The Footprint Blog

No, we can’t predict the weather

One of my favorite global warming denier talking points is that “you can’t predict the weather!” OK, yes, it’s true: long-term weather forecasting is basically impossible because of sensitive dependence on initial conditions, aka the Butterfly Effect. To summarize the problem, (though you should really read James Gleick’s 1988 masterpiece Chaos: Making a New Science) in the 1950’s, a former… read more →

2012, already?

Though I should have seen it coming, I was still a bit taken aback when the first fundraising appeal hit my inbox last week after President Obama announced (to no one's surprise) that he would be running for re-election in 2012. So soon, I thought? As you may have heard, the President's team will attempt to raise a billion dollars… read more →

Racing for green journalism

I'm running the Boston Marathon on Monday April 18, just a few days before Earth Day on April 22. I've done my training, bought my offsets to balance out the flight to Boston, and decided that it would be fitting to support a good cause with my efforts. Rather than focus on the usual health-related causes, noble though they may… read more →

And the Best of Green award goes to…

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Us! Again! We are thrilled, tickled pink (or green?), and thankful to the editors of TreeHugger for awarding TerraPass the “Best Carbon Offset Provider” again for 2011 (we were also the recipients of this award in 2010). We are humbled by this accolade and are also deeply appreciative of TreeHugger’s emphasis on our organizational transparency. This is something we are… read more →

Do you Love the Earth?

  • April 5, 2011
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There are only 15 days left to join our “Love the Earth” campaign. With every purchase of carbon offsets, TerraPass will contribute an additional 1,000 lbs of offsets from our portfolio of projects. Why are we doing this? Well, besides wanting to show our appreciation to you (and we can’t think of a better way than to increase the impact… read more →

It’s official: our first coal mine methane project

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Last month, we announced a new prospective project for the TerraPass retail portfolio. We received several comments and have published our responses to them here. After reviewing your feedback and deliberating on the merits of this project, we’re excited to announce the inclusion of Cambria 33 into our retail portfolio. Methane from abandoned coal mines represent a significant proportion of… read more →

Driving calculator 2.0

  • April 4, 2011
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We recently added the 2011 model year cars to our carbon footprint calculator, and it now includes all-electric vehicles. As this is a first, this post is dedicated to the calculation details because they aren't as straightforward as a gasoline or diesel car. First, for comparison: a traditional car's footprint is calculated by multiplying the quantity of fuel used in… read more →

Fox News goes “carbon neutral”

Occasionally we see examples of how it should be done - the prototype of a corporate sustainability program that makes good business sense, articulates long-term goals (and sticks with them), and acknowledges the importance of environmental issues for companies across multiple industries. The fact that one such example is News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News and the Wall… read more →

Get your house in order!

You probably already recycle, reduce, reuse, and try to do your part for the planet. With spring almost in full bloom and Earth Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to welcome the season with some spring cleaning greening. **Avoid indoor air pollutants** Household cleaning products and interior decorations (e.g., carpets, wallpaper, paints and stains) are the… read more →

Climate action rebound

Like many discoveries, it was accidental. But it nonetheless confirmed a market trend that we’ve been seeing over the past few months: carbon offsetting is on the rise. It started with a technical glitch in our email renewal system (for which we apologized and are still sincerely sorry). A string of renewal emails erroneously went out to a large segment… read more →
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