Green Business Blog Carnival #20

Welcome the 20th weekly Green Business Blog Carnival! This is a post which serves as a wrap up of the week’s most interesting green business news, as interpreted by various green business publications and writers.

This weeks Green Business Blogosphere had the following to report on…

Right here on 3p, the Business Case Against Prop 23 series continues to be a crowd pleaser and a controversy brewer. The whole series is sponsored by EOS Climate and you’re invited to contribute by getting in touch with us here.

Over on the important media network, Planetsave links to Eden Beyer’s TED talk entitled “Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?“. Forget visions of The Graduate, this one has real potential from both and ecological and entrepreneurial perspective. On Cleantechnica, France feels shafted and throws a temper tantrum because Eurostar chooses Siemens to build its new high-speed, energy-efficient trains. And finally, Ecolocalizer reports Native American tribes are going solar to make money in an environmentally responsible way.

Cleantechies brings us an alternative to traditional wind turbines: The windstalk. The concept consists of 1203 stalks made of carbon fiber reinforced resin poles that generate kinetic energy when moved by the wind. Each stalk is anchored to the ground using concrete bases that contain a chamber with a generator.

Carnival co founder Sustainablog profiles one of our favorite “ecological” cleaning products companies: Ecover, complete with an interview with CEO Mick Bremans.

Sundance Channel’s SUNfiltered blog showcases ecopreneur Annalea Krebs who has created a green version of popular group buying service Groupon for the Vancouver, BC area. It’s called “EthicalDeal

Tribase’s Katie Sorene shares some solid entrepreneurial advice from Rapanui founders Mart and Rob , explaining “How I Turned My Passion for the Environment into an Award-Winning Eco-Business“.

Jim Hopf of The ANS Nuclear Cafe brings a different kind of energy perspective to readers. The idea? Now that more comprehensive climate change policies such as cap-and-trade are on indefinite hold, the U.S. Congress is considering a national Renewable Energy Standard (RES) in an effort to do something on energy issues. Hopf suggests that including nuclear in efforts to lessen environmental impacts of electricity generation would result in a much more efficient RES.

Finally, at Doc’s Green Blog, we get a look at “Cool It”, a documentary about Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg and his views on how the world should, and should not, address climate change. He now emphasizes more than he used to that climate change is a big problem, but says current strategies to deal with it are “dumb” and “broken”.


The carnival is hosted somewhere new every Friday – you can find out where it’ll be by checking out this list. Would you like to be host? Oh yes you would! Just get in touch with Sustainablog and we’ll get you in line.

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