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Can Virtual Currency and Ecobadges Add Up to a Greener Planet?

One of the promising ecotrends is the gamification of sustainability. Gamification is the process of using the feedback elements from computer games—such as scores, leaderboards, achievements, and the feeling of progression—and incorporating them into things that aren’t games. For example, typical gamification of a website would enable visitors to earn badges for “checking in” to …

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Carbon Dioxide is Killing Coral: How Rising Ocean Acidification Damages Marine Ecosystems

  While many Americans have heard that carbon dioxide emissions are a major cause of climate change, carbon dioxide also contributes to a lesser-known but similarly serious problem. That problem is ocean acidification, and it threatens not only the vibrant beauty and biodiversity of Earth’s coral reefs, but also the livelihoods of millions of people. …

Guest Post: Shifting Language

An interesting shift happened in 2010: consumer awareness of the term “carbon footprint” surpassed that of “renewable power” (according to Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)’s 2010 LOHAS Consumer Trends Database, and based on a nationally representative survey of 4,000 U.S. general population adults). We think this is significant because renewable power has been talked about for …

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Integrating Renewable Energy into China’s Electrical Grid

Photo Courtesy The Wind Ninja     Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) may be most recognized for its Green-e programs, but it works to promote renewable energy in many more ways. Since 1999, CRS has been involved with the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP), which aims to build capacity within China to expand …