One Year Ago in TH: Tesla Roadster, smart ForFun, Sundance Goes Green, and More


It's really quite amazing to see how far the green world has come in just a year. To wit, one year ago on TreeHugger, we were just becoming acquainted with the Tesla Roadster and Robert Redford was just announcing the new green ambitions of the Sundance Channel; since then, the roadster has been all over the news and Sundance is already working on Season Two of the Green television programming. Not everything has been quite so widely accepted, though; we're happy to say that the "smart" conversion to the "ForFun" has not caught on with the same level of popularity.

In addition, last July 21 also saw TreeHuggerTV at Bonnaroo, biodiesel made from leftover catfish guts and bioplastics made from cow poo. We peeked at the GoBike, another snazzy folding bike, accessorized with this wind-powered bike light gazed way out at a deepwater wind farm slated for construction in Scotland. We even found time to put out a call for more Honorary TreeHuggers. Hit the jump to see the full list of entries from last year.Readers were introduced to Janet Dreifus in April, when we let you know about Janet's Walk; sadly, the "intrepid 49-year-old returned home from her April trip exhausted and succumbed to breast cancer in June.

130 mph. 0-60mph in about four seconds. H-O-T! Meet the Tesla Roadster, the car that hopes to elevate plug-in electrics to lustworthy status.

TreeHugger's T-shirt design contest was in full swing.

Grist brought us news that the man who paved the way for Brad Pitt to be celebrated as a hunky-Hollywood TreeHugger, Robert Redford, has announced the launch of Sundance Channel Green.

We were looking for help from our esteemed readers in finding the perfect TreeHugger.

We looked at the blueprints of BusinessWeek's list of architectural green wonders of the world.

Greenpeace UK had just released a video of about SUVs in urban areas. "Using the language, style and production values of traditional car adverts, the film challenges the image portrayed by the advertising industry of 4x4 drivers escaping their urban environment for the freedom of the open road."

We love our eco-raps, so TreeHuggerTV tracked down the great G. Love at the Bonnaroo music festival, who waxed lyrical for the camera about Mother Earth.

Looking at the two main problems behind the toxicity in many homes: toxic products that people bring into their homes, and toxins leaked into the air by the home itself.

The University of Florida made plans to host the first "Campus and Community Sustainability: Sharing Best Practices and Visions for Florida's Future" conference.

If you ever wondered what to do with your leftover catfish guts, a Vietnamese innovator has come up with a dandy solution: catfish biodiesel.

The cunning eco-renegades at Global Inheritance had a challenge for you: design that magazine cover you'd most want to see on the newsstand. Beat the Press is Global Inheritance's challenge to showcase the news that really matters.

Some have wondered if America will accept the Smart Car; certainly this modest modification will be welcome. It has a little more ground clearance (65 cm) an addtional engine (a 5.7 litre six cylinder diesel) and a better view- you sit almost 3 metres (10 feet) up.

A researcher in the Centre for Environmental Technology and Engineering in New Zealand discovered another potential source for producing bioplastic: dairy-farm effluent, better known to most of us as cow poo in water.

According to a report in the Beijing News, China will begin tracking its vegetables in an effort to ensure food safety during the 2008 Olympics. Each vegetable will be given an identity number and file so that its origins can be traced in the event of a 'safety incident'.

Celebrity endorsements don't work, according to this heartwarming study. In fact, they came second last on the list of "very important" information channels that consumers used to judge products. In a new report by AccountAbility, a non-profit research institute, 10% picked celebrities' opinions as important in helping them decide if companies were trustworthy--the only category to do worse was leaflets through the mailbox.

When it comes to wind farms, NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) has been a pretty effective weapon against building new ones, so we brought you an example of DOWNVInD (Distant Offshore Windfarms with No Visual Impact iN Deepwater), for which plans were being made to build in Scotland.

We looked at the latest in Inhabitat's Green Building 101 series, on materials and resources. There's "Get small"; we always talk about living with less; It now pays LEED points, "Get efficient"; frame your building carefully and think about prefabs or SIP's, "Get Local"; Don't pay to ship materials across the country or the world, and much more.

Taiwan designer Hsieh Jung-Ya and his firm, Duck Image, won kudos from European design comps, like Red Dot, for his concept of a wind-powered bike light. A mini turbine is mounted on the handlebars and uses the bikes momentum to drive the blades.

Put that bike light on this cool folding bike, called GoBike, which is said to perform and ride just like a full-size equivalent.

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