Environmental Blog

21 07, 2009

Candid Campera: Getaway Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-07-21T23:13:42+00:00 July 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Candid Campera - Getaway WeekThe Bite:Want family-oriented programming that doesn't require a TV? Smile, you're on...to some great camping tents, made from materials such as recycled plastic. No fooling.The Benefits: Secretly green materials. These tents perform just like non-eco versions, all while incorporating materials such as solar panels and reclaimed fabric from irregular tents (instead [...]

20 07, 2009

Sleeping Around: Getaway Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-07-20T18:13:11+00:00 July 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Sleeping Around - Getaway WeekThe Bite:Hotel bills ruining your vacation pleasure? Hook yourself up with a house instead - you'll get better amenities, eco-savings, and local living at your destination of choice.The Benefits: Fooling around with all the conveniences. More than the average hotel - fully loaded kitchens, laundry rooms, backyards, and general coziness. Getting [...]

17 07, 2009

Bite the Big Ones

By | 2009-07-17T17:22:20+00:00 July 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Bite the Big Ones The Bite:Over the past few months, we've covered topics from lingerie to gambling to swine flu. Some made you wanna hit it, and others made you wanna hit the road - find out which tips got the most Biters going in our look back at the last season. The Big One: [...]

16 07, 2009

Kennedy Associates’ LEED Success

By | 2009-07-16T20:49:22+00:00 July 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A LEED green power client of ours, Kennedy Associates, is featured in a recent CoStar article, "At Kennedy Associates, Benefits Of Green Building are Real."  As the title indicates, the green building efforts this real estate investment fudiciary is putting forth has brought them not only awards from notable environmental and financial institutions, but is [...]

16 07, 2009

Flea The Country

By | 2009-07-16T16:19:05+00:00 July 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Flea the Country The Bite: Wanna extradite fleas from your pad? Your passport to flea freedom: On the heels of a new study that found many flea collars aren't good for pets or people, choose natural treatments that do the job without the chems. Borderline sanity-saving relief. The Benefits: Escaping the fleas. These treatments actually [...]

16 07, 2009

Sustainable Choices Recognized at Spire

By | 2009-07-16T16:08:55+00:00 July 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Spire, a 42-story condo building is changing the Denver skyline in more ways than one. The height of the building will add to the Denver skyline but the sustainability focus of this building is also getting attention and helping home buyers think about more than the location and aesthetics of a building. The tower is [...]

15 07, 2009

Wrap Star – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-07-15T21:26:54+00:00 July 15th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Wrap Star The Bite: Wanna drop plastic wrap like it's hot? Mos Def. Instead, pick up a 2Pac of aluminum foil, which is safer for you and the planet. Hip hop hooray. The Benefits: Notorious(ly) B.I.G. planetary pluses. Unlike plastic wrap and waxed paper, you can buy 100% recycled aluminum foil and recycle it in [...]

14 07, 2009

New Greenhouse Gas Inventory Service

By | 2009-07-14T23:04:13+00:00 July 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

We've raised the bar! Announcing Choice Inventories, our new greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and carbon accounting service. Renewable Choice has been a leading national provider of renewable energy credits (RECs) and verified emission reductions (VERs a.k.a., carbon offsets) to businesses for many years. By helping hundreds of companies across the country meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals we've learned a lot about [...]

14 07, 2009

Toning Exercise – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-07-14T16:30:56+00:00 July 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Toning Exercise The Bite: Want a skin balancer with some real muscle? No sweat: Try our top facial toner picks, made with planet-friendly ingredients. They'll workout. The Benefits: Active skin beautification. These toners balance your skin, remove excess oil without drying too much, and even tighten your pores a bit. Not screwing up your gym [...]

14 07, 2009

Wind Power Jobs in America Video

By | 2009-07-14T15:50:36+00:00 July 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Our friends at the American Wind Energy Association are trying to get the word out about the importance of a National Electricity Standard. The bill has passed the House and is now headed for the Senate. Congress is considering legislation that would ensure that the U.S. gets a growing percentage of its electricity from renewable [...]

13 07, 2009

Wind Energy Empowers Indiana Farmers

By | 2009-07-13T21:45:14+00:00 July 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Rural farmers in Indiana can earn money from harvesting something other than just their crops: the wind. Leasing a portion of their land to wind energy developers can provide landowners with an important revenue stream without interrupting farming operations. According to Chad Martin, a renewable energy specialist at Purdue University Extension, "The base lease payment [...]

13 07, 2009

Stick Up – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-07-13T18:47:52+00:00 July 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Stick Up The Bite: Are stealthy chems robbing your health? Never fear - just hold up on using products with perfluorocarbons (PFCs), commonly found in stain guards, beauty products, and nonstick pans - there are plenty of alternatives. Neighborhood, watch: The Benefits: Not mugging your well-being. Kinda scary, we know, but studies have linked PFCs [...]

13 07, 2009

Sol(ar) Mate – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-07-13T18:19:47+00:00 July 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Sol(ar) Mate The Bite: Want cleaner power in your love nest? You and solar power were made for each other, what with all the leasing plans available. It's fate. The Benefits: Totally-compatible-with-your-wallet options. In leasing programs, companies typically pay for installation, and then make their cash back over time as you pay your monthly lease [...]

13 07, 2009

Snacks on a Plane – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-07-13T17:24:56+00:00 July 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Snacks on a Plane The Bite: Worried the hunger bug will bite you mid-flight? Plan ahead for your next flight, and you'll get blockbuster savings (of both kinds of green); these airline food tips make major waste hissstory. The Benefits: Less poisonous waste. Airlines use about 1 million disposable cups every 6 hours; opting out [...]

13 07, 2009

Brain Wash – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-07-13T16:16:56+00:00 July 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Brain Wash The Bite: Want laundry detergent fit for a kidnapped heiress? Repeat after us: Use the Bite's fave detergents to avoid unhealthy chems. It's a better kind of behavior modification. The Benefits: Oil (not mind) control. If every U.S. household replaces one box of 48-ounce, petroleum-based powder laundry detergent with a vegetable-based one, we'll [...]

10 07, 2009

LEED Green Building and the MLB, NHL, & NBA

By | 2009-07-10T15:52:10+00:00 July 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Many professional sports teams and facilities have a large impact on the environment -- from team travel, to the electricity required for their facilities during competitive games, to all the waste from the food sold, their environmental impact seems to be adding up. Thankfully, people are starting to notice these problems and find ways to [...]

9 07, 2009

Green Meetings & Events Free July Webinar

By | 2009-07-09T22:41:53+00:00 July 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Most of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with events originate from travel to and from the event. Combined with the electricity use for the venue and lodging, event emissions can really add up!  Green meeting practies are the new way to do your event business. Now, you can add renewable energy and carbon offsets to [...]

8 07, 2009

First Class Love Letter – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-07-08T00:04:12+00:00 July 8th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

First Class Love Letter The Bite: Are you overnighting more than just your affection? Stamp out waste by changing your shipping habits: Switching to greener shipping companies might not make your pen-pal swoon, but it'll show the planet a little love. The Benefits: Kissing climate change g'bye. Certain companies are doing a better job than [...]

7 07, 2009

Poker Face – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-07-07T23:51:54+00:00 July 7th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Poker Face The Bite: Think you blow too much pocket green every time you gamble? No doubt - but while the house might always win, slick eco-gambling swag and new lux green casinos will make you forget that they just called your bluff. Check 'em out just in time for the Texas Hold 'Em World [...]

