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EcoTuesday Event, Earth Day – April 22, in YOUR City

| Friday April 18th, 2008 | 0 Comments

EcoTuesday_Logo_Mar2008.jpegEcoTuesday is a forum for sustainable business leaders to come together to network, collaborate, and engage with one another in a structured environment. Here’s how it works: Participants arrive and settle in, taking a few minutes to get a beverage and see old friends and meet new ones. We start the evening with a speaker from one of the many areas of sustainability, who will share news, tips, and information about their area of expertise. The topic is different each month. After the speaker is done, participants have the opportunity to ask questions to gain more information. After that, everyone in the room gets into a circle and shares their name, their affiliation, and one thing they’re passionate about regarding sustainability. It’s is a great way for you to learn about everyone in the room, and for everyone in the room to learn about you!
After that, we have time to meet all of the people we learned about in the introduction circle.
It’s held on the 4th Tuesday of each month – and we’re growing! Look for an EcoTuesday event in your city!
You must RSVP in order to attend (see RSVP links below):
a) San Francisco
b) Los Angeles
c) Seattle
d) Atlanta
e) Minneapolis
f) Marin County
If your city is not listed, get in touch with EcoTuesday about becoming an ambassador today. Don’t forget to mention you heard about it on Triple Pundit.

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Eco Tuesday: A Discussion with Jonah Sachs of Free Range Studios

| Tuesday March 25th, 2008 | 2 Comments

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TriplePundit has partnered with EcoTuesday, the monthly sustainable business networking event to provide an online dialog following each EcoTuesday event. The idea is that conversations that started at the event can be continued online, and connections that were made can be rekindled.
On Tuesday, March 25, EcoTuesday took place at Le Colonial Restaurant in San Francisco, with Jonah Sachs, CEO of Free Range Studios as the expert speaker.
A few choice clips:

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Jonah’s pioneering communications work has helped hundreds of progressive organizations break through the media din with strategic, inspiring messages. He’s the creative force behind the web presences of such pre-eminent organizations as the ACLU, Heifer International and Environmental Defense.
If you were at the event, what did you think? Please use the comments here to continue the conversation. If you were not at the event, please feel free to jump in. As always, if you are interested in bringing EcoTuesday to your community, check out the contact form here.

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EcoTuesday Networking Event, March 25, in YOUR City

| Tuesday March 18th, 2008 | 0 Comments

EcoTuesday_Logo_Mar2008.jpegEcoTuesday is a forum for sustainable business leaders to come together to network, collaborate, and engage with one another in a structured environment. Here’s how it works: Participants arrive and settle in, taking a few minutes to get a beverage and see old friends and meet new ones. We start the evening with a speaker from one of the many areas of sustainability, who will share news, tips, and information about their area of expertise. The topic is different each month. After the speaker is complete, participants have the opportunity to ask questions to gain more information. After that, everyone in the room gets into a circle and shares their name, their affiliation, and one thing they’re passionate about regarding sustainability. It’s is a great way for you to learn about everyone in the room, and for everyone in the room to learn about you!
After that, we have time to meet all of the people we learned about in the introduction circle.
EcoTuesday attracts a diverse group of sustainable business leaders involved in a wide variety of interests and fields. EcoTuesday is held on the 4th Tuesday of each month – and we’re growing! Look for an EcoTuesday event in your city!
You must RSVP in order to attend (see RSVP links below):
a) San Francisco
b) Los Angeles
c) Seattle
d) Atlanta
e) Minneapolis
If your city is not listed, get in touch with EcoTuesday about becoming an ambassador today. Don’t forget to mention you heard about it on Triple Pundit.

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To All Major Retailers: Start Charging for Plastic Bags, NOW!

| Tuesday March 4th, 2008 | 7 Comments

bagthebag.gifOver the past year, many leading companies have taken proactive steps to minimize their use of resources that clutter up our landfill. European retailers IKEA and Marks & Spencer have started charging customers up to 10 cents per plastic bag.
Not only are these companies realizing the environmental benefits of charging for plastic bags, but also seeing the financial benefits, along with the positive branding, and philanthropic benefits (Marks & Spencer donates profits to improve parks and play areas across the country) as well.
Am I missing something here, or is this a huge WIN/WIN for everyone involved? Charging for plastic bags supports people, planet, AND profits. Click below to read my solutions!

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Reflections from the DC War Protest

| Tuesday January 30th, 2007 | 0 Comments

washdc-protest.jpgThe United States capital was surrounded by about 100,000 anti-war protesters on January 27, 2007. The event was sponsored by United for Peace, which was very effective in bringing together religious groups, labor unions, political parties, celebrities, parents of soldiers, schools, veteran organizations, environmental groups, and a variety of special interests groups to create a cohesive event with a clear message to end the war in Iraq. During the march, I was surrounded by a sea of chants and banners, each with a different flavor, yet a shared vision of peace. Numerous groups used a variety of theatrical tactics to have their voice heard. I caught a glimpse of Uncle Sam walked around on stilts with a Pinocchio nose, human statues creating a visual representation of the casualties of the war, and a black hooded man with an oil gun. A group of grannies sang “An Urge to Surge,” mocking Bush’s war tactics, showing how hip senior citizens can be. I struggled to keep up with a woman who is the spokeswoman of four senior groups and has been spending her retirement traveling around the country to voice the needs of seniors.

