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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

Is LEED green enough? Conversations from Dwell on Design LA 2008
June 10, 2008 09:55 AM - , Triple Pundit

At this past week's Dwell on Design LA conference and expo, one of the most striking conversations centered on whether LEED standards are enough to meet the growing climate challenge. Energy consumption by buildings contribute to almost half of carbon emissions in the U.S. As a result, many city governments, including Los Angeles, have created ordinances for new buildings to comply with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

Brazil Clashes With the World on Biofuels and the Global Food Crisis
June 6, 2008 09:36 AM - , Triple Pundit

At the UN Food and Agriculture Food Organization (FAO) summit that concluded today in Rome, Brazilian President Lula da Silva said the US is full of bad cholesterol. Defending his nation’s ethanol production against arguments that biofuels are causing deforestation and worsening the global food crisis, Lula said that the real problems are agro-subsidies and food crop-based biofuels. He compared ethanol to cholesterol in a speech last night to the FAO Committee, saying, “There is good ethanol and bad ethanol. Good ethanol helps clean up the planet and is competitive. Bad ethanol comes with the fat of subsidies.”

Th!nk City: "The iPod Car for the Google Generation"
June 5, 2008 09:45 AM - , Triple Pundit

As the cost of oil continues to soar, and as big names like GM and Ford plan to focus production on smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, Norway’s Th!nk City car couldn’t be entering the US at a more opportune time. The Th!nk City is a compact, electric car capable of going up to 100 km/hr (approx 62 mph) and travel 180 km (approx 112 mi) on a single charge.

Flying High on Algae - KLM Tests Algae-Based Kerosene for Airplane Fuel
June 5, 2008 09:07 AM - , Triple Pundit

Dovetailing nicely into my post last week about the work GreenFuel is doing with algae and their emissions-to-fuel process, air carrier KLM reported last week their intention to begin testing airplanes that run on an algae-based fuel. In a pilot program with AlgaeLink, a Netherlands-based global manufacturer of algae growing equipment and “earth-to-engine” technology, KLM expects to conduct test flights this fall. AlgaeLink will also open two plants this year in the Netherlands and Spain.

Getting Down and Dirty with a Solar Industry Insider
June 4, 2008 09:15 AM - , Triple Pundit

In line with other news posted today on solar industry developments, we bring you the scoop on the state of solar in the U.S. from Mike Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar. Borrego Solar is unique in that they have a particular social focus. In addition to getting homeowners and businesses to go solar, they also help schools and affordable housing projects with their solar needs.

The Lacey Act: Protecting American Wildlife
June 2, 2008 09:10 AM - , Triple Pundit

The recently passed Farm Bill included an amendment to the Lacey Act which extends protection to plants and trees illegally harvested outside of the U.S. TheLacey Act, named after congressman, Rep. John Lacey, the Congressman who introduced it, and signed into law in 1900, authorized the Secretary of the Interior to restore "game and other birds...where where they have become scarce or extinct and to regulate the introduction of birds and animals in areas where they had not existed."

Green Careers and How to Find One
May 30, 2008 08:04 AM - , Triple Pundit

Around the globe, people are seeking career changes to find environmentally responsible employment. This once niche market has become mainstream, where now you can find opportunities from a range of employers, in a range of fields, that are suitable to a diverse range of job seekers.

World's Largest Carbon Market Facilitates Pollution
May 29, 2008 09:20 AM - , Triple Pundit

An article in the Guardian newspaper reveals that billions worth of 'clean' investment on the world's largest carbon offsets market ends up polluting the environment. The article cites researchers who've reviewed the participating companies in the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). They issued a report which seriously undermines the credibility of the CDM.

Energy Scavenging: Squeezing Watts from Motion
May 28, 2008 09:09 AM - , Triple Pundit

Using the same technology that allows hybrid cars to recycle braking energy, Max Donelan invented a gadget that produces power from the human knee - capable of producing 2.5 watts of electricity per leg. The unit is not too practical at the moment, but the technology and potential is sound. Currently the knee power generator weighs in at 3.5 lbs and it looks very awkward to have strapped on. Although 2.5 watts doesn’t seem like too much it is enough to power 5 mobile phones free of charge or resource.

Johnson Controls Aims for LEED Platinum
May 26, 2008 09:23 PM - , Triple Pundit

As I've remarked on numerous times in the past (links here), Johnson Controls remains one of the great unsung leaders in efficiency - having been making buildings more efficient since long before it became trendy. Now, they've taken their expertise to their own operations with a complete gutting and renovation of their corporate headquarters with LEED platinum as the goal.

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