It’s Not Me, It’s You
/ July 27, 2012 0 COMMENTS

There has been some hand wringing in recent days regarding findings from the National Geographic’s annual Greendex survey. Commentators read the survey and bemoan that Americans are not only more wasteful than their peers around the world, but we also don’t feel guilty about that waste. Reading the survey results I see a slightly different…

It’s About Playing the Game, Not the Prizes
/ June 7, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Since Cool Choices gives corporate employees opportunities to win by being more sustainable, we are always interested in other workplace gamification efforts.   A recent piece about games as part of wellness programs caught our attention.  The article showcased several models and talked about how organizers used prizes to generate interest and participation. In the end,…

The Math Works: Simple Stuff Adds Up
/ April 12, 2012 0 COMMENTS

With record-breaking temperatures across the US this spring, there has been quite a bit of talk about climate change.  The part of the discussion that caught my attention had to do—of course—with behavior change.  I have seen several articles recently that disregard and even discourage individual actions, often noting that these small steps are not…

Be a Flexitarian and Improve Your Health and the Environment
/ March 8, 2012 0 COMMENTS

I am seeing a lot written about the increase in demand for meat.  But, there is evidence that Americans are eating less meat: The department of agriculture projects that our meat and poultry consumption will fall again this year, to about 12.2 percent less in 2012 than it was in 2007. Beef consumption has been…

Using Stories to Achieve Sustainability
/ February 23, 2012 0 COMMENTS

And then, while we were in the other room there was this big THUMP and three clowns… We communicate in stories.  We tell stories that help us make sense of the world.  Our stories reflect our perspectives and also our priorities.  Some of the people you know can make every story funny; for others all…