Could China Face Reverse Censorship? Is this a Job for the Blogosphere?

Tom Foremski has a crazy idea: What if websites blocked Chinese users as a form of protest toward Chinese censorship of the internet? Given the importance of a free internet to the Chinese economy, would a mass content blockage irritate the Chinese government enough to get them to loosen up restrictions? To be honest I’m … Continued

More Sustainable Chopsticks?

Ever since hearing that some inconcievable tonnage of wood was being flushed away by disposable chopsticks worldwide, I’ve always held Chinese restaurants in much higher regard if they provide “real chopsticks” to their customers rather than those lousy throw-away kinds. Not to mention the fact that real chopsticks don’t make your lips feel like they’re … Continued

Tonight – 3P and More at Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

If you’re in San Francisco, be sure to drop in tonight (Tuesday the 31st) to see Nick Aster, along with Treehugger writer Kyeann Sayer, GreenLAgirl and Jamais Cascio from Worldchanging on a “green blogging” panel moderated by Gil Friend. It should be a great conversation and a great networking event. Last I heard there were … Continued

“Precooling” Small Buildings May Save Energy and Money

According to a study reported by LOHAS journal, running the air conditioning at low setting in the morning, then turning up the thermostat in the afternoon can result in a 30% better efficiency, and still not compromise comfort because the actual mass of the building has been cooled and will stay that way for quite … Continued

The ICI NYC – Report… The Future of Green?

Last Wednesday I was in New York for the ICI-nyc party. A hip gathering of environmentally minded folks who also happen to be leaders in fashion, design, media and other societally influential outlets. The event was masterminded by Josh Dorfman of Vivavi and Summer Rayne Oakes, aka ‘the green fairy’ as a statement countering “the … Continued

Top Performing SRI Funds of 2005

Many individuals interested in supporting sustainably minded and CSR-focused companies want to put their money in Socially Responsible Investment Funds, knows as SRI Funds, but wonder about the percentage of return on their money versus more traditional investment or mutual funds. Well, wonder no more because Business Ethics Magazine has just come out with 2005’s … Continued

Amory Lovins’ Oil Free Vision

I’m amazed Amory Lovins doesn’t get more press. Having heard him speak on a number of occasions the depth to which this man has thought about our fossil-feul based economy is unprecidented, and the optimistic solutions he and the Rocky Mountain Institute have come up with are enough to delight even the most jaded doomsayer. … Continued

Compeititve Advantage Goes for CSR

The Competitive Advantage has an interesting short piece on CSR which states basically what we’ve been saying all along – that companies that do not address some interpretation of social/environmental responsibility will ultimately be at a competitive disadvantage. The article also exposes a debate – how much of this can be expected voluntarily, and how … Continued

ICI NYC Party Tonight

If you’re in New York, drop by Libation on the Lower East Side for a smashing affair tonight called ICInyc. It’s “a roving celebration of front line visionaries blending fashion, design, media and the arts with the modest task of saving the planet”. More info on Treehugger. It’s going to be a lot of fun, … Continued

Matisse & Jack’s Energy Bar Mix Solves the Clif Bar Wrapper Problem

Everyone loves Clif Bar, and recognizes them as one of the more admirable companies out there by just about any measure related to the integrated bottom line. But there’s one problem that Clif bar has never been able to solve – packaging. In order to keep Clif Bars fresh, the packaging has to be made … Continued

Forth & Towne to go 50% Renewable

The Gap’s upscale Forth & Towne brand will offset its energy comsumption by purchasing renewables equivalent to 50% of its needs. The new, 5-store chain with purchase “Green tags” from a variety of sources “In this case, the certificates support a wind farm in Minnesota. But that’s not all. A portion of the proceeds from … Continued

Japanese Firms Thinking About “Warm Biz” Winter Wear

By turning down the thermostat a little bit during the winter, you can save a lot on energy costs and reduce various emissions. It also gets colder inside. Japan for Sustainability reports that some firms are considering doing just that – while encouraging employees to wear warmer fashions. At first glance, I’m picturing thousands of … Continued

EPA Heads Denounce Current Administrations Stance on Global Warming

The Washington Post reported Friday that 6 former heads of the EPA are speaking out against the lack of environmental leadership coming from the Bush administration. What’s particularily interesting is that 5 or the 6 are Republicans. To me this is more evidence of a turning point toward greater awareness of environmental issues in general, … Continued

Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

Ever wonder exactly what happens to your tax dollars? This fantastic graphical chart (Click here for the full size view) gives a proportionally displayed breakdown of pretty much everything the US government spent money on in 2004. Not suprisingly, the department of defense gobbles up the lion’s share. It’s an interesting and rather illuminating picture!

Walgreen’s Pharmacy Experiments With Solar Power

America’s largest drugstore chain, Walgreen’s Corporation has taken a HUGE step this week in partnering with a Denver-based clean energy solutions company, ImaginIt Inc., to install solar electric systems in approx. 115 stores and distribution centers in California and New Jersey. The solar roof tiles will enable each Walgreen’s facility to generate between 20% and … Continued