Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nissan's Greener Vehicles

"The people of Nissan are committed to business practices that protect the environment and make a better world -- both now and for future generations."

Nissan's “Blue Citizenship” program represents the company’s desire to protect the blue planet and to be a corporate citizen that can live symbiotically with people and society. These efforts include global issues like environmental protection.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance sees the propagation and investment in electric, zero-emission vehicles, as central to their corporate strategy, they are committed to becoming a leader through electrical vehicles. To realize this goal Nissan is planning to put 65,000 lithium-ion batteries in cars next year.

Nissan unveiled the design of the production EV at its new Global Headquarters Opening in Yokohama on August 2nd. Nissan's EV platform is built on a Tiida-based prototype and demonstrates the superior driving pleasure of a pure zero-emission vehicle. It also showcased a sophisticated EV-IT system developed to support electric 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body, high-performance motor, compact lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity, delivering outstanding driving performance and safety, while offering a quiet and peaceful driving experience – a unique feature of a fully-electric drivetrain.

The 24kWh laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack is placed under the vehicle floor for more efficient packaging, without compromising cabin or cargo space. The battery layout also allows smooth underfloor air-flow which helps reduce drag. Additionally, the regenerative brake system employed to recharge the battery during deceleration and braking extends the driving range to more than 160km*1 under a full charge.

Nissan has developed a sophisticated IT system for its zero-emission EVs, connecting the vehicle’s on-board transmitting unit to a global data center to support EV driving 24 hours 7 days a week.

Usability and convenience for EV driving is achieved through several interesting innovations including a maximum range display. With a simple touch of a button, the navigation map shows the driving radius within range under the current state of charge. The system can calculate if the vehicle is within range of a pre-set destination. The navigation system points out the latest information on available charging stations within the current driving range.

The timer function enables the air-conditioner or battery charging to begin at a specified time. The air-conditioner can be pre-set while the vehicle is plugged-in to cool the cabin to a desirable temperature before driving begins, without taxing the vehicle’s battery. Meanwhile, the battery charging can be set to start at a specified time at night to benefit from more favorable electricity rates.

The driver can monitor the state-of-charge of the EV via an online website and a cellular phone. For example, when the battery is fully charged, a message alert is sent to the cellular phone. Additional remote control functions range from switching the charging system ON/OFF or setting the air-conditioner timer.

To be a leader in zero-emission mobility, Nissan is progressing its development for electric vehicles and the key components. Nissan's EVs will be introduced in the United States, Europe and Japan in 2010. By 2012, there are plans to globally merchandise them.
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Monday, October 26, 2009

350.org Makes History With its International Day of Climate Change Action

More than four thousand actions, in over 170 countries have made The International Day of Climate Action, a massive global event. Through this event, millions of people are telling their leaders that they demand strong and immediate action on climate change.

Highlights from the day include: Major rallies at iconic landmarks like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, the Pyramids and the Great Barrier Reef. Nearly 300 events across China, from the Great Wall to wind farms in Inner Mongolia to to Mt. Everest, and hundreds more across Asia from.

Over 100 events across the Middle East, including events in Afghanistan, Iraq, and simultaneous rallies on the Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian shores of the Dead Sea. Hundreds of events across Africa, including a hip-hop concert in Benin, bungee-jumpers diving off an abandoned power station in Johannesburg, and hundreds of Masaii children doing a climate dance in Kenya.

In Latin America activities include events from the Tierra del Fuego all the way up to the Calakmul Pyramids in Mexico. Thousands of creative rallies and events are also taking place across Europe, North America, Australia and the Pacific, and even the polar regions! See the photo slideshow.

The 350.org event was the biggest news story on Google and CNN, it was also the lead story on the front pages of newspapers around the globe. Many journalists were calling the event "the most widespread day of political action the world has ever seen."

THE GREEN MARKET event in support of 350.org was entitled "Let the Business Community Know How You Want Them to Help." One of the most complete contributions came from author and eco-activist Geoff Garver. His four points were a comprehensive summary of some the the basic thoughts that are the defining features of sustainable business.