7 07, 2009

Marketing Your Sustainability Initiatives Webinar

By | 2009-07-07T20:08:31+00:00 July 7th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

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

1 07, 2009

Hall & Oats – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-07-01T23:55:39+00:00 July 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Hall & Oats The Bite: Are you and your private eyes settling for not-so-sustainable granola? Can't go for that (no can do). Try our fave granola from eco-responsible producers - they taste way better than the usual suspects. Yes, can do. The Benefits: A real hit for your taste buds. These granolas contain delicious ingredients [...]

30 06, 2009

Look on the Bright Side – From @Idealbite

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

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

30 06, 2009

Cool Hand Biter – From @Idealbite

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

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

29 06, 2009

This Is Not a Test – From @Idealbite

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

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

25 06, 2009

Green Meetings & Events Free Webinar

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

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

25 06, 2009

Next Renewable Energy Credit & Carbon Offset Webinar

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

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

25 06, 2009

Chain Mail – From @Idealbite

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

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

24 06, 2009

Open Wide – from @Idealbite

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

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

24 06, 2009

Speed of Sound – From @Idealbite

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

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

24 06, 2009

The Coast Is Clear – From @Idealbite

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

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

24 06, 2009

Regifting 2.0 – From @Idealbite

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

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

24 06, 2009

Colorado's Bill Ritter Tops Green Governors List

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

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

23 06, 2009

Renewable Choice Launches GREEN YOUR EVENT

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

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

23 06, 2009

Stricter Building Codes and Green Building

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

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

23 06, 2009

Support for Renewable Energy in Western U.S.

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

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

18 06, 2009

McCormick Distilling Makes Sustainability Count

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

A Renewable Choice client, McCormick Distilling Company has created vodka with a green state of mind by bringing new green practices to the spirits industry through conservation, electricity and transportation offsets, and environmentally responsible packaging. The comprehensive eco-conscience approach to this product is impressive for many reasons. McCormick Distilling Company’s 360 Vodka is a good [...]

18 06, 2009

LEED Green Power Webinar – June 24

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

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

18 06, 2009

Under Cover – From @Idealbite

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

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

18 06, 2009

Check Out Our (Ve)guns – From @Idealbite

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

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

16 06, 2009

The End of Your Sentence – From @Idealbite

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

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

16 06, 2009

Total Hottie – From @Idealbite

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

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

12 06, 2009

Ground Control – Save Water Week From @Idealbite

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

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

12 06, 2009

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Debuts Eco-Punchcard

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

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

12 06, 2009

Costa Del Mar Walks the Talk with Renewable Energy

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

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

11 06, 2009

Dry Spell – Save Water Week From @Idealbite

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

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

11 06, 2009

Building Green Won't Break the Bank

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

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

11 06, 2009

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

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

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

10 06, 2009

Wind Power Card Custom Solution

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

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

10 06, 2009

Bundled Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Gifts

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

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

5 06, 2009

Corporate Responsibility and UL Environment

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

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

5 06, 2009

The Top Scoop – From @Idealbite

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

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

5 06, 2009

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Invests in Wind Power

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

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

4 06, 2009

Golden Girls (and Boys) – From @Idealbite

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

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

3 06, 2009

Marketing Your Sustainability Initiatives Webinar

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

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

3 06, 2009

Wind Turbines to be Tested on Museum Roof

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

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

3 06, 2009

The Blueprint – From @Idealbite

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

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

2 06, 2009

A Fin-ning Hand – From @Idealbite

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

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

1 06, 2009

Spinning Air Into Cash – From @Idealbite

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

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

29 05, 2009

Free Market Theory – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-29T21:00:29+00:00 May 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Free Market Theory The Bite: Can an economy based on free stuff really, really work? It really, really does at local Really Really Free Markets across the globe, where peeps get together to share stuff like home-baked food, used clothing, and bike repair services (it's sorta like an offline Craigslist - freeloaders welcome). Laissez-faire and [...]

29 05, 2009

Renewable Energy Credits and Carbon Offsets Webinar

By | 2009-05-29T15:51:29+00:00 May 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Announcing our first free webinar on renewable energy credits (RECs) and verified emission reductions (VERs), aka carbon offsets! Want to know more about how these internatially recognized mechanisms work? We'll be unraveling the mystery next week. We know that renewable energy systems and the REC market can be a tricking things to understand at times. [...]

28 05, 2009

May Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-05-28T23:51:46+00:00 May 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants known, and it has many other uses besides delicious healthy food products. Hemp is used for paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, and fuel. It requires little to no pesticides or herbicides, and controls erosion of the topsoil. With a plant so diverse and easy [...]

28 05, 2009

April Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2009-05-28T23:46:52+00:00 May 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the April Impact Sleuth Challenge Winners who each won a Performance Bicycle Gift Card: Lyndsay Chauveau of Brooklyn, NY; Sabrina Almeida of Torrance, CA; Lisa Conner of Springfield, OR; Gene Mui of Chicago, IL; and Virginia Mulanax of Florissant, MO. Congrats and Enjoy! This Month's Challenge: Starting to feel the stifling [...]

28 05, 2009

May Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-05-28T23:27:08+00:00 May 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's All About You As Memorial Day approaches, we are reminded to look back and honor what was, but also to look forward to a brighter future with appreciation for the past sacrifices that made it possible. Spring is in full swing and it is an exciting time to be alive: more energy is being [...]

28 05, 2009

(Color-Treated) Hair of the Dog – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-28T16:55:00+00:00 May 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

(Color-Treated) Hair of the Dog The Bite: Does your mane need a bloody mary? Freshen up that dyed 'do with eco-conditioners that are free of certain synthetic chemicals, and won't give you or the planet any aches and pains. The Benefits: It's like a good, greasy b-fast for your hair. These options breathed life back [...]

26 05, 2009

Tune Up – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-26T20:04:03+00:00 May 26th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Tune Up The Bite: Does your music collection need an oil change? It does if you're still buying trunk loads of CDs, since they're made from petroleum-based plastic. But you can download almost any song you wanna hear, often for free (legally, even), making CDs pretty much obsolete. Filter that. The Benefits: Rockin' the auto [...]

22 05, 2009

The Breakfast (Book) Club – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-22T16:22:45+00:00 May 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Breakfast (Book) Club The Bite: Does reading an eco-book sound like a detention assignment? Not when you're joining the cool kids, dorks, jocks, and Ideal Bite editors in the first-ever, summer-long Biter Book Club. Three books, thousands of Biters, and zero fun-police principals looking over your shoulder. The Benefits: Getting in with the clique. [...]

21 05, 2009

Private(s) Party – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-21T16:47:16+00:00 May 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Private(s) Party The Bite: Need something to wear to an intimate affair? Invite only the sexiest eco-lingerie into your closet, made from materials like organic cotton. Bottle service not included. The Benefits: RSVProvocative looks. What Biter bedmate could resist you in these va-va-voom undergarments? Inviting Mama (Earth) to the party. More pesticides are applied to [...]

21 05, 2009

I'm Rubber, You're Gluten – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-21T15:58:22+00:00 May 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

I'm Rubber, You're Gluten The Bite: Sticking to wheat-free desserts? Bounce over to the natural foods store and pick up some delicious, organic, gluten-free desserts to rub in your allergy's face. The Benefits: Not mocking the taste. To the more than 2 million Americans who have wheat allergies: you don't have to settle for less [...]

21 05, 2009

LEED Green Power Webinar

By | 2009-05-21T14:44:05+00:00 May 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Ever wanted to know more about the applications of renewable energy and emission reductions within the LEED Certification system and why they are important, but didnt really know where to start? Well wonder no longer! Renewable Choice is holding an introductory webinar on Wednesday, May 27 to cover topics ranging from the production of energy [...]

19 05, 2009

LEED Green Power for Shangri La Gardens

By | 2009-05-19T21:20:58+00:00 May 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded the Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center of Orange, TX, with a place in its Top Ten Green Projects of 2009. The project began back in 2005, and was completed in March of 2008, achieving LEED certification at the Platinum Level, and becoming the first New [...]

