Chegg: A ‘green’ alternative to buying college textbooks

Watch the video at SmartPlanet.

Silicon Valley start-up rents textbooks to students for only the time they need them. The books are then returned via UPS free of charge. SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig about the company’s sustainable business model, a new brick-and-mortar retail partnership, and its plans for the future.

Should Products Be Designed for Sharing?

Read the full story at Shareable.

On the eve of Zipcar’s IPO, with profitability riding on driving down the cost of their fleet of designed to be owned cars, it’s time to ask whether products should be designed to be shared.

DOE Webcast May 5: Renewable Energy: Planning Projects at Federal Facilities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will present a webcast on Renewable Energy on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

Presenters Andy Walker, Principle Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Anne Crawley, Team Lead of FEMP’s Renewable Energy Technology program, will walk through requirements and best practices for planning renewable energy projects at federal facilities. In specific, the presenters will discuss federal mandates, recent trends, and developments related to renewable energy; screening tools, services, and performance and cost calculators available for project planning; site evaluations for renewable energy systems; integration of renewable technology into existing systems and new construction; and options for purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

FEMP encourages participants to e-mail or call in their questions before and during the program to receive tailored advice from the experts during the live “Q&A” segment. Questions submitted before the program can be sent to

The 90-minute training is free of charge, but you must register in advance to obtain an Internet URL for the presentation. The broadcast will take place Thursday, May 5, 2011, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time and is titled, “FEMP First Thursday: Renewable Energy”.

Register to attend the seminar.

FEMP First Thursday Seminars are no-cost training opportunities to help federal energy, environmental, and fleet professionals plan and execute projects to help meet federal goals and requirements. For more information, visit the FEMP First Thursday Seminars website.

Earth Month Tip of the Day: Compliance made easy

Courtesy of U.S. EPA.

Today’s environmental tip: Compliance made easy! Compliance Assistance Centers help businesses and local governments save on materials and help you understand and meet your environmental requirements. Compliance Assistance can help you through plain-language materials, Web sites designed for specific industry types or operations, telephone “ask the expert” help lines, and more.

More information:

Want more tips? Visit EPA’s Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.

Electronics Giants Push to Recycle Billions of Pounds of E-Waste

Read the full story at GreenerComputing.

The Consumer Electronics Association, along with manufacturers and retailers such as Panasonic, Best Buy, Sony and Toshiba, launched an industry-wide initiative yesterday to boost electronics waste recycling to one billion pounds a year by 2016.

That translates to roughly three times the amount of e-waste recycled in 2010, the year to be used as the baseline for the eCycling Leadership Initiative. The effort will focus on consumer education on electronics recycling, increasing the number of facilities to collect e-waste, reporting progress, and supporting a shift toward third-party recycler certification.

New Sprint Android Phone Combines Recycled Materials & Green Apps (Including Ours)

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Sprint is upping the bar on green phones, and lowering their costs, with the latest phone in its environmental line, the Samsung Replenish.

The phone builds upon the work done on Sprint’s previous green phones — the Samsung Reclaim, LG Remark and Samsung Restore — containing 82 percent recyclable materials, a 34 percent recycled plastic housing, and no PVC, pthlalates or brominated flame retardants. What’s more, the phone, which runs on the Android platform and has both a touchscreen and keypad, carries a $50 price tag and will have a monthly rate that is $10 less than all other Sprint phones.

The Power of Rewards and Recognition in Sustainability Programs

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Recognition of sustainability and energy projects makes mundane process and infrastructure improvements gratifying and rewards team work.

Harvard University‘s Green Carpet Awards provides an outstanding example of a successful internal reward program. Hosted by Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, the annual celebration and recognition event honors the creativity and hard work that students, staff and faculty bring to the university’s sustainability efforts and goals.

California’s carbon market: Will cap-and-trade work?

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

Nine months before California is set to finalize a trading system aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, participants have the jitters.

Litigation threatens to delay the start of the multibillion-dollar program, and industry executives worry that its regulations will fall short of guaranteeing a smoothly operating market. Fear is growing that it could be susceptible to the fraud that has plagued a similar European system.