Tip 1: Ecology Must Inform the Economy

Spread the word about the need to re-think our economy. Business and consumer choices have an enormous impact on our society and our environment. It is crucial that members of the business community understand the ultimate, long-term ecological crisis our economy faces - a crisis much more serious than the economic and financial crisis of the past year. The problem is not just climate change. It's also biodiversity losses, threats to ocean health, a nutrient cycle that is out of balance because of fertilization, deforestation, overpopulation and more. We must come to terms with the reality that the global human ecological footprintis greater than what is available, and that we therefore are running anecological deficits, using up the Earth faster than it can regenerate itself. This means we have to envision a new kind of economy that recognizes the ecological limits of our finite planet Earth. The book I co-authored, Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, sets out a vision of an economy that can avoid collapse. Another great starting placefor understanding these issues, and spreading the word, is the World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Report. Information on Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy/Living Planet Report

Tip 2: Implement Strategies to Reduce Your Footprint

Calculate your ecological and carbon footprints and develop strategies for driving them down. You can make money driving down ecological and carbon footprint! Plus there are reputational benefits you can market. Think of the situation your business will be in if the energy economy is adjusted to include the true costs of climate change and otherecological impacts that must be avoided for the long-term health of theeconomy. Here is information on footprints, geared toward businesses: Global Footprint Network, Best Foot Forward

Tip 3: Advocate for Ecological Policies and Regulations

Team up and advocate for change that will make ecologically friendly choices more affordable and preferable From building codes to subsidies for fossil fuel energy. Many local, provincial and federal programs are still biased in favor of environmentally less favorable choices. New, ecologically progressive policies and regulations are needed across the board, and urgently. This calls for a united front. Local, provincial and federal business associations can help promote awareness of the need for changes and advocate for those changes. One area in particular where individual and community efforts need to align is green building. Green building can help maintain healthy, high quality and low-consumption lifestyles while minimizing ecological impacts. And green building is full of low-hanging fruit: Money-saving changes in the way buildings are built and operated that also drive down the ecological costs on the economy. The basic philosophy of green building is a sound business philosophy too: Minimize demand for energy, water and resources, maximize renewable energy, maximize reuse and recycling of materials and favor local sourcing over long-range transport of materials. Some of the challenges confronted by green building and strategies for overcoming them, are outlined in the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation's report Green Building in North America: Opportunities and Challenges.

Tip 4: Keep it Local

Keep your business focused on the local. Look for local or regional associations that promote and support bio-regional businesses -ones that keep the money and ecological footprint as local as possible,starting with where capital goods, raw materials, and so on come from, and ending with a focus on a committed and loyal local customer base. Let your customers know that you are working to provide high quality goods orservice while keeping profits and the footprint as local as possible. If an association supporting businesses committed to local, ecological practices does not exist in your area, consider starting one. A great example is Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, Washington, a support network of local, independent entrepreneurs committed to these principles. They created a very successful local business sticker, with the theme ThinkLocal, Buy Local, Be Local. Here is a video link and a website link with more about Sustainable Connections website, video clip

A special mention goes to Ariel Normand who suggested that businesses could do the most for green by leveraging their supply chains. She further suggests that publishing the results of their efforts would constitute invaluable marketing.

Thanks to all who contributed and lets remember that our efforts to bring about action on climate change are ongoing, they are not confined to one day, one month or one year.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

350.org: International Day of Climate Change Action Events

Today is 350.org's International Climate Change Action Day. Around the world there are a wide range of activities all geared towards combating climate change. A Global 350 Mosaic: Organizers in Sydney and Beijing are forming giant human 3's, while activists in London and Delhi make huge 5's, and citizens in Copenhagen and Quito form enormous 0's, together making a global 350, a symbol of the need for all of us to work together. In Kenya, 350 Maasai children will perform a jumping dance, highlighting that for their pastoral lifestyle, climate change is already underfoot. Across China, over 200 events are planned at iconic locations like wind-turbine farms, coastal cities, and at melting glaciers. In Mexico City, thousands of students and citizens will form a giant 350 human banner visible from the air in the famous Venustiano Carranza Plaza.

