California’s Kern County Will Host the Largest Wind Farm In the U.S.

Drive around California’s Kern County and you will see many oil wells pumping up and down. Kern County, as of last year, was still California’s top oil producing county. However, Kern County is also utilizing its Tehachapi Mountains to produce wind energy. The Associated Press reported that Terra-Gen Power LLC broke ground on a 570 … Continued

GE Ecomagination’s Plans For DOUBLING Cleantech Revenues

Exclusive interview by Bill Roth, founder of Earth 2017 and author of The Secret Green Sauce with Steve Fludder, Corporate VP for GE ecomagination posted in Triple Pundit on GE ecomagination’s plans to double cleantech investments and revenues.

UPS 2009 Sustainability Report Focuses on Environmental Achievements

This week UPS released its 2009 Sustainability Report. The report, which follows the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, is divided into four main sections: community, environment, the market, and labor issues. The century-old package delivery and logistics company has issued sustainability reports since 2003, and its most recent report demonstrates that UPS is doing what it can to drive change in its business sector.

BP Gulf Disaster Act Two: The Corexit Calamity

Now that BP’s spurting oil well in the Gulf of Mexico officially known as MC252 has apparently been shut in, and the relief well that will eventually reduce the pressure in the area, is almost done, it would be nice to think that the worst is over and all that remains now is the long, … Continued

LA’s Mayor Bikes, Falls, Promises More Bike Paths – Will He Fall Again?

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pledged more to cyclists last week after his attempt at a bike ride in Venice ended rudely when a taxi driver suddenly pulled out in front of him on Venice Boulevard, knocking the mayor down. The helmet saved the mayor’s head when he tumbled to the pavement, but his right elbow was not so lucky: he broke it, with the result that it took him two hours to shave the next morning. Cyclists who have had run-ins with automobiles would probably reply that a slow shave would be the least of their worries.

Tony Hayward: Lessons in Leadership and Accountability

Few of us would have ever heard of Hayward had the Deepwater Horizon rig had not exploded in April, gushing thousands of barrels of oil a day into the Gulf, placing Hayward uncomfortably into the crosshairs of cable television news coverage. An overview of his background suggests that he is a competent manager and talented problem solver—but not prepared for the intense media criticism that festered the last few months because of BP’s largest crisis to date.

Opinion on Overpopulation: Not so Fast, Fred

By Robert Walker When it comes to rapid population growth, Fred Pearce (who recently authored a guest post on 3p called “Overpopulation is the Wrong Focus“) wants to declare victory in the worst way. And he does. He does it by ignoring all the evidence to the contrary. He says, for example, “that the population … Continued

Cleantech Trend: Boosting Fleet Efficiencies

Amid the poster-board displays and smiling, hand-shaking entrepreneurs at the Cleantech Open National Conference in San Jose last week, a trend emerged. A number of the 100 semifinalists vying for the 18 regional finalist spots in the competition have developed technologies that will juice up the miles per gallon that fleets of vehicles (trucks, vans, … Continued

‘Farm to Store in 24’ Brings Local Farm Produce to Southwestern Grocery Chain

The “Farm to Store in 24” Program showcases fresh-picked produce that Fresh & Easy sourced from vetted growers. Fresh & Easy includes a label noting the farm that has grown the produce, whether they are Coachella Valley grapes, Watsonville strawberries, or San Diego County avocados. Right now the program is in a pilot phase; based on its success, the initiative will continue into the fall.

As Climate Change Legislation Retreats, Are “Green Jobs” to Blame?

When debating climate change legislation, some would argue that green jobs would not make a difference because by creating a job, say, in the clean energy sector, you are taking away a job in the traditional fuel sector. Others would retort that is nonsense because many clean energy technologies are labor intensive, while churning out fossil fuels like petroleum relies on batch processing that does not require as much labor.

Former Trader Joe’s President on a Mission to End Food Waste

Trader Joe’s former President, Doug Rauch, is now a fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, sorting out how he can use his past experience to reduce food waste while reducing hunger, as well as informing citizens how to make healthier food choices.

Starbucks Offers Free Coffee Grounds for Gardens & Compost Piles

Do you ever wonder what coffee shops do with all those leftover coffee grounds?  Instead of tossing out all those grounds, why not put them to good use? In 1995, Starbucks Coffee Company launched its Grounds for Your Garden campaign, which offers customers a complimentary five pound bag of used coffee grounds for the garden or … Continued

Why Sugary Foods Are So Plentiful In U.S. Schools

Sugar is one of the main ingredients in the American diet and sadly one of the most common foods fed to children: from chocolate milk to vending machines sugar is plentiful in American schools. My 10 year old nephew said to me a few weeks ago, “Too many kids at my school drink the chocolate … Continued

Texas Company To Ship Alaskan Water To India

Every so often I read something that sends proverbial chills up my spine, such as an announcement earlier this month by a Texas water company: S2C Global Systems will ship three billion gallons of water every year from the Blue Lake Reservoir in Sitka, Alaska to the west coast of India and other Asian countries. … Continued