How to Green Your Swag

| Wednesday July 2nd, 2008 | 8 Comments

Picture%204.jpgWith an abundance of companies going green, and a corresponding explosion of green themed conferences sprouting up, this is to be applauded. And yet, there’s a remnant of the old paradigm that sticks up like a weed out of the smooth green path: Swag. You know, those little things that companies give away at conferences with the hope they’ll stay in your mind. Those little things add up to a lot. Multiply each attendee with a bag full of knick knacks, many of which are made from non renewable materials, are not recyclable, and you’ve got the potential for an enormous amount of waste, and resources used.
Eco Imprints shows a different way. Rather than being a quantity driven tschotske pimp, they are a company committed to sourcing and creating memorable, sustainable, and custom tailored eco friendly promotional items that will serve their clients, recipients, and the planet equally well. And they have a few tricks up their sleeve:

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Venture-backed IPOs Hit Record Low as VCs Look to Cleantech

| Wednesday July 2nd, 2008 | 0 Comments

cleantech.jpgFor the first time in 30 years an entire quarter went by without a venture-backed company going public, according to numbers released by the National Venture Capital Association this week. The industry group plans to analyze its findings and share its thoughts with the press next week, but in the meantime, analysts and pundits are speculating that everything from the recession to Sarbanes-Oxley rules to the mortgage crisis are to blame.
While economic downturns and expensive, complicated regulations may well be part of the equation, it’s also likely that investor interest in cleantech is playing a role. Nearly every name-brand venture capital firm now has its own cleantech fund worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and after a few years getting to know the space, venture capitalists have come to realize that investing in a cleantech company is nothing like investing in a dotcom, particularly when it comes to a quick and lucrative IPO.

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Georgia Judge Halts Construction of Coal-Fired Power Plant – A Sign of More Battles Over Coal?

| Tuesday July 1st, 2008 | 0 Comments

Georgia judge blocks construction of Longleaf coal-fired power plantIn what is considered as a first-time application from a judge of the April 2007 Supreme Court decision ruling industrial CO2 emissions as a pollutant, Fulton County judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore blocked the construction of what would be the first coal-fired plant in Georgia in over 20 years.

Judge Moore’s decision overturned an earlier ruling allowing construction of the $2 billion 120 megawatt Longleaf Energy Plant stating that the plant’s builders, Dynegy and LS Power, must first procure a permit from state regulators that limit the amounts of CO2 emissions from the plant.

Bruce Niles of the Sierra Club’s National Coal Campaign said of the ruling: 

“We will be taking this decision and making the same arguments to push for an end to conventional coal”

LS Power and Dynegy vow to appeal the ruling.

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McCain and Obama’s Plans to Combat Climate Change

Sarah Lozanova | Tuesday July 1st, 2008 | 6 Comments

Regardless of who is elected next November, both candidates agree that climate change is a fact and not a theory.
“I know that climate change is real,” said John McCain. “We can have a debate about how serious it is, but the debate about climate change is over.”
John McCain and Barack Obama however vary widely in their response to this issue, leaving the American people with a choice of approaches when choosing the next president. McCain’s primary tools include implementing a cap and trade system for emissions and utilizing greater amounts of nuclear power and “clean” coal.

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Pushing the PV Envelope: Organic Solar Cells Moving into Production

| Tuesday July 1st, 2008 | 1 Comment

OLEDscreen.jpg Organic photovoltaic cells, including dye-sensitized cells (DSCs) – may be the ultimate when it comes to offering off-grid, micro-power generation. Initial small-scale technology and market tests – solar chargers for mobile phones in Africa, for example – are under way as researchers continue to try to find ways to boost solar energy conversion efficiencies – which now surpass 5% for small organic PV cells and up to 11% for DSCs – minimize production costs and develop markets for both small- and large-scale applications.
Pioneering industry leaders such as Pittsburgh-based Plextronics envisage wide-ranging uses for its Plexcore line of organic, nano-engineered PV and conductive polymers and inks, from applying printed PV and electronic circuits on plastics, fabrics, glass, concrete and other construction materials, to printing, rolling out and applying them over much larger areas, such as walls and rooftops. They are also being used to create organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) for displays and lighting.
Materials for use in thin-film and organic photovoltaics (PV) will reach $3.8 billion by 2015, according to a recently released study by NanoMarkets. “The three main areas where OPV is expected to eventually outperform more traditional approaches to PV are (1) very low-costs, (2) enhanced ability to operate in dim light, (3) integration of PV capabilities in building materials and fabrics, and (4) the ability to be printed on flexible substrates,” according to the report.

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New Apple iPhone 3G to arrive in Green Packaging

| Monday June 30th, 2008 | 5 Comments

3giphoneofficialpic03.jpgIt’s faster, it’s cheaper, it’s just as beautiful, and now it’s greener–at least its packaging is. Apple, the same company that got bruised in its fistfight with Greenpeace last year, literally just announced that its new iPhone 3G, in all of the glory of its already unprecedented demand, will arrive next Friday outfitted in green packaging.
According to the Register, Apple has ordered millions of potato starch paper trays from PaperFoam, the same Dutch company that supplies Motorola with packaging its products. The result–a 90 percent reduction in carbon footprint over plastic and a tray made entirely from a natural resource, as opposed to the visually appealing but environmentally appalling Styrofoam my MacBook Pro arrived in.

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Carbon Markets Clear the Air

| Monday June 30th, 2008 | 2 Comments

CC_logo_small.jpgAs the public debate continues on whether greenhouse gases contribute to global warming or whether we are going through a natural cycle, enormous political pressure and investment dollars are streaming into the solutions aspect of the debate. Discussions in North America on environmental policy and economic benefits are steaming ahead at all levels of government and in the corporate board room.
Putting the debate aside, creating a carbon market that stimulates activity to address climate change provides everyone an opportunity to participate. Whether it is cap and trade, carbon taxes or carbon tariffs, a business case will drive change especially if the end consumer does its talking with its wallet.

