Domini Fund’s Performance Helps Validate SRI

SocialFunds.com reports that the 15-year track record of strong, positive stock returns by the Domini 400 Social Index (DSI), demonstrates that SRI performs competitively, and sometimes outperforms the broader market, including the S&P 500. “The Domini index has helped validate socially responsible investing through its long-term record, which is very similar to that of the … Continued

Pension Funds to Invest in Clean Energy Projects

The National Apollo Alliance of Washington State has proposed using state pension funds to creatively finance energy efficient upgrades to major buildings as well as to fund renewable energy projects. A recent $3.5 million smart energy and efficiency upgrade of a Seattle skyscraper by Washington Real Estate Holdings, which manages the state’s pension funds, lowered … Continued

WA State Enacts First US “Green Building” Mandate

Washington state became the first state in the nation to enact a “Green Building” law requiring all new state buildings (K-12 schools, universities and other public buildings) bigger than 5,000 square feet meet or exceed the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification which takes into account a building’s … Continued

Learn How CSR Benefits Companies in India

Take a look at this amazing and practical look at how CSR is being intertwined into businesses in India. US companies can learn from India how to use CSR to build a positive brand image among their employees, the community, and shareholders. The benefits of CSR include building a positive image and encouraging social involvement … Continued

Tips for Staying Optimistic This Earth Day

Read this fantastic opinion piece about keeping the green dream alive in this unsettling, changing world from Kelpie Wilson of Truthout.org. She gives us a few suggestions to help us change the world on this Earth Day 2005 and implores us to “think of them as investments in a better future” not as chores “to … Continued

Huge Wind System Approved by LA Power Board

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of commissioners, the largest municipally owned utility in the nation, has just voted to approve funding for the Pine Tree Wind project, making it the largest wind system built in the Western U.S. since passage of the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. The project’s new … Continued

The World’s First 100% Solar-Powered City

A Vadodara, India based agency for promotion of non-conventional energy, Gujarat Energy Development Agency(GEDA)has proposed to provide electricity to all major establishments in the city through the power generated from solar energy. The proposal includes the commissioning of photovoltaic power plant with capacity of one megawatt to cater to the power need of the city … Continued

Solar & Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA)

Thousands of megawatts of new renewable energy potential in Africa, Asia, South and Central America have been documented through the multi-million dollar project, the Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA). SWERA is an assessment that includes data on wind and solar energy potential, plus detailed country energy analyses in 13 partner countries. According to … Continued

Proof that Energy Efficiency increases Value

GreenBiz and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program have collaborated to produce the first report showing the irrefutable link between a company’s energy management strategy and higher shareholder value. In addition, the report looks at how financial analysts and institutional investors have come to understand this energy-value connection, and how energy management is becoming a stronger … Continued

The Dilemma Surrounding Wind Farms

There is a growing concern by land owners in rural areas regarding Wind Farms being too large and taking up too much space. David Suzuki, writer for New Science Magazine says it is time for some perspective, “With the growing urgency of climate change, we cannot have it both ways. We cannot shout from the … Continued

Whole Foods Market takes Transparancy to Next Level

At their recent shareholder meetings, Whole Foods Market took a huge step forward by agreeing to label their private label brand products as GE-Free. Indigo Teiwes of Progressive Investments says, Improving transparency, increasing consumer education, and realizing the full benefit of the company’s market advantage resulting from this decision is a strategic business move. Given … Continued

Duke Energy Takes Proactive Stance on Global Warming

The Duke Energy Corporation has decided to take the lead in addressing the global warming problem by lobbying for a tax on carbon dioxide emissions that would reduce fossil fuel consumption. Duke Energy CEO Paul Anderson says he personally feels, “the time has come to act – to take steps as a nation to reduce … Continued

Corporate Shareholders Demand “Green” Performance

As 2005 corporate shareholder meetings begin, investors and other stakeholders are demanding that companies exhibit more environmentally responsible behavior. Investors concerned about environmental degradation and its long-term impact on corporate profits are seeking to improve “green” performance. Read the story at Yahoo News

Solar Energy Powers Canadian Homes in Winter

Partially funded by the Canadian government, Drake Landing Development is building a 52-home solar powered community in freezing Alberta of all places. The solar system will harvest the sun’s rays in summer and use them to heat homes in winter. “This system significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrates the importance of using clean, renewable … Continued

Sustainability hits Mainstream Business in 2005

Sustainability as a key bottom-line issue for investors is poised to break through into the mainstream in 2005. Large corporations such as IBM, Dell, AMD and Electrolux already know what investors will learn in 2005, that “Sustainability is good for the planet and it can be good for shareholder wealth,” said Portfolio 21 co-founder Carsten … Continued