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College Campuses Drive Green Initiatives
EnviroCitizen.org explored initiatives taking place on college campuses to reduce the footprints of these large users of energy and other resources. Here is what we found.
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How Eco-Friendly are your Buys?
In the midst of a green revolution, many companies and industries are guilty of "green washing".
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Greening the College Curriculum by Jonathan Collett
If you’re a professor, "Greening the College Curriculum" by Jonathan Collett is an essential book for any current or aspiring professor.
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EnviroCitizen Celebrates "Clean Up The World"
Here at Envirocitizen.org, we are always looking for new ways to help and be a major part of a community that provides us all with a cleaner, safer, healthier world. And, with it being September 17th, there is no better opportunity for you to help us in our effort. Every year, from September 17th-19th, is “Clean Up the World” weekend. Hopefully you don’t stop after this weekend, though. Here at EnviroCitizen we are constantly trying to make the earth a greener place and exhort you to join us
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Earth Day 2010
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, but it symbolizes much more than that. Earth day is a day where citizens around the world pay global respect to the planet they live on. It is a day to contemplate the environment and our individual and collective impact on it. A day to reflect on the growth of knowledge we now have on the issues of climate change and global warming. And a day to consider new possibilities in our homes and daily activities like energy efficiency, sustainabilit
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The Green Pig Syndrome
One would hope that what I am about to say is mostly fantasy, but I don’t think so. On the heels of a variety of calls from people claiming to be environmentally concerned, I am finding that environmental issues rarely supersede convenience and cost. One remarkable comment came when a person replied to me, “I don’t mind being environmental as long as it doesn’t cost me anything.” Frankly, I was too shocked to respond like I should have. The best response was that irresponsibility is costing
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Ten ways to Greenwash Your Company
Green Misdirection: Ignore the real issue and divert attention to the other things that are better. For example, Fiji bottled water operates out of a LEED silver certified building, though they transport the water more than 5000 to the US, put it in plastic bottles, and ship it again throughout the country.
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The Future of Greenwashed Companies
The public fraud of unaudited and purposely misleading Green certification will certainly run ashore in the near future. Some enterprising investigative reporter will start turning over rocks and exposing the hidden truths that the creature beneath will not enjoy. The only question that will arise after the explosion of truth in the news media will be how quickly the programmer can get that badge of shame off the website.
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Governmental Guidance For Green Business
The problem of establishing a credential is the lack of information on the subject. The EPA has the DfE project that helps sectors improve their products or services. After more than a decade of public angst over the environmental issues, there has been little offered as a governmental solution. In the fall of 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, which was one of the best outlines for the Green and sustainable businesses. This order was only applicable to governmental agenc
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Environmental Awareness on Earth Day and Beyond
Earth day is rapidly approaching and as our planet ages its need for rejuvenation becomes more apparent. This is the perfect time to renew our vows with recycling, reclaiming, conservation, and utilization of energy-efficient tools. To reacquaint yourself with this terminology go to Envirocitizen.org and browse the glossary of eco-friendly terms section. When combined, these tools have an astounding impact. The current environmental crises, for which we are largely responsible, are taking their
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Green Investing: Eco-friendly Investment Choices
At EnviroCitizen.org we support and encourage green investing. We can’t assure that investing in companies that are leading the way to a more energy efficient, sustainable planet will pay off any better than investing in any other companies or in general market indexes like the S&P 500. However, companies working to modernize the woefully inadequate power grid, as well as companies designing and providing renewable, sustainable energy sources will probably be decent bets. With the U.S. an
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What Computer Companies are Doing to be More Eco-Friendly
  Computers have become an indispensable aspect of modern American culture, as well as the global culture. If you're reading this online, it means that you either own a computer or have access to one. Billions of computers are being used right at this moment and millions more are being manufactured.
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Do Green Alternatives Really Cost More?
  If you're wondering if green alternatives cost more than conventional choices, the short answer is NO. It also depends on what kind of costs you're considering. If you're looking at the economic cost of green alternatives, some green choices will cost more.
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How to Spot Greenwashing
  Greenwashing is an unwanted by-product of the modern environmental movement. Greenwashing is a term that refers to the practice of companies advertising their products and policies to be good for the environment in an effort to get environmentally-conscious consumers to purchase their products.
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Carbon Footprint Calculators are Not All Created Equal
  In recent years, carbon footprint calculators have become incredibly popular. Basically, you answer a series of questions and then upon completion of the questionnaire, you are given a number, usually in the form of how many pounds of carbon dioxide emissions you are responsible for every year.
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New Orleans is Getting a Green Makeover
  After Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, more than 200,000 homes in New Orleans were destroyed and the city was left in ruins. Now, 4 years later, New Orleans is getting a green makeover. Global Green USA, the American division of an international environmental organization, is at the front of the green makeover of New Orleans.
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How Much Land It Would Take to Make the U.S. Entirely Energy-Independent
  Making the United States energy-independent is quite possible; it all depends on how Americans go about doing it. To start, there’s the question of renewable energy versus clean energy.
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The Green Gold Rush
  There's a mine in Mountain Pass, California that holds the world's richest proven reserve of rare earth metals. These rare earth metals are essential components to many of the greenest technologies out there, like the Toyota Prius, other hybrid vehicles and the generators in wind turbines.
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Could Oceans be the Solution to Global Warming?
