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.

Economics
Conscious Capitalism
B-Corps
Business Models
Circular Economy
Sharing Economy

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Long Live the Queen City

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, often goes unmentioned when discussions arise about nation-leading exemplars of sustainable development. The city coasts humbly along, moving confidently under the radar into the 21st Century. Read how organizations like the Centralina Council of Governments and Envision Charlotte are making the Southern city more sustainable while adhering to grassroots philosophies.

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Obama’s Carbon Emissions Plan is Good News for Business

By E. Freya Williams As President Obama unveiled his plan to curb carbon emissions from America’s power plants this week, opposition ranged from West Virginia’s attorney general Patrick Morrisey who said the plan will “severely harm…the US economy” to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who labeled it “bad for business.” The President anticipated these objections, and … Continued

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4 Key Ingredients for Growing Your Niche Startup

From humble beginnings, I learned that favorable outcomes hinge on sustainable strategies. Much like developing a secret recipe, a few key ingredients existed that ensured my company would not only make a positive impact, but would also thrive in its niche market. Here are four key ingredients that helped my company succeed in enacting social change.

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Hop on the Rise of the Sharing Economy

The social stigma around sharing is receiving less of “who would do that…” and more of ‘sign me up!’ With the sharing economy on a roller coaster ride that’s only going up, the question that remains is: How do you join in and make a dime — or an impact?

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Waste Management Helps Businesses Turn Waste into Opportunity

Waste Management sustainability services is proof that sustainability pays. Since 2003, the company has delivered more than 157 million in direct cost-savings to customers. It works across all industries to turn waste, a traditional cost center, into solutions that benefit businesses, their customers and the environment.

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5 Drivers of Advanced Energy Growth

Energy is a highly regulated industry, at both the state and national level. But which is more important for growth: policy actions or market dynamics? For the advanced energy industry, the two are intertwined, and the economic impact is powerful.

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Starbucks Pairs With Lyft for Shared Rides and Values

Last week Starbucks announced an agreement with Lyft that could be beneficial for Lyft drivers, riders and even for some Starbucks employees. Is this a victory for values-driven business?

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How to Structure Your Social Enterprise for Maximum Benefit

Even social enterprises often are focused solely on their external mission, overlooking their employees’ needs for empowerment and wealth creation that worker-owned co-ops and democratically-run businesses can offer. We need organizations designed to benefit society and employees at the same time! This article explains 5 innovative organizational forms that can maximize the benefit of your social enterprise for society and often forgotten, the employees.

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UAE to Scrap Automobile Fuel Subsidies

For years the United Arab Emirates has had the lowest automobile fuel prices in the world. Thanks to the government’s long-standing policy of subsidizing gasoline (petrol) and diesel, current average gasoline prices are less than 1.7 dirhams (50 cents) a liter. But the elimination of fuel subsidies signals a huge shift in the UAE.

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Educated Girls Uncover Unmet Design Needs

Human Centered Design helps young women uncover big problems in need of a design solution. This “open architecture” approach delivers maximum impact with minimal materials. By working closely with a variety of communities to co-create, girls to develop products that not only responded to their immediate needs, but also reflected their aspirations.

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3p Weekend: 8 Companies Going Cradle-to-Cradle

The requirements for the certification are tough to achieve, and only a select few companies have made the grade as of yet. This week we tip our hats to eight of those companies that are leading the charge to a truly circular economy.

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The ROI of San Francisco’s Zero-Waste Program

Seizing an opportunity to conserve resources, reduce environmental impact, and create jobs, the city of San Francisco set a goal in 2002 to achieve zero waste by 2020. Is it working? At what cost?

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Irvine, California: Planning (Indoor) Agriculture for the 21st Century

Freelance blogger Jim Pantaleo has fond memories of youth in agricultural Irvine, California, a place which would soon morph into a bedroom community of Los Angeles and stronghold for all that is “The OC.” Fast forward to 2015 and learn of a new kind of agriculture that is taking shape.