Is it really possible to plan for a natural disaster? After the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, it is virtually impossible not to ponder this question. There is abundant information in circulation on preparing for natural disaster. Around the world, economists have studied the long-term economic repercussions; governments and … Continued
Category: Policy & Government
Landfill gas recovery is becoming a familiar fixture in the alternative energy scene, and now New York City has added a new dimension to the idea of extracting valuable resources from seemingly useless parcels of land. The city plans to build utility-scale solar installations on its old landfills, to the tune of about 50 megawatts. … Continued
New York City’s Department of Environment Protection (DEP) is giving away 55-gallon rain barrels to homeowners – 1,000 barrels this year. The program began in spring 2008 when the DEP distributed 250 barrels to homeowners in Queens. In 2009, 750 barrels were distributed to homeowners. The program was initiated by the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection … Continued
By Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CO2 IMPACT Well, here we are again, Earth Day 2011. Some of the readers of this weekly series on Climate Capitalism are well aware of my general dissatisfaction with the role that events like Earth Hour and even 350.org actually have in moving the needle on massive issues like climate change. … Continued
A settlement between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority will resolve alleged Clean Air Act infractions at 11 TVA coal-fired plants in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. Under the settlement, which includes a $10 million civil penalty, TVA will invest an estimated $3 to 5 billion on new, upgraded “state of the art” … Continued
My name is Rachel Balsley, and along with Christy Hurlburt and Laura Waters, am finishing my MBA at the Presidio Graduate School in Sustainable Management.
Depending on how it’s spun, recent shipping industry meetings on controlling greenhouse gas emissions through market-based trading schemes either made “steady progress” or no progress at all. The International Maritime Organization characterized the meetings of the third inter-sessional meeting of the Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions that ended early this month in London as … Continued
On July 29th through August 1st this summer, Newark, New Jersey’s Lincoln Park will host its 5th Annual Music Festival. And despite the impressive lineup (featuring the likes of Carrie Jackson, Adegoke Steve Colson, Lance Williams and True Worship, Keith Bailey & A.N.T, Danny Krivit, Kenny Bobien, Loleatta Holloway, and DJs Immortal Technique and 9th … Continued
By Royce DuBiner On Hawaii’s island of O’ahu, a major rail transit project is currently underway to build a 20-mile elevated rail line for the Honolulu metropolitan area. The proposed route will connect downtown Honolulu with the suburb of Kapolei. The line is designed to reduce traffic congestion on roads around the city and provide … Continued
Should electric cars be a political issue dividing not just red states and blue states, but a person’s political and sustainability philosophy? Yesterday, we reported on the 25 most electric vehicle-ready cities. Morgan Cledaniel from Fast Company observed that cities moving forward with electric infrastructure are in blue states. While the observation is an interesting … Continued
The connection between greenhouse gasses (GHG) and global warming is a difficult one for many Americans to grasp. The connection may be obvious for 3p readers but for folks that may be global warming naysayers, the connection between human induced emissions and a global heat wave is tenuous. Why should folks and companies reduce their … Continued
This piece is inspired by the Navigating the American Carbon World 2011 Conference, in Los Angeles, CA. Cap and trade is both dead and alive. How can this be? It’s dead on the national and international level, but alive and flourishing at the regional and state level. Let me explain. Amid the national and international … Continued
Editor’s Note: The following is a non-sponsored guest post by Gary Fazzino, Applied Materials. We enjoy periodically bringing corporate voices to the 3p audience and invite your comments and thoughts. California has a long tradition of leading innovation – and the clean energy technology sector is no different. While the clean energy debate in Congress … Continued
Let’s say you want to invest in the latest and greatest sustainable start-up. You can only afford to invest $100. There are also hundreds of other individuals in your same situation, believing in the start ups mission and vision, yet with limited funds. Are you legally allowed to invest? Are you legally allowed to risk … Continued
As graduate students pursuing MBAs in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School, we are advocates for the myriad possibilities for positive economic and social development inherent within the emerging asset class of impact investing.