Last week we learned that experts believe sports teams and arenas have a tremendous opportunity to impact sustainability efforts. We learned that Google has plans to not be “evil” by making making their campus additions green. We also met President Obama’s advisor on green jobs as he tried to get word out about his projects through CNN and Fortune. On Monday, GreenBiz.com wrote, “Walmart has reported that it has delivered a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions since 2005, beating its target one year ahead of schedule.” With 200 million customers shopping at Walmart’s around the world each week  and 2.2 million global employees, the retail giant has perhaps the best opportunity to influence the way average Americans approach sustainability. Walmart’s emissions success, however, is on a percentage bases. In real terms emissions are up from 2005. GreenBiz.com reports, “Walmart’s overall emissions have risen since 2005 as a result of the continued global expansion of the retail giant. Emissions totaled 22 million tons in 2010, the

  A recent Fortune magazine video posted to CNN Money introduces viewers to president Obama’s new special advisor for green jobs, Van Jones. CNN calls Jones, who is also the founder of Green For All, “the president’s point man on growing the green-collar job market.” This means he works for the While House counsel for green jobs, says Jones, the umbrella organization that coordinates environmental policy and impact. Jones describes the president as wanting to find energy and ecological solutions to help solve the economic problems tis country faces. “The president wants to jump start the economy using clean energy jobs. That means there is even more to coordinate, so my job is — within the federal family — to make sure we are doing everything we can to creating as many green jobs as possible.” Special advisor Jones is also the author of “The Green Collar Economy,” a 2009 book on “how One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems,” according to its tagline.

Google to get greener

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Tech giant Google is in the process of expanding its 1 million square foot Mountain View campus to 2 million square feet. As with all things Google does there is a tremendous amount of speculation regarding the office complex. Will there be employee housing? Will every employee get her own nap pod or his own yellow slide? Will you have to answer one of the company’s infamous brain teaser style interview questions to enter?  Google for its part has long kept many details of campus expansion plans close to the vest. An article from SustainableBusiness.com highlights a bit of what is known. Not about slides or food or access but about green design: The design includes green roofs, one will have a cafe The first phase of the project involved retrofitting old buildings, now they are moving to new construction The new buildings and roofs will be connected by bridges The buildings will use radiant heat The buildings will use solar power Related on The Horizon

  Late last month, Forbes.com published a story called “What ‘Green’ Really Means For The Eagles, Seahawks And NASCAR.” In the article, “green tech” contributor Richard Ferris offers what he views as the key lessons to be taken from a recent panel of sustainability in sports. The panel was held at the annual Advanced Research Projects-Energy conference and featured high-profile team owners like Paul Allen of Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Trail Blazers (as well as, of course Microsoft Fame). Ferris writes, “The spread between science knowledge and sports knowledge is one of the reasons why sports organizations have an outsize impact when they go green. Tens of thousands of people in the bleachers and sometimes millions of TV fans have the opportunity to absorb an environmental message even as they munch on hot dogs.” Ferris goes on to analyze questions like the relationship between visibility and true environmental impact. He writes about the need to consider the limitations of a given

As people become more aware of the sustainability challenges facing our environment companies and government organizations have come up with new was reward, measure and encourage green constructions. One such organization is the Living Future Institute which runs that Living Building Challenge to recognizes achievements in sustainable building. The challenge awards three levels of certification: Full Certification, Petal Recognition or Net Zero Energy Building Certification. According to GreenBiz.com, a panel of experts recently sat down to discuss ways to improve future Net Zero buildings. Living Future writes of these projects, “Net Zero Energy is quickly becoming a sought after goal for many buildings around the globe – each relies on exceptional energy conservation and then on-site renewables to meet all of its heating, cooling and electricity needs.” Currently a Net Zero Building must: Control growth by limiting “sprawled development” Use solar, wind or other alternative forms of energy production so that, “One hundred percent of the building’s energy needs on a net annual basis must be supplied by on-site

  For all of March, The Horizon Business Funding Blog will loan it’s pages to green business As we settle into the month of March, we know that soon the temperature outside will rise and leaves will start to appear on the trees. In honor of spring, throughout March the Horizon Business Funding Blog will loan its pages to green business. This will mean traditional botanical businesses like plant nurseries and florists. But the blog will also include stories about how all sorts businesses are going green or can benefit from doing so. We will pay particular attention to fields that are not traditionally environmentally friendly. A few fun facts to get up started: According to the U.S. Census Bureau there were 16,182 florists in the United States as of 2011 $880,893,904 worth of cut flowers and buds were imported in 2011, according to USA Trade Online IBIS World data shows 378,891 landscaping service businesses in the U.S. as of December 2012 Check back at The

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