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Monthly Archives: December 2008

31 12, 2008

Post-party Mix

By | 2008-12-31T18:47:18-07:00 December 31st, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Wanna turn(the)tables on your hangover? The Bite Put your needle on a bottle of natural morning-after drink mixer made with no synthetic ingredients. Come New Year's Day, the hair of the dog'll help you keep the party going without dropping a beat. The Benefits No synthetics on these ones and twos. If you're not gonna [...]

31 12, 2008

2008 A Good Year for Transportation Technologies

By | 2008-12-31T01:15:27-07:00 December 31st, 2008|Environmental Blog|

While the Big Three automakers may be struggling in the weak economy, important advancements were made this year in technologies that could provide alternative fuels for use in future transportation. Changing from gasoline to clean diesel or cleaning crude oil before refining it into gasoline could provide significant emissions reductions without revolutionizing our vehicle fleets. [...]

30 12, 2008

What's in the Cards for You?

By | 2008-12-30T20:59:59-07:00 December 30th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

What's the fate of 2008's holiday cards? The Bite Their future holds reuse as gift tags. Call us psychic, but we're betting you're not planning to reread every single card you receive this season, so instead, grab some scissors and turn them into to-from tags. It's their destiny. The Benefits More trees for tarot cards [...]

29 12, 2008

Lundberg Family Farms Honored Twice for its Innovative Workplace Practices

By | 2008-12-29T20:38:30-07:00 December 29th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

This is the second year in a row that Lundberg Family Farms has received the 'Workplace of the Year' award from The Employer Resource Institute (ERI) and the first time winning the 'Top Small Workplaces' award that The Wall Street Journal gives out in partnership with Winning Workplaces, a non-profit in Evanston, IL. Both of [...]

29 12, 2008

The Four R's

By | 2008-12-29T18:45:37-07:00 December 29th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

What lesson's just as important as readin', 'ritin', and 'rithmetic? The Bite Recyclin', of course. Teach littl'uns greener ways - just as important as the traditional fundamentals - with a regular trip to the recycling center. The Benefits Givin' to receive. Dropping off bottles and cans for recycling means the planet gets a breather and [...]

29 12, 2008

Bear Valley Mountain Announces New Terrain Park and Improvements for the 2008-2009 Season

By | 2008-12-29T18:20:03-07:00 December 29th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

The resort listened to its visitors and have made a number of investments to keep improve the resort experience year after year. Here are some of the changes that Bear Valley has made in 2008: A New Family Center Kids’ Snow Play Program $100,000 Terrain Park Snow Cat Access to Backcountry Terrain Improved Snow-Making Capacity [...]

24 12, 2008

That's a Wrap

By | 2008-12-24T18:17:22-07:00 December 24th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Need direction when it comes to gift unwrapping etiquette? The Bite Cue the reuse: Save boxes, gift bags, ribbon, and salvageable wrapping paper for future presents to save cash and the planet. Cut. The Benefits Scene-stealing cash savings. Gift wrap can cost $2 per present; boxes or bags, even more. Spotlighting resource conservation. If every [...]

23 12, 2008

Easton’s Artica Snowshoe Wins Gear of the Year from Outside Magazine

By | 2008-12-23T19:16:19-07:00 December 23rd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

This is a big honor from a magazine with a great reputation for its gear knowledge. Easton received a great review of its Artica snowshoe but it seems that there are a couple unique features that were not mentioned by Outside. I happen to know about these additional features because they involve Renewable Choice Energy. [...]

23 12, 2008

Lifting Your Finger

By | 2008-12-23T17:13:08-07:00 December 23rd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Can you save the world with the click of your mouse? The Bite Yep - no fancy finger work necessary. Give your index a little rub and go to one of the web's many no-cost donation sites, where just by clicking, you raise money for good causes. The Benefits Digit-al goodwill. These websites are supported [...]

23 12, 2008

The Weather Channel Builds Green and Achieves GOLD

By | 2008-12-23T16:47:03-07:00 December 23rd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

It even brought on a climate expert in 2003 to increase coverage on environmental issues.  Since then, The Weather Channel has continued to promote green-minded thinking throughout its organization and most recently achieved Gold LEED Certification for its newly constructed HD broadcast facility in Atlanta. According to the LEED Project Directory, The Weather Channel is [...]

