Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Soy milk and other foods

Hey everyone

I have recently went and purchased my first container of soy milk from Silk. I am fine with the taste and the price was more than the cow brands. The difference in making my decision was the fact that the plants that make the soy milk for Silk are powered with WIND! That blew (ha ha) my mind right into purchasing Silk.

On the topic of food, ENN has an article about how environmentalists and conservationists are now turning their attention to food producers and distributors.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Coskata/GM ethanol partner

Hey everyone

There is a company located in Warrenville named Coskata that produces ethanol using biomass. The process holds many benefits including less than one gallon of water used per gallon of ethanol produced, use of multiple biomass materials, and many more. I recommend checking out the website and read more on this company. Vinod Khosla, the venture capitalist, has joined the venture. General Motors has also purchased a stake in the company. http://biz.yahoo.com/nytimes/080115/1194736753103.html?.v=21

A Fresh Squeeze has put out a great article on the green initiatives that Chicago's museums are taking. You can also take a look at the city's Department of Environment web site for information. As always, you can sign up for A Fresh Squeeze through wikipower and in the process help the environment as Wikipower will donate $0.25 to the Field Museum's Carbon Nuetral Program. Email the blog when you sign up and we will make sure the donation is made.

Environmental News Network has some new articles on water conservation and wind power.

Greenmaker, a company featured here at wikipower, has been featured on iVillage. The video is here.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Carbon Carbon Carbon

Hey everyone

There is an article in the NY Times that discusses the carbon offset programs.

I suggest you visit the website for Chicago Climate Exchange. They have opened up a market to buy and sell carbon credits. It is a different way to look at how industry is dealing with the carbon issue. There also will be a new exchange in New York later this year called the Green Exchange.

As a reminder, this blog has pledged to donate $0.25 to The Field Museum Carbon Offset program in Chicago for every person that signs up to receive the weekly updates from A Fresh Squeeze. The updates are chock full of great environmental tips and now you can positively affect the environment by simply asking for information on how to live in an environmentally friendly way! Let the blog know when you sign up as I would like to stay on top of it. Let's make Chicago the most carbon neutral place on earth!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

China bans certain plastic bags and more

Hey everyone

There is a report from the Environmental News Network that talks about policies the world's governments are taking towards limiting the use and waste of plastic bags. This story has been getting some traction as I received a phone call about it from a family member earlier this morning.

Don't forget that you can still purchase cloth bags through Green Kits for as low as $5.00! My family has saved at least 60 plastic bags from being sent out to waste by using our Green Kit cloth bags! Green Kits also has expanded their cleaning products catalog.

A Fresh Squeeze has started hosting green events that cover all environmental topics. Most recently there was a presentation by Mark Walsh of the Chicago Climate Exchange. They also have some great tips on keeping your house cool and your bill low for the winter. ComEdCARE and the US Department of Energy contributed to the article.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

The CASE club for Northside College Prep will be running a sale on SIGG water bottles. Check out SIGG's web site. The design your own option is a pretty cool feature.

I have seen a major push into solar recently. In Scientific America, there is a forward thinking article on the ability of solar power to take us off our dependence of foreign oil. There is also a very good article on the sun in one of the most recent issues of New Scientist.

The Environmental News Network website continues to push forward excellent articles covering environmental issues including China's preparations for the Olympics and SustainableBusiness.com's top twenty companies.

A Fresh Squeeze has offered some fine tips on shaking the winter blues and resolution making for the new year.

I hope everyone has a great new year. Please pass the blog on to others and comment as often as possible. Make sure to make this year the most environmentally friendly year possible!