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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.

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Nick Aster

First Hybrid Solar and Gas Power Plant Under Construction
December 8, 2008 09:22 AM - , Triple Pundit

The sunshine state is in the spotlight for a groundbreaking solar plant that will add solar thermal collectors to an existing gas fired power plant. The result will save 2.75 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over 30 years, while providing reliable power. Natural gas power plants are criticized for generating power from a costly fuel source. Solar power is criticized for generating electricity only when the sun shines (although solar energy storage is solving this problem). Could this hybrid power plant be a marriage made in heaven?

Ecoflation Threatens the Future of Economic Stability
December 5, 2008 10:13 AM - , Triple Pundit

According to a recent study released by the World Resources Institute, in conjunction with ATKearny, the world has experienced a remarkable rise in the prices of vital commodities in recent years. Including energy and agricultural products, the average price of oil, for example, between 2006 and 2008 rose by 110%, wheat by 136%, and rice by 217%. The purpose to highlight these numbers is to call attention to the increasing scarcity of natural resources—as these drastic increases impact companies, household, and entire economies, it is becoming more and more imperative to find better, more efficient ways to manage them in the 21st century.

Obama's Environmental Agenda: Will it Help or Hurt the Manufacturing Sector?
December 4, 2008 08:55 AM - , Triple Pundit

Well I guess it was just a matter of time before the opposition to a new, potentially progressive environmental policy began to spread across the media like roach trails on a dirty counter top. It's no secret that President-elect Obama is likely to push for a massive increase in renewable energyinvestment, and a drastic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Not surprisingly, the latter isn't sitting well with the folks that are responsible for a big chunk of those emissions.

Iameco Green Computers Have a Lesson or Two for Apple
December 3, 2008 09:12 AM - , Triple Pundit

With all the recent hullabaloo about the new greener Macbook, it's easy to forget that there have been some green computers out on the market for some time, and that they address areas that Apple has not. While Apple is to be applauded for their efforts, there are other companies that take green computing further: Iameco (said "I am eco") is the product of Dublin based Micropro Computers. What makes them greener than your average beige box? As Paul Maher puts it, they are updateable, upgradeable, reusable, and recyclable. And in some cases, biodegradable. More on that in a moment.

CleanTech Goes Through The Roof
December 1, 2008 09:43 AM - , Triple Pundit

Investment managers at cleantech funds are looking at the world with totally new eyes these days – the financial crisis, which has ravaged stock prices and wiped out major financial institutions, offers buying opportunities that are unprecedented. Now’s the best time to snap up bargains, they say. The hard numbers prove this ain't illogical. The US clean tech sector rose 55% to more than $2.4 billion over the past twelve months. One of the main drivers of this could be the US government's $700 billion Housing and Recovery Act stimulus package. The tax concessions boosted wind energy, geothermal and biomass projects and are expected to have a long lasting effect on the capital markets.

Fly the Friendly Green Skies This Holiday Season
November 25, 2008 08:58 AM - , Triple Pundit

As many Americans get ready to fly to their aunt’s house in Milwaukee or grandmother’s house in Syracuse for Thursday’s traditional Thanksgiving meal, many critics are chiming in again about the polluting and wasteful nature of the air travel industry. In fact, air travel has come under sever criticism this year not only for how much fossil fuels are used and how many carbon emissions are produced, but also for many companies’ attempts at greenwashing the industry.

Solar Company Offers to Buy a Piece of GM
November 20, 2008 07:39 AM - , Triple Pundit

You know times have changed when a German solar energy company is offering to throw General Motors a bone and shell out $1.26 billion for one of its subsidiaries.

Energy at a Tipping Point Part 1: A Conversation with Worldwatch's Chris Flavin
November 18, 2008 08:46 AM - , Triple Pundit

Last week I attended a discussion entitled After the Election: Where is Cleantech Headed Now? hosted by TiE(The Indus Entrepreneurs) at their Silicon Valley headquarters. The event was moderated by Andrew Chung ofLightspeed Venture Partners with presentations by Chris Flavin of Worldwatch Institute and Dr. Dick Swanson, founder of SunPower.

New Generation of BPA Free Bottles Aims at Spas and Gyms
November 17, 2008 07:45 AM - , Triple Pundit

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry. I mentioned before in this blog that the gym and spa industry is one of the main buyers of sport bottles. It makes sense, sign-up for a membership, get a water bottle and t-shirt.

Recycled Glass Countertops Take Home CleanTech Award
November 13, 2008 09:06 AM - , Triple Pundit

As GreenBiz reported on Tuesday, the 2008 CleanTech Open concluded earlier this week, showcasing some of the most exciting new innovations in the world of sustainability. Among the winners walking away with a prize package worth $100,000 in cash and business resources was BottleStone, a Los Altos Hills company that makes ceramic stone countertops out of recycled glass.

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