Green tech finds: the BACK TO THE FUTURE edition

One of the many symbols of 80s excess, the DeLorean’s back – as an electric vehicle. That, plus recycled jeans and the real cost to drive a Chevy Volt – your green tech finds for the week.

An electric DeLorean: Ever wanted to try re-creating the jump back in time from BACK TO THE FUTURE? If you’ve got $95,000 laying around (and, of course, a flux capacitor), you may be able to do it soon: the DeLorean’s returning as a pricey electric vehicle. (via Gas 2.0)

California school system goes solar: Think laying off teachers is the only way for a school system to save money? Not so: the South San Francisco Unified School District in San Mateo County expects to save $20 million in energy costs over 25 years, and create 100 green jobs, with the activation of its new system-wide solar program.

A Volt’s payback period: 26 years?: That’s what the New York Times claims – that it will take 26 years to “pay back” the higher cost of a Chevy Volt with gasoline savings. Ken Paulman at The Energy Collective runs the numbers, and finds that they make some outlandish assumptions about driver behavior.

Vertical gardens serve as air purifiers in Mexico City: Non-profit VerdMX has erected three vertical gardens throughout the capital city that not only beautify, but also help clean up the city’s famously polluted air. (via @TerracomChicago)

Green, affordable housing in Hawaii: Want to buy a home in Hawaii? Better have big bucks ready to spend, right? In most cases, yes, but homes in Oahu’s new Kaupuni Village are not only affordable (through subsidies) but also very green, with solar power and energy efficiency features throughout.

What the frack was that?: Earthquakes in the Midwest? Yep, they seem to be increasing, and a new paper from the US Geological Survey notes a correspondence between the increase in seismic activity, and the amount of hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) going on in the affected areas.  (via Grist)

Recycled jeans – not from the thrift store: I’ve seen old jeans turned into other products like insulation, but never into more jeans. But that’s what REUSE Jeans does – and its use of 80% recycled cotton saves over 2500 gallons of water per pair of pants. (via 1-800-Recycling)

OK, McFly – what’d you find this week? Share the green tech stories you came across in the comments below.


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