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Friday, April 30, 2010

UPS Offers Green / Carbon Neutral Shipping Option

 "UPS ... became the first small package carrier to offer its customers the ability to offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated by the transport of their packages within the United States."

" ... offer U.S. shippers the option of paying a small fee to calculate and offset the climate impact of the shipment of each of their packages. information about UPS carbon neutral services is available at ups.com/carbonneutral."

" ... To encourage customers to participate ... UPS will match the offset purchases, effectively doubling the offsets purchased in 2009-2010, up to $1 million."
" ...  the carbon offset process is ... certified by The CarbonNeutral Company. "


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Intel's First Green Building Get GOLD LEED Certification

In June Intel Intel opened a new design center in Haifa, Israel that is LEED Gold certified.  Some of the highlights ...

"...received LEED Gold certification ... for ... Intel Design Center – IDC 9 – ... in Haifa, Israel ..."

" ... Intel's first certified green facility, IDC 9 is the first building in Israel to receive LEED Gold-level recognition."

" ... was built on land previously occupied by a parking lot to not damage any natural resources. ... "

" ...  rooftop garden to enhance thermal insulation and prevent the building from retaining excessive heat ... A method for capturing and recycling condensate water from the air conditioning system for irrigation. ..."

Via:  Intel  LINK

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tips for Recycling Electronics

Check out this video on ways to recycle cell phones, batteries and more. Specifically Best Buy will take back most consumer electronics ...

Via: SmartPlanet LINK

UPS Deploys 200 Additional Hybrid Delivery Trucks

UPS " ... put 200 additional hybrid electric delivery trucks to work in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Minneapolis and Louisville. ... had 50 of these vehicles in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix; ... another 20,000 low-emission and alternative fuel vehicles throughout its fleet ... In all, about 1,000 of the fleet is hybrid while the rest are low emission types."

" ... will cut its fuel consumption by 176,000 gallons annually, compared with putting an equivalent number of new diesel trucks on the road. .. reduction in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions is about 1,786 metric tons, ..."

Via:  Smart Planet  LINK

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Costco Offers CFL At Great Savings !!

Today I picked up several packages of CFL at my local Costco at a great price.  In fact the price made it close to impossible to pass up.

A four pack of 13 Watt CFL  (60 Watt replacement) were $0.99 after instant rebate taken at the register.

A four pack of 23 Watt CFL (100 Watt replacement) were $1.79 after instant rebate taken at the register.

Per the labels the 13 Watt last 13 times longer; save $369 per pack of 4.
Per the labels the 23 Watt last 10 times longer; save $225 per pack of 4.
Nice deal - great way to save  on your electric bills. 
>>>> Remember Home Depot collects CFL for safe recycling.

Via: Costcp LINK

Emeco Classic Chair Made from Recycled Coke Bottles

Emeco chairs are traditionally made from 100 recyclable aluminum (80% recycled conteChair made of 111
 recycled Coke bottlesnt).  Their expected life of 150 years makes adds to the sustainability.

Now they are making a chair from recycled Coke bottles ... 111 bottles per chair.  " ... 111 Navy Chair: When you recycle a plastic bottle, you're doing something good. When you recycle 111 of them, you're doing something great. Help your bottle become something extraordinary again."

Via:  Emeco Chairs  LINK

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010 - April 22

Happy Earth Day !!

 Today is the  40th anniversary of Earth Day !!
- What will you do today, and going forward for Earth Day?
- Use a reusable cup instead of a throw away one use cup ?
- Take public transportation or walk rather than drive by car?
- Car pool rather than drive alone?

To learn more about Earth Day 2010 and things ** YOU ** can do ... LINK

Via: Earth Day 2010  LINK

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Truck Stop Electrification

Everyone has seen trucks idling when they seem to be "just waiting" at a truck or rest stop.  Many drivers keep the engine running to allow for heating / cooling and even to run appliances in their sleeper cab

While diesels are efficient they are polluting ... and use fuel at the rate of a gallon / hour at idle.

TSE - Truck Stop Electrification "... helps drivers, their trucks and our planet rest a bit easier. Supported by Carbonfund.org ... reduces tailpipe emissions ... system consists of an in-cab service module ... that heats, cools, and powers the interior of the truck ... without forcing the engine to burn diesel while saving about a gallon of diesel per hour. ... over one hundred locations throughout the United States."

Via: CarbonFund.org Blog LINK

Saturday, April 10, 2010

How to Keep the Miniuvan / SUV and Still Be Green / Greener ?

BLOG POST # 250 !!

Some people just need larger cars.  Not everyone can make life work with a small hybrid.  So, what can they to make their lifestyle green / greener?

" ...motivations behind EnviroCitizen.org, ... information about a variety of green topics with the ability to purchase carbon offset certificates via Carbonfund.org. ... 1,000 articles on the site focused on sustainable lifestyle tips and habits."
" ... EnviroCitizen ... acknowledges some of the practical barriers that prevent people from being as environmentally sensitive as they might like. .. 

Via: SmartPlanet LINK

Friday, April 2, 2010

US Gov't Creates Significant Waste with Printing that is Not Needed

A recent report from the Washington Times shows that a significant amount of printing by US Govt employees is never needed ... it is thrown out or recycled.  Wow - 1/3 of all printed paper is wasted!

" .... Washington Times reports that a full third of the printing performed by U.S. government employees is instantly tossed out or recycled."

"... high time government ... takes the lead from businesses that have their printing costs under control. ... Duplex printing is only part of the story. ... "

"... asking these kinds of questions before they click ‘Print’: ... Is it vital that I have a hard copy of this right now? ... Have I run the electronic file by my colleagues first? ... Does the item I am about to print have to be “perfect”?"

Via: ZDNet.com LINK

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Canvas Dreams Sustainable Web Hosting

Canvas Dreams is a green sustainable web host service based in Oregon.  They are green from their source of power to their business practices.

"... is a sustainable Web host based in Portland, Oregon. ...
first Web hosting company in the Pacific Northwest to use 100% clean wind energy, generated locally by Portland General Electric ... commitment to sustainable practices ... a sustainability program, including a reduction in waste and energy usage, responsible electronics and plastic recycling, telecommuting and carpooling, ..."

Via: Canvas Dreams Sustainable Web Hosting LINK