Green For All at the Green Business Conference

Millions of new jobs.  An inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.  Dignity.  The ability to support one’s family.  All done in an environmentally friendly way. A worker owned cooperative that salvages building materials. Efficiency audits for homeowners and small businesses. Horticultural and permaculture companies creating local food from dilapidated landscapes … Continued

Increasing Pessimism on Copenhagen, US Climate Bill

A bad week for climateers. Several news reports out Wednesday pour cold water on imminent climate change change. The Wall Street Journal reports “Climate Bill Likely on the Shelf for Rest of the Year.” Obviously it’s not over until the fat lady sings, but a key Democratic senator, Max Baucus, Chair of the Senate Finance … Continued

Cap-and-Trade: The Real Deal from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce may actually have a better idea than a cap-and-trade bill for cutting emissions. And, contrary to popular opinion, they do recognize climate change and the need for clean tech development. This past week I interviewed Dan Letourneau, the Communications Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as part of a … Continued

European Lawmakers To Give Free Carbon Credits to Heavy Industry

The EU, that bastion of environmental common sense, is giving away its carbon credits. For free. To some of their biggest polluters. Reuters reports that European Union lawmakers have approved a list of heavy industries, including metals, textiles, building materials and ceramics, that will be handed free carbon credits starting in 2013, rather than have … Continued

Ex-Im Bank Carbon Policy Increases Export Credit Support for Renewables

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has established a $250 million credit facility aimed at helping to promote and finance renewable energy exports, including solar, wind and geothermal energy products and projects. The move this week makes Ex-Im the world’s first Export Credit Agency to fashion that kind of credit assistance and also the … Continued


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


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


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


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


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