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The Sustainability Commons: How Corporate Data Sharing Can Advance Sustainability

By David Witzel, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Innovation Exchange Several people pointed me to Mary Tripsas‘ post in the New York Times called “Everybody in the Pool of Green Innovation” this weekend – it really struck a chord. The article focused on two initiatives involving major corporations to share patents that protect the environment and … Continued

Who Regulates the Regulators? Government Stepping in on Executive Compensation for the Financial Industry

By John Comberiate As we observe the anniversary of the financial crisis, taxpayers and executives have their eyes equally fixed on the government’s plans to regulate executive compensation in the financial industry.  Their decision, after such a catastrophic event with such far reaching consequences, will have to be just as complex in order to placate … Continued

SF Green Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Second Anniversary

Over the past several months, TriplePundit has published many stories about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s stance opposing climate change legislation, and the subsequent announcements by Nike, Apple, PG&E and others that they would be leaving the national chamber in response. The Chamber has been embroiled in even further controversy, when it was discovered that … Continued

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The Catch-22 of Clean-Coal

The old adage cautions one to be wary about what is asked for because often the expected result comes out somewhat differently. Take the latest report from the Australia-based Global CCS Institute as the latest example. The fifth and final of a series, the 224-page ‘Strategic Analysis of the Global Status of Carbon Capture and … Continued

Is Bike-Sharing Becoming Bourgeois?

Bike-sharing programs are gaining momentum throughout Europe and even in car-loving US cities, but vandals and thieves are doing a bang-up job of chipping away at that momentum, and adding cost to the programs—especially Paris’ Velib scheme, as we’ve reported in the past. But a recent New York Times article explores the problem with bike-sharing … Continued

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C.K. Prahalad Q&A: Lessons from the Bottom of the Pyramid

It’s been five years since the publication of “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits,” the seminal work by C.K. Prahalad, a professor of corporate strategy at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan. The book combined a pragmatic framework with inspirational case studies to show companies … Continued

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Democratization of Electricity: Are You a Public Utility?

In typical Kennedy-esque fashion Robert Jr. delivered a liberal-environmentalist stem winder from the main stage at Solar Power International this morning, pillorying the coal and oil industries (“carbon cronies”), and calling for the “democratization” of electric power. He was largely referring to the perceived lobbyist-led stranglehold fossil fuels have on power production. But later in … Continued

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Solar Conference Opening Coincides with Obama Stroll Through the PV Panels

In an example of either great timing, or a degree of scheduling cooperation that would be the envy of any trade conference, Solar Power International, the largest solar energy conference in the county, kicked off the same day as the Obama administration and its allies began a concerted push for a climate legislation package in … Continued

Solar in the Developing World: Potential and Pessimism

Amongst the seminars with titles like “The Real Value of Distributed Generation,” and “Innovations in Inverters and System Controllers,” at Solar Power International, one stood out as perhaps having a little more interest to the general reader: “Solar Opportunities in the Developing World.” As anyone who has ever looked into buying a residential solar power … Continued

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US Chamber Will See Yes Men In Court

If you are a fan of the Yes Men, you probably ought to go see their newly released movie, The Yes Men Fix The World.  Multiple times.  With all of your friends and family.  The Yes Men will need all of the backing they can get, financial and otherwise, to fight a lawsuit filed by … Continued

Can Michelle Obama Help Reduce Soda Consumption?

Americans love soda, or pop, as it is called in some parts of the country. The love affair is one that is helping produce overweight and obese children, as a recent study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) points out. Perhaps there is … Continued

Is Monsanto Unstoppable?

The French documentary, The World According to Monsanto (Le Monde du Monsanto), calls the agrichemical company, Monsanto, “one of the most controversial companies in the industrial age.” The reason Monsanto is so controversial can best be explained by listing the products it has created: Roundup, genetically engineered seeds, Agent Orange, bovine growth hormone, and polychlorinated … Continued

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Highlights From “Unfinished Business” Report on Energy and Climate

At a press briefing this morning, the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from leading U.S. companies, discussed key points from their just-released report entitled Unfinished Business: The Missing Elements of a Sustainable Energy and Climate Policy (pdf). Building on the organization’s previous reports, More Diverse, More Domestic, More Efficient (pdf) and The Balancing Act … Continued

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Would the Real Chamber of Commerce Please Stand Up?

Since it was founded in 1912, the US Chamber of Commerce has stood for a bunch of white-haired men in seersucker suits smiling benignly as they lead American commerce into the future. But in the last month, this patriotic institution — as American as Mom, apple pie, and campaign contributions — has found itself increasingly … Continued

Shock and Awe: EPA Halts Largest Mountaintop Coal Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency is serious: It really is taking on Big Coal in a big way. Following up on word last month that it would delay action on 79 mountaintop coal mining projects (EPA Takes on the Coal Industry), the agency on Friday moved to halt the Clean Water Act permit for the nation’s … Continued