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June 29, 2009

San Francisco releases Green iPhone App

EcoFinder is the first iPhone application the city of San Francisco released. The application, created by Haku Wale and NexTive Solutions, helps the residents of the city locate where they should recycle and dispose of certain materials.

"The application is based on a city XML feed and uses location-based software to identify a resident's closest recycling facility," Government Technology reported.

EcoFinder is a part of the city's Government 2.0 philosophy.

"This follows the city's other green initiatives like the San Francisco Solar Map, which is a Web-based tool that assesses residents' homes to identify how many solar panels can fit on their roofs and how much power would be generated."

For further information, visit the Government Technology article.

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June 26, 2009

OECD declares Green Growth Strategy

30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development held their annual Ministerial Council Meeting in the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on 24-25 June.

In the declaration, it says, "the (economic )crisis should not be used as an excuse to postpone crucial decisions for the future of our planet," and that to "advance the move towards sustainable low-carbon economies," the OECD develops, "as a horizontal project, a Green Growth Strategy in order to achieve economic recovery and environmentally and socially sustainable economic growth."

The organization also emphasizes that international co-operation will be key, stating "we recognise that special efforts need to be made at the international level for co-operation on developing clean technology."

For further information visit the OECD site.

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June 23, 2009

The Story of Stuff translated into different languages

Since The Story of Stuff, a web-based documentary about a critical vision of the consumerist society, was launched online in December 2007, the site has been visited by millions of people in over 224 countries and territories around the world.

The international site has been launched and it includes translated versions of the film with subtitles, as well as the contact information for the organisations around the world who have done the translations.

To see the film in different languages, visit The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard International web site.

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June 18, 2009

APO announces Eco-Products International Fair 2010

Eco-Products International Fair 2010 will be held in Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia from March 4-7, 2010, the Asian Productivity Organization announced.

APO's mission is to "enable its members to achieve greater socioeconomic development through the strategy of increasing productivity in all economic sectors."

The organization enjoyed the success of the previous fair held in the Philippines in 2009, attracting 83,000 visitors.

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June 18, 2009

Bus Trips are the New Luxury

For New Yorkers, a bus ride meant an extra hour to the destination and added stress, but the demand for urban buses is increasing for two reasons: economic downturn and green awareness.

According to The Wall Street Journal, bus companies like Greyhound Lines inc. started offering upgraded buses about a year ago. These wifi-equipped buses have more leg room and are cleanly kept while Amtrak trains, a traditionally preferred option for affluent travelers, does not offer internet service.

Dale Moser, the president of Megabus.com, told the Journal: "he believes concerns about fuel costs, combined with interest in traveling 'green,' have played a big role in the increased interest in bus travel."

For further information, visit the Wall Street Journal article.

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