Posts by: kathryn

Zero waste is not zero waste emissions

Even if we divert or eliminate all new waste, landfills will emit greenhouse gas for decades. By Mark Mondik According to the EPA, U.S. landfills emit about 100 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent (or about 21 million cars) of greenhouse gas annually[1]. Thus it’s no surprise that measuring corporate waste emissions is the hottest thing to hit carbon accounting since… read more →

Is it better for the environment to eat at home? TerraPass and Lucky Peach collaborate

Copenhagen, Denmark / San Francisco, CA, September 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ - This year, at René Redzepi’s MAD Symposium, TerraPass and Lucky Peach magazine presented an eye-opening analysis of the carbon footprint of a meal. The MAD Symposium is an annual gathering of the most cutting edge chefs and thinkers in the food industry. This year’s theme centered on courage, urgency… read more →

Tackling Carbon Pollution from Sports Fans

By Nancy Bsales & Kathryn Sarkis Over the last 10 years the sports industry has started to achieve meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emission by implementing programs to improve their environmental footprints. Nevertheless, sporting events continue to have a big carbon footprint. According to the NRDC, in 2011 Major League Baseball’s 73 million fans went to 2,430 regular season games. Team… read more →

Failing landfill projects increase U.S. GHG emissions

Apathy toward U.S. landfill gas capture projects means that more methane is being released into the atmosphere. By Mark Mondik For more than five years, proceeds from the sale of carbon offsets have played a vital role in helping fund the implementation and operation of gas collection and control systems (GCCS) at small to mid-size landfills in the U.S.  In… read more →

Running out of rooftop?

Site your next solar project on a virtual rooftop instead. By Erin Craig Rooftop solar projects are absolutely fabulous.   Both the facilities manager and the sustainability manager have cause to celebrate, with reduced electricity costs and reduced emissions.  And unlike energy efficiency projects, which perhaps unfairly convey the notion that the company was heretofore wasting energy, rooftop solar panels present an uncomplicated,… read more →

Meeting mythbusters: The cost of carbon accountability

TerraPass is happy to welcome guest blogger Shawna McKinley to The Footprint to share her extensive knowledge of the events industry. A recent column claiming tech conferences are destroying the world is the inspiration for today’s Monday Meeting Mythbusters. While many a commenter has weighed in on everything from the science of climate change to the value of face to face meetings, I’m… read more →

Carbon Offsets Take New Flight

By Mark Mondik The transportation sector and its customers keep returning to offset projects in the absence of other near-term solutions. Recently, Tony Tyler, the head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said a global carbon offsetting system was the way to tackle the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. He is not alone when it comes to addressing transportation emissions. … read more →

Comment period extended: Sunny Knoll Farms

Due to a technical glitch information on Sunny Knoll Farms was unavailable so we are extending the comment period until July 1, 2013 Sunny Knoll Farms is a large dairy farm in Perry, New York, a town known for its high concentration of dairy farms (with four or five in the area). Sunny Knoll participates in both with the Cornell… read more →

The Five R’s of Event Sustainability

The following tips are provided by TerraPass partner Meet Green, which helps organizations improve their events by integrating sustainable decisions through the planning process. Re-think: When was the last time you stood back and took a hard look at your event model? Rethinking is about taking stock of your event, the format you use and how participant needs are evolving. Could… read more →
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