Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how
All around us people are working to solve pressing social problems, but these stories can be difficult to track down. So we’ll be scouring the Web regularly to highlight a few of them. See below for this week’s selections.
Donors may wonder about the impact of their gifts, but they rarely drill down into the details. A new online tool called GiveLoop puts the numbers out in the open. The theory: more transparency will mean more giving.(Beyond Profit: Giveloop: Micro-Giving, Version 2.0)
- Some hopeful news from Detroit: Ford predicts that by 2020 a quarter of its cars will be electric, compared with 2% today.
(Nicer News: “Ford to be 25% Electric by 2020″)
- The Department of Energy is opening a super-green 220,000 square foot research facility. It’s cut energy consumption in half and draws from onsite solar panels for the rest. But, at $259 per square foot, it doesn’t come cheap.
(Good: “The Department of Energy’s New Net-Zero Building”)
- On a more cost-effective note, it turns out that wind power can be a cash saver—to the tune of up to $28 per megawatt hour. Good to keep in mind during tough times, like this East Coast heatwave.
(EcoGeek: “Wind Power Lowers Electricity Costs“)
What did we miss? What great solution-focused posts and articles did you come across this week? Let us know in the comments.