The Most Interesting Green Initiatives for 2010

May 10th, 2010

Even though Earth Day has come and gone, no need to let your new-found green ways of life slip! At IOGEAR, we are committed to “going green” year round, and we love the culminating buzz and attention Earth Day generates. It's all too easy to miss the good ideas in the flood of information around the holidays – but never fear, IOGEAR is here to remind you to stay green! In this post, we'll look at some of the more interesting (and in some cases ... humorous) green initiatives for 2010. We hope you will be enlightened, entertained and most importantly, motivated to incorporate more green activities into your lifestyle. CES 2010 - Green Technology goes Mainstream We started the year at CES 2010 and were pleased to note that “going green” was a hot-button topic among most vendors. As the L.A. Times notes, “For years, the technology industry has been ‘going green.' At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, most business have finally gotten there.” We certainly hope this trend continues and at IOGEAR we will continue to lead by example and continue showing the way in green tech. Luxury Cars Get the Green Treatment With all of the turmoil going on in the auto industry, it's was good to see continued attention on high-end greener vehicles at this year's New York Auto Show. Let's hope that these trends take a firm hold and spread as a standard throughout all of the brands. Kudos to Ford Motor Co., Porsche and Hyundai Motor Co. for leading the way! To find out more about the news from the New York Auto Show and check out the show's iPhone app, click here. Energy Shoes! For those who prefer to walk never fear – scientists and engineers are working on solutions for your steps to create valuable clean energy, and even to charge your mobile devices on the go! This technology will not power energy intensive devices just yet, but it could certainly support low powered portable electronics. Unfortunately this technology is not available for consumers just yet ... so go ahead and grab a portable GearPower Mobile Pocket Power Portable Battery while you wait :) Fast Tracked Green Patents Despite all the innovation in the green tech space to date, much more innovation is needed to make green energy sustainable across the board. The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is helping us to catch up with a pilot program that helps fast track green technology patents. The goals of the program seem noble: contribution to environmental quality, finding or developing renewable energy resources, improving energy efficiency or cutting greenhouse gas emissions. With so many resources at hand, it may be time to take that idea off the shelf and get to work! Green Goats? Leave it to Google to find a way to reduce their carbon footprint with goats! Instead of using lawn mowers to eliminate grass, Google is using goats to take care of the job. To return the favor, Google's new hooved friends are eliminating mower emissions, reducing noise pollution and restoring plant species. What are you waiting for? Get on over to your neighborhood goat dealer and return that expensive mower, no matter how cool! TPS Reports = TP Reports? Does the word “Report” send a shudder down your spine or evoke fits of rage across your company's cubicles? We thought this recycling program may just put a smile on your face. We don't want to spoil it ... go ahead and click for yourself :) Conclusion If you are now motivated to take action, a great start would be to check out CNET's energy efficiency guide. We'd also love to hear some of the more interesting green initiatives that you've come across this year. Please take some time and share your experiences here on the blog, on Twitter or FaceBook. New Contest! Be sure to take a moment to check out our brand new Mystery Photo Contest on Facebook for a chance to win exciting prizes.

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IOGEAR enjoys long walks on the beach and romantic getaways. While not traveling, IOGEAR enjoys a great game of shuffle board whilst playing the banjo.