Wednesday, 28 July 2010 08:59

5 Reasons You'll Find Good Eats at Moe's...

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  1. All of the ingredients used in meals are free of trans fats and MSG.
  2. Each meal is made fresh to order (as opposed to pre-prepared and reheated).
  3. Moe’s Southwest Grill does not use microwaves or freezers in its kitchens, which cuts down its energy usage significantly.
  4. Keeping in mind that eating less meat can considerably reduce a person’s carbon footprint, Moe’s menu offers a variety of vegetarian options. In fact, Moe’s won the 2008 Proggy Award for Best Vegetarian Mexican Restaurant.
  5. Moe’s Southwest Grill has demonstrated its commitment to create a better environment by supporting renewable energy production with the purchase of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) through Carbonfund.org.
Individuals can support renewable energy projects by clicking here. Want to find your nearest Moe's Southwest Grill? Check out Moe's restaurant finder.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 14:23

5 Reasons to Love Modern Eco Homes

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Modern Eco Homes collects what you need for your home and puts it at your fingertips. They can help you make your home more eco-friendly and furnish it in an economical, chic way. They also reduce their carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org and have been a CarbonFree® Partner for two years running. Here’s my list of five favorite things about Modern Eco Homes: hm11. Modern Eco Homes Blog to tell you about the newest green options for your home; 2. Modern Eco Homes Blog (part II) – Helped me come up with a great green idea for Mother’s Day (planting in her garden); 3. Their great collection of chic green furniture for my home in downtown DC – check out the Blow Up Bamboo Table or their Breeze Coffee Table. Stylish! 4. Eco gift ideas! Ideas for last-minute gifts that don’t cost a ton and have a smaller environmental footprint. 5. Eco-friendly apparel for those who mean the most in your life: your dogs! Check out the great fashion ideas for your pet. You can also stay connected with and follow Modern Eco Homes on their facebook and twitter pages.
Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:55

5 Green Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

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img3If you’re one of the lucky ones getting a tax refund this year, here are five ways that you can use your refund to help the environment and fight climate change. 1. Make energy efficiency improvements in your home, such as with Energy Star qualified windows and appliances. An energy efficient replacement can reduce your heating, cooling or electricity bill while reducing your home's carbon footprint. And you may qualify for a tax credit, such as for 30% of cost up to $1,500 for energy efficient improvements! img42. Buy eco-friendlier goods such as those labeled fair trade, CarbonFree® Certified, or organic. Each represent action taken to make goods more socially or environmentally responsible. 3. Reduce, offset your carbon footprint. Find out what your footprint is by calculating it and take actions to reduce what you can and offset what you can't by supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects. 4. If you drive, be sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready to handle the stresses of summer heat or congestion. Take public transit when you can, but if you need to drive, getting a tune-up and having your tires checked and properly inflated (this alone can save 400-700 pounds of CO2 each year) save gas and help keep your vehicle out of the junk yard. img55. With the economy recovering, consider investing in environmentally responsible companies or mutual funds. For companies, see if they have clearly articulated and taken steps to reduce their impact on the environment or improve the sustainability of their operations. You can view their annual or corporate social responsibility reports, or check out a list like Carbonfund.org's partners who are fighting climate change. For mutual funds, a starting point can be the Social Investment Forum. Learn more on actions you can take to reduce your climate impact here. Good luck this Tax Day, and try using some of your refund, if you get one this year, to help the environment!
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 15:10

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Footprint as a Renter

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There is a lot of talk out there about how to “green” your home, but what if you rent? For instance, you cannot replace your windows with more efficient ones without your landlord’s permission. However, there are still steps you can take as a tenant to reduce the carbon footprint of your home.
  1. The most basic thing you can do is reduce water usage. According to the EPA, we consume about 2 to 5 gallons per day when we brush with the water running continuously. Of course, it takes energy to pump and heat water, so conserving water makes a difference.
  2. For paper goods, minimize their use but also choose recycled paper. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if every household in the nation swapped just one roll of traditional toilet paper for one made with recycled paper, the effort could save about 424,000 trees.
  3. Opt for energy-efficient alternatives to the traditional lightbulb, e.g. LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
  4. Install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads. Aerators break up streams of water with air. You get the same water pressure but reduce the actual volume of water.
  5. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. "Vampire" energy loss accounts for approximately 5-10 percent of residential energy use in the U.S.
After you’ve done this, encourage your landlord or management company to make additional leaps. Ask them to replace old appliances with Energy Star rated ones, caulk or insulate, and install programmable thermostats that will end up saving energy and money.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:54