THE GREEN MARKET event in support of 350.org is entitled "Let the Business Community Know How You Want Them to Help": Encourage business to be part of the solution! Share your ideas about the ways you would like the business community to contribute to managing climate change. Responses will be published in THE GREEN MARKET and forwarded to business leaders and business publications.

Other events include, "Email to elected representatives" Send an email message to the MPPs, MPs and municipal councillors in your riding (if you are Canadian) as well as Ministers of the Environment as well as Energy both provincial and federal. Include some of your personal messages or key messages from 350.org if you like or simply: "Change the politics,save the climate!"Have it sent from your email at 3:50 p.m. on October 24th. For contact coordinates go to MPP and House of Commons.

350: Cartoons against Climate Change: Save the world, one drawing at a time!We propose a creative way of getting involved with 350.org's international day of action for climate change initiatives on October 24th 2009; CARTOONS. Amateur doodlers to professional panelists we want you all! The only guidelines are that your cartoon:a) Channel the theme of climate change or the number 350b) Is a still image. This includes all styles and mediums so get creative!Signing your work is optional but encouraged. Take this project to your classrooms, friends and family and see how far a little creativity can go! Send your submissions in .jpg format to350Cartoons@gmail.com. View the petition online on Saturday October 24th along with 7000 other blogs writing for 350!

3 minute, 50 second sound artworks: In the Integrated Design program at Parsons The New School for Design, students in the course IDC Lab: Media were asked to create 3-minute, 50-second soundworks that raise awareness about the number 350. They also had to write an artist statement about their work and post both to YouTube. Some questions they addressed include...What can we describe through sound, and no other medium?...What kind of attention do we have from a listener, and what are the various ways we can take advantage of that attention?...How can sound spread the message of 350.org?...How will you incorporate language if you are thinking of a global audience?...What kinds of sounds are more global than others? Hear some examples of the work produced.

350 Commitment Card: Come to the Cathedral Saint John the Divine: 1047 Amsterday Avenue @ 112th Street, 11:00 - 12:00 Saturday, October 24, 2009. Wear earthcolors - Sign the Commitment Card for your own personal, ongoing 350 Action. Join us on the steps of the Cathedral 11:30 for a large photo - card signatures Blessed. The "Low or No Fossil Fuel Usage Days" - Commitment Card States: "I,__________________________, make a commitment to select a day a week to use no or low fossil fuels to the best of my ability." This is part of my personal effort to decrease CO2 to a level of 350 parts per million (or less), the number that has been scientifically established as the maximum amount of CO2 allowable for sustainability of our planet (previously450ppm), and, in so doing, I will help to protect God's Creation. Use renewably generated electricity. Walk, bike, scooter. Use public transportation. Use high MPG vehicles. Avoid use of plastics. Eat less or no meat. Eat locally grown food8. Plant trees, gardens, plants. The Environmental Task Force of the Congregation of Saint Saviour within the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine On the left side of the card is a place for the person's name, printed, and the congregation logo. This portion is removed and collected in a container. Both portions of the card have a place for the number of the card at the top. The individual takes the commitment portion; the other collected portion with the names - the people - will be blessed on October 24th and the names read on the steps of the Cathedral, 11 - 12:00, and the Cathedral's bells will ring 350 times.We hope to have 350 names/commitment cards. We will continue to collect these on the street Saturday, October 24th and to hand out information on the 350 Action Day and the importance of the number 350 and 350ppm.

Tweet the President: President Barack Obama is one of the people with the most power to create a positive outcome at the upcoming Copenhagen meeting. Let's let him know that the 350 ppm target is the only way to stop the planet tipping into climate crisis. Twitter is an easy, quick, and powerful way to send this message - imagine the impact of thousands of messages flooding his twitter page, all reading exactly the same message. The power of the internet played a huge part in getting Obama elected - now let's use that power to fight climate change! On Saturday, 24 October 2009, between 12 - 1 PM (East Coast time)Send the following tweet to @BarackObama: USA MUST formally adopt the 350ppm CO2 target at Copenhagen 09 – the ONLY WAY to prevent runaway climate change NO EXCUSES! All the tweets sent to President Barack Obama need to contain the same message, as this will create maximum impact. If you don't have a twitter account, consider signing up for this purpose!It is a simple action that can be very powerful if many of us do it. Politicians only have power because we give it to them, so let's make our voices heard. Sign up on our facebook page: And invite your friends, family, as many people as possible!

