The Footprint Blog

This vs. That: Is it better to watch the Olympics with friends?

The environmental impact isn’t always our first thought when we plan our daily activities. That’s why we’re introducing a new series of infographics, “This vs. That: Which has the smallest carbon footprint?” We’ll take a look at the different ways everyday activities impact our carbon emissions—even things like watching the Olympics. At TerraPass, the Winter Olympics means many tired employees… read more →

Disposal tips for e-waste

Disposal tips for e-waste
This post originally appeared on the JustGreen Community website. It hides in your closet. It’s old and dusty. It nearly caught fire and then completely broke the night your big report was due. It haunts you, yet you can’t get rid of it. It’s your broken printer. What to do with it? Along with two old flip phones, a second-generation… read more →

Energy efficient ways to stay warm when it is downright freezing

Energy efficient ways to stay warm when it is downright freezing
This post originally appeared on the JustGreen Community website. The polar vortex has caused near-record low temperatures across North America and had many of us muttering between frozen breaths, “climate change go home!” There are countless things we can do to help slow the effects of climate change, but what can we do right now to help stop the sh-sh-shivering without… read more →

Fun facts about wind farms

Fun facts about wind farms
This post originally appeared on the JustGreen Community website. If you’ve ever taken a drive through America’s heartland, you’ve probably noticed a wind farm or two. And it’s no surprise – wind power is the fastest-growing source of electricity in the world, not to mention that it’s an incredibly clean and inexpensive method of harnessing energy. Learn more about wind technology… read more →

What is the carbon footprint of a meal?

Chris Ying and Peter Freed: "Knowing Is Half the Battle" from MAD on Vimeo. The food industry accounts for thirty percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, yet we still don’t seem to hear enough about the ways restaurants figure into the problem. For MAD3, Lucky Peach editor-in-chief Chris Ying and carbon emissions specialist Peter Freed embarked on a project to… read more →

Reduce your ecological footprint and your demand on the planet

Reduce your ecological footprint and your demand on the planet
This post originally appeared on the JustGreen Community website. Your carbon footprint.  When we think “carbon footprint,” we generally fast-forward to: walk vs. drive, reusable cloth grocery bags vs. plastic bags, recycling and purchasing carbon offsets, carpooling, etc.  Reducing ones carbon footprint has become a constant concern for many. But there’s another “footprint” we don’t often think about that’s just… read more →

Deck the halls

Deck the halls
10 Holiday Tips to help lower your CO2 Output Tip #1: Reuse Gift Bags, Gift Wrap and Tissue Paper. It is estimated that 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are generated during the holiday season. Instead of throwing them away, fold them nicely and store them for future use. If you need gift wrap try using old… read more →

Do energy-efficient electronics reduce energy use, really?

Do energy-efficient electronics reduce energy use, really?
By Erin Craig A colleague lamented recently that while she’s working hard to make her company’s data centers more energy efficient, the people who drive energy consumption within the company seem to be less inclined. This surprised me because at a company as large and respected as hers (they're on the S&P 500), I thought the energy managers would be… read more →

Eco Friendly Packaging

Eco Friendly Packaging
This post originally appeared on the JustGreen Community website. Eco-friendly gifts for family and friends are a great way to introduce them to your new, eco-conscious, earth-loving lifestyle. You may have a clever idea or two about what to give this year, but have you thought about the packaging materials for your mailers? Don’t ruin your eco-friendly gifts with wasteful… read more →

Sustainable energy plan: What & why

by Erin Craig Why do you need a sustainable energy plan? Creating a Sustainable Energy Plan is a simple, systematic way to examine, refine, and act on one of the most important aspects of a sustainable business. A plan lets you see where you are, decide what immediate positive changes your company can make, and create long-term practical and actionable… read more →
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