Monthly Archives: May 2008
How a small business is using rooftop gardens to solve heating, cooling and pollution problems in cities.
Jerry Greenfield tells how a small icecream parlour become a successful franchise chain through a policy of social and environmental activism.
The Timberland CEO, Jeffrey Swartz, talks about how his company pioneered profitable green business practices.
Since the days after his graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology as an industrial engineer, Ray Anderson has applied his entrepreneurial spirit to building one of the world’s largest interior furnishings companies. After founding the Interface carpet company in 1973, Ray and his company revolutionized the commercial floorcovering industry by producing America’s first free-lay carpet tiles. Now, Ray has embarked on a mission to “be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: People, process, product, place and profits — by 2020 — and in doing so, to … Continue Reading
See how a small business like a bakery can succeed by focusing on the environmental impact of its business and products.
A Chicago laundromat shows how solar technology can be successfully applied in a small business – even in a cold and cloudy climate.
In September 2006, Charlie Rose recorded a video of a conversation with entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, Chairman and CEO of the Virgin Group and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla about their global environmental initiatives, the threat of global warming, and the potential of green technology. They also discuss Branson’s $3 billion commitment to fund research in alternative energy sources. The 27 minute video is well worth watching.
Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from, if antibacterial soap is good for your family, or how to recycle an old computer? If you’ve had these or other questions about the environmental and social impacts of the products you buy and use, Good Stuff is for you. It contains many of the tips, facts, and links you’ll need to start making more informed purchases that benefit your health and the environment. Produced by the Worldwatch Institute, click here to download the Guide.
How to fuel cells work? What are their advantages and disadvantages? How can they be used? Find out in this Fact Sheet from the Australian Institute of Energy. Click here to download the Fact Sheet (712K pdf).
As the world recognises the inevitability of peak oil and the necessity to reduce carbon emissions, the possibilty of replacing fossil fuels with fuels produced from biomass – and the downside of doing so – is becoming an increasingly important issue. Already ethanol is starting to play a part as a transport fuel in the Americas – with Brazil and the United States accounting for about 80% of world fuel ethanol consumption. Similarly, biodiesel is becoming a significant fuel in Europe. But there are major questions about the value of using these "first generation" biofuels which are derived from feed … Continue Reading