The day is coming when economics, corporate goodwill and broader regulation will combine in broad adoption of eco-footprint type applications to measure energy and materials use across a whole range of businesses.

The lobbyist groups that mail me weekly about any threat to unhindered production will fret and sweat over this, but many of us are already sensitive to separating recyclables from what ships to the landfill. Others in large metropolitan areas don’t have an easy way to manage their eco footprint, but even the most jaded capitalists I know aren’t holding out for a future of Love Canals or Erin Brockovich scenarios.

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