Monthly Archives: February 2009

28 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Rest In Peace

By | 2009-02-28T21:29:32+00:00 February 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are chems gonna disrupt your eternal sleep? The Bite: Over your dead body they will, if you opt for an eco-burial. Toxic chems and non-eco coffins might be typical graveyard fare, but for Biters who wanna rest easier, eco-burial's the natural way to go. The Benefits: A less-toxic legacy. Eco-burials don't involve embalming, which uses [...]

28 02, 2009

Breweries

By | 2009-02-28T21:23:28+00:00 February 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|

From lighter weight bottles and more efficient brewing, wine-making and distilling processes to renewable energy and carbon offsets, companies in the beer, wine and spirits industry are gaining a competitive advantage and contributing to a more sustainable world by greening their operations. Renewable Choice helps companies their impact with renewable energy credits and carbon offsets [...]

28 02, 2009

Higher Education

By | 2009-02-28T21:21:18+00:00 February 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Colleges and universities have always been at the forefront of the environmental movement.By conducting and publishing environmental research, educating students, and initiating campussustainability efforts at the demands of stakeholders, higher education has long demonstrated itsleadership in this critical area. One of the single most effective ways for a campus to mitigate its environmental impact isby [...]

28 02, 2009

Green Building

By | 2009-02-28T21:19:24+00:00 February 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Catalyzed by the growing demand for LEED® certified projects, the green building industry has become a driving force in making our built environment more sustainable through environmentally sound products and services. Whether your company is certifying its products to meet emerging carbon neutrality standards or taking steps to reduce its overall environmental impact, Renewable Choice [...]

28 02, 2009

Skiing

By | 2009-02-28T21:16:33+00:00 February 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|

An early adopter of purchasing green power, the ski industry has set the benchmark for how companies and entire industries can support renewable energy generation, reduce their impact and benefit their image. Renewable Choice has been the largest provider of renewable energy for the ski industry since 2006, helping leading resorts, retailers and manufacturers with [...]

28 02, 2009

Printing

By | 2009-02-28T21:13:48+00:00 February 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|

From soy based inks and recycled content to renewable energy and carbon offsets, printing companies across America are gaining a competitive advantage by greening their printing. Renewable Choice helps printers reduce their environmental impact with renewable energy and carbon offsets while providing industry-leading marketing support to extend and communicate this commitment. Extend Value Forward-thinking businesses [...]

28 02, 2009

Portfolios

By | 2009-02-28T21:02:09+00:00 February 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|

American Wind is Renewable Choice’s signature portfolio, supporting wind farms across the United States. Often these wind farms are located in rural areas, supplementing agricultural incomes and promoting local development. American Wind also supports small-scale distributed wind facilities, helping promote a diversified energy infrastructure. American Wind is certified by Green-e Energy®, the nation’s leading third-party [...]

27 02, 2009

Power Shift '09 Brings Climate and Energy Issues to D.C.

By | 2009-02-27T22:17:55+00:00 February 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Starting today, thousands of youth leaders across the U.S. are converging on Washington D.C. to demand more rigorous clean energy policy, climate change reduction efforts, and green jobs as part of a weekend-long event called Power Shift '09. A spin-off of the Campus Climate Challenge, this event includes four-day conference with an agenda that includes [...]

27 02, 2009

Smart-Grid Technology Optimizes Use of Renewables

By | 2009-02-27T17:14:15+00:00 February 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Denmark generates one-fifth of its electricity with renewable technologies, and now a joint Danish-IBM research project is trying to maximize the use of this power, specifically wind power, to charge electric vehicles. Using smart-grid technology, the project hopes to address the challenges of integrating intermittent power sources such as wind and solar into the electric [...]

26 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Chaps Be Gone

By | 2009-02-26T22:24:29+00:00 February 26th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Lips feel like worn leather? The Bite: Use eco lip balm on your next prairie rustle. While conventional balms are made with petroleum (yep, that petroleum), plant-based options are now widely available and will rescue your parched pucker lickety-split. Now ride. The Benefits: Being healthy as a horse. Researchers have linked impurities in petrolatum (a [...]