22 12, 2008

Wind Blows Other Alternative Energy Solutions Away

By | 2008-12-22T21:36:26-07:00 December 22nd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

The results from the first quantitative, scientific evaluation of energy alternatives are in- wind proves the most promising. According to a study by Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford Biofuels, nuclear energy and coal are the worst choices for energy alternatives. His independent study assessed not only the potential [...]

22 12, 2008

Brits Developing Carbon-neutral Home Powering System

By | 2008-12-22T20:38:59-07:00 December 22nd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Experts at Newcastle University in the UK are designing a unique energy storage system to support a generator which runs on veggie oil and can power, heat and cool homes. It takes super-efficient to the next level because the waste heat from the process is also used to provide heat, hot water, and can even [...]

22 12, 2008

UN Chief Calls 2009 'Year of Climate Change'

By | 2008-12-22T19:16:12-07:00 December 22nd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

"We have no time to waste. We must reach a global climate change deal before the end of the year (2009) -- one that is balanced, comprehensive and ratifiable by all nations," said UN Chief Ban Ki-moon. As the last official press conference of 2008 wrapped up, the secretary general listed climate change as a [...]

22 12, 2008

Biter Holiday Challenge

By | 2008-12-22T16:38:15-07:00 December 22nd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Does going green run in your family? The Bite If you challenge your relatives to be a little greener, they'll run with it. While the family's in town, turn them on to five simple eco-tips and tally up who's doing what. Whatever happens, the planet scores an epic win. The Benefits •    Championing greenness. Easy [...]

21 12, 2008

WorldChanging Essay: The All-American Diet

By | 2008-12-21T18:49:08-07:00 December 21st, 2008|Environmental Blog|

One of the unifying features of this time of year - of Thanksgiving and the winter holidays - is food, and lots of it. Although the traditional seasonal consumer excess will be curbed by economic pain this year, many people will still maintain the tradition of gathering with others around the table. This in itself [...]

19 12, 2008

Missouri Says Show Me Renewables

By | 2008-12-19T22:29:58-07:00 December 19th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

In a landslide, the people of Missouri voted for mandatory renewable energy requirements for state utilities. It's called a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and is a regulatory policy that requires increased production of renewable energy sources such as solar, biomass, wind, and hydropower. There is no national policy in place and Missouri's former RPS was [...]

19 12, 2008

Basic Train-ing – Ski Week

By | 2008-12-19T18:14:02-07:00 December 19th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

The Bite We don't know but we've been told, the Winter Park drive gets mighty old. So quit the I-70 drill and board the Ski Train. It leaves downtown every weekend am (and, starting February, Thursdays and Fridays...for those "sick days"), and drops you off near the Gemini Express lift. It'll take 45 minutes extra, [...]

19 12, 2008

Eternal Flame

By | 2008-12-19T16:28:27-07:00 December 19th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Are we only dreamin', or is this burning an eco-friendly flame? The Bite Nope, we're wide awake. While fireplaces aren't the most efficient sources of heat, if you wanna kick it Little House on the Prairie-style, stay warm with logs made from sustainable materials such as industrial wood scraps and even coffee. Darlin'. The Benefits [...]

18 12, 2008

German Scientists Tout Sustainability of Biomass

By | 2008-12-18T19:10:43-07:00 December 18th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

The use of biomass as an energy source has its fair share of supporters and critics. One criticism it has received is that biomass crops would compete for land with food crops. This perceived competition and the subsequent negative impact on food costs indicate that biomass is not a viable option for electricity generation. A [...]

18 12, 2008

Scraping By

By | 2008-12-18T16:53:04-07:00 December 18th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Wanna help avoid those painfully high water bills? The Bite You'll bruise less if you use less - so skip prerinsing your dishes before you put 'em in the dishwasher...just scrape off any food into your compost bin or trash. The Benefits •    Cleaner than if you'd swabbed 'em with iodine. If you have a [...]

