Environmental Blog

27 06, 2012

An Essential Guide to Carbon Accounting Software

By | 2012-06-27T16:18:57+00:00 June 27th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Have you ever tried to measure your organization’s carbon footprint?  If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because it requires the collection, aggregation, and analysis of emissions data from across your company.  So what do you do?  Many companies have found success by using a carbon accounting software.  But there are a few things you [...]

22 06, 2012

Energy Star Home Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By | 2012-06-22T16:03:21+00:00 June 22nd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

By: Suzanne Pletcher This year is the 10th anniversary of the Energy Star Home Program, and the EPA brand is taking a giant step forward by pushing home sweet home’s comfort and durability—and of course energy efficiency—to levels unimagined 10 years ago.  “Using better windows, insulation, using better functioning lights and appliances, and building with [...]

20 06, 2012

What are GHG Reduction Targets and How Do You Define Them?

By | 2012-06-20T15:48:19+00:00 June 20th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

An Overview of GHG Reduction Targets Carbon disclosure season is upon us here at Renewable Choice, and as companies begin to conduct their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, many are simultaneously considering setting emission reduction targets.  Targets are a method for companies to reduce their impact on the environment, lower energy costs, hedge their risk to [...]

12 06, 2012

Developing a GHG Inventory: What’s In It For You?

By | 2012-06-12T18:00:18+00:00 June 12th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Recently I worked with a supplier who asked me the following, very genuine question:Why is my buyer asking me to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory? I don’t have any greenhouses!I repeat this question not to poke fun at this supplier but to highlight the widespread misunderstanding around greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories/carbon accounting and to take [...]

6 06, 2012

Sustainability is Here to Stay

By | 2012-06-06T19:49:21+00:00 June 6th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Five years ago, “sustainability” was a cultural buzz word.  Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth had just won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and whether or not global warming was real was a topic for discussion in the presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain.  Magazines like Time and Newsweek regularly featured pieces [...]

30 05, 2012

How Walmart is Changing Supplier Sustainability – Again

By | 2012-05-30T17:38:10+00:00 May 30th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

In 2009, Walmart single-handedly changed the face of corporate sustainability with the introduction of its Supplier Sustainability Assessment (SSA), aka the 15 Questions.  As goes Walmart, so goes the marketplace, and since the SSA’s appearance, more and more companies have implemented supply chain sustainability and scorecard programs.  As announced at their Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting [...]

23 05, 2012

Buying Green Power in a Deregulated Market

By | 2012-05-23T18:13:30+00:00 May 23rd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

As more U.S. states open up electricity markets to competition there are more choices than ever when it comes to buying clean renewable energy.  Most energy users and brokers in deregulated markets understand that they can source green power bundled with their delivered power from a number of different energy suppliers.  What many haven’t considered [...]

10 05, 2012

What is a CDP Disclosure Score?

By | 2012-05-10T17:32:36+00:00 May 10th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is the largest database of self-reported corporate climate change information in the world.  The CDP’s mission is to work with companies to create long-term prosperity that preserves, rather than destroys, the natural world.  Fundamentally, the CDP allows companies and cities to measure, manage, and disclose their environmental information, creating greater [...]

3 05, 2012

There is No "Away"

By | 2012-05-03T15:33:12+00:00 May 3rd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

For Earth Day this year, the Renewable Choice team headed outside, armed with gloves, good shoes, and trash bags to gather the litter and other disposable waste from the wild habitat surrounding our offices.  In only 45 minutes, each member of our team was able to fill a 33 gallon bag worth of trash, ranging [...]

25 04, 2012

LEED® 2012 Proposes to Change Green Power Credit

By | 2012-04-25T20:08:22+00:00 April 25th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Since the U. S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) launched the LEED® green building program, the program has continuously evolved to increase in scope and stringency.  This year the USGBC proposed LEED 2012, an evolution that builds on LEED 2009 but also focuses on increasing the rigor of the LEED rating system while simultaneously providing measurement [...]

20 04, 2012

Earth Day 2012: Let’s Celebrate!

By | 2012-04-20T17:01:45+00:00 April 20th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

This Sunday is the 42nd global observance of Earth Day.  Begun in 1970, Earth Day is widely credited as the event that launched the environmental movement and remains an important day of recognition, celebration, and commitment.This year, the Earth Day Network is working to mobilize the planet by seeking environmental change with a united voice.  [...]

17 04, 2012

How to Complete the Energy & Climate Section of the Walmart SSA

By | 2012-04-17T18:14:37+00:00 April 17th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

In July of 2009, Walmart announced the launch of its Supplier Sustainability Assessment (SSA), the first phase of a Sustainability Index project aimed at improving Walmart’s supply chain sustainability.  The assessment is comprised of 15 questions in four categories: Energy & Climate, Material Efficiency, Nature & Resources, and People & Community.For many suppliers the easiest [...]

12 04, 2012

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By | 2012-04-12T20:12:34+00:00 April 12th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The National Safety Council promotes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and while this may be a topic most of us associate with teens and other irresponsible drivers, the unfortunate truth is that it also affects our workplaces.  At any given time, more than 800,000 drivers in the US are using their cell phones while [...]

27 03, 2012

How Your Food Choices Can Save the Planet

By | 2012-03-27T21:44:57+00:00 March 27th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

This week, I’m rejoicing that spring is finally here and so are longer, warmer days.  Already my thoughts have turned to high summer and leisurely afternoons spent in my garden or meandering the farmer’s market.  So, I thought it would be fitting to spend this blog talking about one of the easiest ways that we [...]

21 03, 2012

Demystifying Carbon Offsets

By | 2012-03-21T17:51:12+00:00 March 21st, 2012|Environmental Blog|

More and more companies are familiar with the concepts of renewable energy credits (RECs), greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories, and energy management systems.  The term “carbon offset” is becoming a common part of today’s environmental vernacular, but many remain unclear on what exactly a carbon offset -aka a verified emissions reductions- is and how organizations [...]

16 03, 2012

How Asbestos Affects Your Work Environment

By | 2012-03-16T19:52:04+00:00 March 16th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

It's not hard to understand why the presence of hazardous materials in a workplace would be detrimental to the health of those who work in that environment. Sometimes these hazards are easy to recognize.  In the case of asbestos, a naturally forming toxic mineral known to cause cancer, the health threat is especially dangerous -- [...]

14 03, 2012

The Countdown to Disclosure Begins

By | 2012-03-14T16:21:10+00:00 March 14th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

On April 1, the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) Supply Chain program officially opened. The CDP will soon be sending out its annual information request to companies around the world, inviting these organizations to voluntarily disclose their sustainability criteria and carbon emissions. Each year for the last two years, the number of organizations reporting to the [...]

9 03, 2012

Renewable Choice Energy Partners with Green Schools National Conference

By | 2012-03-09T17:21:22+00:00 March 9th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The Greens Schools National Conference’s timing is pertinent, as more and more schools are considering green initiatives.  The event provided an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders to receive practical strategies and solutions to build a sustainability road map for their school. The green schools movement is relatively nascent but is gaining ground [...]

2 03, 2012

3 More Reasons Why Corporate Social Responsibility Matters (Part 2 of 2)

By | 2012-03-02T19:23:48+00:00 March 2nd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The majority of scientists now agree that humans are the most likely cause of global climate change and in recent years increases in population have resulted in food shortages, increased population density and pollution, and fears that the Earth cannot sustain a human population of this size. Back in November, we shared three reasons that [...]

29 02, 2012

Energy Efficiency Incentives: Save Money, Improve Performance

By | 2012-02-29T16:42:50+00:00 February 29th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Across the commercial landscape, businesses are reducing operating costs through building retrofits and energy performance investments.  Efficient lighting upgrades have been shown to achieve cost and energy savings exceeding 70%.  Improvements to windows and insulation have yielded savings approaching 20%. What most businesses don’t know is that utility companies and the government are willing to [...]

23 02, 2012

Three Common Myths about Buying Green Power from a Utility

By | 2012-02-23T18:59:42+00:00 February 23rd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

When consumers decide they would rather purchase renewable energy than continue to support fossil fuels, they have limited options.  They can install an onsite generator like a solar panel, buy green power through their utility, or buy renewable energy credits (RECs) separately from an independent retailer. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the common [...]

17 02, 2012

What’s In It For Me? The Benefits of a Sustainable Supply Chain

By | 2012-02-17T21:12:13+00:00 February 17th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

As we’ve reported in our recent white paper on supply chain sustainability scorecards, there is increasing pressure and demand on suppliers to comply with sustainability initiatives.  This is true for suppliers to Walmart, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble, just to name a few… not to mention similar initiatives underway in the Federal government supply chain [...]

13 02, 2012

Why Corporate Giving Should Be Part of Your Sustainability Strategy

By | 2012-02-13T19:15:43+00:00 February 13th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Monday, February 27, 2012 is International Corporate Philanthropy Day.  This international advocacy day is led by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and brings together business and community in partnership for mutual success.  The event highlights the critical role that the private sector plays in solving societal problems. We can probably all agree that in principle, [...]

8 02, 2012

Are You Ready for EO 13514?

By | 2012-02-08T22:44:36+00:00 February 8th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13514, which calls on Federal agencies to make improvements in their environmental, energy, and economic performance by meeting a series of reduction targets over the next decade.  EO 13514 specifically seeks to establish an integrated sustainability strategy within the Federal sector.  The President called on [...]

