Top 10 Most and Least Expensive Places for Driving?

With the price of gas up and car-dependant sprawl the development norm for most people it’s interesting to see an analysis of exactly how much the average household shells out per year in gasoline costs. According to Sperling’s Most and Least Expensive Places for Driving list, Atlanta tops the list with a whoping annual gas … Continued

Net Impact Releases Business as UNusual Guide

Net Impact has just released their first guide to MBA programs that focuses on environmental and social aspects of business education. The guide details 39 leading MBA programs, including student responses to surveys, curriculum information, inside perspectives on faculty and alumni networking, as well as broad data aggregated from all the schools in the study. … Continued

Chopsticks Price Hike Changes Disposable Habits of Japan

In a remarkable bid to preserve what’s left of Chinese forests, the government has begun raising the price of chopsticks. It started with a 5% tax locally, and evidentally has resulted in 30% higher prices for disposable chopsticks in Japan. Though such abrupt changes may cause momentary disruption, Japan, who import almost 100% of their … Continued

Terrapass Teams up with Expedia

Since I don’t own a car, my princiipal contribution to transport derived carbon emissions is flying. Until now, it’s been rather difficult to find a way to offset those emissions by buying credits. Terrapass has just announced a partnership with Expedia offering flyers the same sort of credits that they sell to drivers. There’s a … Continued

Carnival of the Green for Your Monday

It’s that time again – Monday. Head on over to “the disillusioned kid” for this week’s carnival of the green. It’s a little more political that usual, but who’s afraid of stirring things up a bit?

All´s well that ends well.

Reading about World Water Week in Stockholm, I remembered one of my all-time favorite Treehugger articles: Ryan’s Well – It’s Not Who You Are, it’s What You Do. When 6 year-old, Canadian born, Ryan Hreljac found out that in other parts of the world people were dying for lack of clean water, he thought that … Continued

New Wave Thinking- World Water Week in Stockholm

Last week the International Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) celebrated World Water Week. With the big-picture, multi-disciplinary approach that the Swedes take to almost everything, the city became a showcase for the proposition that problems as diverse as poverty, hunger, illiteracy, environmental degradation and gender inequality can be addressed through water and sanitation projects. More … Continued

Norway Helping Other Oil-Rich Nations Overcome Corruption

IPS News reports, via WBCSD, on ways that Norway manages to distributed its oil wealth that are now being passed on to other oil-rich states with legacies of corruption and injustice. But it’s not as simple as simply bestowing money on governmental agencies that supposedly invest it for the good of a country’s people – … Continued

Faced With a Declining Water Supply, Ideas Start Rolling

Given our insatiable appetite for fresh water, we’re coming very close to conflict over this resource which is more precious than oil. The Financial Times reports today (via WBCSD)on a variety of ideas that are being used to reduce water consumption from industry. It’s a start – after all efficiency is the first step toward … Continued

“Astroturf” Presents a New and Real Threat

If you think Astroturf is just fake grass that you put on your deck, check out the extensive WikiPedia article on it’s being also a term that describes artificial grassroots campaigns. In a world increasingly interconnected by hard to verify websites, photos, and videos, the ease with which we can assume “that’s real” becomes harder … Continued

Honda May Roll Out Bio-Fabric Interiors

JFS reports today that Honda has developed a plant-based “bio fabric” that can be used to cover car seats and other interior elements. The product is derived mostly from corn and is said to cost 10-15% less to produce in terms of energy with even more significant reductions in CO2 emissions as the plants it … Continued

Editorial Monday – Hetch Hetchy Restoration An Example of Pushing Too Far

The massive Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which provides almost 100% of San Francsico’s water and a fair amount of hydroelectric power would never be built today. For one thing, it’s actually inside Yosemite National Park. For another thing, its construction submerged one of the most beautiful and pristine valleys in the world. But in 1913, despite … Continued

Friday Green Cities Roundup

Warren Kalenzig from SustainLane has a nice little piece on his personal site about various “green city” planning techniques which is well worth reading. It’s mostly focused on heat and energy issues. His post got me thinking – part of the problem with cities today is that people are not aware of the zillions of … Continued