Frito Lay Going Green

Article From FritoLay.com:

February 18, 2009

Frito-Lay Is Adding More Than 1,000 Fuel Efficient Sprinter Vehicles to U.S. Fleet

PLANO, Texas – Frito-Lay North America is adding more than 1,200 fuel-efficient Sprinter vehicles to its nationwide fleet, which will help the company improve miles per gallon (MPG), continue to cut energy costs, and reduce emissions.

The new Sprinter vehicles improve gas mileage to 17 MPG, which is more than 50% over current route trucks.  These new vehicles, which are used to deliver snack food products every day, offer additional product and safety features, which include larger cargo capacity and advanced driver and front passenger air bags.  The improved MPG and more efficient 3.0 liter diesel engines translate into a 28% reduction of CO2 emissions per vehicle.

“Converting 10% of the trucks that distribute our products to stores daily across the country is a positive step toward making Frito-Lay’s fleet the most efficient and safest,” said Mike O’Connell, director, fleet, Frito-Lay North America.  “Equally important is managing and improving the impact our fleet has on the environment.  Sprinter vehicles are the latest step we’ve taken to meet our goals to help reduce greenhouse emissions and improve overall productivity of our fleet.”

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How “Green” Was the Inauguration?

In an article from Earth 911, Inauguration: Rolling out the “Green” Carpet, I read about how Obama’s inauguration will have the smallest “footprint” of any president in history. Claiming that the nation, and the world, will be watching Obama’s sustainable opening day. These unprecedented green measures will symbolize his commitment to the environment and, hopefully, will inspire real change.

So what happened? Paula Dvorak from the Washington Post reported that the mountain of rubbish left behind was of historic proportions. “More than any Fourth of July, more than any event we’ve seen,” Park Service spokesman William Line said. The trash generated at all other events ever held on the Mall paled compared with what was left Tuesday. Some of the mess was attributed to a dearth of trash cans, which some folks complained about. Washington trash trucks hauled away at least 130 tons of garbage after the inauguration of President Obama, with more to go. National Park Service workers picked up almost 100 tons on the Mall and near the White House. But so much of the trash left behind were personal items, like sleeping bags and folding chairs, why couldnt they have taken there stuff back home? Why wouldn’t they have wanted to? Is it the fact that we are too lazy as people? And just how much was recycled and how much was dumped in landfills?

The Big Energy Gamble

The other night I was watching a TV program on PBS NOVA “The Big Energy Gamble”. I enjoyed all aspects of the show. They covered every angle and view from the skeptics to the experts on living green.

They shared about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases, the legislation, also known as AB 32, aims to substantially cut the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions and to promote the use of renewable energy.

Marlo Lewis, Jr., a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is on the other side. He believes that we are making a very big gamble with California’s economic future with Californias law AB 32. He believes energy prices will go up and that you will begin to see Job Flight and Capital Fight from California.

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ed Begley, Jr. are both known for their environmentally friendly ways of everyday living. They shared ways that they cared for the environment, from solar boosted hot water system, low water-use garden, bicycle riding, and living in energy efficient homes. And one of California’s largest companies, Google, in 2007 installed solar canopies on its parking lots to satisfy 30 percent of its headquarters’ power demand. Providing shade to the parked cars and clean power enough for 1,000 homes.

Physicist Steven Chu believes that if we continue to put CO2 back into the atmosphere the way we’re doing, I think there’s a high probability that some very tragic things might happen. We are looking towards increased water shortages around the world, a decrease in the agricultural productivity in many places, especially, most critically, in the developing countries of the world. The wonderful thing about California is that the entire state is engaged in the climate-change problem. Both sides of the aisle, the Republicans and the Democrats, know there’s a problem. They’re willing to invest resources.

Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Global Environment and Energy Correspondent for The Economist, thinks that California can lead the way for the rest of the country when it comes to energy issues. On the one hand, this is where Chevron, one of the great oil companies, is housed. But at the same time, it’s the most energy-efficient state. It is truly progressive when it comes to clean-energy technology, including the clean cars of the future. They really are coming up with American solutions to the problems that they helped create.

This truly was enlightening. You can read the full article or watch the video online. It also is split up into 6 chapters, choose the one you want to watch or watch all 6. Very informative program. Click here to watch online.

Reduce Unwanted Catalogs

A while back I did a post on Stop Junk Mail and Help the Environment, some of the companies I listed in there also help reduce unwanted catalogs but this site is specifically for unwanted catalogs.

CatalogChoice.org is a free service that lets you communicate your mail preferences to companies. Choose which catalogs you no longer wish to receive. The mission of Catalog Choice is to reduce the number of repeat and unwanted catalog mailings, and to promote the adoption of sustainable industry best practices. We aim to accomplish this by freely providing the Catalog Choice services to both consumers and businesses. Consumers can indicate their mail preference for catalogs, and businesses can receive the list in a secure manner so that they can efficiently honor the requests.

I signed up for this and it is a very easy process. It helps to have the catalogs you are wishing to discontinue by your side so you can refer to them for the Customer Number and Key Code.

Its as easy as 1,2,3:

  • Step 1 – Sign Up. Fill out the online registration form using your name and primary mailing address.
  • Step 2 – Find Your Catalogs. Find and set mail preferences for your catalogs, using the Catalog Choice search facilities. We’ll then contact the catalog providers on your behalf, requesting that your preference be honored.
  • Step 3 – See The Results. It can take at least twelve weeks to process your request, after which time your mail preference should be in effect.

