Norquist Stance on Renewable Electricity Standards Gets Zapped

Where to start with right-wing maven Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, especially when he weighs in on the environment and renewable energy in his typically uninformed, anti-intellectual, anti-science, ideological and agenda-ridden style? Well let’s start with the fact that Norquist and Patrick Gleason, director state affairs for Norquist’s organization, have published an … Continued

How Mumbai’s Mangrove Forests Saved the City Millions of Dollars

Six years ago, the Bombay High Court made a monumental decision and passed an order to stop the destruction of mangrove forests. This decision was made a little after the 2004 tsunami that struck the eastern Indian coast and badly affected Indonesia and Sri Lanka. During that period, officials discovered that areas that had healthy … Continued

New Air Traffic Control System to Cut Millions of Tons of CO2

A few weeks back we ran a piece about how UPS was using advanced logistics to reduce energy consumption and emissions while cutting costs at the same time. This is done by calculating optimum routes and traveling the minimum distances. If this works well with 10-ton delivery trucks that are rolling around on wheels, imagine … Continued

We Need Political Collaboration to Fix Our Transportation Infrastructure

It’s time for citizens and politicians to treat each other like adults. With all the talk of failing politics in Washington, and the birth of new political movements over the past few years, conditions are ripe for increased citizen engagement. This piece recommends diversifying transportation modes as a way to begin reuniting Americans.

Local Governments Declare Bankruptcy- Is Yours Next?

The Occupy Wall Street protests now dwindling in most states look pretty tame in comparison to the kinds of riots sweeping across Europe.  Few would argue this point.  The real fear is that the Occupy movement may be just the beginning, and that violent responses to severe fiscal austerity measures may not be far off in some American cities, either.  After all, while the Eurozone debt crisis is absorbing the lion’s share of media attention these days, there is a similar crisis quietly brewing right here in the U.S. that is just now beginning to surface.

What Will the Crowdfunding Bill Do For Startups?

By Piper Kujac Since the crowdfunding bill, officially called the HR-2930 Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, was accepted by the House on November 2nd, and is expected to pass in the Senate any day now, we’re all wondering what this really means for small business fundraising.  Is this the access to fundraising start-ups need from … Continued

The Fight to End Corporate Personhood Heats Up

It’s been nearly two years since an intensely divided Supreme Court solidified the idea of corporate personhood by ruling that political spending by corporations is protected as a form of free speech under the First Amendment. Since then, that landmark decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Committee has allowed for unrestricted and undisclosed campaign spending by corporations, a … Continued

Autodesk Builds the Sustainable City 2.0

Building a sustainable city – you can’t manage what you don’t measure The nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is home to the world’s largest database of corporate climate change information. CDP provides thousands of organizations and some of the largest international companies a standardized platform to measure, analyze and report greenhouse gas emissions, water use, … Continued

Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party: Fighting the Same Battle?

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is often seen as the idealogical counterpart to the Tea Party movement (TPM).   Occupy wants to raise taxes, the Tea Party thinks we are “Taxed Enough Already.”  Occupy thinks corporations are too powerful, the Tea Party thinks government is too powerful.  Despite their differences, these two seemingly opposing … Continued

US-Chinese Trade War on Solar Panels Killed Solyndra

As the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra scrambled to find bidders for the company’s assets, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s investigates the true cause of Solyndra’s untimely demise.

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Current Do-Good Business Climate Breathes New Life into Corporate Philanthropy

We have teamed up with Abbott to produce an article series on the future of corporate philanthropy. Please read the rest of the series here. By Mike Hannigan To speculate on the future of corporate philanthropy, it helps to first consider the recent past. In the early 1990s, while corporate profits reached an all-time high, there … Continued

Chicken Fat, Algae to Fuel US Navy Ships in 2012

The United States Navy will use a biofuel blend to fuel both aircraft and warship during a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the globe’s largest naval war games, next year near Hawaii.

UNFCCC Chief Figueres: U.S. is Hamstrung on Climate Change

This video clip and commentary originally appeared on globalwarmingisreal.com UNFCCC Chairperson Christiana Figueres gave a brief comment to ClimateProgress at COP17 on the negotiating position of the US at the climate conference now at its midway point in Durban, South Africa. Figueres characterized the US as “hamstrung” on its inaction on climate change, saying that … Continued