Study: BP Oil Spill Can Cause Lasting Damage to Fish

As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of New Orleans cuisine, my 5th thought after last year’s BP oil spill gulf disaster (after “good lord, haven’t they been through enough?” “of course Halliburton is connected to this,” “at least this will get people to reconsider all the drilling,” and “so much for scuba diving off the east coast … Continued

Girl Scouts Finally Pledge to Use Certified Palm Oil in Cookies

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced yesterday that they’ve committed to using GreenPalm certified palm oil in their iconic cookies. Starting with the 2012-2013 cookie season, each cookie box will feature the GreenPalm logo. Palm oil is grown primarily in Malaysia and Indonesia, with both countries accounting for 85 percent of all production. One … Continued

Sierra Club: EPA Should Close Haz-Waste Loopholes

The Sierra Club is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s case about hazardous waste. Writing in Treehugger last week, Sarah Hodgdon, the Club’s Director of Conservation, says with the EPA “currently reconsidering their hazardous waste standards” under its Regulatory Review and Reform Initiative. Now is the time keep the pressure on the agency for stronger standards. … Continued

“Tricking” Consumers Into Doing the Right Thing

All sustainable marketers are trying to accomplish the same thing: change consumer behavior. But how do we do this? As part of the green marketing community, we get it in our heads that we know how to stimulate behavior change…but do we really? We tend to think about what would motivate us to change our behaviors, but our behaviors are not the ones that need to be changed.

New Balance Creates Sneaker From Recycled Plastic Bottles

The entire upper of New Balance’s new sneaker, called newSky, is made from a fiber called Eco-fi, which is 95 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It takes about eight plastic bottles to make one pair of the sneakers, which will be available in October. Eco-fi is made by Foss Manufacturing which chops the bottles into … Continued

Get Ready for Opportunity Green 2011 in Los Angeles

Although we promote and attend dozens of excellent conferences every year, there are a handful we’ve grown very close with. Opportunity Green – heading into its 4th year in Los Angeles is one of our favorites for a variety of reasons. Los Angeles is the global center of popular culture, from which messages (both green … Continued

Video Interview: Foundation Source on How to raise $50k in 3 days

When the earthquake hit Japan this year, a $50k grant was given to International Medical Corporation in a matter of days to buy satellite phones to help with rescue communication. The grant came through Foundation Source , the nation’s largest foundation management platform, with over $4 billion in managed assets.  Over $3 million dollars are … Continued

ViridiSTOR “Green Box” Reduces Trade Show Waste

Innovations abound throughout the environmental movement, from highly engineered water-and waste management methodologies, to intelligent design and streamlined manufacturing techniques. In attempting to comply with regulatory or stakeholder requirements, companies have explored a variety of clean, green technologies. But sometimes, businesses can make a huge impact with even simple, low-tech ideas that fill a vital niche.

It Began with a Tomato: Engagement Lessons from Florida’s Tomato Land

What began as the quest for a fresh, juicy, flavorful tomato culminated in a landmark labor rights agreement which is transforming the lives of agricultural workers in the heart of Florida’s tomato land.  Along the way we can learn lessons in stakeholder engagement. I had the opportunity to speak privately with Cheryl Queen, VP of … Continued

Clinton: World Needs Better Immigration Laws for Climate Change Refugees

As part of the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton voiced his thoughts about global warming and climate refugees in a round-table discussion. Climate change will have an adverse effect on many people living in vulnerable areas, especially coastal regions. Island nations will be most severely hit, already hot countries will see an increase in … Continued

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper? Maybe Sometimes

The Sunday New York Times Review section ran an interesting piece this week that posed the question, Is Junk Food Really Cheaper? The premise of Mark Bittman’s article was to debunk the often repeated notion that the reason people are obese is because it is cheaper to fill up on calorie-dense junk food than it … Continued

Key Elements of a Successful Clean Energy Project: Venture Capital Perspectives

How does a planned clean energy project actually get built? The process is not simple, and with the utility usually owning the project after its backers have provided the funding to bring the project to life, the requirements can be overwhelming. One thing that helps virtually assure the project’s success is getting venture investment. At … Continued

CouchSurfing Moves from NGO to B-Corps: Bona fide or Bogus?

CouchSurfing International is riding a wave of success since its August 2011 announcement of restructure, from non-profit public charity, to for-profit C-Corporation with B-corps certification and $7.6 million in funding from Omidyar and Benchmark. The web-based homestay organization has more than 3 million profiles created since 2003: pop the beverages and get the beach party going!

…or, not so fast: CouchSurfing (CS) has been hit with a tsunami of protest from its own membership over its reorganization.

Novozymes’ Charcoal Replacement Kills Six Birds With One Stone

Update: 3p Editor Jen Boynton is on the ground in Mozambique following up on this story. Let us know via Twitter what else you’d like to know! This one almost seems too good to be true, which will, of course, bring the skeptics out. But I don’t see too much wrong with an initiative that … Continued

Researchers Link Ethanol Production and Financial Speculation to Rising Food Prices

A recent scientific paper, from the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) attributes the increase in food prices in 2007/2008 and 2010/2011 to ethanol and financial speculation. As the authors of the paper put it, “The two sharp peaks in 2007/2008 and 2010/2011 are specifically due to investor speculation, while an underlying upward trend is … Continued