Cheap Solar: It’s Closer than You Think

Skyline Solar hopes to achieve grid parity within the next 18 months. According to research by Clean Edge, solar power and conventional electricity sources will reach a “crossover” point by 2015. In other words, electricity from the sun will be cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels. Today’s peak solar price of 15-32 cents/kWh is expected … Continued

Waste Not, Want Not… San Jose to Turn Unmentionables into Energy

Editor’s note: Correction, the city of San Jose will be processing yard and food waste, not human waste, as was originally reported. For San Jose residents, “going green” may soon be as easy as, well, using the toilet. The city has revealed a plan to convert human waste (“biosolids”) into biogas and fertilizer using a … Continued

Climate Change Refugees Are Already Here

“The negative impacts of climate change are already causing migration and displacement.” So begins “In Search of Shelter”, a new report on the human impacts of climate change, released recently by a team of NGOs, including the United Nations, CARE International and Columbia University.

An Open Letter to the President and Congress from American Business

  In anticipation of a “historic” House vote on Friday that will decide that fate of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R.2454) sponsored by Henry Waxman and Edward Markey, 20 of America’s leading corporations have sent an open letter to President Obama and Congress calling for definitive action and passage of … Continued

Responding to Iran, Thomas Friedman’s Controversial “Freedom Tax” on Oil

“Launching a real Green Revolution in America would be the best way to support the ‚ÄòGreen Revolution’ in Iran.” Thomas Friedman had an interesting idea in his op-ed yesterday morning: The US should impose an immediate “Freedom Tax” of $1 per gallon on all gasoline. By putting economic pressure on oil producing regions, the US … Continued Would You Like a Cause With Your Toilet Paper?

This week, the blogosphere was a buzz with the launch of, a direct-to-consumer start-up committed to helping you never run out of toilet paper again. And a whole bunch of other consumer packaged good items that are always a hassle to run out to the store for. From Tech Crunch to Mashable to Venture … Continued

Dell Earth: Greening IT with Smarter PCs and Engaged Employees

When Tod Arbogast, Dell’s Director of Sustainability, was interviewing for his current position, he posed a question to Michael Dell, the iconic namesake of the PC giant: “If I got this job, what would you expect of me first and foremost?” Dell replied, simply and profoundly: “Courage.” Arbogast needed courage to carry forward issues that … Continued

Amory Lovins’ Inspiring Words at Virtual Energy Forum

Wednesday marked the start of the Virtual Energy Forum, billed as the World’s Largest Online Energy Conference. I was lucky enough to catch Amory Lovins’ web-cast, which he presented from Sweden where he was attending the 2009 Tallberg Forum. The Virtual Energy Forum’s presentations are in the video archives and you can view them for … Continued

Sustainability Management Infrastructure: What It Is and Why You Should Care

As individuals, we want to do the right thing – but as businesses, we are challenged by the need to be profitable. The goal of sustainability is to accomplish both: to improve profitability today, while not compromising the environmental and social constraints of the future. As discussed in a previous post, Doing the right thing … Continued

Managing Energy for Sustainability

Sustainability as an essential element in return on investment is increasingly on the minds of the suits sitting in the executive suite, but there’s still a way to go on that score.

New York Times Story Sparks Debate Over Geothermal Energy and Earthquake Risk

Photo Source: One hundred and counting. That’s the number of comments that readers have submitted regarding a New York Times story published Wednesday that says the startup AltaRock Energy plans to begin exploratory drilling for geothermal energy sources in Northern California, using a method similar to one that caused earthquakes in a similar project … Continued

Electronic Cigarettes. Safer? Greener? Or Just Weirder?

They look like cigarettes, act like cigarettes, give smokers their nicotine fix. And yet, they’re not cigarettes. They’re electronic cigarettes, or “E-cigs.” According to this CNN report, sales of e-cigs have been increasing over several years in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden and Brazil. The claimed benefits? Instead of inhaling smoke, “e-smokers” (I just made … Continued

San Francisco’s Mayor Newsom Signs Mandatory Recycling Law

Photo Source: Yesterday, Mayor Gavin Newsom signed one of the first legislations of its kind in the country: a mandatory law requiring residential and commercial building owners to recycle and compost. While several other cities require recycling service and participation, San Francisco is the first city to require the collection of food scraps and … Continued