* Peter Garrett, the former lead singer of rock group Midnight Oil, was named Australia's environmental minister in late 2007.
* Kettle Foods opened a LEED-certified potato-chip factory with 18 rooftop wind turbines in Beloit, Wisconsin, while Frito-Lay announced that its chip plant in Casa Grande, Arizona, will run on recycled water and renewable fuels by 2010.
* Target will phase out all products containing polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a potentially harmful chemical compound.
* Automaker Daimler AG unveiled the first U.S. version of its compact, fuel-efficient Smart car in January.
* Transit planners at the University of California, Davis, have teamed up with the AAA auto club to give plug-in hybrids to 100 Northern California households for an eight-week trial period.
* Mayors from five of Texas's biggest cities have called for a new "state lightbulb"--a compact fluorescent.
* Ten dollars from each online DVD sale of Out of Balance, a new documentary about global warming (worldoutofbalance.org), will go to victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
--Lea Hartog, Sierra