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From the desk of Dan Forster – President

Subject: Open Letter on IFD Green Policy

As many inFORM Decisions clients already know, our company has been researching a long-term Green Policy since 2007. We have learned a lot from this effort and hope to share some of our findings on our IFD Green Page.

Our company is committed to the protection of our environment and conservation of our increasingly scarce resources. As a company, we are beginning to make the simple changes that can contribute to the protection of our fragile planet for the enjoyment of future generations. As research is showing, it's also smart business.

We are committed to change in eight areas described in our IFD GreenManifesto™.

Commitment #1: Pitch the Plastic – The plastic items we eliminated included water bottles, knives and forks, Styrofoam containers, disposable drinking glasses, and coffee stirrers. Recycling plastic bottles can divert the 40 million plastic bottles produced in the U.S. from heading to the dump.

Commitment #2: Kill the Commute – Our employees and managers voted to telecommute, working out of their homes. We keep a small office available for occasional meetings. Sun's work-at-home program has saved their employees time and money, and decreased the carbon output for the company.

Commitment #3: Support a Conservation Organization – We selected a short list to support from the many organizations helping to preserve our forest resources, since old growth forests are still being harvested for paper mills around the world. Among these, the Arbor Day Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, and Conservation International were our favorites.

Commitment #4: Cut the Power – We don't just switch off the lights. We turn off all those electronic wait states that silently suck power by controlling them via power strips. IBM has developed a whole new generation of servers and storage devices that conserve power and reduce heat, as part of their Project Big Green.

Commitment #5: Go with the Green Guys – We decided to work with ecologically sensitive vendors that operate with some level of environmental awareness. We now provide biodegradable inks and recycled toner cartridges and paper, working with suppliers of these and other greener products.

Commitment #6: Change Mindset, Change Habits – Each of us is continually on the lookout for new opportunities that can help to preserve scarce or threatened plant, animal and mineral resources. Starting a recycling program with other people in your building is a good example ... so is carpooling (the switch to working out of our homes eliminated it in our case).

Commitment #7: Preach Going Paperless – We've taken our software business to another level by going paperless. Being in the business of eliminating paperwork and clutter has given us a slight edge. We converted paper forms and reports to electronic versions, enabling us to eliminate printers and ink cartridges and file cabinets and whole dumpsters full of office detritus that ends up in our landfills. We also have boosted our budget for getting the word out about the value of going to a paperless environment.

Commitment #8: Green the IT – In our case, we replaced older PCs and monitors in our server room with newer Energy Star equipment running on Intel processors. We also replaced our aging AS/400 170 and 270 models with a single System i Model 820 with multiple LPARs. Then we replaced our aging analog phone system and hardware with a VOIP computer-based phone system hosted remotely. The result: Our electric bill shrank by 17.5 percent and we increased our server room AC setting from 68°F to 73°F.

At IFD, we understand the need for developing sound business reasons for organizations to make the conversion to a paperless environment. When a company goes paperless … everyone wins. We call it greening the bottom line.

We are using our IFD Green Page to show other companies how to make changes in their IT and office operations that save time and money… and lead to protection of our forest resources.

Below you will find the IFD Green Policy that guides us today.

You will also find our IFD Green Research Links, compiled to assist business and non-profit organizations, families and individuals to research how they can best contribute to the challenges that lie ahead. This compilation of over 200 references is organized into subject areas for both business (see: The Green Office and IT Goes Green) and other sections for families to research together (see Endangered Species, Do Your Own Research, Videos).

Dan Forster

IFD Green Policy

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The management and employees of inFORM Decisions are committed to making a strong contribution to the betterment of our environment. To this end, the company has created this IFD Green Policy.

IFD and its employees are committed to the following:

1. Examine our Own Operations

Identify and implement changes to operating practices designed to minimize any harmful impact on our forests and other natural resources.

2. Support Clean Energy Legislation

Support the U.S. House of Representatives bill HR 3221-New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act. This bill and a similar bill in the Senate represent important bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Congress towards a comprehensive clean energy Policy and our efforts to stop pollution and protect the environment. On July 30, 2008, the President signed this bill and it became Public Law No: 110-289.

The renewable standard requires that 15 percent of our electricity come from clean and renewable sources by 2020 and requires that part of this energy come from efficiency improvements.

3. Promote Use of Electronic Documents

Support the shift from paper documents to electronic documents. This is being done at IFD with the expansion of the company's product line of document automation software designed to replace paper documents with eDocuments for a wide variety of uses throughout the enterprise. More eDocs mean less paper and less pressure on our forests.

4. Promote Awareness of Energy Conservation

The company and its employees are actively seeking ways to expand public awareness of the need for energy-consciousness. IFD has committed its website and other means of communication to this effort.

5. Support Forest Conservation

The company and its employees have identified the following forest conservation organizations for support. The goals of these organizations are in alignment with the IFD Green Policy at inFORM Decisions and support the protection of both old growth and newer forest resources.

Arbor Day Foundation
Inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. This is IFD's preferred tree protection organization.
General: www.ArborDay.org
Nine Things You Should Know About Trees: www.arborday.org/trees/nineThings.cfm
Celebrate Arbor Day: www.arborday.org/arborday/

Forest Stewardship Council
Promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests.

Native Forest Network
This non-profit conservation organization's mission is to protect and restore forests and wildlife habitat.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Lots of info related to global warming and carbon footprints.
General: http://www.nature.org/
Newsletter: newsletter@tnc.org
Plant A Billion Trees Program: http://www.plantabillion.org/
Carbon Footprint Calculator: http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/

TNC Digital Photo Contest – 2007

TNC Digital Photo Contest – 2006

Scenic America

The Common Sense Environmental Fund

The Audubon Society

The Wilderness Society
National organization for the protection and preservation of forests.

The Climate Conservancy
Non-profit corporation with mission to mitigate anthropogenic climate change by informing consumers of the impact on climate.

IFD Green Research Links

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Link Organization

  • General Resources
  • Forest Protection
  • Wildlife Protection
  • Endangered Species
  • Do Your Own Research
  • Other Green Stuff
  • More Green Tips
  • Popular Green Characters
  • Hollywood Does Green
  • Videos
  • Earth and Space
  • Business Resources
  • National Media
  • IBM Midrange Media
    • Database Trends and Applications
    • IBM Systems Magazine
    • InfoWorld
    • IT Jungle
    • MC Press Online
    • Penton Media
  • The Green Office
  • Greening the Data Center
  • Energy and Fuel
  • Industry Efforts
  • Water Resources
  • Success Stories
  • Recycling
  • Government Initiatives
  • Carbon Footprints, Credits, Offsets
  • Environmental Tips/Info
  • Green Living Factoids
  • Green Cleaning Tips
  • Interesting Facts about Our Planet
  • 25 Tips for a Better Life
  • 3rd Club of Rome Report

General Resources

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Forest Protection

Reality Drop
Visit Reality Drop and get started!

Tree City USA
The Arbor Foundation's recognition of greener communities through their urban forests.

Voluntary Carbon Offset Program
The Nature Conservancy's program for carbon offsets.

Interactive Map: Climate Change & Biodiversity
Shows key species threatened by climate change.

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
Interview covering this new program that grew out of the Bali Climate Change Conference.

Deforestation and Climate Change
Shows the important link between deforestation and climate change.

Role of Forests in Reducing Harmful Gasses in Atmosphere
Paper by The Nature Conservancy.

