Whole Foods CEO Says Enlighten Business, Enlighten the World

Earlier this week, on monday at eight in the morning pacific time, I was on a conference call with the CEO and Founder of Whole Foods Market, John Mackey.  How often do you get to say that?   I was one of many across the nation listening in, as the call was the beginning of a … Continued

Proposition 23’s Eclectic Opposition Versus Its Oily Supporters

California ballot initiative Proposition 23 is pitting out-of-state fossil fuel companies against a plethora of people who oppose it, including Bill Gates and Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin. Both Gates and Brin have recently contributed to the anti-Proposition 23 campaign. Add President Obama to the list of those opposed to the proposition. “The president is … Continued

Green For All Launches the Green Jobs Bus in Advance of Prop 23 Initiative

Green For All, a national organization based in California, devoted to the development and expansion of the green economy, has launched a late October campaign to raise awareness of green jobs. The timing is critical because of the potential impact on the green economy if Proposition 23 should pass.

Colorado Awarded Partnership for Sustainable Communities Grant

Colorado is getting a boost from the federal government in its efforts to promote sustainability. Three federal agencies have awarded Colorado $4.5 million to promote sustainable and livable communities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Transportation announced the award on Wednesday October 20, 2010 … Continued

Being A Humanist in a Dark Age

The following is a guest post by our friends at Saybrook University’s Organizational Systems Program (a 3p sponsor) – designed for students, managers, leaders and consultants who want to understand the nature of organizations, collaborative practices, and transformative change toward systemic sustainability. By Dennis Jaffe, Saybrook University, and Cynthia Scott, Saatchi and Saatchi S These … Continued

Catchafire Matches Professionals to Volunteer Projects [Video]

Catchafire creates structured, skills-based volunteer opportunities for professionals who want to give back in a meaningful way.  Rachael Chong founded the company, which launched its beta site in September, after experiencing the void from both angles.  As an investment banker wanting to volunteer her “newly minted financial skills” and as a nonprofit leader looking for … Continued

Ernst & Young: Triple Bottom Line Reporting and What CEOs Should Ask About It

Ernst & Young’s upcoming Webcast on Triple Bottom Line Reporting: Creating business value while mitigation risk reflects the growing trend of traditional financial reporting and sustainability issues intersecting.  I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Starbuck, the Leader of Ernst & Youngs’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services Practice.  The firm is in an interesting … Continued

Supporters of Prop 23 Suffer From Pinocchio Syndrome

The Pinocchio syndrome is in strong evidence this election season, particularly when it comes to the California ballot initiative Proposition 23. A debate last week at UCLA about Proposition 23 is evidence. The debate involved Dorothy Rothrock, California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) Vice President and Terry Tamminen, CEO of Seventh Generation Advisors. Listed below … Continued

Is Google’s Dive Into Undersea Power a New Model for Renewable Growth?

Nature abhors a vacuum, and since the economy is part of nature (and not the other way around!), it should not be surprising to see that in the absence of any meaningful government action on climate change, a development that will surely drive billions of investment sooner or later, other players are going to step … Continued

Ultimate Bait and Switch? Prop 26 Backers Quietly Hiding Behind Public Outcry on Prop 23

What do Philip Morris, Chevron, Anheuser-Busch, and ConocoPhillips have in common? They’re all enjoying the darkened recess in which their anti-taxpayer, anti-public health, anti-environmental Proposition 26 is hiding while Prop 23 steals the spotlight (and most of the good guys’ contributions) in the battle over clean tech in California.  And they’re all supporting it by … Continued

10 Beautiful Green WordPress Themes for Green Business & Nonprofits

By Lorna Li: Green businesses need a web presence now more than ever. Back in the old days, creating a basic small business website was a $2,000 to $5,000 endeavor, which is a pretty large investment if you are a small business or nonprofit. Then, along came social media, blogging, and open source technology, with … Continued

Social Media, Technology and Change: JustMeans 2010 is Around the Corner

JustMeans.com’s annual Social Media, Technology, and Change Conference is coming up Monday, November 1, 2010. 3p readers are encouraged to join a variety of senior execs and sustainability professionals in New York for this day-long event. Among the key questions the conference will address: Will having corporate sustainability performance information on your iPhone change CSR … Continued

Quest for a good Environmental Sustainability Scorecard -Part 6

by Dr Aruna Ram In the quest for a good Environmental Scorecard, my previous articles in the series outlined some of the primary issues in currently existing Environmental Performance Rating schemes; introduced the Seven Zeroes of Green Management for better environmental direction; and finally introduced a new scheme, Corporate Environmental Performance Rating or the CEPR … Continued

Beyond the Sweatshop: Developing Tools for Supply Chain Assessment

by Jess Sand One of the most contentious realities of the new economy is that consumers’ concern for the social impacts of any given product or service is increasingly driving their purchasing behavior. This has left companies large and small scrambling to account for those impacts, which can often be difficult to parse and even … Continued

Investors Tune in to Risks of Water Stress

By David Jay Atlanta’s water utility has a serious problem. 40% of the city’s water supply could be cut by 2012 due to the ruling of a federal judge. Across the country, water levels in Lake Mead are dropping so low that the Hoover Dam could be forced to stop generating electricity by 2013. Shockingly, … Continued