Global Clean Tech Open Ideas Competition: Pitch your clean tech idea and win a chance for Global recognition plus $100,000 in cash and services to turn your idea into reality! To Enter: Register Now by completing this Form. Prepare one paragraph and a 60 second verbal pitch describing: the idea, the problem being solved, the market, the benefits to the environment and why your idea is a winner. After you register, you will be emailed instructions on where to upload your Paragraph and Video Pitch. Need inspiration? Check this link for Clean Tech Open Categories and a list of problems that need solutions! Submissions are due by Nov 1. Winners from the United States region will move on to the Global Competition on Nov 17 in San Francisco. Timeline: Open NOW: Registration - Complete this form.Mon. Nov 1 - Deadline to submit Paragraph and Video Pitch (online) Tue. Nov. 17 - Winner will represent our region as a Global IDEAS finalist at the annual Cleantech Open Awards Gala in San Francisco. Register NOW! Details on uploading your entry will be emailed to you once you complete this initial registration. Questions, comments, concerns? Email Clean Tech Ideas competition co-organizer, Brian Payer: brian.payer@gmail.com. Event Website.

Flash Mob: At 3:30pm, we need you to join us at Yonge Dundas Square to form a human ticking time bomb. Dressed in black, the mob will walk two blocks chanting ‘tck, tck, tck’. It will eventually explode at Commensal Vegetarian Restaurant, where a video booth will record your ‘Tck’, becoming part of a global video. Make your voice heard. Let the world’s leaders know the clock is ticking on climate change. Tcktcktck.org. For further information, call Julia at 416-544-3977 X27. Event Website.

Green & Tonic Carrotmob: Green & Tonic's mission is to grow a dynamic ecosystem uniting green bars, green beverages, and green drinkers into a cocktail of action. We have joined forces with Carrotmob to organize a 350.org event in order to help green a bar in San Francisco. Shotwell’s has confirmed their commitment to using 25% of profits from the Carrotmob on October 24th for environmental retrofits. We had a great competition with 4 bars bidding over each other! Originally we were focused on the Mission, but after receiving outside interest from bars with sustainability commitments in other neighborhoods, we decided to open it up. The other bars (in addition to Shotwell’s) that have all shown outstanding commitment to going green are Mojito, Hemlock, and The Page. Our goal is to have mobbers send out 350 tweets about the event to get as many supporters out as we can! Here are the details of the event for the tweets: What: Shotwell’s CarrotmobDate: Saturday, October 24thAddress: 3349 20th Street(between Folsom St & Shotwell St)Time: 6pm to 9pm. If you would like to join us, or have your 350.org after party at our event, email us at 350carrotmob@greenandtonic.com. Event Website.

350,000 email signatures with replyforall.com!:In support of 350.org, replyforall.com will be donating the ad space in 350,000 replyforall email signatures starting now through Oct. 24th! Sign-up today to drive support to your favorite cause and raise awareness of 350.org efforts. Your replyforall signatures will tell the friends and family you email everyday about the challenge of climate change and how we can work together to achieve 350 ppm. replyforall email signatures allow users to raise awareness of their cause and donate for free. All you have to do is use replyforall email signatures while sending the emails you already send everyday through Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail. Your customized signatures feature your cause and ads from brand sponsors who pay to be included. replyforall shares the payment with users' causes. By using replyforall signatures, every email you send serves as a high-visibility rallying cry for climate action! Event Website.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

350.org: International Day of Climate Action

October 24th is shaping up to be the most widespread day of environmental action in the history of the planet. All events are designed to help raise awareness about climate change. There are more than four thousand events scheduled in more than 170 nations, in dozens of languages, in every time zone and on every continent. On October 24th, in cities and towns all around the world there will be rallies, marches, concerts, bike tours, tree planting, parties and installations.

