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Monthly Archives: January 2009

31 01, 2009

@WorldChanging – From Nuisance to Asset: The Greening of Alleyways

By | 2009-01-31T19:22:46-07:00 January 31st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Picture for yourself a concrete-laden alley, with rainwater pooling in its eroded depressions. Tall buildings border the alley, making it a dark and potentially dangerous place. Constructed for cars, trucks and trash, the space is covered in filth. Few people find reason to walk here, save to toss their trash or take out their dogs. [...]

31 01, 2009

@WorldChanging – New International Body to Promote Renewable Energy

By | 2009-01-31T18:57:10-07:00 January 31st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A new international body to promote renewable energy is to be established today, in a move that its supporters insist has the potential to replace the global dominance of conventional power with wind, solar and other sustainable sources within a matter of years. Fifty-five governments have said they will commit themselves to full membership of [...]

30 01, 2009

Wind Power Means Green on Many Levels.

By | 2009-01-30T17:50:15-07:00 January 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Wind Power has come along way despite skeptics and is gaining speed as a major player in energy production. In just two years, wind energy production has doubled in the U.S. and its growth is second only to natural gas. A milestone achieved in 2008 propelled the U.S. ahead of Germany as the world's leader [...]

30 01, 2009

@IdealBite – Out of the Closet

By | 2009-01-30T17:22:43-07:00 January 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Wanna "out" the plastic and wire hangers in your armoire? The Bite Don't chuck your current ones, but as you break or lose them, orient yourself with eco-friendly hangers made from bamboo, corn, or wheat. It's the greener lifestyle option. The Benefits A gayer (er, as in happier) Earth. Bamboo is a highly renewable plant, [...]

30 01, 2009

Wind Power Experiences Record Growth in 2008

By | 2009-01-30T16:48:55-07:00 January 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

2008 saw the largest amount of wind power capacity ever installed in the United States in one year: 8,358 megawatts (MW). According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the news is good, but tempered by the reality of economic uncertainties. Last year's projects increased U.S. wind power generating capacity by 50%, for a total [...]

29 01, 2009

@IdealBite – Holey Underwear, Batman!

By | 2009-01-29T16:45:12-07:00 January 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Could Christian Bale's spandex skivvies really save the day? The Bite They can if he recycles them when they're worn through. Recycling your old tighty whiteys gives your undies a new life and helps save landfill space - one panty at a time. The Benefits More space to expand Wayne Manor. Help reduce the nearly [...]

28 01, 2009

@IdealBite – Sticks and Stones…

By | 2009-01-28T17:41:30-07:00 January 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

What words won't break your bones? The Bite Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin D. Eat tasty foods, such as yogurt, that contain these nutrients to keep your bones strong enough to withstand even the nastiest trash talk - no supplements (and no meat, for you vegetarians) necessary. The Benefits Less hurt. Deficiencies in calcium or [...]

28 01, 2009

Ethanol Fuel Cells Receive Spark from Catalyst

By | 2009-01-28T17:06:49-07:00 January 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Scientists have developed a catalyst that overcomes some major obstacles to using ethanol in fuel cells called direct ethanol fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel cells hold great promise for applications in transportation and power storage because they convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, giving off only water as a byproduct. But hydrogen is not an easy [...]

27 01, 2009

Wind Turbine Invention Enters Google Contest

By | 2009-01-27T19:53:33-07:00 January 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

West Seattle resident Chad Maglaque entered his wind-turbine invention in Google's "Project 10 to the 100th" contest and people are talking. The Google contest, to celebrate the company's 10th birthday, will award $10 million to develop five innovative ideas that aim to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Google has been [...]

27 01, 2009

@ IdealBite – Metrics System

By | 2009-01-27T17:08:14-07:00 January 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

How does your energy use measure up? The Bite Use a home energy reader as your yardstick. These gadgets make gauging your pad's power - down to the last night-light - easier than converting Fahrenheit to Celsius (and when you know how much you're using, you're way more likely to conserve). The Benefits Saving your [...]

26 01, 2009

Riocyclers Help Raise Corporate Responsibility

By | 2009-01-26T18:02:08-07:00 January 26th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is a Colorado-owned company that has been serving fresh, delicious Mexican food since 1986. At The Rio, the philosophy has revolved around creating a great work environment that serves high quality food in a welcoming atmosphere. Today this focus remains along with changes such as including into their mission recognizing [...]

