It’s Time to Re-Brand Green Branding: Lessons From Beyond Petroleum

The following is a post by Paul Hannam of Bright Green Leadership (a 3p sponsor) – offering internet marketing strategies for responsible businesses. This tips and observations in this series are aimed at green entrepreneurs looking to understand how internet technology can benefit them more. For the last few weeks I have been writing about … Continued

“Mango Store” Brings Retail Banking to the Unbanked

There are 30-40 million American households without a bank account, according to the Center for Financial Services Innovation, a fact that could either be seen as a sad statistic – or a tremendous business opportunity. Mango Money sees it as essentially both. The financial services company, launched in 2008, provides prepaid debit cards to customers … Continued

Sundrop Fuels: Dancin’ with the Blazing Sun for Biomass Gas

Hot, hot, hot. It almost sounds too good to be true: Using solar power to create fuel. It’s called solar biomass gasification, a concept and process that’s been around for a while, mostly in university research and scientific circles. A relatively new company that has emerged from that university research environment, Sundrop Fuels Inc., apparently … Continued

Twicketer: The First Truly Paperless Ticketing Option?

Update: Twicketer Founder A-Sun Truth commented that this service now works on all web enabled phones. ~~~ Something interesting just happened. Reality met hype. For years now, event tickets have been from box offices and record shops, to online purchases. Eliminating the need to physically go to a ticket outlet is certainly a step forward. … Continued

UK Government Encourages Local Creation of Wind Energy

Like many governments on both sides of the pond, the UK has ambitious renewable energy goals but is struggling trying to meet them. One issue is wind: Britain receives a good share of it, but has struggled building small-scale wind farms because local councils have resisted, choosing to keep the view.

Florida Deal Turns Yellow Grease into Biodiesel

Freedom Environmental Services of Orlando, Florida, has agreed to deliver as much as 12,000 gallons of yellow grease to Pristine BioDiesel, a new startup firm. Under the agreement, Pristine will pay Freedom $1.75 per gallon of grease, which in turn Pristine will refine into biodiesel.

Bellwether Materials: A Startup in Sheep’s Clothing

Priscilla Burgess is presently one last fire-resistance test away from really putting the product that she’s developed over the past three years into motion. She’s already cleared the R-value and sound-resistance tests needed to certify that the building insulation her startup, Bellwether Materials, makes is ready for market. Burgess, one of the 100 CleanTech Open … Continued

Snapgoods Lets You Rent Cool Gadgets for a Small Fee

Snapgoods, which recently caught on in New York, describes itself as the place “where good people meet, share, and put each other’s stuff to good use.” There are lots of cool products out there, but chances are that you just want to take them for a test run first. Or on the flip side, you own a cool bike or electronic contraption that you just do not use daily and you would like some help paying that credit card off.

Ecovillages & Cohousing Setting a New Trend in Sustainable Living

Cohousing is a rapidly growing trend, showing up in both rural and urban areas. According to, “Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground and a common house.” I stopped by the Belfast Ecovillage site, just two miles outside of town, took in its quiet beauty and then checked out the 1500 sq. ft. model home with its impressive passive solar, net zero energy efficient design that the builders, G•O Logic, claim can be comfortably heated on a zero degree Maine winter night, with a single hairdryer.

BP Needs To Pony Up More Money For Gulf Tourism Industry

Tourism is a major part of the economy along the Gulf coast. Take 2008, for example, a year when travelers to congressional districts along the Gulf coast spent over $34 billion, which sustained 400,000 jobs, according to a recent report by Oxford Economics. Consider also, the amount of jobs the tourism industry creates for the … Continued

Nissan and GM Launch their Electric Cars; LEAF to Cost Almost $10K Less than Volt

The Plug-In 2010 Conference in San Jose was the site of major announcements by major auto manufacturers Nissan and General Motors. During their Tuesday morning speeches, both Nissan North America’s executive vice president, Carlos Tavares, and General Motors vice president of U.S. marketing, Joel Ewanick, announced that their much-anticipated products would be available in only … Continued

US Law Requires Conflict Minerals Disclosure from Electronics Manufacturers

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the eye of the storm for these “conflict minerals.” The resource rich nation of 70 million people has already suffered decades of conflict, and the new riches have only exacerbated the problem for many of its citizens. Mines in Eastern Congo are often located in isolated regions, smack in the middle of armed guerillas who claim these areas as their turf.

Radical Transparency: Seventh Gen’s Hollender Puts His Money on the Truth

It says something about our current state of affairs in business and government when someone in a position of responsibility makes news for telling the truth, but there you have it. But then Seventh Generation’s Jeffrey Hollender doesn’t just tell ordinary truths either. Jeffrey, the company’s Chief Inspired Protagonist (they don’t have a CEO) is the kind of guy who makes you realize that we will never run out of frontier, because as long as there are pioneers like him, there will always be new frontiers.

How Wind Powers GE Ecomagination’s Growth

Utility scale wind power plants have emerged as a global low cost renewable energy resource. In this second part of my video interview with Steve Fludder, Corporate VP for GE’s ecomagination, he outlines how GE grew its wind business in just 6 years into a $6 billion annual global revenue business . And he candidly … Continued

MillerCoors Talks Sustainability

MillerCoors, the second largest brewer in the United States that has a portfolio of over 60 brands, is making more changes in its operations as the company and its competitors grow aware of the various sustainability issues involved with beer production. The company recently released its 2010 Sustainability Report, discussing its accomplishments while outlining future goals related to the company’s labor, environmental, and social impacts.