Kara is a corporate social responsibility professional and marketing consultant with expertise in consumer research and environmental science. Currently, Kara is working as a Graduate Associate on the Corporate Citizenship team at the Walt Disney Company. She is also a founding partner of BeSui Consulting, a boutique marketing consulting firm specializing in consumer insights and marketing communications.Kara graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behaviors. She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School where she is exploring the impact investing space and working to identify new ways to increase access to capital for start-ups and social ventures. Follow her on Twitter @karameredith.


Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites

Up until now, it’s been illegal for private businesses to offer equity to anyone other than accredited investors in exchange for funding. The passing of the JOBS Act is about to change all of that. Once the rules are in place early next year, private businesses and startups will be able to use crowdfunding to give equity to investors who will get an actual monetary return instead of a sticker or T-shirt. This shift is expected to attract a huge influx of capital from regular Joes looking for better ways to invest.

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Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Wants to Occupy Your Wallet

Ben & Jerry’s founder Ben Cohen will be working with Move to Amend and Occupy activists across the cross country to distribute stamps with anti-corporate personhood slogans to be used for stamping money.

Movie Review: The American Dream for Environmentalists

“A Green Story,” an independent film from first time writer and director Nick Agiashvili tells the true story of Van Vlahakis, an original green entrepreneur who founded Earth Friendly Products, a green cleaning products company that is now a multi-million dollar business.


World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Coming to Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood will soon be home to a 100,000 square foot, multi-acre rooftop farm that will produce a million pounds of produce per year – enough to feed 5,000 people – without using any dirt. The farm will be built by BrightFarms, a new company with a unique business model that finances, builds, and operates hydroponic greenhouse farms for supermarkets and other retailers who purchase the produce.


Harley-Davidson Embraces Sustainability, but Will Its Customers?

As Harley-Davidson begins to ramp up their sustainability initiatives, it’s unclear how the company will balance the masculine, rebel-like nature of the brand with the pressure to adopt a more conscious, caring approach to conducting business.


Eco Treasure Hunts: Employee Engagement that Gets Results

The Environmental Defense Fund has been working with GE on Treasure Hunts, an approach to employee engagement that’s been proven to provide a significant return while also creating opportunities for employees to gain a stake in sustainability efforts.


4 Reasons Why Companies Should Embrace Their Flaws

The consumer trend tracking firm Trendwatching.com is covering a new trend called “Flawsome” which shows why businesses who truly embrace their flaws will come out on top, and why those who don’t are likely to suffer from consumer indifference and maybe even disdain.


BP Cuts a Deal on the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Just days before BP was set to go to trial with a group of more than 100,000 plaintiffs, the company announced over the weekend that it would agree to a settlement of $7.8 billion dollars.


Whole Foods, Costco, PF Chang’s Tied to Squid Fishing Slave Labor

A six month investigation conducted by Bloomberg Businessweek found evidence of debt bondage on fishing vessels operating in New Zealand’s waters. The report traces the controversial seafood sources to popular U.S. retailers and restaurants.