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The Green Life: Grapevine

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March 01, 2006

Grapevine

Only 31,042 franchises to go: McDonald's is testing out fair-trade-certified organic coffee at 658 locations in New England and New York. * The Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas offers weekly tours highlighting its green features, including recycled-aluminum ceilings, 336 solar panels, and recharging stations for electric cars. * Prius-owning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has filmed a commercial in Japan for the Toyota hybrid. * Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David is giving away his Prius to one lucky college student to raise awareness about global warming. Enter the contest at mtvu.com/partners/stopglobalwarming before March 3. * Last year, the nonprofit Wisconsin Environmental Initiative certified more than 850 new homes in the state as "green built" based on their land use, materials, and efficiency-- up from only 30 six years ago. * Sunset magazine's green-built "idea house" in Menlo Park, California, is the first in a planned subdivision of 47 units that produce as much energy as they use. * Down the coast in Carmel, director Clint Eastwood's new luxury-housing development features solar and wind generators, a water- reclamation system, and landscaping from an on-site native-plants nursery.

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