350.org's International Day of Climate Change Action is a grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. By spreading an understanding of the science and a shared vision for a fair policy, we will ensure that the world creates bold and equitable solutions to the climate crisis.

350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for parts per million carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. 350 is the number humanity needs to get below as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change. Most immediately, 350 is the number world leaders need to lead with as they prepare to meet in Copenhagen this December to draft a new global climate treaty.

Everyone who is involved shares a deep conviction that it is up to us, at this exact moment in our history, to come together in defense of this planet and the people on it. Take a moment to think about the amazing fact that across the globe today, people are doing just what you're doing, hoping just what you're hoping, believing just what you're believing--and together we are making these deeds, hopes, and beliefs add up to something truly transformational.

Help build the viral wave behind 350.org's October 24th Global Day of Action. Join or start an action for climate change.

Here is THE GREEN MARKET event for 350.org's International Day of Climate Action:

Let the Business Community Know How You Want Them to Help

Help to make Business part of the solution! Share your ideas about the ways you would like the business community to contribute to managing climate change.

Responses will be published in
THE GREEN MARKET and forwarded to business leaders and business publications.

For more information go to 350.org
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Toyota's Greener Vehicles

The Japanese have been leading providers of greener vehicles for decades. In the seventies Japan was well known for their fuel efficient vehicles, now they are known for hybrids, soon it will be the hydrogen fuel cell.

The interest in hybrid cars is growing exponentially. By March of 2007 there were already 20,526 hybrids sold. Toyota's Prius is the world's best selling hybrid car.

Toyota will unveil their updated Prius at the Tokyo Motor Show opening on October 24 and running through November 4. The new completely electric model, the FT-EV II, can be driven for more than 90km on a single charge. This third generation electric vehicle is designed for the city but with a top speed in excess of 100 km/h, it is also capable of highway driving. When not running solely on battery power, The hybrid mode offers significantly enhanced fuel economy. One liter of gas is enough for 55km, up from 38km for previous Prius models.

Each auto maker is forced to commit to a given strategic objective. Thus far Toyota has made some excellent strategic decisions. According to Takehi Uchiyamada, Toyota's executive vice-president in charge of research and development, each automaker is investing resources betting on a given technology.

While most automakers are focusing on lithium ion battery technology, Toyota remains committed to hydrogen fuel cell technology. Early in August, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) announced the results of its fuel cell hybrid vehicle range and fuel economy field evaluation. The test reveals that for a typical commute. the Highlander prototype (FCHV-adv), has a 431 mile estimated range on a single tank of compressed hydrogen gas and an average fuel economy of 68.3 miles/kg (approximate mpg equivalent).

Jared Farnsworth, Toyota Technical Center advanced powertrain engineer said, "This evaluation of the FCHV-adv demonstrates not only the rapid advances in fuel cell technology, but also the viability of this technology for the future."

The 2009 Toyota Highland Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated rating of 26 mpg combined fuel economy and has a full-tank range of approximately 450 miles. With premium grade gasoline currently priced at about $3.25, the gasoline-powered V6 Highlander hybrid is estimated to travel approximately 26 miles at a cost of about $3.25. Currently, hydrogen gas pricing is not fixed, but DOE targets future pricing at $2 to $3 per kilogram. Therefore, the FCHV-adv is estimated to travel approximately 68 miles at a projected cost of about $2.50 – more than double the range of the Highlander Hybrid, at equal or lesser cost, while producing zero emissions.

Irv Miller, TMS group vice president, environmental and public affairs added, "Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell technology has advanced rapidly over the last two years. In 2015, our plan is to bring to market a reliable and durable fuel cell vehicle with exceptional fuel economy and zero emissions, at an affordable price."

