The Footprint Blog

Biking to work: From Portland to Paris

Don’t have a bike? Bike sharing programs in major cities are gaining popularity. Get a jump start on your commute before Bike to Work day, May 10. By Lauren Rosenberg               May is National Bike to Work Month, and we’ve been greasing our gears and shining our fenders in preparation for a beautiful month… read more →

A family affair: Go green together

A family affair: Go green together
This post originally appeared on the JustGreen Community website. Has your family experienced one too many nights of brawling over the Monopoly board? Have family movie nights gone as stale as the popcorn? If you’re looking for some fresh ideas on how to spend quality time together as a family, consider making “going green” a family affair! Plan an Eco-Vacation:… read more →

Vampire power finale (for now)

We seem to have an obsession here on combating “vampire power” (or at least writing about it in the past but it looks like we might run out of things to say soon*. *Well... as soon as this gets developed since it’s still only a product in concept. The PumPing Tap is a spring-loaded electrical socket that physically ejects a… read more →

Carbon surcharges arrive on US flights

It's finally here. The first overt economic deterrent aimed at US consumers for their emissions of greenhouse gases has arrived on our shores. Figuratively, at least. This past week, most major US airlines levied a $3 ticket surcharge on all flights to and from European Union (EU) nations after a European court determined that the “EU Aviation Directive” can and… read more →

New project enters comment period: Greenville County Landfill

The next project up for public comment is the Enoree Landfill municipal solid waste Landfill Gas to Energy Project. The Enoree Landfill is a small, municipally-owned solid waste disposal facility in Greer, South Carolina which closed in 2007 after 12 years of use. Due to its small size, the landfill’s closure plan did not require an active gas management system,… read more →

Transit. It’s taxing.

One of the less heralded benefits of the 2009 Recovery Act is a change in pre-tax commuter benefits. As with pre-tax health care and child care plans, commuter benefits allow you to set aside some of your paycheck before it’s taxed, and use that money to pay commute expenses - transit passes and parking. Employers also benefit from commuter benefits… read more →

This year’s holiday checklist

Call me (Mrs.) Scrooge, but the holiday season (that is to say, the commercialization of the holidays) gets me a little bit crankypants because of the way everything is referred to as a “tradition.” Especially when some of these traditions have real environmental impacts. First, you’ve got the tree. For those who are behind the times on the “live vs.… read more →
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