26 01, 2009

@IdealBite – Hang Up Your Ears

By | 2009-01-26T17:26:46-07:00 January 26th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Hop(p)ing to replace your analog TV with a new hi-def one? The Bite Even if you aren't, the Fed's phasing out traditional analog broadcasts (RIP, ol' Rabbit Ears) in favor of digital ones, so millions of TVs will become obsolete on February 17. But don't eco freak out: You can either get a converter box [...]

24 01, 2009

@WorldChanging – Does Eco-Tourism Matter?

By | 2009-01-24T20:19:06-07:00 January 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Field Notes of an Accidental Eco-Tourist: Part 1 Costa Rica would probably not be my first choice for the first totally workfree holiday I've taken in three years, and the Central Pacific coast wouldn't be my first choice in Costa Rica. The travel scene in Costa Rica's Central Pacific region is centred around the town [...]

23 01, 2009

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Considered in MA

By | 2009-01-23T20:01:09-07:00 January 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Minerals Management Service (MMS) has finished their 2,800-page Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the viability of what's being called Cape Wind and the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. could receive the go ahead as early as March of this year. With six European countries already operating successful offshore wind farms and two [...]

23 01, 2009

Renewable Energy Office Pending for Land Agency

By | 2009-01-23T17:32:03-07:00 January 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

In short time it will become easier to develop renewable energy projects on federal land. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to establish the Renewable Energy Coordination Offices to help renewable energy projects with permitting for BLM lands. The offices will focus on wind, solar, biomass and geothermal power projects and their requisite transmission [...]

23 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Arm Candy

By | 2009-01-23T17:28:15-07:00 January 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Need an attractive escort for your next party? The Bite Hook your arm around a lux eco-handbag. Whether organic, recycled, or vintage, bag one for yourself. The Benefits Gala-ready designs. Even manbags (or, if you prefer, murses) come in green styles. Eco-companionship. Opting for accessories made with reclaimed, recycled (the average American throws out 68 [...]

22 01, 2009

Green-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts

By | 2009-01-22T18:00:58-07:00 January 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Backcountry.com was started with a vision of offering the best selection of high quality outdoor and backcountry gear from all over the world and selling it online. Today, it offers over 250 brands such as The North Face, Black Diamond, Salomon and many more - that totals nearly 50,000 products for every outdoor endeavor. Backcountry.com [...]

22 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Getting You Unconscious

By | 2009-01-22T17:24:33-07:00 January 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are you getting very, very sleepy? The Bite You will be if you follow this tip. Conventional anti-insomnia pills work, but if you don't wanna lose sleep over side effects and potentially addictive ingredients, induce sleep-nosis with natural remedies instead. The Benefits A healthier sleep trance. Our picks are nonaddictive and don't have the serious [...]

21 01, 2009

Cape Wind Project Receives Favorable Impact Report

By | 2009-01-21T17:11:41-07:00 January 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Nantucket Sound is home to excellent offshore wind resources, and since 2001 Energy Management Inc. (EMI) has been trying to make it home to the United State's first offshore wind farm. Their proposal calls for 130 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 420 megawatts and would provide for about 75% of the demand from [...]

21 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Juice-y Gossip

By | 2009-01-21T17:05:28-07:00 January 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Wanna hear something extra sensational? The Bite Sorry, we're fresh outta Amy Winehouse scandals, but we do have the inside squeeze on sustainable juices - no unsubstantiated rumors here. The Benefits Getting good dirt. Organic farming methods keep soil in good shape for future generations. Not squeezing your health. Among other health benefits, consuming more [...]

20 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Textual Healing

By | 2009-01-20T16:44:15-07:00 January 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Is eco-texting something that is good for you? The Bite Ooh yeah, it's such a rush. Saving resources with free cell phone text services that tell you the greenest options makes you feel so fine. The Benefits Getting down for free. These services cost nothing - you just pay your carrier's usual texting fees (usually [...]

19 01, 2009

December Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2009-01-19T22:44:54-07:00 January 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the December Impact Sleuth Challenge Winners who each won two Green Your Phone Offset products- a total of four cell phone offsets: Stephanie Muirhead of Boulder, CO; Mickey Bush of Brighton, MA; Ellen Ewart of Powell, OH; Andrew Weigel of Cambridge, MA; and Anne Lee of San Francisco, CA. Congrats and [...]

