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Three little questions

Dazzled by all the electric vehicle chatter on blogs and in the mainstream media, a few of us wandered down to Justin Herman Square in San Francisco to see what was billed by organizers as “the first all-electric car show to demonstrate the new technologies on the market.” The show featured only a plug-in Prius, a Volt, a couple Leafs,… read more →

Hottest decade ever. Best decade ever.

Last decade was the hottest on record. It was also arguably the best decade ever from humankind's standpoint. There's a clear tension here, but in my last post I uncritically accepted the proposition that the long-term future outlook for the world is generally positive, even if we are setting ourselves up for unnecessary misery from unchecked climate change. In this… read more →

New project enters comment period: Cambria 33

  • March 7, 2011
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The next project up for public comment is the Cambria 33 abandoned coal mine methane capture project. This project is the first VCS project of its kind, and makes creative use of methane that would otherwise have leaked directly into the atmosphere from an abandoned mine. The project is located near Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. The official comment period for this project… read more →

The future is now

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-e) is a new branch of the US Department of Energy designed to fund and support early stage, potentially transformational energy technologies. The Agency was funded by the stimulus bill in 2009 and this week it’s showing off its successes at an Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC. If you're an energy geek,… read more →

The end is nigh?

Against the backdrop of the failure of comprehensive climate change legislation and the ongoing attacks against environmental protections already in place, now feels like an appropriate time to turn to a more basic question: are we doomed? A lot is riding on the answer, so it's no surprise that both scientists and economists have put quite a bit of effort… read more →

Park, Circa 2011

Though most days I bike to the TerraPass office in downtown San Francisco, a mostly flat ride of a little under 30 minutes, there are days that I need to go by car. Usually these days involve either dropping off or picking up my kids on one or both ends of my day, in places where public transportation just isn’t… read more →

Greener loving just got a whole lot easier

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by planning a romantic event that you, your loved one, *and* the planet can enjoy. **Skip the weekend getaway** Save money and reduce fuel consumption by planning a "stay-cation." Visit that museum or new (sustainable) restaurant you've been wanting to try, or plan a romantic night… read more →

Smarten up, people

Though it’s been brewing for a while, there was still something surprising about this recent article in the New York Times walking through the complaints mounting against California utility PG&E’s smart meter program. When reports broke during initial deployment that some meters were recording inaccurately, it was hard not to sympathize with both the consumers forced to appeal to PG&E… read more →

Project spotlight: Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy

I suspect most of us spent this past Sunday participating, albeit virtually, in that annual American ritual otherwise known as the Super Bowl. With the newly crowned Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers back at home in Wisconsin, it’s a good time to revisit the second-most important fact about Green Bay: it’s a mere 25 miles from Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy,… read more →

Love from TerraPass

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Hey Footprint readers! Look out for a special Valentine’s Day email coming your way next Monday. We’ve got a few surprises that we think you’ll be excited about. Stay tuned! read more →
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