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TerraPass on EDF’s

  • September 10, 2008
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We're pleased to announce that TerraPass is featured on, a new initiative from Environmental Defense Fund to highlight quality in the voluntary carbon offset market. EDF has been a longtime champion of using innovative market-based mechanisms to bring about greenhouse gas reductions in a cost-effective manner. And TerraPass has long shared EDF's philosophy toward identifying great projects: an emphasis… read more →

Car-free adventuring

I've recently been inspired by the new blog Post-Car Adventuring, which details great trips you can take in the Bay Area with just a bike, some patience and an accurate watch. I've been itching for the chance to do a mini bike tour. A friend's visit led to an impromptu day off work and a car-free adventure to Santa Cruz,… read more →

New Projects: two more Wisconsin Dairies

  • August 1, 2008
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Digesters like Holsum Elm's are a part of a broader environmental management program. The TerraPass project team is excited to bring you two more projects for public comment. Both are dairy digesters in the state of Wisconsin. Holsum Elm Dairy is a relatively new dairy and sister dairy to Holsum Irish, a TerraPass project since 2006. Like Holsum Irish, Holsum… read more →

A blender that runs on milk and bananas

All products in the TerraPass store get tested by our staff. I was lucky enough to grab the Vortex hand crank blender as soon as it hit our shelves. I'll be honest. Before my review, I had low expectations. After testing, I was pleasantly surprised to find a well-made and intelligently designed hand-cranked blender that does a great job, and… read more →

TerraPass customers ditch their cars

  • July 19, 2008
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Since starting TerraPass, the most frequent question from budding social entrepreneurs has been some variant of "Won't your success damage your business?" That is, won't the need for TerraPass diminish as the world lowers its carbon footprint? Well, I am pleased to say that, yes, we're starting to see the impact. In a recent survey of our customers, we found… read more →

New Project: LP Gill Landfill gas-to-energy Project

  • July 18, 2008
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The TerraPass project team is excited to bring you yet another project for public comment. The L.P. Gill Landfill project is a beneficial use project that captures methane gas from the L.P. Gill Landfill and pipes it to a nearby ethanol plant. The project reduces the amount of methane that would have been released from a rural landfill serving a… read more →

TerraPass members reach 1 billion pounds offset

  • July 15, 2008
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I'm happy to announce that TerraPass members have balanced out a total of 1 billion pounds of CO2 emissions! As of June 30, we're now recording total purchases of just over the 1,000,000,000-pound mark. This includes purchases made directly on the TerraPass web site, as well as purchases made through partnerships with Expedia, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sam's Club, and our newest… read more →

Free GPS

An unexpected benefit of high energy prices? That GPS for your car could be free. Consider the case of my Dad, a daily car commuter (with a TerraPass of course -- thanks, Pops!). He installed the Garmin Nuvi 760 for Father's Day (retail $385) and immediately found the "shortest route" feature. The result? Two miles shaved off his commute. Turns… read more →

Summer studies for the class of 2020

With both the energy and climate crisis looming, it's clear that the type of engineering work done by the time today's 10-year-old graduates college in 2020 will be different. Hopefully, talented young minds can solve both problems, especially if they're encouraged from an early age. That's the motivation of two new kits from Thames & Kosmos (see our previous review… read more →

Dairy industry rallies for sustainability

Got sustainability? Four years ago, when we started TerraPass, I never would have predicted that I'd someday be participating in a three-day sustainability initiative organized by the dairy industry. Especially one attended by Wal-Mart execs. But I'm please to report that the conference was a big success, sparking lots of interesting conversations about ways to green the supply chain of… read more →
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