19 01, 2009

January Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-01-19T22:21:21-07:00 January 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Break free of your unhealthy chemical intake in 2009. Most common body products contain harmful substances such as coal tar, parabens, petrochemicals, and triclosan- which researchers have sited as contributors to cancer, antibacterial resistance and hormone disruption. According to this Ideal Bite Tip, what percentage of what is rubbed on your skin [...]

19 01, 2009

Green Inaugural Ball: Offset by Renewable Choice

By | 2009-01-19T21:43:57-07:00 January 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

History is being made tomorrow as the first African American President is sworn into office. Change began early around the white house as President Barack Obama prepared to move in and the celebrations leading up to his inauguration are no exception. The festivities are being framed in another first because the Green Inaugural Ball (Jan. [...]

19 01, 2009

Energy Efficiencies and Offsets Announced by RBC Life Sciences

By | 2009-01-19T18:31:52-07:00 January 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

RBC Life Sciences, a Texas-based company that makes nutritional supplements to improve health, has just added a renewable energy commitment to its environmental initiatives. Supporting the generation of renewable energy is its newest program. It's part of its larger goal of promoting clean energy and helping the U.S. become less dependent on fossil fuels. Along [...]

19 01, 2009

@WorldChanging – Students Across the U.S. Plan for Summer of Solutions

By | 2009-01-19T17:05:14-07:00 January 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Building more sustainable cities is going to take a lot of work. Living a one-planet lifestyle, in a one-planet city implies that we've halted our outpouring of climate changing emissions and we are using our share of resources efficiently. This level of planning and organization will require us to imagine new programs and projects that [...]

18 01, 2009

@WorldChanging – Climate Change Adaptation: From Big Taboo to Business Opportunity

By | 2009-01-18T18:13:38-07:00 January 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

First and most importantly, the room was full. Not long ago, a seminar on climate change adaptation here would have been a lower-profile event. It might have drawn a few dozen people, most of them academics, activists and development workers. Even the topic would have been seen as controversial, even taboo: "Don't talk about adaptation," [...]

17 01, 2009

January Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-01-17T00:18:21-07:00 January 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's All About You We're off to a great start this year and are excited by what 2009 has in store for renewable energy. After a record year of wind power production, the United States surpassed Germany to become the largest generator of wind power in the world. Next week, with the ushering in of [...]

16 01, 2009

New Coal Power Plant Construction Charges Ahead

By | 2009-01-16T23:17:45-07:00 January 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A study conducted by UtiliPoint International Inc., an independent research organization for the power industry, has determined that utilities and power plant owners are moving ahead with their investment plans for new coal-fired power plants. A major impetus for continuing along this path was the striking down of the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) by [...]

16 01, 2009

Green Collar Jobs Growing

By | 2009-01-16T20:45:01-07:00 January 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The American Solar Energy Society's Green Collar Jobs report forecasts three scenarios ranging from 16 to 37 million new renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) jobs by 2030. These jobs (also being referred to as green collar) totaled 9 million in 2007 and represented over $1 billion in U.S. revenue. According to the study, the [...]

16 01, 2009

@IdealBite – Bite: the Big Ones

By | 2009-01-16T18:45:44-07:00 January 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

What were the biggest Bites of October-December? The Bite Over the last 3 months, we've tipped topics from methane power to mineral makeup. Some made you feel like climbing the walls, and others made you feel like tearing them down. Here goes... The Benefits The Tip That Got Around: opting out of phone book delivery. [...]

15 01, 2009

Green Conscience-Distilled Vodka

By | 2009-01-15T19:00:05-07:00 January 15th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

McCormick Distilling Company has created vodka with a green state of mind by bringing new green practices to the spirits industry through conservation, electricity and transportation offsets, and environmentally responsible packaging. This product was launched in the beginning of 2007 which showed foresight into the increasing requests from consumers that businesses be environmentally responsible. 360 [...]

15 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Smart Cookies

By | 2009-01-15T17:11:32-07:00 January 15th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are you cleverer than the average baker? The Bite We doughn't doubt it, if you follow our tips for oven efficiency. Simple tricks such as not preheating save energy and speed along those snickerdoodles... The Benefits (Chocolate) chipping away at energy waste. Example: Each time you open the oven for a peek, it loses up [...]