26 02, 2009

Dell Reveals Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 40% by 2015

By | 2009-02-26T18:56:24+00:00 February 26th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

According to Dell’s spokesman, one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions comes from its electricity use. By investing in green power both directly or by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs), Dell is telling the market that renewable energy can significantly reduce its environmental impact. Dell has announced that it is now powering its [...]

25 02, 2009

January Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2009-02-25T23:41:07+00:00 February 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the January Impact Sleuth Challenge Winners who each won a personal body care gift set from Pangea Organics: Dawn Murphy of Heathrow, FL; Julia Versaci of Marietta, GA; Susan Shea of Oceanside, CA; Debi Herrington of Seattle, WA; and Casey Coy of Ann Arbor, MI. Congrats and Enjoy! This Month's Challenge: [...]

25 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Learning to Box

By | 2009-02-25T21:47:33+00:00 February 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Bite: Wrap your red glove around a box of wine. Eco-friendly, boxed wine doesn't have the best reputation for taste, but we put some into the ring and found a few that come out swingin'. The Benefits: Knocking out packaging waste. Glass bottles require a lotta packaging during transport so they don't break. Boxes [...]

24 02, 2009

@IdealBite- Follow the Bouncing Ball

By | 2009-02-24T19:49:35+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Want to sing a-long to a less waste-ful song? The Bite: Follow the bottom of this screen, where we link you up to dryer balls that fluff and soften your laundry - free of the toxic plastic PVC, and no disposable dryer sheets necessary. The cash + eco savings = something to croon about. The [...]

24 02, 2009

Renewable Energy Projects | Carbon Offset Projects | Wind Power Projects

By | 2009-02-24T03:28:39+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Renewable Choice and our clients support a range of renewable energy and carbon reduction projects in the United States and around the world. Every project we support meets stringent environmental standards and does not benefit from regulatory support.  Learn more about the types of projects that we support and about the high-quality renewable energy and [...]

24 02, 2009

Global Movement

By | 2009-02-24T03:25:34+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Global concerns about the environment, renewable energy, energy policy, and climate change are reflected everywhere. The environment makes headlines daily, is a key component of political campaigns, and fuels conversations in our homes and classrooms. No longer are these topics of choice only for scientists and "tree-hugging environmentalists". Taking responsibility for our impact on the [...]

24 02, 2009

Carbon Offsets Explained & How Carbon Offsets Work | How VERs Work

By | 2009-02-24T03:25:10+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|

1 2 3 4 5   View our map of the U.S. and International carbon mitigation projects we support. Verified emission reductions (VERs), also known as carbon offsets, are designed for companies looking to reduce the environmental impact of their flying, driving, and some heating and manufacturing methods with real, verified and permanent carbon reductions.  [...]

24 02, 2009

Wind Power | What are Renewable Energy Credits RECs & How They Work

By | 2009-02-24T03:24:36+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|

{{social_buttons}} {{hiw_map}}   View our map of supported Wind Power Projects   What is a renewable energy credit (REC)? A renewable energy credit (sometimes referred to as a renewable energy certificate or "greentag") is an environmental commodity that represents the added value, environmental benefits and cost of renewable energy above conventional methods of producing electricity, [...]

24 02, 2009

LEED Projects in U.S., Green Building, USGBC

By | 2009-02-24T03:19:54+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|

A U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) member since 2003 and Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) member since 2009, Renewable Choice has helped over 5,000 LEED® Projects in the U.S. and internationally with 100% success obtaining the Green Power Credit for LEED certification. Here is a look at the LEED Green Power partners we’ve worked with. [...]

24 02, 2009

Renewable Choice Energy, Who We Help

By | 2009-02-24T03:17:23+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Renewable Choice offers simple and effective industry-specific solutions that address your environmental impact, distinguish your products and services, and engage your stakeholders. Let us help you do the right thing for your industry. [[Ditto? &parents=`406` &display=`all` &total=`all` &tpl=`industry_guide_tabs` &showInMenuOnly=`1` &sortBy=`menuindex` &sortDir=`ASC`]] [[Ditto? &parents=`406` &display=`all` &total=`all` &tpl=`industry_guide_sections` &showInMenuOnly=`1` &sortBy=`menuindex` &sortDir=`ASC`]]

24 02, 2009

Learn

By | 2009-02-24T03:08:27+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Companies of all sizes choose to address the environmental impact of their business by choosing renewable energy for a variety of reasons. We know that, like any business decision, you need to weigh the benefits of doing the right thing for the planet with what you know is the right thing for your company. We're [...]