2 02, 2012

Shades of Green Education

By | 2012-02-02T21:09:39+00:00 February 2nd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Green schools gathering in Denver Feb. 27-29 will help those new to the movement. Next month’s gathering of K-12 school administrators, teachers, students, and parents at the 2nd annual Green Schools National Conference will provide plenty of assistance to schools hoping to join this national movement. According to Forrester Research, 41% of consumers are either [...]

1 02, 2012

A Sustainability Leader Emerges

By | 2012-02-01T17:56:04+00:00 February 1st, 2012|Environmental Blog|

In our case study, OCTAL Leads the Way in Environmental Sustainability and Disclosure, we explore the sustainability journey of an unlikely leader (OCTAL Petrochemicals) in an even more unlikely industry (plastics). OCTAL was founded in 2008 with a simple mission: produce high quality, low impact PET. Since then, OCTAL has stormed into the clear rigid [...]

27 01, 2012

Three Simple Steps to Scorecard Compliance

By | 2012-01-27T23:39:03+00:00 January 27th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

A few weeks ago, we released our white paper on supply chain sustainability scorecards.  This paper was the result of significant research into who is using scorecards and why.  As we learned, many major industry leaders (including Dell, Ford, Google, and more) are requiring their suppliers to report on sustainability-related risks, opportunities, and achievements.  If [...]

17 01, 2012

Environmentally Responsible Company Joins Growing B Corp Movement

By | 2012-01-17T23:35:45+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Earning the coveted B Corp certification was intensive, which speaks to the integrity and thoroughness of the process.  First and foremost, we had to have a baseline of socially and environmentally responsible business practices to qualify us.  Some of the things that B Lab, the certifying body, looked at through an extensive assessment process were [...]

13 01, 2012

Whitepaper: The Growing Trend of Sustainability Scorecards

By | 2012-01-13T19:32:18+00:00 January 13th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Sustainability scorecards are a fast rising global trend across the supply chains of many industries. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, trade associations, and multinational corporations are putting mounting pressure on suppliers to improve overall sustainability efforts, reduce emissions across the supply chain, and disclose this data. We recently published a white paper that includes an in-depth [...]

13 01, 2012

Top Sustainability Trends

By | 2012-01-13T19:21:59+00:00 January 13th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

In my last blog, I shared some suggestions for your sustainability goals in 2012.  This week, I’d like to share some of the sustainability trends that you may also want to take into consideration as you plan your 2012 strategy. Major pressure is emerging from shareholders, who want to see the companies they are invested [...]

5 01, 2012

New Year's Resolution Tips for Those Striving for Sustainability

By | 2012-01-05T21:50:15+00:00 January 5th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

It’s a new year, full of hope and the promise of change.  Isn’t that why so many of us make resolutions at this time? If you haven’t already, now is your opportunity to set goals regarding sustainability.  As our recent sustainability scorecard research supports, more and more companies are embedding reduction goals in emissions, energy, [...]

22 12, 2011

Is Santa Claus Green?

By | 2011-12-22T22:58:41+00:00 December 22nd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Since I’ve never met Father Christmas or audited his operations, I can only speculate as to whether or not he is “green”. Fortunately, as an employee at Renewable Choice, I have access to all the tools and resources that I need to conduct such a study.  To answer the question “Is Santa Claus green?”, I [...]

12 12, 2011

Tips for a More Sustainable Holiday Season

By | 2011-12-12T17:20:25+00:00 December 12th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

More waste is generated in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than at any other time of the year.  Unwanted gifts, food that gets thrown away, and discarded holiday cards, wrapping paper, and evergreens make a significant impact on carbon emissions, landfill waste, and our pocketbooks.  In fact, most of us would welcome less [...]

8 12, 2011

This Year's GPP Awards Announced During REM Conference

By | 2011-12-08T23:28:51+00:00 December 8th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

On November 16th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy and the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), presented the 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Francisco. The recipients of the awards included 19 Green Power Partners who were recognized [...]

8 12, 2011

Renewable Energy Markets 2011 Conference Recap

By | 2011-12-08T21:52:15+00:00 December 8th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

San Francisco played host to the Renewable Energy Markets (REM) 2011 Conference in mid-November. The event was organized by the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a non-profit organization that runs the Green-e® Energy program, and was the largest REM conference to date. Nearly 400 attendees gathered to network, attend sessions, and discuss the challenges and [...]

2 12, 2011

Walking Our Talk @ Renewable Choice

By | 2011-12-02T02:31:41+00:00 December 2nd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

At Renewable Choice, we believe strongly in socially and environmentally responsible business practices and, as a result, make every effort to “walk our talk.”  This not only contributes to our global citizenship, but also helps us provide greater value to our clients.  We understand the challenges of operating a company while simultaneously protecting the environment [...]

18 11, 2011

3 Reasons Why Corporate Social Responsibility Matters

By | 2011-11-18T20:20:34+00:00 November 18th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

I recently returned to the office after the birth of my second child.  While I was away, the Occupy Wall Street movement began and I had the luxury of hearing a lot about it while I was at home.  It was during this same period that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made the controversial statement [...]

14 11, 2011

Celebrating 10 Years of Renewable Choice

By | 2011-11-14T23:49:18+00:00 November 14th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

When we founded Renewable Choice ten years ago, we wanted to create a mission-driven company that could help businesses and individuals understand their clean energy options.  We believed that when presented with the choice between fossil fuels and renewable energy, many would agree that renewables were the clear winner.  At the time, it was a [...]

10 11, 2011

The Greening of Supply Chains

By | 2011-11-10T17:28:15+00:00 November 10th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

With over 50% of the average corporation’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions being typically sourced from their supply chain, measuring and managing these emissions has been increasingly critical for large purchasing organizations with thousands of suppliers. In 2011, 57 organizations participated in Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Supply Chain program; a a program that creates a structured [...]

3 11, 2011

Green Power and Higher Education

By | 2011-11-03T20:19:01+00:00 November 3rd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Back in 2003, before Al Gore made any movies and the U.S. woke up to the climate crisis, the rumblings of sustainability were beginning on college campuses across America. We saw Harvard encouraging students to “Go Cold Turkey” and turn off lights during thanksgiving and Duke ran a “Green Power Challenge” where the university matched [...]

26 10, 2011

AASHE 2011 Creating Sustainable Campuses & Communities Conference

By | 2011-10-26T18:18:38+00:00 October 26th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Earlier this month, almost 2,100 attendees met in Pittsburgh, PA for AASHE 2011 Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities Conference. Just like most college campuses, the AASHE conference was full of activity and spirit. Conference attendees ranged from student representatives and professors, to facility operators and sustainability directors. Renewable Choice was proud to be one of [...]

25 10, 2011

Global Progress in Combating Climate Change

By | 2011-10-25T17:05:32+00:00 October 25th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

USGBC’s Greenbuild conference ended recently on October 7th (2011). My colleagues here at Renewable Choice attended the event but it’s not the details surrounding the event that’s sparking this blog; it’s the location of the event. USGBC’s Greenbuild conference was held in Toronto, Canada marking the first time this event was ever held outside of [...]

25 10, 2011

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Conference Takeaways

By | 2011-10-25T16:29:07+00:00 October 25th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

One of North America’s largest corporate sustainability events, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Conference took place in Orlando, Florida this October 12-14. The event was kicked off with a presentation by Kenneth Bonning, Senior Executive Vice President of Kohl's that focused on building consensus and enthusiasm within your organization for sustainability initiatives and wrapped [...]

17 10, 2011

FAQs About Our Enterprise Carbon Accounting Software; Mosaic

By | 2011-10-17T17:25:53+00:00 October 17th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Earlier this year, Renewable Choice Energy launched a new software called MosaicTM, which enables organizations to collect, manage and report on their carbon emissions. It replaces the painful spreadsheet process and is customized to accommodate organizations of any size and any number of facilities. We’ve enjoyed our success with the product thus far and have [...]

14 10, 2011

Long Awaited Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard Published

By | 2011-10-14T18:59:04+00:00 October 14th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol recently published the final version of its long-awaited Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounging and Reporting Standard, a guidance for businesses to measure, manage and report GHG emissions beyond their own operations, known as scope 3 emissions.  Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable [...]

14 10, 2011

USGBC Greenbuild 2011 Conference Takeaways

By | 2011-10-14T18:10:36+00:00 October 14th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The USGBC® (United States Green Building Council) broke new ground this year by having Greenbuild 2011 outside of the US in Toronto. That international flavor was apparent in the 23,000 plus participants, who represented 108 countries. Toronto proved to be an excellent host city and the weather cooperated beautifully. Each year, Greenbuild brings together professionals [...]

4 10, 2011

AIAG's Greenhouse Gas and Energy Symposium

By | 2011-10-04T18:45:55+00:00 October 4th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Last week, automotive industry professionals gathered in the Motor City itself to learn about the importance of measuring GHG Emissions. The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) facilitated the Greenhouse Gas and Energy Symposium held at the Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center. Recently major automotive manufacturers such as Ford and Honda have begun engaging [...]

30 09, 2011

56% of Multinationals Expect to Drop Low Carbon Performance Suppliers

By | 2011-09-30T21:47:05+00:00 September 30th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

If you're a supplier, do you know where your company falls? A new report from the Carbon Trust Advisory highlights the growing importance a business’s ability to track, report and manage carbon emissions can have on their relationship with multinational buying organizations. The report found that: 56% of multinationals expect to drop suppliers based upon [...]

26 09, 2011

2011 CDP Global Forum Takeaways

By | 2011-09-26T23:01:48+00:00 September 26th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The 2011 CDP Global Forum Event, held last Tuesday night at Bloomberg Tower in New York City, brought together corporate sustainability leaders from many of the largest companies in the world, including Chevron, Sprint Nextel, CSX and Coca-Cola. Renewable Choice, an Accredited Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Consultancy, attended the event which presented results of the [...]

