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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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A "Seismic Shift in Consumer Preferences" for the Auto Industry
April 10, 2008 10:12 AM - , Triple Pundit

Total vehicles sales have dropped 12% in the U.S. since March 2007. Why? What does this mean for the future of the auto industry? Double-digit declines have occurred for four major carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota, and Chrysler) in the last year. The Wall Street Journal attributes this to three reasons: (1) high gasoline prices, (2) a weak job market and (3) a "credit crunch" that now requires consumers to have higher credit scores and larger down payments.

Dell Headquarters Powered With Green Energy
April 7, 2008 08:28 AM - , Triple Pundit

It was announced yesterday that Dell Computer’s 2.1 million-square-foot headquarters in Round Rock, Texas is now powered entirely with renewable energy. 60% of the energy is supplied by wind power generated by Energy Future Holdings Corp.’s TXU Energy and the remaining 40% from Waste Management’s landfill gas-to-energy plant. Dell, a participant in Austin Energy’s GreenChoice┬« power program, also announced it is increasing it’s renewable energy at its Austin Parmer Campus from 8 to 17%.

GreenDisk: a viable e-waste solution?
April 1, 2008 09:11 AM - , Triple Pundit

Computers are becoming cheaper and easier to manufacture by the minute. Intel's new Atom processor is bound to create a whole new set of net-enabled devices at extremely low cost. While the processor is not out yet and prices are not set in stone, rumors price new "net-top" computers below $200. Cheaper computers make electronic recycling all the more relevant. Computers and gadgets are being replaced more frequently as electronics become obsolete in a matter of months.

Deforestation-Carbon Markets Research
March 31, 2008 09:13 AM - , Triple Pundit

Finding ways to include deforestation abatement projects into the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and private sector emissions trading schemes such as the EU's ETS— thereby providing a market-based mechanism that offers an incentive and financing to jumpstart forest conservation initiatives — is one of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s priorities.

New Kyoto Protocol CDM Chair Sets Priorities
March 28, 2008 11:36 PM - , Triple Pundit

Expanding and streamlining the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will be 2008's focal points for the CDM Executive Board, according to Rajesh Kumar Sethi, who as its newly appointed chairperson is the man in charge of managing the world’s largest market-based mechanism for verifying and financing carbon dioxide emissions reduction projects.

Solar Thermal Electricity: Catching the Eye of Utility Companies
March 28, 2008 11:14 PM - , Triple Pundit

The American Southwest has some of the greatest solar resources on the globe, it yet remains largely untapped. This trend may be changing as solar technology matures, market forces shift and concern for climate change mounts. One of the most common arguments against large-scale use of renewable energy is that it cannot produce a steady, reliable stream of energy, day and night. Ausra Inc. does not agree. They believe that solar thermal technology has the potential to supply over 90% of grid power, while finding solutions to environmental issues.

Nike makes a green sneaker?
March 25, 2008 09:11 AM - , Triple Pundit

In a sign that eco friendly shoes are moving out of the hemp, vegan, crunchy cliches and into the broader world is the newly released Nike Trash Talk shoe. Nike themselves have had a sustainably made shoe line called Considered, that, while a great effort, stayed firmly in the brown shoe, casual segment, not touching the performance end of their product lines, the majority of what they produce. It now appears that they've begun branching out, with the trail athletics oriented Humara and Takos shoes, that incorporate recycled shoe rubber, and their trail jacket, that uses recycled polyester.

Green Spaces in Green Places: Is Building Green Going From Niche to Mainstream?
March 20, 2008 10:09 AM - , Triple Pundit

There hasn’t been a lot of good news in the general economy lately; from a complete collapse of sub-prime mortgage loans, to slumping property values, whip-sawing stock markets, $110+ barrels of oil and colossal brokerage houses that suddenly run out of cash — it isn’t pretty. At first blush, it might appear that this is no time for green builders to forecast increased orders through 2008. But that’s exactly what Rob Moody is doing. Owner of The EcoBuilders based in Asheville, North Carolina, Moody started the business in 2003 and states in a recent Newsweek article that he expects orders to double this year, after doing the same last year.

Kite-Driven Beluga Skysail Completes 12,000 Mile Journey and Proves Concept
March 17, 2008 09:53 AM - , Triple Pundit

“We can once again actually ”śsail’ with cargo ships, thus opening a new chapter in the history of commercial shipping”Ł Thus is the verdict from MV Beluga Skysails captain Lutz Heldt upon completion of the vessel’s 12,000 mile round-trip maiden voyage. The crew and vessel were at sea for nearly two months, giving the “skysail”Ł concept ample opportunity for testing and tweaking.

DoT releases study of climate change and effects on Gulf Coast transportation
March 17, 2008 09:36 AM - , Triple Pundit

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DoT) on Wednesday released a study of the potential impacts climate change and land subsidence could have on the Gulf Coast region's transportation infrastructure. Examining an area that includes 48 contiguous counties in four states - from Galveston, Texas to Mobile, Alabama — the DoT has undertaken the study to provide valuable information to regional transportation planners and government. The report is the first of a three-phase study on a region of particular concern given its geography, ecology and vulnerability, as well as the central role it plays in the nation's oil and gas infrastructure.

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