Posts by: tom

Creating a standard for carbon offset vendors

Nerd alert: This post is a boring commentary on standards for carbon offset regimes. We are not responsible for drool on reader's keyboard or that special mark the trackball, "g" and "h" letters make on your forehead. We have long looked forward to the creation of an industry standard to set guidelines for the service that TerraPass provides. We think… read more →

Energy Independence and Climate Change are strange bedfellows indeed

Many citizens assume that the policy movements on “energy independence" and “climate change" have a certain symbiosis of aligning interests. As an exploration into recent policy initiatives demonstrates, this harmony is not necessarily the case. In fact, it looks as though that climate is taking a back seat to the call of “energy independence". The latest exhibit is an bold… read more →

Looking ahead to 2007

A few weeks ago we looked back at 2006. Today we look ahead to 2007 and what the TerraPass community can achieve. Predictions are a mug's game, so I'll keep this short and to the point: We plan to reach 100,000 members, and we hope to do so well before the year is out. That's about 3 times the number… read more →

Is Kyoto about more than refrigerants in China?

In the midst of shipping a few thousand TerraPasses during the holidays, we had a wonderful read of Keith Bradsher's New York Times article on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a feature of the Kyoto Protocol that allows polluters to fund emissions reduction projects in the developing world. Bradsher paints a troubling picture of some of these projects as obscenely… read more →

A thought experiment for Starbucks

On a recent trip to London, I was surprised to see Starbucks serving in-house drinks in nice washable mugs. In the U.S., all beverages are served in paper cups, even if they are for consumption in the store. Starbucks has made good progress reducing the impact of its billion paper cups, but many commentators and studies show ceramic mugs, especially… read more →

Utility computing meets the utilties

I am currently attending the Corporate Climate Response conference in NYC (carbon-balanced flying courtesy of Expedia). The following is a recap of a panel discussion on implementation strategies for corporate climate initiatives. The T2000 server lines up for climate change fighting duty How much do you pay for computing? For most of our lives, this has been an issue settled… read more →

Wal-Mart: “We see ourselves as an aggregator of carbon”

I am currently attending the Corporate Climate Response conference in NYC (carbon-balanced flying courtesy of Expedia). The following is a recap of a talk by Jim Stanway, Wal-Mart's Director of Project Development and leader of Wal-Mart's Global Greenhouse Gas Strategy team. Your partner in lowering carbon? Against the backdrop of a humorous mockup of a Wal-Mart price notice announcing "rolling… read more →

Change the world in just 600 pages

One of our daily reads is WorldChanging.com. I spent Monday in an IFTF future planning session with WorldChanging co-founder Jamais Cascio, and was reminded what a broad and optimistic group of thinkers make up that very virtual team. And I was also reminded that they have a new book out. We rely on the WorldChanging site for our daily of… read more →

Who will build the electric car — start-ups or big firms?

Phoenix Motorcars' 1937 Cabriolet Reproduction (CARB certified) While Hollywood focuses on the murder of the electric car, businesses continue to circle the opportunity. Mitsubishi is the latest, announcing last week that they are bringing their electric vehicle to the States (previously just destined for Japan). They join quite a few startups including Tesla and Phoenix Motorcars, as well as plug-in… read more →
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