22 09, 2011

Congratulations Lila Makuta – Commuter Challenge Winner

By | 2011-09-22T19:52:05+00:00 September 22nd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Beyond helping clients with their sustainability initiatives, Renewable Choice strives to manage and reduce our own carbon footprint. One area where we feel that our employees can make a direct impact is through reducing the impact of their commute. To this end, we have created an internal “Commuter Challenge Series” that includes a seasonal contest [...]

15 09, 2011

The 4Ps of Sustainability

By | 2011-09-15T19:28:42+00:00 September 15th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

I’ll get to this inquiry; but first I want to introduce you to a quirky and progressive company, Gold’n Plump. One of the many perks about working in the sustainability industry is that I get to work with innovative, creative people and companies that are also committed to making changes to the way they do [...]

8 09, 2011

Renewable Choice Client, The Beck Group, Takes on the AIA 2030 Challenge

By | 2011-09-08T14:19:18+00:00 September 8th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

At Renewable Choice, we are thrilled to have another customer recognized for their market leadership. Since 2008, Renewable Choice has worked with The Beck Group as a provider of green power (renewable energy credits) to its customers as part of the LEED® certification process.  Recently, The Beck Group reached out to RCE to help them [...]

31 08, 2011

Notes on Corporate Sustainability Conference

By | 2011-08-31T20:10:06+00:00 August 31st, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Representatives of several Fortune 1000 companies and a number of sustainability consulting organizations gathered in Palo Alto, CA last week to discuss the fast-emerging demand for solutions that allow corporations to track their environmental impact.  Titled “Corporate Sustainability: Tracking Tools for Measuring and Management,”  and hosted by Agrion, the conference gave attendees the opportunity to [...]

26 08, 2011

Renewable Choice featured in CORE’s Success Story Blog

By | 2011-08-26T18:55:08+00:00 August 26th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

In July, Renewable Choice Energy was asked to participate in an interview with CORE (Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy), a Colorado-based, non-partisan non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting sustainable business practices and a more responsible economy.  CORE is excited to be featuring member companies’ success stories on their blog.  Specifically, CORE wanted success stories regarding [...]

19 08, 2011

7 Considerations When Shopping for Carbon Accounting Software

By | 2011-08-19T21:02:44+00:00 August 19th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The market for carbon management systems is growing at an extraordinary rate. Pike Research recently published a report claiming an 84% growth in the market between 2009 and 2010, with an expectation that the market will reach $5.7 billion by 2017. The demand for enterprise carbon accounting is coming from three distinct areas: Pressure from [...]

12 08, 2011

8 Steps to Green Change For Your Business

By | 2011-08-12T21:58:00+00:00 August 12th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Regardless of your position on climate change, environmental degradation, or population explosion, most of us can agree that sustainability makes sense from a bottom line perspective.  Research consistently demonstrates that companies with sustainability embedded into their organizational philosophy and operations experience greater returns than companies that don’t pay attention to sustainability. Moreover, at its foundation, [...]

3 08, 2011

Shark Skin to Take a Bite Out of Climate Change

By | 2011-08-03T20:53:39+00:00 August 3rd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

It’s that time of a year again. A time that’s as synonymous with summer as barbeques and beaches. Last year, over 30 million people had partaken. This year, that number is only expected to rise. It’s that time when everyone reaches for the remote control to change the channel from housewives, baseball or True Blood [...]

30 07, 2011

All RECs are Not Created Equal

By | 2011-07-30T02:05:55+00:00 July 30th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

A renewable energy credit (REC) represents the environmental attributes of one megawatt hour of electricity generated with a renewable resource. This is true of all RECs. Beyond that, however, are a number of variables that can affect the value of RECs to the end-use consumer.At Renewable Choice Energy we talk daily with a wide variety [...]

21 07, 2011

Responsible Business Practices Matter

By | 2011-07-21T21:23:39+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Among those of us who work in sustainability, the Triple Bottom Line is a well known concept.  Recognizing people, planet, and profits as the three pillars of modern organizational success, the Triple Bottom Line, or TBL, is a helpful framework for evaluating a company’s contribution to economy without placing undue hardship on our society and [...]

29 06, 2011

80% Renewable Energy is Achievable

By | 2011-06-29T20:01:05+00:00 June 29th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

A recent report compiled by over 120 experts and approved by member countries of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), found that renewable sources of energy could meet 80% of global energy demands by 2050. The report found that using renewable energy sources like wind and solar could significantly reduce energy demands [...]

23 06, 2011

Mosaic ECA: A complex story built on rewarding sprints.

By | 2011-06-23T17:48:36+00:00 June 23rd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Building Mosaic™: Software Development at Renewable ChoiceThe process of developing Renewable Choice's carbon accounting platform, Mosaic™, has been an exciting and sometimes daunting challenge during the past eighteen months. As lead developer, I've been deeply involved in the challenge of understanding and implementing a framework for software development that allows us to produce quality software, [...]

18 06, 2011

What's so great about RECs?

By | 2011-06-18T04:17:42+00:00 June 18th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The Value of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) If human society is ever going to reach a point where it is truly sustainable on this planet, we are going to need to employ every method available to us.  We need to reduce what we use, re-purpose our waste and ensure that what we do use has [...]

7 06, 2011

Climate Leaders 2.0

By | 2011-06-07T16:34:16+00:00 June 7th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The phase down of EPA’s highly successful and long standing Climate Leaders program last September left many program participants and industry members questioning what would fill the void left by the program’s discontinuation. EPA’s recent unveiling of the new National Climate Awards Program, co-sponsored by The Climate Registry, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, [...]

1 06, 2011

5 Tips to Help You Get a "Green" Job

By | 2011-06-01T20:11:08+00:00 June 1st, 2011|Environmental Blog|

          Our recent talent searches for sustainability professionals to join our team at Renewable Choice drew more than 1,000 applicants! And why shouldn’t they?  Green jobs are hot right now, and many people are looking to build their career in, or make a change to, the sustainability sector…which is good news [...]

23 05, 2011

CDP Outperforms DJSI

By | 2011-05-23T22:25:43+00:00 May 23rd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) was launched in 1999. Upon launch, the DJSI was the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. In partnership with Sustainable Asset Management (SAM), the DJSI assesses companies on their identified risks and opportunities arising from sustainability and climate change issues. Companies are [...]

19 05, 2011

The Sustainability Sweet Spot– 5 Steps to Sustainability Success

By | 2011-05-19T20:34:40+00:00 May 19th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Sustainability is often referred to as the “sweet spot” of the triple bottom line; i.e., it is the intersection of strategies focused on people, planet and performance (also referred to as profit).  In order to discover this sweet spot, it is important to understand that sustainability is a journey, a process and a cycle which [...]

9 05, 2011

Accredited Providers Offer Response Check for CDP Respondents

By | 2011-05-09T20:05:38+00:00 May 9th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Last month, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) introduced Response Check for the 2011 CDP Investor Questionnaire. Its goal is to improve the completeness of the 2011 CDP Investor Questionnaire by providing a structured, low-cost, high-value service offered globally through their CDP Accredited Partners. CDP encourages reporting companies to use the Response Check service prior to [...]

6 05, 2011

EPA Ranks Renewable Energy Providers

By | 2011-05-06T18:02:20+00:00 May 6th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent out a newsletter last week that recognized and thanked the green power suppliers that have provided renewable energy credits (RECs) to the most EPA Green Power Partnership members. Renewable Choice has been working with this program since its inception and we are proud to be a part of [...]

5 05, 2011

NSAA Launches New Climate Challenge Program

By | 2011-05-05T20:41:28+00:00 May 5th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has added a carbon emissions reduction competition to its Sustainable Slopes program. With the launch of the Climate Challenge program, NSAA has increased its efforts to bring visibility, recognition and focus to the challenge of measuring and reducing greenhouse gases at ski areas and resorts.  In fact, I’m at [...]

29 04, 2011

2011 Carbon Disclosure Project Quality Assurance Initiatives

By | 2011-04-29T18:10:07+00:00 April 29th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is the world’s largest climate change reporting system, with over 3,050 companies now reporting their climate risk management strategies annually. CDP anticipates total respondent numbers to increase to over 10,000 in the next three to five years. While the number of responses has been good, investors and purchasing organizations reviewing [...]

22 04, 2011

A Few Things You Might Not Know About Earth Day

By | 2011-04-22T22:12:55+00:00 April 22nd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Today, April 22, is the 41st Earth Day. We have evolved our thinking around sustainability and we’ve progressed as a nation but we still have much to accomplish in the realm of sustainable lifestyles, businesses and economies. Let's revisit the creation of this holiday which is now celebrated in over 175 countries as well as [...]

19 04, 2011

4 “Green” Ways to Engage Your Employees

By | 2011-04-19T23:22:58+00:00 April 19th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The beginning of April at Renewable Choice marked the kick off of the first leg of our Commuter Challenge, an annual event that encourages employees to use alternative transportation and to voluntarily reduce their reliance on carbon-based fuels, especially during the summer months when ozone levels in our region can soar to dangerous levels. There [...]

14 04, 2011

Carbon Disclosure Project Meeting Notes

By | 2011-04-14T18:30:20+00:00 April 14th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Because Renewable Choice is an accredited partner to the Carbon Disclosure Project, I attended the CDP investor meeting held in New York City on March 17, 2011. It was informative both for companies that are already responding to the Questionnaire and also for those that are considering responding.  More than anything, institutional investors are asking [...]