24 02, 2009

Renewable Choice | Sustainability Consulting | Renewable Energy

By | 2009-02-24T02:45:18+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Events The Navigating the American Carbon World 2014 Conference March 26-28San Francisco, CANavigating the American Carbon World (NACW) is the longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets Globe Conference March 26-28Vancouver, BCGLOBE draws nearly 10,000 potential buyers, partners and investors to Vancouver, Canada for three days of exposure to [...]

23 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Green Slip

By | 2009-02-23T22:02:39+00:00 February 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Did you just get the pink slip? The Bite Slip into a green career. Try your hand at a job doing great things for the planet, and your TGIF might change to TGIM. The Benefits Getting in on the action. New investment in clean energy, for example, increased from $33 billion to $148 billion between [...]

23 02, 2009

BMW Looks to Expand its Clean Energy Commitment

By | 2009-02-23T19:56:19+00:00 February 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It is evaluating whether wind energy would be a good addition to its alternative energy resource program to help it become even more self sufficient. The BMW manufacturing plant in Greer, South Carolina is already getting almost 63% of its electricity from gas siphoned from a nearby landfill. The reported numbers state that this project [...]

20 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Party Like a Creole

By | 2009-02-20T19:51:35+00:00 February 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

How can you have a fab Mardi Gras without flying to N'awlins? The Bite Big easy. Bring the French Quarter to you by jazzing up your menu with celebratory munchies like sustainable jambalaya. The Benefits Cajun spicing up your life. The best way to get into the Mardi Gras spirit is through your taste buds. [...]

20 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Getting Carded

By | 2009-02-20T18:59:08+00:00 February 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Can't remember the last time you got carded? The Bite Revisit your wrinkle-free youth at the library. Your library card gives you free access to books, movies, and music - plus borrowing keeps paper and plastic outta production. You're never too old for that. The Benefits Putting away your wallet. Movie rentals run $3-$5 a [...]

19 02, 2009

Recycling Your Consumer Electronics

By | 2009-02-19T18:50:38+00:00 February 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

As the pressure from consumers to be kind to the environment builds and businesses focus on creating more sustainable practices continues, many companies are spending more energy announcing or advertising their recycling programs. The electronics industry in particular has been getting a lot of press both positive and negative about its environmental impact. Dell recently [...]

18 02, 2009

@IdealBite – How to (Eco-)tip at Restaurants

By | 2009-02-18T18:08:32+00:00 February 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Wanna leave more than 15% next time you visit your fave restaurant? The Bite Tip more: Suggest to local eateries that they go green with their food and supplies (and in some cases it can even cut costs). Check, please. The Benefits Enticing planetary payoffs. For example, lowering energy use (such as installing efficient lighting) [...]

18 02, 2009

Carbon Dioxide Converted Into Fuel Using Sunlight

By | 2009-02-18T17:24:32+00:00 February 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are currently the leading cause of global climate change, but they could soon be a source for fuel. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a device that converts a mixture of CO2 and water vapor into natural gas using nanotubes and sunlight. This is an improvement over similar devices because [...]

17 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Ship(ping)wrecked

By | 2009-02-17T18:06:48+00:00 February 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are you wasting a hull lotta cardboard? The Bite Shipping box reuse, ahoy: Check out companies that'll hook you up with used cardboard boxes (and sites where you can list your own) for mailing or moving, so you can sink less cash and fewer trees next time you ship or move. The Benefits Titanic-size energy [...]

16 02, 2009

@WorldChanging – Miliband Announces Green Makeover for Every Home in Britain by 2030

By | 2009-02-16T19:51:59+00:00 February 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Minister unveils 'great British refurb' to cut household emissions one-third by 2020 with insulation and low-carbon technologies. All UK households will have a green makeover by 2030 under government plans to reduce carbon emissions and cut energy bills. Cavity wall and loft insulation will be available for all suitable homes, with plans to retrofit 400,000 [...]

