Early Conservation Efforts and America’s Urban Parks

As the final day of National Parks Week has arrived, we reflect on the amazing contributions of the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted. Born in 1822, Olmsted is credited with designing some of our nation’s most beloved landscapes, urban parks and academic institutions....more

Would You Like Bottled or Tap?

Did you know that a lot of bottled water is actually “tap” water? The documentary “Tapped”, focuses on the lead character — bottled water, and examines whether clean drinking water is a basic human right or a commodity to be bought and sold. Some facts:75% of the planet is covered in water, but only 1% is drinkableapproximately an area the size of Texas of floating plastic covers our oceans...more

Making Reuse Convenient – Incubating Consumer Behavior Change On Campuses

The lesson of The Three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle helped us shape our view of the environment. America’s college students have embraced new solutions pertaining to reducing and recycling, but the area that hasn’t been addressed properly is reuse....more

A Framework for the Development of Climate Resilience

Established two years ago, the Climate Vulnerability Forum (CVF) is a global partnership of leaders from diverse countries that are situated in the front-line of the climate battle. The CVF was founded through a joint partnership between DARA and eleven founding countries from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas in 2009....more

Climate Change and Beyond in a Carbon Economy

Just two years ago, the Climate Vulnerability Forum and DARA created a partnership to raise the profile of the impacts of climate change and with it the benefits of transitioning to a climate resilient low-carbon economy....more
DARA's interactive graphic on climate vulnerability is really cool.  it also shows clearly how ...more

Approaching Zero: Solutions for Reducing Emissions and Expenses

Did you know that the average American travels 50 miles during Labor Day Weekend and on average 28.2 million people will travel by car? According to AAA current gas prices, averaging $3.80 per gallon, are the highest ever recorded for this holiday weekend. This price is cheap considering the prices I find in San Francisco that hover around $4.20 per gallon....more

Encouraging Reuse: An Online Option

When we think about the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), we immediately recall recycling and the efforts cities make to enforce this practice. Although, there are many practical and effective solutions, the 3R’s don’t receive equal attention. Typically, recycling is made easy by providing receptacles to separate paper, aluminum, glass, plastic and even tires.We are also mindful to reduce our consumption of water, electricity, paper products, adopt walking, biking and opt for public transportation.But one R - reuse - tends to be overlooked. Consumers participate by using grocery totes, reusable water bottles and by donating items to charities. But these facilities have limited space, and many items are not accepted such as furniture, exercise equipment, textbooks, encyclopedias and electrical fixtures. Much of this never ends up back in circulation even though it could be used by others.   Image: Lord Jim via Flickr ...more

Connecting the Dots from Climate Impact Day

On May 5th, 350.org invited the world to Connect the Dots between the rise in weather related catastrophes and climate change. This day served as a ‘wake-up call’ for everyone to stand in solidarity with the communities in the front lines who have experienced the severe floods, droughts and storms that are no longer a prediction of the effects of Global Warming, but are now a reality....more

Quantify Your Carbon Savings From Peer-to-Peer Reuse on Tradepal

This Earth Day we unite in support of a healthy planet by inspiring change....more