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  • New Hampshire Moves Closer to Renewable Energy Standard

    April 9, 7:48 AM by Eric Kane in Economics

    Currently, New Hampshire is the only state in the northeastern United States that has not passed some form of renewable portfolio standards legislation. However, that may change soon. Last week, the New Hampshire House voted decisively in favor of a

  • 'Environmentalism: Biggest Threat to Freedom'

    March 30, 8:03 AM by Eric Kane in Economics

    Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, recently offered a warning that environmentalism and measures to curb climate change are a threat to human freedom. When I read these and other similar statements, my initial thought was to write a scathing assessment of

  • IBM Commits to Greenhouse Gas Reductions

    March 26, 7:48 AM by Eric Kane in Economics

    Last week, IBM announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 7% from 2005 levels by the year 2012. The commitment was made as part of the company’s participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Climate Leaders’ program. To

  • Greener Green — The U.S. One Dollar Coin

    March 15, 10:26 AM by Jenna Watson in Economics

    The Sacagawea dollar coin was introduced in 2000 to replace the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which (being Canadian, I didn't know) was often confused with the quarter because of its color and feel. The newer coin is a golden color with no ribbing along the

  • Bloomberg's Vice: Miami

    March 8, 8:15 AM by Eric Kane in Economics

    As part of an ongoing effort to gather information, New York City’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, will take a sustainability tour of Miami this afternoon. Bloomberg continues to seek ideas as he prepares to unveil his Plan NYC 2030, a blue print for

  • Educating Environmental Leaders

    January 15, 2:33 PM by Eric Kane in Economics

    As American colleges and universities prepare to start the Spring Semester, it is an opportune time to discuss the growing list of academic opportunities that are developing around issues of environmental sustainability. The catalog of available courses

  • Greenwashing Versus Voluntary Pollution Prevention: A Test Of Global Understanding

    January 4, 7:32 AM by John Laumer in Economics

    According to a Regional USEPA Office-issued press release, a Vishay Intertechnology Company site in Columbus, Nebraska USA (pictured) is 'getting the lead out' of its manufacturing process. The lead solder phase out is being done as a

  • Dual Purpose Carrier

    December 28, 8:53 AM by Bonnie Alter in Economics

    It’s Finnish design. It’s ingenious and wacky, and endearing the more you look at it. They call it a "footstool" but we probably wouldn't. In any case, it has a dual purpose; serving as a seat and a bottle carrier for one to three bottles. Made of

  • Origami Sailing

    November 15, 8:33 AM by Bonnie Alter in Economics

    It's a flat-pack, DIY, lightweight and--a sailboat--made using the ancient japanese art of origami. This little dinghy was designed as a prototype by Matteo Signorini when he was a design student; his inspiration was the paper boats that float on

  • Pink Flamingoes Face Extinction

    October 20, 7:27 AM by Bonnie Alter in Economics

    The pink flamingo, the ubiquitous plastic bird whose natural habitat is the front lawns of America, is about to become an endangered species. After 49 years, and twenty million sales, the company that produces them is going out of business. The proud

  • Is Camouflage the New Green?

    September 29, 7:35 AM by Warren McLaren in Economics

    The UK's Times newspaper ran a weekend story on the British Department of Defence (DoD) and their contractors trying to do their bit in going green, beyond painting tanks a particular hue. They covered much of the same ground that we've touched on

  • Grass Banks: Sustainability or Stopgap?

    July 12, 7:00 AM by Rose Fox in Economics

    Today's New York Times introduces us to the concept of grass banks, a brainchild of the Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy offers use of their land for cattle grazing in exchange for ranchers adopting sustainable grazing practices and taking steps to

  • SustainLane Releases 2006 Sustainable City Rankings

    June 2, 7:57 AM by Jeff McIntire in Economics

    SustainaLane released its 2006 sustainability rankings of the US' fifty largest cities, and the results show that a handful of American cities are positioning themselves as models of sustainable urban development. Portland, Oregon took top honors again,

  • Natural Gas Platform Runs on Clean Energy

    April 22, 7:38 PM by Michael Graham Richard in Economics

    We're not sure how to feel about that one. "Royal Dutch Shell has begun pumping natural gas from its wind- and solar-powered Cutter micro-platform, sited on a marginal-production gas field underneath the southern North Sea." So it uses renewable energy -

  • Clear Blue Hawaii - Not Entirely Transparent

    April 19, 6:40 AM by Warren McLaren in Economics

    Damn, and I was getting all excited there for while. Clear Blue Hawaii were going on about polyurethane being perfect for as the skin for the world’s sole transparent foldable kayak, and at 26 lbs (12 kg), the lightest too. Supported by a Carbon Kevlar

  • Reusable Shopping Bag Madness in Australia

    April 17, 3:54 AM by Warren McLaren in Economics

    Our poor long suffering Tips Editor keeps sending me tips about some ‘clever’ Australian reusable shopping bag concept. And I don’t find time to post them. Largely because I feel the whole issue has gone off the rails. Yes, Australia consumes around 7

  • Friend or Foe?

    March 8, 11:19 AM by Collin Dunn in Economics

    There is a good post (and resulting comment discussion) over at WorldChanging about Worldstock, a division of that sells mostly sustainable, artisanal crafts and products from around the globe. In "The Worldstock Story," the CEO has this

  • TH Almost: SternForm's Minimalist 3x5 Shelving System

    February 25, 6:00 AM by Leonora Oppenheim in Economics

    This amazingly minimalist design idea caught our eye on Moco Loco this week. The German designers Sternform have reduced shelving to its simplest form with their 3x5 system specifically for storing files. Using only simple boards between layers of

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