7 04, 2011

5 Reasons Why Companies Voluntarily Report Their GHG Emissions

By | 2011-04-07T17:20:26+00:00 April 7th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Why disclose to the Carbon Disclosure Project? The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) holds the largest database of voluntarily provided primary corporate climate change information in the world; representing approximately $71 trillion dollars in managed assets.  The popularity of reporting to the CDP has increased exponentially over the past decade. In 2003, the CDP received only [...]

12 01, 2011

Walmart's Impact: Energy Audit at a China Factory

By | 2011-01-12T17:22:17+00:00 January 12th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

She is currently conducting factory audits in China as part of her work supporting Walmart suppliers on the Supplier Sustainability Assessment/Sustainability Index.  The quote below, a portion of her email, is a great example of the significant impact the assessment is having throughout Walmart’s supply chain. “Today was my first day at the factory, and [...]

26 10, 2010

Steelcase Wege Wind Farm Real Time Data

By | 2010-10-26T21:30:09+00:00 October 26th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

In 2008, Steelcase expanded its award-winning sustainability efforts by making a first-of-its-kind, long-term commitment to a single U.S. wind farm. It was named 'The Wege Wind Energy Farm' in honor of Peter Wege, a Michigan environmentalist and Steelcase founding member. This landmark commitment included the purchase of all the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by [...]

28 04, 2010

LED Fluorescents Ready For Prime Time?

By | 2010-04-28T18:07:46+00:00 April 28th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

From our friends at Software Advice...Light emitting diode (LED) fluorescent tubes are all the rage in the lighting market. The technology promises to be more energy efficient, less environmentally harmful and more economical than traditional fluorescent tube lighting. Regardless, there is a lot of debate over whether they are ready for widespread commercial use.We recently [...]

19 04, 2010

Ray Anderson's Business Logic of Sustainability

By | 2010-04-19T23:42:26+00:00 April 19th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

"Believe it or not, I come offering a solution to a very important part of this larger problem with the requisite focus on climate. Adn the solution I offer is to the biggest culprit in this massive mistreatment of the earth by humankind and the resulting decline of the biosphere. That culprit is business and [...]

19 04, 2010

Green Power for LEED Certification Search Story

By | 2010-04-19T23:20:39+00:00 April 19th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

Get Green Power. Help save the planet. And why not get a few more points towards your LEED certification while you're at it? Why not, indeed.You are searching for ways to make your LEED green building project a stand-out for clients and residents and we can help. People like knowing they are supporting solutions to [...]

19 04, 2010

Renewable Choice Green-e Certified Search Story

By | 2010-04-19T22:37:08+00:00 April 19th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

We've got  your Green-e Energy Certified wind power right here! When it comes to making your home or business more sustainable, Renewable Choice should be at the top of your list of, well... helpers. We were one of the very first companies to offer Green-e Certified wind power and our innovations have only grown bigger [...]

19 04, 2010

Renewable Choice Sustainability Search Story

By | 2010-04-19T21:28:27+00:00 April 19th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

Search no further. When it comes to making your business more sustainable, Renewable Choice has the products and services to help you do it, and very well. With thousands of clients across the globe, we're a trusted partner to Fortune 500 and small companies alike and are the #1 international provider of green power to [...]

8 04, 2010

Renewable Choice Green Jobs Documentary

By | 2010-04-08T22:30:43+00:00 April 8th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

Renewable Choice Energy is a leading cleantech and renewable energy company based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Watch this video produced A Michael Conti for Workforce Boulder County to learn more about our departments, jobs, and growing company and industry. Renewable Choice Energy offers a competitive compensation package including base salary, bonus opportunities, and benefits as [...]

29 03, 2010

Electricians Evolving in an Age of LEED Certification

By | 2010-03-29T15:58:51+00:00 March 29th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

We are nearing a renaissance of electrical contracting. Software Advice, a website that reviews electrical software, thinks the electrician will soon transition into an "energy contractor" to meet demand of the growing green construction market. This growth is being fueled by increased adoption of green and renewable energy technologies among homeowners and corporations. Who will [...]

16 03, 2010

Avoiding Greenwashing: Carbon Neutral

By | 2010-03-16T17:04:32+00:00 March 16th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

"100% Wind-Powered" "We use 100% wind power." "We use renewable energy." These are all statements that are used to describe a few different ways that people support and/or use renewable energy, but can sometimes be misleading - often innocently. When messaging mistakes are made, it can sometimes lead to accusations of greenwashing. We've worked with [...]

12 03, 2010

Avoiding Greenwashing: Wind Power Purchases

By | 2010-03-12T18:58:09+00:00 March 12th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

"100% Wind-Powered" "We use 100% wind power." "We use renewable energy." These are all statements that are used to describe a few different ways that people support and/or use renewable energy, but can sometimes be misleading - often innocently. When messaging mistakes are made, it can sometimes lead to accusations of greenwashing. We've worked with [...]

12 03, 2010

Quayle Hodek 40 Under Forty TV Interview

By | 2010-03-12T16:55:14+00:00 March 12th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

In a brief interview conducted at this year's Boulder County Business Report Forty Under 40 Awards, Emily Trayers of BCBR talked with Renewable Choice Energy founder and CEO Quayle Hodek about the growth of wind power and other renewable energies, how Boulder County plays and will play a role, and how his recent trip around [...]

9 03, 2010

Walmart's Road to Self & Supplier Sustainability

By | 2010-03-09T17:12:16+00:00 March 9th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

The launch of Walmart's Sustainability Index last year turned a lot of heads in the retail and environmental space and many of us watched and waited to see how serious it was. Many have criticized Walmart for not more heavily enforcing its Supplier Packaging Scorecard and felt that the Sustainability Index may meet a similar [...]

3 03, 2010

Report Shows Greater U.S. Wind Resources

By | 2010-03-03T17:50:43+00:00 March 3rd, 2010|Environmental Blog|

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and AWS Truewind, a renewable energy consulting firm, have collaborated on a project to update information about wind energy resources and potential in the United States, the first such update since 1993. The results show that U.S. onshore wind resources are greater than had been previously estimated. The study [...]

1 03, 2010

Graham Hill Tells Suppliers Why & How To Reduce GHG's

By | 2010-03-01T19:19:27+00:00 March 1st, 2010|Environmental Blog|

Treehugger.com has joined with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to support the sustainability initiatives of Walmart with recent partnership in announcing the retailer's extraordinary goal to reduce approximately 20 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2015. (Read more on our blog about Walmart's GHG reduction goals.)Treehugger.com not only partnered with Walmart to broadcast [...]

26 02, 2010

Walmart's 20 Million MT GHG Reduction Goal

By | 2010-02-26T20:27:32+00:00 February 26th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

In collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and moderated by Treehugger.com, the maga-retailer Wal-Mart announced yesterday that it plans to reduce 150% of its estimated global carbon footprint growth over the next five years, the estimated equivalent of 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Meeting this 2015 goal would prevent enough [...]

24 02, 2010

Walmart's Sour Cream Sustainability Story

By | 2010-02-24T18:33:51+00:00 February 24th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

Over the course of the last few month's we've watched news and processes around the Walmart Sustainability Index grow. Buyers are requesting Walmart suppliers to participate in the Supplier Sustainability Assessment and many suppliers are beginning to look into their environmental impact, some for the first time. In response to the Wal-Mart push and growing [...]

11 02, 2010

Study: National RES would add 274,000 jobs

By | 2010-02-11T23:25:19+00:00 February 11th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

According to a new study released by the RES Alliance for Jobs, a national renewable electricity standard (RES) requiring 25% of electricity to be generated by renewable sources by 2025 would create 276,000 more jobs than would occur in the absence of such legislation. The majority of these jobs, 52%, would be created in the [...]

11 02, 2010

Carbon Disclosure to be Mandated by SEC

By | 2010-02-11T22:31:52+00:00 February 11th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

Carbon disclosure and reporting has taken a giant leap forward with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new interpretative guidance clarifying climate change related disclosure requirements. The Commission Guidance Regarding Disclosure Related to Climate Change, published February 2, 2010, is functionally agnostic with regard to the validity of current climate science but rather draws on [...]

11 02, 2010

Building Green Achieves More Than Efficiency & Sustainability

By | 2010-02-11T21:25:27+00:00 February 11th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

In reality, there is no significant difference in the cost of building green, as compared to non-green buildings. Even though construction costs have risen dramatically over the past year, the number of projects achieving LEED certification is continuing to grow. More importantly, most projects are achieving LEED certification within their budgets and within the same [...]

11 02, 2010

Shades of Green – Understanding Greenwashing

By | 2010-02-11T21:09:05+00:00 February 11th, 2010|Environmental Blog|

It is a hot topic of conversation and consumers are getting more involved in the process. So how do you communicate your environmental practices, initiatives and goals more effectively? The Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) put out a report last year to try and answer questions, gather research and guide businesses in the right direction. [...]

10 12, 2009

Green Jobs Hiring: PHP Software Developer

By | 2009-12-10T23:57:16+00:00 December 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Renewable Choice Energy, a nationally-recognized industry leader in sustainability solutions and cleantech products, seeks a full-time PHP Software Developer for a 3+ month contract position with the potential for ongoing engagement.  The position will work with the business development team to create a software-as-a-service (SAAS) web application for calculating green house gas emission inventories.  The [...]