19 05, 2009

Graduation Day – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-19T19:48:14+00:00 May 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Graduation Day The Bite: Students: Want a degree in waste management? Before tossing your hat in the bin as you move out for the summer, see if someone else wants it (or any of your other stuff) by swapping it, and earn a big A+ from us. The Benefits: Major scores. Trade what you don't [...]

18 05, 2009

Full of Crap – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-18T22:34:27+00:00 May 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Full of Crap The Bite: Do you believe your dishwasher saves water? Trust: If you only run it when it's full, it does. Try to use appliances like washers and dryers when they're completely loaded to avoid wasting energy and water. Believe it. The Benefits: Credulous resource savings. Your clothes washer's gonna use the same [...]

18 05, 2009

Lundberg Farms Supports Employees & Environment

By | 2009-05-18T16:50:45+00:00 May 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Lundberg Family Farms has been in operation since 1937 and in the early 1960s, the Lundberg brothers were approached with the idea of producing organic rice. It was not very different from the products they were already producing so it seemed a natural evolution and they’ve been farming this way ever since. To honor this [...]

18 05, 2009

Ogden Publications Adds New Layer of Green

By | 2009-05-18T15:59:24+00:00 May 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Ogden Publications, publisher of brands such as Mother Earth News, Utne Reader and Natural Home has added to its environmental stewardship initiatives by supporting renewable energy and working on balancing its carbon emissions. It announced its commitment to offset 100% of its electricity use by purchasing 1.2 million kWh of renewable energy credits (RECs). This [...]

15 05, 2009

The Organ Trail: Born Again Week – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-15T17:43:03+00:00 May 15th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Organ Trail - Born Again Week The Bite: What's worth more than any Western Territory? Your kidney, to someone in need. Become an organ, blood, or even hair donor and, er, recycle your body parts. Lewis and Clark woulda... The Benefits: Being someone's Sacagawea (well, figuratively). Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States [...]

14 05, 2009

Univ. of Florida First LEED Platinum Stadium with Green Power

By | 2009-05-14T16:50:53+00:00 May 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

We have another LEED first, ladies and gentleman - the University of Florida's Southwest Stadium Expansion and Renovation Project has just been designated the first LEED-Platinum building in Florida. In addition to that, it is also the first LEED-Platinum athletic facility in the nation! According to UFL's Facilities and Planning Construction website, "The project consists of an approximately [...]

14 05, 2009

Manitoba Harvest Adds Wind Power to Eco Commitments

By | 2009-05-14T14:53:51+00:00 May 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Manitoba Harvest has expanded its corporate environmental initiatives by addressing the impact of the conventional electricity it uses. Last month it announced its commitment to offset 100% of its production facilities electricity use by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs). Manitoba is also reducing its corporate impact by offsetting the emissions from its natural gas use [...]

13 05, 2009

Melt Down: Born Again Week – From @Idealbite

By | 2009-05-13T18:02:28+00:00 May 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Melt Down - Born Again Week The Bite: Having a breakdown in the shower? If you're faced with chucking the remnants of your fave soap, pull it together - instead of throwing out those tiny pieces (granted, it's a tiny change), melt 'em down into one new, usable bar. Now breathe... The Benefits: Not throwing [...]

12 05, 2009

Wind Power for Schools from Renewable Choice

By | 2009-05-12T19:43:37+00:00 May 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Renewable Choice is committed to offering innovative solutions to today's pressing energy concerns. We are also committed to educating people about the value of wind power development. Renewable Choice and our customers have had the opportunity to support wind energy development on school campuses. These projects involved installing 50 kilowatt turbines on school campuses across [...]

12 05, 2009

NPR Highlights Needs of Aging National Power Grid

By | 2009-05-12T19:33:38+00:00 May 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

In a first-of-its-kind series, National Public Radio recently took a closer look at the problems plaguing our national power grid while examining the costs, the politics, and other challenges of upgrading it. Topics of NPR's POWER HUNGRY online articles and radio broadcasts included the age and lack of facility of our current grid system, the [...]

12 05, 2009

LEED Green Power for the Washington Nationals

By | 2009-05-12T16:16:21+00:00 May 12th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The DC Sports and Entertainment Commission has invested in renewable energy credits (RECs), which fulfill the LEED Green Power Credit under the USGBC's LEED for New Construction Rating System, making their Washington Nationals Stadium the first of its kind certified under the system. Their purchase of 14,600,706 kWh of renewable energy accounts for 70% of the electricity used by the ballpark, [...]

11 05, 2009

Linhart Takes Silver PRSA Colo. for Green Your Phone

By | 2009-05-11T22:27:21+00:00 May 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

We're excited to congratulate and recognize Linhart PR for their outstanding work on the Green Your Phone campaign, work that won them a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Colorado "Gold Pick" Silver Award this year in the Blogger Campaign category. Linhart's work for Green Your Phone (a cell phone wind power offset available at [...]

11 05, 2009

Sole Train : Born Again Week – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-05-11T17:29:39+00:00 May 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Sole Train - Born Again Week The Bite: Discoed your heels into oblivion? Boogie over to a cobbler or tailor to fix the soles or holes in your fave platforms. Repairing's cheaper and averts the resources needed to make new stuff. Smooooth. The Benefits: Saving your oldies-but-goodies. You don't have to send that designer dress [...]

11 05, 2009

Cycle-path – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-05-11T17:09:30+00:00 May 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Cycle-path The Bite: Think peeps who bike to work are crazy? Maybe - helmet hair and dried sweat don't make for the best postwork date. Luckily, we've got tips to assuage your top five cycling reservations, just in time for National Bike to Work Week (May 11-15). It's gonna be insane. The Benefits: Losing it [...]

7 05, 2009

Green Building's Economic Benefits

By | 2009-05-07T17:57:45+00:00 May 7th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Buildings designed or retrofitted with green practices in mind, such as sustainability, conservation and efficiency, outperform similar non-green assets, according to a recent study by the CoStar Group.Projects certified under such systems as LEED and the Energy Star Labelling program are in higher demand these days, the study claims, and not just because of efficiency improvements, minimization of impact upon the environment, and [...]

7 05, 2009

Block Party – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-05-07T16:54:05+00:00 May 7th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Block Party The Bite: Wanna get down with neighbors without looking like you barbecued your face? Block the rays with a neighborhood slathering of eco-sunscreen. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and healthy (not leathery) skin is in, so pick up mineral-based sunscreens 'steada ones with harsh chems. Block on. The Benefits: More of a [...]

6 05, 2009

Heifer Int’l Honored For Responsible Land Use

By | 2009-05-06T16:57:28+00:00 May 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Heifer International is a non-profit that is working hard to alleviate hunger and poverty by providing gifts of food and income producing farm animals. Have you ever received a card that says for example, chickens or bees have been given to a family in your name? If so, you have probably come in contact with [...]

6 05, 2009

Three (Sick) Little Pigs – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-05-06T16:26:38+00:00 May 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Three (Sick) Little Pigs The Bite: Don't wanna let in germs? Avoid huffing and puffing with a generous dose of regular soap - no antibacterial stuff necessary. Swine flu/H1N1 is a virus, not a bacteria, so plain, ol' soap will get you just as clean as anti-b, without making germs as strong as bricks. The [...]

6 05, 2009

EPA Reveals Top 50 Green Power Partners

By | 2009-05-06T05:11:52+00:00 May 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The EPA recently announced its top green power purchasers. This group of organizations has pledged to invest in renewable energy through on-site installation, utility programs and renewable energy credit (REC) purchases. Green power is defined by electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. The top 50 purchasers [...]

