This category is about corporate social responsibility (CSR), a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.

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How Smarter Thermostat Control Yields Energy Savings

A new generation of smart HVAC and climate control systems hold out the promise of reducing energy expenses, energy consumption and carbon emissions, but the road ahead is a rocky one. HVAC and climate control system providers would like to view the U.S. energy efficiency drive as an opportunity to spur innovation, enhance competitiveness, and develop new, sustainable markets.

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Guatemala’s Quetsol Campaigns to Change the Way Solar is Distributed

A small Guatemalan renewable energy company wants to change the way solar is sold to low-income rural families, saying that the popular and historically efficient microloan system is too slow in some areas of Central America. To show how committed it is to this idea, the company has created a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that is gaining steam.


Detroit Public Schools’ Go Green Program Makes Progress

The Detroit Public Schools Go Green program began in November, but participation has been enthusiastic and widespread. Midyear awards recognized schools that went beyond energy reduction and initiated their own bonus green projects.


Spotlight on the Sharing Economy: Q&A with Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a free service that connects a global community of more than 5.5 million members in 97,000 cities across the world. The community is made up of people who are eager to share their homes and their lives to promote tolerance, create new experiences and simply have fun together.

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Single Mums Lead in Global Green Spending

Women control nearly two-thirds of consumer spending, causing one marketing agency to identify mums as “the most powerful audience on the planet.”

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Does Materiality Serve Regulators or Stakeholders?

A panel of experts disagreed about exactly how materiality should be used in sustainability reporting. One camp felt that sustainability reporting should be centered around a legal/regulatory view of materiality. The other group felt that sustainability reporting should focus on what matters to a company’s stakeholder groups.

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A Dose of Reality at the New York GreenBiz Forum

When Jeff Rice, Senior Director of Sustainability at Walmart, confesses that consumer response to their progressive environmental strategy is virtually non-existent, the reality becomes clear that, more than 10 years into the modern sustainability movement, we are pedaling uphill, against the wind.