environmental footprint

New Gum Is Degradable and Easily Removed From Desks and Sidewalks

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Throwing out gum isn’t much better for the environment than swallowing it is for your stomach. That’s because conventional gum doesn’t biodegrade. At all. And Americans chew around 100 million pounds of the stuff every year.

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Ask Pablo: Do Solar Panels Contribute To The Heat Island Effect?

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Dear Pablo: Does installing commercial rooftop solar PV (with the dark-colored PV cells) negate the effect of painting that same roof white to alleviate the “heat island” effect in citi…

Ask Pablo: Do $1 Coins Have A Smaller Footprint Than $1 Bills?

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Dear Pablo: Do $1 Coins have a smaller footprint than $1 bills and what is the environmental impact of the $1 coins that the US Mint is supposedly stockpiling…

The 6th International Green Awards Are Calling for Your Entries

Have you got what it takes to win an International Green Award? These awards have built an increasingly prestigious profile over the last few years with both pioneering names and young innovators being rewarded for their extraordinary work in promoti…

Take Action: Ontario’s Proposed Mega-Quarry Could Contaminate Drinking Water for A Million People

Image: Rabble.ca. Proposed mega-quarry deeper than Niagara Falls

As Lloyd detailed in an earlier post on the enormous ecological footprint of concrete, a US-owned hedge fund is proposing a mega-quarry in Melancthon, about an hour and a half away from …

Ask Pablo: Annual Report Mailed To 50k Employees? What Can My Company Do Better?

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Dear Pablo: Help! My company has 50,000 people in 300 offices around the world and sends out its annual report to each and every one of them! What is the environmental impact of this?

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First Packaging-Free, Zero-Waste Grocery Store In US Coming To Austin, Texas

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It’s gotten harder and harder over the years to avoid excess packaging when shopping for everyday items, but plans are in the works for a store in Austin (also the home of Whole Foods) that will specialize in local and organic…

Ask Pablo: What’s The Impact Of Imported Tropical Fruit?

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Dear Pablo: What is the environmental impact of importing tropical fruit? Should I eat only what is grown in the US?

In our globalized world, products travel halfway around the world all the time. Water is shipped fro…

10 Lessons for Planning an Environmental-Friendly Music Festival

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Big music festivals, such as Bonnaroo, Coachella and Outside Lands have all taken steps to make their events more eco-friendly, but staging such an event is a huge challenge and keeping the ecological footpri…Read t…

Why Peer Pressure is a Mixed Blessing in Going Green

My panels are bigger than your panels… Image credit: CoCreatr, used under Creative Commons license.

When I wrote about residents who turned their entire street into an energy graph, I was interested to note that the project deliberately avoided giv…