Toward A Brand & Technology Neutral Gas Saving Tax Incentive

Forget sending everyone a check for $100. What might Congress do that could benefit anyone, be flexible, and reduce per capita gasoline consumption year after year? By now most people have figured out that the only hybrid car that makes economic sense to own and is widely available is the Toyota Prius. A tax code … Continued

Green Roofs Showcased on CNN

It’s great to see a nice big article on the front page of CNN about green roofs. The presence of this kind of article is a nice reenforcement that we are very much at a tipping point when it comes to knowledge about environmentlly better ways of doing things. With the “Green Room Industry” growing … Continued

Chinese Battery Recyclers Changing Kenyan Economy

This is a rather interesting story, featuring innovation, boom and bust, recycling & reactionst behavior. (See WBCSD) Chinese companies are on the lookout for lead anywhere they can get it. The lead is for car batteries, and apparantly you can recycle old car batteries for their lead content (I didn’t know this!). So, Kenyan car … Continued

Alex Steffan Earth Day Essay: Outstanding Reading

World Changing’s Alex Steffan wrote an outstanding essay on earth day which encourages us to see beyond superficial consumer changes. He’s dead on right. If all we do is recycle our beer bottles, we won’t be going anywhere. Still, with most people’s environmental consiousness at practically nil, the bulk effects of superficial changes can still … Continued

Give the Activists a Break – Their Actions Work!

Lest we get lulled into complacency and overflowing optimism that the world advances only by the invisible hand of unfettered commerce, check out this article. The synopisis is that activism is indeed an effective and necesary agent of change that should not be dismissed as an irrational nuisance. Activism opens doors to many optional futures, … Continued

Illustrated Profits From Resource Savings: Water

Sometimes you have to say things over and over again before they sink in. Speaking of sinks – saving water is not only going to become increasingly important, it also saves companies money immediately. It’s also easier to do than most people realize. Joel Makower’s Grist column today illustrates this nicely. Water reduction, reuse, and … Continued

A Green Push from the Employee Side

As reported in the Retail Bulletin, the vast majority of UK retail employees say that it’s important for their companies to have an active policy with regards to climate change. The report also shows that those same employees lack leadership that would both satiate their desires as well as save the company money.

Fortune: The Birth of the Prius

Everyone is impressed by the success of the Prius, and its abilty to change the makeup of the world’s fleet of vehicles and make other car companies scramble to copy it. But it wasn’t just an “idea” that everyone at Toyota immediately found appealing. According to Fortune Magazine, “Toyota had to overcome punishing deadlines, skeptical … Continued

How Do You Feel About This Gallup Poll?

The graph above comes from a recent Gallup Poll which says that Americans “See the Environment as Getting Worse” but can’t be bothered to do anything about it because economic growth is a priority. My opinion is that this is a totally useless poll to begin with because it starts off right away framing environmental … Continued

Sierra Club Offerring Clean Energy Freebies

With Earth Day coming up it’s always a good idea to brush up on ways to save energy and live a greener life. The Sierra Club has some cool tips on their website which you can pass on to others: – Tips on saving energy at home. – Find out about steps your … Continued

The Hot War: In Business At The Front Line

The “Cold War” pitted developed nations against each other for a half-century, sustained by a small number of corporate surrogates who designed and supplied defenses. The “Hot War” era now emerging is driven by serious and immediate resource shortages and climate change at a global scale: things indivdual governments are very poorly positioned to control. … Continued

Organic Consumers Association Raises Alarm About New Rules

The only negative thing about Wal*Mart and other large retailers embracing organic food is the fact that they may seek legislation that waters down the definition of “organic”. The Organic Consumers Association is calling for a boycott of organic brands that are lobbying to weaken organic laws and taking advantage of loopholes in the organic … Continued

Disaponting Business/Bike Coalition Interaction

I went to a hearing today at San Francisco City Hall concerning the striping of bike lanes on a certain section of Market Street. The bike lanes have been desired for many years by cycling advocates who note that Market St. remains a forbidding place to ride. This section in particular is a notorious bottleneck … Continued

Cartridge World Aims to Make a Dent in Ink Cartridge Waste

When I was at Ecosa, one of the coolest projects we did was a redesign of ink cartridge packaging, which is absurdly wasteful. In many cases it took up more plastic than the cartridge itself. We learned that this was a theft-prevention measure as, amazingly, they were the number one theft item at the Staples … Continued