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Monday, November 24, 2008

Wanna study up on how to stop getting phonebooks?

From our friends at Ideal Bite. Don't receive these? Sign up today at www.idealbite.com.

Don't cheat yourself or the forest.
Sign up and you'll never receive another paper phonebook. Taking notes?

The Benefits
More paper for textbooks. About 540 million unsolicited phonebooks arrive at American doors annually - takes a lotta trees to make those.

Majoring in waste reduction. Phonebooks make for about 660,000 tons of trash every year.

Extra credit: less annoyance. Just lugging phonebooks into the house when you know you'll never use them is a pain.

Wanna Try?
YellowPagesGoesGreen - enter your info here to get your name off the mailing list.
Earth 911 - recycle your old phonebooks (if you have curbside recycling, just toss them in there).

Thursday, November 20, 2008

During speech, Obama promises to tackle global warming

Waste News, Nov. 19 -- President-elect Barack Obama in a speech to more than 600 climate change leaders reiterated his promises to tackle global warming once he comes into office despite the economic challenges facing the nation.

"Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change," Obama said in a video presentation to the Governors´ Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles organized by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Climate change and our dependence on foreign oil, if left unaddressed, will continue to weaken our economy and threaten our national security."

Obama in his Nov. 18 address pledged that once in office he plans to start tackling climate change by adopting a federal cap and trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. He also pledged to invest $15 billion annually to encourage private sector efforts to build solar, wind and biofuels energy projects.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Read Green: Go Green

From Budget Ecoist. I'm a big magazine fan, so I think I'll give it a try!

We all know how much online magazines rule. Some of the old guard still hang onto their “print only” mentality, but many more are getting with the green program. Zinio is helping the oldies come into the 21st century by creating the The Read Green Initiative wherein traditional print mags are made available online for your reading pleasure. What’s more, with the launch of Go Read Green, they’re offering a free subscription to anyone who shows up.

They’ve really got something for everyone, and all you have to do is provide an email address. No credit card, no “bill me later,” no other hijinks. Sign up, read your pub choice online or download it for later. Every month you’ll get a notification your issue is ready and you can enjoy your periodical on your PC (or Mac). And did we mention it's free? It doesn't get more cost effective than that, readers.

The interesting thing about this initiative is that instead of getting an online version of the magazine, you actually flip through the pages (ads and all) like it’s in your hot little hands. So you’re getting the full experience, minus the smudged ink left on your fingers. Head over to Go Read Green, browse the available titles and start saving the earth and the magazine industry today. God knows they both need it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What To Do With Campaign Litter

Now that the battle is over, what to do with the campaign-sign carcasses littering your lawn? The mini-billboards that were oh-so-relevant until yesterday are no more than a solid waste headache today. We love Grist's Three-R Rundown on cleaning up your patriotic mess. And our favorite school board candidate, Susie Dibble, had another great idea: donate old signs to a school art department; the students can use the back for art projects! (With smarts like that, you KNOW she won! Yay, Susie!)