And The Top Ten Most “Sustainable” CEOs Are…

Thanks to everyone who voted and nominated during our Top Ten Sustainable CEOs Survey. The results are in and posted below. (You can see the entire list at the bottom of the original post, as well as the great conversations the nomination process produced). Before we get too excited about the ranking, I want to … Continued

Editorial: How Will the Citizens United Decision Affect Sustainable Business?

“The conceit that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons in the political sphere is not only inaccurate but also inadequate to justify the Court’s disposition of this case.” – Minority Opinion by Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg, Breyer and Sotomayor. News outlets and the blogosphere are abuzz with reactions to Thursday’s Supreme Court decision … Continued

New Study Shows Gap Between Real and Perceived Sustainability

There is a disparity between real and perceived action on climate change by top North American brands, according to a consumer study titled, MapChange 2010. The study measured climate change action by over 90 North American companies, and measured consumer perception of those actions. The study covered 10 sectors including food and beverage, apparel, household products, … Continued

Why Monsanto Might Be a Health Risk

Monsanto claims genetically modified (GMO) food is safe for consumption. Of course, a company that controls 90 percent of the U.S. seed market for soybeans and 80 percent for corn and cotton is going to defend GMO food. Monsanto is developing soybeans with extra amounts of omega-3 oils with the Solae Company, according to its … Continued

Amory Lovins: Efficiency Burns Brightest

By Charles Shereda How would you prefer to die? (choose one) 1) Climate Change 2) Oil Wars 3) Nuclear Holocaust Amory Lovins posed this question to introduce his talk entitled, ‘Reinventing Fire: The Business-Led Transition from Oil and Coal to Efficiency and Renewables’ in the second day of the Clean Tech Investor Summit in a … Continued

California Town Receives Rare Award for Fighting Light Pollution

As students, we all learned about the Milky Way, Orion’s Belt, and the North Star. What would happen if these important points in our sky disappeared? In some places, they have. That’s because light pollution, the artificial glow that dims the stars, is affecting 63 percent of the world’s population. In many cities around the … Continued

French Carbon Tax Requires Tracking to Be Effective

By Michael Woelk CEO of Picarro Last Wednesday the much debated French carbon tax got a new chance at life.  The tax was struck down on Dec. 29 after the country’s highest court called the bill anti-constitutional. The concern was that the proposed bill had too many exemptions, but there are other problems with the … Continued

Environmental Defense Fund Kicks Climate Corps into Overdrive

What do you get when you take top MBA students who possess knowledge of sustainability and place them in companies for a summer? The answer: Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps. (Full disclosure: we’re proud to have EDF as an affiliate here at 3p, but think the Climate Corps is a great program all on … Continued

Hub Culture’s 2010 Zeitgeist Rankings

For those of you who aren’t aware (I admit I was a bit off), the German concept of “zeitgeist” means the “spirit of the times” and generally refers to the cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual and political climate within a nation. This reminder might make understanding Hub Culture’s 2010 Zeitgeist Rankings a bit clearer. Hub Culture … Continued

PG&E Invests $60 Million In SolarCity

Last week, California utility company Pacific, Gas, & Electric (PG&E) subsidiary, Pacific Venture Capital LLC, and the solar energy provider, SolarCity announced $60 million in tax equity financing for solar installations. The investment is funded by PG&E Corporation shareholders, and is expected to allow SolarCity to install more than 1,000 additional solar systems for homes … Continued

Top Gear Takes Innovation in a Whole New Direction

I’m one of those freakzoid environmentalists with neither a car nor a television. Which is why it is all the more remarkable that I’m chuffed to bits by this British show Top Gear. The 13th season premieres on BBC America on Monday. I’m behind the times, what with the lack of television and all, but the folks … Continued

“Dr. IM” Brings You Healthcare, Via Texts and PayPal

Dubbed “Dr. IM,” Jay Parkinson is re-imagining healthcare with a 21st century toolkit. Up until recently, Parkinson had no office, no secretary, and for all intents and purposes, did not fit the image of the doctor. That’s because he is not the typical doctor. Parkinson started Hello Health with partner, Nat Findlay, in a coffee … Continued