Why Shale Gas and Fracking May Be Part of Our Clean Energy Future

I must admit that I have been heavily focused on renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro and biofuels as the medium-long-term path towards meeting our growing energy needs while minimizing our impacts on the climate and the environment.  And recently I spoke out against nuclear’s role in the long-term energy mix. I am … Continued

Landfill-Bound Lobster Shells Find Home in Recycled Products

Ever wonder what happens to all those lobster shells after seafood processors de-shell them before packaging?  Millions of lobster shells end up in the landfill each year, while only a small portion become seafood garden compost or lobster meal, an additive in animal feed.  A few innovative academics and businesspeople took on this waste stream … Continued

BP Files Blame-Sharing Lawsuit Against Gulf Partners

April 21st marked the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. BP used the occasion to file a legal action against Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron International in advance of a closely approaching deadline for parties to file claims against each other. The lawsuits, which total over $40 billion (an amount … Continued

Clif Bar Makes Wine? Yes, and It’s All Terrain

What happens when you put Clif Bar’s sensibilities into wine? You get The Climber from Clif Family Winery, which they refer to as “All Terrain Wine Transport.” More than an attention getting bit of trivia to share at parties, The Climber is being touted as the more ecological option to bringing glass bottle wine while … Continued

Is Sustainability Stimulus Funding Sustainable?

Yesterday, a mock hip hop battle video was released describing two opposing economic solutions to the recent “great recession.” On one side, we have John Maynard Keynes, who advocates for more stimulus and more deficit spending to get the economy out of recession. On the other side, we have F.A. Hayek, who champions savings and organic … Continued

Denver Water Provides Social Marketing with a Splash of Fun

This post is part of a blogging series by marketing students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Ian Bevan Local government rarely gets the chance to run social marketing campaigns which employ tongue and cheek humor, edgy imagery, and guerilla marketing tactics to change unsustainable behavior.  For the … Continued

Tendril Networks Demand Response Solution for the Smart Grid

By Matthew Madden By definition, disruptive technology usually results in a variety of unintended consequences. When considering the ancillary effects that would result from the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, the road taxes currently embedded in the purchase of a gallon of gasoline are generally an afterthought. Of course, TriplePundit’s coverage is the exception. While … Continued

Nonprofit Human Sustainability: A Competitive Advantage?

This post is part of a blogging series by marketing students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Val Miranda Attention all values-based workers! There is a nonprofit down the street that pays like Google and lets you work from home. It offers flexible hours, a great work environment, … Continued

The Living Seed Company Offers Rare Seed Varieties

It’s that time of the year for planting seeds! And while you can find your cukes, tomatoes and beans at your local nursery or hardware store, it’s a little more difficult to find heirloom varieties. Step into The Living Seed Company, a small California business that offers high-quality seeds that grow to be flavorful and … Continued

Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green

When Earth Day was created in 1970, it was considered to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. April 22 of each year, and often the entire week, is devoted to celebrating environmental service and advocacy. University functions, citywide festivals, tree planting and beach cleaning events, and even concerts celebrate a consciousness to preserve … Continued

Planning for Natural Disasters

Is it really possible to plan for a natural disaster?  After the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, it is virtually impossible not to ponder this question. There is abundant information in circulation on preparing for natural disaster.  Around the world, economists have studied the long-term economic repercussions; governments and … Continued

Anheuser Busch InBev’s Big Push to Reduce Water Usage

This week Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) released its 2010 Global Citizenship Report. The report is timely, considering the greater attention businesses devote to water, a resource that is most critical for AB InBev’s long-term success.

Whole Foods Launches Standards for Household Cleaning Products

A few years ago, Whole Foods announced a Premium Body Care standard for personal products. The seal was slapped on over 1,200 body care products to assist consumers in purchasing the very best. Last year, the company announced that by June 1, 2011, a third-party certification would be required for personal care products and cosmetics … Continued

BMW Down on EVs, Does It Matter?

As an advocate of electric vehicles, it is somewhat disappointing to read about BMW’s CEO of North America, Jim O’Donnell, detailing limitations of the technology and predicting limited appeal for electric cars in the future. BMW has put considerable skin in the EV game, so symbolically at least, his comments appear to chop the legs … Continued