The Footprint Blog

It’s official: our first coal mine methane project

  • April 5, 2011
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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 →

Vote for TerraPass in TreeHugger Best of Green contest!

  • March 22, 2011
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We're proud to have been nominated by TreeHugger for a Best of Green award in the Travel and Nature category. This year TreeHugger is allowing readers to vote for their favorites. Please help us out with a few quick clicks! **First, head over to TreeHugger and vote for TerraPass as best carbon offset provider!** **Next, if you're a Twitter user,… read more →

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 →
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