It’s Friday the 13th, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad news type of day. It’s been a good week for green business news; here are some of my favorite stories of the week.

 

Toyota donates $1.1 million to 4-H

Toyota is continuing to support the 4-H organization’s water quality and conservation program, 4-H2O Community Projects. The automaker announced a $1.1 million grant that will not only allow the organization to continue working on the community projects program but it will also help fund the 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) on Oct. 10, 2012.

 

4 job trends for sustainability professionals

If you’re a sustainability professional or planning on becoming one, this article by sustainability recruiter Ellen Weinreb is a must-read. Weinreb examines four job trends that sustainability pros need to know about, including the fact that public policy drives the creation of sustainability jobs.

 

Prisons could benefit greatly from energy-efficiency upgrades

Prisons are a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week operation and that means the lights are on, the air conditioner is running and electricity is being used nonstop. This makes prisons an ideal place for energy-efficiency upgrades. In this New York Times Green Blog article, Matthew L. Wald examines a renovation project underway at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

U.S. edges ahead of China in the clean energy race

China has a solid clean energy infrastructure and the resources to rapidly increase it, but the United States is still giving the country a run for its money. In fact, the U.S. has edged ahead of China in terms of clean energy investments with more than $237 billion in investments last year alone.

 

Wind turbine makes water

One wind turbine in the Abu Dhabi desert can serve two very important purposes: create clean energy to provide power to the growing area and make fresh water at the same time. Yes, fresh water from a wind turbine. Cool.