New partnership aims to reverse deforestation and global warming

One of California's giant coastal redwoods that's been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas

One of California’s giant coastal redwoods that’s been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas

On May 28th, two powerful entities came together to take on two serious climate-related issues and make a positive impact on our children’s future.

Planetary Emissions Management, Inc. and non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive announced a partnership that will integrate innovative forest carbon measurement with environmental financial products along with the genetics of the largest trees on the planet.

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Monsanto named “Best Corporate Citizen”. Who’s voting and for how much?

Monsanto graphicFor the 5th year in a row, CR Magazine, whose focus is on corporate responsibility, has named Monsanto to its “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for its corporate responsibility performance.

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EPA reveals top 10 U.S. cities with most green buildings

Photo courtesy of Energy Star

Photo courtesy of Energy Star

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in most cities, commercial buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions.

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Ford to launch solar powered car at CES

Ford's newest concept car is solar powered - a big step forward in the industry

Ford’s newest concept car is solar powered – a big step forward in the industry

The idea of using solar power for energy is gaining traction in a wide variety of industries. The auto industry may have been a bit slow to the party but it seems that at least one brand has its eye on the future.

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Curbside Food Waste Collection – A Growing Trend

Composting food waste scraps can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Composting food waste scraps can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Almost half of the nearly 250 million tons of garbage that winds up in landfills in the U.S. each year could be composted. An average single-family household throws away about 45 pounds of food scraps and food-soiled paper every month—around 25% of total trashed materials! Sierra Club Green Home explores a growing trend that creates a viable alternative to this: curbside food waste collection.

Already over 160 communities in 16 states have implemented curbside food waste collection programs. For more on this growing trend and the important environmental impact that it has, see http://bit.ly/Xy0gS1.

This is the first of a short series on the importance and impact of composting. Come back soon for Part 2.

Removing Snow is fast and fun with Snow Bully

The Snow Bully is the greener human-powered snow removal choice

The Snow Bully is the greener human-powered snow removal choice

Winter’s finally here with a vengeance. Being prepared for what’s yet to come is key. A relatively new device called the Snow Bully is a great defensive tool for easy snow removal.

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Levi’s new Waste:Less jeans incorporate recycled plastic bottles

Well-known jeans maker Levi Strauss has been living up to its promises about becoming a more sustainable company.

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“Urban Future” – where urban mobility isn’t a straight line

Urban Future sees cars and pedestrians safely sharing the same road

While the lines between science and science fiction are constantly being blurred, those between sidewalks and urban streets haven’t been.  At this year’s Design Miami/ international design show, one display showed this too is an idea that’s about to change.

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Alcoa receives coveted “Cradle to Cradle” certification

Alcoa Inc.,  leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina since its founding in 1888, has earned the silver Cradle To Cradle Certification for its primary aluminum.

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Senate fails to take on climate change legislation

Party lines seem more important to US Senators than climate change

In what can only be seen as a major failure on the part of our country’s top politicians to put the welfare of their constituents ahead of their own interests, the U.S. Senate has allowed a majority of its members to block that august body from taking up a comprehensive  clean energy and climate change bill.

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