Solar Rising: Top 10 Utilities

In 2008, tight credit and reigned-in consumer spending slowed the march of solar in the residential and commercial markets. But the just-released, second-annual Solar Electric Power Association report, 2008 Top Ten Utility Solar Integration Rankings, shows the steady growth of solar at utilities nationwide. Installed Capacity Up 25 Percent The report looks at how much … Continued

Green Innovators Make Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative List

Among notable names such as JJ Adams, Brian Eno, and Dan Barber, green innovators Shai Agassi and Zaha Hadid were named to Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business list. Released last week, it is a list of “dazzling new thinkers, rising stars, and boldface names” whose creativity is being directed to address larger … Continued

Working Towards Locally-Owned Energy Production

By Lisa Bingham Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead I’ve used this quote in my email signature for years, but being at the BALLE conference in Denver last week was the first time I think … Continued

BALLE: On Becoming Rhizomatic

By Lisa Bingham Over the three days of the recent BALLE conference, I was exposed to many inspiring people and a lot of new ideas. One of my favorite ideas comes from June Holley, former president and CEO of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) and now a Network Weaver. Ms. Holley was one … Continued

Tesla Recall: Setback for the EV Revolution?

Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced a recall of Tesla Roadsters, citing defects in the body design. Apparently, bolts on the rear hub have the potential to be under-torqued and can come loose, which could possibly cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Tesla is recalling 345 of its roadsters … Continued

New Study Reveals Green IT Budgets are Rising

Symantec Study Shows Green IT is Now Considered an Essential Practice Green IT budgets are rising and most IT executives say they willing to pay more up-front for energy efficient solutions, according to a research study sponsored by Symantec Corporation. The 2009 Worldwide Green IT Report was released yesterday as a follow up to the … Continued

Starbucks Uses Systems Thinking to Develop a Recyclable Cup

Starbucks has taken a lot of flack in the past few years for its non-recyclable cups, lack of recycling bins, and shoddy water use policies. In the past, Starbucks has covered up environmental embarrassments with vague promises to build more energy-efficient stores and cut carbon emissions. Now the coffee company is making a legitimate attempt … Continued

Sustainable Brands 2009 Un-Conference Opportunities

As most readers know, Sustainable Brands 2009 is just around the corner and if you haven’t registered yet, now is the time to do so with a generous 20% discount by using the code “trprsp09” right here. If you’re not able to make it to the entire conference, an excellent one day alternative on Monday, … Continued

Is the Warehouse Model the Future For Grocery Stores?

If deliveries completely replaced shopping in “distant stores” there might be a 80 to 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions, according to George Monbiot in his 2007 book, Heat. Monbiot acknowledged that will not happen. However, delivery only grocery stores have a lower overhead because you do not need displays, cash registers, and “fancy packaging.” … Continued

BALLE – Rising to the Challenge

By Lisa Bingham When I first found out about BALLE’s conference in Denver, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. A conference on sustainability in Denver, my home town? Sure! Sign me up! Then I started wondering, just what is BALLE? And what are these living economies they are supporting? BALLE, I soon found out, … Continued

Tony Hsieh of Zappos SXSW Video – Happiness Is the Mission

A while ago I posted about Tony Hsieh’s inspiring keynote address at last March’s South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, TX. I had hoped to have the video up then, but it wasn’t available until more recently. If there’s one thing worth spending 15 minutes on today, it’s watching Tony’s talk – whether you’re … Continued

Which Green Startup Should Win an iPhone App at New Venture Exchange?

Though the economic news continues to be shaky, innovation hasn’t disappeared. In fact, at events like the New Venture Exchange, it’s being celebrated. As we reported earlier, this is a chance for consumer oriented green start ups to get seen by some of the most influential people in the green business realm, at the Sustainable … Continued

GEM Offers Electric Vehicle Value for Fleet Operators

When Obama first came out in support of electric cars, the opposition quickly attacked these vehicles as nothing more than “glorified golf carts.” They loved it. They used it as an opportunity to scare the public into believing that the only electric cars available were Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs). These electric vehicles, also known as … Continued

Beyond Fiberglass: Think Plastiki

The Plastiki could become the prototype poster child for a new industry that goes beyond the use of non-recyclable fiberglass for boats.