Author: Chris Keenan

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Looking to the Future: Wal-Mart’s Renewed Focus on Sustainability

In a move intended to strengthen its supply chain, Wal-Mart has turned its attention to China, where the corporate giant intends to focus on sustainability. As a part of their commitment to the environment, Wal-Mart wants to revamp their product line and overhaul their supply chain. In addition, they intend to put a reward structure in place, honoring China suppliers and merchants that go the extra mile when it comes to the environment.

December 19th

Supply Chain Detectives: Historic Futures Helps Trace & Verify Product Origins

Whether you read Ecopreneurist on your computer, tablet or smart phone, chances are that you know its brand name and all the neat things it can do; chances are just as high that you have no idea where its components actually came from. What’s more, if you call the store you purchased it from and ask them where your computer screen came from, they probably don’t know either.

January 3rd

Unsustainable Oil Can't Sustain the Economy

2011 has seen a huge increase in drilling permits for the Marcellus and Utica deposits in Ohio. One permit was issued for Utica in 2009, and two were issued in 2010 – as of December 4, 131 permits had been issued. The Marcellus deposit has seen a little less action, with ten permits issued between 2006 and 2010 and another ten permits issued this year.

December 16th

Aptera Motors Closes its Doors Due to Poor Electric Car Market?

When Aptera Motors started developing their four door sedan in 2010, they had big goals. Their car would have been similar in size to the Honda Accord, but since it was made with such lightweight materials, it would weigh 1000 pounds less. It would have cost less than $30,000 which is cheaper than the electric cars currently on the market. And it would have made 190 miles to the gallon – the Nissan Leaf, by comparison, gets 99 miles to the gallon. All of that sounds fantastic to me – but Aptera Motors will be closing before they can complete the vehicle. Why?

December 11th

Another Reason to Switch to a Credit Union: Banks Fund Climate Change

Whether the coal is coming from traditional mines, whose well-documented dangers include inhaling coal dust and mines collapsing, or whether it’s harvested by companies who use mountaintop removal, it is devastating to our environment and to human life. A recent study, “Bankrolling Climate Change”, gives a disturbing look at how banks are funding the coal industry. Our use of coal is one of the major contributing factors to global warming, not to mention that coal mining itself is hideous.

December 8th

Green Collar Salvation: Are Green Jobs the Answer?

With the country in both an environmental crisis and an economical crisis, times are looking pretty dire for a lot of people. Those who are still employed aren’t certain how long they’ll be able to maintain their employment, and a lot of the nation’s traditional industries such as auto-manufacturing are going through some intense changes.

December 6th

Newsweek Names IBM – America’s Greenest Company

In its third annual Green Rankings, Newsweek has identified IBM as America’s greenest company. Newsweek partnered with two research organizations, Trucost and Sustainalytics, to analyze how companies interact with the environment. They took into account each company’s actual environmental footprint, including greenhouse gas emissions and water use; each company’s policies regarding environmental programs and initiatives; and each company’s disclosure or reporting.

December 5th

Profit Over Protection in Brazil?

We’ve got another oil spill. This time it’s off the coast of Brazil, and Chevron has already stepped up to take responsibility for the incident, which occurred when the company didn’t correctly assess the pressure of the reservoir they were tapping. The oil leaked through a breach in the drill’s bore hole and has spread through seven nearby fissures in the sea floor.

November 29th