Southern California environment news and trends

Leonardo DiCaprio unites with Fisker Automotive on sustainability campaign

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California automaker Fisker make worldwide headlines in July 2011 when actor/activist Leonardo DiCaprio bought the first Fisker Karma ever produced, a plush luxury plug-in hybrid car that cost in the vicinity of a cool $100,000 (Politicos Colin Powell and Al Gore were the next in line). As reported by Bloomberg, this week Fisker and DiCaprio (who is now an investor in the company) have announced a combined global sustainability campaign that promotes both the automaker as well as DiCaprio’s own charitable foundation.

“As an equity investor in Fisker Automotive, DiCaprio will participate in conversations on the auto manufacturer’s future plans for the advancement of sustainable, responsible vehicles,” the company said in a statement, adding that DiCaprio will “work closely with Fisker on marketing and promotional initiatives aimed at bringing attention to sustainability and environmental awareness.”

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Hard sell: NASCAR teams with EPA to spread green message

Pioneer Hi-Bred 250

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NEWTON, IA - MAY 20: Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, races during the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway on May 20, 2012 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)

When thoughts turn to the high-octane excitement of NASCAR racing, there isn’t much space left for anything remotely eco-friendly. Given than the cars burn through 450,000 gallons of gas a year and get on average a mere five miles to the gallon, car racing is about as far from green as a sport can be.

Still, as reported by Triple Pundit, NASCAR and the Environmental Protection Agency are coming together in an attempt to spread a more environmentally friendly message to the masses of Americans who are dedicated fans of the sport.

The five-page “Memorandum of Understanding” between the unlikely partners spells out the myriad of ways they can “facilitate transfer of useful environmental information to a large fan base via the well-developed communications network managed by NASCAR.”

“Because NASCAR is followed by millions of passionate fans and many businesses, it can be a powerful platform to raise environmental awareness, drive the adoption of safer products by more Americans, and support the growing green economy,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in the Washington Examiner.

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