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Twitter Roundup – November 12: Home efficiency scores, cigarette warnings and Yale scholarships

   /   Nov 12th, 2010Education, Environment, News

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week:

LIVE: Sec. Chu + VP Biden announce federal actions to develop a strong home energy efficiency retrofit industry:
Department of Energy

Vice President Biden and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Tuesday that the Department of Energy (@Energy) is launching a new program called the Home Energy Score. The scoring program will rate efficiency in homes on a scale of one to 10. They liken Home Energy Score to the miles-per-gallon efficiency ratings on cars. Read more about the new score here.

FDA Proposes Graphic Warnings For Cigarette Packs, Ads
NPR News

This week the Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal to drastically change the way cigarettes are labeled in the United States. If the new plan is approved, cigarette manufacturers will have to cover 50% of each pack with a graphic label, including a message like “Smoking Can Kill You.” Warnings must also cover 20% of billboard advertisements for cigarettes. Take a look at the images and read more about the new proposal here.

Yale and the City of New Haven announce New Haven Promise – a visionary scholarship and support program for city youth.
Yale University

In cooperation with the city of New Haven, Yale University (@Yale) announced a wide-ranging scholarship program for high school students in the city. In an effort to strengthen ties between Yale and New Haven and bring the city into what the mayor calls “great city” status, current high-school freshman who stay in school and get at least a 3.0 GPA will get a full ride to a state college or university. What’s more, it’s available to all students regardless of immigration status. Read more about it here.

Finally this week, we have word of another car manufacturer jumping on the red-hot electric bandwagon. According to gas 2.0 (@gas2), Volkswagen is developing an all-electric version of its popular Golf hatchback which will debut in 2014. A new battery system will allow for 90 miles of driving before a recharge is needed. Read more about it here.

Did you come across any other notable #socent tweets this week? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @dowserDOTorg.

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