Worldchanging Book Now Available to Order

| Wednesday October 11th, 2006 | 2 Comments

wcpromo.jpgWorldchanging is one of the best blogs out there on environmental matters and is one of my daily reads. Last year, I was honored to have been chosen to be a contributor to their first offline production, a book called “Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century“. If you know anything about the website, your bound to love the book – a coffee table sized tome that just might change the world, whether that sound’s cheesy or not. To hazzard a wild guess, as I haven’t yet seen the book, it’s going to be the perfect reference book for greening the 21st century – from business to architecture, from agriculture to education.
Read more about the book on worldchanging, or pop over to Amazon to grab a discounted advanced copy today!
The worldchanging crew is also embarking on a cross country tour that’s bound to be worth checking out. Check out the whole schedule here.

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Orchard Garden Hotel Proposes to be the First “Green Hotel”

| Tuesday October 10th, 2006 | 0 Comments

theorchardhotel_logo.gifThe Orchard Garden Hotel is new hotel in San Francisco, adjacent to a parent property “The Orchard Hotel”. It claims to be the first “green” hotel in the area, and is indeed LEED certified, tobacco free, toxin free in the laundry and a few other things that are not especially remarkable.
However, one practice that The Orchard Garden introduces to the city and possibly the United States is the “key card energy system”. This is common at virtually every hotel in Europe and is one of the more brilliant ideas around – one whose absense in the United States baffles me, with or without a green concern. It works like this: You use your keycard to enter the hotel room. Then, in order to turn on the lights you have to stick the card in a slot just inside the door. When you leave, removing the key card automatically ensures the lights are out. As a bonus, it’s impossible to lose the card while in the room because you remember exactly where you left it. For that reason alone, this hotel gets major kudos as far as I’m concerned. Take a peek.

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Hunter Lovins at Commonwealth Club in San Francisco October 19th

| Tuesday October 10th, 2006 | 0 Comments

commonwe.jpgIf you’re in San Francisco in October, be sure to drop in to the commonwealth club on the 19th to see Hunter Lovins offer presentation called “The Natural Capitalism Principles: Making the Case for Green Business”. It’ll probably be a great introduction to the concepts of ‘green business’ that you might consider brining a friend to!

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Carnival of the Green #48

| Monday October 9th, 2006 | 0 Comments

cotg.gifDon’t forget to check out this week’s carnival of the green at Enviropundit!

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AskPablo: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

| Monday October 9th, 2006 | 17 Comments

ptauto.jpgThis week on AskPablo we will be looking at various transit modes and their relative ecological impact. I have received a few related questions on this matter so I will try to address them all. Please make sure that you submit questions for the next few weeks. Otherwise I will have to start making stuff up…
Let’s start by looking at a few transit modes. We already covered the “beef-powered cyclist” a few weeks ago so I would revisit the greenhouse gas impact of cycling. According to one source a single-occupant vehicle travelling at highway speeds emits about 0.101 kg of CO2 per passenger-kilometer, or about 1kg (2.2 lbs) per 10km (6.2 miles). We all know that there are many ways to improve this. You could drive a hybrid (But is that really better, given the batteries required? Maybe some other time…), carpool, keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure, keep your car maintained, etc.

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Emeryville Going Solar

| Friday October 6th, 2006 | 0 Comments

Emeryville, California, is a small enclave wedged between Oakland and Berkeley best known for its giant IKEA and even more giant freeway interchange. It’s also one of the more successful and impressive brownfield redevelopments around, with hundreds of forlorn acres having been turned into new offices, loft and retail – a lot of which is pretty strip mall-ish, but still an improvement. At any rate, Emeryville city hall is popping up an impressive solar array that will provide about 30% of its power. Not bad! If you’re in the neighborhood, there’s a dedication on Wednesday the 11th – Emeryville City Hall.

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Great TH Interview with Beth Fetterley of Urban Ecology Center

| Thursday October 5th, 2006 | 1 Comment

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Beth Fetterly is an old freind of mine from Milwaukee who now heads up education at a wonderful organization called the Urban Ecology Center – a place that combines community education with the highest green principals for the benefit of all. The building itself is remarkable and worth learning about, but the educational programs are what really make the center shine. Anyway, Beth can tell you more in a fabulous interview that Dave Chui from TreeHugger conducted. Read the whole thing here.