14 01, 2009

Offshore Wind Projects Stem from New UK Energy Institute

By | 2009-01-14T17:22:34-07:00 January 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The ETI, which is working to maximize utilization of the island nation's energy resources, has a project team developing a floating, deepwater 5-megawatt (MW) wind turbine made of concrete instead of steel. Another group, which includes BP and Rolls-Royce, is designing a wind turbine from the ocean floor up, as it were. And a vertical-axis [...]

14 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Cutting Your Cheese

By | 2009-01-14T16:27:32-07:00 January 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Who cut it? The Bite As long as they did it on a sustainable cutting board, who cares? Made using materials such as pressed paper (believe it) and recycled glass, eco chopping blocks are a toot-ally great accent for your kitchen. The Benefits Cutting the cheese - not the forest. As an alternative to your [...]

13 01, 2009

January @WorldChanging Articles

By | 2009-01-13T22:42:06-07:00 January 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

USDA Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets  As people around the world await the inauguration of U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama on January 20, it seems that every week brings news and controversy that heightens expectations for 2009 to be a turning point in the American response to climate change. We recently learned of yet another [...]

13 01, 2009

Cleantech Predictions for 2009

By | 2009-01-13T22:24:58-07:00 January 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Venture investment in the relatively new space being called clean technology (cleantech) reached a record $8.4 billion in North America alone in 2008. What will 2009 look like for cleantech? Venture capital firm, Lightspeed, has shared their take on what's to come this year in the green investment sector. With cleantech capital in areas like [...]

13 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Into the Deep (Clean)

By | 2009-01-13T18:13:01-07:00 January 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are your pores as dirty as the ocean is deep? The Bite Ew, blech. Whether or not you're exaggerating, try scrubbing up with our facial-cleanser picks for oily, dry, or combo skin, and avoid fishy chems. The Benefits Turning the tide on dirty. Get great, clean skin no matter what's happening in your T-zone. Healthy [...]

12 01, 2009

December Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-01-12T19:20:29-07:00 January 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Offsetting your cell phone and gadget energy usage is just one way to turn down your environmental impact. Simply leaving your electronics plugged in consumes an awful lot of power too. According to this Ideal Bite Tip, what percentage of the energy used to power home electronics is used while they are [...]

12 01, 2009

December Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-01-12T18:51:56-07:00 January 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's All About You! As the world prepares to close another calendar year and celebrate holidays of all kinds, we want to wish you our very best for the season. Each month, we bring you the best of our news, tips, links, and more to help support your commitment to reducing your environmental impact. The [...]

12 01, 2009

Ingleside Retirement Community Joins the Green Building Movement

By | 2009-01-12T18:47:08-07:00 January 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification program has only been around for eight years. But within this short amount of time, it has seen tremendous growth. In the USGBC Green Building Impact Report 2008, the organization shares that during this time, 6% of new construction has been LEED [...]

12 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Hot or Not?

By | 2009-01-12T17:04:16-07:00 January 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

On a scale of 1 to 10, how hot's the water in your clothes washer? The Bite Go for 1 - cold - to conserve energy and cash. Except in cases of gross-out dirtiness, cold's as effective as hot, keeping your clothes (and you) looking fierce. The Benefits Attractive energy savings. Around 80%-90% of the [...]

11 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Hi Ho Silverton – City Break

By | 2009-01-11T20:12:01-07:00 January 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Hi Ho Silverton - City Break The Bite Who was that ski-masked man? That'd be you, natch, at Silverton Mountain. The black-diamond set already loves the steep and deep runs at this reservations-recommended spot, but here's more reason to giddyup at SM: Tons of stuff there - from the lifts to the rescue sleds to [...]

9 01, 2009

Fuel Cells Power Wind Monitor

By | 2009-01-09T17:40:12-07:00 January 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The development of two fuel cell wind monitoring systems is nearing completion by the British energy company Npower. Each contains two 12-volt methanol fuel cells, developed by UPS Systems, that will be charged via solar panels. The self-contained system enables the monitors to be set up in the remote locations that are often home to [...]

