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

Blog Post–from Chicago!

Hello Blog Readers!  I’m back from my trip to the mid-west and I have some interesting things to report:

First off, Chicago is a lot of fun!  The nightlife is exciting and vibrant.  While hanging out at a local VFW hall, I was introduced to a super cool guy who had worked as Robert Deniro’s double on some films, and featured prominently in some awesome indie rock music videos from Chicago band Univore.  One particular video, seen at the end of this sentence, is a tribute to one of my favorite things:  Electric cars!

Continue reading Blog Post–from Chicago!

Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tasting

Happy Fall Season blog readers!

I don’t know about you, but I’m already excited about tearing into a massive Thanksgiving Day feast!  But lo and behold, there is much more to Thanksgiving Day than just eating and watching football (at least for some of us).  If you are trying to change things up this coming Thanksgiving Day weekend, there is a cornucopia of wine tasting Continue reading Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tasting

Sustainable Wine Tasting This Thanksgiving

Hey Everyone!  If you’re wondering what to do this Thanksgiving, you ought to consider checking out some sustainable wine tasting options at Sokol Blosser (http://sokolblosser.com/) and Willamette Valley Vineyards (http://wvv.com/), our good friends in wine country!

Standing Room Only?

Hey Gang!

 

Mark is back on the blog this week.  Fiona did a great job last week with her account of picking up garbage from the Willamette River, thanks Fiona!

One part of my job involves mapping things out on Google maps.  Like most people, I prefer the hybrid map that shows street names across satellite images.  One thing I keep noticing is how developed everything is, and how new developments keep popping up.  It makes me wonder; where are all of the animals hanging out?  Continue reading Standing Room Only?

Sports Execs Meet up to Go Green

 

Hello Blog readers!

This week many professional sports executives are in town to meet up and put their minds together to see how they can put their respective teams on the road to sustainability.  I love it when professional sports bump into social responsibility! Continue reading Sports Execs Meet up to Go Green

Congratulations J & F!

 

TGIF, blog readers! 

This week has been pretty intense here at ecoShuttle.  July is a month where we find ourselves providing transportation for many weddings, so it seems appropriate that I mention one wedding in particular, that of two of ecoShuttle’s owners, Jesse Yun and Fiona Mitchell. Continue reading Congratulations J & F!