Al Gore’s Climate Solutions Fund Closes $638 Million

Generation Investment Management has closed $638Million in initial funding for its Climate Solutions Fund. The company is chaired by former vice president Al Gore and serves to be a leader in investing in sustainable enterprises with a slant toward solving various environmental problems. According to the Financial Times: The fund will be focused on equity … Continued

Tsunami Birdhouses? A Lesson In Innovative Social Enterprise

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well in the case of P2P Rescue, they’ve done just that, making Tsunami Birdhouses. Come again? Yes, first begun when multiple countries suffered from the effects of the December 2004 tsunami, they are selling birdhouses made from materials scavenged from the wreckage of that tsunami in … Continued

Mitigating Climate Change: Capitalist Sham?

The UN’s Kyoto Protocol and Clean Development Mechanism, cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions trading systems – nothing but a con and the latest gambit by the international – predominantly Western – political, corporate and media elite to further enrich and secure themselves while doing less than nothing to address environmental degradation and climate change, claims New Delhi’s Centre for Science and Environment.

Green Business Cards – Some Creative Inspiration.

Despite the advent of bluetooth-enabled blackberries and other modern technologies, the ritual of handing out business cards remains an integral part of establishing business relationships. When I was working on, Graham Hill designed a sexy card which used half the paper of a regular business card, and (but of course) was printed on 100% … Continued

Google ends eco-search engine support

Sydney-based Ecocho founder Tim Macdonald had an idea; build a search engine based on Google and Yahoo technology and use the ad revenue to plant two trees for every 1,000 searches, offsetting tons of carbon dioxide. However, the practice of “compensating users for viewing ads or performing searches, or promise compensation to a third party … Continued

Green Electronics Made Not So Easy: How Companies Are Marketing EPEAT

EPEAT, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, is like LEED certification for electronics; it monitors the environmental impact of electronics much like LEED monitors buildings. Products are ranked either bronze, silver, or gold, depending on how many of the 51 criteria they meet. Criteria include recycling programs for products, the labeling of plastic parts for … Continued

Organizations’ Environmental Activities Impact Employees

Research by the Kenexa Corp. indicates that organizations’ environmental activities and records can significantly influence the views employees’ and potential hires have about managements’ credibility, trustworthiness, and ability to manage and lead, as well as workers’ job satisfaction and employee retention.

NEX Clean Energy Share Index Falls in Q1

Clean energy shares weren’t able to avoid the financial and economic malaise and uncertainty that spreading across stock markets during 2008’s first quarter, according to New Energy Finance.

In the News: Europe Turns to Coal; ThinkCity Recyclable Plug-In Coming to US

Two significant and contrasting news items related to climate change and energy appear in the April 23 edition of the International Herald Tribune: Europe will increasingly rely on coal to meet its growing electricity needs while two US VCs team up with Norway’s ThinkGlobal to manufacture recyclable, emissions-free electric vehicles in California.

Renewable Energy Credits 101

Some of you might have heard of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), an alternative to carbon offsets. Many companies are starting to buy them to offset their electricity usage, or just to support the production of clean renewable energy sources. The question is, what are Renewable Energy Credits exactly? How do they work? What are you … Continued

Pedal Powered Telephones? Si se puede!

Here in the US, we’re used to the near ubiquitous access to cell phones, with the possibility of thousands, if not unlimited minutes. But what if every phone in the US was prepaid? Such is the case in Nicaragua. There, people use their phones mainly to receive phone calls, or as address books to make … Continued