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First "Green" McDonald's to Offer ChargePoint Ev Charging Stations

6 July 2009 3:30 PM, PDT | Fast Company | See recent Fast Company news »

McDonald's food products may come from questionable sources, but that hasn't stopped the fast food chain from embracing environmental initiatives. The most recent is the addition of NovaCharge's ChargePoint Network electric vehicle Charging Stations at the first "green" McDonald's, located in Cary, North Carolina. Not just anyone can roll up to the plug-in Ev stations--only ChargePoint Network subscribers can use the facilities, scheduled to debut on July 14th. Subscribers receive a ChargePoint Smart Card that allows them to juice their EVs at any ChargePoint station worldwide. Basic access to ChargePoint stations is free for the rest of 2009 as the Ev charging infrastructure is built.

Other green initiatives at the Cary McDonalds include Led light fixtures, special parking spaces for hybrid vehicles, drought tolerant landscape plants, and an Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard designed to inform customers about the building's environmental efforts. All of these projects make more sense than the ChargePoint stations--as Engadget points out, »

- Ariel Schwartz

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Fast Cities 2009: The 13 Most Creative Cities in the World

5 May 2009 10:00 AM, PDT | Fast Company | See recent Fast Company news »

Seattle is Fast Company's City of the Year, and singular bright ideas have earned 12 other cities places on our honor roll. Their exemplary initiatives are improving neighborhoods, transforming lives, and helping build better, faster cities for the future.

Seattle, Fast Company's City of the Year, boasts the ingredients that we believe will bring our communities--and country--back to prosperity: smarts, foresight, social consciousness, creative ferment. This year, singular bright ideas have earned 12 other cities places on our honor roll. Their exemplary initiatives are improving neighborhoods, transforming lives, and helping build better, faster cities for the future.

Seattle is blessed with divine geography, frontier spirit, and an abundance of both artists and geeks. Since Microsoft put down roots here in 1979, Seattle has become a nexus of computerized creativity, with myriad startups and Vc firms funded by some of the 10,000-plus millionaires minted here. This is home to some of the world's top »

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Fast Cities: Chicago

29 April 2009 10:00 AM, PDT | Fast Company | See recent Fast Company news »

I-Go + Cta Smart Card

It seems almost too simple: one card that gives access to the trains, buses, and a local car-sharing program. The Smart Card is Chicago-based nonprofit I-Go Car Sharing's idea to extend public transportation to include public cars. According to a recent study, most cars in Chicago -- Fast Company's 2008 City of the Year -- sit parked 95% of the time. "We have to make better use of our assets," says I-Go CEO Sharon Feigon. "We want to integrate the public-transit systems and car sharing any way we can, and sharing one card is a good way to demonstrate that these different ideas are linked." The pilot program started in January with 5,000 Smart Cards and more than 200 cars. Coming soon: shareable plug-in hybrids that can power up at kiosks with real-time info on buses and trains.

Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Malmö, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, »

- Zachary Wilson

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