Apr 17

Little Green Lies in a Nutshell

From the book:

There are twelve propositions addressed in the twelve chapters of this book. Although each proposition is considered in a separate chapter, many of them are interrelated. In the list of the propositions that follows, a short outline of each ‘little green lie’ is set out along with a brief exposition of the counter-proposition that will be advanced in this volume.

Proposition 1: ‘Peak Oil’ has been reached.
The annual production of oil, while rising over the last century, is about to fall because of growing scarcity.

Apr 16

To the U.S. Forest Service: Sustaining everything sustains nothing

By Holly Fretwell

“Sustainable” is the environmental buzzword of the decade. The word is typically coupled with environmental resources regarding their maintenance, stewardship and long-term use. But what does it really mean?
Perhaps in an effort to sustain itself and ensure its own longevity, the U.S. Forest Service published a new land management planning rule in the Federal Register on April 9.

Apr 16

Little Green Lies: Twelve Environmental Myths

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By Jeff Bennett
The natural environment matters a lot to many people. Their views on issues such as recycling, population control, economic growth and renewable energy are often held strongly and emotionally. But some of these views are best described as ‘little green lies’. Sometimes people bend the truth because they believe they are protecting others from the harm caused by environmental decay.

Apr 12

A legal chasm on reservations

By Terry Anderson
Imagine standing on a glass walkway jutting 70 feet out from the rim of the Grand Canyon with the Colorado River 4,000 feet below. Although the “pucker factor” is high, 1.8 million visitors have paid $25 to take in this view since it opened in 2007.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk was built by Las Vegas developer David Jin on Haulapai Indian land in the hope it would provide jobs and college scholarships for tribal members.

Apr 12

The Political Economy of Environmental Collapse

Madren Conference Center
Clemson University
Clemson
South Carolina
April 12-15, 2012
Directed by Rob Fleck and Andy Hanssen
Agenda
Participants
Papers
Introduction
The objective of the conference is to examine whether (and why or why not) environmental change causes societies to collapse, as famously hypothesized by Jared Diamond, and how that depends (if so) on the institutional structure in place – a factor Diamond does not consider.

Apr 11

Silent Spring at 50:

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By Roger Meiners and
Andrew Morriss
Fifty years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the book’s legacy is mixed. It helped raise awareness about the costs of mass spraying operations, but it also provided justification for campaigns against the use of DDT in malaria control programs, which contributed to the deaths of millions in Africa and Asia.
Earlier in her writing career, she was a well respected nature writer, but in Silent Spring, she shifted to advocating positions linked to a darker tradition in American environmental thinking: neo-Malthusian population control and anti-technology efforts.

Apr 10

Earth Day 1970 revisited

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By Bruce Yandle

As we approach Earth Day 2012, I offer a sobering proposition: The blueprints of our major air and water pollution control statutes were flawed at birth. Designed for a smokestack economy that no longer exists, the statutes focus on inputs, not outcomes. They are based on technology standards that limit flexibility, discourage innovation, and are costly to adapt.

Apr 01

Climate Action Offsetter: TerraPass Your Gas at Mom’s Organic Market

written by TerraPass MOM’s Organic Market is an innovative and progressive green business at its core, and it came as no surprise when they wanted to team-up with us to take it one step further by offsetting the emissions created by their customers’ shopping trips with their “TerraPass Your Gas” initiative. MOM’s, a homegrown organic […]

Mar 31

Climate Action Offsetter: TerraPass Your Gas at Mom’s Organic Market

TerraPass Your Gas

written by TerraPass

MOM’s Organic Market is an innovative and progressive green business at its core, and it came as no surprise when they wanted to team-up with us to take it one step further by offsetting the emissions created by their customers’ shopping trips with their “TerraPass Your Gas” initiative.

MOM’s, a homegrown organic grocer in the DC/Baltimore region, started collecting their customers’ zip codes in late 2011 to determine the average distance the customer travelled for each shopping trip. On behalf of their customers, MOM’s now purchases carbon offsets from TerraPass projects in direct proportion to the emissions from its customers’ shopping trips. MOM’s estimates it will be able to offset over 6,000 tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent of eliminating the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 1,067 passenger vehicles.

To make things even more local TerraPass included CRTs in MOM’s region. Their portfolio to offset the “TerraPass Your Gas” initiative will include a CAR verified landfill gas capture project at either Dorchester County New Beulah Landfill in Dorchester County, Maryland, or Worcester County Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project in Newark, Maryland. Both projects benefit climate change strategies by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases (methane) that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. Both projects have various environmental benefits such as improvement in air quality, and significantly reducing the carbon footprint in the areas where the projects are located, and where MOM’s customers live and work.

MOM’s mission is to protect and restore the environment. It has launched several other campaigns, including “Plastic Surgery”, which eliminated all bottled water and replaced unnecessary plastic waste (plastic produce bags) with packaging made from biodegradable materials, “Stop the Trash”, an effort to increase landfill diversion (they achieved an 85% recycling rate), and “Think Outside the Bag”, eliminating plastic bags since November 2005

And the campaigns are just a few highlights. MOM’s is the consummate example of an environmentally-run business which walks the walk. Their practices include sourcing local and organic whenever possible; selling only sustainable seafood; supporting renewable energy; composting; providing Green Benefits for employees, and much more.
Moms Market

Mar 30

2012 Enviropreneur Institute

Agenda Readings Faculty Participants

PERC’s 12th Enviropreneur Institute begins June 24, 2012. From among the many qualified applicants, 16 participants have been selected.

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