7 12, 2009

Green Jobs Hiring: Sustainability Consultant

By | 2009-12-07T20:15:26+00:00 December 7th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Renewable Choice Energy, a nationally-recognized industry leader in clean tech products and services, seeks a full-time Sustainability Consultant to perform and grow our sustainability professional services, specifically in the areas of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, life cycle analysis, renewable energy project development, and energy efficiency.  As part of the Renewable Choice business development team, the [...]

1 12, 2009

Gifts that Bite – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-12-01T22:43:20+00:00 December 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Gifts that BiteThe Bite:Can a present leave the wrong kind of mark? It can if you give someone a pet they didn't ask for this holiday season. Instead, make a symbolic animal adoption in your giftee's name. It's a present with some real teeth.The Benefits: Save some animals by donating the money you would've given [...]

1 12, 2009

Watch Your Waste-Line – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-12-01T22:36:40+00:00 December 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Watch Your Waste-LineThe Bite:Wanna scale back on your food waste this holiday? Go on a trash diet - just follow a few easy waste-reducing tips. Mind this portion...The Benefits: Less waste. Every year, we waste 28 billion pounds of food - or about 100 pounds per person - between Thanksgiving and New Years. Food left [...]

1 12, 2009

Press(ure) Play – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-12-01T22:27:35+00:00 December 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Press(ure) PlayThe Bite:Wanna Stop gas waste? Pause next time you're at the gas station, and pump up more than just your tank. Make sure your tires are properly inflated (especially important in the winter, since cold and altitude affect pressure) to increase your gas mileage, save you money, and Eject certain safety concerns.The Benefits: You'll [...]

30 11, 2009

Walmart Debunks Sustainability Myths

By | 2009-11-30T16:03:17+00:00 November 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

There are many organizations that continually come up with reasons why corporate sustainability won’t work for their business. There are people that believe sustainability is for a select group of companies. At the same time there are also businesses like Walmart that are making changes, becoming more environmentally responsible and profiting from these changes. Vijay [...]

23 11, 2009

Your Two Scents – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-23T21:09:03+00:00 November 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Your Two ScentsThe Bite:Got an opinion about how your home smells during the holidays? Think about putting your pennies toward scents from natural candles, cooking, and decorations. That they're healthier and smell nicer than conventional holiday sprays isn't open for debate.The Benefits: Phthalates, chemicals in many conventional candles, are linked to hormone disruption and reproductive [...]

20 11, 2009

LED a Charmed Life – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-20T20:38:51+00:00 November 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

LED a Charmed LifeThe Bite:Want things to always go your way when it comes to your energy bill? Light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs for short) will bring down that bill even more. Try switching just your holiday lights to LEDs for starters. The livin' is easy.The Benefits: LED bulbs use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent [...]

19 11, 2009

October Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2009-11-19T20:17:16+00:00 November 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the October Impact Sleuth Challenge Winners who each won a prize pack from Xanterra Parks & Resorts: Jason MacDonald of Ann Arbor, MI; Sheryl Monroe of Castle Rock, CO; Erin Mulanax of St. Louis MO; Jeremy Knoll of Kansas City, MO; and Jonathan Kiesling of St. Louis, MO. Congrats and Enjoy!This [...]

19 11, 2009

November Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-11-19T19:41:17+00:00 November 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Most conventional foods travel and average of 1,500 miles before ending up on your plate. Eating locally-produced foods saves a lot of energy, supports your local farmers, and is also fantastic for your own mental and physical health. According to this Ideal Bite Tip, people who switch to buying just 10% of [...]

19 11, 2009

November Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-11-19T19:03:54+00:00 November 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's About YouAcross the country this month we prepare to celebrate the season of giving thanks. This year it is especially important to recognize that we still have a lot to be grateful for: our independence, our ingenuity, our resilience as a nation. Part of our ability to adapt as individuals, families, groups, as a [...]

19 11, 2009

Ferris Biter's Day Off – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-19T18:56:20+00:00 November 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Ferris Biter's Day OffThe Bite:Wanna skip out on the office? If you're actually sick, Bueller, do yourself and your coworkers a favor and don't go to work next time you feel under the weather. You'll avoid infecting others and get to ditch any boring meetings.The Benefits: Fewer sick people = less medicine = fewer chemicals [...]

18 11, 2009

School of Fish – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-18T19:40:37+00:00 November 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

School of FishThe Bite:Wanna understand the ABCs of sustainable fish? We've done your homework for you. Check out our top sustainable fish picks to see which ones made the grade.The Benefits: Gold stars for health. Our picks are high in heart-healthy omega-3s and lower in mercury, a chemical that can cause nervous system problems, especially [...]

17 11, 2009

Movies and Shakers – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-17T19:53:40+00:00 November 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Movies and ShakersThe Bite:Can the big screen really be a force for change? The powers-that-be behind current and upcoming eco-themed movies hope so. Not just for green geeks, check out a new green film with your fam during the holidays, and you might just influence their outlooks.The Benefits: These movies are engaging and entertaining, proving [...]

16 11, 2009

Renewable Choice and Greenbuild 2009

By | 2009-11-16T23:15:51+00:00 November 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This was Renewable Choice Energy's first year as an exhibitor at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and we're happy to be able to say that it was an all-round success and good time! Although we've been attending for the past 6 years, we've not had a booth before, which proved to be a far [...]

16 11, 2009

Power Shift – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-16T23:10:59+00:00 November 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Power ShiftThe Bite:Unwittingly handing over power through your home electronics? Take control of the energy that your TVs, Blu-ray players, speakers, and other appliances drain when they're plugged in, but turned off. Just plug your entertainment center into a power strip and turn it off each night to stay in charge.The Benefits: You'll waste less [...]

13 11, 2009

Dolphin Blue Offers Matching Round Up Program

By | 2009-11-13T20:41:29+00:00 November 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Dolphin Blue, a sixteen-year old online retailer of environmentally conscious office supplies announced its partnership with Renewable Choice to offer the Round Up Impact Down program to its customers. The program creates customer awareness and participation around contributing to carbon reduction projects by simply rounding up their order at checkout. The goal of the program [...]

12 11, 2009

Totally Rad-iant – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-12T17:03:28+00:00 November 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Totally Rad-iantThe Bite:Is your heater as overused as certain '80s lingo? Bogus. If you or a homeowner you know wants to up home efficiency, consider energy-saving radiant floors and ceiling or wall panels. They're way awesome.The Benefits: Tubular: Depending on the size of your house and how high your ceilings are, radiant heating can save [...]

12 11, 2009

100 Miles Davis – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-12T16:52:57+00:00 November 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

100 Miles DavisThe Bite:Does not-so-fresh produce make you Kind of Blue? Jazz up your holiday dinners by cooking with food produced within 100 miles of home. You'll cut CO2, support local farmers, and hit a taste high note.The Benefits: Trumpet the cause of local farms. Most conventional foods travel an average of 1,500 miles before [...]

10 11, 2009

Creme de la Cream – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-10T20:09:26+00:00 November 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Creme de la CreamThe Bite:Need the ultimate in moisturizing body balms and lotions? Only the very best for you Biters: Rub on the finest in eco-options for combating superdry skin this winter. Here's what rose to the top...The Benefits: Rather than typical moisturizers that contain the skin-irritating ingredient propylene glycol, these are body-friendly. Almost all [...]

10 11, 2009

Center of Attention – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-10T00:18:26+00:00 November 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Center of AttentionThe Bite:Wanna get noticed for having a great-looking holiday setup? Look here: Try using natural elements like pinecones and pumpkins for your holiday centerpieces. They make for one-of-a-kind decorations and guarantee your table will outshine the rest.The Benefits: Items like gourds are biodegradable and won't clog up landfills like traditional holiday decorations (those [...]

10 11, 2009

Got Game? From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-10T00:09:36+00:00 November 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Got Game?The Bite:Have the skills to take your (or your kids') gaming to the next level? Put aside the joystick for just a minute, and check out our tips for greening your gaming habit. Don't pause.The Benefits: Turning off your console when you're not using it saves major energy. Using rechargeable batteries and lowering energy [...]

9 11, 2009

Crack-Pot – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-09T23:26:24+00:00 November 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Crack-PotThe Bite:Is it crazy to chuck broken ceramics? Eccentric as it may seem, those broken pots are totally useful. You can't recycle 'em in most areas, but try donating, fixing, or creating functional goods out of chipped and shattered earthenware. The possibilities are insane.The Benefits: Less landfill - consider all the ceramic stuff in a [...]

4 11, 2009

Bowl-ing Club – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-04T17:02:12+00:00 November 4th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Bowl-ing ClubThe Bite:Want premade soup that doesn't taste like it came from the gutter? Score some of our favorite organic boxed and canned soups. Their good-'n'-hot tastes will knock you right over.The Benefits: A UK study found that organic soups have six times the anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy salicylic acid of nonorganic soups. Organic farms use less [...]

3 11, 2009

Eye, Eye Captain – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-11-03T23:15:33+00:00 November 3rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Eye, Eye CaptainThe Bite:Stylish eco eyeglass frames ahoy? Aye, and get sustainable glasses shipped straight to your door, matey.The Benefits: Avert the production of less-green materials (like new plastic, which comes from oil and never fully biodegrades) by buying reclaimed plastic (leftover plastic that manufacturers would usually toss), bamboo, and vintage specs. You won't have [...]

3 11, 2009

Visit Renewable Choice at USGBC Greenbuild 2009

By | 2009-11-03T18:26:51+00:00 November 3rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Renewable Choice is exhibiting at this year's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo! We are in Booth #5143 - so stop by and find out more about the Green Power Credit and our GHG Inventory services. We'll be there Tuesday night through Thursday, so come on by and say hello! Our sales team will be on [...]

