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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.

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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Nick Aster

Plunging Home Values? Then You've Driven Too Far - A Case for Smart Development
April 25, 2008 10:32 AM - , Triple Pundit

Not so long ago the thinking was “drive ”˜till you qualify” — but it’s a brave new world, with a barrel of oil costing $118.10 (as of this writing) and gallon of gas reaching up for the $4.00 per gallon threshold, that thinking just doesn’t work like it used to. Home owners and developers are having second thoughts about that nice little three-bedroom split-level gleaming in the distant suburban sun — or put another way, that house miles from anywhere you need to be (other than home) that’s worth less than you paid for it.

Organizations’ Environmental Activities Impact Employees
April 24, 2008 08:18 AM - , Triple Pundit

A study by the Kenexa Research Institute indicates that organizations environmental initiatives significantly influence employee motivation and their opinions of senior management. Fifty-four percent of employees surveyed in a cross-culture study that spanned 13 countries looked favorably on their organizations’ “green” initiatives. More Indian workers (63%) looked favorably on their organization’s environmental initiatives than their counterparts in Russia (42%) and Japan (40%), where the two least favorable ratings were recorded.

Green Electronics Made Not So Easy: How Companies Are Marketing EPEAT
April 24, 2008 08:04 AM - , Triple Pundit

EPEAT, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, is like LEED certification for electronics; it monitors the environmental impact of electronics much like LEED monitors buildings. Products are ranked either bronze, silver, or gold, depending on how many of the 51 criteria they meet. Criteria include recycling programs for products, the labeling of plastic parts for recycling, the elimination of "environmentally sensitive" material, ENERGY STARĀ®, RoHS, and WEEE compliance, among others. Companies are taking a serious look at the certification now that at least 95% of federal agency electronic purchases must be EPEAT-registered.

Challenges of Green Residential Development: Resistance to Change Intro
April 21, 2008 07:41 AM - , Triple Pundit

It all begins with education. Consumer awareness on green building is murky. To put it succinctly it is as clear as mud to most. If you ask anybody what going green means to them, they will likely respond, "environmentally friendly, using clean energy, conserving resources." But if you ask somebody how to build a green home you will generally find yourself confronting a blank stare.

Sustainable Fast Food - Is That a Green Burger You're Eating?
April 18, 2008 08:34 AM - , Triple Pundit

At first blush many may ask “who’d want to eat a green hamburger?”, but the truth is there’s a growing market for green burgers, as well as fries, milkshakes, fajitas, pizza — all manor of fast food is, in fact, turning green. Or at least greener — and that’s a great thing.

Will Corporate Greening Reverse in a Recession?
April 15, 2008 08:05 AM - , Triple Pundit

How would a recession impact current trends in business sustainability? Would green initiatives be cut if companies suffered from slow growth in a "stagnation" economy? These are the questions that Kevin Klustner, CEO of Verdiem (an energy-efficiency software company) tries to answer in a recent column for GreenBiz.com. He predicts that an economic downturn may tempt some companies to phase out their sustainability initiatives, but doing so may actually aggravate financial losses.

Taking the "Green Management Oath"
April 14, 2008 09:08 AM - , Triple Pundit

Those of us in the "people, planet, profits" field recognize the wide variety of stakeholders whose lives are impacted by daily business operations. As such, our role as generators of wealth is taking on a new meaning with new responsibilities. In order to ensure the integrity of what we do, two Harvard business school professors have put forth the idea that managers should take a "Green Hippocratic Oath." What would this oath consist of? How would taking such an oath influence the everyday business decisions for a whole new generation of managers?

NSF Announces Green Gasoline & Fuels Breakthroughs
April 11, 2008 08:59 AM - , Triple Pundit

Breakthrough research sponsored by the National Science Foundation into the development of green gasoline, green diesel and green jet fuel based on the conversion of biomass from feedstock such as switchgrass, fast-growing poplar trees, corn stalks, wood waste and residues and other non-food plant sources is bearing fruit.

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 GreenChoiceĀ® power program, also announced it is increasing it’s renewable energy at its Austin Parmer Campus from 8 to 17%.

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