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Comments on: Green stuff – where to start or end? http://designnotes.info/?p=920 Testing & Sprinting Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 By: shafraaz http://designnotes.info/?p=920&cpage=1#comment-3865 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 06:53:57 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=920#comment-3865 if i might add- a book called “Heat” by George Monbiot is a MUST READ. It clearly outlines how we need to reduce carbon emissions and how to get there by 2031.

he even “critiques” the idea of carbon offsets, too. briefly, he questions whether it is wise to purchase carbon offsets when the companies that sell them cannot guarantee that the trees that they plant or the research they will do will actually work/help reduce carbon emissions.

check it out- it’s the best/most well-researched/balanced book I’ve read in ages.

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By: michael http://designnotes.info/?p=920&cpage=1#comment-3515 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 01:09:24 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=920#comment-3515 thanks for the additional links Caren

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By: litherland http://designnotes.info/?p=920&cpage=1#comment-3446 Sat, 17 Feb 2007 00:51:30 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=920#comment-3446 http://bignyc.org/
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ddc/html/ddcgreen/
http://go2buildings.com/
http://chapters.usgbc.org/newyork/

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By: michael http://designnotes.info/?p=920&cpage=1#comment-3422 Thu, 15 Feb 2007 18:05:11 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=920#comment-3422 thanks for the fyi oliver, Terra Pass is a fascinating concept

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By: oo http://designnotes.info/?p=920&cpage=1#comment-3420 Thu, 15 Feb 2007 16:09:15 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=920#comment-3420 There is a groundswell of ideas and businesses cropping up around the idea of living a carbon-neutral life. Companies like Terra Pass (http://www.terrapass.com) offer people the chance to buy “passes” – based on their car or house or flight emissions – that offer net-zero carbon emission. They accomplish this by investing in projects that reduce carbon emissions. The Terra Pass site takes you through mini questionnaires to determine your current output, and how much the resulting pass would cost (ie: my 2006 Honda CR-V required a $40 USD pass to offset the 8000lbs of emissions it produces per year. My recent return flight from Winnipeg to Vancouver cost $5).

I think it makes the idea of fighting global warming and carbon emissions much more workable, in that it brings big, abstract ideas down to a manageable level. I don’t think it will be long before companies like Terra Pass begin to partner with car companies, airports, etc to provide passes at the point of purchase, much like the levies we pay for airport improvements. It makes it a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned.

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