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Treehugger.com on Martha Stewart

| Thursday October 5th, 2006 | 0 Comments

If you’re like me and don’t on a TV, you don’t need to worry any more, most everything winds up on YouTube sooner or later. In the case of Simran’s appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, you’re in luck. Have a peek!

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Reverse Vending Machines Recycle

| Wednesday October 4th, 2006 | 6 Comments

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It makes perfect sense to recycle drink containers at the same location that they are purchased at. That’s the idea behind a British firm called “Reverse Vending“. The customer can drop off any number of contatiners (plastic or aluminum) and rest easy knowing that they will be properly recycled before making their next purchase. No word on whether or not the deposit earns the buyer a discount.
(Image from springwise, tip thx Jamie)

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Mine Your Own Business, er… Interest

| Wednesday October 4th, 2006 | 28 Comments

miniung.jpgThere has been a spate of strange anti-environmentalist propaganda hitting the internet and cinema lately, see the CEI ads and Al Gore’s Penguin Army for examples. But it seems these strange, highly funded attacks keep coming. Here’s one called “Mine your own business“. It’s a film that roughly claims that environmentalism is an evil force that wants to keep people in poverty, as “happy peasants”. It actually looks pretty funny.
I asked some Presidio students to come up with a response to this and Orion Fulton hit back with a nice piece of satire….

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Simran Sethi Taking Martha Stewart Green this Week

| Monday October 2nd, 2006 | 2 Comments

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Martha Stewart is going green this week and she’s being led by none other than Presidio MBA grad and TreeHuggerTV host, Simran Sethi.
Tune in on Wednesday morning, Octover 4th as Simran represents TreehuggerTV. To find out when and where, go to this website and slap in your zip code (ignore the chevy suburban).
To make things even cooler, Simran’s segment follows Mr T. No idea what he’s up to, but Simran intends to inquire…

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A Little Slice of Florida In This Week’s Carnival of the Green

| Monday October 2nd, 2006 | 0 Comments

cotg.gifThis week’s carnival of the green is a virtual tour through the natural and urban wonders of Miami, courtesy of “Greener Miami”.

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AskPablo: Mercury in Compact Flourescent Bulbs

| Monday October 2nd, 2006 | 20 Comments

cfl_curled.jpgWell, another week is here, another weekend is gone, and it’s time for another installment of AskPablo. I hope that some of you got a chance to see the West Coast Green Conference/Expo. Let me know if you had any suitable AskPablo questions come up. This week we will be looking at another comparison between two alternatives: incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Last year someone raised the point that CFLs contain mercury and asked me to justify his purchase of them. Do you really want the answer? Enter if you dare.

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Say what you mean and mean what you say: Socially Responsible Investment in Europe

| Friday September 29th, 2006 | 0 Comments

As Europeans headed for their long-awaited summer holidays, bankers had good reason to celebrate. The annual return across the board has been exceptionally favorable. For green and ethical fund managers it has been a bumper year. As of June 2005, there were 375 “socially responsible” funds available to investors in Europe, 6 % more than the year before, and this year promises similar growth in funds using ethical, social and environmental criterion for portfolio development.
From the second quarter of 2004 to the same period in 2005, managed “ethical” assets grew 27%, from 19 billion to 24 billion mid term 2005. The U.K. leads the ethical banking community in Europe. 33.2% of the SRI funds offered to the public are registered there. France is considered the strongest growth market based upon the value of assets under management and a 20% growth rate in the number of funds offered for the second consecutive year. Sweden and Italy make up another 10% of the market for SRI products.

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United Airlines Promoting Green Cities

| Thursday September 28th, 2006 | 0 Comments

usl.jpgSay what you will about the problems of aircraft emissions, but I was very pleased to find an excellent article on urban forestry in this month’s Hemispheres Magazine on United Airlines. The article, entitled “Save the Shade” is one of the best “entry level” articles I’ve ever read on the subject of urban trees – running down 6 major benefits that many people on board the flight had probably not considered, from the economic to the psychological. It’s an article worth saving and passing around to people who might not already be the ‘greenest’ folks in your network, and also a great piece to keep on file for your own reference.

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