Good News Blog 1/20/12

Happy Friday, Blog Readers!

It’s time for another good news blog!  First off, we’re happy to see that the Keystone XL Pipeline was rejected—at least for now.  If you’re not familiar, large deposits of tar sands in Alberta, Canada are being utilized for oil extraction with the intention of shipping to refineries in Texas via a pipeline that stretches across a delicate Midwestern aquifer. Continue reading Good News Blog 1/20/12

Midwest Blog, Part 2

Hello Blog Readers,

Welcome to Part 2 of the Midwest blog!  The first leg of the trip I was looking at Chicago, now we’re moving on to the second part, rural NW Ohio!  I must admit, I cannot make any similar comparisons between the nightlife in Chicago and the nightlife of Van Wert, OH, where I spent the other part of my time in the Midwest.

First off, a little history about Van Wert:  Van Wert is a small community about 35 miles east of Ft. Wayne Indiana.  The local economy is built around the auto manufacturing, farming, and insurance industries; which, except for the insurance industry—have been tanking the last few decades.  Van Wert is not known to be home to progressive stewards of the environment, that being said, they have experienced a local jobs boom from an unexpected place:  Green energy! Continue reading Midwest Blog, Part 2

Please Allow me to Introduce Myself

Hello, ecoShuttle blog readers!  For this week’s blog, I thought it prudent to introduce myself as the recently appointed blog author.  My name is Mark Klosterman (though if Microsoft Word’s spellcheck had its way, my name would be Mark Lobsterman!), and I am a transplant from the great state of Ohio.  I am a graduate of Ohio University (2006), with a degree in video production and film.   When I’m not working, I enjoy working out, reading, and playing guitar.  I pride myself on practicing green habits such as recycling; reusing things that might normally just get tossed into the garbage, and biking everywhere instead of owning a car. Continue reading Please Allow me to Introduce Myself