Archive for April 2009

Five Days for the Planet

April 30, 2009

by Christa Koehler Community Program Manager, Clean Air-Cool Planet Last September, I spent five beautiful autumn days on a meticulously-planned bicycle trip from New York City to Washington, DC. We pedaled through gorgeous, varied landscapes, from lively New York streets, to pastoral New Jersey farmland, to inviting Amish communities and, eventually, to the grandeur of [...]

Confession of My Carbon Sins

April 28, 2009

By Anne Stephenson, Ph.D. Campus Outreach Coordinator Clean Air-Cool Planet A month ago I decided to use the bathroom upstairs, rather than ours 20 steps away, in a misguided attempt to burn an extra thirty calories a day. The night before I had read Self, and Women’s Fitness, and Yoga Journal while taking an extra-long [...]

Small Town, Big City, or Campus: Global Climate Issues Demand Individual Action

April 23, 2009

by Krista Macomber Work Study Student (UNH) Clean Air-Cool Planet “Global warming” and “climate change” are terms that crop up in today’s media quite often. In my study of the media as a freshman journalism student at Emerson College in Boston last year, I understood that the public, and therefore politicians, were concerned with the [...]

Food Choice and the Climate

April 21, 2009

by Adam Markham CEO, Clean Air – Cool Planet I usually have a pretty environmentally responsible breakfast: toasted multigrain bread from a local bakery with raspberry jam made from organic fruit we picked on a small farm in Maine last summer. But poking about in my pantry and reading the labels I can see that [...]

When is a Snow Day Not a Snow Day?

April 16, 2009

Brenda McCartney Finance Manager Clean Air – Cool Planet When I was a kid, a snow day was a snow day. You woke up, listened as the radio announcer droned out the list of cancellations, and cheered when he said the name of your town. Or groaned and rolled out of bed when he didn’t. [...]

MBA Students are Chasing the New Green

April 15, 2009

Teal Tigner Corporate Outreach Specialist Clean Air-Cool Planet Ten years ago, the majority of students applying for and enrolling in MBA programs were interested in one thing: the investment banking fast track. That’s not to say that finance has lost its allure. Quite the contrary; it is still the most popular concentration in business school. [...]

Go Slow to Go Fast: Citizen-based Energy Action

April 9, 2009

Roger Stephenson, executive vice president for programs, Clean Air – Cool Planet Go slow to go fast. (Thanks to Chris Brown of the National Park Service) People want to be served not sold, involved, not told. (Thanks to the late Pat Jackson of Jackson, Jackson and Wagner). I’ve carried a few of these chestnuts around [...]

Offsets, by any other name …

April 7, 2009

Anne Stephenson, Ph.D., LEED AP Campus Outreach Coordinator At Clean Air-Cool Planet’s campus program, Claire, Jennifer, and I are known for our “fuss-budget” responses to questions like: “What projects will have the biggest impact on our carbon footprint?”, “How do I calculate the carbon intensity of biofuels?”, “What methods and protocols do other colleges and [...]

A Sign of Spring – In Trouble

April 2, 2009

by Amanda Muise Development Officer Clean Air-Cool Planet Growing up in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, winters always seemed long. Six months of snowbanks up to my shoulders, perpetually wet mittens, riding the school bus in the dark – at least, that’s how I remember it, and aren’t children’s memories famously reliable? However, [...]


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