International Emissions Trading Opportunity?

| Wednesday March 23rd, 2005 | 0 Comments

smokestacks.jpgTrading greenhouse gas emissions on an open market is one way to encourage companies to reduce their emissions. Top EU energy companies are showing an increased interest in trading this new commodity, driving the European price per metric ton of emissions to a record high yesterday. Trading volume and prices in the US are a mere fraction of those on the other side of the pond; if international emissions trading becomes a reality, American companies participating in the Chicago Climate Exchange stand to reap some significant rewards.

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Accounting for the Triple Bottom Line

| Wednesday March 23rd, 2005 | 0 Comments

calc.jpg It’s one thing to be aware of the social and environmental costs and benefits associated with your business, it’s another to try and account for them on your balance sheet. This is what the triple-bottom-line (sometimes called the integrated bottom line) approach is all about. As a result, non-financial measurement and reporting skills are increasingly being called for.

The good news is that management accountants are well positioned to adapt their existing skills to manage and measure all of the key components of TBL reporting, which is ultimately used to manage sustainability.

GreenBiz has more to get you started.

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Survey Says… Fuel Economy is Patriotic

| Wednesday March 23rd, 2005 | 0 Comments

carflag.jpgA recent poll by Opinion Research Corp. shows that 2/3 of respondents consider driving a car that uses less fuel to be a patriotic act on the grounds that it reduces dependence on Mideast Oil. The poll also showed 57% of self-described conservatives agreeing.

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Solar Market on Fire

| Wednesday March 23rd, 2005 | 0 Comments

Solar energy production is growing at an astonishing rate and along with it, plenty of companies in the field. In 2003, solar energy production went up 67% and in 2002 the rise was 40%. Total world solar output is now about enough to power 1.2 million american homes.

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Frank Talk from Chinese Deputy Director

| Tuesday March 22nd, 2005 | 0 Comments

Very interesting story scooped by Der Spiegel – Getting frank information from the Chinese government on any topic rarely happens, but Chinese Deputy Director of the EPA talks openly about the potential for meltdown in China’s overburdened environment, remarking that 8-15% of GDP is being lost to polluted air and water. “This Miracle will end soon” – Pan Yue
(via Worldchanging)

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Green Building’s Commercial Advantage.

| Tuesday March 22nd, 2005 | 0 Comments

leaf.jpgSRM Associates is working on being the SF Bay Area’s leading green building firm. With the market for energy efficient development exploding, this isn’t enormous news. But,
as pointed out on Sustainablog, the big news the fact that a large firm is specifically marketing itself this way, encouraging further competition and innovation.

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Carbon Down, Profits Up

| Tuesday March 22nd, 2005 | 0 Comments

carbon_up_up.gifNeed more incentive to reduce your impact on the climate? The Climate Group has a great PDF on the cost savings that can be enjoyed while reducing greenhouse gas emmissions. The report features highlights of profitable carbon reduction schemes at companies from Alcoa to Westpac. [PDF Here]

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Large Scale Corporate Organics – Yes or No?

| Tuesday March 22nd, 2005 | 0 Comments

Kurt Cobb has some insights about large scale organic farming. On one hand, more land under organic use can’t be a bad thing. On the other hand – will the whole process get corrupted?

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Big Oil Split on ANWR

| Tuesday March 22nd, 2005 | 0 Comments

From the FT (requires subscription): With even the most optimistic reports suggesting ANWR contains little more than a year’s supply of crude, big oil companies are split on whether to bother drilling. BP, among others, wishes to “remain on the sidelines of the debate”, having withdrawn from pro-drilling lobbying efforts 2 years ago.

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Charging Up California’s Clean Energy Industry

| Monday March 21st, 2005 | 0 Comments

CalCEF.gifThe California Clean Energy Fund was established as part of PG&E’s bankruptcy settlement. Nth Power, one of three venture capital firms chosen to divvy up the $30 million amongst companies in the clean energy sector, estimates that $500 million (more than 2% of total VC funding) was invested in domestic clean energy projects in 2004.

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Used Chopsticks Make Great Business

| Monday March 21st, 2005 | 0 Comments

choplamp.jpgIf a Chinese restaurant uses nice, reusable chopsticks I always give it extra points. Nonetheless, most dont, resulting in about 10 gazillion perfectly good pieces of wood being tossed in the landfill every year. Rather than fret over the waste, Kwytza Kraft saw a business opportunity. They’re creating surprisingly good looking products, from lamps to floormats, out of chopsticks they collect and clean.

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Energy Mirror Reduces Costs and Waste

| Monday March 21st, 2005 | 0 Comments

mirror_tn.jpgEvery company knows that saving energy means saving money, but how do you convince employees to make it happen? Simple – just display the meter. The “Energy Mirror” concept places a series of iteresting gauges in the building’s lobby so that anyone can monitor a firm’s progress toward greater efficiency. Worldchanging has more on a project at Epson.

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A Hybrid Railway?

| Monday March 21st, 2005 | 0 Comments

Freight trains are already one of the greener modes of transit (Even Wendel Cox agrees). But now, a new hybrid locomotive is set to make things even better.

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Business Resources for the Small Farmer

| Monday March 21st, 2005 | 0 Comments

While economies of scale favor large operations, there’s still hope for the small-time farmer. UC Santa Cruz just released Teaching Direct Marketing and Small Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors, 604 pages of tools and resources for teaching business planning and the latest marketing skills to keep small farms economically viable. (thanks Elizabeth!)

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Sea of Change for SRI

| Friday March 18th, 2005 | 0 Comments

seachange.gifThe Sea Change Investment Fund is designed to net a “compelling return” for investors while supporting the market for fish caught or raised in a sustainable manner. Though not accepting new investors at this time, this type of fund expands the range of alternatives to questionably-responsible SRI funds. (Thanks Elizabeth)

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