EcoModo - The Best of Treehugger

This week at TreeHugger: One answer to the question "What can Brown do for you?" is this: deliver your small packages in 100% electric cars in California. Intel's Penryn chip is sleek, small, and now, green (kinda). Is that good enough to make Penryn now the greenest computer chip in the world?

Epson proudly announced that it has won a 2007 Ecohitech Award for their Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer. The award is Italy's most prestigious recognition of environmental achievement by a technology company, and covers hi-tech processes, products, systems and services. Lastly, hop on for a ride on Mercedes' swanky new folding bike that folds down small enough to fit in something like the trunk of their CLK Cabriolet. In an innovation that seems strikingly sensible, UPS announced that they would begin delivering small packages with small cars in northern California. The UPS branch in Petaluma has leased an initial fleet of 42 ZAP Xebra® electric city cars and trucks for their small parcel deliveries. This is the first time that UPS has used electric city-speed vehicles for this purpose; if it works, it definitely won't be the last. Intel's Penryn chip is not really anything particularly new; it is fast, sleek, small, but now, it's green. Intel released the new chipset last week that caused Intel co-founder Gordon Moore to spout, "These are the biggest transistor advancements in 40 years." Penryn reduces power leakage which normally manifests itself in a processor unit as heat, with the new hafnium-based chips measuring a mere 45 nanometers each...That doesn't leave much room for energy loss - making the Penryn, in Intel's phrase, the "coolest" processor technology to date. Epson proudly announced that it has won a 2007 Ecohitech Award for the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer. The award is Italy's most prestigious recognition of environmental achievement by a technology company, and covers hi-tech processes, products, systems and services. The jury appraisal of Epson's award, given in the "Energy Saving and CO2 Reduction" category, says, "In comparison with the previous models, the estimated CO2 emissions during the whole product life are reduced by 44% and the amount of the resources used during the production is reduced by 55%." Now that's a green printer. The fine minds behind the fine German engineering at Mercedes have been hard at work: not on a fancy new car or stunning new technology, but on this swanky folding bike. Never ones to cut corners, the Mercedes bike includes some slick features like dual suspension and disc brakes that double as the bike's lock. All that, and it still looks sleek enough to turn the ladies' heads; after all, a Mercedes is a Mercedes. TreeHugger's EcoModo column appears every Tuesday on Gizmodo.

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