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Monthly Archives: June 2009

30 06, 2009

Look on the Bright Side – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-30T18:31:58-07:00 June 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Look on the Bright Side The Bite: Pessimistic about looking good in scrap plastic shades? Depends on how you look at this tip. Just read to the bottom, and find stylish eco-shades made from materials that are better for the planet than the usual suspects. Consider these glasses half full. The Benefits: A silver lining [...]

30 06, 2009

Cool Hand Biter – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-30T00:10:47-07:00 June 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Cool Hand Biter The Bite: Feel like a prisoner to your summer utility bill? Make like Paul Newman and fight...inefficient A/C, that is. Houses lose up to 50% of their A/C and heating energy through windows, but tricks such as planting shade trees and window treatments help keep you cool. A sweet escape from energy [...]

29 06, 2009

This Is Not a Test – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-29T18:29:44-07:00 June 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Is Not a Test The Bite: What's more alarming than that emergency broadcast beep from the TV? Not knowing which companies test on animals. Decipher the claims on the back of your shampoo bottle, and sleep more sound-ly. The Benefits: Animal crisis avoidance. You'll support humane treatment of animals such as mice, rabbits, and [...]

26 06, 2009

Green Meetings & Events Program Announcement

By | 2009-06-26T16:22:39-07:00 June 26th, 2009|News|

Renewable Energy Gets Boost from Hotels Nationwide Green Your Event launches to meet growing demand for green meetings BOULDER, CO. (June 23, 2009) - Renewable Choice Energy, a leading national provider of renewable energy credits and carbon offsets has launched a first of its kind program to empower meeting and event planners at hotels and [...]

25 06, 2009

Green Meetings & Events Free Webinar

By | 2009-06-25T23:05:13-07:00 June 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Did you know that most of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with events originate from travel to and from the event?  Green meetings are fast becoming the norm. Now, you can add renewable energy and carbon offsets to the mix with Green Your Event, our innovative solution for event managers and meeting venues to reduce [...]

25 06, 2009

Next Renewable Energy Credit & Carbon Offset Webinar

By | 2009-06-25T22:55:28-07:00 June 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Our first webinar on  renewable energy credits (RECs) and verified emission reductions (VERs), aka carbon offsets, was such a success, we're doing another one! Renewable energy is supported by a number of factores. Renewable energy credits and carbon offsets are a key factor for developers when deciding to build new projects. You've heard they're good, [...]

25 06, 2009

Chain Mail – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-25T17:56:32-07:00 June 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Chain Mail The Bite: Need protection from junk mail? Jump off your mighty steed long enough to sign up for an unwanted-mail (including phonebooks) reduction service. It'll shield you from paper and energy waste, as well as major hassle. The Benefits: Saner knights. Each American receives almost 560 pieces of junk mail per year - [...]

24 06, 2009

Open Wide – from @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-24T18:32:33-07:00 June 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Open Wide The Bite: When does "here comes the airplane" sound better than usual? When that plane's carrying eco baby food. Try to go for organic and filler-free options for a healthier baby and planet. Vrrrm... The Benefits: Spoon-fed health. Organic versions don't contain the fat, fillers, salt, and sugar your baby doesn't need. And [...]

24 06, 2009

Speed of Sound – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-24T17:33:21-07:00 June 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Speed of Sound The Bite: Can't hear at 600 mph? Have no fear - just take along your own headphones and/or get an in-flight audio adapter so you won't have to buy (and later chuck) the 'phones airlines offer onboard. Sound good? The Benefits: Making (sound) waves for the planet. Given that there are almost [...]

24 06, 2009

The Coast Is Clear – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-24T17:11:21-07:00 June 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Coast Is Clear The Bite: Is the timing right for hitting the beach? Shore is - as long as it's clean. Before you slip into your suit (or not), check out which are least polluted and what you can do to keep 'em that way. The Benefits: Looking out for your beach body. Stay [...]

24 06, 2009

Regifting 2.0 – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-24T16:49:06-07:00 June 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Regifting 2.0 The Bite: Wanna take regifting to the next level? You beta. In honor of Ideal Bite's fourth birthday (tomorrow!), think about packaging your presents in materials that the giftee can use again (like cloth) for a less-wasteful version of gift-giving. The Benefits: More trees for the next gen. If every American family wrapped [...]

24 06, 2009

Colorado's Bill Ritter Tops Green Governors List

By | 2009-06-24T16:20:38-07:00 June 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Yesterday, Greenopia, a leading environmental consumer interest website and blog, released a comprehensive rankingof all 50 United States governors. Part of Greenopia's mission is to keep consumers (and voters) informed on issues of eco-friendly importance. Their Greenest Governors project reveals which state governments are most dedicated to preserving the environment. Topping the ranking was Colorado's [...]

23 06, 2009

Renewable Choice Launches GREEN YOUR EVENT

By | 2009-06-23T18:14:33-07:00 June 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

TRAVEL ALERT! WARNING: Event travel produces carbon dioxide emissions, a major contributor to climate change and, according to the EPA, a hazard to human health. Renewable Choice launches GREEN YOUR EVENT, a simple and effective way to help address the environmental impact of events. GREEN YOUR EVENT allows event sponsors to enhance their environmental commitment [...]

