What’s the ROI / payback period of LED light bulbs and other green upgrades?

Saving money and saving the planet are both great objectives for businesses. Luckily, they go hand in hand, as many sustainability upgrades pay for themselves very quickly with the energy and water they save (like LED lights, energy star appliances, water saving devices, and the like). But how does the green-minded business manager prioritize the wide variety of ways to green one’s business? Payback period and Return on Investment (ROI) are two measures used to determine whether something is, financially speaking,…

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How to Green a Burrito or Fresh-Mex Restaurant: Top 10 Sustainable Strategies

Want to green your Fresh-Mex or burrito place?  There are some sustainable strategies unique to both restaurants in general and those which serve cuisine like burritos, tacos, and nachos.  Here are the top 10: Organi-fy your staples. Beans and rice are a staple on most Mexican/Fresh-Mex menus, and represent the grand majority of the calories you’ll be delivering. The great news is that this is an easy thing to get organic without breaking the bank. At our local food co-op,…

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Urban Metabolism and Re-Nuble

In the three years since I founded my own company, I have learned that linkages are borne out of the unlikeliest of places. Five years ago, I was sitting with my colleague, Ranjith Annepu, discussing an idea Karl Marx first introduced – urban metabolism. Urban metabolism studies cities as if they were organisms, which exchange materials and energy from their surroundings to sustain life. This concept, was inspiring to both Ranjith and I because a majority of the human population…

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Crowdfunding Carbon Credits for a Grassroots Deforestation Intervention

We’re losing forests at a staggering rate, with a forest area the size of New York City disappearing every two days, and because of that deforestation, we’re slowly losing one of our greatest allies in the fight against climate change. But we can help change that by backing a unique crowdfunding campaign, which lets us Stand For Trees by purchasing carbon credits that support local forest communities in preserving their forests. The trees and forests of the world are essential…

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Green Business Idea: Composting Food Scraps & Yard Waste

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to organic waste such as food scraps and yard trimmings, at least if you are an enterprising composter. Taking a reliable waste stream, such as food waste from restaurants, grocery stores, and homes, and turning it into a valuable soil-building amendment is the basis of this green business idea, which Stephen Hanley, of our sister site Sustainablog gives us an introduction to:…

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Tackling the Global E-Waste Problem (Infographic)

Originally published on CustomMade. Last year, the world produced nearly 54 million tons of electrical and electronic products, but only a fraction of it was reused, refurbished, or recycled. With a relatively short lifecycle, e-waste now litters dumpsites all over the world, exposing humans and the environment to toxic materials. Some eco-conscious offices use industrial desks made mostly from recycled materials, while a number of homeowners have turned to reclaimed barnwood to create sustainable desks and entertainment centers. However, despite…

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From Food Scraps to Fuel: Fueling a Fleet with CNG Made from Waste

There’s no denying that some renewable energy technologies are more visually appealing than others, especially the highly visible ones that look decidedly more ‘space-age’, such as solar power and wind power, but it’s going to take a variety of approaches, including not-so-sexy technologies such as converting waste to energy, to create a true clean energy future. One of the more common waste products in the developed world these days is food waste (which is a sad truth in a world…

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