Wildlife Protection

Audubon Society
Primary focus is the bird family.

Natural Resources Defense Council
Works to protect wildlife and wild places and ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.

National Wildlife Federation
Nonprofit focused on protection of wildlife and its habitat.

Wildlife Protection and Conservation Organizations
Wildlife protection and conservation organizations and resources, including membership organizations, government agencies, associations.

The Wildlife Land Trust
An affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States.

Defenders of Wildlife
Protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities.

Endangered Species

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An Elephant and a Dog
The story of Bella and Tara

Endangered Species Act
Polar bears headed for Endangered Species rating.

International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN
Redlist of threatened species.

Alaska global warming trip pairs evangelicals, scientists
International Herald Tribune; August 29, 2007
Two sides agreed on urgent call to action letter.

Polar Bears
Although scientists have yet to fully assess many of the 19 separate polar bear populations, initial studies suggest that climate change has already exacted a toll on these animals.

Polar Bears and Politics
The implications of protecting polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.

The Not-so-Disappearing Polar Bear
By: Bjorn Lomborg
Telegraph; Oct. 16, 2007
Contrarian viewpoint and comments in this venerable London paper.

Last of the Tasmanian Devils
By: Bryan Walsh
Time Magazine; October 6, 2008
Reviews the most critically endangered species on the planet.

10 Wonders of the Vanishing World
By Robin McKie
The Observer; January 28, 2007

Be Worried, Be Very Worried
Time Magazine; March 26, 2006

Vanishing Frogs, Climate, and the Front Page
New York Times; March 24, 2008
By: Andrew C. Revkin
Amphibians, climate and the media

The Race for Survival
By: Jerry Adler
Newsweek, June 9, 2008
Enlisting endangered species in the fight against global warming is either a brilliant tactical maneuver – or an arrogant abuse of the law.

Smithsonian Nature Site
Excellent source for latest wildlife news including threatened species.

Adopt a Wildlife
World Wildlife Fund program.

Adopt Endangered Wildlife
Defenders of Wildlife center for adopting wild animals.

Do Your Own Research

2009 Earth Hour
Annual world blackout for energy conservation.
GreenMotion – Green InSight Newsletter
Promotes greater awareness, understanding among researchers, industry, policy-makers and the general public.

Play Consumer Consequences
What would the Earth look like if everyone lived like you?

Engineering the Climate
By: Sam Thernstrom
The American; Jan. 14, 2009

Climate Emergency News
Regularly updated news on what we are doing to the world's climate and what we need to be doing to restore its health.

Tips for Going Green
Josh Dorfman's guide to green-overs.

News Site: Forecast Earth
The Weather Channel's news, science and debate advancing sustainable life on a changing planet.

Audubon Magazine: A New Leaf
State global warming efforts may offer best chance to change direction in Washington.

Adopt an Acre
Nature Conservancy program

Adopt an Acre of Rainforest
Nationally registered private nature reserve: Cocobolo Nature Reserve.

Adopt an Acre of African Heartland
African Wildlife Foundation program.

Take Back the Tap
Food and Water Watch site on water.

New York Times Global Warming Page

Increasing rates for humans
This video is full of startling contrasts ... takes 6 minutes.

Reuters Global Environment Summit
Reuters; October 5, 2007
Quotes from Reuters conference on stopping climate change.

Evangelicals see global warming threat
Feb 16, 2006
This poll found that two-thirds of evangelicals are either completely or mostly convinced that global warming is actually taking place.
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48866 - 28k

10 Things You Didn't Know about the Earth
There's a whole planet beneath your feet, 6.6 sextillion tons of it.

Our National Forests -- What You Can Do
Forest planning and your role; Forest Planning News

Evangelical Leaders Join Global Warming Initiative
Pastor Rick Warren among 86 leaders of evangelical Christians add their support.

Speaking of Science 2.0 Lecture
By Matthew C. Nisbet, Prof. School of Communication, American University
Discusses future of science and major issues including global warming.

Consumer Consequences
Test to see if you are living a sustainable life.

Science Blogs: Combined Feed
Includes special science blog on Planet Earth.

Worlds best nature science and medicine on your desktop, with blogs.

Al Gore's Useful Green Tips
Al Gore green blog on energy savings.

Al Gore's Green Truth: 5 Things to Buy
Al Gore tells what to buy at the hardware store to help the planet.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Responsibility Report
Allows orgs to report on their progress in areas of social responsibility.

Greenchip Stocks
Good information on the stock market and how it relates to the environment. Free newsletter.

The Earthship Has Landed
Step aboard the Earthship and say Good-bye to power bills.

The World without Us
Author Alan Weisman reads from his best seller, The World without Us that focuses on our planet after humans are gone.

Global Warming Health Hazard
In the U.S. alone, 9,000,000 kids have asthma. Maybe it is time to look at the climate connection and see how we can breathe easier.

Light Concepts
Play a role in curbing global warming through home lighting.

Full List of Related NGOs
Non-governmental organizations involved in global warming.

10 Fixes for the Planet
Some of Newsweek magazine's favorite ideas to help the environment.

We Can Solve It
Educating people in the US and around the world that the climate crisis is both urgent and solvable.

Make Yourself Heard on “We Can Solve It”
Seen on U.S. TV.

Daily Candy for the Eco Set
Newsletter with green tips for every aspect of daily life. New York, Chicago, San Fran and L.A. versions.

How to Go Green Guides
News blog about all things sustainable.

Green Seal
Shopper's guideline to what is green.

13 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill
SmartMoney; April 23, 2008

How Green Are You?
Find out this and more at Microsoft's Green site.

Another How Green Are You?
Play this game to find out.

Eliminate Unwanted Catalogs
Catalog Choice lets you decline paper catalogs.

Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental dangers, science, your impact, what you can do.

Use ePost and Live the Good Life
The Green Pages – good news for Canada.

Learn to live the green life style without radical lifestyle changes.

Take a Green Vacation
Carbon-neutral Ecoventura's small-ship itineraries sail through the Galapagos Islands

Green Lodging News
Information on lodging that follows green principles.

End of the Day over Hong Kong
Place cursor at top of photo. You will notice it is 6:10 PM. Slide the mouse down slowly over the photo without pressing mouse button. Nighttime appears, building lights come on, and at 7:40 PM, it's dark.

10 Ideas for Saving Money & Energy at Home
By: Heleigh Bostwick
Sourced from the Legal Zoom Article Center.

The Green Collar Economy
Plan for solving the big issues facing the U.S.: the failing economy and our threatened environment.

Other Green Stuff

Definition of Global Warming

Definition of Climate Change

Rain Forest Reference
Mongabay's well-organized rain forest information.

MSNBC: Giant Chunks Break Off Canadian Ice Shelf
Green site with many stories and links.

The Doomsday Clock
Chronological history of The Doomsday Clock from 1947 to present; maintained by atomic scientists.

Clean Energy Incubator
The facilities, the resources and the knowledge to commercialize clean energy business ideas.

Technological Reports on Saving the Earth
G Living

Green Search Engine
Vertical search engine for green resources on the Web. Features clustered search results and geo-analytics to locate popular search terms and their source.

The Daily Green
Web site dealing with green living.

Co-op America
Economic links for a just planet.

Go Green Expo
Includes New York City to Los Angeles event schedule.

