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Offset your carbon footprint this holiday season!

With Christmas and New Year's coming up, many people are traveling over the course of the next week or two.  If you're traveling, consider purchasing carbon offsets.  By purchasing carbon offsets through a site like Carbon Fund, you can help support carbon reduction projects.... read more

Reclaiming Wastewater Is Good, Right?

I just read this blog post over at Ecocentric about reclaiming wastewater from communities and using it in power plants.  As I started reading, it seemed like the perfect use of recycling.  Why not use waste water in power plants? Power plants suck up gallons and gallons of water per day that could be used for drinking or other domestic uses.  There is a limited supply of freshwater available, and power plants should not be sucking up the biggest portion of that.   

As I continued reading, it occurred to me that this might not be the perfect solution either.  What happens to that water once it has gone through a nuclear power plant? I had always thought that waste water from a nuclear power plant becomes slightly radioactive.  So even though the water gets a second use, it still would end up in a radioactive pond somewhere, potentially leaking into groundwater sources.  Doesn't sound that wonderful to me.... read more

Hand Dryers vs. Paper Towels

At the library today, I noticed a sign next to the XLerator brand hand dryer.  It said something to the effect of:  "We know that the hand dryer is loud, but we believe it is the most hygienic and eco-friendly way to dry your hands."  This lead me to immediately do some research.  I've seen signs next to public restroom hand dryers before claiming that it is the greener and cleaner way to go, but now it got me wondering if it's true.  Sure it saves paper, but it uses energy.  So, what's the scoop on this?... read more

California, Massachusetts, Oregon, & New York Lead in U.S. Energy Efficiency

ACEEE revealed its yearly State Energy Efficiency Report Card.  It ranks all states as well as Washington DC.  

The top 10 are as follows:... read more

  1. California
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Oregon
  4. New York
  5. Vermont
  6. Washington
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Connecticut
  9. Minnesota
  10. Maine

Wasting Food Equals Wasting Energy

A recent study published in the October issue of Environmental Science and Technology discovered that wasted food represents about 2% of our annual energy consumption in the U.S.   In some ways, it's a bit of a conundrum because with the obesity epidemic, we don't want to encourage people to eat when they're not hungry.  But what can we do to minimize the amount of wasted food?  ... read more

Google investing in a "superhighway for clean energy"

Thus continues with Google's plot to take over the world.  (That's what I think, anyway!)    I like to see that they are using their powers for good instead of evil, like many other big companies.  Last year, Keen for Green reported that Google was using goats to mow their lawns at their Mountain View, CA campus.  And now, Google invested in a $5 billion to build an underwater "superhighway for clean energy."  This would funnel power from offshore wind farms to millions of homes from New Jersey to Virgina.

Go Google!  ... read more

Sustainable intelligent solutions at IBM

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Many leaders from various industries and geographies indicate that the emerging sustainable economy will be the biggest economic game changer in the next two decades. At West Coast Green conference in San Francisco last week, IBM Corporation announced new Smart Energy-Management and Sustainability Solutions for the enterprise.

The new technological offerings address energy efficiency and sustainable buildings in commercial settings and are part of IBM’s expanding collection of solutions that are designed for creating smarter urban infrastructures.... read more

The Vatican Going Green

Back in 2007, news broke that the Vatican was planning to go green.  The Pope said that they aimed to be the first carbon-neutral state, which didn't come to fruition, but they have still made efforts such as using solar panels and a solar generator.   Last year, Inhabitat wrote that the Vatican was planning to build the largest solar power plant in Europe.   ... read more

Join Greenpeace and 350.org's Global Work Party on 10/10/10

10/10/10 is a day of action to stop global warming.  Register or find a local event and participate in an event.  You can organize a street party, a meat-free picnic, or contact politicians...anything that will help stop global warming.  Check out the Greenpeace website to learn more!

This international event is dubbed "A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions" by 350.org.   Get involved!

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College students get around thanks to... french fries?

If you really take a second to think about how many college communities there are across the country, chances are, your estimate will probably be lower than actuality. FYI- there are just under 5,000 higher education institutions around the US. Now, consider all of the students on each campus, whether they are commuting or living at school. A "small" school may hold somewhere around 4,000 students, and larger schools can hold students more than 15 times that amount. Think about all of the energy that is wasted through transportation at these schools, whether large or small. A majority of college students have cars, in addition, many colleges provide shuttle-like transportation to get around with less hassle.... read more

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