The Footprint Blog

What can we expect to hear from President Obama in his State of the Union address?

Climate change was a central topic in Obama’s inauguration speech in January. We hope that this means that more will be done in the fight against climate change, but politicians have failed to live up to their promises before. Can we expect to see the decreased fossil fuel consumption and foreign energy dependence, and a rise in domestic renewable energy… read more →

Support Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority

  Each month in 2013 you will have the opportunity to support a specific project through the purchase of carbon offsets. This month we are excited to feature Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority (GLRA) located in Lebanon, PA.   Why GLRA is a great project: Overall commitment to the environment. In addition to their landfill gas to energy project they have also installed a… read more →

The most surprising emissions source of the year

Weekend driving can still emit tons of carbon (pun intended) By: Lauren Rosenberg TerraPass offsets all emissions generated from all employee travel and commutes to our headquarters in downtown San Francisco each year. Most of us are carbon footprinting geeks, always eager to calculate our personal carbon footprints, from activities like weekend driving, flying, and home energy use, to make… read more →

Many corporations continue to ignore their largest sources of emissions

By Mark Mondik Just before Thanksgiving, I attended VERGE SF, a gathering of the sustainability community in San Francisco.  Overall, the conference was well run, informative, and professionally produced—a success—but I couldn't help feeling that something was missing from the conversation.  Later, I realized what it was: Almost no one was talking about a comprehensive plan to address the bulk… read more →

The carbon footprint of Thanksgiving

By Lauren Rosenberg Thanksgiving is a week away, and we’ve broken down the carbon footprint of a turkey, as well as the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases this holiday season: Thanksgiving-related travel. See how your choices affect your carbon footprint, and learn how to lower your impact. Have more ideas to reduce your carbon footprint this Thanksgiving? Share them with us… read more →

A site visit to the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority

How verification of this landfill gas collection & combustion project works Though created on a continuous basis, carbon offsets are actually delivered in chunks based on the chosen length of a reporting period. These are often one year long, but the Voluntary Carbon Standard allows for longer. In this case, GLRA has a reporting period of a year and a… read more →

Rhyme and Reason: AB32

An update on California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) from our resident poet, Erin Craig. Though it hasn't been fast and people still have their doubts, though lawsuits and protests may yet go a few bouts, The Air Resources Board is pushing forward (steadfast) to limit the State's industrial emissions of gas. The "cap and trade system" is all that… read more →
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