When the Price of Oil Soars… Again

Back in 1989 or 1990 — I can’t remember when, exactly — I saw an advertisement that read: It wasn’t the Exxon Valdez captain’s driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill. It was yours. I always liked that because it really got at the root of the problem: consumer behavior. Sure, we all talk a good … Continued

How Food & Energy Efficiency Can Support a Growing Population

By David Croushore The world population is expected to reach 7 billion in the next year, before climbing as high as 10 billion this century.  In the past, population projections like these have often underestimated future population growth.  When considering the world population, it is common to ask whether or not we have enough natural … Continued

Interview: Kevin Krohner iOS Light

One of the most interesting folks I’ve meet over the years at Opportunity Green is Kevin Krohner, founder of iOS Light – an LED lighting company that specializes in high end, innovative projects for big clients like airports, hotels & casinos. The company’s very mission embraces the idea of disruptive technologies like LEDs as a … Continued

New 3p Series: The Business Case Against California Proposition 23

With six weeks to go, the fight over Proposition 23, titled the California Jobs Initiative, will be close.  Prop 23 will overturn California’s AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.  Sponsors and supporters of the initiative claims that Prop 23, which will freeze AB 32’s provisions until California’s unemployment rate stays at 5.5% … Continued

Is the EPA America’s Secret Economic Weapon?

Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise won the race because he ran the whole race, taking the long view, seeing the big picture, unlike the rabbit who, given his speed, didn’t see the need. While China seems to be roaring ahead right now with unchecked economic expansion, the significant environmental challenges they are accumulating will eventually catch up with them.

Environmental Education Pushes Ahead in Maryland

Environmental education took a giant leap forward in Maryland on Thursday.  Previously, schools were only required to expose students once to environmental education sometime between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.  That changed when the Maryland State Board of Education unanimously approved a measure mandating all Maryland schools to integrate environmental education into the curriculum.  Environmental education … Continued

How to Build Human Capital for Social Investing

Triple Pundit recently teamed up with SoCap10 to explore the opportunity and challenge of impact investing. In partnership with Myoo Create, we put a call out to bloggers asking: What’s Next? How will social enterprise unlock the $120 billion market opportunity for impact investment? Leading up to SoCap10 October 4th-6th, we’re featuring the best answers … Continued

What’s Next Interview with Deborah Hirsh: The Hoop Connects Consumers and Producers

As part of our partnership with the Social Capital Markets Conference 2010, we are featuring a series of interviews with key conference participants. Don’t forget to get your 30% discount by using the code “3P30″ when you register! Deborah Hirsh recently co-founded The Hoop Fund, an exciting new start-up which connect producers and consumers to make … Continued

Is “Global Climate Disruption” More Pressing than “Global Warming?”

Does the term “global climate disruption” sound like a call to action? Does it carry any more urgency than the benign “global warming?” To many conservative-leaning media outlets “global climate disruption” represents a new approach by the White House to spin the climate crisis after the climate-energy bill stalled in the Senate earlier this year. … Continued

Big Business Comes Out Swinging Against Prop 23

It is easy to assume that big business is behind the push to pass than Prop 23, and to an extent, that is true—big businesses outside the state are largely funding the initiative. But within California, large corporations in various industries are lining up against Prop 23’s passage. Some companies’ opposition to Prop 23 is intuitive—others appear to take a stand on the issue that goes against their vested interests.

Angel Investors Come to the Rescue of Clean Tech Start-Ups

Who will fund the next wave of clean tech companies? A new report put out by Venture Capital Journal states that venture capital firms are investing less in early-stage clean tech firms. Instead, angel investors are stepping up to the plate to boost necessary dollars into the emerging industry. According to the study, venture capital … Continued

California’s Long and Windy Road To a Renewable Energy Standard

The California Senate Bill 722 would have increased the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) to 33 percent by 2020. Unfortunately, SB 722 did not pass on September 1, 2010. Perhaps one reason it did not pass is that the final version of the bill, all 64 pages of it, was not available until 7 pm … Continued

Building Sustainability, One Website at a Time

By Lesley Lammers for the Green Chamber of Commerce Policymakers.  Activists.  Celebrity spokespeople.  These are familiar faces to the American public when discussing the major players working for a more sustainable society.   But then there are those toiling behind the scenes as game-changers – the software and web developers – whose role is critical, but … Continued

Noble Ambitions: Ecor Transforms Waste into Superior Structures

By Eckhart Beatty Robert Noble, founder of Noble Environmental Technologies and its flagship technology ECOR, is an environmental design pioneer with a career-long interest in sustainable design, eco-materials, and cleantech. Trained as an architect, Noble has established a track record introducing ecological materials and forms as well as sustainable industrial practices. No newcomer to innovation … Continued

Revisting the Fiji Water Question With Sourcemap.org

Three years ago, Pablo Paster wrote a post on 3p which attempted to quantify the various environmental impacts embodied in a bottle of FIJI brand bottled water. The post was the stuff of legend, spawning several follow ups in other publications and might even have influenced FIJI’s thankfully defunct “Fiji Green” campaign. Fast forward to … Continued