ECO PRINCIPLES

Eco Friendly or Environmentally friendly, environment-friendly, eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green are marketing terms referring to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies that inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm upon ecosystems or the environment. Companies use these ambiguous terms to promote goods and services, sometimes with additional, more specific certifications, such as ecolabels. Their overuse can be referred to as greenwashing.

The International Organization for Standardization has developed ISO 14020 and ISO 14024 to establish principles and procedures for environmental labels and declarations that certifiers and eco-labellers should follow. In particular, these standards relate to the avoidance of financial conflicts of interest, the use of sound scientific methods and accepted test procedures, and openness and transparency in the setting of standards. Read More

Green Mountain Energy’s Renewable Energy 101

Solar Power
Biomass Electricity
Hydropower
Wind Power

Ask On Begley Street: Tips for Sustainable Living

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
The Costs of Organic Products
Permaculture Design Principles
Composting Toilets & Graywater

Additional Eco and Energy Savings Resources

  • Wikipedia Efficient Energy Use

    Efficient energy use, sometimes simply called energy efficiency, is the goal to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services. Read More

  • Ed Begley Jr

    Visit the official website for the new series Living with Ed on HGTV, in which Ed Begley Junior and his wife Rachelle Carson star. Visit site

  • Energy Star

    ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Read More

  • National Community Solar Partnership

    National Community Solar Partnership’s mission is to leverage the momentum in the public and private sector to expand solar access to new markets (demographic and geographic) and convene relevant stakeholders to assess market barriers and catalyze deployment in low and moderate income (LMI) communities. Read More