9 01, 2009

@Idealbite – Lipo Sucks – Resolutions Week

By | 2009-01-09T16:31:11-07:00 January 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Is lipo the best way to slim down? The Bite Fat chance. There are more natural ways than lipo and noxious pills to narrow your waistline this year, such as exercising and taking natural supplements. Just start with realistic expectations...almost no one is made for size 00 duds. The Benefits Trimming down. Whether for health [...]

8 01, 2009

Jay Leno Shows Off A Maglev Wind Turbine

By | 2009-01-08T22:46:58-07:00 January 8th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Funny man Jay Leno isn't joking around when it comes to the environment. With around two-thirds of his home's power needs coming from onsite renewable energy, Jay has long been an advocate of clean technology. On his website, Leno shows us a clip of a Maglev wind turbine and seems to get just as ‘geeked [...]

8 01, 2009

Tennessee Coal Sludge Disaster A Wake-Up Call

By | 2009-01-08T20:17:30-07:00 January 8th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

As U.S. and Tennessee authorities scramble to deal with the aftermath of the largest environmental disaster of its kind in U.S. history, questions, accusations, and even a $165M lawsuit are in full swing. On Monday, December 22, an estimated 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic sludge (enough to fill 3,000 acres a foot deep) flooded [...]

7 01, 2009

Six-Megawatt Wind Turbines Assembled in Germany

By | 2009-01-07T17:21:01-07:00 January 7th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Hamburg-based REpower Systems AG already produces one of the largest wind turbines in the world, the five megawatt (MW) 5M turbine, with a rotor diameter of 126 meters. Now they've upped the ante with the 6M, three of which were recently assembled in Bremerhaven, Germany. The new turbine is rated at a 6 MW generation [...]

7 01, 2009

Meat You Halfway – Resolutions Week

By | 2009-01-07T17:20:32-07:00 January 7th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Don't wanna give up meat altogether? The Bite Try for a happy medium - go meatless at least once a week for ginormous environmental and health benefits, without compromising your taste for the occasional sustainably raised burger. The Benefits More-than-middling health payoffs. Compared to meat eaters, vegetarians have lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, certain [...]

6 01, 2009

Chemical (In)dependence – Resolutions Week

By | 2009-01-06T17:43:45-07:00 January 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are you addicted to some not-so-healthy chems? The Bite Break free. In '09, resolve to get the five most common (but avoidable) beauty baddies - coal tar, fragrance, parabens, petrochemicals, and triclosan - out of your regimen. Step-by-step program optional. The Benefits Detoxifying your body. Researchers have associated these chemicals with problems such as cancer, [...]

5 01, 2009

The ROI of Choosing Green

By | 2009-01-05T23:54:12-07:00 January 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

There are many perceptions about going green or choosing to invest in green practices, technologies and resources. There is the idea that it takes a long time to see the pay back or that you need to have deep pockets to get started. A Forbes article from December highlights 10 companies that are looking out [...]

5 01, 2009

Biofuel Flying High

By | 2009-01-05T20:15:58-07:00 January 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Air New Zealand finished 2008 with a milestone of becoming the second airline to successfully use biofuel for a test flight. A 50/50 mix of a jatropha-derived biofuel and jet fuel was used to power one of four engines of a Boeing 747-400 on a two-hour flight above Auckland. The engine performed well during the [...]

5 01, 2009

Fashion Plates – Resolutions Week

By | 2009-01-05T17:44:33-07:00 January 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Always on top of the latest eco-trends? The Bite Dandy: This year, switch out your disposable foodware habit for a reusable one to save resources and cash, and you'll be in vogue for 2009. The Benefits More cash for fashion. Just talkin' paper plates: If you use three per day in your home, you'll easily [...]

3 01, 2009

The Tree-ty of Denver

By | 2009-01-03T08:12:15-07:00 January 3rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Tree-ty of Denver The Bite Ready to surrender your Xmas tree? Here are the terms: Starting Monday, take off all decorations (no flocked trees allowed), set it out near your trash cans - 4 feet away from them and any other obstacles - and Denver Recycles will pick it up and chip it into [...]

2 01, 2009

Wet Blankets

By | 2009-01-02T18:49:28-07:00 January 2nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Mind if someone slobbers on your blanket? The Bite Not if you were getting rid of it anyway, right? Take used items such as towels or Granny's fur coat to a nearby animal shelter, where cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animals can use them as bedding. You save landfill space and get closer to losing [...]