The LED Revolution

| Monday April 18th, 2005 | 1 Comment

led.jpgBy now, you may have noticed that crosswalk signals have gotten a lot brighter, and a lot whiter. At the same time, traffic lights have have become pixelated and more clear. It’s all part of the LED revolution that’s sweeping cities and companies alike, saving energy and huge amounts of money in the process.
By replacing old traffic signals with LED powered signals, the NYC borough of Queens alone is saving over $600,000 a year, and other cities (and their taxpayers) are enjoying similar cost savings. Companies too, can enjoy the benefits by replacing traditional bulbs in places like hallway lighting, hotel reading lamps, and aircraft cabins. Enviropundit points us to more. There is also a discussion going on at Treehugger.

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Working Together to Avoid Water Wars

| Monday April 18th, 2005 | 0 Comments

water.jpgAccording to World Business Council for Sustainable Development, two thirds of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed countries by the year 2020, and all sectors must work together if businesses expect to have continued access to the water they need to operate. Their most recent report, Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Water Management, outlines steps businesses can take—along with other stakeholders—to address the issue of sustainable water management. Learn more at the report website or download the 24 page report here.

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Proof that Energy Efficiency increases Value

| Friday April 15th, 2005 | 0 Comments

GreenBiz and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program have collaborated to produce the first report showing the irrefutable link between a company’s energy management strategy and higher shareholder value. In addition, the report looks at how financial analysts and institutional investors have come to understand this energy-value connection, and how energy management is becoming a stronger measure by which to assess a company’s overall investment value. Download the official report here

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SBL Network – A Great Resource

| Friday April 15th, 2005 | 1 Comment

sbl.jpgSustainable Business Leaders Network is a new resource for people interested in sustainable leadership roles. That’s probably you, if you’re a Triple Pundit reader. The site features articles, discussions, and job listings, plust a couple great PDF reports on Hewlett Packard and Xerox. Check ‘em out.

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The Dilemma Surrounding Wind Farms

| Friday April 15th, 2005 | 9 Comments

There is a growing concern by land owners in rural areas regarding Wind Farms being too large and taking up too much space.
David Suzuki, writer for New Science Magazine says it is time for some perspective, “With the growing urgency of climate change, we cannot have it both ways. We cannot shout from the rooftops about the dangers of global warming and then turn around and shout even louder about the “dangers” of windmills.” Read entire article

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Anti CSR Funds, Why?

| Friday April 15th, 2005 | 1 Comment

nyse.jpgIn slightly better taste than the Vice Fund, the Free Enterprise Action Fund purports “to seek long-term capital appreciation through investment and advocacy that promote the American system of free enterprise”. Their premise is that CSR is an anti-business threat tainted with “leftist” agendas. Are they on to something, or is this a reactionary blip against a much stronger tide of conscientious business? Anita Green of PAX makes the counterpoint that CSR’s roots are in the church, “not exactly a bastion of liberalism”… (more on Morningstar)
This is definitely a topic worthy of further discussion – click the “discuss” link under this post to join in.

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Community Partnerships Improve Sustainability Payoff

| Friday April 15th, 2005 | 0 Comments

synergy.gifDespite known inefficiencies, development initiatives that partner with community organizations have much better odds of achieving sustainable value, Stanford Business School reports.

On a practical level, engagement with local communities helps to ensure that development initiatives actually work to improve the quality of human life in developing countries, said Christopher Elias, president of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH).

Full article here.

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The Many Forms of Wave Energy

| Friday April 15th, 2005 | 0 Comments

waveenergy.gifHere’s some Friday fun for the technology enthusiasts out there: the often overlooked energy contained in the waves of the ocean. With a little development, no fewer than 4 different types of wave energy could be adding power to our sustainable grid. The concept in the little photo to the right is a network of buoys that simply undulates with the ocean, producing electricity in the process. Simpler buoy systems, and more complex constructions that look like dams on the shorline are also in the works. Lots more info and photos on Treehugger.

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Vantagepoint Promoting Emerging Markets

| Thursday April 14th, 2005 | 0 Comments

vantage.jpgVantagepoint is a new Swiss non-profit promoting sustainable investing in emerging markets. With the developing world presenting the most significant sustainability challenges, it’s an obvious and important area to focus on. Their take on emerging markets is that the knowledge gap is more of a problem than the financial gap, and that by funding local groups, they can enable “the formidable lever sustainable investment represents to make a difference.” More info on the Vantagepoint Website.

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Grants to Support Sustainable Agriculture

| Thursday April 14th, 2005 | 1 Comment

agriculture.jpgIn early 2006, the Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program will distribute more than $2 million in grants to projects exploring and promoting sustainable agriculture. Grant categories include Research and Education, Professional Development, Farmer/Rancher, and Professional + Producer, with deadlines varying from early June to December of this year.
For complete category descriptions, calls for proposals, and application instructions, visit the program’s Apply for a Grant website.

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Sustainable Business Declaration of Leadership

| Thursday April 14th, 2005 | 0 Comments

bizdec.gifGil Friend of Natural Logic recently published a short PDF entitled “Sustainable Business: A Declaration of Leadership“. It’s the kind of excellent, concise document you can print out and paste above your desk for inspiration and conversational stimulation. Among my favorite points: “the well being of our economy fundamentally depends on the services from nature that support it”. Download the PDF here.

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Nike CSR Report Breaks New Ground

| Thursday April 14th, 2005 | 2 Comments

nike.gifPrompted in part by a court ruling three years ago, Nike has just put out a new CSR report that breaks new ground in transparency. Among other notable steps, a complete list of Nike’s suppliers is now available on their website. That move in particular is likely to spur similar supply-chain transparency among other companies, and puts Nike ahead of the game in social and environmental reporting. (Financial Times Article, Nike Press Release & CSR Website)

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Suspending Time to Save Oil

| Wednesday April 13th, 2005 | 0 Comments

oilclock.jpgThe U.S. Transporation Department estimates a whopping 10,000 barrels of oil a day could be saved by extending daylight savings time by two months. The savings would come due to a decrease in electrical demands during daylit hours. In an attempt to offset skyrocketing energy costs, an ammendment stipulating this extension has already been approved by lawmakers. Hopefully the legislators invloved realize that the sun not only provides natural light, but also harvestable energy that could further offset rising costs.

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Whole Foods Market takes Transparancy to Next Level

| Wednesday April 13th, 2005 | 1 Comment

wholefoods.jpgAt their recent shareholder meetings, Whole Foods Market took a huge step forward by agreeing to label their private label brand products as GE-Free. Indigo Teiwes of Progressive Investments says,

Improving transparency, increasing consumer education, and realizing the full benefit of the company’s market advantage resulting from this decision is a strategic business move. Given increasing consumer concerns about genetically engineered foods, Whole Foods is taking advantage of a natural opportunity to enhance its market share.

Read about it at Organic Consumer Association.

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The 6040 House

| Wednesday April 13th, 2005 | 2 Comments

prefab.gifThere’s no reason pre-fab construction has to mean a doublewide and a Camaro on blocks. There’s also no reason it has to employ anything less that the highest green building standards. Enter the 6040 House: A generous 3,000+ square feet of energy efficient steel-framing (readily recyclable) manufactured to minimize construction waste. I’ve also been informed by a tipster that “Solar power, wind generator, rainwater harvesting, and biolet off-grid toilets are available” – although I can’t seem to find that referenced on the website.

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