Mongabay's compendium of biodegradable products.

More Green Tips

Send us your tips. They may show up on the IFD Green Page with acknowledgement to you.

Saving Energy
Become aware of the many subtle ways you are using electricity. Power down your computer if you won't be using it for a while. Unplug appliances that don't need to be plugged in all the time. Unplug the cell phone charger and other chargers in your home and office until needed.

Use power strips to make it easier to shut off all power to multiple devices at once. This eliminates the phantom load that most offices and homes have where electricity is used even when devices are turned off to keep status lights beaming or some other nonessential activity. If you don't need it to operate 24/7, find a way to make shutting things off easy.

National Geographic Green Guide
Simple, useful ideas, broken down into achievable steps that make "going green" a gradual and affordable process rather than an all-or-nothing plunge.

Green Planet
Non-profit organization focused on environmental stewardship in agriculture with extensive blog.

Green Maps of Major Areas
The Green Map System now has 40 maps in 51 countries: www.greenmap.org
San Francisco and Northern California: http://www.greenmap.org/greenhouse/en/node/3029
Stockholm: www.stockholmgreenmap.se

Climate Change and the Disease Connection
Company gets award to work with its partners to improve the use of forecasts, rainfall data and other climate information in East Africa.

Popular Green Characters

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Smokey the Bear
Bureau of Forestry; U. S. Dept. of Agriculture
Join Smokey for some forest and campfire fun, and, along the way, discover Smokey's rules for forest fire safety and prevention.

Woodsey the Owl
Fish & Wildlife Service; U.S. Dept of the Interior
Old Woodsey Owl says Give A Hoot Don't Pollute!

Kids can defeat Energy Hogs and become an Official Hog Buster. No adults allowed.

Hollywood Does Green

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What is Hollywood Doing?
Hollywood's role to become an incubator for green technologies.

Hollywood Goes Green
By: Dave Roos
Movie Maker Magazine; Summer 2006
From Leo in his Prius to Daryl up a tree, Roos looks at how the movie industry is leading the nation's green revolt.

What Variety has to Say
By: Anne Thompson
Variety.com; April 27, 2007
These days, Shrek isn't the only thing in Hollywood that's green.

Vanity Fair on the Green Issue
April 2007 issue was devoted to green issues.

50 Ways to Help Save the Planet in Vanity Fair
May 2006 issue article in Vanity's Environment department.

Leonardo Di Caprio Documentary
His documentary, 11th Hour Action, concerns the environmental crisis caused in part by human actions.
www.11thHourAction.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_11th_Hour_(film)

Leonardo Di Caprio Charitable Foundation
Dedicated to assisting other environmental organizations by expanding their audiences and providing information and educational materials. Includes environmental calendar.

An Inconvenient Truth
Academy Award winning documentary on global warming by Al Gore.

Green TV Program on Sundance
Under Robert Redford's direction, Sundance channel is launching a weekly prime-time series "The Green," about individuals and their creative solutions to environmental problems.

Julia Roberts' Formula
Julia Roberts $20 million home is going green … pictures.

The Oprah Winfrey Show
Tips to erase your carbon footprint.

New Planet Green Network
24-hour eco-lifestyle television network with robust online presence and community. Launching in June 2008, on-air content will reach 50 million homes in US. George Lucas is behind it.

Jay Leno's Green Garage
Leno's attempt at a green garage to house the restoring of his legendary car collection.

Actor Ed Begley's Environmental Page
Healthy Solutions for the Planet! Tips and F.A.Q.


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IBM TV Ad – The Boardroom

IBM TV Ad – The Elevator

Invest in Glass
Money manager Jim Cramer of CNBC advises investing in glass makers like Owens Corning. Glass containers are 100 times easier to recycle than plastic and emit a thousand times fewer toxins than plastics during production.

You Tube – Evangelicals, Global Warming and Depopulation
The shift within evangelical groups gained some momentum in 2008 when 86 Evangelical leaders issued a statement on global warming.

What is Global Warming?
Source: www.watchmojo.com is an Internet video magazine.

Senator McCain Answers Questions on Global Warming
John McCain on the campaign trail in Hopkinton, NH in 2008.

McCain Refutes a Global Warming Denier
Meeting in New Hampshire during 2008 presidential campaign.

Global Warming 101
Readers Digest production.

Larry King: Bill Nye vs. Richard Lindzen
Debate between two respected authorities on Larry King; pros and cons represented.

Bill Nye the Science Guy: A World without Wood
Shows what would happen if wood vanished.

Amateur's Warning on Global Warming
An amateur's video message on YouTube.

Consequences of Global Warming
April 30, 2007
Environmental science class project on consequences of global warming.

Gore on Effect of Global Warming
Illustrated talk by Al Gore.

Profile for An Inconvenient Truth
Profile on Al Gore's award-winning documentary.

AAAS on Climate Change
Video produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science on climate change.

ABC World News Tonight Report on Climate Change
An April 10, 2006 broadcast.

Polar Bears and Global Warming
Images from Global Warming Crusade Fund; see “(more info)” for this video.

Melting Arctic Sea Ice
Portrays the shrinking of the perennial sea ice over the North Pole.

Russian Expedition below North Pole Ice Cap
Russian TV program on 1st manned descent below polar ice cap to ocean floor.

Sir David Attenborough: The Truth about Climate Change
CBS News: The Passionate Eye

You Control Climate Change
European Union (EU) awareness campaign; set in Venice.

Living with Climate Change
Climate change on alpine glaciers; EUtube by European Commission.

NASA: Climate Report on Global Warming
Reports on NASA satellite and ship data.

The Air Car on YouTube
A visit to the MDI factory in Nice, France where the Air Car is in development.

Our Generation – What We Will Be

Will cheap oil affect green innovation?
Venture capitalist and Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy on how cheap oil affects green innovation.

Earth and Space

Night Falls on Hong Kong
As you bring cursor down photo, time shifts from 6:10pm to 7:40pm

First Earthrise Filmed
Full-Earth-rise has been captured by Japan's Kaguya lunar orbiter. The just-issued movie was taken on November 5, 2007.

Amazing Views of Earth from Space – Part 1
Pictures from Space.com Gallery Category: Planet Earth. Some effects of climate change visible.

Amazing Views of Earth from Space – Part 2
More pictures are from Space.com Gallery Category: Planet Earth.

More Earth from Space

Earth at Night

Global Warming Photography

Gary Braasch Environmental Photography

New Pics from Hubble Telescope
Awesome photos from outer space and more from NASA's Hubble satellite.

Global Incident Map
Global display of terrorism and other suspicious events.

Powers of Ten

Did You Know?
Predictions of life on earth.

How the Earth Was Made
History.com Channel; Feb. 10, 2009
5-part series on ocean trenches and tectonic plate subduction.

Backyard Astronomer Explores the Night Sky

Business Resources

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National Media

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Global Warming Highlights
Chicago Tribune; August 22, 2008

Evangelicals Split on Global Warming
May 15, 2007 ... Evangelicals split on global warming. BBC Washington correspondent Matt Frei goes to Virginia to take a look at the issue of climate change.

Legislature Takes Aim at Urban Sprawl and Global Warming
Los Angeles Times; August 21, 2008

The Greening of Evangelicals
By: Blaine Harden
Washington Post; February 6, 2005
Christian Right turns, sometimes warily, to environmentalism.