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Carbon -The Largest Commodity Market?

| Monday June 30th, 2008 | 2 Comments

carbon.jpg Carbon may become the world’s largest commodity market, according to recent investigations. The Financial Times reported late last week reported that the carbon market could “outstrip the conventional commodities markets” and other estimates of more than $3 trillion in 2020 have been cast, by Point Carbon for example, dependent on US participation. Bart Chilton, commissioner of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission has estimated that

“even with conservative assumptions, this could be a $2 trillion futures market in relatively short order.”

The carbon market emerged after the UNFCCC conference in Kyoto 1997, where over 30 nations adopted GHG reduction schedules. The Kyoto Protocol introduced emissions reduction trading using free market economic mechanisms which allowed the commencement of international carbon reduction transfers. Hence the emergence of a commodities market that is now rapidly escalating in value.

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Emerging Career Opportunities: Carbon Markets

Frank Marquardt | Monday June 30th, 2008 | 0 Comments

carbon%20offset%20center.jpgWhile pundits on this blog and elsewhere question the value of the cap-and-trade system, the efficacy of structures set up to reduce emissions in developing countries, and even the morality of carbon offsets, no doubt many of you in the readership recognize something going on beneath the surface of these debates: The emergence of a batch of new jobs.
The World Bank sized the 2007 carbon markets at $64 billion, and from 2006 to 2007, the voluntary carbon markets nearly tripled in size, according to a report by New Carbon Finance and Ecosystem Marketplace. A May study released by Point Carbon estimated that the carbon market could be worth more than $3 trillion by 2020.

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Great Wines and Sustainable Farming in the Central Coast

| Monday June 30th, 2008 | 0 Comments

wine.jpg The Central Coast Vineyard Team is at the forefront of green viticulture, comprising an active network of local farmers committed to best practice wine-making. For nearly 15 years the Team has been developing and promoting sustainable methods of farming within the region. But even better, they have a profitable business model that produces flavorsome wine grapes whilst putting the environment first. It is a leading practice setting admirable standards in the wine industry.
The Team is a non-profit outfit; a collaborative partnership of scientists, growers, wine makers, researchers and natural resource professionals. Their mission is to promote sustainable winegrowing and they work in a dynamic industry that requires flexibility and innovation to tackle the complexities of environmental management. The diversity of programs undertaken by the Team and the ever-evolving nature of their practice has given them a wide range of experience, and now, the wines and the Team’s reputation are reaping the rewards.
The Team has been recognized as an innovative leader by regulatory agencies, educators, and environmental activists and has received awards from the US Environmental Protection Agency, CA Department of Pesticide Regulation, Regional Water Quality Control Board, SLO Community Foundation, and the SLO Air Pollution Control Board – as reported on their website.

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The Greening of the Hotel Industry

Gina-Marie Cheeseman
| Monday June 30th, 2008 | 1 Comment

fairmont%20hotel.jpgGoing ‚Äògreen’ is more than a mere fad in the hotel industry. The San Francisco based Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants began implementing environmental initiatives in 1985. Twenty years later Kimpton created EarthCare, which has over 40 eco-friendly practices, including energy and water conservation. In 2006 Kimpton earned the National GeoTourism Award given by National Geographic Traveler and the Travel Industry Association of America. The state of California acknowledged Kimpton’s efforts.
“Supporting a sustainable world has long been a core, guiding principle behind our business practices,” said Niki Leondakis, chief operating officer of Kimpton. “As environmental awareness is increasingly spreading throughout the country, this award acknowledges the many ways that organizations have the power to impact change for the future of our planet.”

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Eskimos Sue 23 Energy Companies For Global Warming Related Damages

| Saturday June 28th, 2008 | 6 Comments

The first major global warming court case has yet to take place, but various attempts at landmark cases that will make litigation history have been made in the last year or so. Now a new case featuring a community of Alaskan Eskimos could move into the spotlight. Not least because the lawyers involved are the same as those that broke the tobacco industry ten years ago.

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G8 Commissioned Study Reveals That Tough Climate Targets Can Be Achieved

| Saturday June 28th, 2008 | 1 Comment

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Low carbon societies can become a reality because technically and economically it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, say scientists from nine countries who researched the issue on behalf of the G8. They say that reducing global carbon emissions by half by 2050 is feasible if clever models are applied and outlined details of three extensive models in a peer reviewed article in Climate Policy.

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Please Take the Triple Pundit User Survey

| Friday June 27th, 2008 | 0 Comments

survey.jpgHappy Friday everyone. At long last, we’ve conjured up a user survey for Triple Pundit readers and it’s really important that we get some good data over the course of the next week or so. The purpose of the survey is two-fold – 1) To find out more about you, and 2) to find out more about what you want to read about. Please feel free to leave any additional comments about 3P in general at the end of this post. This survey will take ONLY 5 MINUTES (honest!).


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California Unveils Plan for Cutting Carbon

| Friday June 27th, 2008 | 0 Comments

smoker88.jpegThe California Air Resource Board (CARB) on Thursday unveiled its proposal for how to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
The much-anticipated plan (PDF) is the latest step toward implementing California’s landmark “Global Warming Solutions Act” (also know by its legislative number, AB 32), passed in 2006. The bill includes mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – or 427 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents; a subsequent executive order extended that mandate to a whopping 80 percent by 2050.
As Alexis Madrigal reports at WIRED Science, “The scoping plan shows that California needs to cut 169 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the 2020 business-as-usual scenario. That’s more than twice Massachusetts’ total CO2 emissions from 1990.”

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