17 12, 2008

Obama Appoints Energy and Environment Leaders

By | 2008-12-17T23:15:56-07:00 December 17th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

President-elect Barack Obama as “a signal to all that my administration will value science" in building a "new hybrid economy" has announced his picks to lead the DOE, the EPA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Steven Chu, who won the Nobel Prize in 1997, will lead the U.S. Department of Energy. Chu [...]

17 12, 2008

2008's Best Dressed List

By | 2008-12-17T17:05:02-07:00 December 17th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Should you be recognized for impeccable dressing? The Bite If you've been drizzling our fave organic salad dressings on your arugula, you should. Pour it on, and you'll easily outshine so-last-year contenders. The Benefits •    Good taste. Nobody'll dare call the salad fashion police on you. •    Making green the it-color. Greener techniques practiced by [...]

17 12, 2008

November Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2008-12-17T00:09:17-07:00 December 17th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the November Impact Sleuth Challenge winners who will be pampering themselves (or a friend) with a gift card for eco-friendly products courtesy of Natural Body Spa & Shoppe: Steven Kellman of San Antonio, TX; Georgeanne Mallett of St. Simons, GA; Michelle Andria of Phoenix, AZ; Jacob Hassevoort of West Olive, MI, and [...]

16 12, 2008

December WorldChanging Articles

By | 2008-12-16T23:52:31-07:00 December 16th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Copenhagen, Melbourne & The Reconquest of the City  For ten weeks this summer, a twelve-block stretch of Ste. Catherine Street in Montreal was transformed into a vibrant public square. It covered most of the main drag of the Ville-Marie neighbourhood – better known as Montreal’s gay village – in the city’s east end. The ersatz [...]

16 12, 2008

Apple of Your I

By | 2008-12-16T17:20:43-07:00 December 16th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Is it possible to love your iPhone or iPod more than you already do? The Bite iYep. Protect it with eco-friendly materials and recycle it when it's RiP, and you can make a bigger-than-Mini-impact with your fave Apple iGadget. The Benefits •    Less Nano-waste. Plastic actually never biodegrades fully - it just breaks down into [...]

16 12, 2008

Callaway Gardens Connects Visitors with Nature

By | 2008-12-16T16:16:14-07:00 December 16th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

It’s a destination for vacation or business that combines luxury, environmental responsibility and education. In addition to having a spa, golf, tennis, and year-round events and workshops, Callaway also focuses on the connection between man and nature. With 13,000 acres, a gardening school, environmental education programs and a network of hiking trails, the staff educates [...]

15 12, 2008

Crazy for Cow Belch

By | 2008-12-15T17:13:07-07:00 December 15th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Is the idea of electricity from cows just madness? The Bite Power sources say no. Methane energy harnesses the natural gas let off by landfills and farms (yep, even cow burps), and turns it into energy. You can support this eco-energy by buying offsets or purchasing from companies that use it. Not so cow-razy. The [...]

14 12, 2008

Follow the Beader

By | 2008-12-14T20:31:14-07:00 December 14th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Follow the Beader  The Bite Feel free to copy us if you're looking for a fun gift with a kid-stuff price. Boulder's Bead for Life store's got all kinds of playful, vibrantly colored bead bracelets, necklaces, and earrings (they do one thing, and do it right). We bought a deep purple, stretchy bracelet in October [...]

13 12, 2008

Spruce Almighty

By | 2008-12-13T21:06:04-07:00 December 13th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

The Denver Bite Wanna be omnipotent - at least when it comes to your Christmas tree? Look over the 80 acres of Scotch pine, Douglas fir, and Colorado blue spruces at U-Cut Xmas Trees, and see all that is good. Don't worry about smiting your tree - if you cut it above the lowest branch [...]

12 12, 2008

The Littlest Things…

By | 2008-12-12T17:02:43-07:00 December 12th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Do the teensy-tiny green things you do actually count? The Bite As the French would say, "Wee-wee." Even wee, smaller-than-small changes you make each day can add up to big benefits - plus, they keep you thinking about the fact that everything we do has an effect. Now get out your microscope... The Benefits •   [...]

