The Lazy Environmentalist Radio Show

| Thursday August 25th, 2005 | 0 Comments

green_chair.gifJosh Dorfman, of Vivavi, has a radio show on VoiceAmerica radio that’s definitely worth downloading or listening to live. It’s about “hip environmentalism”, helping the average consumer find “easy ways to go green”, and showcasing some cutting edge companies and groups of people. The show is broadcast every Monday afternoon, but you can listen any time by visiting the website here.

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City of Portland Succeeds in Reducing Greenhouse Gases to 1990 Levels

| Thursday August 25th, 2005 | 3 Comments

portland.jpgWith remakably little difficulty or cost, the city of Portland, Oregon, has succeeded in lowering its greenhouse gas emissions essentially to the level in 1990. While other cities have squabled about the costs of such an endeavor, or ignored it altogether, Portland has laid out a series of investments and infrastructure projects that have made it a leader of the pack worldwide – all while remaining one of the country’s most desireable cities.
Interestingly, city commissioner Eric Sten says that progress was made more by subtle land use policy than by mass civic involvement. Asked whether the general public cared about reducing fossil fuel use, Sten replied “I’m not sure the public does care.”

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Environmental Economics Blog Offers Welcomed Extra Angle

| Wednesday August 24th, 2005 | 1 Comment

econworld.jpgI just came across the Environmetal Economics Blog (via WorldChanging) which offers, not surprisingly, “dissemination of economists’ views on current environmental and natural resource issues.”
In short, they offer a valuable, practical insight into pressing environmental issues – maintaining a scientific edge, which is part devil’s advocate, part confidence-builder. Check it out.

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Japanese City Offers Fresh Veggies for Organic Waste

| Wednesday August 24th, 2005 | 1 Comment

veggies.jpgJapan continues to amaze me with the different civic inventive programs they come up with. Sendai City, Japan, will now offer about a dollar’s worth of fresh vegetables for every kilo of properly compressed organic waste citizens bring to a special marketplace in the city.
The waste is given to farmers who, in turn, grow more vegetables.

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FOE Argues that Voluntary Corporate Responsibility is not Good Enough

| Wednesday August 24th, 2005 | 0 Comments

foe_logo2.gifFriends of the Earth has put out a report arguing strongly that Corporate Social Responsibility cannot be a solely voluntary exercise if it aims to achieve any real level of accountability (PDF HERE). Rather, the report argues that government intervention is required to ensure a unified legal framework in which to achieve corporate accountability.

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alonovo: An “Intelligent Marketplace” Launches

| Tuesday August 23rd, 2005 | 0 Comments

alonovo.jpgThere are a lot of online product marketplaces out there, some better than others, that allow consumers to rate products based on various criteria. However, none, so far, have managed to give people a decent chance to rate products based on environmental and social responsibility.
alonovo hopes to change that. They’ve set up a sharp new front-end to Amazon’s entire catalog of goods which gives a variety of basic ratings for the manufacturers of everything Amazon sells. The ratings are also customizable based on what you hold most valuable.
From a business perspective, the most brilliant thing about it is that it’s just a shell slapped onto Amazon and makes money off an affiliate bonus, no inventory, no nothing. But if it proves popular, it’s sure to influence some of Amazon’s inventory decisions, and they’ll also donate a certain percentage of proceeds to various groups. It’s also co-founded by a GreenMBA alum, Joey Shepp. (via Joel Makower at WorldChanging)

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Using a Facilitated Workshop Method To Jump-Start Implementing Sustainability Initiatives

| Tuesday August 23rd, 2005 | 0 Comments

PWC_logo.gifOur second 3P Case Study is on the Facilitated Workshop Aproach to Sustainability Management. Janice Nietzel and Sarah Feinstein suggest that conducting workshops on sustainability within organizations is a great way to jump-start sustainability improvements.
The authors of this paper, both MBA students at the Presidio School of Management, held a one-day Eco-efficiency Brainstorming Workshop, focused on reducing resource consumption, energy use, pollution, and wastes at an international consumer products Midwest manufacturing plant. In the study, they reference the process used and results obtained in order to demonstrate their findings. It’s well worth a read.

