Maryland Moves on Offshore Wind

Every year, thousands of high school graduates in the state of Maryland race to Ocean City after graduation day. They call it Beach Week, and it’s been a tradition for decades. When I graduated from high school, I didn’t go. To be honest, I was never really a fan of Ocean City, so I flew … Continued

Support the GOP in De-Funding the IPCC?

With the GOP takeover in congress, the party has stronger power to push its party values and agenda forward.   The GOP has a long list of spending cuts it would like to make.  Will the GOP suggested spending cuts make it into the budget?  Perhaps the more relevent question is, should the IPCC be de-funded … Continued

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What’s Your Unreasonable Advantage?

By Marc Stoiber, originally for Fast Company. By now, you’ve most likely heard the term cognitive surplus. You understand the concept of harnessing worldwide brainpower to solve business problems. You can probably even cite some famous examples of cognitive surplus. The case of AG Lafley, who threw down a decree to source 50% of P&G’s innovation from … Continued

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Study Shows Proposed Clear Air Rules Will Create Jobs

Compliance with two Clean Air Act (CAA) rules expected to be finalized this year will create jobs, according to a Ceres report, New Jobs-Cleaner Air: Employment Effects under Planned Changes to EPA’s Air Pollution Rules. The report, prepared by Dr. James Heintz of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, evaluated … Continued

Study: Sprawl Down Under is All Over

Australia may or may not be at the bottom of the world, but it does seem to be close to the cutting edge when it comes to thinking about sustainability. Back in January, I ran a piece about the big island’s zero carbon plan showing how they could convert 100% of their economy to renewables … Continued

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DOE’s SunShot Initiative Pushes to Drive Down Solar Energy Costs

The DOE’s SunShot Initiative is a collaboration between the agency, universities, research laboratories, and the American solar power industry. Should this program’s goals succeed, by the end of this decade the United States may regain its dominant position in the global solar market.

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Book Review: The New Capitalist Manifesto

Umair Haque asks that his new book The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business be evaluated– as a “toolkit,” a “lens,” a “handbook” and it’s basically successful. We evaluated the book as a manifesto, however, and it’s less believable. The premise of the book is this: capitalism as a system has run away … Continued

The Short Sea Shipping Option: Short-Sighted?

It’s entirely possible that short sea shipping, long touted as an economically viable and environmentally sound option for transporting domestic cargo and products, is not all it’s cracked up to be, according to a Friends of the Earth report. Short sea shipping is the regional transport—on lakes, bays, rivers, canals and coastlines—of freight by ship … Continued

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Walmart, China & Arnold Leading Obama in Shift to Low Carbon Future

By Boyd Cohen, Ph.D. CO2 IMPACT As an American living in Canada I have been watching U.S. policy on clean energy from across the border for the past decade.  As an entrepreneur in the carbon market space, I also have a vested interest in seeing U.S. Federal policy advance with respect to promoting a low … Continued

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UN Secretary General Announces Creation of the Global Compact LEAD

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced the creation of the Global Compact LEAD on January 28, 2011 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. A total of 54 companies are members, including Intel, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Royal Dutch Shell, Tata Steel, Total and Unilever. Participating companies are also part of the UN Global Compact, … Continued

End Both Fossil Fuel and Clean Energy Subsidies

Last week President Obama touched on sustainability themes during the State of the Union address.  He called for ending federal oil subsidies and shifting that money over to clean energy.  Sounds great for sustainability, right?  Not quite. To quote the President, “I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to … Continued

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CSR Secrets the Government Isn’t Telling

The following is part of the Crowds of Ratings series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. By Bahar Gidwani In theory, governments … Continued

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Dead Man Swimming? UK Crematorium to Heat Local Swimming Pool

The Redditch Council wants to warm its Abbey Stadium sports center, including its swimming pool, heat from its neighboring crematorium. By the transfer of heat from the crematorium’s incinerators to a system that would warm the sports and leisure facility, the town estimates that it could not only conserve energy, but save about UK£14,000 (about US$23,000).

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Energy is a Consumer Issue. Why are we Drowning it in Politics?

By Brian F. Keane I’ve spent much of the last decade marketing clean energy and energy efficiency to the American people. And I’m worried that we’re about to blow it. Let me explain. A little over 30 years ago, then-President Jimmy Carter held a press conference on the roof of the White House. The subject: … Continued

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The Scary Deception of the “Water Advocacy Coalition”

The Water Advocacy Coalition (WAC) appears to be an environmental group whose goal is to protect the nation’s waterways. The group’s website, protectmywater.org contains a banner that reads “Protect the Clean Water Act,” and a photo slide show of streams and mountain lakes. The group’s bio on its Facebook and Twitter (@ProtectCWA) account states, “Our … Continued