11 12, 2008

President-elect Obama Announces Renewable Focus

By | 2008-12-11T21:50:39-07:00 December 11th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

On Tuesday, President-elect Barack Obama met with Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President and current chairman of the organization Repower America, to talk about solutions to the climate crisis. In a press conference, Obama stressed the need to invest in clean technologies as a way to reduce our contribution to climate change, boost our economy, and [...]

11 12, 2008

Survey: Oil Won’t Remain Cheapest Energy Source

By | 2008-12-11T21:30:48-07:00 December 11th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

53 percent of the oil and gas executives interviewed recently by Deloitte LLP said they think that the U.S. could run out of "reasonably priced" oil within the next quarter century and 56 percent said the world is likely to follow within the next 50 years. "Clearly, the oil and gas professionals involved in our [...]

11 12, 2008

Watching the Clock – Kinetic and Solar Watches

By | 2008-12-11T17:13:28-07:00 December 11th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Eager to stop having to replace your watch battery? The Bite Time for a kinetic (aka automatic quartz) or solar-powered one. Neither ever needs new batteries, so you're averting chems and saving cash, am and pm. The Benefits •    Fewer minutes maintaining them. These watches will last your whole lifetime - you never have to [...]

11 12, 2008

November Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2008-12-11T00:05:04-07:00 December 11th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Do eco-friendly body products really make a difference? Absolutely, especially considering many moisturizers contain oil-derived ingredients such as petroleum jelly. According to this Ideal Bite Tip, what percentage of more than 10,000 ingredients used in beauty products have actually been tested by the FDA? The Prize: Instead of loading your system with [...]

10 12, 2008

November Ideal Bite Favorites

By | 2008-12-10T23:54:53-07:00 December 10th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Our friends at Ideal Bite serve up free, bite-sized ideas for light-green living each weekday. We love these tips so much; we post them on our blog for you each day. Here are a few of our recent favorite tips brought to you by Ideal Bite:  No...Wire...Hangers...Ever: What enrages you most about dry cleaning? From [...]

10 12, 2008

November Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2008-12-10T20:57:01-07:00 December 10th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

It's All About You! This month, we give thanks to wind power supporters like you all across the country who are making a difference in the fight against climate change and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Did you know that last year, with help from voluntary wind power purchases like yours, the wind capacity [...]

10 12, 2008

33% of EU’s Electricity To Come From Renewables

By | 2008-12-10T20:09:28-07:00 December 10th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Europe has long been a leader in the fight to fix climate change. Now they will secure their stewardship in the energy revolution by requiring one-third of the European Union's (EU's) electricity to come from renewable energy by 2020. By this time, wind energy is projected to have overtaken hydropower as Europe's largest source of [...]

10 12, 2008

New Technology Turns Water Vibrations Into Energy

By | 2008-12-10T18:38:28-07:00 December 10th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

River currents have been a source of energy for centuries, and turbine technologies are being developed to harness the power in ocean currents. But these technologies require high current speeds, which are relatively rare in the world. A new system being developed by Dr. Michael Bernitsas of the University of Michigan draws on fish technology [...]

9 12, 2008

Go Toward the LED Light

By | 2008-12-09T23:17:43-07:00 December 9th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

What are the holiday lights at the end of the tunnel? The Bite Aren't you just dying to know? Easy: LED holiday lights. Switch to this heavenly little bit of technology to light things up using very little energy. The Benefits •    Flatlining energy bills. LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs. [...]

8 12, 2008

Winner Takes All – Ideal Bite's B.I.G. Awards

By | 2008-12-08T16:22:06-07:00 December 8th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Who are we betting on? The Bite All of the winners of our first annual Big in Green (B.I.G.) Awards, which recognize the companies, products, and services that took a smart gamble and are leading the way in the green space. And now for those we're most Keno on... The Benefits Everyday/Living: Smart Car. Compact, [...]

8 12, 2008

Los Alamos National Bank Walks the Talk

By | 2008-12-08T07:06:58-07:00 December 8th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Los Alamos National Bank recently announced that its new Santa Fe Branch will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified standards. This will obviously reduce its environmental footprint greatly and hopefully inspire other organizations in Santa Fe to continue this trend. Announcing a soon be certified LEED branch is another green [...]

