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Triple Pundit

TriplePundit is a tripod of resources surrounding the Environment, Society and Business. You can't have a successful economy without a healthy environment and a healthy society, and vice versa. That concept is called the triple bottom line, which is where the triple part of the name comes from. It's a new and broader way of looking at business and the world.

The model of the site is to be a digest. Triple Pundit is not offering heaps of editorial commentary, just talking about things they've found valuable and interesting.


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Boots on the Roof Offers Green Job Training
September 15, 2009 11:05 AM - Scott Cooney , Triple Pundit

The interest in creating green jobs at the state and federal level has not diminished, nor has the interest by job-seekers in finding a green job. A number of organizations are setting up green job training in their communities, including one organization highlighted by Triple Pundit: Boots on the Roof.

Study Finds Family Planning Cheapest Way to Prevent Climate Change
September 14, 2009 08:42 AM - BC Upham , Triple Pundit

A new report(PDF) commissioned by the Optimum Population Trust and conducted by the London School of Economics, that says expanded access to family planning and contraceptives is five times cheaper than low-carbon technology in reducing greenhouse gases.

Consumers Backlash Against Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs
September 2, 2009 09:34 AM - Ashwin Seshagiri , Triple Pundit

A monumental ban on incandescent bulbs went into effect today throughout the European Union, marking a significant milestone in policy regarding consumer habits as a way to combat our collective impact on climate change. What is notable, however, isn’t the potentially huge environmental impact this ban will have, but the large amount of resistance it is receiving.

Natural Gas: "Bridge Fuel" or Renewable Energy Killer?
August 28, 2009 11:28 AM - BC Upham, Triple Pundit

Natural gas is often portrayed as a "bridge fuel," providing a lower-carbon alternative to coal while zero-carbon technologies, wind and solar primarily, scale up capacity and, hopefully, lower their price. In the long term this may be accurate, but in the short term there’s a different possibility: that cheap natural gas will stymie growth in wind and solar by providing a “second best” solution to meeting green house gas reduction benchmarks.

U.S. Plans Subsidies for Energy Efficient Appliances
August 27, 2009 08:12 AM - Sarah Harper , Triple Pundit

The US government is in the process of forming a new program designed to boost struggling home appliance manufacturers and retailers (and the environment) by spurring cautious consumers to buy energy efficient models.

Is ExxonMobil a Green Company?
August 24, 2009 10:09 AM - Gina-Marie Cheeseman , Triple Pundit

Forbes Magazine recently picked Exxon Mobil Corp as its "Green Company of the Year." Forbes praised Exxon for putting "$600 million into algae farms that would turn sunlight into automotive fuel," and for the company’s increased drilling for natural gas. Exxon has almost completed a $30 billion project to "develop the world’s biggest natural gas field" in Qatar. When completed, the project in Qatar will make Exxon the world’s biggest producer of natural gas by a company that is not government controlled.

BP Invests in Biofuel Research – Are Oil Firms Coming Around?
August 20, 2009 09:35 AM - Sarah Harper , Triple Pundit

In the midst of certain lobbyists’ underhanded attempts to prevent climate change legislation, one oil giant, BP, has joined the biofuel-research-by-oil-firms club. BP recently invested $10 million in a joint project investigating new techniques for converting sugar into biodiesel. According to BP Biofuels Chief Executive Philip New, the project will allow BP to deliver sustainable, economic, and scalable biodiesel supplies. Granted, this could easily be “we’re sustainable – really!” rhetoric, or a cursory attempt to appear environmentally concerned. After all, who really knows a corporation’s true intentions?

Environmentaland – Hollywood’s Newest Quirky Theme Park
August 6, 2009 09:33 AM - Sarah Harper, Triple Pundit

Hollywood is world famous for many things – celebrities, sunshine, and shopping among them. But a new Hollywood attraction is the first of its kind: Environmentaland, an eco-themed park that opened this month at Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue.

All-Electric Commercial Vehicles: Now Available in the U.S.
July 31, 2009 09:37 AM - Matthew Holtry, Triple Pundit

On Tuesday, at the footsteps of the US Capitol, six companies accepted keys to their brand-new Smith Newton vehicles, the world’s largest all-electric truck.

The Nation’s First Platinum LEED-Certified Supermarket Opens in Maine
July 30, 2009 10:47 AM - Sarah Harper , Triple Pundit

July 23 was a big day for Hannaford Supermarkets, a 167-store chain serving Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. The Augusta, Maine Hannaford store obtained Platinum LEED Certification last week, making it the first supermarket in the nation to attain such a status.

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