Quitting the US Chamber of Commerce: The Newest Eco-Fad?

Now that a third large utility has dropped out of the US Chamber of Commerce over its stance on climate change legislation, the question arises: is this just a passing squall or the beginning of a serious public relations brouhaha? Exelon, the country’s largest provider of gas and electricity, has joined Pacific Gas & Electric … Continued

BMW Plug-In Diesel Concept Wows Europe

As concepts go, it’s quite a concept. When BMW moved its Formula 1 engineers to a program that would develop cleaner, greener automobiles, many were skeptical, but the Vision Efficientdynamics Concept (VEC) that was shown at the Frankfurt auto show this month should change a few minds. The slick design features a 356-horsepower AWD plug-in … Continued

How Retail Giant JCPenney Lowers Environmental Impact

Venerable department store chain, JCPenney installed solar power systems on four stores in California in 2008. SunPower Corporation installed the systems, and under a power purchase agreement (PPA), owns and operates them. Each system on the California stores produces 3.7 megawatts, and will avert approximately 146,000 tons of carbon dioxide. JCPenney also installed solar power … Continued

Formula Companies Pushing Products in Third-World Countries

New innovations are being created constantly to make everyday activities more sustainable. And yet at the same time, baby formula companies are pushing products that make life’s most sustainable activity (in every meaning of the word) less sustainable. In addition to the huge benefit that breastfeeding has on health (including significantly reducing infant mortality), breasts … Continued

CO2 Is Green, Because We All Need CO2

Remember the ads produced by the competitive enterprise institute touting CO2 as “life”. Well, here we go again: It’s pretty amazing that people would spend their hard earned money producing videos like the one above. In this case it’s Houston gas man H. Leighton Steward messing with the minds of voters in Montana and New … Continued

This Is Not Walmart’s Index

Last week Joel Makower of Greenbiz.com hosted a webinar with Rand Waddoups, Senior Director of Strategy/Sustainability from Walmart, to help put some structure to the Sustainability Index Walmart announced about ten weeks ago. Realizing that the demands of the customer are changing, Walmart is focusing on “innovation and supply chain transparency.” Citing programs like Patagonia’s … Continued

Why the G20 Is Not About Climate Change — And Shouldn’t Be

It seems as if every gathering of more than two political leaders these days is being trumpeted as an opportunity to advance the fight against global warming, and when those said leaders go home without having secured any sort of promise or commitment on that front, the meeting is seen as a failure. The most … Continued

Google Pushing Solar Technology — Hard

Frustrated with the lack of progress cutting the cost of solar thermal energy, Google, a prominent supporter of the technology, is privately working on ways to lower cost. Google’s Green Energy Czar Bill Weihl says it is working on lowering the production cost of the mirrors that are a primary component of solar thermal power … Continued

EPA To Require Mandatory Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final ruling for mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases (GHG) from large emissions sources in U.S. on September 22, 2009. The EPA calls the ruling a “comprehensive, nationwide emissions data.” Facilities that emit 25,000 metrics tons or more of carbon dioxide a year will be required to report their … Continued

Agricultural Labor in the U.S.: Why Do Workers Get a Bad Deal?

People picking the food we eat everyday have been chained up, abused, forced to work, and left without pay. The 2004 study “Hidden Slaves: Forced Labor in the United States” found that 10% of documented, forced labor in the US is in the agricultural industry.

Kansas City’s Green Impact Zone – A Vision for 21st Century Urban Renewal

By Andrea Buffa, The Apollo Alliance U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) had a vision for how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) could benefit the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri, where he served as mayor from 1991 – 1999. The city would create a 150-block “Green Impact Zone,” where federal dollars could … Continued

Carbon Footprint Verification for TV Set a First

A Taiwanese flat panel display maker has claimed to make the world’s first television set with carbon footprint verification. AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) announced last week it had completed carbon footprint verification for one of its 32″ LCD TVs according to standards measured by the United Kingdom Accredation Service (UKAS) PAS2050 Pilot Project. Carbon Footprint … Continued

How Can Companies Communicate Social Change?

By John Comberiate In today’s changing technological landscape, Shannon Herbert asks us, how do companies communicate their Social Change?  In her work at National Geographic as VP Integrated Marketing, she has found the answer in being a storyteller for their corporate mission “To inspire people to care about the planet”.  This is accomplished through four … Continued

Honest Tea’s Path to Social Change

By John Comberiate At the Leadership for a Better World – Creating Social Value through Innovation Conference many speakers discussed the ideas around Social Entrepreneurship, how to communicate Social Change, and how large companies need to adapt to survive in a modern business environment.  Often lost in this discussion is the low level view of … Continued

Is Arnold Schwarzenegger a Renaissance Man in the Green Fight?

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is geared up for the green fight, Reuters reports. The actor-turned-politician recently told sources he’s ready to use his resources – whether they be political or Hollywood-related – to help the Obama administration succeed in creating a more sustainable world. His comments underscored both the U.S.’s role in the worldwide green … Continued