The Footprint Blog

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 →

Zero waste is not zero waste emissions

Even if we divert or eliminate all new waste, landfills will emit greenhouse gas for decades. By Mark Mondik According to the EPA, U.S. landfills emit about 100 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent (or about 21 million cars) of greenhouse gas annually[1]. Thus it’s no surprise that measuring corporate waste emissions is the hottest thing to hit carbon accounting since… read more →

Is it better for the environment to eat at home? TerraPass and Lucky Peach collaborate

Copenhagen, Denmark / San Francisco, CA, September 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ - This year, at René Redzepi’s MAD Symposium, TerraPass and Lucky Peach magazine presented an eye-opening analysis of the carbon footprint of a meal. The MAD Symposium is an annual gathering of the most cutting edge chefs and thinkers in the food industry. This year’s theme centered on courage, urgency… read more →

Tackling Carbon Pollution from Sports Fans

By Nancy Bsales & Kathryn Sarkis Over the last 10 years the sports industry has started to achieve meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emission by implementing programs to improve their environmental footprints. Nevertheless, sporting events continue to have a big carbon footprint. According to the NRDC, in 2011 Major League Baseball’s 73 million fans went to 2,430 regular season games. Team… read more →

Failing landfill projects increase U.S. GHG emissions

Apathy toward U.S. landfill gas capture projects means that more methane is being released into the atmosphere. By Mark Mondik For more than five years, proceeds from the sale of carbon offsets have played a vital role in helping fund the implementation and operation of gas collection and control systems (GCCS) at small to mid-size landfills in the U.S.  In… read more →
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