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  • Blog Post: How to: opt out of unsolicited phone book delivery

    Hey, you use the Internet to find phone numbers so why use up all those trees for yellow pages (and white ones too) that you never use?  Go to Yellow Pages Goes Green and opt-out to stop the delivery of unsolicited telephone books.
  • Blog Post: Electric Car Batteries? Not a problem

    Battery capacity might not matter for the future of electric cars if Shai Agassi's vision is realized.  Agassi is one of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Environment 2008 and he's proposed a mashup of the automotive and mobile phone industries known as the Electric Recharge Grid Operator. The proposed...
  • Blog Post: Driving the all-electric Tesla Roadster: WOW!

    Picture being launched off an aircraft carrier in a high performance glider. That’s what went through my mind the first time I was mashed back into my seat as the Tesla Roadster zoomed from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds. There’s nothing new about going fast in a sports car, but subtract the engine noise...
  • Blog Post: Tesla Electric Roadster on Main Campus Friday 9/26

    Tesla will be on the Microsoft main campus to showcase their new Roadster on Friday, September 26. There will be a formal presentation for Microsoft employees from 2:30-3:30pm at the Microsoft Conference Center, providing details of their approach and innovation. They will have a roadster on display...
  • Blog Post: Free PC Recycle in Woodinville July 12, 13

    On July 12th and 13 th from 11:00 to 5:00, PCRecycle will have a Grand Opening Recycling Event at their new Woodinville location. To celebrate this event they will be taking computers and laptops for free. See their web page of fees for other electronic recyclables (monitors, TVs, VCRs, etc).  The...
  • Blog Post: Get and get rid of stuff at Freecycle

    I just discovered a great resource for keeping the environment green and getting rid of old stuff (and maybe getting some old stuff too…) It’s the Freecycle Network , made up of 4,171 groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff...
  • Blog Post: How to: donate old computers (safely) to a good cause

    InterConnection refurbishes old computer equipment and sends it to developing countries to help enable computer literacy. Recycling an unwanted computer may be shortsighted considering the many benefits of reuse. When you choose to reuse, you give your computer equipment a second life and give opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Free Electronics Recycling Event (Seattle area)

    This Saturday, November 17, 2007, from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M., Microsoft, Dell, and Intechra are joining together to offer greater Seattle-area residents free recycling of home electronic devices in celebration of America Recycles Day . The event will be located across from Safeco Field at the Safeco...
  • Blog Post: How to: stop unwanted junk mail

    If your mailbox gets packed with unwanted catalogs around this time of year, go to http://catalogchoice.org and opt out of all those you don’t want. It only takes a few minutes and think of the paper you’ll save. Over eight million tons of trees are consumed each year in the production of paper...
  • Blog Post: Cool Toy: Kill-A-Watt

    I’m cheap when it comes to utility bills. I use a clothesline on (admittedly rare) rain-free days and our heat is mostly provided by a super-efficient woodstove. Always looking for ways to reduce my carbon footprint, I like the idea of this little gadget that helps shrink energy costs and identify the...
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