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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Kills His Own Food

Mark Zuckerberg is making waves lately. He was named TIME magazine person of the year and he has managed to create, in the span of seven years, a social network that transverses the entire globe. It is said that if Facebook was a country it would be third largest only behind China and India. He’s … Continued

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Zynga and Dreyer’s Give Farmville Players a Real Life Farm

Farmville, the widely used Facebook game, is moving players’ hands off the computer keyboard and into some real, non-virtual dirt this summer. On June 13, Farmville’s top winning competitors will have the opportunity to travel to Farmville, VA and plant a real fruit orchard.  The creation of this new orchard is to acknowledge the branded … Continued

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No Concessions from Chevron on Ecuador

Among the developments this week at Chevron’s raucous annual shareholder meeting—some surprising, some not so—was the oil company’s continuing refusal to settle an $18 billion lawsuit over oil pollution in Ecuador. A letter from New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and several investor groups urged Chevron to settle case, which has dragged on in various … Continued

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Tougher Fuel Economy Standards Could Add 236,000 California Jobs

A new report released this week on fuel economy and emissions standards for the state of California concludes that the idea there is a necessary trade-off between environmental goals and economic growth is a fallacy. It comes at a time when there is much deliberation over vehicle standards by both the NHTSA and the California … Continued

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Kohl’s Is the Largest Retail Host of Solar Power In North America

Kohl’s released its first CSR report this week, which highlights its sustainability accomplishments in 2010. One of Kohl’s biggest achievements is in its use of renewable energy. The department store chain is the “largest single retail host of solar electricity in North America,” according to the report. In 2007, Kohl’s entered a 20 year power … Continued

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Geostellar Takes the Guesswork Out of Planning a Solar Installation

Along with a steady stream of cheaper, more efficient solar technology, the solar industry is beginning to offer a growing number of tools that let prospective customers calculate their potential savings more accurately. Virginia-based startup Geostellar is one such example. The company has developed a type of high resolution computer modeling it calls Big-Data Geomatics … Continued

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Project Aura: Lighting the Way to An Upsurge in Bike Commuters?

I have the good fortune of living in Portland, Oregon, where I bike commute daily. In a recent article it was reported that a former car dealership is soon opening as a 10,000 square foot bike shop and that other bike shops in town are expanding. A sign of the times or something Portland specific? … Continued

How CSR Yields Higher Investment Returns With Lower Risk

This post originally appeared on alrroya.com By: Ron Robins When I started my career as an investment analyst in 1970, the idea that a company’s environmental and social activities would be important in helping predict its future financial and stock performance was seen as largely irrelevant. Well, not anymore! Inclusive of governance issues and abbreviated … Continued

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Remotely Green: Why Working from Home is the Ultimate Green Move

By Phil Green Are you looking for a green career? Well, join the club. Many workers these days are on the lookout for ways to enrich the environment while they enrich their bank accounts. Some of the most sought-after jobs nowadays are those in the renewable energy industry or those where a direct positive affect … Continued

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First Dubai Chamber CSR Label Conferred

In September of last year, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce launched a CSR label to increase the profile of responsible business. The idea behind the label is to allow the companies to grow internally and to take their CSR practices to the next level through self evaluation and then as the next step, to provide evidence … Continued

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Expanding the Availability of Sustainability Data

We know a lot about the sustainability performance of about 5,000 large companies. We know something about the sustainability performance of another 16,000 smaller companies and organizations. But, our world economy includes millions of economic entities. How can we get data on their social and sustainability performance?

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What Green Innovators Can Learn From Luxury Toilets

This article first appeared in Huffington Post By: Marc Stoiber I’m a creative director with a passion for innovation, brands and sustainability. When I write, it tends to be on topics that touch on all three. It’s a fascinating space, with no shortage of inspiration. So I was a bit surprised to get a note … Continued

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SC Johnson Commits to Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil

SC Johnson announced earlier this week that it will purchase 100 percent sustainable palm oil by 2015. The company uses palm oil in many of its household cleaning products as a stabilizer. Palm oil is grown on huge plantations in tropical regions, and is in 50 percent of all consumer goods. Approximately 85 percent of … Continued

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DOE Funds Nevada Solar Project Worth $737 Million

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a $737 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy (DOE) for the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project. The project is being developed by Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of SolarReserve, LLC. The project is located 14 miles northwest of Tonopah, Nevada on 2,250 acres leased from the Bureau … Continued