Cory Vanderpool joined EnOcean Alliance as the Business Development Director for North America. Prior to this role, she was Executive Director of GreenLink Alliance, a non profit organization dedicated to promoting energy conservation in buildings and tax incentives for building owners. Before establishing GreenLink, Cory worked in business development supporting a government contracting firm focused on civilian and defense markets. In addition to her work at EnOcean, Cory is also pursuing her PhD in Environmental Policy at George Mason University and is a part-time contributing writer at Triple Pundit.

Batteries Not Required: How Harvested Energy Can Power Green Buildings

When it comes to energy consumption, buildings are responsible for around 40 percent of our total energy requirements. The world’s energy needs continues to increase, fueled in part by ongoing development in countries like China, India and Africa. A combination of better policies, a stronger renewable portfolio and an earnest effort to improve efficiency in … Continued

Prisoners Refurbish Bikes for Africa

There is one sure thing about people in prison…they have a lot of time on their hands. Unfortunately, in many people’s eyes, the prison system is broken and doesn’t do a good enough job of rehabilitating criminals. There are, however, innovative prison programs where inmates can contribute positively to society. Jole Rider, a UK based … Continued

Rapid Rise in Middle East Energy Use Presents New Concerns

Global energy use is on the rise, fueled by things like economic expansion, development and population growth. Along with rising energy use comes an inevitable increase in greenhouse gas emissions from the fossil fuels used to power growth and meet demand. Although the use of alternative forms of energy is on the rise, fossil fuels … Continued

FareShare: Rescuing Food, Fighting Hunger…Using iPads?

Have you ever wondered where all of the food that is leftover from an event or restaurant goes once it isn’t used? Unfortunately, most of it ends up in the trash, headed for a landfill. In Australia, one in ten people currently rely on help from welfare organizations, which means that every year, 2 million … Continued

SunRun: A New Kind of Utility Company

Many homeowners are interested in utilizing renewable energy sources, including solar panels, but the costs are often prohibitive. Even with tax incentives, solar panels and wind turbines cannot always provide an acceptable return on investment. Some companies, however, have developed innovative business models aimed at solving this issue. SunRun, a United States based provider of … Continued

Losing Our Connection to Nature: Is Sustainability at Risk?

Sustainability is often defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The focus of this article is on those “future generations” and how they might feel about nature when they grow up. Will the children who inherit the Earth, and the … Continued

Planet People: This Soap is the Right Kind of Green “Washing”

Consumers shopping in their local grocery stores are finding an ever expanding selection of “green” cleaning products, which is welcome by many looking for greener alternatives. But the choices are not all better and there could in fact be too much information out there, making it confusing for the consumer to know what to believe … Continued

Tourism’s Role in Preserving the Planet

There are a million great reasons to travel. Seeing the world renews the spirit, refreshes the soul and teaches us about the way other people live. It provides us with perspective and is ultimately the best way for us to learn about who we are and how we are all connected. As we fill our … Continued

One Big Step in the Creation of Better Building Codes

Back in February of this year, we discussed California’s adoption of the first statewide green building codes, referred to as “CALGreen.” The news was refreshing and energizing, considering that some states still don’t even have a standard building code on the books. Building codes are effectively a set of rules that specify the minimum acceptable … Continued

Doubling Down on Natural Gas

There was a common theme clearly woven throughout the discussions that took place in Washington DC at the recent Green Intelligence Forum…the future will most definitely include natural gas. Although solar, wind and biomass were all touched upon, natural gas seemed to steal the show. The low price of natural gas makes investments in cleaner, … Continued

Got Wind? Not Sure? Wind Products Can Help

Many homeowners around the world are interested in exploring opportunities for small scale wind, but a gap exists between education and action. There are many issues that have to be addressed before an individual decides to implement wind on their property, including questions about wind potential, federal and state incentives and environmental issues associated with … Continued

Rediscover Nature’s Gifts with Benchic Organic Chocolates

The amount of information available about eating organic can be overwhelming. What fruits and vegetables should be consumed organic only? Which foods are okay non-organic? The fact is that eating organic, particularly organic and locally sourced combined, is not only healthier, but tastes so much better. The same goes for chocolate. The use of cacao … Continued

Sustainability Means Employees Work Harder for Their Money (and like it)

There is no doubt that the culture of the working environment in America has changed considerably over the last few decades and especially in the last few years. Today, with a lingering recession, it is not unusual to find organizations where morale is low and job security is fleeting. A disengaged workforce creates serious problems … Continued

ThinkEco’s Modlet Makes Saving Energy Easy

ThinkEco has announced the start of their Eco Empowered Initiative featuring their new product, the modlet. They plan to enroll up to 100 organizations to participate in an innovative study to uncover hidden sources of electricity waste in offices. Through this initiative, organizations will be able to use the modlet device (short for “modern outlet”) … Continued

Street Food Gets Green Makeover from GustOrganics

At the Northwest corner of Park Avenue and 53rd street in New York City, you will find a totally different yet refreshing kind of food cart. This unique “Organic Cart NYC” not only serves certified-organic food, but it is powered using free energy from the sun. This new twist on street food is a pilot … Continued