An independent journalist, researcher and writer, my work roams across the nexus where ecology, technology, political economy and sociology intersect and overlap. The lifelong quest for knowledge of the world and self -- not to mention gainful employment -- has led me near and far afield, from Europe, across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa and back home to the Americas. LinkedIn: andrew burger Google+: Andrew B Email: huginn.muggin@gmail.com

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Water and Corporate Culture at Golden State Foods

Golden State Foods has grown alongside California agriculture to become a multinational business. And it made water conservation a focal point for the organization long before the drought began.

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‘Jobbaticals’ Catching On with Young, Mobile Workers

Tapping into the freelancing trend, Jobbatical matches job-seekers and employers looking to hire for six months to one year. Eight months into a live beta version, some 7,000-plus job seekers and more than 600 companies, primarily Internet and tech startups, are using the service.

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Interfaith Power & Light Gets a Charge from Pope’s Encyclical

Bridging political and economic divides as well as religious faiths, Interfaith Power & Light sees Pope Francis’s climate change encyclical as a powerful call for stronger climate change action and greater renewable energy use. 3p spoke with IPL president and founder, Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, about the Pope’s message and its possible ramifications.

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First Green’s ‘Regenerative Banking’ Reaches Beyond Sustainability

First Green Bank is employing a new business model in building a community-focused “green” bank in the heart of Florida. The winner of Ernst & Young’s 2015 “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, CEO Ken LaRoe and First Green’s bankers are intent on going beyond sustainability to regenerate central Florida environmentally and socially, as well as economically.

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Ford Lays Out Evolving Vision of 21st Century Smart Mobility

Reducing its negative social and environmental impacts, Ford is making headway in its drive to realize its evolving vision of 21st century smart mobility. Ford’s 2014-2015 sustainability report lays out the progress Ford is making, as well as how enhancing overall sustainability is integral to its long-term business strategy.

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Report Confirms: 2015 Is (Yet Another) Big Year for Solar

New solar energy installations will grow faster this year than previously expected, according to Mercom Capital, which will make 2015 another strong year for the global solar market. Releasing an update to its 2015 solar market report, Mercom predicts new installations will reach 57.4 gigawatts worldwide in 2015.

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Catholics Mobilize Around Climate Change Action

From the top-down and bottom-up, the world’s Roman Catholics are mobilizing. They hope to inspire world leaders to take stronger actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change and at the same time tackle the thorny and persistent issues of social and environmental justice.

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Pressure Builds on Amazon to Clean Up Data Center Energy Use

Amazon Web Services is investing in what is to be the largest solar energy farm in Virginia, a step on the path toward 100 percent renewable power for its cloud-data centers. The 80 megawatt solar farm will amount to only a drop in the bucket, however, environmental and green economy advocates say.

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Study Reveals Failure to Achieve U.N. Environmental Sustainability Goal

Results in realizing the U.N. Millennium Development environmental sustainability goal have been uneven and data gathering and reporting lacking in many countries, Toronto-based IISD highlights. In its last year, key MDG-7 constistuent goals and targets have by and large not been reached.

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Newsweek Ranks Environmental Performance of Top 500 Corporations

The 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings evaluates the environmental and social performance of the largest publicly listed U.S. and global corporations based on eight criteria. Corporations in the telecommunications, technology, and healthcare sectors scored the highest.

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Consumer Brands, Big Investors Call for Stronger Sustainable Palm Oil Standard

Archer Daniels Midland, ConAgra, Kellogg and institutional investors responsible for some $4 trillion of capital are among members of a multi-stakeholder group that delivered a letter to RSPO. The letter asks the world’s leading sustainable palm oil self-regulatory organization to prohibit clearing of high-carbon forests and peatlands, as well as strengthen protection of human rights.