Run for the Hills, The Hedgies are coming!

According to the latest issue of ClearProfit, a clean energy Hedge fund has been launched: The ALMA Clean Energy Hedge Fund, managed by Bozkurt Aydinoglu. If anyone doesn’t know what a hedge fund is, don’t worry, plenty of hedge fund managers probably don’t either these days. It’s sort of a generic and often inappropriate term … Continued

I am not a venture capitalist.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers are, however, have you heard of them? They’re a Silicon Valley venture capital firm who helped to bring us the likes of Google, Amazon and Netscape. Guess what they are into now? Clean Tech. They have put 200 million or more into the likes of solar, biofuels, biomass gasification, and … Continued

Hydrogen Power hits the Highway

BMW has just released its new 7-series Hydrogen Powered Vehicle. This is landmark event by any accounts. They plan to build one hundred of them over the next year, and up to several thousand per year eventually. Unfortunately, like its non-tailpipe emitting brethren in green, the electric cars, The New 7 series is limited in … Continued

Trashy Travel

When I travel, I reluctantly throw away my recyclables as it is too much hassle to seek out a recycling bin. I guess I’m not alone: According to the WSJ “Airlines Feel Pressure as Pollution Fight Takes Off“, the airline industry throws away enough aluminum cans each year to build 58 Boeing 747s. To put … Continued

Malaysian Forests Sacrificed for Biodiesel

Here’s one I never quite saw coming when I was firing a pottery kiln with veggie oil in 1999. According to the WSJ, 12/5/06, “As Alternative Fuels Heat Up, Environmental Concerns Grow.” Malaysians are getting sick from a nationwide haze of blue smoke caused by rushed and rampant burning of forests in order to plant … Continued

Not your Momma’s Biodiesel

Now this is the essence of waste into food, or food into fuel, or something: According to, a Norwegian businessman who now lives in Miami, named Lauri Venoy, is negotiating with Jackson Memorial Hospital to obtain more than 11.5 litres of human fat obtained from liposuction operations every week. Normally burned, Lauri can turn … Continued

Is 2006 our year?

Yesterday’s commentary by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is calling green the new red, white and blue: (article here) Enough of this Bush-Cheney nonsense that conservation, energy efficiency and environmentalism are some hobby we can’t afford. I can’t think of anything more cowardly or un-American. Real patriots, real advocates of spreading democracy around the … Continued

The Latest “it” Field for MBAs

We’re happy to see BusinessWeek Online reporting on the value of Green MBA programs in last weeks article It’s Getting Easier Being Green. The article reviews many “Top Notch” MBA programs around the world and concludes that “recruiters will increasingly look for students who are at least aware of these social and environmental issues.” It … Continued

Environmental Concerns Increase Opportunities and Challenges for Business

Last week launched the fourth Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) report, Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Opportunities and Challenges for Business and Industry. The report highlights ways in which businesses depend on services provided by ecosystems, how those ecosystem services are changing, and the ramifications for business and industry. MA’s findings show two-thirds of these services are … Continued

Taking Green Steps to the Tradeshow Floor

At the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah (Jan 28-Feb 1) a new tradeshow concept called Green Steps was introduced- designed to raise awareness on sustainability and showcase outdoor companies that support a healthy environment. Operating under the premise that retailers are increasingly interested in building relationships with exhibitors that support … Continued

Ask a Climate Expert at

This month is kicking off its brand-new Ask the Climate Expert column. Every other Monday, expert-in-residence Dr. Mark C. Trexler will answer readers’ questions on emissions reduction, climate risk management, and other hot topics. Read about Mark’s professional background and start getting your climate questions answered today!

Old Containers Come to Aid in Sri Lanka

The Seattle-based firm, Team Hybrid, in partnership with non-government organizations Asiana Education Development and Doctors of the World, is transforming shipping containers into well-designed health clinics that can be put into long-term use in Sri Lanka. The aid stations will be outfitted with medical supplies and moved to a new location every four months. The … Continued

New Water-Based Paint Reduces VOCs, CO2 Emissions

Toyota Motor Corp. and Daihatsu Motor Co. have jointly developed a new environment-friendly, water-based paint and new painting methods. These new technologies are expected to reduce VOC emissions by about 70 percent and CO2 emissions by about 15 percent compared with conventional processes, resulting in the lowest emission levels in the world. Daihatsu began selling … Continued

New Tool to Green Campus Emissions

A new online tool by the nonprofit Clean Air – Cool Planet was launched a to help colleges and universities take action to reduce the threat of global warming. The Campus Climate Action Toolkit was in development for two years and contains a spreadsheet for taking an inventory of emissions, a guide to identifying emissions … Continued