5 05, 2009

I Ink, Therefore I Am (Eco) – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-05-05T18:00:33+00:00 May 5th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

I Ink, Therefore I Am (Eco) The Bite: Need proof that alternatives to petroleum ink really exist? Tell your office manager to think soy-based ink. It'll still get your message on paper without you having to mull too hard over the eco-effects of printing. The Benefits: Minding the environment. Using one soy-based cartridge conserves up [...]

4 05, 2009

Keeping Up with the Joneses – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-05-04T16:38:19+00:00 May 4th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Keep Up with the Joneses The Bite: Can't compete with your neighbor's latest big buy? If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Pooling your resources with your neighbors for purchases like camping equipment and lawn mowers helps save those other, natural kind of resources. (Where's the glory in owning your own snowblower, anyway?) The Benefits: [...]

4 05, 2009

JRC Synagogue Makes Top 10 in LEED Green Power

By | 2009-05-04T15:28:39+00:00 May 4th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded the newly built synagogue of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) of Evanston, IL, with a place in its prestigious Top-10 Green Buildings of 2009 award. The 31,600 sq. foot building is situated in an urban, residential area, with proximation to a public park, community center, and tracks [...]

1 05, 2009

Tequila Mockingbird – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-05-01T16:56:31+00:00 May 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Tequila Mockingbird The Bite: Where's the Cinco de Mayo party at(ticus)? Just (F)inches away from the made-from-scratch organic margaritas. They'll liven up your fiesta in a way that's healthier for you and the planet. Classic. Recipe: Biter Margarita Serves 1 Ingredients: (local and organic whenever possible) • 2 oz Casa Noble certified organic tequila • [...]

30 04, 2009

Vail Resorts Gets 25th Spot for Green Power

By | 2009-04-30T16:26:08+00:00 April 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Vail Resorts is one of the top green power purchasers in the country. EPA's 'Green Power Partnership' program recognizes and compiles renewable energy commitments from companies, government agencies and other large power consumers. It said the top 50 organizations buy nearly 11.8 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy annually. [...]

30 04, 2009

Prints – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-30T16:02:17+00:00 April 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Prints The Bite: How can you stop doves from crying? Decorate with poster art that won't cut down the trees they live in, made from recycled or repurposed materials, such as magazines from 1999. Paper formerly known as...paper. With 95% of U.S. native forests already gone, recycled paper's the way to go. Nothing compares 2 [...]

29 04, 2009

Seventh Generation Launches Green Cleaning Service

By | 2009-04-29T17:31:46+00:00 April 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Seventh Generation, a well known consumer brand name and pioneer in the non-toxic home and personal care products industry has announced a new partnership with non-profit, Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES). Together these two organizations have launched Home Green Home, a residential cleaning service in San Francisco. This collaborative effort is a pilot [...]

29 04, 2009

LEED Green Associate Opens the Doors for More

By | 2009-04-29T17:21:25+00:00 April 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Under the USGBC's new LEED system, LEED v3, two new designations of professional have been introduced into its credentialing structure: the LEED Green Associate and LEED Fellow. These credentials are tiered, and will now be administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), in order to free up more time for the USGBC to focus [...]

29 04, 2009

It's the Bomb(illa) – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-29T16:02:07+00:00 April 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's the Bomb(illa) The Bite: Need a WMD? Weapon of mass deliciousness that is. Whether served with or without its traditional bombilla straw, mate (say it mah-tay) is a tasty, earthy, tea-like drink that peeps in South America have been sipping for ages. Try it instead of coffee for a dynamite blast of healthy energy. [...]

28 04, 2009

Front Lines – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-28T17:58:28+00:00 April 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Front Lines The Bite: Can an army of plastic surgeons help you stop time? Before you start diggin' that trench too deeply, try eco-friendly, low-on-synthetics creams and methods to help you in your quest for a youthful face, neck, and cleavage. Salute! The Benefits: D-Day for fine lines. We're all a teensy bit vain, and [...]

27 04, 2009

How to Recycle Pink Fur – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-27T17:29:40+00:00 April 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

How to Recycle Pink Fur The Bite: What happens when the Energizer Bunny actually does die? Hop into recycling mode. Whether rechargeable or alkaline (yep - both kinds are recyclable), getting rid of your batteries in an eco-friendlier way is as easy as banging a drum. The Benefits: It's good fur the planet. We Americans [...]

27 04, 2009

Corporate Responsibility Watch – Building Design and Efficiency

By | 2009-04-27T16:55:45+00:00 April 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

As I’ve previously blogged, buildings account for a staggering percentage of total energy usage the world over, and in the U.S. alone they are responsible for 72% of our electricity consumption—which means they are one of the biggest contributors to climate change and henceforth their construction and design needs to be readdressed. The Intergovernmental Panel [...]

24 04, 2009

A Game of Scrap-ble – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-24T18:22:46+00:00 April 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A Game of Scrap-ble The Bite: How do you spell healthy plants with just seven letters? C-O-M-P-O-S-T. Feed your flora compost made from your very own kitchen scraps - no yard (or smell) necessary. Word. The Benefits: More landfill space for letter tiles...or something. Americans throw away over 160 pounds of food per person each [...]

24 04, 2009

Whole Foods Turns Banners into Eco-luxury Bags

By | 2009-04-24T18:07:42+00:00 April 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

With the sustainability movement in full swing, Whole Foods adds another green practice by partnering with hand bag maker, Passchal. This new line of bags is made by using the material from old retail banners. The bag styles include: Handbags Messenger bags Clutches Because the bags are created from old Whole Foods banners, each bag [...]

23 04, 2009

Pacifier Aggressive – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-23T19:12:31+00:00 April 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Baby Gear The Bite: Wanna avoid baby health conflicts at all costs? Try these for defense mechanisms: Baby pacifiers and teethers free of the problem chem bisphenol A (BPA) that soothe baby gums without causing any eco-resentment. The Benefits: Fewer early behavioral disorders. The Feds banned lead and phthalates from kids' products on February 10, [...]

22 04, 2009

March Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2009-04-22T23:39:22+00:00 April 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the March Impact Sleuth Challenge Winners who each won a jar of Kettle Foods Nut Butter: Ian Firestone of Boston, MA; Carin Crook of Ridgefield, CT; Carolyn Pitcavage of Denver, CO; Sherri Elliott of Kansas City, MO; and Joanna Nutter of Seattle, WA. Congrats and Enjoy! This Month's Challenge: Cooking your [...]

22 04, 2009

April Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-04-22T23:13:31+00:00 April 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Starting to feel the stifling weight of those long winter months sans outdoor exercise? Why not do something good for yourself and the planet- Make Earth Day Every Day and start riding your bike to work. According to this Ideal Bite tip, how many calories per hour are burned by even just [...]

22 04, 2009

Two Ways to Implement LEED Green Power

By | 2009-04-22T22:59:12+00:00 April 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

There are only two ways that renewable energy can be utilized by a LEED project – either through on-site or off-site generation. On-site generation can come in the form of wind turbines, solar PV, or geothermal installation, among others. These types of renewable energy provide the building with a significant source of power that won’t [...]

22 04, 2009

April Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-04-22T22:55:26+00:00 April 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Its All About You Earth Day. It's the day we're reminded to look after our planet. Luckily for the earth, the past few years of headlines, political campaigns, and national action on climate change and fossil fuel pollution have helped remind us that every day is Earth Day. So this year, we simply encourage you [...]

22 04, 2009

Our NEW Website with Free Offset Tools for Business

By | 2009-04-22T20:14:54+00:00 April 22nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

We've launched a great new interactive website full of tools for businesses to support their corporate responsibility goals. We know that more and more individuals and busineses rely on the web to find solutions to everyday problems. Solving the problems of fossil fuel energy production and climate change are no different. That's why we've set [...]

