Heather King

Heather is President of kingconsulting, a leading strategy consulting practice focused on sustainability, clean tech, and green tech. Heather has over 30 years experience working with pioneering technology, consumer, B2B companies and international non-profits - including Apple, Microsoft, Disney. Oracle, Ogilvy, Waste Management, Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Day in the Life, and multiple start ups. She serves on the boards of Trust for Conservation Innovation, a fiscal sponsor and incubator for over two dozen environmental non-profits, and the Presidio Graduate School, the leading MBA/MPA program focused on sustainability.

Jerry Brown on Solyndra, China, High Speed Rail and “Imagination and Rigor”

Last week, at the close of the Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara, California’s Governor Jerry Brown talked with CEO’s and industry leaders about his work to build a health, clean energy economy in California. Here are some highlights: Wall Street Journal: In 1977, California introduced solar tax incentives. How has your view … Continued

Beyond Lighting Retrofits: Grainger Helps Companies and Institutions Embrace Sustainability

Grainger has actively worked to increase the efficiency and sustainability of its own operations by investing in LEED certified facilities, building out sustainable product offerings and educating its team. Now increasingly, the company provides sustainability consulting support to its customers, and a suite of certified sustainable products.

For the Love of Chocolate: Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Cocoa Program

As a nod to Valentine’s and the associated obsession with chocolate, Rainforest Alliance hosted a webinar on February 13, 2012: “Greening the Cocoa Industry.” Eric Servat, Senior Manager of the Rainforest Alliance cocoa program, described current developments in the cocoa industry and the Alliance’s efforts to expand sustainable cocoa production. The cocoa industry is large, … Continued

How Coca-Cola Is Working to Cure the World’s Water Headaches

In its early iteration, Coca-Cola was marketed as a way to cure ailments and inspire social dialogue. “Dr. Pemberton created Coke as a headache tonic,” tells Bea Perez, Coca-Cola’s new Chief Sustainability Officer. Today, the Coca-Cola Company is trying to address a larger infirmity: the world’s water supply. “Water is a business essential for Coca … Continued

Corporations: The New ‘Angels’ of Clean Tech?

Investors, entrepreneurs, policy and non-profit leaders convened on Wednesday to discuss the clean tech funding environment at the 4th Annual Cooley Clean Energy and Technologies Conference in Redwood City, California. Out of the ashes of Solyndra – the highly publicized, government supported solar technology company that closed its doors on September 1, 2011 – panelists … Continued

Craig Newmark on Doing Well by Doing Good

Craig Newmark is a self-professed nerd, an ingenious, committed philanthropist and a wry savant. He founded craigslist in 1995 as an email distribution list for friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. The service became web-based a year later; it fast expanded into other classified categories and U.S. cities. Today, it covers … Continued

7 Hot Topics from SOCAP 2011

As SOCAP 2011 – a conference focused on “accelerating the flow of capital to social good” – drew to a close last Friday in San Francisco, there was a prevailing sense of optimism and opportunity. Here are 7 hot topics people were discussing in the halls and along the breezy Bay side Fort Mason conference … Continued

Habitat for Humanity’s Impact on Green Home Market

Habitat for Humanity is one of the world’s leading builders; in 2010, they built and sold over 38,000 homes. Build 100 ranked them the sixth largest builder in the U.S. Habitat’s primary charter is ‘safe, affordable, decent housing for the poor.’ Yet, the celebrated non-profit is an increasingly important player in the green building market. … Continued

Burning Man’s Green Complexion

A week ago, the renowned Burning Man festival raged in the Black Rock desert of Nevada. More than 50,000 people from all over the world gathered as a community and built a city for a week. The prevailing spirit of the event is self-reliance, civic responsibility, creativity and a purposeful absence of commerce. The very … Continued

SOCAP11: Jeffrey Hollender on his Encore to Seventh Generation

Jeffrey Hollender co-founded Seventh Generation Inc., the country’s largest distributor of non-toxic, all natural cleaning, paper and personal care products. Seventh Generation pioneered a new category of cleaning products, growing exponentially as it’s primary retail partner, Whole Foods, ascended. He served as CEO and Executive Chair until his abrupt departure last year. Hollender is also … Continued

Van Jones on the American Dream 2.0

By Heather King Van Jones may have resigned his post as Obama’s green jobs czar, but he continues his crusade for a better America. This afternoon at the SOCAP 2011 conference, he rallied support for the “American Dream 2.0” and railed on the Tea Party. “There was a tech bubble and a dot com bubble. … Continued