Weekly Green Business Wrap-Up

gavel.jpg RGGI, the regional greenhouse gas initiative, Holds Its First Mandatory C02 Auction Experts say that the prices for the permits to emit carbon will stay low because too many were given away for free, but 12.5 million permits will be auctioned overall, which is still pretty cool. Europe says “Welcome to my world.”
chocolate.jpgChocolate Doesn’t Need Boxes, and Other Mysteries of “Greening the Supply Chain” Greenbiz has a great discussion of the new trend companies are taking to reduce waste and expense at the same time. They lose points for not even mentioning Ghirardelli in the title, given that the first paragraph is all about the chocolate giant. (The best you could do was “Thinking Outside the (Cardboard) Box”?) Just let the people know about the chocolate, really.
chest-with-gold-1-365x356.jpgJapan’s Landfills Chock Full of Gold, Silver, Platinum US landfills full of bento boxes. Kidding! All those precious metals are inside the electronics that are being discarded by the millions each year. I sense an investment opportunity…
earth-mak.jpgJoel Makower on Video: Developing Your Company’s Green StrategyJoel Makower of GreenBiz delivered a great session last week at the Corporate Eco Forum. See the video which asks “how do companies operate in a world in which energy water materials toxicity carbon intensity become barriers to growth?”
screw.jpgUS Companies Know Climate Change Will Screw Them, Don’t Care 81 percent of U.S. companies expect climate change to negatively affect their business, but they prefer to wait for regulation to spur them to action. I love the head in the sand approach to risk preparedness.
hairy%20armpit.jpg Natural Product Sales Skyrocket Despite Economic Downturn
Growth in the natural personal care industry is five times that of the regular personal care industry. Maybe it’s all those sweaty hippie bikers trying to find work now that unemployment rates are up.
Lastly, 3P covered a couple deep sustainable business questions this week: Sustainable Branding: is it all just greenwashing? and the million dollar question: Would you rather have an enviro employee or a competent one? (Yes, that is a gaggle of sustainable MBA students waving their hands frantically at the back of the classroom.)

Jen Boynton

Jen Boynton is editor in chief of TriplePundit and editorial director at 3BL Media. With over 6 million annual readers, TriplePundit is the leading publication on sustainable business and the Triple Bottom Line. Prior to TriplePundit, Jen received an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. In her work with TriplePundit she's helped clients from SAP to PwC to Fair Trade USA with their sustainability communications messaging. When she's not at work, she volunteers as a CASA -- court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system. She enjoys losing fights with toddlers and eating toast scraps. She lives with her family in sunny San Diego.

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