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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SolarCoin: Cryptocurrency with Value for People and Planet

SolarCoin is a decentralized digital currency that has inherent value in trust and goodness. It facilitates transactional trust between strangers, rewards producers of clean energy and frees everyday exchanges from the banking system.

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Rio Tinto Pulls Out Of Pebble Mine, Gifts Shares to Nonprofits

In an extraordinary move, Rio Tinto announced it would divest its 19.1 percent equity stake in Pebble Mine project owner Northern Dynasty Minerals by gifting shares to two local nonprofit organizations. Rio Tinto’s divestment casts further doubt on Northern Dynasty’s ability to develop the controversial and massive copper-gold project, which sets the value of the world’s richest salmon habitat and marine ecosystem on the scales against global demand for copper and gold.

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SEEED Summit at Brown University: Interview with Ira Magaziner

Two Brown undergrads sat down to talk with Ira Magaziner, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and Chairman of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), and hear about his journey as a social entrepreneur and activist. Here is what they learned.

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Clean Solar Initiative II To Add 100 MW of Solar Power on Long Island

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and PSEG Long Island increasingly see solar and other forms of renewable energy as a flexible, reliable and cost-effective means of electricity generation and sustaining the grid. Bids to install 100 MW of additional solar power on Long Island came in 25 percent below LIPA’s first Clean Solar Initiative (CSI) feed-in tariff (FiT) auction.

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Water-Energy Nexus: Utah Approves Largest Solar Power Park

Scatec’s Red Hills Renewable Energy Park will generate green jobs and revenue for local landowners and the state, as well as 80 megawatts AC of clean, renewable electricity. It will also help conserve freshwater resources in an increasingly water-stressed West.

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Apple’s New Headquarters Missing a Major Green Point

Leadership for the tech giant maintains that the new campus will offer “a serene environment reflecting Apple’s values of innovation, ease of use and beauty.” However, the simple facts show that many of Apple’s 13,000 employees will now be commuting to an isolated location 45 miles south of San Francisco.

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Volkswagen Biodiversity Initiative To Establish Nature Corridor in Mexico

VW is taking its commitment to ecological sustainability a step further with the launch of the “Think Blue. Nature.” program in Puebla, Mexico. The pioneering biodiversity and ecological sustainability initiative aims to help establish a biological corridor across five Mexican states, as well as support youth and community conservation education, training, reforestation and other projects.

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Greenpeace Slams Amazon on Dirty Energy Use

Amazon gets failing grades from Greenpeace on energy transparency; renewable energy commitment and siting policy; and renewable energy deployment and advocacy. The company also received a “D” on energy efficiency and mitigation.

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German Renewable Electricity Consumption Hits Record High 25.4 Percent in 2013

There’s been no shortage of challenges to German Premier Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” — an all-out transition to a greener, sustainable economy centered on renewable energy and resource efficiency — but Germany’s renewable energy markets and industry are proving resilient, with renewable electricity consumption reaching a record high in 2013.

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How to Make Corporate Giving a Foundation That Strengthens Your Business

Like a lot of good deeds, corporate philanthropy doesn’t just benefit the recipients. It also benefits those who are giving. Make corporate giving a foundation of your business, and you’ll find that it can improve the morale of your employees and the health of your company.

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Southeastern Cities Look to Max Out the Triple Bottom Line Returns of Recycling

Recycling is a growth industry, but rates in the U.S. lag compared to those of other industrialized nations. Under the aegis of the Southeast Recycling Development Council, manufacturers across the Southeast are joining with local governments and NGOs to spread the word and boost recycling rates.

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Wind Power Is Reducing Electricity Rates; Pays Back Tax Credit 17 Times Over

Wind energy is now the cheapest means of generating electricity in many parts of the U.S., thanks in no small part to the wind energy PTC, which expired Dec. 31. Yet despite the triple bottom line benefits and advantages the industry is bringing to U.S. society, there are those in Congress who not only continue to oppose renewing it, but continue to support subsidies and tax breaks for oil, gas and coal.

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Southeast Manufacturers Join to Spur Job Creation Through Recycling

Recycling is a growth industry, but recycling’s beneficial economic impacts in terms of job creation and boosting local economies are underappreciated and undervalued. Short on supplies of recycled materials, manufacturers in the Southeast have joined with local governments and NGOs to spur residents to recycle more.