29 10, 2009

September Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2009-10-29T19:23:26+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the September Impact Sleuth Challenge Winners who each won bath crystals from Bath Junkie: Jennifer Chambers of Boise, ID; Andrew Weigel of Somerville, MA; Brian Quirk of Aurora, IL; Ron Fredrickson of Peoria, AZ; and Laura Pegoraro of Des Plaines, IL. Congrats and Enjoy!This Month's Challenge: Saving fresh water is an [...]

29 10, 2009

October Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-10-29T19:05:47+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Getting outside is great for your sanity, hiking burns calories, and a trip to the National or State Parks is way cheaper than most vacations. Thanks to a lot of hard work and perseverance over the years, there are now National Parks in 49 out of the 50 U.S. states, protecting our [...]

29 10, 2009

October Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-10-29T19:00:08+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's About YouThis may not be a presidential election year, but casting your vote next week is as important as ever. Your choice to support green technologies and clean energy production has already sent an important message to our local and national decision makers, prompting them to act upon the wishes of the people for [...]

28 10, 2009

Bag Your Pardon – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-10-28T21:15:38+00:00 October 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Bag Your PardonThe Bite:Excuse us, but do you want to pack your sandwiches in something a little healthier? Apologies - we mean instead of in conventional plastic baggies. Opt for reusable food bags made with safe plastics or cotton. No problem.The Benefits: Since they're only manufactured once, the production of one reusable bag creates fewer [...]

27 10, 2009

Sharp Witted – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-10-27T22:43:40+00:00 October 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Sharp WittedThe Bite:Is the money you spend on disposable razors nothing to laugh at? We'll get straight to the punch line, then: Try a resharpening tool, or (if you're a dude) go for longer-lasting electric or straight razors. Just humor-us.The Benefits: You'll create less waste - disposable razors contribute an annual estimated 2 million pounds [...]

26 10, 2009

Juniata Ranks in EPA College & University Challenge

By | 2009-10-26T15:24:26+00:00 October 26th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The EPA’s Green Power Partnership recognizes governments, businesses, communities, and colleges for their commitment to supporting green power. Through the program, participating members get recognized for their renewable energy purchases by committing to one or more of the following product options; renewable energy credits (RECs), on-site generation and utility green power products. Since 2001, this [...]

22 10, 2009

Walmart's Drive to Improve Product Sustainability

By | 2009-10-22T05:39:18+00:00 October 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Walmart's Sustainability Index, the Sustainability Consortium and its Assessment of suppliers is generating buzz and raising questions. There are many opinions on the timing of the Index and how the suppliers will ultimately be rated. But what seems to be clear and consistent is that Wal-Mart wants to improve product sustainability. They seem focused on [...]

14 10, 2009

LEED Green Power Credit for over 1,000 projects!

By | 2009-10-14T22:20:42+00:00 October 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

We've just reached a fantastic milestone over here at Renewable Choice, having recently supplied green power to our 1,000th LEED project! Our work in the LEED market has provided more than 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy to projects wishing to mitigate the negative impact of the energy used in their building operations, and has an [...]

6 10, 2009

Steelcase & Whirlpool Achieve Top Scores from Climate Counts

By | 2009-10-06T03:13:57+00:00 October 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

  Climate Counts is a non-profit that brings together consumers and companies. It encouragesresponsibility for the climate from corporations and conscious buying decisions at the consumer level. By researching corporations, Climate Counts has developed a scorecard for 22 sectors which brings attention to corporate practices that affect the environment. Their mission is to have consumers [...]

5 10, 2009

Green Power Credit for Portola Hotel & Spa LEED Certification

By | 2009-10-05T22:35:44+00:00 October 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Portola Hotel & Spa of Monterey, CA, is another LEED project pursuing Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance to the Silver level that recently purchased green power to offset the energy use of its operations across the course of two years. Their investment helps offset over 3.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and 2,035 metric tonnes [...]

5 10, 2009

LEED Green Power for Broward County CC

By | 2009-10-05T21:59:13+00:00 October 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Broward County/Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center of Florida is a 600,000 square foot facility situated on the waterfront of Port Everglades. Its recent investment into green power helped it gain an additional 4 points toward LEED certification, which it is pursuing at the Silver Level under the Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system. [...]

5 10, 2009

First LEED Project in Saudi Arabia Uses Green Power

By | 2009-10-05T19:30:22+00:00 October 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, is currently well on its way to becoming the first LEED building the kingdom has ever seen. Add to that the fact it is pursuing certification at the Platinum level and that it will become one of the world's largest LEED [...]

25 09, 2009

August Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2009-09-25T23:52:04+00:00 September 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the August Impact Sleuth Challenge Winners who each won a pair of Native Eyewear Sunglasses: Joyce Voll of Deerfield, IL; Linda Eberle of River Ridge, LA; Louis Spector of Arlington, VA; Elijah Carter of Pahoa, HI; and Elaine Rand of Washington, DC. Congrats and Enjoy!This Month's Challenge: We all know the [...]

25 09, 2009

September Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-09-25T23:38:47+00:00 September 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Saving fresh water is an important action we can take to ensure the survival of our environment and life on earth. You can start by being mindful of every ounce of water you use and what's going down the drain with it. According to this Ideal Bite Tip, how many gallons of [...]

25 09, 2009

September Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-09-25T23:27:17+00:00 September 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's About YouAs the temperatures keep creeping lower, our thermostats (somehow!) keep creeping higher. The increased use of our heating systems during the winter months means an increase in fossil fuel consumption and also higher energy bills. Considering this, the EPA and Renewable Choice encourage everyone to be more energy efficient. The EPA recommends five [...]

25 09, 2009

Insider Trading – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-25T23:15:30+00:00 September 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Insider TradingThe Bite:Trashing old electronics seem criminal? Avoid such shady dealings - take advantage of electronics trade-in programs, where you get store credit or cash for your aging computer or TV (which companies will then recycle or refurbish). Helps to be in the know...The Benefits: No sketchy eco-exchanges. About 70% of the toxic garbage in [...]

25 09, 2009

Sustainability Webinar: LEED Green Power Credit

By | 2009-09-25T20:36:21+00:00 September 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

In this free sustainability webinar, you'll learn more about using renewable energy and carbon offsets within the USGBC LEED Certification system and why they are important. Learn more about how renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets work and how they can be applied to your list of credits for LEED Green Building Certification. On [...]

24 09, 2009

Bed Buddies – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-24T22:55:32+00:00 September 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Bed BuddiesThe Bite:Consider yourself a dream lover? Then sparks'll fly when you get between organic cotton covers. If you've already got great sheets, keep 'em. But if you're in the market for new ones, check these picks to find your true romanzzz...The Benefits: Great options, no matter your "type." Whether you're on a budget or [...]

24 09, 2009

Ready for the Walmart Sustainability Index?

By | 2009-09-24T22:46:52+00:00 September 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Get a FREE Walmart Sustainability Index Webinar + PDF GuideToday, Walmart discussed their new Sustainability Index via a GreenBiz.com sponsored webcast, Getting Ready for the Sustainability Index.  While many suppliers may feel they have a daunting task ahead of them, today’s speakers, Rand Waddoups of Walmart  and Joel Makower with GreenBiz.com, were able to break [...]

24 09, 2009

Tele-tub-bies – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-24T22:43:45+00:00 September 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Tele-tub-biesThe Bite:Planning on spending Laa-Laa-lots of time in the hot tub this winter? Then Tinky about ways to make it healthier. Even if you don't have a hot tub, friends and fam who do can make theirs greener and safer by using no chlorine and less energy. Bye, bye.The Benefits: Being less energy Po'. A [...]

24 09, 2009

99 Bottles – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-24T22:37:17+00:00 September 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

99 BottlesThe Bite:Want beer so good, you won't wanna pass it around? Just in time for Oktoberfest, we tested not-quite-a-hundred organic beers, so that you don't have to. (The things we do for you...)The Benefits: Eco-friendliness in a bottle. These microbreweries have made a commitment to sustainable agriculture; and organic farming reduces topsoil erosion - [...]

23 09, 2009

Steelcase Inc. Helping Expand Wind Power in the U.S.

By | 2009-09-23T17:24:15+00:00 September 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

In March of 2008, a new milestone was set when Renewable Choice brought together Steelcase and John Deere to develop a new way to finance wind power projects. Since Steelcase's commitment to sponsor a commercial-sized wind farm in Texas, it has learned a great deal and realized more benefits than anticipated. To share its story [...]

22 09, 2009

Top 10 Eco-Friendly Company Logos Listing

By | 2009-09-22T18:11:04+00:00 September 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This list of eco-friendly corporate logos was put together by Logo Design Works, a logo and website design firm in Ohio. The logos that they picked for its top 10 group were selected based on different strategies with one common underlying result. According to Logo Design Works, the logos that were selected are all visually [...]

21 09, 2009

Little En-Gym that Could – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-21T22:54:48+00:00 September 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Little En-Gym that CouldThe Bite:Colder weather threatening to derail your fitness routine? Stay on track by taking your workout indoors if you need to - just pick a gym chain with healthy, eco-friendly practices. We think you can.The Benefits: A cleaner engine. Eco cleaning products and low-VOC paints mean that when you get your heart [...]

