I’m back in the saddle after two weeks of MBA finals. Thanks so much to Scott Cooney for filling in for me on my weekly duties. Onward!
First and foremost, to all our readers in the Bay Area, the 3p team is honoring four local business authors and kicking off the summer with a happy hour at Temple Nightclub on Tuesday night, May 26th. See details and RSVP via facebook here, or let us know you’re coming via Twitter – #3p. 6-9pm.
Real Climate Bill Passes House Committee! Waxman Markey will move to the floor for a vote in August. This bill will be criticized by some for not being more stringent, but the fact that an actual, binding emissions bill passed out of committee in the US congress would have been all but unimaginable last year. Waxman Markey sets national emissions reductions of 20 percent by 2020, 42 percent by 2030, and 83 percent by 2050, using 2005 as a baseline. More importantly, the fact that the bill passed out of committee and will go to the floor for debate sets the stage for a national conversation about our collective responsibility to mitigate climate change.
Green Designers and Green Design Enthusiasts Flood San Francisco 3P friends from Greener World Media threw a smash bang conference on the future off innovative design for the environment. William McDonough of Cradle to Cradle fame was the keynote, and designers from Method and Walmart, among others, were in attendance. Click the link above for a round up of Green Biz’s comprehensive coverage. Here is 3Ps ( start-ups, Method, HP)
Google Selects Utilities for Trial Smart Meter Program Eight utilities in the U.S., Canada and India are teaming up with Google in smart meter projects that will enable customers to monitor their energy use online and better manage their power consumption. Click the link to see if your utility is one of the chosen ones!
GE Goes for Smart Appliances GE tackles the consumer side of the power demand dilemma, announcing the sale of appliances that can communicate with the grid to control power use during peak hours. Next up, appliances that nag you to turn down the thermostat.
EPA Approves 42 New Permits for Mountaintop Mining It’s a testament to our jaded outlook on the coal industry in the US that this story scarcely made the green blogs over here. I had to turn to UK pubs to read the headline “Jobs trump environment in mountaintop mining shocker” Our approach to coal is best summed up with a soap opera headline, isn’t it?
EU and US Carbon Emissions Fell Last Year Yes, the downturn was caused by a combination of the terrible economy and rising energy prices, but who’s counting?