Our Blog | March 2008

And yet more Greenwashing...

by: Heather on 03/06/2008

Grist is featuring the "Toxic Ten" and the "Green 11" lists of "eco-savvy corporations" as identified by Condé Nast. To say that there are some shocks on their Green 11 list would be to understate things considerably.

How about Dupont for starters? This would be the maker of such environmentally-friendly products as Teflon, various pesticides and …

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Planet U and the New Green University

by: Heather on 03/05/2008
Posted in: Activism

The following story is reprinted with permission from E - The Environmental Magazine, and features Michael M'Gonigle, author of Planet U.

THE NEW GREEN U
Major Green Initiatives are Sweeping College Campuses

There's a new green force on college campuses, says E - The Environmental Magazine in its March/April 2008 cover story. In "Cleaner, Greener U.," E examines the many facets of the new campus environmental movement that's being compared to the passionate anti-war and equal rights activism of the 1960s.

"Climate change is our generation's civil rights movement," says Brianna Cayo Cotter, communications director for the Energy Action Coalition, which backed PowerShift 2007 at the University of Maryland last November. Drawing over 5,500 students, the event was the largest gathering of college students ever assembled to talk about solutions to global warming, a weekend of non-stop workshops, speakers and rallies. "We're at a crucial moment in history," Cotter said. "Climate change is an issue that's already impacting us, from the destruction of the Appalachian Mountains to the wildfires in California. We get that the steps taken today will end up being the future for tomorrow."

She is not alone in her enthusiasm. The green movement has become a force to be reckoned with on campuses, says E. Students are demanding changes -­ energy conservation, waste reduction, sustainable course offerings, organic food choices, and real climate legislation from Congress beyond the campus confines. So far, 497 school presidents have signed the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, which commits them to implementing a plan to go "carbon neutral" within two years of signing.

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The Vancouver Green Living Show - Wal-Mart vs Small-Mart

by: Heather on 03/04/2008
Posted in: Events

We're back from the Green Living Show in Vancouver, where we met lots of great people and had a wonderful time. Thanks to all who stopped by the booth and checked out our books!

An unusual aspect of the show was its selection of exhibitors. To say that we were shocked to find ourselves across from Wal-Mart is a bit of an understatement. A giant …

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