21 09, 2009

Little Black Dress Rehearsal: Apparel Basics Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-21T22:48:24+00:00 September 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Little Black Dress Rehearsal: Apparel Basics WeekThe Bite:Wanna look fab on opening night? Let the curtains rise on little black dresses from some of our favorite designers, all of whom use skin-and-planet-friendly materials like organic cotton. Then break a leg.The Benefits: Looking smashing for any audience. The LBD is a classic that's not likely to [...]

17 09, 2009

Sneaker Preview: Apparel Basics Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-17T20:26:52+00:00 September 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Sneaker Preview: Apparel Basics WeekThe Bite:Ready for a peek at the latest eco-sneaks? Check out these new women's styles made from materials like recycled plastic before the general public gets a look...The Benefits: Fresh releases. Get ready to impress anyone who happens to look down. Putting the planet ahead of the game. Recycled plastic, natural [...]

17 09, 2009

Belt It Out: Apparel Basics Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-17T19:42:41+00:00 September 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Belt It Out: Apparel Basics WeekThe Bite:Want a belt that'll make your outfit sing? Try one made from recycled materials like reclaimed leather that put the fashion back in your fasten, without being too, um, loud.The Benefits: Styles worth shouting about. Believe it: Inner tubes, magazines, and fan belts make for surprisingly chic accessories. Sounding [...]

17 09, 2009

Striptees: Apparel Basics Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-17T19:24:24+00:00 September 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Striptees: Apparel Basics WeekThe Bite:Want t-shirts you won't want to take off? Bust out in tees made with eco-friendlier materials than your average. Here's your tip:The Benefits: Go-go-ing green. The average cotton T-shirt is only 73% cotton fiber - the rest is chemicals and resins. Not these. Exposing only the finest options. We scoured the [...]

16 09, 2009

Sustainability Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Inventories

By | 2009-09-16T22:01:41+00:00 September 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

You know it's the right thing to do. You know that businesses and their customers are thinking greener every day. Did you know that conducting a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory is easier than you think? Carbon accounting gets demystified in this free sustainability webinar from Renewable Choice Energy. Renewable Choice has been a leading national [...]

16 09, 2009

Steelcase Receives EPA Green Power Award

By | 2009-09-16T17:37:19+00:00 September 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The awards ceremony was on Monday, September 14 at the Renewable Energy Marketing Conference that took place in Atlanta, Georgia. The EPA's annual awards recognize the nation's leading green power purchasers and their commitment to helping develop the renewable energy market through voluntary purchases of renewable energy credits (RECs). This award was given out to [...]

15 09, 2009

I Dream of Jean-ie: Apparel Basics Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-15T20:58:10+00:00 September 15th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

I Dream of Jean-ie: Apparel Basics WeekThe Bite:Dreaming of a great pair of jeans? Wish granted. The organic jeans we've found are body friendly and didn't require any pesticides to produce - magic.The Benefits: Not wrinkling your nose over pesticides. Organic farms tend to compost, frequently rotate crops, and plant cover crops - maintaining and [...]

11 09, 2009

Being Nosey – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-11T23:45:41+00:00 September 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Being NoseyThe Bite:Is there a stink that's all up in your business? Get away from it all with nontoxic odor killers that do the trick just about every time - we've sniffed out the best options around.The Benefits: Getting away from that ungodly smell. Even nasty fish smells, cigarette taint, and diaper-related stink bombs don't [...]

11 09, 2009

Gnocchi Pokey – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-11T23:37:07+00:00 September 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Gnocchi PokeyThe Bite:Want a seasonal recipe so good, you'll wanna dance? Put your whole self in the kitchen and whip up NYC Bite editor Brianne's Sweet Potato Gnocchi recipe (and check out her local, organic recipe blog here). That's what it's all about.Recipe: Sweet Potato GnocchiServes 6Prep time: 1 hourIngredients:(local and organic whenever possible)* 2 [...]

9 09, 2009

Sustainability Webinar: Green Meetings & Events

By | 2009-09-09T18:34:00+00:00 September 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Green meetings are fast becoming the norm in today's eco-concious society. You may not know this, but the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions associated with events originates from travel to and from the event.  Did you know you can add renewable energy and carbon offsets to your event planning agenda and reduce its environmental [...]

8 09, 2009

Lap Top Dog – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-08T21:59:34+00:00 September 8th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Lap Top DogThe Bite:Want best in show laptop accessories? Mark your territory with gear like cases and trays made from eco-materials.The Benefits: Ensuring a healthy planet for future pups. Way too many computer products are made from carcinogenic PVC, so opt for stuff like highly renewable bamboo, recycled plastic, and fast-growing hemp when you can. [...]

4 09, 2009

Aye, Here's the Rub – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-04T19:07:39+00:00 September 4th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Aye, Here's the RubThe Bite:To go a little greener with your Labor Day BBQ, or not to go a little greener? That is the question. 'Tis nobler to use organic marinades, rubs, and seasonings so good, once you taste 'em you could shuffle off this mortal coil totally satisfied (well, at least your taste buds [...]

4 09, 2009

Auraria Leads Colorado Universities with Top Wind Power Purchase

By | 2009-09-04T16:06:41+00:00 September 4th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

With Auraria’s increased commitment to renewable energy, it is the largest renewable energy commitment by a college or university in the state of Colorado. And it now boasts a nation-wide ranking of seventh in this category by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s Green Power Partnership program recognizes organizations that are supporting renewable energy [...]

3 09, 2009

Gym Rat – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-03T22:18:24+00:00 September 3rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Gym RatThe Bite:Workout wear looking ratty? Hightail it to your gym in eco-style. All these options are made with high-performance fabrics like recycled polyester and spandex blends in flattering designs, so you can avoid entering aerobics class looking like class rodentia.The Benefits: Clothes tough as a rat, but cute as a field mouse. We only [...]

2 09, 2009

During School Special – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-02T22:14:44+00:00 September 2nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

During School SpecialThe Bite:Is your kid's school cafeteria full of bad clichés? Unhealthy foods shipped in from far away, that is. Farm-to-school lunch programs deliver nutritious, locally grown food, and they're popping up everywhere, so help get your kid's school on board. No overdone acting in sight.The Benefits: Healthy life lessons. Farm-to-school programs increase kids' [...]

2 09, 2009

Sustainability Webinar: Marketing Your Environmental Initiatives

By | 2009-09-02T18:11:03+00:00 September 2nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

If you are one of the many businesses who make sustainability a priority, you should communicate your environmental initiatives to your customers and other stakeholders in the most effective way possible. Studies have shown that businesses who communicate their "green" activities are more likely to get the business of today's discriminating environmentally-conscious consumer. Choice Programs [...]

1 09, 2009

Green Cross – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-09-01T19:07:35+00:00 September 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Green CrossThe Bite:Need emergency relief? Maybe not now, but when you're prepping just in case, fill your kit full of emergency eco-supplies like a solar flashlight. Clara Barton would approve.The Benefits: (Blood) driving away worries. These tools fit the bill when you're in a bind. Gear transfused with eco-friendliness. Noxious metals in trashed batteries (few [...]

1 09, 2009

July Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2009-09-01T18:53:28+00:00 September 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the July Impact Sleuth Challenge Winners, who each won a Desert Essence Body Care Kit: Jane Darcovich of Oak Park, IL; Rebecca Lawrence of Arlington, VA; Amy Ito of Lakewood, CO; Jaqueline Watson of Holyoke, MA; and Drew Giffin of Loveland, CO. Congrats and Enjoy!This Month's Challenge: Seeing as the average [...]

1 09, 2009

August Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-09-01T18:10:20+00:00 September 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: We all know the importance of a good pair of sunglasses, especially if you live in a particularly sunny locale. Not only do the right kind of lenses improve visibility in the bright sunshine, but they also protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV and HEV rays. According to this Ideal [...]

1 09, 2009

August Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-09-01T18:02:14+00:00 September 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's All About You As summer draws to a close, the days are getting a bit shorter and cooler, and we all prepare in some way for the change in seasons. Energy consumption tends to increase during the darker, colder winter months and as such it is doubly important now to remember why supporting renewables [...]

31 08, 2009

Ongoing Performance of LEED Green Buildings

By | 2009-08-31T22:18:33+00:00 August 31st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

According to a recent press release from the USGBC, the ongoing performance of buildings is going to be getting a lot more attention moving forward, as they begin to implement what they are calling their Building Performance Initiative. The intent of the BPI, in the USGBC's words, is to "put in place a comprehensive data [...]

28 08, 2009

A Hot Mess – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-28T22:56:23+00:00 August 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A Hot MessThe Bite:Does your oven look worse for the wear? Clean up its act, since ovens caked with last month's casserole drippings cook less efficiently. Just opt for a cleaner that works without caustic ingredients and without you having to fire up the self-cleaning option, which uses a ton of energy. Sizzlin'.The Benefits: A [...]

28 08, 2009

Chapel of Love – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-28T22:20:52+00:00 August 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Chapel of LoveThe Bite:Goin' to the chapel...but not gonna get married? You might need a wedding gift, then. More weddings happen in September than any other month, so check out our list of matrimony-appropriate, budget-conscious green gifts (all under $30) to help you doo-wop do it right.The Benefits: Saying "I Do" to planet-friendly gifts. Our [...]

28 08, 2009

A Grocery Star Is Born – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-28T21:56:04+00:00 August 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A Grocery Star Is BornThe Bite:Are your fruits and veggies blessed with good genes? Peel your eyes off the silver screen and check the number on the little label on your apple or squash. It'll help you make sure what you're buying is organic and nongenetically modified. Kind of a big deal.The Benefits: World-famous health [...]

