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Crayola Doesn’t Recycle?

It seems like a strange concept nowadays that a large company, especially one that cares about children, would not recycle. I know I was shocked when I found out that Crayola had no recycling program. With millions of pounds of plastic used to make its iconic markers every year, it only seems logical that the company would offer a recycling program for used and empty markers.  

I’m not the only one that thinks so. Children at Sun Valley elementary school in San Rafael, Calif., have been promoting an online petition aimed at nudging Crayola, a subsidiary of Hallmark, into developing a "take-back" program for used-up markers. So far the petition on has more than 60,000 signatures.  ... read more

Presidio Graduate School Sustainable MBA Faculty Interview: Audrey Davenport

Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, CA is home to one of the best MBA programs in Sustainability. We are excited to have our first guest blog post from Stephen Boni at PGS, an interview with Prof. Audrey Davenport. ... read more

Presidio Graduate School Masters in Public Administration: My MPA visit

Presidio MPA review

A few years back I wrote an article about the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA/MPA program.  I was recently invited to spend a day at Presidio (located in San Francisco, CA) to learn more about the university, students, faculty, and curriculum.  As mentioned in my first article, Presidio tops most lists of “Green” or “Sustainable” Graduate programs, and I was honored to sit in on the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Integrative Capstone class two weeks ago.... read more

Compostable Material & Your Restaurant: A Guide to the Basics

Today we have a guest blog post by from our friends at The Back Burner.  Here is the low-down on compostable materials for restaurants.


In the hack and slash world of cost-cutting and price adjusting those traversing the tricky trail through the restaurant industry know the value of inexpensive disposable products. Chances are if you own a restaurant or work in the business you handle a handful of disposable materials on a daily basis, ranging from takeout containers to cups and utensils. Unfortunately, most of these products end up resting at the bottom of one landfill or another, used and tossed without second thought. After all, they weren’t that expensive and came in a case pack of 1,000, right?

Yet more restaurants are noticing unnecessary waste and focusing on ways to cut back. Replacing traditional disposables with compostable versions is one such solution.... read more

Keen For Green on the Bag The Box blog!

bag the box - malt o meal  

Check out my blog post over at Bag The Box:  10 Simple Ways to Green Your Kitchen.  And while you're over there, learn more about the Bag The Box campaign from Malt-O-Meal!  

Stoughton, Massachusetts Ikea - Keen & Green

Today I ventured to Ikea.  I'm really not a huge Ikea fan, mostly because the maze-like layout of the store annoys me and stresses me out.  I also don't live super close to this Ikea - it took me a little over a half hour to get there.  However, I do like their kitchen products and kid's stuff.   Today I wanted to do some holiday shopping for my son before Ikea got too hectic for the holidays.    

This was my first time going to the Stoughton, Massachusetts location and I was impressed to see how green it was.

I went specifically to get a wooden train set for my 2 year old.  It's a much less expensive knock-off of the Thomas the Train sets and compatible with Thomas trains, as well.  Most of the toys were wooden or cloth.  The plastic toys they had were mostly BPA-free.  The prices were reasonable, so I stocked up and my holiday shopping for my son is pretty much done! 

While there, I noticed signs mentioning that their Stoughton location has a green roof.  When I got back, I found some awesome pictures of the green roof.  Check them out at   Very cool!  ... read more

EO Products Lip Balm and Hand Soap Giveaway

eo products soap

Recently I reviewed lip balm and hand soap by EO Products and I loved them both! The products work well and are eco-friendly.  Now we are doing a giveaway where one lucky winner will win EO Products lip balm and foaming hand soap!   (a $12 value!)... read more

Corporate Cash for Cleantech Event - 9/29/11, San Jose, CA

Silicon Valley's Environmental Business Cluster is holding a Corporate Cash for Cleantech event on September 29, 2011.    The event consists of an an industry panel focusing on big corporations seeking information on cleantech.  The discussions will include panelists from Chevron, EFT Energy, and more.  

"Our panel discussions are candid, interactive and informal," explains the Environmental Business Cluster. "We want you to walk away with the real story behind how things work so you can make it happen yourself."... read more

EO Products Hair Care Giveaway!

eo products detangler

Over the last few weeks, I've been using shampoo, conditioner, and detangler from EO products.   The products are awesome and eco-friendly.  Now we are doing a giveaway where one lucky winner will win EO Products shampoo, conditioner, and detangler!   (a $28 value!)

Here's how to enter:

1)  "LIKE" Keen for Green on Facebook.  

2)  "LIKE" EO Products on Facebook.  

3)  Email [email protected] to let us know that you've become a fan of both.  ... read more

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