Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sun Goes Green

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash has never been known for fashion, especially when it comes to his odd choices in haircuts. But the two-time NBA MVP is helping set a new standard in footwear with a small (environmental) footprint:
The environmentally conscious Phoenix Suns star unveiled his new Nike "Trash Talk" shoe at this weekend's all-star game, and it's made entirely of manufactured scraps.

"I think it's a great project," Nash said. "I think it's great for creating awareness, and whether this shoe goes a long way toward curbing global warming or not, it's the idea, it's a step in the right direction if you will, and I'm excited about that."
Unfortunately it doesn't look like the shoe is all that easy to buy, only available in a few Foot Locker locations.

As for Nash, his social conscience first made headlines in 2003, when he
opposed the Iraq War. The Steve Nash Foundation is definitely worth checking out, taking special interests in helping kids, promoting fitness, and preserving the environment.

UPDATE 11:36am - And I just saw this:

When he's not on the court trying to lead his team to the NBA championship, Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash will assist the state's largest electric utility in its efforts to make Arizona the solar energy capital of the world.

Arizona Public Service and Nash have entered into an agreement for the two-time league Most Valuable Player to promote the company's solar and renewable energy initiatives. Nash joins the APS team as it announced plans this week for the Solana Generating Station, which will generate enough clean, renewable energy for 70,000 customers. Expected to be operational in 2011, the plant will be built near Gila Bend, Ariz., about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. If in service today, Solana would be the largest solar plant in the world.
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