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Core Recovery Program Diverts 120 Million Pounds of Parts

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In 2003 Ford began the Core Recovery Program a recycling and remanufacturing effort that should not be bumpers ford-recycledconfused with Lewis & Clark’s “Corps of Discovery.” The Corps probably did some recycling of their own but for them it was a matter of necessity and not dying until they had reached the Pacific Northwest.

Anyway back to Ford: Since its creation the Core Recovery Program has diverted approximately 120 million pounds of damaged vehicle parts from landfills and junkyards.

“Most parts that come back to us through the program still have a lot of life left," said Kim Goering, the manager of Ford's remanufacturing and recycling programs. "That makes a strong business case to do whatever we can to extend the life of these components. Even more important, however, is that Ford strongly believes it's just the right thing to do from an environmental perspective."

Ford says more than 85 percent of each of their vehicles today is recyclable.

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More Men than Women Bike to Work

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Yesterday BikeGuard, a free online bike registry managed by myassetag.com, released a series of jusben woman bicycleinfographics with bicycling commuting statistics for each state. The data was pulled from the United States Department of Commerce's American Community Survey conducted in 2010.

One of the startling statistics was the percentage of men versus women who bike to work: “74 percent of bike commuters nationally are male, in contrast to a tiny 26 percent who are female.”

Rivka Fogel, creator of BikeGuard said in a press release, "We're really surprised to see some of these findings. We've been hearing about the relatively few women biking to work, but seeing it reflected in hard numbers is a different thing entirely. Then again, based in New York as we are, it's always interesting to see a state like Idaho being so progressive, with numbers that point to an even ratio for cycle commuting across the genders."

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Scientists Pleasantly Surprised With LA's Air

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The car is still king in California just not king of polluters. dee golden end ocean

According to a new NOAA led-study, California residents in the Los Angeles Basin now burn three times as much gasoline and diesel fuel today than they were in the 60’s.

However, despite that fact, some vehicle-related air pollutants have decreased by about 98 percent.
The decrease can be explained too: “The reason is simple: Cars are getting cleaner,” said Carsten Warneke, Ph.D., a NOAA-funded scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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The Bean Tires

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Children’s book author and gardener Crescent Dragonwagon (born Ellen Zolotow) recently published an flat tire alvimannextensive and handy cookbook all about beans titled Bean By Bean. The Boston Globe reviewed it and called it “a godsend for both the health-conscious and the frugal-minded.”  But there is one recipe you won’t find in her book and it’s the instructions for making tires for cars.

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Zipcar's Ultimate Ziptrip Winners Announced

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Zipcar, named a Top Five Company on the Global Cleantech 100 in 2010 and not to be confused with the zipcar san francisco PHEVSFFLEET jpanother car sharing program we’ve talked about here before: car2go, announced the winners of their recent and first ever Ultimate Ziptrip Contest.

The contest, like so many are these days, was social media driven and required Facebook users who are also Zipcar fans to explain in 750 characters or less what they would do on an all-expenses paid trip to a Zipcar served city in North America. There are 16 cities to choose from, including some traditionally huge tourist draws: Washington D.C., Los Angeles,  Atlanta, and Toronto, Canada.

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Ford Announces More Vehicles to Offer EcoBoost™

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Ford Motor Company sure does love their EcoBoost technology. Have you recently seen a Ford commercial that hasn’t mentioned the EcoBoost? If that guy they use as a spokesperson, with the hat and non-confrontational manner, appears you know he is certainly going to mention it. At least that set of Ford commercials are more tolerable than the “Drive One” surprise press conferences set which could lead a viewer to wonder: Is there a Ford driver out there too busy to participate in a fake press conference and has pushed the cameras away?

But back to the EcoBoost and why does a mall shopper in one of the commercials love the sound of it even if she doesn’t know what it is. 

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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