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Greenworks Eco-industrial Park in Chicago Epitomizes Economic Synergy

| Wednesday December 13th, 2006 | 1 Comment

greenworks.jpgThe former city auto pound along with a 17 acre illegal dumpsite are the unlikely site of an emerging eco-industrial park in Chicago on the 400 north block of Sacramento. This forward thinking is putting Chicago on the map as a green city and breathing life into this disadvantaged area on the west-side of Chicago.
In 1995, the site of the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) was plagued by illegal dumping by Sacramento Crushing. After the Chicago Department of Environment (DOE) took possession of the property, the plot was cleared of over 600,000 tons of concrete waste, requiring 45,000 truck-loads to remove. The existing building, built in 1952, was renovated from 1999-2002 using the greenest design innovations of its day. Now a source of pride for the DOE, the building makes good use of the sun with three photovoltaic solar systems (totaling 72 kW), a greenhouse heated only by sunlight, and maximizes the use of sunlight for office lighting. A ground source heat pump aids in heating and cooling the building and a rooftop garden serves as insulation. Four 12,000 gallon cisterns gather rainwater from the building, while ground rainwater is diverted into bioswales that lead to adjacent wetlands.

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3P in SF Newspaper – Story on Green Blogs

| Thursday March 23rd, 2006 | 1 Comment

Our own TriplePundit Chief Blogging Officer, Nick Aster, has gotten a fantastic quote on San Francisco’s largest newspaper, the SF Chronicle. It also mentions 3P’s fellow green blogs such as: Treehugger, Grist, Worldchanging, and City Hippy to name a few.
Read the article here.
The world is indeed changing and we are on the face of the wave!

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Global 100 – Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

| Wednesday February 1st, 2006 | 1 Comment

I am sure many of you thought there was NO such thing as a SUSTAINABLE company, but we were wrong!
Unveiled during the World Economic Forum last week in Davos, the Global 100 is a project collaboration between Corporate Knights Inc., a Canadian Magazine for Responsible Business, and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc. , a research and advisory firm specializing in analyzing companies’ performance on environmental, social, and strategic governance issues, with a particular focus on their impact on competitiveness, profitability, and share price performance.
Not surprisingly, approx. 75% of the companies come from Europe, with the greatest number from Great Britain. There are only 17 companies from the United States.
I advise you to check out both the Global 100 list as well as the methodology.
ED Notea similar post on Treehugger has drummed up quite a bit of controversy. Have a look at the comments there.

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Top Performing SRI Funds of 2005

| Friday January 27th, 2006 | 0 Comments

moneyup.jpgMany 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 top performing SRI funds. Good stuff.
Now go out and put some of your money into them so they can become more mainstream!

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Walgreen’s Pharmacy Experiments With Solar Power

| Thursday January 19th, 2006 | 2 Comments

wallgreens.jpgAmerica’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 50% of its own electricity on site. Read about it in GreenBiz.
Is it me or is clean energy, sustainable business, and CSR starting to become main stream?

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How To Quantify Corporate Responsibility

| Tuesday October 11th, 2005 | 0 Comments

csrg.jpgIn more and more companies, top level CSR Executives are grappling with the challenge of financially quantifying and justifying how CSR related activities add true shareholder value.
Fortune Magazine wrote a fantastic article about the movement to define and standardize what corporate social responsibility means and how to achieve it. They looked at 2 leaders in the CSR metric industry, London think tank AccountAbility, and consultancy CSRnetwork, who both have devised a method to score companies on their CSR efforts and the challenges they face.
Read the article titled “Managing Beyond the Bottom Line” on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development website.

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USDA To Allow Organic Label Seal for Cosmetics

| Monday August 29th, 2005 | 0 Comments

usda.jpgBecause of the succesful lawsuit brought against the Agriculture Department (part of the US government) from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and a consumer group, they are reversing their decision to yank the “USDA Organic” seal from lotions and lip balms and will now allow cosmetics to carry the round, green label.
David Bronner, the president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps sayd that the seal will eliminate false marketing claims and encourage a “truth in advertising thing — consumers can trust that it is indeed free of synthetics and does support organic farming and agriculture”
Read full story as reported at MSNBC.com.

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Green Life’s US Top 10 Worst “Greenwashers”

| Friday August 26th, 2005 | 0 Comments

greenwash.jpgFor those of you unfamiliar with the term “greenwashing”, it refers to companies that talk about how great they are environmentally and socially, but behind the scenes may not really be doing much. Greenwashing companies use PR tactics to promote their sustainability and CSR excellence when the facts say otherwise.
Read The Green Life’s list of the top 10 worst US greenwashing companies. Some of the companies may surprise you!
Do you agree or disagree with their choices?

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EXPO 2005 Announces Top 100 Eco-Tech Awards

| Thursday August 11th, 2005 | 1 Comment

expoaichi.jpgThe Global 100 Eco-Tech Awards is an official award program of EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan. The awards recognize companies that have technologies that “contribute significantly to the resolution of global environmental issues and to the creation of a sustainable future for humankind and the Earth.”
Read about these amazing companies in GreenBiz

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World’s Top 20 Sustainable Business Stocks

| Thursday July 28th, 2005 | 0 Comments

piggy.jpgThe inaugural issue of the new Progressive Investor newsletter has an interesting list of the World’s Top 20 Sustainable Stocks including Timberland, Sharp, Whole Foods Market, and Herman Miller among many others.
The Progressive Investor is a new monthly sustainable investment newsletter for socially responsible business people. It is created by founder of SustainableBusiness.com, Rona Fried. It draws on a group of world-class sustainable investment analysts from companies such as: Progressive Investment Management, Winslow Management, Adam, Harkness & Hill, Lowell, Blake & Associates, Trillium Asset Management, and others to produce each monthly issue.
Read the list and sign up for a subscription here.

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