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The Eco-Commute

August 29, 2008

Looking for an environmentally conscious way to get around town? We Denverites are lucky in that we have a wealth of choices when it comes to alternative transportation. By Bike Of course, the “greenest” approach to commuting is hopping on the old two-wheeler and pedaling to the office. And with metro Denver sporting 650 miles of bike paths, a refreshing morning ride is possible from almost any location in the area. With the weather warming up, why wait until the weekend to hop on the bike? By riding to work, you are... (more...)

Ten tips to create an environmentally sustainable office

August 28, 2008

We are facing major challenges to the sustainability of our planet. As a result, we are frequently reminded of things we can do to be more environmentally conscious. More hybrid vehicles are on the roads and many of us are smarter about our use of water, electricity and other resources. Still, with all the hype about going green, people sometimes overlook easy steps they can take to reduce their environmental impact.Greening an office is easier than you might think. Here are some ways to get started: 1.) Recycle Set up recycling... (more...)

ECO-TRAVEL

August 28, 2008

If you’re planning a vacation this summer, you might want to consider going somewhere green – and by that, we aren’t necessarily referring to the foligage, though it’s a bonus. A special Green Travel Special Report by smartertravel.com lists the top 10 Green Destinations in the world. Following are the study’s results: 1. Portland, Ore. The recipient of numerous green and sustainability awards, Portland, recently earned the highest score in a Popular Science ranking of America’s 50 Greenest Cities. The city was... (more...)

ON THE GRILL: GAS VS. CHARCOAL

August 28, 2008

It’s summertime and people are firing up their gas grills or lighting up those charcoal briquettes. There are differing opinions on which method is “greener.” If one considers point of consumption, then gas grilling is the more environmentally conscious approach. Gas burns much cleaner and more efficiently than charcoal briquettes, which give off soot when burned. The use of charcoal briquettes, which are made of wood, can hasten deforestation, unless the trees are replaced. And lighter fluid adds one more chemical... (more...)

Can scooters really be green? Yes!

August 28, 2008

They are all the rage in crowded European and Asian cities and are gaining a foothold in urban America. The popularity of scooters is skyrocketing due to increasing gas prices – and it’s not surprising. The average scooter will hold about 1.5 gallons of gas, around $6 at the pump. Vespa just one make Some riders equate the Vespa (Italian for “wasp”) brand as a generic term for all scooters and that’s not accurate. As evidenced by the accompanying list, there are many brands out there. One local Vespa dealer, however,... (more...)

EarthWorks Expo shoots for zero-waste

August 28, 2008

When EarthWorks Expo returns to the Denver Merchandise Mart on June 21-22, it will again “walk the talk” and be a zero-waste event. Zero-waste is the recycling of all materials back into nature or the marketplace to protect human health and the environment. Last year, EarthWorks Expo, Denver’s largest green-living event of the year, was able to recycle or compost 97 percent of the waste from its 117 exhibitors and several thousand attendees – leaving only 65 pounds of trash for the entire three-day event. The recycled... (more...)

EARTH WORKS EXPO 2008

August 28, 2008

Earth works expo 2008 set for next weekend Displays, workshops demonstrate better living by going green Denver’s largest green-living event of the year, EarthWorks Expo 2008 is returning to the Denver Merchandise Mart on the weekend of the Summer Solstice, Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22. With the theme of “Go Green, Live Well,” EarthWorks Expo provides local businesses and advocacy organizations the opportunity to showcase sustainable products, information and best practices to thousands of motivated, green-minded... (more...)

Eat your greens

August 26, 2008

The Denver/Boulder area is seeing an increase in restaurants that are going green not only on the menu, but behind the scenes and their kitchens. Listed below are a few of our favorites: Mercury Café 2199 California St. / Denver Phone: 303-294-9281 www.mercurycafe.com The Mercury has been serving up some of Denver’s best vegetarian dishes for years. Continuing their progressive development, the Mercury Café is in the process of installing 12 more solar panels on the roof, along with more wind turbines. Eventually the... (more...)

HOW GREEN IS YOU WORKPLACE?

August 26, 2008

Colorado companies, communities green up for the greater good Ten years ago the above question would probably have related to the color of your office walls. Today it has a lot more to do with the kind of paint on the walls and the color of the bins you use for trash. Companies that thought they were hot stuff for recycling the volumes of paperwork in a day’s span are now looking at options to go paperless. New office buildings are much more apt to include solar energy, hybrid transportation, energy-efficient lighting,... (more...)

Junking up the planet

August 26, 2008

Unsolicited mail piles up, killing trees, creating trash Junk mail is more than a nuisance cluttering up your mailbox. It’s an environmental nightmare. Americans receive 19 billion catalogs a year. That’s 62 catalogs for every man, woman and child in the nation. Printing those catalogs requires 53 million trees, or 3.6 million tons of paper. Making the paper for those catalogs eats up enough energy to power more than a million homes for a year, sends 5.2 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and requires... (more...)

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