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17 posts from January 2007

January 11, 2007

Oprah Wants You

Weight-loss success stories are regular feature on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Now the queen of all media is looking to spotlight another type of dieter: one that's cut back on carbon emissions. If you're doing your part for global warming, Oprah wants you:

"Are you worried about global warming? Have you and your family made changes around your household to save energy and cut carbon emissions? Do you recycle and set your thermostat to energy saving cycles? Do you use public transportation to help reduce your fuel consumption? Have you found a way to make a difference in your home or in your yard that you could share with our viewers? What are your specific ideas to reduce global warming in your home? Tell us what they are. The Oprah Winfrey Show is looking for families who are making a difference in reducing global warming that can share their stories and creative ideas. Please only respond if you are willing to be on television."

Good luck, and let us know if you make the cut!

January 10, 2007

Grapevine

The new World Trade Center complex is being designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. * Actress Julia Roberts, mother of two-year-old twins, is working with Earth Biofuels to promote biodiesel as a cleaner-burning fuel option for school buses; actor Morgan Freeman and singer Willie Nelson are already on the Dallas-based company's board. * The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the sport's international governing body, is leading a campaign for golf courses to switch to drought-tolerant grasses and reduce pesticide and water use. * Electronics maker Hitachi is revamping its production facilities as part of an effort to be "emissions neutral" by 2015.

January 08, 2007

Trendsetter

Chris Balish,
broadcast journalist
and car-free convert

When Chris Balish put his SUV up for sale, he wasn't trying to change his life. He just wanted to save money on gas. But when a buyer materialized before he got a new car, Balish turned to public transit and biking--and found himself less stressed, in better shape, and getting out of debt. His temporary solution became a new lifestyle, then fodder for a book, How to Live Well Without Owning a Car. Read an excerpt at livecarfree.com.

Q: What's the best benefit of not having a car?

A: Saving about 800 bucks a month. Anything you lose as far as freedom of mobility you gain in freedom of cash flow.

Q: How have you managed to stay car free in Los Angeles?

A: I found a community with good transit that's close to amenities. Riding the bus or train can take longer, but it's productive time to read and work.

Q: What do you think keeps people tied to their cars?

A: When you rely on an automobile, you don't even notice other forms of transportation like bike paths and transit hubs. Half the battle is just opening your eyes.

(Photograph by Candice Kelsey)

Fast Fact

The average American walks about 300 yards per day.

January 05, 2007

Fast Fact

A slowly dripping faucet can waste 2,500 gallons of water each year.

January 04, 2007

The Call of the Wild

Find a new cell phone under the Christmas tree? Show off your love for animals by downloading some free wildlife ringtones from the Center for Biological Diversity. Instead of "My Humps" or the Super Mario Brothers theme song (seriously? that's the most popular ringtone in the country?), you can be alerted to calls by the urgent screech of the barn owl, the rhythmic rumble of the Yosemite toad, or the otherworldly call of the orca.

And once you've got the new one all set up, don't forget to recycle your old cell.

January 01, 2007

A Greener 2007

My eco-resolutions for the new year are to join a CSA (which will hopefully encourage me to cook at home a little more often), take back a bit of my time, and take some steps to get rid of junk mail. Some other ideas for planet-friendly pledges:

Making an environmental resolution for 2007? Let us know about it. And happy new year!


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