23 06, 2009

Stricter Building Codes and Green Building

By | 2009-06-23T17:36:32-07:00 June 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Last month, the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES), also known as the Waxman-Markey bill, by a 33-25 margin. The bill, in its own words, aims "to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy [...]

23 06, 2009

Support for Renewable Energy in Western U.S.

By | 2009-06-23T16:05:20-07:00 June 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Western Governors' Association (WGA) held its annual meeting in Park City, Utah, where officials from the Obama Administration signaled strong support for developing the region's renewable energy potential. Initiatives ranging from improving transmission systems to protecting wildlife habitats are aimed at maximizing the benefits of the West's renewable energy resources on the national electrical [...]

18 06, 2009

McCormick Distilling Makes Sustainability Count

By | 2009-06-18T21:51:07-07:00 June 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A Renewable Choice client, 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. The comprehensive eco-conscience approach to this product is impressive for many reasons. McCormick Distilling Company’s 360 Vodka is a good [...]

18 06, 2009

LEED Green Power Webinar – June 24

By | 2009-06-18T20:42:23-07:00 June 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Ever wanted to know more about the applications of renewable energy and emission reductions within the LEED Certification system and why they are important, but didnt really know where to start? Well wonder no longer! Renewable Choice is holding an introductory webinar on Wednesday, June 24 to cover topics ranging from the production of energy [...]

18 06, 2009

Under Cover – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-18T20:20:32-07:00 June 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Under Cover The Bite: Need money for new ID papers? Pool covers can help - and you won't have to get out your magnifying glass to start saving time and money. The Benefits: Not-so-covert water savings. Covers reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation by up to 50%. Spotting the little ones. Covers help [...]

18 06, 2009

Check Out Our (Ve)guns – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-18T19:56:50-07:00 June 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Check Out Our (Ve)guns The Bite: Afraid your biceps'll shrink away if you start eating less meat? Press those thoughts out of your mind. There are plenty of high-protein foods that don't come from animals, and (if you needed a reminder) going veggie even once a week will save major resources. You'll be stronger-armed and [...]

16 06, 2009

The End of Your Sentence – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-16T18:49:51-07:00 June 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The End of Your Sentence The Bite: Wish your period would disappear? Comma on - it's not happening. But the waste from them can go away, with reusable menstrual cups. Although they're not really our thing, literally hundreds of Biters have sent in messages singing their praise. Exclamation point-worthy! The Benefits: No chemical question marks. [...]

16 06, 2009

Total Hottie – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-16T00:14:02-07:00 June 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Total Hottie The Bite: Summer heat at a 10 out of 10 level? That's hot. Embrace it by upping the A/C thermostat by 2 degrees and stripping down to wear as little as possible (depending on who's at the door). You won't notice the difference, but your bank account will be lookin' f-i-n-e. The Benefits: [...]

12 06, 2009

Ground Control – Save Water Week From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-12T21:18:02-07:00 June 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Ground Control - Save Water Week The Bite: Houston, do we have a water-waste problem? Not if you shuttle over to your local hardware store and pick up a moisture or rain sensor for your outdoor sprinklers. All (sprinkler) systems go. The Benefits: (Astro)not wasting water. Moisture sensors tell your sprinklers to spray only when [...]

12 06, 2009

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Debuts Eco-Punchcard

By | 2009-06-12T05:59:51-07:00 June 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Eco-Punchcards are a new addition this year. The punchcard is a detachable part of the new pocket schedule which complements the full-size 52-page festival program. Its's a creative way to spread the word about earth-friendly behaviors and practices. Since Planet Bluegrass takes environmental responsibility seriously, it also wants festivarians to follow its lead at this [...]

12 06, 2009

Costa Del Mar Walks the Talk with Renewable Energy

By | 2009-06-12T05:31:55-07:00 June 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Costa Del Mar was founded on the principles of creating the best sunglasses possible for exploring the world and respecting the environment. With this philosophy in mind, it has committed to reducing its environmental footprint by offsetting 100% of its electricity use at its headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida as well as taking responsibility for [...]

11 06, 2009

Dry Spell – Save Water Week From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-11T20:34:22-07:00 June 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Dry Spell - Save Water Week The Bite: Should you wash your car during a rain shortage? No drought about it - you can if you use a waterless car wash. Just spray and wipe, and watch the cash and eco-savings rain down. The Benefits: Not precipitating the need for detail work. Eco-cleaners forgo ammonia, [...]

11 06, 2009

Building Green Won't Break the Bank

By | 2009-06-11T18:49:47-07:00 June 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

For all those with fears surrounding the cost of incorporating sustainability into the design and building process - a 2007 study performed by Davis Langdon into these costs found that "there is no significant difference in average cost for green buildings as compared to non-green buildings." The study focused upon "construction costs of buildings where [...]