30 Days of Free Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

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The green-inspired lifestyle site, World of Green, kicked off a special holiday promotion today. 30 Days of Free Eco-Friendly Gifts lets you enter to win prizes that include plantable wrapping paper, toys, organic cotton clothing and bamboo robes. The grand finale is Carbonfund.org making a winner's home carbon neutral for a year in support of innovative projects that are fighting climate change today. World of Green is bringing together the largest selection of green products, solutions and information. The website chooses to feature products with the highest standards, in terms that are easy to understand. To enter, visit the World of Green website here.
As many drivers know, the price of gasoline has been steadily rising for some time now. Gas is now up to $2.74, up 1.4 cents from last night and $0.95 cents from this time last year. As gas prices inch closer and closer to $3 in time for the spring travel season (at least that is what some experts are predicting) the dialog over fuel consumption will likely increase. How can we do more with less, and why do we keep on running into these same problems? Energy shocks and oil crises are nothing new and come about cyclically. Gas prices go up and people start to drive less, interest in more efficient vehicles rises, and consumption goes down. This follows basic economic principles of supply and demand, although some have expressed strong concerns about speculation in markets. Nobody should be shocked to see gas prices inching back up. The US consumes nearly 20 million barrels of oil a day - causing us to put massive amounts of pressure on a finite resource. Moreover, even slight changes in supply can have ripple effects that cause prices of oil and gas to fluctuate dramatically. A viable solution is efficiency. It took the US a long time to address fuel efficiency as this chart shows. While Congress has taken action through improving fuel efficiency standards, the vehicles produced presently vary quite a degree in their fuel efficiency. Some vehicles have substantially better fuel efficiency. Technology exists to help, but it takes commitment by auto makers and consumers alike to make fuel efficient vehicles the norm rather than the exception. As gas prices rise this spring and you are paying more at the pump, think about the future and the most sustainable way to curb rising fuel prices. We must demand action from our nation's leaders to continue to improve fuel efficiency standards, while making fuel efficient vehicles- and choosing fuel efficient vehicles.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:36

2010 Still on Track to be the Hottest Year

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Despite a cooldown in the East Coast recently, 2010 is still on track to be the hottest year on record in terms of global average temperature. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from January to August, the planet's average temperature was 58.5 degrees Fahrenheit (14.7 Celsius), which thus far ties the record in 1998. The heat waves this summer as well as extreme weather have been noted by climate scientists as consistent with global warming. Meanwhile, sea ice and glaciers continue to shrink. The National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado says that Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its minimum extent and follows a 14-year trend of dipping below historic levels. Arctic sea ice covered 1.84 million square miles this month, whereas in August, sea ice covered an average of 2.3 million square miles, or 22 percent below the 1979-2000 average extent. Learn more and take steps today to reduce your climate impact by clicking here.
Friday, 14 January 2011 16:01

2010 Tied for Warmest Year on Record

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Last year tied with 2005 as the warmest year since records began in 1880, with global combined land and water surface temperatures 1.12°F above the 20th century average. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their data this week, which was corroborated soon after by NASA's Goddard Institute report that came to the same conclusion. The northern hemisphere broke records as the warmest year on record above the 20th century average, while the southern hemisphere experienced less extreme warming with 2010 ranking as the sixth warmest year. Furthermore, 2010 saw a dramatic shift in the El Ni�o�Southern Oscillation, which influences temperature and precipitation patterns around the world. Click here or the map below to see the interesting graphic NOAA put together on significant climate anomalies in 2010, including the worst heat wave to hit Russia in 130 years and the most devastating monsoon floods to hit Pakistan since 1929.

This marks the 34th consecutive year that global temperature has been above the 20th century average, further punctuating the urgency for international action again global warming. Unfortunately, the global community has thus far been passive in taking the necessary steps, as evidenced by the most recent UN climate summit in Cancun where bold plans where outlined and then left to flounder. UN climate representatives walked away from Cancun without creating a system to enforce the plan, track the dollars or measure the progress. Thus it will continue to fall primarily on non-governmental actors, including individuals and businesses, to fight climate change.