16 02, 2009

Pharmaca Opens New Store in Washington

By | 2009-02-16T16:22:59+00:00 February 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy believes that public health is closely linked to environmental health. This is why the store’s bamboo shelves are stocked with organic, all-natural and fair trade products. By introducing customers to things like paraben-free cosmetics and eco-friendly cleaners, Pharmaca raises environmental consciousness while providing people with the things they need to live a [...]

14 02, 2009

@WorldChanging – Casa De Botellas: Turning Waste into Modular Construction

By | 2009-02-14T22:53:43+00:00 February 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

I'm not usually impressed by people making products or buildings out of trash. Not because it isn't a good idea -- it clearly is -- but because most such projects don't scale well. They're nice one-offs but can't be set up for mass manufacturing. There are several exceptions, though, and I recently stumbled upon another [...]

13 02, 2009

Harnessing Energy from Shocks & Speed Bumps

By | 2009-02-13T21:02:41+00:00 February 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's not often that "green" is associated with heavy vehicles which burn through fossil fuels like there's no tomorrow. Certainly advancements in the hybrid and biofuel sectors have gotten us all at least thinking about tomorrow and the ways our vehicles can have less of a negative impact on the environment. But a recent breakthrough [...]

13 02, 2009

Steelcase Creates Furniture Recycling Program

By | 2009-02-13T19:11:55+00:00 February 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Steelcase is using its client relationships to create additional value for its furniture products. By partnering with the Institution Recycling Network (IRN), Steelcase is able to match used office furniture with non-profit organizations all over the world that are in need. It’s a creative solution that extends the life of the products, keeps them out [...]

12 02, 2009

@IdealBite – A Perfect Basket

By | 2009-02-12T17:12:52+00:00 February 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Was your last hospitality gift a clear foul? The Bite Rebound with an eco gift basket. Great for clients and employees alike, when you gotta give a gift, baskets full of green goodies (like eco-chocolates) make for an easy slam dunk. The Benefits No time-out for crappy gifts. Who couldn't use a little more biodynamic [...]

11 02, 2009

Clean Energy Provisions Included in Stimulus Bill

By | 2009-02-11T18:00:02+00:00 February 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

On Tuesday, February 10, the Senate voted 61-37 to approve passage of its $838 billion version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The bill includes provisions for clean energy investments to help create jobs, hedge rising energy costs, and increase the nation's supply of domestically produced, clean energy. One of the [...]

11 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Sweet Talking

By | 2009-02-11T17:47:38+00:00 February 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Wanna talk sweet satisfaction with fewer calories? The Bite Listen here. Sweet-toothed Biters are all achatter over the best, less-refined sugar alternatives: agave, erythritol, stevia, and xylitol (so long, little pink packets). Sweet. The Benefits Cooing about fewer cals. Xylitol's got 40% fewer calories than sugar, and stevia's calorie-free. Agave syrup has about the same [...]

11 02, 2009

Illinois Ranks 16th for Renewable Energy Commitments

By | 2009-02-11T06:32:59+00:00 February 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Illinois is adding green power to its list of accomplishments. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that Green Power Partners in Illinois bought more than 445 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2008 and now ranks 16th on the national top 50 state purchasers list. This commitment has a similar impact as avoiding the [...]

10 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Sick-o-phant

By | 2009-02-10T18:38:04+00:00 February 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Got a cold and need facial tissues that flatter your nose? The Bite Fawn over our picks for softest eco-tissues. While no recycled paper can compete with Puffs-esque highly processed, virgin forest fiber's softness, there are now better alternatives that hold their own. The Benefits Softness worth praising. Currently, there's no perfect substitute for virgin [...]

9 02, 2009

@IdealBite – It's Hammer Time

By | 2009-02-09T17:11:46+00:00 February 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are you 2 Legit 2 Quit buying new tools? The Bite Nobody's that legit. So join a tool-lending library if you've got one nearby. Borrowing that utility knife instead of buying a new one saves natural resources (not to mention cash, which might help you repurpose those signature parachute pants into something slightly more wearable...though [...]