Hurricane Expert Reconsiders Global Warming's Impact
Houston Chronicle; April 12, 2008
Leading expert on hurricanes softens predictions of increased hurricane activity.

Everyday Low Carbon
Wall Street Journal; January 23, 2008

America: Step Up on Climate Change
Christian Science Monitor; December 31, 2007

Save trees by viewing and paying bills online
USA Today; July 31, 2007

Break the Addiction
Go Paperless: What are you doing to protect Mother Earth?
MTV Broadcast; July 5, 2007

Global Warming Heats Up
Time; March 26, 2006
Nature, it seems, has finally got a bellyful of us.

Gore Urges Action to U.S. Congress on Stimulus Plan's Environmental Provisions
truthout; Jan. 28, 2009
Former US VP tells Senate that environmental initiatives would help job growth.

BBC Climate Change Site
Scientific articles with blog commentary you can add to.

The Green Grid
Global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems.

Evangelicals, Global Warming and never the twain shall meet?
By: Waylon Lewis
Elephant Journal; August 16, 2008
Rick Warren, Southern Baptist minister in Lake Forest, CA, is leader of a new breed of evangelicals focusing on issues like poverty, AIDS, global warming.

Database Trends & Applications

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Software Really Can Make Things Greener
5 Minute Briefing – Data Center; July 14, 2008

How to "Go Green" as a Database Administrator
Database Trends & Applications; June 2008

Green IT: Can a column-based analytics server relieve pain in a data center full of hot air?
Database Trends & Applications; February 2008

IBM Systems Magazine

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Leaner and Greener
By: Shirley S. Savage; July 2008
Effect of IBM's Big Green project on its datacenters.

eNewsletter – What's New in Green
By Shirley S. Savage; June 2008

A Valuable Resource
By Jim Utsler; May 2008

eNewsletter – Green Bedfellows
By Morgon Mae Schultz; March 2008

It's Easy Being Green
By Jeff Van Heuklon; January 2008

The Green Scene
By Jim Utsler; October 2007


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IBM tackles IT energy efficiency in a Big Green way
April 22, 2008
Describes Project Big Green, IBM's sprawling initiative to increase the energy efficiency of IT.

IT Jungle

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Mid-Market Companies Want to Be Green, Too
By: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Four Hundred Stuff; March 17, 2009
IBM's latest study of midrange users confirms strong interest in green datacenters.

IBM Enjoying the Role of Green Giant
By: Dan Burger, VP
The Linux Beacon; June 17, 2008

Big Blue's Power Systems Painted Green at OCEAN Tech Conference
By: Dan Burger, VP
The Four Hundred; July 7, 2008

Cons: Where IT Isn't Going Green
By: Timothy Prickett Morgan
The Four Hundred; May 27, 2008
Presents some evidence that green efforts are concentrated in larger IT centers.

How to Build a Green Datacenter
Alex Woodie; The UNIX Guardian; May 3, 2007

Uncle Sam Pushes Energy Star Rating for Servers
Timothy Prickett Morgan; The UNIX Guardian; Jan. 11, 2007

Neuwing, IBM to Quantify and Monetize IT Energy Savings
By: Timothy Prickett Morgan, Publisher
The Four Hundred; November 5, 2007

Green Computing Tops Gartner's List of 10 Hottest Technologies
By: Alex Woodie, Editor
The Four Hundred; October 22, 2007

IBM Sees Green in Going Green in Data Centers
By: Timothy Prickett Morgan, Publisher
IT Jungle, May 10, 2007
Good review of IBM's direction.

MC Press Online

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IBM Joins Consortium to Power Vehicles with Renewable Energy
MC Press Online; Feb. 27, 2009
Chris Smith reports on IBM's work in Denmark to harness wind power.

IFD Announces Unique Environmental Effort
Jan. 9, 2009
How inFORM Decisions is teaming with Arbor Day Foundation to help reforest North America.

IBM Introduces New Energy-Savings Solutions
MC Press Online; Oct. 29, 2008
New software and services to support businesses addressing the energy crisis.

Going Green is Good!
By Dan Forster, President, IFD
MC iTechnology Manager; August 11, 2008
IFD's own story about transitioning to an environmentally aware company.

IBM Energy-Efficient Technology Supports Growth of Solar-Powered Data Center
By IBM; 6/24/08

IBM Project Big Green Tackles Global Energy Crisis
By IBM; 6/11/08

IBM's Project Big Green, Big Green Linux and VMware Help Consolidate Data Centers
By Max Hetrick; 6/2/08

IBM Says Color Me Even Green-er
By IBM; 5/29/08

IBM Reveals Plans to Simplify IT Delivery and Target Growth Markets
By Chris Smith; 5/5/08

Recycling Computers--Good for the Pocketbook and the Environment
By Help on Demand, LLC; 5/5/08

New Data Center Energy Management Software Arrives
By IBM 5/29/08

Going Green May Mean Counting Calories, BTUs, and Kilowatts
By Chris Smith; 4/25/08

Green IT, Networking, and Product Convergence Are Themes at CeBIT
By Chris Smith; 3/24/08

inFORM Decisions Releases Upgrades to Document Automation Solutions
By Dan Forster; 3/11/08

Software That Depicts Real-Time Events in Three Dimensions May Offer Distinct Advantages
By Chris Smith 2/24/08

Climate Change is Upon Us: Is Your Firm Up to the Challenge?
By Chris Smith; 12/16/07

IBM to "Green" Its Data Centers
By Thomas Stockwell; 11/4/07 http://www.mcpressonline.com/analysis/commentary/ibm-to-green-its-data-centers.html

IBM Energy-Efficient Technology Supports Growth of Solar-Powered Data Center
By: Chris Smith; Senior Products Editor
MC-SHOWCASE; 6/25/07

Penton Media

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Decrease Your Carbon Footprint: Work at Home
System i Network; August, 2008
Positive results of a study at Sun Microsystems.

Green is for the Grinch
By: Chris Maxcer, News Editor
System i Network; July 17, 2008
Contrarian views by this leading IBM midrange editor.

Podcast on the System i and the New Green in IT
By: Chris Maxcer, News Editor
System i Network; July 14, 2008
Express some of his views also contained in Green is for the Grinch above.

Special Report: How Green is Your i?
By: Seamus Quinn; U.K. Editor
System i Network; July 1, 2008

Green Talk: Is It Just Lip Service?
System i Network; May 1, 2008

Going Green on Big Blue
By: Erin Bradford, Editor
System i Network; April 15, 2008

Going Green: Doing My Part
By:Nahid Jilovec
System i Network; December 1, 2007
The author ties his personal commitment to the green movement to managing the datacenter.

Tis the Season for Ware-ing of the Green
By: John Ghrist, Senior Products Editor
System iNetwork; Aug. 22, 2007
There's money to be saved, and money to be made, in paying some attention to Green IT, regardless of what platforms you use.

iSeries: Lean, Green, NT-Busting Machine
By: Carson Soule;Tech Editor
System iNetwork; Aug. 2, 2001
Soule explains why it's incumbent upon the world-conscious programmer to unplug those NT boxes and switch to clean programming with the iSeries.

The Green Office

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Ways to save on IT
Network World – Feb. 25, 2009
Cost-saving ideas for IT leaders.