21 04, 2009

Roots – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-21T19:44:06+00:00 April 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Roots The Bite: Is your black (blonde, gray) history showing? Try eco hair dyes next time you wanna change your dark roots (or any colored 'do, for that matter), so you can look fierce as a Mandinka warrior without the caustic chems in normal dyes. The Benefits: It's healthier than watching a 12-hour miniseries in [...]

21 04, 2009

Sea Change – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-21T19:23:25+00:00 April 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Sea Change The Bite: Wanna help keep sea level from rising so fast? Paddle over to a volunteering website and do good this Wednesday, Earth Day (or any day, for that matter). You can pick and choose the nonprofit where you wanna volunteer based on your interests, and you don't even have to know how [...]

21 04, 2009

LEED Green Building has Economic Value, Too

By | 2009-04-21T19:16:17+00:00 April 21st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Environmental and energy-based returns on green building may provide the basis for the practice’s existence and prevalence today, but there are additional benefits to be gained that are worthy of note. Economic returns are one such advantage that also bears attention, according to a recent report, published by the University of California, Berkeley. Entitled Doing [...]

20 04, 2009

Energy Conservation Key for Vail's 2010 Goals

By | 2009-04-20T17:19:14+00:00 April 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Vail Resorts has announced next steps for reducing its environmental footprint, including cutting 10% of its energy consumption by 2010, Vail Resorts has recently replaced more than 25,000 light bulbs with compact fluorescents in 60 properties. An old boiler also got replaced with a high-efficiency one that cost $300,000 but will pay for itself in [...]

18 04, 2009

The Big Ones – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-18T01:50:20+00:00 April 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

BEST OF: JANUARY - MARCH 2009 The Big Ones The Bite: Over the past 3 months, we've tipped topics from eco-hip heels to halitosis cures. Some made you wanna flick a switch; others made you wanna blow your nose. Here's the rundown... The Big One: The Tip That Got Around: washing your produce with vinegar. [...]

16 04, 2009

Eco-Products Launches Compostable Lids

By | 2009-04-16T17:16:27+00:00 April 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

As a leader in biodegradable and compostable food packaging, Eco-Products has been developing products that offer more sutainable choices to its customers. Its latest addition is a hot cup lid that when composted, will breakdown within 90 to 120 days in a commercial compost facility. It is made from Ingeo biopolymer from NatureWorks, LLC and [...]

16 04, 2009

For Your Consideration- From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-16T16:56:09+00:00 April 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

For Your Consideration The Bite: Want a sneak preview of some upcoming eco-movies? And...action! Sitting in an over-air conditioned theater chomping GM popcorn isn't the number one eco-friendliest pastime, but if you want a little inspiration, check out all the green features coming soon...to a theater near you. The Benefits: Applause-worthy entertainment. Movies about the [...]

16 04, 2009

(Mis)fortune Cookie- From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-16T00:01:36+00:00 April 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

(Mis)fortune Cookie The Bite: Did your dessert come in a little plastic wrapper? Confucius says: not if you cooked at home from scratch. Attention all takeout fiends - try cooking a meal at home once a week to cut down on trash. In bed. The Benefits: Lucky numbers: Manufacturers produce more than 15 million tons [...]

15 04, 2009

Cambean Hotels Adds to its Brand with New Green Logo

By | 2009-04-15T05:56:36+00:00 April 15th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Cambean Hotels created a new green-focused branding initiative at the beginning of 2009 to educate its guests on new environmental practices. The new branding initiative included the debut of its Cambean Earth logo which also serves as an eco-label. The label will highlight sustainable practices and materials throughout the hotel. The Cambean Earth logo also [...]

14 04, 2009

Real Steals – From @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-14T16:47:19+00:00 April 14th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Real Steals The Bite: Feel like you're getting robbed when you buy eco-clothes? Call off the fashion police, and check out these under-$50 fashion-forward finds from stores you already know, like Target. So cheap, you can make like a thug (but not dress like one). The Benefits: Black market prices. Just 'cuz you're on a [...]

13 04, 2009

Money Back Guarantee – Brought to you by @IdealBite

By | 2009-04-13T16:42:17+00:00 April 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Money Back Guarantee The Bite: Not 100% satisfied with this year's tax rebates? It's too late for tax year '08, but in April 2010, simply return your tax forms for a bigger refund by taking advantage of very special local and federal '09 offers for going green. Shipping and handling not included. The Benefits: Convenient [...]

10 04, 2009

LEED Green Power for TastyKake Bakery

By | 2009-04-10T21:14:15+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The new TastyKake Corporate Headquarters – which is relocating to Philadelphia’s Historic Navy Yard – is pursuing LEED Core & Shell certification at the Gold level. The building, located at 3 Crescent Drive, is employing such innovative design features and technologies as: •    90% daylighting of interior space •    High solar reflectant white roof •   [...]

10 04, 2009

Green Power Voluntary vs. Compliance Markets

By | 2009-04-10T21:02:14+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Companies might purchase energy from renewable sources for a number of reasons – government mandates, a corporate sustainability goal, to achieve points toward LEED certification, or to fulfill a commitment they have made to a voluntary compliance program. But these types of purchases fall into two overall buckets – those that are voluntary, and those [...]

10 04, 2009

The Shift Towards LEED 2009

By | 2009-04-10T18:53:29+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A number of changes are occurring in the LEED system this year – the implementation of LEED v3 (also being branded as LEED 2009), the USGBC’s newest technical rating system; and the transition of project registration to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), which already administers testing and AP certification. The launch for LEED v3 [...]

10 04, 2009

LEED-NC Performance Study

By | 2009-04-10T18:49:25+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Commissioned by the USGBC, the New Buildings Institute’s Energy Performance of LEED for New Construction Buildings report (March 4, 2008) details what levels of energy efficiency are on average achieved by LEED-NC buildings after project completion and receipt of LEED certification. The NBI measured the energy performance of 121 LEED New Construction buildings, and compared [...]

10 04, 2009

The Trend Towards LEED-EB

By | 2009-04-10T18:36:52+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The number of LEED projects certified by the USGBC doubled in 2008, and in 2009 the most significant growth is forecast in the LEED-EB space – which has seen registration for certification triple since the end of 2007. Experts (such as Jerry Yudelson of Yudelson Associates) predict an even stronger shift towards LEED-EB as new [...]

10 04, 2009

LEED Green Power for KC Convention Center

By | 2009-04-10T18:18:36+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

At nearly 400,000 square feet, the Kansas City Convention Center is one of the 10 largest convention center ballrooms in the country. It received a LEED Silver rating from the USGBC, using sustainable design features such as a controllable, digital day-lighting system that allows natural light into the space. The site team included 2 LEED [...]

10 04, 2009

When to Purchase the LEED Green Power Credit

By | 2009-04-10T18:01:29+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Green Power for LEED projects is one credit that can be applied at any stage of a project – as long as energy information is available or can be calculated. The period of energy use that must be considered covers two years of the total electricity load of the building to be offset with renewable [...]

10 04, 2009

Additional ID Credit for LEED Green Power

By | 2009-04-10T17:46:15+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Did you know that under the LEED Green Power Credit EAc6, you can achieve an additional Innovation in Design (ID) Point for exemplary performance by doubling your efforts to offset your electricity use with renewable energy credits (RECs)? The USGBC’s LEED NC-2.2 Errata Sheet namely states that “Exemplary performance can be achieved by doubling the [...]

