Green tech finds (4/28/11)

Article: Green tech finds (4/28/11)

Together we all go solar. from Solar Mosaic on Vimeo.

A classic hybrid for sale, more poop to power, and solar kits at Costco… your green tech finds for the week.

  • Are you ready for an electric vehicle? A new smart phone app and companion website from BMW tracks your current driving habits to show whether you’re ready to transition to an EV. (via Crisp Green)

  • Crowdfunding community solar: Berkeley company Solar Mosaic creates a marketplace for individuals to invest in (and get paid from) community solar installations. See how it works above… (via Care2)

Crowdfunding eco art: United States Artists

Article: Crowdfunding eco art: United States Artists

Funding the arts seem like something a bit out of your reach? Sure, you can purchase a membership to the local art museum, but beyond that, the real funding comes from wealthy individuals, foundations, and other non-profits… right? Not so fast… a new crowdfunding site by the four-year-old arts advocacy organization United States Artists aims to bring patronage to the masses.

The Art of the Fund

Article: The Art of the Fund

We know times are drastically different in the world of film financing when suddenly fiction filmmakers are creating and mastering a new nifty little form: the fundraising video. For years in documentary, one first shot some footage and then crafted a “trailer,” used really as a funding pitch reel for both grant and private equity opportunities. In fiction, of course, this was never needed (“Let’s wait for the studio to cut a trailer once we sell this thing for a MAJOR profit!”), but times they have a-changed. Some of those studios don’t even … exist anymore.