Lexus has the most fuel-efficient of all luxury vehicles with 35 MPG rated. The Lexus HS Hybrid has a Exhaust Heat-Recovery System that reduces engine warm-up time, thus allowing it to stop earlier, more often, and for longer periods. This accounts for as much as a 7% increase in efficiency at low temperatures.

Pairing ingenuity with efficiency, regenerative braking converts braking energy into electricity to recharge the batteries, while the enhanced Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB) System is lighter, smaller and uses up to 29% less power than their previous regenerative braking system.

The combined 35 MPG rated HS Hybrid is over 50% more fuel efficient than Near Luxury competitors, and the most fuel-efficient Lexus ever. It delivers excellent driving performance while earning a Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEVII) rating.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Blog Action Day 2009: One of the Largest Climate Change Events Ever Held on the Web

This year's Blog Action Day underscores the power of social media to combat climate change. Bloggers from all parts of the globe came together to help raise awareness about the importance of combating climate change. On October 15th 13,000 bloggers from 155 countries on six continents wrote about climate change.

The Prime Minister of the UK Gordon Brown wrote a Blog Action Day post indicating that "climate change is the biggest threat to all our futures," President Barack Obama's White House blog contributed a post along with the PSOE, the governing party of Spain. Many publications including CNN wrote articles helping to make Blog Action Day the top Google blog search last Thursday.

According to blogpulse, there was a 500 percent increase in the number of posts about climate change last Thursday. In total there were 31,000 total trackable blog posts, and the current estimate is that together we reached at least 17.9 million people.

We all can feel proud of this remarkable collective effort. For many, we hope this serves as an entry point into the broader movement to address the issue of climate change. There are a number of ways and some amazing organizations through which you can continue to remain involved, and we encourage you to check out our Take Action section to learn more.

I would like to thank everyone who participated as well as Robin Beck and the other organizers of Blog Action Day 2009. Your participation helped change the conversation and showed the power of the web to connect people across the world who despite their varied backgrounds have one shared desire: to make a difference.

Efforts to address climate change did not end at the stroke of midnight on October 15. Social media based initiatives are part of a growing awareness that extends throughout the year.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

50 Climate Change Tools and Resources for Blog Action Day 2009

Climate change in Google Earth has built a site where you “explore the potential impacts of climate change on our planet Earth and find out about possible solutions for adaptation and mitigation, ahead of the UN’s climate conference in Copenhagen in December.”

Explore the Climate Orb: The TckTckTck campaign's animated interactive tool for learning the stories behind the human face of climate change. First-hand stories searchable by country, keyword and timeframe.

Pew Center for Global Climate Change: Climate change facts with lots of charts and graphs. Explanation of the causes and effects of climate change. For more information see their

Climate Change 101: Detailed information on climate change from the Pew Center for Global Climate Change.

MNN’s 15 Best Carbon Calulators: Some of the best online calculators to estimate your carbon footprints .

The Top 100 Effects of Climate Change: A list of the consequences of climate change.

10 Solutions for Climate Change: Ways of combating climate change including details of what we can do to solve these problems.

Water Sustainability Tool: The tool is designed to help individual companies build a business water strategy.

Telework Assessment Tool: This site enables users to estimate the net environmental impacts of telework as well as non-telework and telework impacts separately, as they relate to transportation, electronic and electrical equipment use at home and in the office, lighting use at home and in the office and heating and cooling at home and in the office.

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI): GEMI provides businesses with tools and strategies to help foster global environmental health and safety as well as economic success.

OpenEco: "OpenEco is a new global on-line community that provides free, easy-to-use tools to help participants assess, track, and compare business energy performance, share proven best practices to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and encourage sustainable innovation."

The Delta Institute Carbon Offsets: "Calculate your greenhouse gas emissions, learn about ways to lessen your impact, and purchase offsets to reduce your carbon footprint on the Delta Offsets web site."

Delta Carbon: The Delta Carbon Program encourages conservation practices that not only reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions, but protect and improve environmental quality. The web site has two portals, Delta Offsets and Delta Aggregation. Delta Offsets allows users to calculate greenhouse gas emissions, learn about ways to lessen your impact, and purchase offsets. The Delta Aggregation site contains targeted information for farmers and landowners to enroll in carbon programs.

