One Year Ago in TH: Energy Sources Abound, Green Learnin' and More

One year ago in TreeHugger, we had our eyes on energy, of all kinds. A solar-powered car wash popped up in California, we peeked in on a near nuclear meltdown in Sweden, and, in Japan, they were generating electricity from train station ticket gates.

We weren't the only ones doing some learning; Flexcar was going to college, and Xeko hit the scene, teaching players about the complex nature of ecosystems. Meanwhile, green in California was heating up as eco designers were taking San Francisco's Fashion Week by storm and Los Angeles was getting a new farmer's market. After the jump: a list of all the posts from one year ago today.Hugg was just getting going, and you could post and win!

San Francisco's Fashion Week was besieged by eco-designers.

Valley Car Wash in Van Nuys was ready to start making So Cal autos sparkle using solar power.

A former director of the Forsmark nuclear plant in Sweden said: "It was pure luck that there was not a meltdown. Since the electricity supply from the network didn't work as it should have, it could have been a catastrophe."

TreeHugger was a new on MySpace, and we were looking for some new friends.

Kellogg's was rolling out their line of organic cereals, prompting some questions about the role of "big" organics in our food.

We reported on Sales Reach, a company designed to reach clients on behalf of business people who won't fly for business to do their part to fight global warming.

The East Japan Railway Company (JR-East) was doing research on how to make its train stations more eco-friendly. One of the technologies they were working on was a ticket gate that has piezo elements to generate electricity as commuters walk through.

A new farmer's market was on its way to downtown Mar Vista, bringing local, organic produce, fresh flowers, prepared foods and more to the west LA neighborhood.

A new renewable energy grant supplied by the US was approved to co-fund burgeoning renewable energy projects between Israelis and Americans, supplied in annual installments of a not-so-measly $20 million a year.

TreeHugger talks a lot about Fair Trade, and found a great organization to help find more fairly-traded goods called Ten Thousand Villages.

We stopped by for a lesson in vermiculture from South Africa’s luxurious Mount Nelson Hotel. The hotel currently processes 20% of its organic waste through an extensive onsite worm farm. The worms, which are capable of reducing waste by 70%, produce two nutrient rich products (‘worm tea’ and compost) that are used by the hotel as fertilizer.

What could possibly be modern and green about terracotta pots? Nothing and everything. Nothing and everything. The oldest known African earthenware has been found in Nigeria, so that ain’t exactly new. What does brings it up-to-date is the incredibly simple application of two pots, one inside another. Fill the space between the two with moist sand, and you have a most ingenious fridge.

Car-sharing service Flexcar, already setting usage records with the high summer gas prices, decided to target an unusual market in the car-rental business: 18-20 year-old college students, as the company announced it is piloting its "Flexcar for Undergrads" program at six US universities.

Lastly, Biodivesity Hotspots are the 34 habitats on the planet that house 75% of our most threatened mammals, birds and amphibians. Plus an estimated 50% of all vascular plants and 42% of land vertebrates hang out here too. But for all this life the sites cover only 2.3% of the Earth’s surface. Such is the scene set for players of new eco-game: Xeko.

"One Year Ago in TH", a roundup of posts featured 365 days ago on TreeHugger, appears every Saturday on TreeHugger.

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