10 04, 2009

Growth of Green Building – the Facts

By | 2009-04-10T17:26:35+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Despite the recent downturn in our economic, construction, and housing markets, sustainability is proving its mettle and standing up to a culture of pessimism. Against all the odds green building is still moving forward, with new projects being added daily.  According to the USGBC: •    Since 2000, their membership has more than quadrupled; •    The [...]

10 04, 2009

Energy Use of U.S. Buildings

By | 2009-04-10T16:46:33+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

If somebody asked you what the largest consumer of electricity in the U.S. was, what would be your best guess? Dick Cheney? Flat Screen TVs? Would it be our buildings? According to the USGBC’s Green Building Research page, out of total usage in the U.S., buildings account for: •    72% of electricity consumption •    39% [...]

10 04, 2009

@IdealBite – Legal Herb

By | 2009-04-10T16:33:03+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Legal Herb - Garden Week The Bite: Wanna grow herbs worth confiscating? Smokin' - just grow your own at home. We're rounding out Garden Week with a tip for Biters who may not have a yard: Try an indoor herb garden to save you cash on organic seasonings...and help cure the munchies. The Benefits: More [...]

10 04, 2009

LEED Green Power for Cuyahoga

By | 2009-04-10T16:28:55+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

In May of 2008, the County of Cuyahoga, Ohio purchased 14,660,000 kWh worth of renewable energy credits (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy to offset the two-year electricity use of its forthcoming Juvenile Justice Center. Their commitment offsets an environmental impact similar to planting 80,540 trees, or not driving 19,970,510 miles in an average U.S. passenger [...]

10 04, 2009

LEED Green Power for CTA Architects

By | 2009-04-10T15:29:12+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

CTA Architects Engineers recently announced that its Billings, MT office has achieved LEED Gold status under the USGBC’s LEED-EB rating system. Among the purchase of green power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset 100% of the building's energy use, some of the sustainable practices employed that contributed to the building’s newly [...]

9 04, 2009

LEED Green Power for Green Circle Center

By | 2009-04-09T22:22:13+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

One exciting project that is currently pursuing LEED-CS at the Platinum level is the Green Circle Shopping Center. According to the website set up for the project, it “employs the latest technology, strategies and materials for ensuring sustainable design.” One such technology invested in by the project was renewable energy credits (RECs). The project stands [...]

9 04, 2009

LEED Green Power for Comcast Center

By | 2009-04-09T22:12:35+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Developed by Liberty Property Trust and designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the Comcast Center at 1 Pennsylvania Place, Philadelphia, is set to be the tallest LEED-certified green building in the US. As well as purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset the center’s electricity load over two years, making it eligible for the Green [...]

9 04, 2009

LEED Green Power Credit for Less

By | 2009-04-09T21:06:05+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Green Power Credit is available for less - if you are a LEED AP, project developer, or you are involved in the decision making on a number of different LEED projects, you might be interested to know that you can gain the Green Power Credit on multiple projects for less per project if you [...]

9 04, 2009

@IdealBite – Moon Shine

By | 2009-04-09T16:52:34+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Moon Shine - Garden Week The Bite: Wanna get loaded on cheap electricity? Go with nonpolluting solar patio lights, and pretty soon you'll be drunk with (free) power: an hour of sunlight hitting the earth provides more energy than everyone in the world uses in a whole year. Drink up. The Benefits: No hangover for [...]

9 04, 2009

@IdealBite – Take a Nice Lawn Whiff

By | 2009-04-09T16:09:01+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Take a Nice Lawn Whiff - Garden Week The Bite: Is there anything that smells better than fresh-cut grass? If there is, it's sure not gasoline. Opt for a reel or electric mower instead of a high-pollutin' gas-powered one, and inhale the sweet scent of grass and greenback savings. The Benefits: Cutting gas waste. Each [...]

9 04, 2009

@IdealBite – Hostile Takeover

By | 2009-04-09T15:52:51+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Hostile Takeover - Garden Week The Bite: Weeds showing your plants no mercy? Fight back with eco-friendlier herbicides that keep weeds away while letting your garden re-coup. The Benefits: Peace on Earth. The majority of the herbicide you apply doesn't actually reach the target weed, and all of it eventually impacts the environment. Less violence [...]

6 04, 2009

@IdealBite – Green Grass or Bust

By | 2009-04-06T21:35:46+00:00 April 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Green Grass or Bust - Garden Week The Bite: Does your green thumbing require lots of water? Give your wallet a lift: Save cash and H2O by watering your garden in the early morning. Not quite a free ride, but still pretty sweet. The Benefits: More H2O to keep hydrated on road trips. Up to [...]

3 04, 2009

@IdealBite – Boiling Point

By | 2009-04-03T16:53:14+00:00 April 3rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Is your water set to scalding? The Bite Cool it. If you have a tank water heater, turn down the temp a bit to save major energy (and no, we're not suggesting cold showers). Hot damn. The Benefits Scorching savings. Many installers set heaters to 140 degrees, but you can comfortably get away with closer [...]

2 04, 2009

@IdealBite – Crack-Drip

By | 2009-04-02T16:35:24+00:00 April 2nd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are you a slave to Claritin? The Bite: Break free with natural remedies. They can be just as effective as allergy drugs, but usually have fewer side effects, so you can unchain yourself from the tissue box without resorting to synthetics. The Benefits: Abolishing side effects. While remedies such as peppers can still have their [...]

1 04, 2009

@IdealBite – Pool Party

By | 2009-04-01T16:44:21+00:00 April 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Driving solo and late to a bikini bash? The Bite: Dive into the car-pool lane alone for once - you deserve it for being eco. Cops won't mind as long as you're cute-ish (if you're fugly, there's always the "my water just broke" excuse). It'll get you through rush hour without going off the deep [...]

1 04, 2009

Geothermal Resources Mapped for Transmission Lines

By | 2009-04-01T16:40:29+00:00 April 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Obama administration is intent on developing new transmission lines in order to improve the integration of renewable energy into the power grid, and California, Nevada and the Western Governors Association are making sure that their geothermal resources are taken into account. To that end, a number of mapping projects are underway that will accurately [...]

1 04, 2009

Carbon Offsets at the Checkout with La Grande Dame

By | 2009-04-01T15:11:31+00:00 April 1st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Reducing the emissions of shipping and travel with carbon offsets is a budding international concept and the fashion-forward online boutique, La Grande Dame, is establishing itself as a leader in the movement right out of the gate! At La Grande Dame, curvy women all around the world can choose choose the kind of fashion often [...]

31 03, 2009

Xanterra Expands its Leadership In Environmental Sustainability

By | 2009-03-31T18:38:40+00:00 March 31st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Xanterra, the largest national and state park concessioner in the U.S. announced that will install the largest privately-owned solar energy systems in the country and the largest system in the U.S. tourism industry. The one mega-watt system will be built in Death Valley National Park and will generate one-third of the electricity needed to operate [...]

31 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Race to the Finish

By | 2009-03-31T16:49:48+00:00 March 31st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Speeding to treat your wood before the next rain? The Bite We've got your finish lines right here: natural-based wood treatments (for indoors and out) that leave unhealthy synthetic chems in the dust. The Benefits The air wins. Low-emitting (aka low-VOC) finishes and sealants offer durability and aesthetic appeal without leaving you woozy or polluting [...]

30 03, 2009

@Ideal Bite – Eco-bailout

By | 2009-03-30T16:46:19+00:00 March 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Think you gotta have billions to help rescue the planet? The Bite: Don't bank on it. For some financial institutions, more than just the dollar bills are green. Check how yours measures up, and if you don't love what you see, don't get Mad(off) - just switch to a greener bank. The Benefits: Investing in [...]

