Japanese “Cool Biz” Program Paying Off

acdiag.jpgWe’ve reported earlier about Japan’s zany “warm biz” program that encourages businesses to lower the thermostat in winter and get people to wear warmer clothes. There’s also a slightly more comfortable program called “Cool Biz” which turns down the air conditioning a little bit in the summer while allowing employees to remove cumbersome jackets and ties – moving towards casual business is a rare move in Japan. Well, it turns out the program has saved as much as 460,000 tons of CO2 last summer alone. Article here. No word on the fate of overheated officeworkers.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.