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Susie T. said:   June 16, 2014 5:16 am PST
Master's degree in sustainability You may want to post this on your website!

Jeff Ruch said:   June 28, 2013 6:19 am PST
Dear Mark: This week, President Obama unveiled his climate change plan with a forceful speech. This much presidential attention is a far cry from the years in which climate activists rejoiced if he even mentioned climate change among the laundry list of priorities in annual State of the Union addresses. Now that the President has spoken, many are wondering whether his plan will be effective because – • It is too late. Not only have some tipping points been reached but some of the key parts of the Obama plan will likely not be fully implemented while he is in office and may be undone by a hostile successor; • It is too little. Since he is bypassing Congress he is limited to minor repairs that can be done exclusively through executive action. Several of his plan’s planks are things that were already underway; and •It is too compromised. The central tension running through the plan is the president’s adherence to an “All of the Above” energy strategy that relies upon expanded petroleum and coal production. How do the administration’s proposals for expanded drilling in the Arctic (both on and offshore) square with the litmus test Obama laid down for the XL Pipeline, that it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution”? Nonetheless, at least he has a plan. However belated, timid and contradictory, it is better than the strategic ambiguity that befogged his first term. Moreover, the Republicans have absolutely no plan for addressing climate change – except for demanding earlier warnings for tornados which are disturbingly more frequent and potent. Jeff Ruch PEER Executive Director

J.B. said:   December 16, 2012 3:44 pm PST
Mark - I was Christmas shopping on the Green Products tab and I saw the Crying Indian video at the bottom of the page. Man - I have not seen that commercial in 30 years! It really makes me want to tell everyone to stop littering!

Peter Schulert said:   November 21, 2012 2:39 pm PST
Mark, Thank you for visiting our laboratory and for the summary you posted. We look forward to sharing ideas with you.

Mark at Sustainable Marketplace said:   November 21, 2012 9:38 am PST
I would like to thank everyone who is actively participating in building this site! Knut - I really appreciate your endorsement and your many entries on the discussion board. I'd also like to give special thanks to Dr. Fu who submitted two new papers on climate change. I hope others will follow his lead and submit papers, so everyone can benefit.

Knut Bøe said:   November 2, 2012 12:13 am PST
The Sustainable- Marketplace website is a good place for information on sustainability and sharing ideas on promoting sustainable business strategies. regards Knut Bøe, MSc MBA

Mark at Sustainable Marketplace said:   November 1, 2012 8:48 am PST
Hi Stephanie and Mike - thanks for posting. Mike, I'm not so sure I like the idea of being the "dancing man" but I did ask for input! I'll post the dancing man video under the New section on the Papers & Resources page. I hope everyone gets a good laugh.

Mike said:   November 1, 2012 8:42 am PST
Mark you're like the dancing man in our leadership class, trying to get a group going. I think you should share the dancing man with all the folks!

Stephanie said:   November 1, 2012 6:45 am PST
Mark - you've got a great site and it is full of useful stuff! I see you added a "New" section on the Papers & Resources page. That makes it easy to see what's been added. I believe people are drawn to a community by a sense of shared purpose, not by economic needs. In a community everyone is able to contribute and this can really amplify human capacity. Keep up the good work!

Mark at Sustainable Marketplace said:   October 30, 2012 1:16 pm PST
I yearn for a point of connection, a source of information, and a venue for sharing inspiration with others who care deeply about people and the health of our ecosystem and our economy (i.e., quality of life for people). I have established this site to serve as that point of connection. The site now gets 30 to 60 hits each day, which is exciting. And I want to thank each of you who visit! But, for this site to fulfill the vision we need more than just visitors. We need participants in the conversation. I have more information to share, but I’m just one man. You each have resources, insights and inspiration to share. I encourage you to post on the discussion board; to send your papers and links; and to make this site come alive with inspiration grounded in a passion for a paradigm shift in how we live and work!

Mark at Sustainable Marketplace said:   August 6, 2012 10:17 am PST
Prominent Skeptic Now Accepts Anthropogenic Climate Change! Global average temperatures have been rising over the last 150 years and "humans are almost entirely the cause," according to a new study led by prominent climate change skeptic Professor Richard Muller of the University of California, Berkeley. Muller spoke about his research July 30 in a New York Times op-ed, saying “three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct.” Muller’s reversal on global warming came as a result of his work with the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. The study, released on the Berkeley website but not yet peer reviewed, concludes that the average temperature of the Earth's surface has risen by 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past 250 years and that correspondence between the temperature record and historical data on CO2 emissions suggests human activity is "the most straightforward explanation" for the change. For additional information see: New York Times Op-ed, BBC, Guardian, Study

Mark at the Sustainable Marketplace said:   August 1, 2012 6:58 am PST
Thanks Kristin and J. B. for your comments! I'm back in graduate school again and I just read that the rise in oil prices and the increased cost of transportation caused some manufacturing jobs to return to the U.S. in 2011. Cheap labor abroad doesn't help when you have to pay so much to bring goods over. So there is an upside to high fuel prices!

J.B. said:   July 28, 2012 7:55 am PST
Hey the toolbox is looking good! I am going to tell everybody about the CMAQ air benefit emission methods - those are going to be very useful.

Kristin said:   July 28, 2012 7:53 am PST
The proximity principle says that the disposal of waste should happen as close to the source as possible. For example, shipping nuclear across the US to a site like Yucca Mt. violates this principle.

