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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Video Interview: Accelerate your Clean Energy Startup

Clean Energy startups can now get a leg up with a new startup accelerator program accepting applications this summer.  GreenStart, the brain child of Dave Graham and his two co-founders, wants to help mission-driven entrepreneurs succeed.  GreenStart is looking for ideas that reduce use of dirty energy or promote the use of clean energy.  Capital … Continued

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New Sustainability Standard Heralded by UK Film Industry

It is often very difficult to think of corporate responsibility beyond the realm of corporations. However when you really do think about it, the concepts of CSR are applicable to just about every form of enterprise. This is what the British Standards Institution (BSI) in conjunction with the British film industry wanted to emphasize when it announced … Continued

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Baltimore GM Factory Grows with Solar Power

GM’s low emission electric-gasoline Chevy Volt has been a hit with car buyers since it launched last year with a splash of publicity including a cross-country road trip, but GM has also been working behind the scenes to reduce emissions at the manufacturing end as well. In one of its latest efforts, the company has … Continued

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New Media Helps Tourist Economies Rebound

It goes without saying that the tourist economy plays a key role contributing to the development and upkeep of local infrastructure including parks, museums, stadiums, restaurants, and additional city spaces open to the public. It is also a highly competitive industry from state to state, or even city to city, with each local tourism bureau trying to entice potential visitors to leave their homesteads and stay for a while.

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Rainforest Action Network Activists Arrested at Disney

Four Rainforest Action Network (RAN) activists, two dressed up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, were arrested outside The Walt Disney Co. headquarters in Burbank last week. The other two activists, not in costume,  hung a 35-foot banner that read, “Disney: Destroying Indonesia’s Rainforests” over an archway. In March 2010, RAN used an independent lab, Integrated … Continued

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Oil, Money, and Influence, Continued

I was surprised at how some people took exception to last week’s post which covered the story from Carbon Brief about how nine of the ten most prolific climate-change-denying scientists  on the Global Warming Policy Foundation list had affiliations of one kind or another with ExxonMobil, mostly through their involvement with oil-funded think tanks. But … Continued

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5 Reasons Why GRI is the New LEED

Ed Note:The following is a re-post of one of our most popular GRI articles from last year to spread the word about our GRI-certified courses in sustainability reporting. Pick a framework, any framework. While LEED is the name of the game in green building standards, a clear winner in the sustainability reporting framework race has … Continued

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Puma Puts Financial Value on Environmental Impact

Puma is the first company in the world to put a value on the ecosystem services it uses to produce its sports shoes and clothes. In a huge leap for CSR, the company has published an economic valuation of the environmental impacts caused by greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and water consumption along its entire supply chain. It … Continued

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Ernst & Young Puts Up Cash to Help Community Activists

What if you had $10,000 dollars to implement an idea of your choice that made a difference to communities? This is exactly the challenge that Ernst & Young put forward at its Your World Your Vision campus challenge this year. The winners which were announced last month came from Baruch College, University of Georgia, and University … Continued

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Calculating Your Travel Carbon Footprint is Priceless Thanks to MasterCard

The sustainability consultancy Brighter Planet has partnered with MasterCard to provide a carbon accounting solution. Last week at the Ceres Conference in Oakland, Brighter Planet announced a new initiative that replaces expensive software and consultants with a simple carbon emissions software.

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Are Gas Prices Too Damn High?

Poor Jimmy MacMillan. The well meaning eccentric hilariously rose to fame during the New York Governor’s Debate last year by declaring that “the rent is too damn high.” Now, it seems gas prices are the target of his scorn – and surely millions of Americans agree – but Jimmy’s either just cashing in on his … Continued

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5 Tips for Sustainable Communication

As a former English major, now working towards an MBA in Design Strategy at CCA, I’ve discovered that one’s skill in written and verbal communication often mirrors one’s level of success in business. It may in fact, be the one thing that matters most.

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Crowdsourcing by the State of Washington

The following case study is part of a project by MPA students at the Presidio Graduate School on information management technology and policy. You can read the rest of the series here. By Christian Ettinger Introduction: Many states are using social media to engage their citizens, but is much of that engagement, like Twitter and … Continued