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Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Food: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Through What You Eat

Food Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A comprehensive study released on July 18, 2011 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) outlines guidelines to help you, the consumer, make wiser food choices. We have long known that certain foods create an abundance of CO2 emissions. What this study adds is understanding the roll of the entire life cycle of various foods, whereas previous research mostly focuses on food production. The EWG research tracks food production, processing, consumption and waste disposal to teach us how to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and pollutions that result from our dietary habits.

“By eating and wasting less meat, consumers can help limit the environmental damage caused by the huge amounts of fertilizer, fuel, water, and pesticides, not to mention the toxic manure and wastewater, that goes along with producing meat,” said Kari Hamerschlag, EWG senior analyst and author of the report. “Choosing healthier, pasture-raised meats can also help improve people’s health and reduce the environmental damage associated with meat consumption.”

Five Worst Foods For the Environment:

1. Lamb, especially loin

2. Beef – choose grass-fed and lean meats to reduce your impact on the environment

3. Cheese (this one shocked me! Total bummer!) - Less dense cheese (such as cottage) results in fewer greenhouse gases since it takes less milk to produce it... read more

What is a Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)?

Solar Power Purchase Agreement

Over the past 3 years, California and other states have seen a large increase in Solar Lease programs and Solar Power Purchase Agreement programs. Both types of programs allow property owners (residential and business) to power their property with solar energy without a large upfront investment. But what is the difference between a solar lease and a power purchase agreement?... read more

Green Your Business: Cloud Virtual Offices Provides Solutions to Clean Up Your Carbon Footprint (and make employees happy, too)

virtual office

What is a virtual office?

Many small businesses and large companies alike are turning to “virtual offices” and professional business centers in order to meet ever changing demands. A virtual office, such as those offered by Cloud Virtual Offices, is “a combination of off-site live communication and address services that allow users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism." A professional business center often provides business space and services on as as-needed basis.... read more

Top Reasons to Install Solar Panels in 2011

Now more than ever is the best time to install solar power on your home or building. As photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technologies continue to grow, the costs associated with  continue to drop. At the same time, the prices on your energy bill continue to go up because the prices on coal and natural-gas supplied power continue to increase. There are many other reasons to install solar now, here are just a few:... read more

Home Solar Installation: Solar Lease Programs

Home Solar Installation

Tom Gard, a retired math instructor, who taught at Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colo., and his wife Barbara Jean are the latest in their neighborhood to get their power from the sun.... read more

Solar Panels for Your Home: Do it Yourself Solar Versus Factory Panels

If you are exploring solar panels for your home, you may have come across your two installation panel options: Factory produced solar panels or Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Panels. While at first it might seem like building the panels yourself will save you a lot of money, when you crunch the numbers it may not make too much sense.... read more

Know Your Recycling Terms

Recycling SymbolRecycling SymbolDespite its plain, gray cover, the Environotes memo pad still stood out among all the others on the shelf-- stood out because under the brand name, flanked by two green recycling symbols, were the words "Recycled Notebook: 100% Recycled Paper, 30% Post-Consumer Waste." This was clearly the notebook for me.

After I left the store, though, I wasn't so sure. What had I just bought? What was the difference between "recycled paper" and "post-consumer waste"? It's easy to be tricked or bewildered by recycling terms, but a little knowledge can go a long way towards making green choices.... read more

How to Recycle Mattresses

Today was have a guest blog post by Hasic M, the editor of MattressDetective.com.  Thanks for a great guest blog post!  I always wondered about how to recycle mattresses and now I know!  :-)

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Every year, thousands of old mattresses are simply dumped unceremoniously on top of ever-growing piles of junk and garbage heaps. These old mattresses are considered no longer useful by their owners, and they are simply disposed of in the easiest way possible. However, disposing of mattresses in this way is not the most efficient, and can actually cause serious damage to the environment.

Old mattresses often were manufactured before the days of environmental consciousness and concern over the health of the plant, and most old mattresses were simply designed to be sturdy and effective. Not much care was given to protecting the environment and making sure that the mattresses could be disposed of safely, making old mattresses an environmental hazard if not recycling effectively.... read more

Solar Panels for Your Home - The Basics

 

Solar Panels For Your Home

If you are considering solar panels for your home it can be a little bit overwhelming to sort through information and to understand exactly what everything means. Before you dive in, make sure you know your options.... read more

Solar Power Definitions/ Glossary

 

Solar Power Glossary

Active Solar Energy: using mechanical devices to collect, store, and distribute solar energy.

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP): a type of solar thermal energy used to create solar thermal energy (heat) on a large scale using series of mirrors in order to concentrate a large amount of solar energy. Read more...

Feed-In Tariff (FiT): the ability to sell unused solar electricity (or that from other renewable sources such as wind) back to your local utility. Many states require FiTs. You will sign a contract with your utility for a set rate over a certain time period (usually 20 years).

Green Tag: see “Solar Renewable Energy Credit.”

Grid: the connection of cables in a region that distributes electricity to homes, businesses, and other buildings. Residential solar systems are often connected to the local “grid,” and in some states are required to connect.... read more

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