27 08, 2009

In the Hair Tonight – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-27T22:57:11+00:00 August 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

In the Hair TonightThe Bite:Been waiting for greener hair styling tools all your li-ife? Oh lord, yes. From low-energy dryers to sustainable wood brushes, get your Phil right here.The Benefits: A planetary hit. Draining less power and utilizing greener-than-average materials such as bamboo and non-PVC plastic, these products show that a good hair day doesn't [...]

26 08, 2009

Sustainability Webinar: RECs & Carbon Offsets

By | 2009-08-26T23:08:07+00:00 August 26th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Join us for an in-depth look at how renewable energy credits (RECs) work, and how carbon offsets, aka verified emission reductions (VERs), make a difference on Wednesday, September 2 during our free sustainability webinar. Renewable energy growth is supported by a number of factors. Renewable energy credits and carbon offsets are a key factor for [...]

25 08, 2009

An Application a Day… – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-25T02:52:42+00:00 August 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

An Application a Day...The Bite:Wanna keep the doc away? Bite into the best new smartphone (B-Berry, iPhone...) apps to make your life healthier, more convenient, and greener...you don't even have to compost any cores when you're finished.The Benefits: Many green varieties. These apps help you shop, get around, eat, and play greener. Most are as [...]

21 08, 2009

Deck the Residence Halls: College Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-21T21:31:27+00:00 August 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Deck the Residence Halls: College WeekThe Bite:Little too early for boughs of holly? Of course. But students can still deck out their rooms with stuff that saves energy, is made from earth-friendlier materials, and looks hotter than a blazing Yule.The Benefits: Being jolly about good-lookin' digs. 'Tis a greener way to spruce up any pad. [...]

21 08, 2009

Tau Biter Sigma: College Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-21T21:22:41+00:00 August 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Tau Biter Sigma: College WeekThe Bite:Know a student rushing for a greener coeducational experience? They could order organic beer kegs for the next frat party, or they could join an organization on campus and help the planet, find pals, beef up their resume, and (most likely) skip the hazing.The Benefits: Pledging to help the planet. [...]

21 08, 2009

Sustainability Webinar: Green Power & LEED Certification

By | 2009-08-21T19:05:07+00:00 August 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

We're demystifying the use to renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets for LEED Green Building Certification. In this free sustainability webinar, you'll learn more about using renewable energy and carbon offsets within the USGBC LEED Certification system and why they are important. On Wednesday, August 16 Warren Bridges, a renewable energy, carbon offset, and [...]

21 08, 2009

Fairfield Inn to Be Baltimore’s 1st Green Hotel

By | 2009-08-21T01:09:37+00:00 August 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This 154-guest room hotel has been receiving a lot of attention for its new inn and suites and for being on track to be the first hotel in Baltimore to be LEED certified. According to the Balitmore Sun, this is the beginning of a larger green-minded commitment that Bethesda-based Marriot has made. It plans to [...]

20 08, 2009

Ten Steps to a Greenhouse Gas Inventory

By | 2009-08-20T18:30:38+00:00 August 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

I’ve received several  questions regarding the “10 steps to a comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory” I discussed during my Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Inventories webinar so I’ve decided to dedicate a blog post to filling in a few of the details. As many of you know, Renewable Choice has recently launched the Choice Inventories greenhouse gas [...]

20 08, 2009

Cooking Up a Dorm: College Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-20T00:17:42+00:00 August 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Cooking Up a Dorm: College WeekThe Bite:Does studying leave next to no energy for cooking? College students don't even need a real kitchen to settle their stomachs. Our favorite organic instant meals require little more than a microwave, so you can eat well even if you're no culinary arts major.The Benefits: Healthier chefs. The average [...]

18 08, 2009

Book 'Em: College Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-18T23:57:09+00:00 August 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Book 'Em: College WeekThe Bite:Handcuffed to high textbook prices? You could alert the authorities, or you could just rent, go for used, or buy e-textbooks, all of which save both cash and trees. We'll put our hands up for that.The Benefits: Policing your wallet. At an average of $900 per student per year, textbooks ain't [...]

17 08, 2009

Handle with Care: College Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-17T23:26:06+00:00 August 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Handle with Care: College WeekThe Bite:Wanna make sure your new collegiate doesn't go postal with homesickness? Box up a few planet-conscious comforts. Since it's all stuff they'll actually use, there's no chance they'll wanna return to sender.The Benefits: First-class stuff. From loungewear to MP3 gift cards, these are all things that'll up a dorm-inhabitants coziness [...]

14 08, 2009

Pillow Fight – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-14T23:24:06+00:00 August 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Pillow FightThe Bite:Does replacing your pillows knock out your bank reserves? Soften the blow: Make 'em last longer by cleaning them - which clobbers both cash waste and the unnecessary production of new pillows.The Benefits: A fighting chance for the planet. Prolonging pillow life means ultimately needing fewer resources to make new ones, and less [...]

13 08, 2009

Mascarade Ball – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-13T18:15:13+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Mascarade BallThe Bite:Wanna dress up your lashes? Be the belle of the ball with a few strokes of our fave eco-mascaras, which forgo typical nongreen ingredients like parabens. Phantombulous.The Benefits: Ballroom-ready lashes, for eyes that pop without having to constantly reapply or the flakiness of some of the eco-mascaras out there. Less toxic parties. The [...]

12 08, 2009

Flapping Your Gum – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-12T23:04:48+00:00 August 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Flapping Your GumThe Bite:Wanna gab about gum? We'll avoid the chitchat and get to the point: Tossing a gum wrapper isn't gonna end the world, but it's good to have a reminder that even the littlest things have an impact; hence, some tips to a less wasteful chewing experience. Here's some real talk.The Benefits: Payoffs [...]

6 08, 2009

Sustainability Webinar: Marketing Your Activity for Success

By | 2009-08-06T22:02:25+00:00 August 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

If you are one of the many businesses who make sustainability a priority, you should be letting your customers and other stakeholders know in the most effective way possible. Studies have shown that companies who communicate their "green" initiatives are more likely to get the business of today's discriminating consumer. Renewable Choice is committed to [...]

4 08, 2009

Take a Hike – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-08-04T23:57:57+00:00 August 4th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Take a HikeThe Bite:Wanna tell eco-distress to get gone? Next time you hit the trails, lower your impact. Just follow a few simple principles for the good of the planet and your future outdoorsy excursions. Peace out.The Benefits: Telling eco-effects to kick rocks. Even if you visit a place only once, leaving things as you [...]

31 07, 2009

Sustainability Webinar: Renewable Energy Credits & Carbon Offsets

By | 2009-07-31T21:15:29+00:00 July 31st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Join us for an in-depth look at how renewable energy credits (RECs) work, and how carbon offsets, aka verified emission reductions (VERs), make a difference on Wednesday, August 5 during our free sustainability webinar. Renewable energy growth is supported by a number of factors. Renewable energy credits and carbon offsets are a key factor for [...]

29 07, 2009

2009 Top Green Brands

By | 2009-07-29T16:19:35+00:00 July 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The 2009 Global Green Brands study found that Clorox Green Works, Burt’s Bees, Tom’s of Maine and S.C. Johnson & Son are the top green brands in the U.S. This study took place in seven countries - the U.S., the U.K., China, Brazil, Germany and France. It was conducted through a collaboration of organizations that [...]

28 07, 2009

How to Support Renewable Energy in the U.S.

By | 2009-07-28T21:15:02+00:00 July 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Renewable energy credits (RECs) provide one of the best mechanisms for individuals, companies and governments to support the development of renewable energy projects in the United States. RECs are produced when a renewable energy facility generates electricity; when you purchase RECs in the same quantity as your electricity consumption, you guarantee that the energy you [...]

24 07, 2009

…And They're Off(set): Getaway Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-07-24T16:53:11+00:00 July 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

...And They're Off(set) - Getaway WeekThe Bite:Jockeying to lighten your CO2 load? You could travel by steed, or you could just carbon-offset your plane, train, or auto emissions to neutralize your impact. No horsing around.The Benefits: Becoming a carbon (s)equestrian. CO2 offsets fund projects that have a positive eco-effect (such as tree planting), thereby nullifying [...]

23 07, 2009

How to LEED Green Build a School

By | 2009-07-23T22:01:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Congress's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is proposing to help schools in the U.S. become green through stimulus funds for the pursuit of sustainable and environmentally-aware green building practices. The ARRA encourages school building projects to meet green standards such as LEED certification, or even install a green roof, by injecting funding into the [...]

23 07, 2009

Go-Go Volunteer: Getaway Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-07-23T20:17:32+00:00 July 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Go-Go Volunteer - Getaway WeekThe Bite:Extraordinary vacation all you ever wanted? You have to get away...on a volunteer vacation, where eco-adventure, exposure to different cultures, and doing something good for the world while you're at it, await. Sure to be one of your greatest hits.The Benefits: Harmony with the planet. You'll be performing essential work [...]

23 07, 2009

Fast Food Fast: Getaway Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-07-23T19:53:05+00:00 July 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Fast Food Fast - Getaway WeekThe Bite:Hunger striking on your road trip, when fast food joints are your only option? Break fast with eco-tips you can use even at the drive-thru. And you don't even have to wait for Ramadan to end.The Benefits: Detox for your car. Take just what you need; think for a [...]

22 07, 2009

Our LEED Green Power Webinar for July

By | 2009-07-22T21:40:02+00:00 July 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Do you want to know more about using renewable energy and carbon offsets within the LEED Certification system and why they are important, but don't know where to start? Well we've got the webinar for you. Renewable Choice is holding our monthly LEED Green Power sustainability webinar on Wednesday, July 29 to cover topics including [...]