27 03, 2009

BTM Forecasts 340 GW of Wind Energy by 2013

By | 2009-03-27T23:21:25+00:00 March 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

BTM Consult, an independent consultancy company specialized in services regarding renewable energy has released their 14th annual update on the international wind power industry and the predictions are strong. 2008 was a record breaking year in wind turbine installations with 28,190 megawatts (MW) of new capacity installed, bringing the world wide total to 122,000 MW. [...]

27 03, 2009

@IdealBite – 60 Minutes in Heaven

By | 2009-03-27T17:40:49+00:00 March 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Is 7 minutes in the dark long enough? The Bite Only if you're an awkward, slobbery teenager. Instead, get lucky for a full hour tomorrow starting at 8:30 pm. Join millions of people around the planet supporting a cause even greater than a teen's first kiss: stopping global warming. The Benefits Heavenly energy savings. In [...]

26 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Pump Up the Volume

By | 2009-03-26T17:17:44+00:00 March 26th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Want eco-stilettos that'll bring the noise? The Bite Then listen here: We've got sustainable heels (made from fabrics such as scrap wood) that scream out style. The Benefits Stylish harmony with your wardrobe. These looks are ready to rock the runway...less so the commune. Sound investments for the planet. Compared to eco-fabrics like organic cotton, [...]

25 03, 2009

@IdealBite – (Pea)nut Job

By | 2009-03-25T16:52:29+00:00 March 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Crazy-concerned over the PB recall? The Bite: First, check the recall list to see if your fave brand's involved. Whether or not it is, seek asylum in alternative, organic nut spreads that taste insanely good. The Benefits: Butter for your health. Organic nut butter alternatives don't contain artery-clogging trans fats (which keep conventional ones from [...]

25 03, 2009

AWEA Signs Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) Letter

By | 2009-03-25T16:45:34+00:00 March 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced that it is joining more than 220 signatories to a letter urging U.S. Congress to pass a renewable electricity standard (RES) for the entire United States. While 30 U.S. states have policies in place requiring electricity providers to obtain designated percentages of their energy supply from renewable [...]

25 03, 2009

Carbon Dioxide May Be Regulated By Clean Air Act

By | 2009-03-25T16:34:38+00:00 March 25th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

In a move that reverses policy from the Bush administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that greenhouse gases have negative impacts on human health and welfare, and thus should be considered pollutants. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the leading greenhouse gas (GHG), and as such it could be regulated under the Clean Air [...]

24 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Wake Up Call

By | 2009-03-24T16:14:01+00:00 March 24th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Alarmed by your bedmate's morning breath? The Bite Yawn - we've heard that one before. Pretty much everyone suffers dragon breath in the morning, but prevent halitosis the rest of the day with natural methods such as tongue scraping. Up and at 'em. The Benefits Simple prevention, am to pm. Up to 90% of bad [...]

23 03, 2009

Engaging Employees to Improve Environmental Stewardship

By | 2009-03-23T16:49:36+00:00 March 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

According to a recent study, working with a company’s entire workforce, is the best way to build a company’s sustainability efforts. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) just released a report on the environmental education at companies including Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, HP and more.  There were many lessons that companies of all sizes can [...]

23 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Landlord Have Mercy

By | 2009-03-23T16:05:59+00:00 March 23rd, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Is your relationship with your landlord anything but heavenly? The Bite Help her or him see the energy-efficient light. Give 'em a few eco-tips that speak to their bottom line, and you'll be one step closer to domestic harmony. Amen to that. The Benefits Hallelujah: a greener home-sweet-home. Improvements like updating appliances benefit both you [...]

20 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Note to Self: Office Week

By | 2009-03-20T17:08:44+00:00 March 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Want a reminder to use less paper? The Bite: Here goes: Use digital desktop notes that act as reminders on your laptop or phone instead of Post-its. They're cost-free, tree-free, and never lose their stickiness. Don't forget. The Benefits: Paper-free mnemonic devices. Sticky notes don't use all that much paper, but the average American uses [...]

20 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Getting Labeled: Office Week

By | 2009-03-20T16:39:42+00:00 March 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Do people peg you as an eco-friendly office worker? The Bite They will if you go with recycled printer labels. It's a small step, so no need to worry about getting pigeonholed as the enviro-fanatic at work. The Benefits Categorically green labels. These options are 100% recycled and whitened without chlorine bleach, which releases carcinogenic [...]

20 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Never Can B2 Eco: Office Week

By | 2009-03-20T16:12:18+00:00 March 20th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Does the F8 of the planet depend on your office's vending machine? The Bite: Prolly not, but some vending machines are more B9 than others. Ask your office manager to set up an energy-saving sensor and to stock healthier foods than the usual highly processed cheesy puffs. N2 it? The Benefits: The boss'll appreC8 the [...]

19 03, 2009

@WorldChanging – Designing a Zero-Waste City: A Visit to the San Francisco Dump

By | 2009-03-19T23:16:34+00:00 March 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

On February 20, I had the opportunity to tour the San Francisco city dump, a facility run by Norcal Waste Systems. The tour was part of Compostmodern 09, a conference sponsored by AIGA, a professional association for designers. It might seem strange to have a group of creative types clamoring to learn from the city [...]

19 03, 2009

@WorldChanging – Locavolts or Super Grids? Where to Source Clean Energy?

By | 2009-03-19T23:07:28+00:00 March 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Should clean energy be distributed energy made locally and connected to a smart grid, or should it be gathered from the windiest and sunniest places on the planet and shipped to us in giant new super grids? The answer may prove critical to solving our greenhouse gas problems. Ian Bowles, the secretary of energy and [...]

19 03, 2009

@WorldChanging – Training the Green Collar Workforce: A Role for Community Colleges

By | 2009-03-19T22:57:03+00:00 March 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

President Obama's appointment of Van Jones's as Green Jobs Adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Quality seems startlingly à propos, especially on the heels of Power Shift '09, - a major youth campaign which demanded, among other things, green jobs. In light of federally funded job-creation initiatives, a rumored shift in the U.S. [...]

19 03, 2009

March Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-03-19T22:38:48+00:00 March 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Cooking your food at temps above 116 degrees depletes nutrients and uses more energy. Eating more raw foods, like organic nut butters, boosts your health and saves energy. According to this Ideal Bite Tip, what percentage of the nutrient folate is lost by cooking spinach on the stove top instead of eating [...]

19 03, 2009

March Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-03-19T22:19:22+00:00 March 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's All About You As the economy continues to create hardship for the people of the U.S. and beyond, it is important now more than ever to continue supporting wind power development. With the help of forward-thinking legislation and voluntary support from people like you, the clean technology sector is poised to help create 5 [...]

19 03, 2009

Quayle Hodek Among Hottest Eco-CEOs

By | 2009-03-19T17:23:57+00:00 March 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Treehugger.com recently named our own Quayle Hodek as one of the hottest eco-CEOs that have paved the way and helped kick-start global change to protect and ensure a sustainable future for us all. Other Hot CEO's included in Treehugger's list include David Anderson of Green Options Media and Charisse McAuliffe of GenGreenLife.com, among others. Read [...]

19 03, 2009

Green Your Phone With Wind Power Video Launch

By | 2009-03-19T16:15:52+00:00 March 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Burning fossil fuels to create electricity causes air pollution and contributes to climate change. To live in harmony with nature, we need to find new sustainable solutions to enjoy our modern lifestyles with less impact on the environment. That's why Renewable Choice has teamed up with Best Buy to offer the GREEN YOUR PHONE product [...]

19 03, 2009

Timberland Partners to Turn Old Tires Into New Shoes

By | 2009-03-19T16:03:21+00:00 March 19th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This announcement stems from a new partnership with a Malaysian company, Green Rubber. It has developed a technology call DeLinking that uses waste product that’s produced from manufacturing rubber to create a product that can be reintroduced into the manufacturing process. This allows companies to reuse their waste stream and it offers companies that need [...]

