The Footprint Blog

Transit. It’s taxing.

One of the less heralded benefits of the 2009 Recovery Act is a change in pre-tax commuter benefits. As with pre-tax health care and child care plans, commuter benefits allow you to set aside some of your paycheck before it’s taxed, and use that money to pay commute expenses - transit passes and parking. Employers also benefit from commuter benefits… read more →

This year’s holiday checklist

Call me (Mrs.) Scrooge, but the holiday season (that is to say, the commercialization of the holidays) gets me a little bit crankypants because of the way everything is referred to as a “tradition.” Especially when some of these traditions have real environmental impacts. First, you’ve got the tree. For those who are behind the times on the “live vs.… read more →

This land was made for you and me

Before I start, I want to make a quick comment on behalf of the TerraPass Footprint (because we’ve gotten a lot of comments over the past few weeks, and I think there’s a bit of a misunderstanding of what the purpose of this blog is). The following content is MY opinion, and my opinion alone. While this blog is managed… read more →

As the world turns

You can blame ample Facebook procrastination time for this latest discovery of mine (actually, I feel a bit late to the game - according to a quick Google search, this site has been around for at least 4 years now). As you may have heard, world population surpassed the 7 billion mark last month (though this contrasts with other projections,… read more →

MOM’s Organic announces TerraPass Your Gas initiative

If we dare say so, it’s the most brilliant marketing slogan that we didn’t come up with. TerraPass Your Gas through offsets with TerraPass! We are proud to partner with MOM’s Organic Market, a homegrown organic grocer in the DC/Baltimore region. Beginning this week, MOM’s will ask their customers for their zip code info in order to estimate mileage driven… read more →

A tale of two cars

Truism: Cars are expensive. Expensive to buy, expensive to fuel, expensive to maintain. Since we all know this, (hence it being a truism), some data I recently came across caught me by surprise. And made we wonder whether I have been misjudging the actual cost of my driving choices. Here’s the scoop, and I begin with a confession. I own… read more →

The sweetest, greenest spot on the planet

We’ve always thought that San Francisco is a pretty sweet spot to be - it’s biker-friendly, you’re ostracized for using paper cups (oh wait... maybe that’s just within the TerraPass office), and green compost bins are more prevalent than trees (I joke, we have a lot of trees). We weren’t being totally egotistical; others thought so too. And now, the… read more →

A new home energy gadget: the sexy smart thermostat

I’m interested to know what TerraPass Footprint readers have to say about the Nest thermostat that has been consuming the tech blogosphere the last few weeks. Created by the brains fomerly behind the iPod, the $249 device will be able to sense the habits of the household and program itself to function accordingly. You leave the house at 9am? After… read more →

Trick-or-treat! (we prefer treat)

Happy Halloween! TODAY ONLY: we're offering a sweet deal! Get a FREE climate change chocolate bar when you offset your (or your mummy's) car for the year - 12,000 lbs of carbon offsets. Check out more details here, including an even sweeter deal for Prius drivers! For those of you looking to renew your TerraPasses... could you have asked for… read more →
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