January 2008

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How Should Congress Invest OUR $150 billion?

Posted by on 31 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: ngo

Apollo Alliance

The Apollo Alliance offers some insight:

President Bush and Congress are deciding how to spend up to $150 billion of our hard-earned tax dollars to stimulate the economy. The question is: will they spend the money to jump-start our clean energy industries, create good jobs, and build a cleaner, brighter future for our children, or will they let special interests once again block the progress we badly need?

Please take action now. Click here to urge your Congressional representatives to support an economic stimulus package that expands renewable energy, reduces energy costs for homeowners and businesses, and creates good jobs for working Americans.

In December, Big Oil’s lobbyists blocked a tax package to fund energy efficiency and expand renewable energy. That clean energy tax package is essential to America’s future. Without it, the wind, solar, and geothermal industries could start to lay off tens of thousands of workers in coming weeks. Without it, American consumers and businesses will pay more for energy, and fewer Americans will be put to work weatherizing homes and businesses.

Congress needs to do the math!

Clean energy = New Business Opportunities + Green-collar Jobs.

Clean energy is good for consumers, good for workers, and good for America.

Please add your voice – click here to tell your Senators and Representative to do the math!

Adam Werbach announces SaatchiS

Posted by on 31 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: business, company, people

Adam Werbach is a true leader in the green movement and today he announced another big deal – the launch of Saatchi & Saatchi S.

After years in the environmental movement he founded Act Now to help commercial enterprises green up their act. Now they’re taking the product and process innovation, grassroots workforce engagement, marketing developed by Act Now and syndicating it across the S&S network of offices – across the planet.

Saatchi & Saatchi are the people who launched the Prius so they know how to build consumer movements. SaatchiS will work with their clients to make them sustainable from the inside out.

Saatchi & Saatchi S

What if a billion of us around the world decided it was time for something new and took small steps together to change the things we buy and the way we live?
What could a billion people accomplish?
To help answer that question we’ve formed Saatchi & Saatchi S. Our mission is to build a global movement of happy people living on a healthy planet.
We create sustainable visions for companies around the world and help them grow by embracing a grassroots approach to sustainability. Imagine your business becoming more profitable while helping your employees and your customers make the world a better place.
Now’s the time for you to do your part to unite those billion people. It’s time to take that step.

PS. They’re hiring!

Negawatt Power

Posted by on 30 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: energy, energy efficiency

While solar, wind and biofuels have had plenty of attention, the unsung superhero of clean energy is Negawatts – a term coined by Amory Lovins in a 1989 Green Energy Conference. Two decades later, with a growing corporate interest in efficiency programs, energy efficiency may be this year’s hot trend in cleantech M&A & IPOs.

“Wall Street has piled billions into solar panels, wind farms, and other alternatives to oil and gas, but many investors also see big opportunities in making better use of older, dirtier energy sources…

…Boosting efficiency could be the easiest, quickest way to reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gasses, starting with the task of installing new metering hardware and usage control systems in every home and building, proponents say. Continued over at PlanetArk via Reuters…

State of Green Business 2008

Posted by on 30 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: business, research & reports


Trying to understand who’s who, and what’s what in green business? Help has arrived via Joel Makower and the editors over at GreenBiz.com. Their first report into US green business activities is now available at www.StateOfGreenBusiness.com.

The report debuts the GreenBiz Index, a set of 20 indicators of green business progress including measures of how efficiently companies are using resources, reducing toxics, purchasing green fleet vehicles and renewable power, and reporting social and environmental performance. It also features the 10 key green business trends of 2007, plus dozens of “Editors’ Picks,” lists of the best books, websites, reports, business initiatives, and other resources of the past year.

Surprisingly for such a well researched and organized report, its free!

Update : Coverage at technology news site Cnet

Full Frontal Scrutiny

Posted by on 29 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: business, news, ngo, research & reports


Moving the green agenda forward is difficult enough without misinformation clouding issues. Fortunately there are organizations like Consumer Reports WebWatch and the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

Full Frontal Scrutiny is a new joint project between these two organizations that aims to shine a light on front groups — organizations that state a particular agenda, while hiding or obscuring their identity, membership or sponsorship, or all three. Google “front groups” and you’ll find CMD’s SourceWatch site at the top of the list.

CMD Research Director Sheldon Rampton summed the project up like this:

“Full Frontal Scrutiny will be like no other site on the Web. Fakers, phonies and front groups beware — you will be exposed.”

“For six years, Consumer Reports WebWatch has evaluated sites against five simple guidelines for credibility and trustworthiness,” said Beau Brendler, WebWatch’s director.

  • Who owns the site?
  • What’s its purpose and mission?
  • Does it disclose sources of funding or key relationships with third parties?

These are important questions for consumers to ask about any Web site, and they’re also remarkably effective for ferreting out sites that intend to spin, obfuscate or dress up an unpopular agenda.”


Plastic Bag Bans

Posted by on 28 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: legislation, news


Oakland is set to follow San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags at retail stores grossing more than $1m. But surprise, surprise (not!) the plastic bag industry is cranky, filing suit over the measure. Countless plastic bags end up in our ocean, harming marine wildlife. Even China, a country that reportedly uses 3 billion plastic shopping bags a day is moving to ban ’em. I say – BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag, whenever you can.

More via Google News.

Sidestep Recession With a Green For All Stimulus!

Posted by on 28 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: financial, ngo

Green for All

There’s an urgent call this morning from the Green For All crew:

Bottom line: Congress is about to vote on an $150 Billion economic stimulus package. That’s a LOT of CA$H on the table, and we’ve got a huge opportunity to make sure they don’t F*** it up with the same outdated, failed, and immoral economic strategies that got us into this mess. The best way to do that is to make sure we get a stimulus package that advances the Green For All vision: a clean energy economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. The petition’s getting delivered in less than 48 hours–and we need you all to jump on it: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/553/t/3751/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=892

Green For All,

YES! Put the money to work – economic stimulus for today, investment for the future. I’ve signed on and I hope will too. More information http://www.greenforall.org/.

My Other Car is a Bright Green City

Posted by on 27 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: liveable cities, transport


Another weighty editorial by WorldChanging’s Alex Steffen:

Today’s cars are costly, dangerous and an ecological nightmare. What if the solution to the problems they create, though, has more to do with where we live than what we drive?

Alex argues that building compact communities should be one of America’s highest environmental priorities, and says our obsession with building “green cars” may obscure other options.

Driving is often just a habit rather than a conscious choice. I lived in San Francisco for years before I ‘discovered‘ there was a serviceable option to driving, especially for downtown trips. Here’s to livable cities movement!

Don’t Have $6k For A Ticket To TED? Watch Past Presentations Online

Posted by on 26 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: events, people, video

One of the hottest event tickets of the year is the annual TED Conference held in Monterey. From its roots in technology, entertainment and design, the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience – and you can share some of it via nearly 200 videos, from which I’ve selected the following as most relevant to Greenr’s mission to “Accelerate the Change!”:


Janine Benyus: 12 sustainable design ideas from nature


William McDonough: The wisdom of designing Cradle to Cradle


Amory Lovins: We must win the oil end game


Larry Brilliant: The case for informed optimism & TEDTalks: Larry Brilliant


William Kamkwamba on building a windmill




John Doerr: Seeking salvation and profit in greentech


Jeff Bezos: After the gold rush, there’s innovation ahead



Craig Venter: A voyage of DNA, genes and the sea


Majora Carter: Greening the Ghetto


February Events

Posted by on 26 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: events


Here are some events to get you (me!) out from behind the computer:

Know of events I should know about? Let me know…

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