Marketplace for Reclaimed Building Materials
Created 9/6/2010 8:27:27 AM 
Fueled by the need for both economy and sustainability, deconstruction increasingly makes sense as a solution for old, vacant buildings. There are currently some 14 million vacant homes in the United States alone, containing materials valued at USD 75 billion; meanwhile, the market for green building materials is expected to exceed USD 31 billion in the U.S. by 2014.
Textbook Rental: A Multi-Million Dollars Business
Created 7/26/2010 9:38:21 AM 
In these tough economic times many people are looking for ways to shave expenses off their budgets. One tried-and-true method is to rent instead of buy. Environmentalists have long pointed out that we can also significantly reduce our impact on the planet if we borrow the things we only need occasionally.
Go Green: Rent Everything
Created 6/23/2010 11:20:06 AM 
More and more renting seems like an easier way to “go green” while cutting costs. While not everything should be rented, (toothbrushes, underwear, etc.) most things can be, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you can borrow just about anything without having to leave your home, or office, or coffee shop – basically anywhere you use your computer.
Freeze Your Tires for Profit
Created 5/12/2010 7:56:52 AM 
Currently more than 300 million tires are ditched every year in the U.S. alone, and most of those are simply dumped in landfills or burned for fuel, mainly at cement plants. The world's population is growing and the advent of smaller and cheaper electric cars will likely put more drivers on the road, so unless anything changes drastically the number of discarded tires is bound to grow.
e-Stewards: New Certification System for E-Waste Recycling
Created 5/10/2010 8:15:55 AM 
The problem of e-waste: Between the breakneck pace of technological progress and our voracious appetite for gadgets, we're accumulating piles of obsolete computers, cell phones, and other electronic junk. This stuff is hard to dispose of because it's full of many different materials and tends to contain toxins like mercury, lead, and arsenic. This junk is often shipped overseas where it's "recycled" with very little oversight and becomes an environmental and public health disaster.
How to Travel Without Ruining the Planet
Created 4/21/2010 8:24:03 AM 
 Travel is a time to let go, unwind, indulge, or explore. All good things, but that doesn't have to mean a vacation from your otherwise squeaky-clean, environmentally responsible habits. Travel is one of the more wasteful industries—just think of all those single-use bottles of moisturizer, the carbon cost of transatlantic flights, the rented cars—taking measurable tolls on the planet. Each additional 10 pounds per traveler, for example, requires an extra 350 million gallons of jet fuel each year. That's enough to keep a 747 jet flying continuously for 10 years!
A New Green Twist on Car Rentals
Created 4/12/2010 8:59:17 AM 
For many urban dwellers, the idea of owning a car just doesn’t make sense. Public transportation as well as highly marketed car renting services like Zipcar and City CarShare make it easy enough to get around. But if you do own a car, wouldn’t it be nice to make some extra money with your car that usually sits on the street or in a garage for most of the day? Well, one company is betting on just that.
L.A. Residents Paid to Recycle
Created 3/17/2010 8:06:52 AM 
Los Angeles is starting an innovative new pilot program. About 15,000 homes will be eligible for the program. Their recycling bins will be tagged, and with every pickup the weight of the stuff they recycle will be recorded. Based on how much they recycle, each household will earn "points" that can de redeemed at businesses such as CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, and El Pollo Loco, among others. Apparently, the total tally could reach the equivalent of $400 a year per household.
A New Green Twist on Car Rentals
Created 3/12/2010 8:06:23 AM 
For many urban dwellers, the idea of owning a car just doesn’t make sense. Public transportation as well as highly marketed car renting services like Zipcar and City CarShare make it easy enough to get around. But if you do own a car, wouldn’t it be nice to make some extra money with your car that usually sits on the street or in a garage for most of the day? Well, one company is betting on just that.
Rent your Stuff Easily Online
Created 3/3/2010 7:58:48 AM 
There's a new mantra on the green world: Reduce, Reuse, Rent! When it comes to goods and services, we've been programmed to believe that buying and selling are our only options – and to date, they've been the only easy options. We live in a material world where our lives and our planet are cluttered with more and more stuff.

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