25 Facts You Should Know About Green It
InfoWorld; Feb. 12, 2009
Lots of surprising facts about datacenters.

The iLinc Greenmeter
Software tracks CO2, cost and travel reductions accrued by meeting online rather than traveling. http://www.ilinc.com/greenmeter/

Going, Going ... Where?
Baseline; July 30, 2008
Efficient new ways to get rid of old datacenter equipment.

Greening the Datacenter
Information Management; Jan. 29, 2009
Attacking economic and environmental costs associated with running a datacenter.

IBM Content Management to Reduce Paper Usage
New IBM Content Collection and Archiving software to eliminate the burden of paper.

10 Tips for Implementing Green IT
By: Debra Littlejohn Shinder
TechRepublic; Sept. 3, 2008
See how you can boost efficiency and reduce costs by going green.

The Green Revolution Hits the Office
By: Dan Forster
eNotes newsletter for DOCUMENT magazine; Dec. 18, 2007
How global warming will affect the office of the future. eNotes is the electronic newsletter of DOCUMENT, the leading publication in document management.

IBM Aims at Trimming Electric Bills with Active Energy Manager
InfoWorld; Nov. 6, 2007
Management tools aimed at reining in datacenter energy waste and associated high costs.

Gartner's Top 10 IT Technologies for 2008
By: Jon Brodkin
Network World; Oct. 9, 2007
Gartner has identified the top 10 strategic technologies IT executives must examine for 2008. The list includes IT going green.

Sun's Open Work Energy Measurement Project
Reductions in employee carbon footprints at Sun Microsystems.

6 Tips for a Paperless Office
By: Joseph Anthony
Microsoft Business Center

Working Towards the Paperless Office
By: Jeremy Sacco, Buyer.zone.com editor
Benefits of a paperless office solution.

Leaner, Greener IT
By:Jessica Weidling
Digital Communities; July 5, 2007
Aimed at governmental agencies forging partnerships with forward-thinking tech companies.

Green Technology World Newsletter
Helping environmentally-conscious business leaders choose environmentally friendly solutions.

Eco Fabulous
Locations for buying eco-friendly products for the workplace.

Green Practices for Home & Office

Go Green Choices Program
Focuses on more environmentally sound transportation.

Facilities – Green Practices
Incorporate “green” practices into the construction and renovation of your facilities.

Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs
Facts about CFLs and on using CFLs.

US Government Frequently Asked Questions on CFLs
Includes controversial clean-up process.

Green Web Conferencing
iLink is Web meeting software that tracks CO2, cost, and travel reductions accrued by meeting online rather than traveling.

Pay It Green Initiative
Electronic Payments Association, NACHA, provides toolkit for billers plus a calculator for consumers to help drive the green message about turning off paper.

Converting Payment Docs to Paperless
eNotes (DOCUMENT); July 2008
Ways to motivate customers to accept electronic billing practices.

Go Green, Save Green through Energy Efficiency
What to do about permanently higher energy costs.

Greening the Datacenter

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Going Green While Reducing Operational Costs
Video with Joe Clabby sponsored by IBM.

Green Technology on the Rise Despite Recession
St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Dec. 28, 2009
Discusses IT buyer attitudes toward green technologies.

IBM: Go Green in Electronics
Resources to help your electronics company become a green sustainable enterprise

IBM Helps Retailers Go Green - 30 May 2007 IBM news release
The IBM Retail Store Solutions group outlines its Retail Green Initiative, designed to help retail clients meet ecological goals with conservation-oriented technology solutions.

Green TMCnet Technology Newsletter
Wide range of green technology topics.

A Green Strategy for Your Entire Organization
IBM's new software for a greener world.

Big Blue's Power Systems Painted Green
Dan Burger; The Four Hundred; July 7, 2008
IBM presentation focuses on replacing under-utilized X64 servers.

IBM Reveals Plans to Simplify IT Delivery and Target Growth Markets
By: Chris Smith
MC Press Online; May 5, 2008
The company's emphasis on green IT is designed to lower users' energy costs while boosting sales.

IBM's Project Big Green
Applying energy efficient technology, products, skills and services to help reduce data center energy consumption and become more energy efficient.

IBM Project Big Green 2 Overview
Inside track on IBM Project Big Green 2 with Steve Sams, IBM Vice President, Global Technology Services.

IBM's Training for Thinking Green
Lists multiple conferences that include IBM's see blue, think green training.



Mini-IBM Modular Datacenters
The 2nd phase of Project Big Green involves modular, energy-efficient data center designs available anywhere in the world.

Optimizing IT: The Green Datacenter
IBM white paper on Data Storage Connection; Feb. 27, 2008

IBM Unleashes World's Fastest UNIX System, Offers Twice the Performance of HP Itanium System at Comparable Price
April 8, 2008 IBM Company announcement.

IBM's Green Website
Focus is IBM's green datacenter.

Leaner, Greener IT Lowers Costs, Boosts Efficiency
IBM Forward View; March 12, 2008
Describes how rising energy costs influence IT planning.

The Green Gap -- Addressing Environmental & Economic Sustainability
Byte and Switch; March 3, 2009
Green messaging in general and in IT in particular centers around carbon footprint and emissions reduction.

Big Blue Going Green in the Data Center
By: Barry Levine
TODAY.com; August 2, 2007
IBM's green strategy for datacenter managers.

IBM Going... Going... Green
Enterprise IT PLANET.com; June 28, 2007

Green Test for Your Datacenter
IBM's self-test to assess your data center's energy use.

Intelligent Energy
IBM on getting smart about managing power in our global warming era.

Market Pressure – Putting Green on Same Level as Capacity
By: Arthur Cole
IT Business Edge; Oct. 11, 2007
Addresses server room issues including true server consolidation, blades, power consumption, rising power costs, regulatory pressures for energy efficiency.

Green Storage Gear Alone Just Isn't Good Enough
By: Chris James
GreenerComputing.com; Sept. 29, 2008
Shows how buying green IT appliances is not the same as BEING green.

Green IT Guide and Toolkit
How to create your own green IT program.

Climate Change: Top of the Risks for Business per Business Continuity Expo Survey
The Datacenter Journal; March 26, 2008

Green Computing Impact on your Organization
This non-profit organization assists with green computing migrations, provides free audits, information and events.

IBM Systems, Software, Services for a Greener World
Energy costs eat 30-40% of the operational budget; IBM says these costs will double over next 5 years.

Sun's Take on Green Datacenters in 2009
Sun's Subodh Bapat, describes topics that will shape the green datacenter movement in 2009.

IT Industry Joins Energy Industry Push
U.S. Tech Interactive
IT industry is joining the push toward energy efficiency by developing new power management technology.

ManageEngine Desktop Central Upgrade Supports the Greening of IT
Vendor adjusts product to help enterprises reduce the level of power consumed by PCs.

IBM White Paper on i Power Management
Jan. 29, 2009
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager monitors power usage of i on power.

Energy and Fuel

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US Govt. Energy Newsletter: Short Term Energy Outlook
Shows near-term energy use forecasts produced by Energy Information Admin. in DOE.

Senator John McCain on Alternative Energy Sources

Global Wind Energy Council
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is the global forum representing the wind energy industry.

American Council for Energy Efficiency Economy
This non-profit is devoted to research publications and conferences on achieving energy efficiency in buildings, utilities, appliances, office equipment, and industry.

The Energy Newsletter
Energy news by energy type, geography and key issues.

Informed comment and independent oil and gas news; tracks world peak oil production.