  Global warming is a huge problem. The implications of global warming are very scary. Scientists predict things like sea levels rising, coastal cities disappearing under water, more extreme weather, droughts, floods and more.
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The Water War in Iraq
  Iraq is faced with quite the dilemma in regards to their water supply. The Iraqi war on water is going to be big; experts suggest that the water war may do what decades of war haven’t been able to do — destroy the country.
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How Arctic Temperatures are Explaining Global Warming
  If you look at a graph that depicts the average Arctic temperature over the past 2,000 years, you'll see a line that slowly declines as it moves to the right, implying that from 0 C.E. (common era) to about 1900, the average Arctic temperature was slowly declining by about a half of one degree Celsius or about one degree Fahrenheit.
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The America of the Future: High-Speed Passenger Rail Lines
  In April of 2009, President Obama unveiled his administration's plan for a national network of high-speed passenger rail lines. He noted the importance of this plan, recognizing that it would reduce traffic congestion and dependence on foreign oil and it would improve the environment. With Vice President Biden, President Obama stated that Americans need "clean, efficient travel".
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What the Government is Doing to Help You Go Green
  The United States government is doing as much as it can to help Americans go green, especially now that Barack Obama is President. One of the most popular and effective things they're doing is the Energy Star program.
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Get Schooled: Green Real Estate Education
  Green Real Estate Education offers green building courses to train real estate professionals. Their Real Estate Environmental and Energy Education Certification Series is the one of a kind, offering tools and resources for real estate professionals to better understand energy efficiency, sustainability and green building.
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The Holcim Foundation: Making Homes and Cities Greener All Around the World
  The Holcim Foundation supports efforts that combine sustainable construction solutions with innovative architecture and enhanced quality of life beyond conventional solutions. The Holcim Foundation promotes non-commercial, sustainable development throughout the world.
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Recycling for Charity
  Any environmentalist knows that recycling makes a lot of sense. You probably already recycle your paper, plastic and aluminum waste right in your kitchen and you may recycle other things, too.
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Green Contraptions and Will Blow Your Mind
  There are a lot of very cool green contraptions out there, and they all exhibit the kind of innovation that Americans need to solve environmental problems. One such contraption is the RITI printer.
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The Eco Institution
  The modern environmental movement is a grassroots movement. It works from the ground up, and that means that people like you need to initiate the change that you wish to see. One person who wanted to actively cause change is Kevin Hopkins, a former White House Policy Advisor.
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Free Parking Isn't Free
  You may currently be making choices to reduce your environmental impact on a daily basis. Maybe you drive a fuel-efficient car or even a hybrid vehicle. When you drive that hybrid vehicle, you are definitely reducing your environmental impact.
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Smart Parking: Cookie-Cutter Parking Lots are a Thing of the Past
  There are a lot of parking lots in the United States. Parking lots are problematic when it comes to the environment for many reasons. To start, parking lots are sources of water pollution because of the use of impervious surfaces.
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How Supporting Environmental Groups Can Liven Up Your Home (and Make it Eco-Friendly)
  EnviroCitizen.org believes that there are lots of reasons to donate your time and/or money to environmental groups. The most obvious reason is that you are contributing to a cause that is worthy, noble and important. Environmental groups are most often non-profit organizations.
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Rethinking the Picnic: How to Have an Eco-Friendly Picnic
  Picnics are a perfect example of how many of us would prefer to spend our leisure time. Picnics are often idealized with red and white checkered blankets, wicker baskets and familiar comfort foods like potato salad.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Thinking Outside the Green Box
  You're probably familiar with the popular catchphrase, "Reduce. Reuse. Recycle." This is a great way to help people to identify how they can reduce their environmental impact. The issue many people have with extreme environmentalist views is that they are very restrictive.
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D-I-Y: The Earth's Best Friend
  D-I-Y or "do it yourself" is a broad concept idea that makes anything more eco-friendly. Whether it's washing your car, eating dinner, decorating your home, getting from point A to B or disposing of trash, EnviroCitizen.org has found that if you do it yourself you'll be able to lead a more eco-friendly life and decrease your carbon footprint.
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The Most Eco-Friendly Buys: Yard Sales
  Purchasing eco-friendly goods doesn't necessarily mean that you have to go to an up-scale store. Even if a store only sells eco-friendly, sustainable goods, it still has overhead costs and operating costs that increase both the store's carbon footprint and your own if you shop there.
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How to Make Recycling As Easy As 1-2-3
  Recycling is one of the first things most people think about when the word "environmentalist" is mentioned. It can be easy, it's simple and it's quick. However, not everyone is doing it! Surprisingly, less than half of Americans recycle all the time.
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Earth - The Sequel DVD
  Fred Krupp, the Director of the Environmental Defense Fund, wrote an amazing book, Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.
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Beyond Growth by Herman Daly
  Environmentalists and economists don't always see eye-to-eye. Economists view environmentalists as an obstacle to growth and profit, while environmentalists view economists as an obstacle to the protection of the environment and sustainability.
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Highlighting a Carbon Credit Dealer: TerraPass
  TerraPass is a fun, eco-friendly carbon credit dealer that specializes in carbon offsets. An impressive fact that this company is that as of August 2009, TerraPass has reduced their carbon emissions by 1,456,397,522 pounds ! They offer unique, relevant, entertaining products.
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The History of the Carbon Credit
  If you stay up to date on current events, chances are you've heard about carbon credits. Hundreds (if not thousands) of companies are being founded every day to trade carbon credits.
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