West Coast Green Review (Guest Post)

It’s not like Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed needs more publicity but we feel obligated to dole out some props. As one of the West Coast Green noted speakers his “An extremely unusual look at Green building” certainly caused a stir during day one. We knew that we were in for a Freed special when … Continued

Green Shield Certified Pest Control Launches

I’m always puzzled by the lengths that people go to rid their homes of pests. They douse their homes with unspeakable chemicals at the sight of a single ant despite the fact that, in most cases, there are non-toxic and far cheaper solutions. Tell that to my landlord who requires spraying my place every two … Continued

Businesses “Come to Grips” with Carbon Management: Interview with Kyle Tanger

Sustainability consulting firm Natural Logic has announced they will present a four-part webinar series titled, Coming to Grips with Carbon: How to Measure and Reduce Your Footprint. The online events will be held on October 18 and 25th, and November 1st and 8th. The series will provide business leaders with practical guidance from leading practitioners … Continued

Sun Launches OpenEco.org

Sun Microsystems has launched an impressive new website called Openeco.org. In their own words, the site “is a new global on-line community that provides free, easy-to-use tools to help participants assess, track, and compare business energy performance, share proven best practices to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and encourage sustainable innovation.” At first glance, I’m … Continued

Walmart Greens Supply Chain

On the heels of unveiling “Great Value” brand CFLs last week, Walmart announced today that the company is working with suppliers to gauge and reduce the energy consumed in buying, manufacturing and distributing the products they sell, beginning with a focus on seven products (DVDs, toothpaste, soap, milk, beer, vacuum cleaners and soda). Through energy … Continued

AskPablo: The Northwest Passage

This week a reader asks about how much the now open Northwest Passage will save in shipping emissions. This year, for the first time in recorded history, the Northwest Passage has become fully ice-free. This means that this Northern sea route around the Americas is now fully navigable, and will become increasingly so over the … Continued

Greenbiz Sustainable MBA Column: Sustainability in the Workplace by Pablo Paster

While the business world is abuzz with talk of green and sustainable business practices, it’s important to remember that workplace sustainability goes far beyond switching out light bulbs and turning down the thermostat. Sustainability has both internal and external drivers and spans environmental and social dimensions. Below are a few key points to take into … Continued

Park(ing) day is Friday in your Community

As long as you’re feeding the meter, who says you have to place a car in a parking space? That’s the genius behind Park(ing). A stunt done two years ago by a San Francisco art group known as Rebar. The group took a normal downtown parking place and transformed it into a mini park complete … Continued

San Francisco’s Green Building Center Opens (Guest Post)

It could be considered the country’s (or at least San Francisco’s) first Green mini mall or mini Green department store. Over on Polk Street, near a lot of mass transit and foot traffic, the recently opened Green Home Center had eco-sexuals checking out not only the shops but the interior as well. Talk about making … Continued

San Francisco Waldorf School Green Report

Dave Alsop, Head of Administration for the San Francisco Waldorf High School, watched along with excited parents, students, and faculty as the green ribbon was cut today welcoming the students to the first and only San Francisco LEED Gold Certified High School. Alsop explained, “We wanted the new high school to represent our values both … Continued

AskPablo: Iceberg Water

After seeing images of the melting Greenland Icecap on television this weekend my mother asked me if it would be economical to collect that water and deliver it to drought stricken regions. After my posting on bottled water (AskPablo: Exotic Bottled Water) many of you know that I am generally not a fan of shipping … Continued

The Media on Oil Refinery Expansion

Not long ago, BP met a public relations disaster by making a request to increase its dumping of particulate matter into Lake Michigan by expanding its massive refinery on the south side of Chicago (lake calumet, technically). Despite the fact that the refinery’s added discharge would be somewhat trivial compared to the grand total of … Continued

ConocoPhillips $10 Million Deal to to Offset Expansion

In the news today, ConocoPhillips is reporting that they will spend $10 Million to offset the carbon emissions of a proposed refinery expansion in the Bay Area. I have mixed feelings about this, but basically think it’s a good thing. On the one hand it lends a big boost to the legitimacy of carbon offsets, … Continued

Net Impact Releases 2007 Business as UNusual Guide

The Second Annual Net Impact Business as UNusual Guide has just been published. The guide details leading MBA programs, including student responses to surveys, curriculum information, inside perspectives on faculty and alumni networking, as well as broad data aggregated from all the schools in the study. It’s a great resource to check out, especially if … Continued

Sun’s Project BlackBox Using Shipping Containers as Server Rooms

I love shipping container architecture, but the following innovation by Sun Microsystems takes it to a new place. “Project Blackbox” offers clients portable data centers inside of standard shipping containers. Not only is this easy and safe to deploy and transport, but it apparently takes a lot less energy to cool, and as a semi-permanent … Continued