Ethanol Fuel Performance Training
Interactive online training that includes images, illustrations, animations, and audio on ethanol-enriched fuels.

Driving the Future
Fine Living on TV; July 14, 2007
Over 100 alternative-fuel and low-emission cars, trucks and buses at Michelin Tire CEO Edouard Michelin's annual Challenge Bibendum in Sonoma, California.

IndyCar Series
This series is a motorsports leader in renewable and environmentally responsible fuel produced in America.

Eco-Friendly Race Car Driver
Leilani Munter brings green awareness to Nascar.

American LeMans Series
Drivers demonstrate ethanol's performance on and off the track during ethanol promotion.

Meanwhile at GM
By: Lem Bingley
BusinessGreen, Nov. 13, 2007
General Motors is working on greener cars powered by diesel-electric power plants.

Green Vehicle Guide
Helps to choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs.

What is the Green Rating?
The Green Rating measures a vehicle's environmental friendliness on a scale of 1 to 100

Kelly Blue Books Better Mileage Cars and Trucks
Enter your ZIP to learn about most economical cars in your area.

2010 Ford Hybrids Offer High-Tech Driving Tips for Gas Sippers
By: Dave Van Sickle
San Francisco Chronicle; Dec. 26, 2008
Drivers choose one of four data screens to display progressive levels of information: Inform, Enlighten, Engage and Empower.

Drive Green: Search for Hybrids
San Francisco Chronicle
Find a new, used or Certified Pre-Owned hybrid using the Chronicle's research.

The Air Car on YouTube
Visit to the MDI factory in Nice, France where the Air Car is in development.

Tesla Batteries to Power EV Smart Car
EcoGeek; Jan. 14, 2009
Tesla battery packs for Daimler's electric Smart Car announced at Detroit Auto Show.

Fuel Economy
U.S. Department of Energy's guide to energy-efficient vehicles.

Max Your MPG
Clues from hypermilers to extend your car's mileage.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient America
Non-profit devoted to research publications and conferences on energy efficiency in buildings, utilities, appliances, office equipment, and industry.

American Petroleum Institute Site
Click on Daily Fuel Gauge for gas prices across the U.S.

Pros and Cons of Coal
The industry's own clean coal program.
Arguments against use of coal for energy.

Verdant Power Helps Build Sustainable Communities
Wind and kinetic hydropower projects around the U.S.

East River Fights Bid to Harness Its Currents for Electricity
Hydropower conflict in Manhattan.

Past Failures with Energy Policy
Pew Fuel Efficiency reporters and governments on their roles in putting the brakes on efficiency policies.
force change.

Revisiting The Limits to Growth: Could The Club of Rome Have Been Correct, After All?
White paper by Matthew R. Simmons
October 2000
An energy white paper that updates a seminal report on the world's resource limits (see last entry this document).

Basic Club of Rome Website
Leading financial/economic/trends prognosticating group based in Europe.

Managing the Interconnected Challenges of Climate Change, Energy Security, Ecosystems and Water
Sponsor: Club of Rome; Winterthur, Switzerland; Nov. 6-7, 2008.
Climate change's related issues threatening the future must be addressed in parallel.

Industry Efforts

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Paper Industry Association Council
The Paper Industry Association Council (PIAC) is comprised of 35 allied paper product associations representing major manufacturers and providers of paper based communications and packaging products.

Oil, Gas and Chemical industry Security Council
A platform for shared educational opportunities and an interactive forum for members to discuss issues relevant to the oil, gas and chemical industries.

American Petroleum Institute (API)
Trade association representing the U.S. petroleum industry including exploration and production, transportation, refining, and marketing.

Chevron's Action Plan on Climate Change
Part of Chevron's web site on global warming.

Waste Management Publication
Waste Management World Online contains news and articles on solid waste management technology and trends; plus solid waste management issues including waste recycling and minimization, transport and collection, landfill, bio-waste, waste-to-energy conversion.

SPI – Plastics Industry Trade Association
People, events and developments in the plastics industry; includes bioplastics and waste management.

PJM Study Assesses Possible Impact of Climate Control Legislation
The Energy Daily; Jan. 28, 2009
Covers the leading legislative proposals of the 110th Congress to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel generation plants.

Water Resources

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USGS Water Page
Main page on water for U.S. Geological Survey

Wikipedia on Water Resources

California Department of Water Resources

American Water Resources Assn.

Science Providing a Sound Basis for Water Decisions
ScienceAlert; Jan. 13, 2009
Major scientific modeling of the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia sets a new standard.

Be Waterwise.com
Site developed and maintained by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Success Stories

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Lexmark International
Their Environmental Sustainability page. They bought and operate IBM's former printer division.

Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation and WM Recycle America, a subsidiary of Waste Management, launched the Sony Take Back Recycling program, aimed at reclaiming consumer electronics.

Honda Corporation
Honda's new technologies that reduce CO2 and fight global warming target US market.

Coca-Cola Bottling
Building plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling plant and offering products boasting My white T-shirt has gone green and I'm wearing post-consumer waste.

Clorox Company
First conventional cleaners made from plant-based ingredients; in alliance with Sierra Club.

Victoria's Secret
The catalogue no longer made of pulp supplied from caribou habitat in Canada unless certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. VC catalogs now made of 10% recycled paper from post-consumer waste.

Shaklee's Million Trees – Million Dreams Program
Shaklee began a tree-planting campaign across the United States and Canada in April 2006, encouraging the company's members and distributors to organize tree-planting events at the grass roots level.

Warner Bros. Studio Keeps Green behind the Scene
See how Warner Bros. Studios celebrates 15 years of environmental stewardship.

Bank of America
Bank of America customers can support the Nature Conservancy's forest work with B of A's Save A Tree program.

Working Assets
Donates part of earnings to environment, peace, human rights, equality and education causes.

Bissell Earth Friendly Products
See their Get A Little Greener program.

British Petroleum
BP's CEO speaks on global warming at Stanford University.

Delta Airline's Force for Global Good
Delta's employees, customers, and community partners together form a force for positive local and global change; be a Hero of Zero by zeroing out your carbon footprint on their flights.

Ford Motor Company
Learn about the Ford Green program.

Sun Microsystems
Sun's highly successful work-at-home program saves employees' time and money, and decreases carbon output for the company.

Official Chevy Volt
Extended range electric car that recharges from a 110 or 120 volt plug.

Shaw Floors Environmental Page
This hardwood flooring and carpet company is doing their part to aid the environment.

Producing more environmentally responsible school pencils.

The Amish Go Solar
If you think the Amish are behind the times, this video will convince you otherwise. Shows how they are using solar power without giving up their values.


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Earth 911
Easy ways to reduce waste, recycle and help revive the planet.

Recycling - Go Green with Earth 911
Finding a recycling center. For what: Motor oil, glass bottles, more. Location: zip or city, state. Why it's important to recycle paper. How paper is recycled.

Wireless Recycling
Information on where to recycle your cell phones; how to start a collection for your favorite charity; how to remove the personal information from your cell phone prior to donation.

Raise $$$ For Your Charity
Find out how you can turn those old used cell phones into cash for your favorite charity.
Includes the following recycling partners to redeem your old cell phones for cash: Best Buy, Verizon, Motorola, AT&T.

Collective Good
Charities you can donate your cell phone to directly.

