And now for something that doesn't involve pushing pixels in the pretense of changing the world, a search for design that has true environmental impact.
Printing Responsibly advocates using "vegetable based inks, recycled materials and paper from better managed forests" (putting this in webhead terminology: think WASP for print, and with a green agenda). I've read about similar programs aimed at taking the toxic and waste out of print and it all sounds good and fine to me glad to see it. However the folks at P.R. would like to take it a bit further and ask that people print less, not only in quantity but through the design of what is being run through the press.
This might seem like a no-brainer to most of you as we, who design sites, have always struggled with message vs. design (I don't believe signal vs. noise is the appropriate cliche to use here because that's best left reserved for describing the topic of good information design vs. overly designed crap that the artist considers renascence) but from what I have read on the subject this is approach is new, not so much to the print design world, but to their clients who hedge that more ink on paper equals better results. Which is, as you should know, poppycock.
To help make some noise and help advocate the use of less, Print Responsibility has gone to great lengths and is following in the footsteps of other grass roots initiatives to get their message across, they are holding a design contest called, Clean Design 2006.
Of course Printing Responsibly is not doing this solely to change the world, they do offer printing services via the techniques they advocate (in that regard they remind a bit of the 37signals of yesteryear), but I like that this competition advocates working, promoting, and designing smarter and in a way that impacts things like oxygen levels.
If you're interested in learning more about this topic without the taint of a contest and like a good logging blockade from time to time take a gander at the Green Press Initiative (their website could use some pixel jockey help).
Otherwise, good luck.