to eat or not to eat…fish that is…

14 07 2008

If you are like me, you love a nice piece of fish, but you are also confused about what fish to eat. I am always hearing stories about how certain types of fish are endangered or are freakishly close to extinction, but somehow still manage to make it into the Chef’s special catch of the day on the menu. As much as I like fresh fish, I don’t feel like being responsible for the downfall of the swordfish or bluefin tuna. But you are not always doing the environment a favor by eating farmed species either, such as salmon. Many of these fish have been genetically modified to flourish in the fish farms, but they often escape back into the wild and weaken the natural wild fish stocks, disrupting the natural ecosystem. So just how are we supposed to know what to eat and what not to eat? Check out this handy guide from the . You can even print out a wallet sized version to carry with you, so that you can make the best selection (for you and the environment) when it comes time to order.

post up in big sur

10 07 2008

If you trek about 150 miles south of San Francisco on Highway 1, you will hit the scenic area of Big Sur, which in it’s own right is worth the trip. However, since you would already be there, you might as well stay at the Post Ranch Inn. You wouldn’t normally associate such fine luxury with such rugged terrain, but this diamond in the rough sits perfectly atop 1200 foot cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Altough you are just a few short drives from cities like Carmel and Monterey, once you are checked in, you may never want to leave. In 2007 Conde Nast Traveler ranked the Spa at Post Ranch Inn #1 in North America. Not to mention it was #3 on TripAdvisor’s list of ‘Top Ten Greenest Accommodations in the World’. They practically invented ecotourism.

solving the climate crisis…one person at a time.

10 07 2008

While reading a magazine on a plane I saw this advertisement for a campaign called “WE” , and after learning more about it I wanted to share with everyone. It may be that you have already heard of it, or at least of the backing organization behind this campaign, Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. The main goal of this campaign is to put an end to Global Warming by educating people here in the US and around the globe on the dangers of drastic climate change and how we can go about preventing it. Their site has a bunch of cool information that is applicable for both personal and corporate use, to help everyone do a better job in reducing their impact on the environment. To become a member, simply enter you email address and you can become part of the solution as well.

going green…toilet style.

9 07 2008

I recently flew through Portland International Airport in Oregon, and I had to…um…use the restroom. Little did I know that I would see something totally cool attached to the toilet in the stalls. As of July of last year the airport had installed a new flushing system that uses the appropriate amount of water for the “waste” that it needs to flush. The airport has a total of 330 toilets which account for about 33,000 flushes a day and previously used 3 gallons a flush. The new green handles on these bad boys (the green coating prevents bacteria from forming on them) allows you to lift it up to flush “liquid waste” and use less water, or push it down to flush “non-liquid waste”, using more water (but still less than 3 gallons) saving the airport millions of gallons of water a year. It it one of those things that once you see it, you ask yourself “Why didn’t we think of this earlier?” Keep an eye out for these eco-friendly toilets in your area.

up for #1 and down for it?

up for #1 and down for it?