18 03, 2009

Federal Agencies to Cooperate on Renewable Energy

By | 2009-03-18T16:43:24+00:00 March 18th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The U.S Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have announced that they will cooperate to help spur development of renewable energy on lands and offshore waters managed by the DOI. The agreement will eliminate some of the bureaucratic barriers surrounding permitting. A major impact of this will be seen [...]

17 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Sight For Four Eyes

By | 2009-03-17T23:20:30+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Lasik surgery leave you with a spare pair of spectacles? The Bite Donate them. It's as easy as dropping them off or mailing them to a service that'll redistribute them to peeps with peepers that can use your old prescription. The Benefits Putting those granny frames to good use. Giving old glasses to people in [...]

17 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Scrappy Do

By | 2009-03-17T23:05:01+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

What should you do with your doggone food scraps? The Bite: You could call a team of bumbling private investigators with a talking pup, or you could just read this tip: If you can't compost it, put your food waste in the trash instead of using the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Zoinks! [...]

17 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Cast Iron Maiden

By | 2009-03-17T22:49:49+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Into heavy metal? The Bite Then you'll love cast iron cookware. With a little heat, these iron maids perform just as well as or better than Teflon options, without all the health question marks. [Insert guitar solo here.] The Benefits A better way to fry your bat's head. Foods cooked in cast iron absorb valuable [...]

17 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Drawing Straws

By | 2009-03-17T21:42:00+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Did you leave us with the short straw? The Bite: Fine by us, as long as it's reusable. Glass and stainless steel drinking straws add garbage-free class to your glass, even if you get stuck sucking down a cuppa SunnyD. The Benefits: Fewer fistfuls of trash. Most disposable straws are made from polypropylene (so you [...]

17 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Psychedelicates

By | 2009-03-17T21:11:18+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Think you gotta dry clean your cashmere? The Bite You're trippin'. Try an eco delicate wash instead of dry cleaning to avoid use of the toxic chemical perc, which has pretty much the same effect on the environment as too much acid has on your brain. The Benefits LSDegriming your clothes. We actually found these [...]

17 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Deserving Your Throne

By | 2009-03-17T21:00:34+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are you king of paper conservation in the bathroom? The Bite You rule - then you must already recycle your toilet paper tubes. But if you don't (and a lot of us don't), try making it a habit. A little tube goes a long way toward earning that crown. The Benefits A greener world for [...]

17 03, 2009

@IdealBite – The Dirty Truth

By | 2009-03-17T20:09:12+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

What's the honest-to-goodness best way to wash your produce? The Bite: Use water and white vinegar - no lie. A few squirts on your fruits and veggies gets rid of the nasty stuff (like pesticide residue) that you don't want - no store-bought washes necessary. Sincerely yours, Ideal Bite. The Benefits: Brushing bugs under the [...]

17 03, 2009

@IdealBite – ATM Hold Up

By | 2009-03-17T19:38:44+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Are you gunning for the forest every time you use an ATM? The Bite Maybe, since the number of trees that go to making receipts is just plain criminal. Hold up on requesting a receipt at the ATM, gas pump, checkout stand, and anywhere else where you have the choice, ski mask or not. The [...]

17 03, 2009

February Sleuth Challenge Winners

By | 2009-03-17T18:03:37+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The Winners: Congratulations to the February Impact Sleuth Challenge Winners who each won a $20 Gift Card to Gander Mountain Stores: Thomas McKeef of Rutherford, NJ; Jeremy Knoll of Kansas City, MO; Mark Miller of Santa Fe, NM; Elisabeth Rabito of Littleton, CO; and Daniel Nash of Kansas City, MO.  Congrats and Enjoy! This Month's [...]

17 03, 2009

February Impact Sleuth Challenge

By | 2009-03-17T17:13:47+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

This Month's Challenge: Still drinking water out of plastic bottles? Even if you are staying hydrated with home-filtered water in a reusable bottle, switching from plastic to a more inert material (like stainless steel) is an inexpensive, healthier option. According to this Ideal Bite Tip , Americans use 4 million plastic bottles every hour; out [...]

17 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Whiteboard, Gold Stars : Office Week

By | 2009-03-17T17:00:06+00:00 March 17th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Does your whiteboard make the grade? The Bite 100%, if you've got whiteboards and markers that graduated from the school of eco-friendliness. A++. The Benefits #1 cash savings. One pack of six refillable markers with refills included = 246 disposable ones. Nontox classrooms. Xylene, a chemical found in typical disposable markers, increases indoor air pollution [...]

16 03, 2009

February Choice Insight Newsletter

By | 2009-03-16T23:57:30+00:00 March 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

It's All About You The U.S. is making history with legislation that supports renewable energy growth and is now the largest producer of renewable energy in the world. Do you know why? Because it works! It is clean and renewable, does not contribute to industrial air pollution and climate change, reduces our dependence on harmful [...]

16 03, 2009

@IdealBite – Draft Dodger

By | 2009-03-16T17:47:14+00:00 March 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

What's a draft no one should dodge? The Bite The one on your printer. Unless you're printing something superimportant, save ink and paper by using Draft Mode and, if you can, printing double-sided. Who could conscientiously object to that? The Benefits Enlisting less waste. Each year, the world's discarded cartridges, stacked end-to-end, could circle the [...]

16 03, 2009

Recycle Electronics & Get a Best Buy Gift Card

By | 2009-03-16T14:39:20+00:00 March 16th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Best Buy started an electronics recycling program in mid-February which allows customers to bring in up to two units per day for recycling. Best Buy is leveraging its retail presence and brand to get consumers to recycle old TVs, computers, appliances and more.  Recycling large items is not usually the easiest  process, but Best Buy [...]

13 03, 2009

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Proposed by EPA

By | 2009-03-13T16:12:28+00:00 March 13th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a comprehensive system for reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the United States. This first-of-its-kind system will help the agency collect accurate data regarding these emissions, which includes carbon dioxide, and will aid in developing effective regulations. The system would apply to approximately 13,000 facilities in the [...]

11 03, 2009

Renewables Could Supply 40% of Global Electricity

By | 2009-03-11T16:56:18+00:00 March 11th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Renewable technologies such as wind turbines, solar photovoltaics and biomass currently produce a small portion of the world's electricity, but with proper political and financial support, they could grow their contribution to 40% of global supply by 2050. This conclusion from new research conducted by the International Scientific Congress shows that renewables hold much greater [...]

10 03, 2009

Google PowerMeter Displays Electricity Consumption

By | 2009-03-10T18:10:38+00:00 March 10th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

The prototype for Google PowerMeter, which takes information from a home's smart meter and displays it on a graph, is being tested by Google employees. According to Ed Lu of Google's engineering team, most consumers don't have much data or context regarding their electricity consumption. And although millions of American's already have smart meters, they [...]

9 03, 2009

The Marketing of Green Beer

By | 2009-03-09T16:42:51+00:00 March 9th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

As a leader in environmental responsibility and as the third largest craft brewer in the country, New Belgium is used to getting attention.  Being a leader isn’t always rosy though; it comes with criticisms and learning experiences. In the case of New Belgium, it recently had an ex-employee initiate banter and skepticism about the company’s [...]

6 03, 2009

Wind Riding the Rails

By | 2009-03-06T18:39:42+00:00 March 6th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Wind turbine components are generally transported from the factory to the project site via trucks, a process rife with logistical challenges. Moving 148-foot-long wind turbine blades requires thorough planning of the route to avoid narrow roads, tight intersections, low-clearance bridges, etc. Now, Siemens Energy is utilizing trains to ship some of its turbine blades, a [...]