11 06, 2009

There's No (Re)place(ment) Like Home – Save Water Week From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-11T00:02:49-07:00 June 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

There's No (Re)place(ment) Like Home - Save Water Week The Bite: Wanna lower that Kansas-size water bill? Wicked. Just replace water-sucks like Auntie Em's old bathroom fixtures (including her pre-1993 Toto) to save major H2O and money. The Benefits: Clicking your heels over water savings. We're using and polluting our water faster than we can [...]

10 06, 2009

Wind Power Card Custom Solution

By | 2009-06-10T23:06:58-07:00 June 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

In November, 2007 we launched the Wind Power Card, a first-of-its-king point-of-purchase retail products at select Whole Foods Market stores across the U.S. This innovative renewable energy product offset the average home electricity use for a month, available in two "sizes"; individual and family. Still a popular eco product at Whole Foods, the Wind Power [...]

10 06, 2009

Bundled Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Gifts

By | 2009-06-10T22:09:37-07:00 June 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

We began offering bundled renewable energy credit (REC) and carbon offset (veriefied emission reductions, or VERs) products to our consumer customers and a few select commerical clients in the fall of 2008 with great success. We've since made these bundles available to all our clients. These unique, attractively packaged offsets make perfect gifts to help [...]

9 06, 2009

Costa Del Mar Invests in Renewable Energy

By | 2009-06-09T21:41:11-07:00 June 9th, 2009|News|

    Walk the Talk: Costa Del Mar Sunglasses Invests in Renewable Energy to Offset Carbon Footprint (Press Releas) Daytona Beach, Fla., - June 10, 2009 - Costa Del Mar sunglasses has partnered with Renewable Choice Energy to offset 100 percent of the electricity use at its Daytona Beach headquarters facility with the purchase of [...]

5 06, 2009

Corporate Responsibility and UL Environment

By | 2009-06-05T18:41:02-07:00 June 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

UL Environment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories that will test, validate, and certify environmentally sustainable product claims, has just validated its first product -- Serious Materials' green drywall, called EcoRock. Testing validated that it contains 80% recycled content, has low VOC emission levels, contains no mercury, and is highly resistant to mold. And most [...]

5 06, 2009

The Top Scoop – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-05T16:48:43-07:00 June 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Top Scoop The Bite: The dish on recycling plastic lids, caps, and covers? Our top story: Although plastic lids and covers are recyclable, most processors ask you to trash them - but there are ways you can avoid sending 'em to the dump. The Benefits: Editing out certain trashy details. Small lids (think water [...]

5 06, 2009

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Invests in Wind Power

By | 2009-06-05T15:29:28-07:00 June 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

For the 7th consecutive year, Planet Bluegrass has partnered with Renewable Choice to reduce the environmental impact associated with the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. By investing in wind power and other carbon reduction efforts, this year’s commitment will help prevent up to 5.5 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. The vision behind this event [...]

4 06, 2009

Golden Girls (and Boys) – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-04T20:04:07-07:00 June 4th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Golden Girls (and Boys) The Bite: Skin looking a bit Blanche(d)? Since it's almost time for your swimsuit to come out of its retirement home, you might wanna do something. Get gorgeous in three steps (exfoliate, de-hair, and tan) with eco-products that won't hurt your skin or the planet. You'll adore(othy) the results. The Benefits: [...]

3 06, 2009

Marketing Your Sustainability Initiatives Webinar

By | 2009-06-03T22:47:40-07:00 June 3rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Announcing our first free webinar addressing the special needs your company has in communicating its corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Are you looking for a way to communicate your environmental commitment?  Renewable Choice is committed to helping your company communicate, extend and differentiate its environmental commitment through our award-winning Choice Programs.  This presentation will spotlight [...]

3 06, 2009

Wind Turbines to be Tested on Museum Roof

By | 2009-06-03T17:20:04-07:00 June 3rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This summer, wind turbines from five manufacturers will be installed on the rooftop of the Boston Museum of Science. The Wind Turbine Lab, a project of the museum in partnership with the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, is designed to test the performance of small wind turbines for use on the rooftops of homes and small [...]

3 06, 2009

The Blueprint – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-03T16:38:21-07:00 June 3rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Blueprint The Bite: Drafting the menu for a spring soiree? You don't have to be Frank Lloyd Wright to enjoy this Strawberry and Grilled Chicken or Tofu Salad. From our pal and in-season recipe master, Executive Chef Scott Garrett - at LA hotel Avalon's Blue on Blue restaurant - it's designed for a healthier [...]

2 06, 2009

A Fin-ning Hand – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-02T16:51:51-07:00 June 2nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A Fin-ning Hand The Bite: Do you have any pairs of...eco-friendly lures? Go fish...with eco fishing equipment made with safe materials instead of stuff like lead. Next week is National Fishing Week - plus, with Father's Day coming up, you might find a gift for Dad. Well played. The Benefits: The planet wins. Opt for [...]

1 06, 2009

Spinning Air Into Cash – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-06-01T20:12:47-07:00 June 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Spinning Air into Cash The Bite: With hot weather loom-ing, looking for new ways to keep cool on the cheap? String together a plan to stimulate your pocketbook, air circulation, and energy savings, simply by making sure your ceiling fan's set to run counterclockwise. No sweat(er). The Benefits: Unbeweaveable bill savings. You'll save up to [...]