Weekly Green Business Wrap-Up

race%20win.jpgWinning Strategies for Climate Change ConsultingGreen Biz has the inside scoop on how to turn that pink slip into a new, flexible income opportunity.

3M-LogoJPG_1_.jpg 3M Launches Renewable Energy Division The renewable energy division will be divided into two units: Energy Generation and Energy Management. Energy Generation will manufacture films, tapes, coatings, encapsulants, sealants and adhesives, while Energy Management will focus on window film technology. The company already generates $200 million annually from solar-related items, including films, tapes, coatings, and adhesives. One to add to your portfolio?
Coal_Hands.jpgDoes it Matter if Carbon Prices Plummet? If you’re in the mood for some opinionating, read this great piece from the NY Times Green Inc blog. Then come back here and let us know what you think.

82 Percent of Consumers Buy Green, Despite EconomyHalf of the 1,000 people surveyed buy just as many green products now as before the economic downturn, while 19 percent say they are buying more green products. Fourteen percent say they are buying fewer environmentally green products. This honestly surprises me. Green products are worth the extra money? Who did these guys’ survey, anyway?
cell%20phone.jpgVodafone Publishes Study on Socio-Economic Impact of Mobile Phones in India The report found clear evidence that mobile phone penetration facilitated economic growth. Not exactly GREEN business news, but definitely 3P worthy, given our interest in social enterprise.
deflated%20balloon.jpgBusiness Green Says: Forget Deflation, it’s Ecoflation You Should Worry AboutI just wrapped my head around why I should worry about deflation, now I’ve gotta worry about a new flation? WRI says the cost of many commodities could rise by up to 45 per cent over the next decade as the result of global environmental damage, accelerating climate change and new green legislation– resulting in a potentially devastating impact on businesses’ bottom lines. There’s gotta be a syndrome for worrying about which economic disaster to worry about. What should we call it?
Patagonia_logo5.jpgPatagonia Goes For Gold at Reno Distribution CenterWith all the talk of Michael Phelps and his indiscretions this past week, it’s tough to remember that there are other golds worth going for. The folks at Patagonia hope to achieve LEED Gold with their new distribution center by using building materials containing recycled materials, motion sensors radiant heating and some other cool stuff.
Finally, Green Biz had their State of Green Business forum this week and also released their new special report: State of Green Business, which you can download here.
Check out coverage of the event from 3P regular Amie Vaccaro over at Green Biz
As well as our own coverage from Paul Smith.

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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