Mark at the Sustainable Marketplace said:   July 28, 2012 7:49 am PST
Stephanie - thanks for your comments. It seems to me that the polluter pays principle is very much in line with American values. Each individual must pay for what they use. I'm familiar with other sustainability principles, like the precautionary principle that warns if the threat of irreversible damage is high (e.g., climate change) and there are unknowns then we must take every reasonable precaution in our policies.

Mark at the Sustainable Marketplace said:   July 28, 2012 7:44 am PST
Hi T - thanks for checking out my site. I appreciate your kind words!

Stephanie said:   July 28, 2012 6:54 am PST
One of the "Principles of Sustainability" is the Polluter-pays priniple that states the cost of pollution should be covered by those who cause it. It is generally recognized as a fundamental part of International Environmental Law. You can see more at

T. CULBREATH said:   July 28, 2012 6:50 am PST
Nice site. I look forward to watching it expand and reading different articles of various interest in the "green" realm. T. Culbreath

Mark at Sustainable Marketplace said:   July 25, 2012 10:03 am PST
Hi J.B. - thanks for your post. I am not selling per se, but I am an affiliate marketer for the online stores with banners located on the Green Products tab. My hope is that a few visitors to my site will click the banners and purchase a product from these online stores. When that happens I get a small commission, which helps pay for the cost of running my site. I want to focus mainly on eco-friendly products, but I have a few conventional stores like Amazon. If you click one of the store banners, you will go to their site and they will process your order. They'll just see that you entered through my link and they'll give me credit for referring a customer. Thanks and happy shopping!

J.B. said:   July 25, 2012 9:34 am PST
What's the deal with the "geen products" stuff? Are you selling things?

S. Hakimi said:   July 22, 2012 12:13 pm PST
It appears that taking long term measures to protect the democratic public good and the environment actually is the most sound economic practice.

Stephanie said:   July 20, 2012 1:18 pm PST
I believe that markets allocate goods and services efficiently and equitably when all costs are paid by the individuals who are responsible for generating these costs/consuming the product or resource (e.g., the producers and consumers of oil products should pay the true and full cost of thes products).

Kristin said:   July 20, 2012 7:34 am PST
Mark - I agree that we need to be paying the true costs of transportation as well as consumer goods, housing, energy (i.e. a tax on war), etc. (see However, I completely disagree that the free market works as gloriously as you portend. The current global mess is the direct result of unfettered, free market madness. Pure capitalism is inherently unfair and requires regulation to ensure equality, safety, and the democratic public good. One reason we are having such a struggle with mass transit and higher density living is because decades ago the "free market" took those away under the blatant manipulation of GM, Standard Oil, and Goodyear Tire. If we had been allowed to maintain that early investment, it wouldn't be so painful today in terms of cost and social "relearning".

Mark at Sustainable Marketplace said:   July 20, 2012 7:12 am PST
In my opinion, we will need to rely on the free-market and Adam Smith's hidden-hand of individuals pursuing their own economic interests to do the work of transforming our society into sustainable communities. The government (federal, state, and local) subsidizes single-occupancy vehicle transportation and it should be no surprise that people choose this mode of travel over all others. We subsidize single-occupancy transportation by allow the individual to treat a variety of costs as externalities to their personal budget. These externalities (i.e., hidden costs) include: road construction, maintenance, air pollution, water pollution, ozone depletion, global climate change, hazardous and solid waste production, noise pollution, loss of habitat, impact to species biodiversity, congestion, travel times, safety, sprawl and land use impacts. No other industry except transportation is allowed unlimited pollution without a permit or fee of any type.

Knut Bøe said:   July 11, 2012 10:49 pm PST thnak you, your page is interesting and I will read more. The more concrete the better. Number of cars; here is just one from the internet, but could be wrong---. regards Knut

Mark at Sustainable Marketplace said:   July 11, 2012 11:42 am PST
Hi Knut – Thanks for posting. I want to encourage everyone to post and discuss sustainability strategies and share information. Of course, if there are any statements that seem inaccurate then please offer a correction. The 600 million cars came from a 2010 book entitled The Sustainable MBA by Giselle Weybrecht. I’d like to know what your data shows for the number of vehicles. When I say “us” it is figurative right now. I have friends and colleagues that I discuss content with; however, I am solely responsible for the content of the site. I do hope to develop partnerships to create a more robust site in the future. But, for the moment the site is still under construction. If anyone wants to know more about me, my bio is online at Please offer suggestions and critics of the site, if you like. I would also consider publishing papers or online tools or other content if anyone cares to share these. And I will be happy to post links to other sites that are related to sustainability, best business practices, and/or environmental stewardship, if anyone wants to provide a link. Let’s work together to build the Sustainable Marketplace into a force that moves others to think beyond business-as-usual. If you want your budget to be in the black – think green! Mark

Knut Bøe said:   July 11, 2012 9:47 am PST
at a first glance, this looks interesting (but 600 mill. cars is too little according to my statistics...), but who is behind this "sustainable marketplace"? You say send "us" your mail, who is "us" etc ? :) good luck Knut Bøe

J.B. said:   July 8, 2012 4:02 pm PST
According to National Geographic, it takes the earth 3 million years to produce the amount of oil that we burn in just one year. There is nothing sustainable about that.

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