November 24, 2009

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Amtrak Denies BWC a Member Discount Because It Can't "Publicly Oppose AAA"

Did AAA Use Its Influence to Intimidate Amtrak?

How's this for an unhealthy relationship: AAA -- an organization that has consistently lobbied against mass transit for the past 50+ years -- is granted a 10% Amtrak discount for its members. Better World Club -- an organization that has consistently lobbied on behalf of mass transit in general (and Amtrak in particular) -- is denied an Amtrak discount.

When advised by Amtrak that we would not receive an Amtrak discount equivalent to the one AAA members receive, an Amtrak representative actually stated that Amtrak couldn't "publicly oppose AAA"... Complete Story
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We're Happy You Kept Us in Mind, But We Don't Need Your Vehicle Information to Keep You Covered

You scrimped and saved for months. You called three different insurance companies, haggled with a salesman, kicked the wheels, and signed on the dotted line. But did you contact your auto club? You don't have to! Complete Story

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It's That Time of Year Again!

Better World Staff Retreat in Tahiti!

Uh, Nice Try, Chris

Actually, It's Time to Announce Better World Club's Carbon Offset Contributions for the 2008/2009 Fiscal Year

As carbon offsetting becomes more popular, there has also been a(n) (inevitable?) backlash against offsets. Some argue that global warming doesn't exist (see next door's Washington Watch) while others see offsets as assuaging guilt rather than reducing greenhouse gases.

Better World Club thinks that even if you don't believe in global warming, you should agree that greenhouse gases are still air pollution. (Are the compounds designated as greenhouse gases good for you?) Even though greenhouse gas elimination should be a top priority, carbon offsets are a necessary form of remediation -- just like medicine when we get sick. Complete Story

But we can do better. See below to learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint. (And yes, as we age, our feet do get bigger.)

BWC Members Can Be "Cool" And Offset Their Own Emissions...

Better World Club makes it easy to offset your greenhouse gas emissions from flying or driving for the year (for auto insurance customers, the remainder of your auto emissions). Just follow the simple instructions below:

1.) Precisely determine the carbon footprint of your air travel.
2.) Easily and precisely offset the greenhouse gas emissions of your automobile (or to offset the emissions beyond the first 2,000 miles of driving if you are a Better World Club insurance client).

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Customers select the location, time period, and type of bike, then choose from available bikes. Selections, including accessories and tours, are placed in a shopping cart for easy checkout. Once complete, customers receive a printable confirmation that details pick-up location, map and directions, balance due, and local riding information. Simply arrive at the specified time and location to complete the transaction and pick-up your bike. Better World Club bicycle roadside assistance is included with every reservation.

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New Network of Responsible Business Organizations Forms

Turmoil at the US Chamber of Commerce Is The Backdrop

BWC's Mitch Rofsky Appointed To Network Steering Committee

A number of Responsible Business Organizations came together on October 23rd to agree on principles for a network of responsible business organizations, the American Sustainable Business Council. The groups included New Voice of Business, Green America, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and B Corporation, among others.

BWC President Mitch Rofsky will represent New Voice of Business on the steering committee.

The new network comes together against the backdrop of turmoil at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has announced a hardline stance against action on climate change, a policy that may have breached the Chamber's internal rules as it was not passed by a board vote.

In September and October 2009, several companies quit the Chamber due to the Chamber's stance on environmental impact reform, including Exelon Corp, PG&E Corp, PNM Resources, Apple Inc, and Mohawk Fine Paper. Complete Story

U.S. Chamber's Donohue Comments on Climate Change

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The overarching mission of BnBscape is to promote sustainable tourism simply by bringing together earth-conscientious travelers and eco-friendly lodging. For the inn-going community, BnBscape's part in the emerging trend toward eco-travel has quickly established it as a value-added favorite. The futute is predicted to have a color -- and it's Green!

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Subaru Planning to Introduce a Hybrid in 2012

Nick Chambers, Reuters

Based on comments made at the Tokyo Motor Show by Ikuo Mori, president of Fuji Heavy Industries (the company that makes Subarus), Subaru is well on their way to releasing their first gasoline-electric hybrid in 2012.

Mori was less than specific with details, saying only that the vehicle will be a version of one of Subaru's existing cars and will display typical Subaru driving characteristics-whether this includes all-wheel drive or not remains to be seen. Complete Story

Carbon Pulse Greens Up the iPhone

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Tech-savvy consumers can now fight global warming right from their iPhones. Available now on the iPhone App Store, Carbon Pulse ( is the new iPhone app by Sevenchord Studios LLC ( that proves it actually is easy being green.

Carbon Pulse users can see exactly how their lifestyles are affecting the environment, pledge to take action to help reduce their impact, and track their progress making changes. Complete Story

The Electric Car and the Road Not Taken

Alice Rawsthorn, The New York Times

It's one of the most exciting design challenges of our time. It's a (very) rare opportunity to reinvent a ubiquitous object that is the most expensive and, often, most emotive thing that many people will ever buy except for their homes. It's also a chance to help to save the planet.

What is it? The electric car. After years of trying to pretend that they could carry on churning out gas guzzlers the world's automotive manufacturers are now racing to introduce plug-ins. Complete Story

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