Archive for the ‘links’ Category

Follow Change and whatnot on the White House website and blog

January 21, 2009

Hey everybody, did you see the new White House website? Very cool – so much change. For you sustainability wonks, there are a lot of good bits on the energy & environment section – let’s hope President Obama can see these goals through. You can keep up with all the Change on the White House blog.

Are you confident in our new President’s commitment to green energy and sustainability, or do you think it will be forgotten as foreign policy and economic crises pile up?

One BILLION cars

January 16, 2009

That’s the world population of cars now, and it could double in the next 20 years. This is according to Daniel Sperling, author of the book Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability. Sperling was interviewed yesterday on one of my favorite radio shows, Fresh Air.

It’s a really interesting conversation about the history of technology advancements and market forces that have influenced the makeup of the car population now, and how we might slow its growth and make electric, hybrid, and hydrogren vehicles take up a larger share in the future.

Car sharing gets a lot of love, of course, but some of his other answers are surprising. He points out the shortcoming of mass transit and promotes bike sharing, paratransit, and other ways to change what he terms “the transportation monoculture.”

You should take a listen, even if you’re not a policy wonk – these Big Picture questions address important facets of all our lives.

(AP photo via

Is this blog post contributing to Global Warming?

January 13, 2009

You see this? The Times of London did a story exploring how much greenhouse gasses are created from doing a Google search and other web activities. Apparently two searches release the same amount of gas as it takes to boil a kettle of water. Servers and big computer machines apparently need a lot of power.

Unsurprisingly, Google took issue with the story, pointing out the apparent efficiency of their servers and claiming a search uses as much energy as a human body does in ten seconds, much less than boiling a half kettle of water.

I think a persuasive point they could have expanded on is that doing the amount of research a Google search does in pre-Google times would have taken many car trips to many libraries to look through stacks of paper.

Of course, back then, we didn’t have to update our status to the world every second, which probably could make a few kettles worth of tea.

Green Parent Chicago: winter activities for the kids

December 22, 2008

Not sure how to keep the little tykes busy this holiday season? Check out Green Parent Chicago’s helpful list of ideas on ways to keep the kids entertained- away from the tube. Ever think you’d go snowshoeing in the city? Well, there’s a first time for everything!

Last-last-minute Thanksgiving groceries in Chicago

November 26, 2008

Procrastinating cooks throughout the city might want to know where to go for last minute turkeys and fixings for the holiday. I checked it out – here are Thanksgiving Day hours for Chicago grocery stores:

  • Whole Foods: Chicago stores are open 7am-3pm, Evanston’s Chicago Avenue store is open until 5pm
  • Dominick’s: Most locations, including South Canal and Halsted, are open 24 hours – Streeterville location is open 6am-9pm. Check here for all locations.
  • Jewel: Most close at 6pm – you can check your location here.
  • Trader Joes: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving, so get a move on if mango hot dogs and organic pop tarts are on the menu.

I pretty much looked at websites and talked to some store managers, so double-checking is advised.

As always, I-GO cars are available throughout the day all over Chicago for lugging around turkeys and cranberries and sweet potatoes (or going out to the suburbs to eat your mom’s or grandma’s…). I’m gonna jump in one to go get my own sweet potatoes for some Thanksgiving hashbrowns:

Merry Turkey Day everyone.

(photo from Google’s sweet LIFE photo archive)

The Center for Neighborhood Technology Celebrates 30 Years!

September 18, 2008

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)—the larger non-profit org that first conceived and rolled out I-GO Car Sharing in 2002—celebrated its 30th anniversary in style last night at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. The evening featured a lineup of eco-conscious speakers, including Sadhu Johnston– Chicago’s resident green guru, as well as a festive soundtrack furnished by the post-bop Patrick Mulcahy jazz quartet and a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras marching band.

The verdant landmark venue, designed in 1908 by legendary landscape architect Jens Jensen, is celebrating its own significant birthday this year—100 years of cultivating plants, folks—so the setting couldn’t have been more apropos. Garfield was green long before green was cool.

CNT is a creative think-and-do tank that focuses on issues related to climate change, energy, natural resources, and transportation and community development. Founded in 1978, it has been a leader in promoting more livable and sustainable urban communities, both in Chicago and around the country. I-GO is proud to be affiliated with CNT, and we wish them many more decades of successful innovation.

Car Sharing Continues to Spread

June 26, 2008

As you may already know, I-GO is partners with many of the independent car sharing organizations in the United States and Canada. This means that, as an I-GO member, you can sign up for a complimentary membership with any of our partnering organizations and share their cars while you’re there. Click here to see the full list of I-GO’s car sharing partners.

Just this week, a new car sharing organization was launched in Ithaca, New York. Click here to read more about Ithaca Carshare.

If you have taken advantage of our complimentary memberships with other car sharing organizations- or plan to- please post your experiences below.

How to Live Well Without Owning a Car

March 6, 2008

Check out the video below – a news report with Chris Balish, a network TV news reporter and author of the book How to Live Well Without Owning a Car.

Ten Speed Press describes the books as:

“The first practical, accessible, and sensible guide to living in North America without owning a car. • Exposes the true costs of car ownership and shows how getting rid of your car can simplify your life and put you on the road to financial freedom. • Packed with realistic, economical alternatives to owning a car, including chapters on carsharing, carpooling, and even car-free dating. • Includes more than 100 real-world tips, strategies, and success stories from people who are happily car-free or “car-lite,” from cities to suburbs. • According to a 2004 American Automobile Association study, the average American spends $8,410 per year (roughly $700 per month) to own a vehicle.”

Walk Score

March 4, 2008

Ever wonder just how easy it would be to go car free in your neighborhood? Or simply been curious to find out just how walkable your area is? Check out the handy Walk Score widget on the right side of the screen. You simply type in your home address and it tells you just how walk-friendly your neighborhood is. It only takes a minute and it’s quite interesting to see the results!