Cory Vanderpool joined EnOcean Alliance as the Business Development Director for North America. Prior to this role, she was Executive Director of GreenLink Alliance, a non profit organization dedicated to promoting energy conservation in buildings and tax incentives for building owners. Before establishing GreenLink, Cory worked in business development supporting a government contracting firm focused on civilian and defense markets. In addition to her work at EnOcean, Cory is also pursuing her PhD in Environmental Policy at George Mason University and is a part-time contributing writer at Triple Pundit.

Financial and Moral Profit at the Base of the Pyramid

Global climate change is on the minds of many, but some of Earth’s inhabitants are noticing the change more quickly than others. This is because many people, particularly those living in developing countries, have traditionally close ties to the land, relying on natural resources every day for survival. As our environment continues to deteriorate, impoverished … Continued

Nowhere But Up: Delancey Street Foundation Fosters Human Sustainability

Here at Triple Pundit, we talk a lot about the importance of sustainability. Through our articles we strive to highlight the importance of the triple bottom line. One of the three pillars of sustainability is people, typically covered in terms of how the actions of corporate America impact the human element. This story about the … Continued

CIO’s Get Plugged in to Energy

It is likely that Chief Information Officers (CIO) will be increasingly tasked with finding ways to reduce energy consumption in their corporations, if they haven’t become engaged already. According to a report released earlier this year by the Society for Information Management (SIM), CIOs are being urged to become familiar with energy informatics, a new … Continued

Unity of Effort: Crowdsourcing is the New American Way

On my way into work this morning, I was listening to an NPR interview with Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen. He was speaking with NPR’s Steve Inskeep about the lessons he’s taken from overseeing the government’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Allen was also involved in Hurricane’s Katrina and … Continued

The Growing Backlash Against Smart Meters

If you think that the task of modernizing our nation’s century-old power grid seems overwhelming, you are not alone. This arduous, complex and multi-faceted transition is underway and even the initial steps are being met with resistance. Wireless devices are essential to a smarter grid and smart meters are a vital component to the overhaul. … Continued

The Urban Farming Movement’s Youngest Recruits, Teen Moms

It isn’t often you see the words teen pregnancy and urban agriculture in the same sentence. Not only are these two words now being used together, but for one Detroit school, urban farming is a tool to help pregnant women get the nutritional food they need and hopefully turn them into future farmers of America. … Continued

The High Price of Biodiversity Loss

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I had the chance to speak with a veteran fisherman and environmentalist who took us out for some sport fishing and snorkeling. I was encouraged to hear about recent studies conducted in Costa Rica regarding commercial fishing that demonstrate the economic value of species left in situ, as … Continued

A Paradigm Shift this Independence Day: Oil Independence

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an unrelenting, gushing reminder of our unsustainable production and consumption of fossil fuels. It has jolted the nation as images tell the story of jobless residents, tarnished beaches and struggling creatures. The constant news coverage has prompted a nation-wide “gut check,” giving us time to ponder … Continued

Hospital Food Gets a Check-Up

I find it ironic that some of the most unhealthy food can be found in a place where people are receiving medical treatment for chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. After all, isn’t healthy food an integral part of the healing process? Given the bad reputation that ‘hospital food’ has, there are  substantial … Continued

GreenGuard: The Intersection of Sustainability and Health

Concerns about indoor air pollution and “sick building syndrome” have increased in recent years as groups like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on research showing that the quality of indoor air can be many times worse than outdoor air. Most people spend as much as 90 percent of their day indoors, making the health … Continued

Conservation Financing: Swapping Debt for Carbon?

One of the profound indicators of environmental degradation is the rate at which forests are being lost around the world, particularly in tropical areas where biodiversity is also threatened. There are many causes of deforestation, including corruption, inequitable distribution of wealth and power, population growth and clearing for agriculture. According to the United Nations Framework … Continued

Calculating Our Natural Deficit

As the country begins to emerge from the economic downturn, we are hearing more and more discussion about our soaring national debt, which currently stands at more than $13 trillion. This kind of number is almost too high to comprehend, but we can safely assume that future generations will be impacted. Now think for a … Continued

2010 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey: Importance of Efficiency On The Rise

In March and April of 2010, the Institute for Building Efficiency, an initiative of Johnson Controls, conducted a survey of more than 2,800 executives and managers to determine the status of energy efficiency investments in commercial buildings across the globe. Working alongside the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering … Continued

Home Star Program Promises Jobs through Retrofits

The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (H.R. 5019), commonly referred to as Cash for Caulkers, was recently approved 246-161 by the House and is now making its way to the Senate. The program aims to establish an innovative rebate system for projects undertaken to improve energy efficiency in homes. Sponsors of the program are hopeful … Continued

What Corporate America Can Learn from the Grateful Dead

Editor’s Note: In its original form, this article used many phrases pulled (but not quoted) from Joshua Green’s article in the March issue of The Atlantic, which served as its inspiration. We’ve therefore revised the post. Our apologies to Mr. Green. Though I wasn’t born until 1978, I was a follower of the Grateful Dead. … Continued