8 12, 2008

Goddard Systems Opens its 300th Franchise School

By | 2008-12-08T06:43:35-07:00 December 8th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

The Goddard School provides communities with safe, creative learning environments for infants up to school age children. Goddard has been growing by 20 percent for the last five years and this consistent growth is projected to continue. But what else is going on within this franchise? For starters, enrollments are at almost 90 percent and [...]

5 12, 2008

Picken a fight with foreign oil dependence

By | 2008-12-05T21:00:52-07:00 December 5th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

The U.S. currently imports 38 percent of our oil from the Middle East and Africa. Global consumption of oil has reached the 85 million barrels per day mark with the U.S. guzzling through 25% (21 million barrels daily). The U.S. makes up only 4% of the world's population so as you can see, we are [...]

4 12, 2008

Forty Niners – Green Gifts Week Brought to you by Ideal Bite

By | 2008-12-04T17:30:55-07:00 December 4th, 2008|Environmental Blog|

In a rush to find some precious green gifts? The Bite You're golden if you've got our list of nuggets for $20-$49. Pan no more. Wanna Try? •    Cuisinart Green Gourmet - three pan options with ceramic nonstick interiors that cook evenly, plus stay-cool handles; made with 70% recycled steel. The active ingredient in Teflon's [...]

3 12, 2008

Plasma Technology Produces Energy from Waste

By | 2008-12-03T18:00:56-07:00 December 3rd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Municipal solid waste is a significant environmental issue in the United States. Organic waste fills our landfills and hazardous materials are expensive to dispose of properly. A portion of our waste is incinerated to produce energy, but toxic emissions and life-cycle energy concerns make this practice less than ideal. Some new technologies, however, represent a [...]

3 12, 2008

This little piggy produces renewable energy?

By | 2008-12-03T16:53:10-07:00 December 3rd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Did you know that 8500 tonnes of methane can generate over 100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy each year? What natural bi-product can produce this much methane each year? Pig poo. That's right; New Zealand's pork industry has the potential to produce renewable energy by converting the methane emitted from pig manure using biogas [...]

3 12, 2008

$50/$50 Chance – Green Gifts Week

By | 2008-12-03T16:23:48-07:00 December 3rd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Wanna increase your probability of gifting a well-received green present? The Bite Take a chance on our list of unique gifts that'll set you back $50-$99 - opting for one off our list will turn things in your favor. Wanna Buy? •    Blue Lotus Outdoor Blankets - lightweight, recycled fleece and nylon blanket with carry [...]

2 12, 2008

Shop in the Buff – Green Tuesday – Exclusive Deals

By | 2008-12-02T16:28:31-07:00 December 2nd, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Ever shopped in your birthday suit? The Bite We have, and so can you. This year, look for gifts online to save major retail store shopping-related energy (and major cash, thanks to our today-only exclusive online deals). Just keep a scarf handy in case it gets drafty. The Benefits •    Au naturel energy savings. Despite [...]

1 12, 2008

Thermal Variances in Oceans Yield Renewable Energy

By | 2008-12-01T22:19:08-07:00 December 1st, 2008|Environmental Blog|

For years the world's oceans have been looked at for sources of renewable energy, primarily in the form of wave, tidal and current energy. But a different technology known as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) could potentially generate a significant amount of electricity. OTEC relies on the temperature difference between water on the surface and [...]

1 12, 2008

Uncle Moneybags- Green Gifts Week

By | 2008-12-01T21:02:24-07:00 December 1st, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Got the whole community chest at your disposal? The Bite Spend your non-Monopoly tender here - we're kicking off Green Gifts Week with $100-plus gifts for the more deserving of your friends and fam. Short of a get-outta-jail-free card, this stuff's tops. (Don't worry, we've got cheaper gifts coming up later this week.) Wanna Buy? [...]

1 12, 2008

Masland Achieves Product Life Cycle Certification

By | 2008-12-01T16:52:07-07:00 December 1st, 2008|Environmental Blog|

Masland Contract, a Renewable Choice client, has just announced two new eco-friendly decisions that demonstrate its continued commitment to sustainability. First, Masland announced it is adopting Dow’s technology to produce a high-quality carpet backing system. The importance of this technology is that it uses landfill gas (methane) as the renewable energy source to produce this [...]