GHG Protocol Initiative- World Business Council for Sustainable Development: "The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. The GHG Protocol Initiative, a decade-long partnership between the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is working with businesses, governments, and environmental groups around the world to build a new generation of credible and effective programs for tackling climate change."

Safe Climate for Business: Safe Climate is a joint project of the World Resources Institute and the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and is dedicated to helping business of all sizes understand and take action on climate change. The site contains a helpful tool for determining your carbon footprint.

Carbon Footprint: "Carbon Footprint is proud to be the United Nations (UN) offset partner. Selected to offset emissions from the first ever General Assembly Debate on climate change - held earlier this month in New York." This is a great site to read more about the carbon footprint, climate change and carbon dioxide reductions.

Carbon Offsets: This link seeks to explain what offsets are and the benefits they offer companies seeking to eliminate the climate impacts of their operations.

Climate Change: Yahoo! Green: This site was created by Yahoo! to fight against global climate change. It offers news and articles on related subjects and also allows you to calculate your own carbon footprint. If you have questions about global warming, this is a great resource!

EPA's Climate Change Site: "EPA's Climate Change Site offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments."

Pacific Southwest Research Station: "PSW scientists collaborate with National Forest System and other natural-resource managers to provide scientific bases for new methods on adaptation and mitigation to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions."

The Center for Climate Strategies: "The Center for Climate Strategies was formed in 2004 to support states and other entities in the creation and management of climate change mitigation plans and policies, along with related energy, economic, and environmental policies." This site provides an analysis on policies and plans to reduce GHG emissions.

United States Climate Action Partnership: The USCAP is a group of businesses and leading environmental organizations that have come together to call on the federal government to quickly enact strong national legislation to require significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions."

Widgetbox: An extremely handy paper calculator that assesses the environmental impact of any print job, from cards to resumes to brochures and more.

Vehicle Eco Calculator: takes everything into account including carbon impact, ROI, cost, fuel efficiency and more.

EcoImpact: An all-encompassing widget that encompasses food, office, building and more to determine the eco-footprint of a number of activities. Embeddable.

Carbon calculator: A Squidoo lens of virtually every carbon caluculator on the Web.

World Wildlife Fund: The (WWF) has a simple, handy calculator that looks at the impact of food, transportation, work and other important indices.

Low Impact Living: A terrific home calculator that estimates the carbon footprint of your house.

Environmental Protection Agency: A comprehensive carbon calculator that takes a number of important factors into account and offers helpful resources for further information.

TerraPass: Everything you need to make your airline travel a little more green. Offset flights and much more, and see how many trees get planted. Even with increases in airfare, carbon offsets are inexpensive. It’s not completely greening your travel – only staying home does that – but it does help.

Water filter comparison: Tool that illustrates how much plastic is used when you drink bottled water as opposed to tap water.

Home Energy Saver: A great DIY home energy audit tool that offers resources for making your home more efficient.

eco Flock: The green browser

Eight eco-friendly Facebook Applications: (Look for next week’s post on green social media for more.)

Earth 911: Everything from recycling center information to carbon calculators to green resources to product reviews and company analysis. A great consumer resource.

Brighter Planet: A linear thinker’s ideal resource. With streamlined, well-organized directions for a number of carbon-impact-related issues, this is a very helpful resource.

Build It Green: A nonprofit dedicated to improving housing standards and reducing sprawl in California. Full of helpful tips for building and retrofitting according to green standards.

EcoBroker: Real estate agents, affiliates, information, regional resources and much more for all things related to eco property management and sales.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Essential reading for anyone interested in learning the truth about global warming and climate change, industry efforts to reduce environmental regulation, lobbying and corruption, and science-by-press-release. Dispelling myths, exposing lies, educating the eco-minded.

Green Drinks: is a real-life organization that holds meet-ups internationally (visit the site to see if there’s a Green Drinks chapter in your town). The topic: green. The event: drinks. A good time is had by all. Sign up online – Green Drinks is on Facebook.