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Treasure America Kaktovik Tourism Recommendations

| Tuesday August 23rd, 2005 | 1 Comment

treasure_america.jpgOne of the key projects that the Treasure America Team worked on this summer is an analysis of the potential for a successful tourism-based economy in Northern Alaska, specifically the town of Kaktovik. The report (available here) suggests that there is indeed enough potential for high-value tourism to give Kaktovik a significantly higher degree of economic independance than the alternative model – continued welfare-like dependance on oil extraction proceeds. Significant challenges, however, exist toward making this happen – most notably a complete lack of tourist infrastucture. The report concludes that with a high level of entreprenership and good publicity, the town has an opportunity to really make something of itself, achieve prosperity, and avoid the negatives that would inevitably come their way should drilling proceed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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By Nature Brings Organic and Ethical Living Online

| Monday August 22nd, 2005 | 0 Comments

bynature.gifI got a press release from a UK retailer called “By Nature” the other day. Like Vivavi, By Nature seeks to satisfy the desire for quality, fashionable goods while maintaining high ecological and ethical standards.
Their use of organic cotton, in particular, underscores a proactive stance to make a difference in the market – as demand for organic cotton rises, problems caused by pesticides in the world’s cotten crops will begin to decline. We wish them luck!

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Net Impact Conference 2005 at Stanford Open for Registration

| Monday August 22nd, 2005 | 0 Comments

ni_logo.gifFor MBA Students, as well as business leaders, Net Impact is one of the most helpful and inspiring organizations you can get involved with. Their annual conference, hosted this year at Stanford, is a big annual highlight. I had a fantastic time at last year’s conference in New York, attended inspiring panels, and more importantly, networked with 100s of like minded businesspeople. If there’s one conference you should attend this year, consider Net Impact 2005. Registration is now open!

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Starbucks’ Ethos Water to Fund Worldwide Water Issues

| Monday August 22nd, 2005 | 11 Comments

ew_logo.gifA huge percentage of the world’s population dosn’t have reliable clean water to drink. Starbucks Coffee intends to provide $10 million of clean water infrastructure in developing countries via sales of its new brand of bottled water “Ethos Water“.
Of course, I wonder how much good yet another brand of plastic-bottled water will really do. But the Ethos humanitarian mission seems to be pretty well spelled out to the point that every element of their marketing specifically refers to it. It will be a brand worth watching to see just how much of a difference it really makes.

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Hyatt Commits Two Dallas Properties to 100% Renewables

| Friday August 19th, 2005 | 0 Comments

hyatt.jpgGreen Mountain Energy has teamed up with Hyatt Hotels to provide 100% renewable energy to two Dallas area Hyatts. The air pollution reduction alone is said to equal the annual emissions ot 4,400 cars, and underscores the “mainstreaming” of green energy.

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Underwater Logging Takes Off – A More Responsible Choice?

| Friday August 19th, 2005 | 1 Comment

sawf.jpgAround the world, there are an estimated 200 million trees submerged under water, mostly as a result of reservoir filling, but also from the days when the logging industry was less careful about letting logs roll overboard. It’s not exactly a renewable resource, but given the immense quantity and dwindling forests on land, why not encourage the harvesting of this otherwise wasted resource?
The Triton Logging Company is doing just that, with a submersible logging device called “The Sawfish”. Grist has a lengthy report on the practice with some history and details. Check it out.

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Presidio School of Management Launches New Identity

| Thursday August 18th, 2005 | 0 Comments

PWC_logo.gifPresidio World College’s MBA program has recieved a makeover and is now called Presidio School of Management. The new website is sharp and well designed and emphasizes a fresh approach to the new year. The program is entering its 3rd year with a fresh new crop of future MBAs ready to go at the end of the month. Late-applications are still being accepted. For those of you in the northwest, the Bainbridge MBA program is also still accepting fall applications.

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FedEx Unveils Massive Solar Project at Oakland Airport

| Thursday August 18th, 2005 | 1 Comment

express_logo.gifThe FedEx facility at Oakland Airport (one of the company’s largest hubs) will soon be 80% solar powered. The new solar installation will be the largest corporate solar installation ever and boasts over 900 Kilowatts. That’s a lot of power. Press release here.

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