This category is about the relation between business economies and sustainability and CSR. Company economies have great impact on how much effort they put into their CSR strategy and incorporating green strategies can have an effect on company growth. Topics include: Conscious Capitalism, Social Enterprise, B-Corps, Circular Economy, Sharing Economy

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SunEdison Bets On Emerging-Market Renewables

Over the past several months, SunEdison has acquired a portfolio of 757 megawatts of renewable-energy assets (wind, solar and hydro) through nine transactions in seven emerging markets. And SunEdison has made a believer out of big-money investors, having attracted a $175 million equity stake from the private equity firm the Blackstone Group and two others.

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The Next Big Thing in Open-Source May Be Housing

Open source. It’s a concept from the world of software development, where programmers often collaborate to improve code then share the results at no cost. But could the open-source approach also help solve the vexed issue of unaffordable housing?

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Green Aviation Climbs to New Heights on Multiple Fronts

This turns out to be quite a week for green aviation. First, an incredible milestone in the historic journey of the Solar Impulse as the fuel-free aircraft successfully completed a five-day crossing of the Pacific from Japan to Hawaii, the longest solo manned flight in history. Then, United Airlines, announced that it would invest $30 million in a program that would produce jet fuel from trash.

Unilever Crowdsources Sustainability Innovations

Unilever recently unveiled the new Foundry Ideas platform at the Cannes Lions Festival. It will amplify the company’s current efforts, acting as a hub for consumers and entrepreneurs to work together to tackle sustainability challenges.

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Food Waste, Foster Kids and a Social Revolution

One social enterprise and nonprofit decided to take food waste and create a culinary school to teach felons and foster care youth how to cook. Meals are given to people in need, with a focus on the elderly. Once the culinary students graduate, they are hired by restaurants or social enterprises. It’s a brilliant model that is shaking up societal norms.

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California Achieves Economic Growth Without Growing Emissions

California is proving to the rest of America that economic success does not require increased pollution. The state recently reached an economic development milestone: At a time when the California economy is growing faster than the U.S. economy, it managed to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 1.5 million metric tons.

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Breaking the Consumer Cycle: Netting Revenue Through Waste

As the world’s population increases, so does demand – which is great for business but bad for the environment. There is not a never-ending supply of raw materials from which to draw, so the manufacturing industry will need to adapt to meet growing demand for synthetic consumer products. Fortunately, there is a solution in the most unlikely of places – waste.

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The United Nations Invites You to ‘Lever Up’ Your Social Impact

The United Nations recently gave a preview of its global goals for 2030, slated to be formally unveiled at their Social Good Summit in September. At the annual Cause Marketing Forum, U.N. Foundation’s Aaron Sherinian laid out 17 (wow!) global goals.

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Tiny Houses Are Gaining a Footing in North American Cities

Miniature seems to be in these days. For those who always wanted to own a house but couldn’t quite stand the thought of a mortgage that would outlive your lifespan, a tiny house may be just the thing. The number of amenities one can squeeze into a 10-foot-wide living space, say experts, depends strictly on creativity. Of course, it also depends on city bylaws. But city councils are beginning to realize that tiny homes with tiny footprints are actually a good thing.

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International Monetary Fund Blasts ‘Trickle-Down’ Economics

A new report from the International Monetary Fund suggests that “trickle-down” economics just increases the gap of income inequality, creating injustices in almost every country. The study written by five IMF economists said that if governments want to increase growth, they should focus on helping the poorest 20 percent of citizens.

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Michigan Good Food Fund Provides Loans to Expand Food Access

Michigan makes you think of cars instead of farms, but the truth is that the Wolverine State grows some of the best local produce in the U.S. Visit Eastern Market in Detroit, and you will be awed by the state’s bounty. But as in just about every other state, Michigan has its struggles with food access in rural and urban areas alike. Michigan Good Food Fund, a nonprofit affiliated with Michigan State University, is determined to boost Michigan’s farming sector while increasing food access.