green: New Car Labels Provide Opportunities to Save Money and the Environment! - 11/17/11 05:00 AM
Starting with the new 2012 crop of vehicles coming out now, some will have the EPA’s new Fuel Economy and Environment labels in their windows.  This year the program is voluntary so likely will only be in windows of the most fuel efficient models.  It will be mandatory for all 2013 vehicles.
We will concentrate here on the labels for gas powered vehicles, currently the most widely owned type of vehicle in North America and the least sustainable choice.   
These labels include some great information important to eco-conscious car buyers:
Starting with a single, independently verified number that is … (1 comments)

green: Save the Planet while Supporting Our Troops - 08/23/11 03:28 AM
Cell Phones for Soldiers, a program started by 2 teenagers has expanded to provide over a half million pre-paid phone cards to soldiers serving overseas.  Now both Canadians and Americans can contribute to saving the planet at the same time we support our overseas troops. 
How Does It Work? Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization that Collects your old cell phones, sells them to a recycling company and turns  the profit into useable minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. and Canadian soldiers stationed overseas. Sacrificing their lives and giving up their time with their families, our troops … (2 comments)

green: Realtors - Get 8 hours CEU and help save the planet! - 08/26/10 02:27 AM
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green: Going the Green Mile - 05/19/09 12:44 AM
If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.  Well, we are the problem.  According to statistics published by the Nature Conservancy, the average family of 4, in a detached home, in North America will generate 110 tons of CO2 annually.  The average family outside of North America will generate 22 tons of CO2 annually. 
Finally, some progress in reversing the metaphorical snowball rolling downhill that has been the US contribution to greenhouse gasses...  The Obama administration just announced new "get tough" rules on auto pollution and fuel economy.  The rules are designed to put breaks … (12 comments)

green: Go Green in 2009! 2.0 - 01/01/09 05:13 PM
The comments to my last blog "Go Green in 2009" by Dallas Realtor® prompted me to write this second blog to clarify and tell you some fabulous facts about going green. 
Green Factoids from the LGLS Certified Professional course:
• The 40% of new homes Dallas Realtor® thought was too low actually represents the percentage of new homes that have some green features, not the percentage that would actually be considered green by prevailing standards.  The figure for actual "green"  new homes is optimistically around 10% and according to the USGBC more accurately around 0.2%
• You are right that doing … (10 comments)

green: Changing the Present - 12/31/08 04:16 PM
I just saw an ad on TV for the first time that immediately "spoke to" me, as they say... and I just had to blog about it!  www.changingthepresent.comis a site designed to allow you to simply and easily give the gift of charity for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, graduations, valentine and ground hog days.  Whatever the occasion, whomever the recipient they have a gift that would make sense and make a difference... You can set up a wish list and email to friends and family - or a gift registry for a wedding.  What a great idea! you can adopt a … (11 comments)

 
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