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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 →

Days away from cap and trade regulation

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The “No on 23” campaign might be over, but there’s still (at least) one more hurdle to jump over. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hear -- and perhaps adopt this week -- the Cap and Trade regulation needed to implement AB32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. The draft Regulation is out for public comment, and opponents of greenhouse… read more →

Committed to reducing my impact

I was emailing with a friend the other day, bemoaning the way I've been flying much more than I want to. Lately I've become a fan of the new Skype beta, which allows 3-way video. The service is good enough that I have been able to cut out some air travel, which makes me think that even if they start… read more →

Update on California Propositions 26 and 23

By now most everyone paying attention to climate change knows that Californians rallied to hand Proposition 23 a smashing defeat. As a result, the state’s landmark greenhouse gas control law, AB32, will not be suspended. Many of you may also know that Proposition 26 passed, which isn't such good news from an environmental point of view, as I pointed out… read more →
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