Catalog Choice is a sponsored project of the Ecology Center. It is endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and funded by the Overbrook Foundation, the Merck Family Fund, the Kendeda Fund, the Weeden Foundation and the Mead Foundation.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and try Earth Class Mail

Earth Class Mail is changing how postal mail is delivered, for the betterment of individuals, businesses, national post offices, and the planet. Instead of making physical postal deliveries that are so dependent on fuel for planes and trucks, we deliver postal mail online, where people can manage it instantly, anywhere in the world.

No matter where customers are, they simply log in to their secure Earth Class Mail account to view scanned images of their mail envelopes. They then decide which items to have opened and securely scanned so they can read the contents online, and which items should be recycled, shredded, archived, or forward-shipped to them wherever they’re located – all with a few clicks of a mouse.

Did you know that…

Post offices are generally among the largest consumers of energy in their respective countries.

Various studies report that the average person recycles perhaps 20% of his or her mail, while Earth Class Mail customers recycle more than 90% of their mail.

For every ton of paper we recycle, we reduce the marginal air pollution generated by new paper production by 74%, and water pollution by 35%.

Check out the video about Earth Class Mail from Fotune at CNNmoney.com.

Green Your Thanksgiving Day

You have heard it before if you have read any of Green Glancy before, but I am here to remind you, in case you have forgotten. Here are some tips for greening your Thanksgiving Meal.

1. Use Seasonal & Buy Local – Find humanely raised turkeys using the Eat Well Guide. Check out your local farmers markets for the best selection of seasonal roots and veggies.

2. Naturally Decorated – Look around outside or at your local farmers market for some great Natural Decorations. Useing pine cones, dried leaves, nuts and branches all can add beauty to your table. Display corn or pumpkins for the centerpiece. Country Living has some great photos of ways to decorate your table.

3. Drink Naturally – When choosing drinks, think natural and organic. Use water from the faucet, and buy only organic juices and wine, seeing that apples and grapes are among the most heavily sprayed crops. Check out a local winery if you are concerned about the price.

4. Stay Away From Throw Aways – When setting the table, remember that your everyday wear or china makes the table look more beautiful and reusing and re-purposing items instead of buying new means less stuff destined for the landfill.

5. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint – Choose a central location, take public transportation, take the train or bus or fly an airline with environmental policies in place.

6. Compost – Reduce the amount of waste they ship to the landfill by composting food scraps. And you don’t need a garden to make use of all the rich, organic fertilizer that results—compost can be used on houseplants, landscaping plants, lawns, and more.

7. Be Thankful!

We can all think of ways to be greener on Thanksgiving and everyday of the year. Please share your tips of how you Green Your Thanksgiving.

Smart Energy From NW Natural Gas

Hold your breath! A typical cow produces 120 pounds of waste each day. Not very pleasant to smell, but even worse for the environment. Manure produces methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. Methane emitted from cow waste into the atmosphere is 23 times more potent than CO2.  The good news is that gasses emitted from cow waste can be captured and used as a renewable energy source.

NW Natural Gas has partnered with The Climate Trust to offer a voluntary program that supports projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, like biogas from cow manure. For as little as $6 a month, you can support innovative environmental projects here in the Western United States. We’ll invest your Smart Energy dollars in projects that prevent the release of greenhouse gases.

NW Natural is offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions from the natural gas used to heat our facilities, resulting in the removal of more than 6,160 tons of CO2 over the next five years. With additional contributions from customers like you, together we can offset thousands of tons of carbon dioxide.” From NWNatural.com

If you are ready to do your part and join Smart Energy, click here. Each year, NW Natural will send you a report on your Smart Energy investments and the resulting carbon offsets.

5 Foods That Travel the Furthest to Reach You

The local food movement has gained momentum in recent years, but it hasn’t gone without its challenges. Some argue that the environmental impact of transporting food from faraway locales is negligible compared to the harm done by producing foods such as meat and dairy goods.

Still, buying local means you’re reducing your food miles (the distance and energy it takes to ship the food to your plate). You’re also helping to support small family farms and your local economy.

1.) Blueberries – South America is the main source during the winter months.

2.) Grapes – Coming from Chile and South America from December to April and from Mexico during April and May.

3.) Peaches – From November through spring peaches come from all over the globe; including Argentina and Thailand.

4.) Asparagus – During colder months they come from Peru and in the spring from Mexico.

5.) Canned Fruits and Veggies – Canned mandarin oranges are from China, canned pinapple is often from Thailand and Costa Rica, and canned asparagus is likely from Peru.

For the complete article Food Mile Secrets Revealed from MSN click here!

Calculate Your Family’s Carbon Footprint

As I was Looking through the Nature Conservancy website, I found a Carbon Calculator and decided to give it a try and see how much of a carbon impact my household has. Many organizations have created web-based “carbon counters” to help you better understand your carbon footprint and what can be done to counteract it.

It asks questions about your power usage; driving, flying, diet, recycling practices, and then gives you your results. It’s a fairly straightforward, easy, yet accurate calculator.

My family’s results were:
Estimated Emissions – 30

Breakdown:
Transportation – 7.5%
Food – 37%
Recycling – 7%
Home – 38%

The Average Family:
United States Average – 110
World Average – 22

The US Average for a 4 Family Household Breakdown:
Transportation – 44% Miles flown in airplanes, Miles driven, and type or car driven.
Food – 15% Meat consumption, Organic/Local sources
Recycling – 5% Recycling and Composting food and yard trimmings.
Home – 36% Heating and Air Conditioning use, Hot Water use, Lighting and Appliance efficiency.

After you get your results they have an option to look at how to offset your carbon footprint with pretty good ideas of how to make a difference.

If you’re interested in learning even more about your carbon footprint, try the Climate Trust’s counter. It is very user-friendly, but the downside is, it doesn’t take into account diet or recycling. Another one is the oil company BP’s Calculator.

How does your family compare?