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Published on October 1st, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan


Green Business Blog Carnival #17

October 1st, 2010 by  

The Green Business Blog Carnival comes to Cleantechnica! Following up on Green Business Blog Carnival post #16, a fun summary of some green business news on Viv Biz Club, here’s the next edition of the Carnival for your reading pleasure.

  • It’s the middle of the West Coast Green Conference today, where “a stellar assembly of leaders and thinkers come together to discuss our nation’s green economy.” CalFinder Solar went through and picked out the conference sessions and speakers most oriented towards green business owners for us. Take a look if you are at the conference or watching it live via the conference’s Virtual Pass.
  • Ecolocalizer (one of our sister sites), which is hosting this Carnival next week, also has a couple posts straight from the West Coast Green Conference published about an hour ago. Ryan Van Lenning wrote on one of William McDonough’s remarks in his keynote speech, “We need a new design assignment as a species.” Ryan also wrote a piece on some of his favorite sessions so far.
  • Doc’s Green Blog performed what I think is a useful service for anyone interested in green matters this week. It created a list of the internet’s top green blogs. To clarify what Doc’s Green Blog was listing, here’s a little more info: “It does not include sites that are purely news channels or the web presences of news or trade magazines. It emphasizes blogs that are not commercial projects with paid staff. It also emphasizes blogs with information of interest to businesses, so it is light on lifestyle blogs.” I found this piece a useful read and quite a good list.
  • Jeff McIntire-Strasburg wrote a piece this week on the SUNflitered blog about a Tampa-area coffee company and cafe, “A Cup of Organic,” that demonstrates how faith and social enterprise can go hand-in-hand. A great-looking green business in my old global neighborhood that also has a strong missionary focus. Interesting…
  • If you want to learn about the theory behind Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Lane Jost of The Inspired Economist recommends The A-Z of Corporate Social Responsibility as an excellent starter. The paperback edition is the latest update with additional content to address the role of CSR following the 2007 financial crisis.
  • Cleveland’s ‘buy local and sustainable law’ is the first law in the U.S. providing advantages for sustainable companies bidding on city contracts. In another post from The Inspired Economist, Emily DeMasi discusses this groundbreaking law.
  • California Ballot Proposition 23 would overturn California’s AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Specifically, Prop 23 would freeze AB 32’s provisions until California’s unemployment rate stays at 5.5% or below for four consecutive quarters. Opponents point to its funding by out-of-state interests and energy companies and say AB 32 will benefit California in the long run because of the new companies that will invest in the state, creating high paying jobs…. During the next several weeks, Triple Pundit will run guest postings on Prop 23 from leaders in industry, government, academia, non-profits, and the investment community. Check out the link above to keep up with this conversation.
  • As a special bonus for our Cleantechnica readers, Triple Pundit, in partnership with the Cleantech Group, is also offering an opportunity to win a free pass to the Cleantech Forum in New York from October 11-13 (a $2,295 value).
  • Green web hosting is one of the ways web hosting companies are trying to reduce their environmental impact, and it offers a great way for eco-minded consumers to put their money where their mouth is. Green Marketing TV put together “The Ultimate Guide to Green Web Hosting” this week — check it out.
  • Social entrepreneurship conferences, or social enterprise conferences, are important for those interested in learning about, networking around, and collaborating on social entrepreneurship ventures. Green Marketing TV put together a guide on this topic this week as well, “The Ultimate Guide to Social Enterprise Conferences” — check it out!
  • When we talk about clean tech, we normally talk about clean energy, but clean tech is also includes clean or green IT. Cleantechies has a good post on just that topic this week.
  • In Ecolobris‘ third post on its inquiry into Asia Paper & Pulp’s operations in Indonesia, the site presents new potential evidence — a new independent audit (at least it claims to be so) that is saying Greenpeace faked data to build a phony case against APP. That’s a controversial story if I’ve ever seen one.
  • From one of our other sister sites, Planetsave, Tom Schueneman has a thorough post on something that may take us one big step closer to utility-scale energy storage, a gravity power module. Looks promising.

That wraps up this week’s Green Business Blog Carnival. Hope you enjoyed the rides… er, articles.

Be sure to check out the next edition of the Carnival next Friday on Ecolocalizer.

Of course, cool green business stories are the fuel that burns this Carnival’s fire, and we’re always looking for good submissions for the Carnival. If you think you’ve got one, send it to us via the submission form at Triplepundit. Also, if you want to host the Carnival on your blog, check out the Carnival schedule and let us know if one of the open dates works for you. 


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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