Green tech finds (8/27/09)

Summer’s coming to an end, but ice cream and watermelon are still on the radar… as green tech finds.

  • Gardening online: Nope, it’s not a new Facebook app. Italian company Azienda Agricola Giacomo Ferraris has created a sort of CSA 2.0 — Italians can design a garden online, and the company plants the vegetables requested, and delivers the produce from the garden to the customer’s door. (via Springwise)
  • Online sustainability training: Looking to update your skill set for the green economy? Nevada’s Truckee Meadows Community College has a new online certificate program in green technology; the University of Wisconsin-Extension is offering a full online bachelor’s degree program in sustainable management.
  • Solar EV charging in Chicago: Trying to stay ahead of the green curve, the city of Chicago has installed a solar-powered station for charging up its fleet of neighborhood electric vehicles and Segways.
  • Low-carbon ice cream? Unilever, which owns Ben & Jerry’s, Breyer’s, Good Humor, and Popsicle, wants to reduce energy used to keep ice cream frozen not by creating more efficient refrigeration, but by making ice cream that doesn’t need it. (via EcoGeek)
  • Compressed air energy storage: Inexpensive energy storage is one of the last big hurdles to widespread renewable energy adoption. While many are working on next-generation batteries, California utility PG&E has plans for an underground compressed-air storage system. (via CNET Green Tech)
  • Watermelon ethanol: This may be an option at the pump one day. Apparently, 20% of the watermelon crop goes unused every year, and these “flawed” melons (or, at least, their juice) could be converted into ethanol. (via Cleantechnica)
  • Cash for Clunkers 2.0: The rebate program for cars has ended, but the government was so happy with the results, it’s going to try a similar program for energy-efficient home appliances. (via Triplepundit)
  • Can mobile phones save the planet? We’ve pointed out a number of cool mobile apps… Karl Burkart at MNN has found several others that could save elephants and trees, among other things.

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