8 02, 2009

@WorldChanging – Oceans Are the New Atmosphere

By | 2009-02-08T17:53:28+00:00 February 8th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Oceans are the new atmosphere. What we mean is, that concern for the state of the oceans and the potential impacts of the on-going catastrophic collapse of ocean ecosystems is reaching a pitch that we haven't seen on any other environmental issue other than the build-up of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. We don't live [...]

7 02, 2009

@WorldChanging – Green Business: Inching Closer to Business As Usual

By | 2009-02-07T18:29:53+00:00 February 7th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A Report from the State of Green Business Forum By Mary Catherine O'Connor Americans today, it seems, are alternately drunk on hope-thanks to the promise of a new Administration-and drowning in despair, thanks to just about every news story we read. Your level of hope-drunkenness is likely a reflection of your employment status and financial [...]

6 02, 2009

@IdealBite – Unhappy Meal: Guilty Pleasures Week

By | 2009-02-06T17:36:17+00:00 February 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are we gluttons for punishment? The Bite Probably, seeing as this tip's about greener caviar, foie gras, and veal. Before you start any anti-Ideal Bite petitions, hear us out: If you have friends who are gonna eat these things anyway, it's your green job to turn them on to eco-friendlier sources. Toy not included. The [...]

6 02, 2009

Renewable Energy is Cool for Ugandan Dairy Farmers

By | 2009-02-06T16:38:38+00:00 February 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

University of Georgia Professor, William Kisaalita, has reengineered the German built ‘CoolSystem' beer cooler by turning it into a milk cooling system which regenerates and continues cooling without the use of electricity. There is a real need for the technology in Kisaalita's native country of Uganda where an estimated 2.5 million smallholder dairy farms provide [...]

5 02, 2009

Responsible Investing Gets Recognized

By | 2009-02-05T21:25:37+00:00 February 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

RPI is a relatively new term that stands for Responsible Property Investing and considers both environmental and social consequences in addition to fiduciary responsibilities in real estate management. RPI has been gaining traction along with green building and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives over the last few years. In 2006 for instance, the Responsible Property [...]

4 02, 2009

Beer and Driving Don’t Mix—Unless It’s in the Tank

By | 2009-02-04T21:30:02+00:00 February 4th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company makes excellent (in this blogger's opinion) beer, and they will soon be making something else excellent: ethanol. Using a portable ethanol refinery, the brewery will turn discarded beer yeast into ethanol, which will be mixed with gasoline to power its vehicle fleet. The EFuel100 MicroFueler is a $9,995, refrigerator-sized home ethanol [...]

3 02, 2009

Weather Channel Receives LEED Gold

By | 2009-02-03T17:50:06+00:00 February 3rd, 2009|News|

Weather Channel Broadcast Facility Receives LEED Gold (Excerpt) The Weather Channel has received Gold LEED-New Construction certification for its new HD broadcast facility in Atlanta, G.A., Contract Magazine reports. The 12,500 square-foot facility was designed by Vocon Architecture. The building includes features such as using heat from studio lights to warm the building, and a [...]

3 02, 2009

Press Room

By | 2009-02-03T17:47:31+00:00 February 3rd, 2009|Uncategorized|

Renewable Choice has been featured in hundreds of national and regional media outlets across the U.S. and on the web. Here is a selection of press articles featuring the company and our clients' support of renewable energy and carbon offsets. [[Ditto? &parents=`364` &tpl=`businessNewsPostTpl` &extenders=`truncate` &truncLen=`200` &truncText=`...` &tagData=`blog_tags` &tagDelimiter=`, ` &tagDocumentID=`123` &showInMenuOnly=`1` &paginate=`1` &display=`8` &paginateAlwaysShowLinks=`1` &dateSource=`pub_date` [...]

3 02, 2009

News Manager

By | 2009-02-03T17:20:42+00:00 February 3rd, 2009|Uncategorized|

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2 02, 2009

The NFL Steps up Environmental Program at Super Bowl

By | 2009-02-02T17:46:15+00:00 February 2nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This is the second year that the NFL has purchased renewable energy to offset the electricity needed for the five-day Super Bowl experience. The NFL has stepped up efforts to offset the carbon impact of this event though it has had an environmental program in place for 16 years. The program started off focusing on [...]