Two Cell Phone Programs for U.S. Soldiers
Charity organization that collects cell phones, sells them to ReCell


Donation of cell phones enables U.S soldiers to call home with prepaid phone cards

Free Cycle Site
Large compendium of recycling sites and techniques.

Biocompostables and Bioplastics
Description of new eco-sensitive plastic bags at the World Centric site.

GoGreen Biodegradable Bags
How you affect the planet and how biodegradable plastic can help.

Government Initiatives

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Obama Promises New Chapter in America's Leadership on Climate Change
Manchester Guardian, UK; Nov. 19, 2008
His video speech at California climate change conference under CA governor Arnold Schwartznegger.

Consumer Energy Tax Incentives
Describes new laws on energy-related tax breaks from U.S. federal government.

Lead-up to Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland
Manchester Guardian, UK; Nov. 18, 2009
Will be precursor to the Copenhagen conference in 2009.

Poznan Climate Conference
Results of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poznan, Poland.

Copenhagen Climate Change Summit 2009
Manchester Guardian, UK; March 13, 2009
Reports on worldwide global warming conference in Copenhagen following Poznan conference.

United Nations Environment Programme
Official page posted by the UN for climate change with upcoming events.

US Focus on Climate Could Ease Financial Crisis
Reuters; October 9, 2008
Describes benefits of US devoting major resources on fighting climate change.

McCain, Republicans and Global Warming
By: Austin Hill of Arizona East Valley Tribune
Reviews a number of 2008 U.S. presidential candidates and their positions on global warming.

Energy Star Ratings
U.S. government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Federal agency that works in partnership with the American public to conserve and sustain natural resources.

U S Dept of Energy Consumer's Guide
Guidelines for your home, your vehicle, your workspace.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Voice your concerns about environmental issues. It is also a model business office for reducing, reusing and recycling.

Green Practices Coming from EPA
More green practices from the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA's Design for the Environment Program
Focuses on environmental polluters.

EPA Climate Change Site
EPA's Climate Change site provides comprehensive information on global warming/climate change.

Climate Change and Health Research
By: Sharon H. Hrynkow; Assoc. Dir. - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS
Blog of her paper, Climate Change and Health Research: Time for Teamwork

Natural Resources Conservation Service The Federal agency that works in partnership with the American public to conserve and sustain natural resources.

USDA Comments on Western Climate Initiative
Are U.S. forests a carbon source or a carbon sink?

U.S. Dept. of State on Energy and Climate Change
President Bush announced a new initiative to develop and contribute to a post-Kyoto framework on energy security and climate change by the end of 2008.

U.S. Dept of Energy on Clean Coal Power Initiative
New energy processes that will sharply reduce air emissions and other pollutants from coal-burning power plants.

Western Governors Clean/Diversified Energy Initiative
CA, NV, NM, UT, WY governors program to move their region toward a cleaner more diverse energy future.

New York State's Office of Climate Change
Created to lead the development, in concert with other programs and New York State agencies, for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and help adapt when changes in our climate cannot be avoided.

Illinois Government Going Green – In More Ways than One
The state's current and future green practices.

Governor Schwarzenegger Highlights California's Green Policies & Investment
Oct. 9, 2008
California Governor Schwartznegger's keynote address at TechNet's "Growing Green Technology in California" forum.

State of California Waste Prevention World
The first component of the waste management hierarchy—waste prevention—and finding creative ways to reduce the amount of waste we produce both at home and on the job.

Don't Trash California
CALTRANS Division of Maintenance spends more than $40 million annually to clean up litter on state freeways and highways.

U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Center
Initiative launched by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels in which mayors commit to reduce emissions in their cities to seven percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

Renewable energy incentive data organized by state.

National Park Services, U.S. Department of Interior
Help to plan your next visit to a National Park; news by park; behavior in NPS facilities.

Crossing a Threshold on Energy Legislation
New York Times; Dec. 5, 2007

California, New York, Michigan as Leaders
San Francisco Chronicle; Dec. 15, 2007

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Nobel-prize wining definitive 4th assessment of climate change.

Report on International Conference in Bali
U.S. agrees to new global warming treaty to replace Kyoto Protocol.

U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) Report on Environmental Indicators
Date: Nov. 2004
Findings and recs on importance/benefits of indicators to measure environmental conditions within U.S. Federal Government.

Canadian International Development Agency
Canadian NGO supporting sustainable development and providing humanitarian assistance.

Carbon Footprints, Credits, Offsets

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Definition: Carbon Footprint

What is A Carbon Footprint?
Definition of carbon footprint by Time for Change organization.

Your Carbon Footprint
Breakdown of a typical person's carbon footprint.

Marie Claire's Take on A Carbon Footprint?
By Susan Kathleen Moran in Marie Claire
Three good introductory articles for the fashionistas.

The Definitive Website for Carbon Footprint
Everything you didn't know you needed to know about carbon in the global warming era.

Your Carbon Dioxide Output
Carbon dioxide calculator from Global Development Research Center.

An Extensive Carbon Credit Calculator
Ways you can take action to change the world.

Climate Change: What's Your Impact?
The Nature Conservancy's calculator lets you calculate the impact of your carbon footprint.

Carbon Dioxide Calculator
Discover your personal annual carbon dioxide emissions. Use it on screen and the tables will calculate the figures for you. Or download it as a Word/Excel document (185kb), or as an Adobe .pdf document (31kb) so you can print out and fill in the tables using a pocket calculator.

Drive Neutral Carbon calculator for cars and plane flights.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at Home
Patty Kim, Correspondent for National Geographic's The Green Guide

Staying Green While Traveling: How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!
Andrew Wan

Why Carbon Offsets?
Carbon offsets and why we need them, from the Green Exchange.

Cap-and-Trade vs. a Carbon Tax
Why cap-and-trade is better way to pay for carbon pollution than a federally-imposed tax on greenhouse gas emissions called a carbon tax.

The American Carbon Registry
First private voluntary greenhouse gas registry in the U.S.; good source of U.S. cap-and-trade news.

Zero Your Carbon
Zany site with carbon calculator and option to purchase carbon credits. http://www.carbonzerotour.com/

How to Take a Bite out of Your Carbon Footprint
By Lan Nguyen
The Street.com; August 5, 2008

Green Chip Stocks Newsletter
Tells why carbon trading is becoming the world's biggest commodity market.

Supply Chain Analysis
Shows the state of software for supply chain modeling of greenhouse gas emissions to help companies reduce their impact on the environment and improve their green credentials.

Carbon Credit
BBC Radio report on new programs that allow air travelers to purchase carbon credits when they buy their plane tickets. The credits are meant to offset the greenhouse gas pollution of jets by funding renewable energy projects.

Carbon Democracy
Coined by London's mayor in 2007, carbon democracy applies a global perspective to the problems of global warming.

Carbon Villains, the Sequel
Newsweek; August 29, 2008
Who the bad actors are in the CO2 pollution story.

Chicago Climate Exchange – CCX
World's first global marketplace for integrating voluntary legally binding emissions reductions with emissions trading and offsets for all six greenhouse gases.

Chicago Climate Futures Exchange – CCFE
A Derivatives Exchange offering standardized and cleared futures and options contracts on emission allowances and other environmental products.

WonderEarth Partners Handles Carbon Credits for Trade
Registered with the Chicago Climate Exchange and is a broker licensed to buy and sell Carbon Credits.

