The Footprint Blog

Green your holidays!

The holiday season is the time to visit family and friends, eat our favorite seasonal dishes, and decorate our homes with festive decor. The inevitable downside of the season is of course the slightly larger carbon footprint we all produce as we indulge (er, celebrate). Here are some tips we liked - feel free to share yours! **Use LED holiday… read more →

Orbital satellite includes tiny digester

To follow up on what must be the most exciting topic to grace these electronic pages, the final frontier of anaerobic digesters is, of course, space. Only slightly different from the technology that powers all of our dairy projects, a new experiment by Florida Institute of Technology researchers will test whether a particular strain of bacteria that can convert human… read more →

Offshore wind getting some backbone

Google and a renewable electricity investment company are investing in an offshore, 350-mile long high-voltage transmission line off the coast of New Jersey, with spurs making landfall in Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and just outside of New York City. Each company is in it for about $200 million, which is about 75% of the total investment. New transmission lines aren't… read more →

New Project: Hancock County landfill

Hancock County landfill in Findlay, Ohio has contracted with Granger Energy Services to collect and destroy gas coming off decomposing waste at the landfill. There is currently a flare burning off the methane gas - with 21 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide - but Granger plans on installing a generator on site that will use the gas productively… read more →

No on 23, and No on 26 too!

Last week I decided to get political with a post explaining how anyone in California who cares about fighting climate change needs to vote No on Proposition 23, and hoping that anyone outside of California who cares about fighting climate change would tell their Californian friends to vote No on Proposition 23. This week I could write almost the same… read more →

FTC’s Green Guides updated

  • October 12, 2010
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The Federal Trade Commission recently released(pdf) their highly anticipated revisions to the Green Guides, the set of rules regulating how environmental benefits are marketed to consumers. Although it’s great that the Commission revised, updated, and strengthened their marketing recommendations for a host of products, their consumer perception study and resulting rules recommendations for carbon offsets was something of a let… read more →

No on Proposition 23

It’s been fascinating to watch the way the national media has picked up on the threat of Proposition 23, on the ballot in California next month. For those not familiar with the proposition, it’s a ballot initiative that proposes to suspend California’s landmark greenhouse gas reduction legislation, AB32, until unemployment in the state hits 5.5% or lower for four consecutive… read more →

Walk Score adds Transit Score

  • September 28, 2010
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The folks at Front Seat - a Seattle company creating software for civic life - have launched three new extensions to their popular Walk Score website: a public transportation score, a commuting function, and a cost calculator that emphasizes the connections between where you live and what it costs to move between home and work. The Transit Score is a… read more →

Your own, personal biodigester

  • September 27, 2010
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The Park Spark Project, brainchild of conceptual artist Matthew Mazzotta and supported by MIT and the City of Cambridge, has created a piece that combines a small methane digester at a dog park with an "eternal flame" lit from the gas coming off decomposing dog poop. I am completely on board with the concept: dog waste, picked up with biodegradable… read more →

Recovery Act creating a new energy economy

It may not be the most popular term to throw around these days, but the $787 billion stimulus package passed in the early days of the Obama administration is still handing out dollars, and has the potential to transform how we use and store energy in this country. Two-thirds of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was devoted to avoiding a… read more →
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