Ben & Jerry’s Plans to go 100% Fair Trade

Fair labor conditions never tasted so good. Ben & Jerry’s announced last week that they will be 100% fair trade by 2013.  That means that all of their “global flavor portfolio” will be composed of Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients, such as cocoa, vanilla, fruits, nuts, etc. The successful ice cream company was the first to … Continued

Are Big Box Stores Advancing or Detracting Sustainability Efforts? Yes.

Since launched in 2005, Walmart and other big box stores have gone through quite a metamorphosis in the eyes of many pundits of triple-bottom-line business. In fact, 2005 was the same year that Walmart launched the first of a growing list of initiatives aimed at simultaneously reducing its environmental impact and its operating expenses. … Continued

Gainesville Sets Record Prices for Solar Power Sellers

by: Tom Rooney Gainesville city leaders became the first in the country to set a competitive price for people who create renewable energy with their solar panels or wind farms  and who sell it back to the local utility- a commendable 32 cents per kilowatt hour. They call it a feed-in tariff, if you must … Continued

How Concentrated Solar Power Can Meet India’s Future Power Needs

By Darshan Goswami, M.S., P.E. Solar energy is an enormous resource that is readily available in all countries throughout the world, and all the space above the earth. Long ago, scientists calculated that an hour’s worth of sunlight bathing the planet held far more energy than humans worldwide could consume in a year. I firmly … Continued

Quiznos Introduces Better, “Greener” Packaging

Remember when McDonald’s switched from styrofoam containers to the paper(ish) wraps they have today? That was a big deal back in 1990. Since then there has been limited but steady improvement in fast food packaging, driven mostly by local legislation and consumer pressure. To make matters more complicated, the question of “paper vs plastic” or … Continued

Happy 5th Anniversary, Triple Pundit

Around this date in 2005, I launched this site as an effort to put a new dialogue online. Barely realizing it until now, Triple Pundit is now an astonishing FIVE years old. (Don’t you love my cheesy banner?) At the time, the idea of business people talking to environmentalists and social activists was still seen … Continued

Will Private Toll Roads Help Get Us Where We Want to Go?

Back in 2005, 3p’s inaugural year, we looked at the role private toll roads can play in reducing traffic congestion—one of our nation’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions—as well as fix struggling state budgets. Fast forward five years, and it seems like we’re still asking ourselves that same question: are private toll roads the … Continued

Algae Based Fuel Is Not A Silver Bullet

Algae as fuel is the latest biofuel rage. On January 14 the Department of Energy (DOE) announced an investment of $44 million in algae-based fuels. Last summer, ExxonMobil Corp. announced a partnership with scientist Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics to develop algae based fuels. However, there is a problem with algae-based biofuel.On January 19 the Environmental … Continued

The Problem With Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit

Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) allows businesses without ties to green energy buy credits at a discount and reduce their state income tax bills. There is a problem with the BETC. As put it, Walmart “raked in $11 million by taking advantage of it—without ever touching a solar panel or a wind turbine.” … Continued

Today’s Social Leaders Could Learn a Thing or Two From Abraham Lincoln

By Bruce Piasecki It’s not easy to be a model of superior leadership.  Witness the recent demise of mighty firms such as General Motors. Add to that the parade of valuation scandals involving Enron’s Jeff Skilling and Worldcom’s Bernard Ebbers over the last fifteen years, the financial wizardry of a Bernie Madoff, and we must … Continued

How Taking Care of Yourself is Good For the Bottom Line

By Jeff Klein Boy, this is a big issue. I’ve always known it to be so, but since I started writing this piece a couple weeks ago it’s significance has become even more apparent. People frequently ask me how I do all that I do and how I look and act so young. I suppose … Continued

USDA Tightens Organic Grazing Regulations

The recent announcement about USDA’s final regulation on access to pasture for organic livestock is a clear victory for the organic movement. The present language of the National Organic Program (NOP)  merely stipulates that grazing livestock must have access to pasture. As the organic market share has grown, the differing interpretations of this language have created fissures … Continued

Government Aid to Flow into Great Lakes, Helping Fight Asian Carp

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Sunday a five-year, $2.2 billion initiative to start healing the Great Lakes. The effort has three main goals: improve the lakes’ wildlife habitat, improve water quality and fight the invasion of non-native species such as Asian carp, which threaten not only the lakes’ ecosystem but also their fishery industry. … Continued

Four Cutting-Edge Technologies that Could Change the Face of Cleantech is a very interesting blog maintained by Ray Kurzwiel, artificial intelligence expert and inventor of the electronic synthesizer. The blog highlights cutting-edge technologies that are information-based, such as medical and computing advances, and recently featured four neat scientific breakthroughs that could potentially change the face of cleantech. Many people dispute the ability of high … Continued