The Green Exchange
USA Today; Dec. 14, 2007
This is a center for the exchange and registration of ALL greenhouse-related Emission Reduction Units plus Certified Emission Reduction transactions (carbon credits). It operates between Emission Reducers, Emitters and Investors throughout Africa and with the rest of the world.

CCX Trading System
Describes mechanism for trading in CFI contracts that represent 100 metric tons of a given emission gas.

Green Living Factoids

With power costs at all-time highs, going green is no longer a luxury — it's becoming a necessary competitive strategy. The short factoids in this section can help. Please send us your tips. They may show up on the IFD Green Page with acknowledgement to you!

Some background information:

  • Earth's original global forests covered 15 billion acres; about 9 billion are still standing.
  • By 2050, more than half the world's industrial wood will be destined for the paper mill.
  • U.S. consumes 6.5 million chords of wood plus 4 billion pounds of paper and pulp annually.
  • Catalog Choice estimates 53 million trees are used to produce 19 billion catalogs mailed to Americans.
  • European, Japanese and American people consume more than 60% of the world's manufactured forest products

Some further research…

This released by strategy firm Javelin:

“…although most consumers expressed an interest in adopting green banking behaviors, three out of four consumers still receive paper statements. (However), if every U.S. household stopped receiving paper bills and statements, 687,000 tons of paper would be saved every year – enough to circle the Earth 239 times.”

Another recent report released by research and strategy firm Javelin:

“Among the key findings, 43% of consumers said they are more likely to do business with companies they perceive to be green.”

American Solar Energy Society found renewable energy and energy-efficient industries were responsible for the creation of nearly 8.5 million jobs in 2006; expected to be 40 million jobs by 2030.

Health Data Management reports if the population would switch just 10% of its total mileage to scooters, consumption would be 14–18 million gallons less in fuel per day and carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 324 million pounds per day as well."

Factoids/tips follow…

Conserve electricity by turning off lights and appliances while not in use; use power cord surge strips.

Potted plants provide clean and oxygenated air. These help to clean the air in your office and home. You can choose decorative varieties or grow more useful plants that don't mind being indoors, such as herbs for cooking.

Use crayons or wax pencils instead of solvent-based markers; use refillable pens and pencils rather than disposable ones.

Bring lunch in reusable containers.

Faucet aerators at work save water.

Buy only one copy of the newspaper for all staff to share.

A tree shading your air conditioning unit can increase its efficiency by 10 percent.

Laptops use less power than desktop computers but heat up faster and can not run as long safely.

Use glass bottles over plastic. Glass is highly recyclable.

Send your suggestions to info@informdecisions.com.

Green Cleaning Tips

Vinegar is one of the great non-toxic cleaning supplies most people have in their homes. Here are some ways you can use it in your kitchen.

Microwave – Soak a cloth with vinegar. Microwave on high for 15 seconds. Once you can handle the cloth, it can be used to wipe the now-loosened splatters.

Coffee and tea stain removal – Combine vinegar and table salt in equal portions. These will enable you to rub the stains right off the cups.

Coffeemaker Buildup – Run 1 cycle of cold water mixed with 1/4 cup of vinegar. Repeat with water only. If you can still smell vinegar, repeat again.

Degrease Oven Vents – Use a sponge soaked in vinegar to remove grease from the vents of your oven hood. Do about twice a year. A paste of baking soda and vinegar works even better.

Mildew Inside Refrigerator – Limit mildew buildup inside the refrigerator by wiping down the refrigerator door seals with vinegar.

Interesting Facts about Our Earth

More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the Amazon you can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined, and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi Desert.

Surprisingly, Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

There are 130 animal species on the Endangered and Threatened Species Lists in the State of California.

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning big village.

Chicago, Illinois
Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world. It is the home town of the most environmentally aware president of the U.S., President Barach Obama (Theodore Roosevelt is in 2nd place on that scale).

Detroit, Michigan
Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere in the U.S.

Damascus, Syria
Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence. Jericho started earlier but didn't make it to modern times.

Driest Place
There is a town in the Sahara Desert named Tidikelt that did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. The driest place on Earth however, is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island where there has been no rainfall for two million years.

Istanbul – Byzantium in 7th century BC, Constantinople in 4th century AD
Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents: Europe and Asia, with the Bosporus lying between the two halves.

Los Angeles, California
Its full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula. It can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its full size: L.A. or even LA. The largest number of Spanish-speakers in the U.S. is in this city.

New York City
The term The Big Apple was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression apple for any town or city. Playing New York City was performing in the big time … The Big Apple. There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.

Pitcairn Island
The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles.

The first people to develop a city to reach a population of 1 million lived in Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

The smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta ( S.MO.M.). Located in the city of Rome, Italy, it covers an area of two tennis courts, and in 2001 had a population of 80, 20 fewer than the population of the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, as is the Vatican.

SPAIN literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre 'Pig's Eye' Parrant who set up the first business there, a whiskey operation.

Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A: 1%, in Canada: 75%.

The full name for Austin, Texas is Austin Bergstrom. The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas, as deep as 20 Empire State Buildings but only 3 inches wide.

United States
The nation's Interstate Highway System built during the Eisenhower presidency requires one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

The water of Angel Falls (the World's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet. It is 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

Yavapai County
This Arizona county is named after the Yavapai Indians, one of 46 American Indian tribes in the State of Arizona. Many states and counties in the U.S. get their names from American Indian tribes including the states of Massachusetts and Illinois.

25 Tips for a Better Life

  1. Eat more foods that come from trees and plants; eat less food that is manufactured and comes wrapped in plastic.
  2. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
  3. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
  4. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  6. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  7. Life is way too short to waste your time hating anyone.
  8. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else is.
  9. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree and move on.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil your present.
  11. Don't compare your life to that of others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  12. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  13. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: In five years, will this matter?
  14. Forgive everyone for everything.
  15. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  16. God heals almost everything but you have to be listening.
  17. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  18. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  19. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  20. Each night before you go to sleep, complete the following statements: I am thankful for__________. And end with Today I accomplished_________.
  21. When you wake up in the morning, complete the following statement, My purpose is to__________ today.
  22. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  23. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. Smiling is the ultimate anti-depressant.
  24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
  25. Don't Worry, Be Happy….thank you Bob Marley!

3rd Club of Rome Report

Our Future Economy: Money and Sustainability – the Missing Link

Editors: Bernard A. Lietaer, Brussels, Belgium and Stefan Brunnhuber, Wuerzburg, Germany
German edition, 2009
Some of the Editors' personal remarks include:

In the long run, planet Earth will be sustainable; what is undecided is how much of our species and our present global civilization will be part of it. The trillion-dollar question becomes whether we can change proactively, using wisely our knowledge about monetary tools, or whether we have to wait until external events force us to change.

In 1972, the first Report to the Club of Rome, Limits to Growth, drew the attention of the world to the issue of sustainability. Its conclusions: “If the present growth trends in world population, industrialization, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to (physical) growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next one hundred years. The most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity.” The Report, received with much opposition at the time, has had two updates, Beyond the Limits in 1992, and the most recent report in 2005, Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. The two updates both confirmed the first decade of the Twenty-first Century could still be a period of growth -- as did the mathematical models and scenarios in the first report in the early 70s -- but that sustainability problems will manifest increasingly in the first decades of this new century.

Bernard Lietaer told us that the Third Report to the Club of Rome, published initially in German, should be out in English in Spring, 2009.

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