Twitter Roundup – November 5: Happy Meals, electric cars and kitchen sinks
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:
The Twitter feed @CelebrateGreen alerted us to an interesting experiment this week: Workers at the design firm Teague created a meter to measure the amount of water that went down the office kitchen sink drain. Upon seeing that they used a whopping two gallons per hand wash, employees cut back until they were only using half a gallon each time. The company is now running a fundraising drive for mycharity: water that aims to earn $10,000 for water projects in developing nations. Watch the video that explains it all here.
You might not expect corporate giant GE (@GE_Reports) to produce compelling research about conservation, but they’ve put a lot of effort into recent reports about world energy use. This week, they released the results of a feasibility study that names the 10 U.S. cities best suited for electric vehicles. The top five are Dallas, Houston, Detroit, St. Louis and Atlanta. Surprised? The report indicates that the current generation of electric cars would work best in cities with a lot of commuters and suburbs. You can read the whole report here.
The San Francisco Chronicle (@SFGate) reported that the city’s Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval this week to a restriction on including toys in fast food offerings like McDonald’s Happy Meals. While the final vote takes place next week, the 8-3 vote this week is enough to overcome an expected veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom. If enacted, it could go into effect as early as December 2011. What do you think about governments determining when restaurants can use toys as enticements and when they can’t? (San Francisco’s litmus test: the food and drink have to add up to less than 600 calories and less than 35 percent of those calories can come from fat.)
According to this story at Change.org (@ChangeFood), food giant Del Monte is working on deals that would have their fruits and veggies sold alongside popcorn in movie theaters across the country. After a recent push to have produce sold alongside snack food in schools, this seems like the next natural move — read all about it here.
Did you come across any other notable #socent tweets this week? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @dowserDOTorg.