July 31, 2012 |
Will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas member and occasional movie star, has a pretty good handle on being cool. And Coca-Cola Co. is betting he can transfer his hipness into a new line of recycled gear. The green-goods industry has been growing in recent years but is still struggling with a perception among many mainstream consumers that recycled products are drab-looking and overpriced. The will.i.am partnership aims to sex up that image with the Ekocycle line, which will attempt to make green living "aspirational yet attainable" with partners such as Dr. Dre and New Era and products such as $349 headphones and $32 hats.
April 24, 2008 |
The giant CalPERS pension fund is losing its investment chief to the green movement. In a surprise, Russell Read -- who has been principal investment officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System for just two years -- told the pension system's board this week that he's leaving June 30. Read, 44, said in a letter to the board that he was quitting "to pursue my long-standing interest in environmental and clean-technology investing."
January 17, 2012 |
What do you do when it turns out a wealthy investor can't actually come up with $174.5 million as promised? If you're Beverly Ray Parkhurst, who owns the landmark Balboa Bay Club and Resort in Newport Beach, you call off your planned sale of the company to Winston Chung of Hong Kong and entertain other offers, as the Times reported Tuesday . And with your financials improving, you may decide to hold off on a sale altogether for...
February 15, 2008 |
The nation's economic anxieties took center stage in the increasingly rancorous Democratic presidential race Thursday as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama tilted their campaigns toward blue-collar voters in the upcoming Wisconsin and Ohio primaries. Both candidates tweaked their advertising and campaign messages to deliver stinging television ads and stress populist economic themes.
October 7, 1989 |
Robert Cornell flinches when he hears the term "water-conserving garden." "People think it means dry and dreary," or a lot of extra work for the homeowner, "but I want to dispel that," he says. "It's not so. "The entire landscape doesn't have to be (drought tolerant)," he continues, "just use water sensibly. That's why I like to call it water wise (instead of water conserving); you use it appropriately in a limited area."
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June 5, 2009 |
Temecula's efforts to derail a proposed gravel mine near a pristine environmental reserve just outside of town were dealt a severe setback Thursday when officials voted against letting the city annex the land.
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April 15, 2009 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday laid out a second-term agenda weighted heavily toward the creation of environmentally friendly jobs to rescue Los Angeles from its economic malaise but warned of serious pain ahead as the city digs out of a half-billion-dollar budget shortfall.
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September 15, 2007 |
Stuart J. Sperber, a pioneer of the practice of growing trees in wooden boxes, which enabled year-round planting and helped his Calabasas-based landscaping company develop into a nursery industry giant, has died. He was 70. Sperber, who co-founded ValleyCrest Tree Co. with his brother, died from throat cancer Sept. 7 at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, said his brother, Burton Sperber.
November 15, 2009 |
Although the recession has emptied shopping malls and filled jobless centers, the call has only gotten louder for renewable energy, environmentally gentle products and eco-friendly practices -- and for people to make all of that happen. President Obama has said that he hopes to create 5 million green jobs within a decade. The U.S. Conference of Mayors estimates that the "green economy" could account for as much as 10% of job growth over the next 30 years. The job description casts a wide net. The green ranks can include autoworkers making hybrid cars, building consultants, home energy auditors, environmental studies professors, wind turbine engineers, lawyers for biofuel companies and many more.