Super Bowl XLV Will Be Greenest NFL Championship on Record

Super Bowl XLV will be green –and that’s not just because the Packers will be playing. In fact, thanks to an expanded environmental initiative, this Sunday’s 2011 Super Bowl is being billed as the greenest NFL championship on record. But, how can an event like the Super Bowl possibly be environmentally-friendly? For starters, think renewable … Continued

Walmart, China & Arnold Leading Obama in Shift to Low Carbon Future

By Boyd Cohen, Ph.D. CO2 IMPACT As an American living in Canada I have been watching U.S. policy on clean energy from across the border for the past decade.  As an entrepreneur in the carbon market space, I also have a vested interest in seeing U.S. Federal policy advance with respect to promoting a low … Continued

NASA’s Sustainability Base: The Greenest of Them All?

Remember when space was the final frontier? Perhaps it still is, but in the years that have passed since we started saying that, a new, more immediate frontier has emerged: sustainability. The folks at NASA agree, which is why their latest mission on Earth, located at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, is something … Continued

UN Secretary General Announces Creation of the Global Compact LEAD

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced the creation of the Global Compact LEAD on January 28, 2011 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. A total of 54 companies are members, including Intel, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Royal Dutch Shell, Tata Steel, Total and Unilever. Participating companies are also part of the UN Global Compact, … Continued

Walmart’s Geo Girl: Eco-friendly Cosmetics for 8- to 12-year-olds

Walmart is rolling out Geo Girl, a new line of cosmetics in recyclable packaging for tweens (8- to 12-year-old girls) in March 2011. Walmart has hit all the cosmetic buttons: natural ingredients, sensitivity to young skin, low price point and recyclable packaging. It sounds good, except the target audience age range. Should 8- to 12-year-olds wear cosmetics?   If … Continued

End Both Fossil Fuel and Clean Energy Subsidies

Last week President Obama touched on sustainability themes during the State of the Union address.  He called for ending federal oil subsidies and shifting that money over to clean energy.  Sounds great for sustainability, right?  Not quite. To quote the President, “I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to … Continued

Is The Small House The Next Big Thing?

by Susan Brautovich, LEED AP While you can argue that a house doesn’t have to be small to be green, it certainly doesn’t hurt. And it may be a trend that’s poised to take off.  In terms of greener building, resource consumption and the amount of conditioned space involved in smaller houses are just the … Continued

Sam’s Club Offers Members Preventative Healthcare Access

A relative who is a nurse said something to me that I have not forgotten. She said, “Type 2 diabetes is an acquired disease.” In other words, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Prevention is a hot word these days when it comes to health care. Sam’s Club is the first retailer to offer the … Continued

CSR Secrets the Government Isn’t Telling

The following is part of the Crowds of Ratings series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. By Bahar Gidwani In theory, governments … Continued

Unreasonable Institute: Pushing Beyond Out-of-the Box

Given the complex set of interlocking issues and problems that confront our society today, it would be comforting to know that there were groups of very smart people from all disciplines and walks of life getting together somewhere out of the fray, stepping back to try and come up with solutions that can address these … Continued

Video Interview: Deciphering Socially Responsible Investing?

One dollar of every eight in the US is invested in socially responsible companies.  In this interview, Paul Herman, the CEO of HIP Investor, explains how company sustainability metrics are tied to profitability. In addition to risk and return, many investors today are seeking social and environmental impact.  HIP Investor calculates a HIP score using … Continued

Dead Man Swimming? UK Crematorium to Heat Local Swimming Pool

The Redditch Council wants to warm its Abbey Stadium sports center, including its swimming pool, heat from its neighboring crematorium. By the transfer of heat from the crematorium’s incinerators to a system that would warm the sports and leisure facility, the town estimates that it could not only conserve energy, but save about UK£14,000 (about US$23,000).

Plug In America Releases Final Three PSAs (Video)

Plug-In America, the nation’s leading electric vehicle advocacy group, has released three more PSAs, the last of a recent awareness campaign that humorously highlights the benefits of EVs, while taking some light-hearted jabs at gasoline-powered cars. The release of the videos was timed to coincide with President Obama’s State of the Union address. “President Obama … Continued

H&M Creates Clothing Line Made Out of Unsold Merch

H&M’s new line called Waste is made completely of left-over pieces from their Lanvin collection. Last year, H&M found itself in the middle of a PR firestorm when it was discovered that the company threw away its unsold clothes in New York City. H&M released a statement saying it would end the practice. The Waste … Continued

UniversalGiving founder on trends in CSR and volunteering [Video]

I got the chance to sit down with Pamela Hawley,  co-founder of VolunteerMatch and founder of UniversalGiving.  Hawley is one of my favorite women in the social enterprise space.  A dynamic and ambitious leader, Hawley also has a side career in improv and acting.  Also, be sure to check out her heartwarming blog. Watch the interview to learn … Continued