EV Rental Cars: is a nationwide green and hybrid rental car company. Make reservations online just like you would air travel.

Local Harvest: has a comprehensive online map that helps you to find local, organic farmers, farmers’ markets and CSAs (community supported agriculture) in your area.

Agricultural Marketing Service: offers a complete national guide to farmers’ markets and co-ops for the United States.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Offers Seafood Watch, regional safe seafood guides that are downloadable.

Interactive map: For all the commiserating about China, the state of California alone emits more carbon dioxide. Learn about global comparisons you may not have known before with this resource that covers everything from poverty to fuel to resources to food.

EcoFlip is classifieds gone green. Everything you’d find on Craigslist or Freecycle, but green.
Green search is everywhere.

WebEcoist green search engine: There are dozens of excellent green search options listed in the roundup.

Life Cycle Assessment Tool

Energy Efficiency Measures and Global Climate Change Mitigation

Stabilization Wedges: Technologies and Practices for Climate Stabilization

Climate Change Mitigation Strategies

Online tools for offline green living from CNET

CNET eco-friendly downloads.

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Mashable’s list of 80+ sites, blogs, resources, tools, and calculators.

25 of the Best Green Blogs and News Websiites

25 of the Best Green Web Tools, Applications and Resources

25 of the Best Green Forums and Social Media Websites

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Next week: On October 24, 350.org is organizing the International Day of Climate Action. See what people all around the world are planning to do next week to demonstrate their commitment to stopping climate change.
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Blog Action Day 2009: What Business Can Do To Help Manage Climate Change

Climate change will affect everyone, including businesses, here are some suggestions for business from Change.org's "Blog Action Day."

1. Planning
Climate change is forcing businesses to consider environmental impact in their strategic and tactical planning. In the 21st century, businesses will not only have to contend with the changes in Earth’s climate caused by human choices, but they will also have to plan carefully to ensure their own continuation in light of those changes. “Wise businesses will plan for new futures and generate value from change.” Make climate change part of your business strategy.

2. Marketing
Promotions and sales tactics can be made more efficient. Something as simple as eliminating paper can make a major difference as can increased reliance on digital technologies and other marketing strategies.

3. Innovation
Climate change awareness is driving innovative thinking and it is also crucial to developing strategies to reduce and make informed decisions to avoid impacts, deal with them and create value from change.

4. Product Creation
Manufacturing processes are often the most energy intensive aspect of a company's operations. Consider ways of making your product creation more efficient.

5. Work Locations and Routines
Consider your operational processes and consider ways that you can increase productivity while decreasing energy consumption.

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Mitigating Climate Change is Hot on the Business Agenda. What About Adapting to it?
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Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change

With 130 countries represented, this year's Blog Action Day will be the largest-ever social change event on the web. Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world's bloggers and this year bloggers around the world are posting about climate change.

Climate change affects us all and it threatens more than the environment. It threatens to cause famine, floods, war, and millions of refugees. Given the urgency of the issue of climate change and the upcoming international climate negotiations in Copenhagen this December, the blogosphere has the unique opportunity to mobilize millions of people to express support for finding a sustainable solution to the climate crisis.

Climate change impacts us all. But more than any other country, action taken by the United States to limit greenhouse gases and build a clean energy economy is needed to achieve a sustainable solution to our global climate crisis.

This December, world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to negotiate a global response to climate change. As a world leader in greenhouse gas pollution as well as clean energy technology, the United States needs to take bold and urgent action by implementing comprehensive clean energy policies to curb emissions.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Barack Obama has said that climate change is an urgent threat, and now is the time for him to lead the United States in confronting climate crisis.

This is a chance for people around the world and in the US to join together in telling President Obama that we want him to lead the country in taking bold and significant action to reduce greenhouse gasses.

Blog Action Day is the brainchild of Change.org, a blog powered social network. Recently, Blog Action Day announced that it has partnered with Al Gore's group, the Alliance for Climate Protection.

Click here to add your name and call on the U.S. to take action now.
Sign up for Blog Action Day 2009

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