicle."
DMD Green, an environmental management consulting company, has developed a program called SocialCycling to help find new uses for used products that are not easily recycled, such as PVC. The company collects unwanted scraps at a central location and then connects them with craftsmen and manufacturers who can use the scraps.
Vegetarian options for Thanksgiving dinner have proliferated as awareness of the environmental implications of meat production become more widespread. Lou Bendrick explores some non-meat alternatives to turkey.
More efficient distribution methods have helped Kraft Foods trim 50 million miles off delivery routes since 2005. The improvements have come from finding alternative transportation methods and using technology to improve logistics -- which helped the company log fewer miles, reduce inventory layovers and cut the time trucks spend waiting to drop off and pick up shipments. The plan has helped the company cut about 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.