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Interview: Economic Policy Changes Will Move the Needle, Not Reusable Bags

Walking in Greenwich Village after Gernot Wagner’s talk at the New School last Tuesday, I realized that I’m probably not very far from the home of Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man. I find it very interesting that these two bright people, who are so passionate about the future of the planet, have such different … Continued

Keystone XL Pipeline Relies on Eminent Domain for Success

Over the weekend, protesters marched on Washington against the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. A variety of environmental reasons fuel opposition to the pipeline, ranging from possible water contamination, to furthering the continuing use of (dirty) fossil fuels, and even climate change. While these all may be worthwhile reasons, they may … Continued


Sustainable Inroads for National Transportation Policy

In political circles, making space for pedestrians, cyclists and nature falls under the purview of “transportation enhancement” activities. Last year, enhancement investments totaled close to $900 million, funds that drove the creation of urban trails, open space parks and the one of the largest build-out of bicycle lanes the country has ever seen. Unfortunately, it seems the future of all enhancement funding now hangs in the balance.

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

We all know that Occupy Wall Street grievances vary from location to location and individual to individual, but it’s safe to say that the general beef is irresponsible, unethical corporate behavior consolidated into a dangerously small sphere of political and economic influence. Does GRI make a difference? And more importantly, is it making it fast enough?


Population Growth Must Be Addressed to Achieve Sustainable Development

The 7 billionth baby was born on 31st October in Lucknow, India  and by the time you read this, the world will have gone past the 7 billion mark. Author of  The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University recently gave an interview where he emphasized that global population has more than doubled since he wrote the book in 1968. … Continued


Occupy Wall Street’s Silver Bullet: Publicly Financed Campaigns

Occupy Wall Street lacks specific demands, deriving its power through its inclusivity. This will eventually change. Demanding publicly financed elections is broad enough for all to support and strategic enough to have real impact on the problems of wealth disparity and corporate-government collusion.

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7 Billion Scariest Things This Halloween

You know those articles that are so prevalent online…9 tips to a flatter stomach, 6 ways to get her to notice you, 3 top ingredients for a souffle with coconut? I promise not to actually list 7 billion things in this article, but suffice to say that this Halloween, we have 7 billion reasons to … Continued


The Global Economy: Just a Trough in the Business Cycle?

3p is proud to partner with the Presidio Graduate School’s Macroeconomics course on a blogging series about “the economics of sustainability.” This post is part of that series. To follow along, please click here. By Maggie Winslow What should we be thinking about the state of the global economy?  Are we just in the bottom … Continued


Small Manufacturers are Hot on Sustainability, But Trouble Looms

The American Small Manufacturers Coalition first began surveying manufacturers’ attitudes about sustainability in 2009, and it has just released the latest results in its 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study. The 2011 study finds a significant increase in the proportion of manufacturers reporting that sustainability is either important or very important to their future. The numbers … Continued


Harry Reid Joins Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline

It seems that the approval of the permit by the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to expand the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 1,700 mile-long pipeline that would transport oil from Alberta’s tar sands to Texas oil refineries, is a done deal. However, opponents to the Keystone XL Pipeline gained a powerful ally in Senate … Continued

Community Choice Aggregation: What’s Not to Like?

Community choice aggregation can help communities achieve energy independence but with the changing energy and policy landscape it might be a distracting and unnecessary step.

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South Africa Enacts CO2 Emissions Cap as UN Climate Negotiators to Converge on Durban

The South African government will enact an emissions cap and new energy industry regulations in an effort to spur development of alternative, clean and renewable energy and mitigate climate change. The new regulations will penalize heavy polluters that don’t comply with greenhouse gas emission limits with fines.

The new plan was adopted by the South African cabinet of President Jacob Zuma Tuesday in advance of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change representatives from around the world converging on the South African coastal city of Durban later this year in what’s set to be the most important round of UN efforts to hammer out a successor or alternative to the 1992 Kyoto Protocol since the UNFCCC’s 2009 Conference of Parties gathering in Copenhagen in 2009.


Solar Industry Shows Massive Job Growth, Now Topping 100,000

The solar energy industry is churning out new green jobs at a steady clip, according to a new report commissioned by The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit trade group. That’s a pretty astounding piece of news considering the overall state of job creation in this economy, and The Solar Foundation has been quick to take advantage … Continued

Demonstrators in front of the Greek Parliament give a collective moutza on June 29, 2011. (Photo credit: ggia, Wikimedia Commons)

A Collective Moutza from the Greeks

The taxi drivers in Athens aren’t happy. Neither are the café owners or the workers at the state-owned power monopoly. Its plain Greece’s 700,000 government civil servants are also upset, not to mention the multitudes of retirees younger than 55. The bruising cuts and taxes being foisted on them, politely called “austerity measures,” are being used to combat what is now famously called the Greek Debt Crisis. The citizens of Greece say they are just too much to bear. And so they instinctively respond to it all with a “moutza.”