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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San Francisco: No-Go to Sharing Economy Parking App

Online apps are nifty, especially when you can manage a new startup in a major city from the other side of the world with relative ease. But the city of San Francisco is fighting back against a new startup that allows drivers to auction off public parking places to the highest bidder. In this case, San Francisco also has its bylaws on its side, since such transactions come with a hefty fine for both drivers and the business. And that, says the city’s legal office, can get awfully expensive for the startup.

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SolarCoin: How Digital Eco-Money Can Be More Equitable

SolarCoin is a novel strategy for accelerating investment in solar power, but it’s not inherently socially equitable. Fortunately, there are ways to increase access to SolarCoins for those without the wealth to invest in solar or trade currencies.

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1 Million Hectare Reforestation Project Planned for Panama

A groundbreaking alliance of Panamanian organizations launched a reforestation/sustainable development plan that would see 1 million hectares of land planted in trees. Produced by Panama’s Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON), the Panama Association for Reforestation (ANARAP), and the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (CCIAP), the 20-year plan would help strengthen local communities and economies, as well as help Panama mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Ohio Stalls Green Energy Projects

The Ohio government put a double whammy on renewable energy this past week, freezing its renewable portfolio standard and inserting a last-minute rule in the state budget bill. Changing the siting rule for wind turbines puts $25 billion in wind energy projects in serious jeopardy.

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Mars Coral Reef Restoration Empowers Indonesian Islanders

In reviving Pulau Badi’s coral reef ecosystem, Mars’ project replaces destructive fishing practices and offers islanders alternative livelihoods, including captive breeding of seahorses and abalone.

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EDF: Green Trucks Good for the Planet and Business

Heavy trucks haul about 70 percent of U.S. freight, gobbling nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil per day while producing nearly half-a-billion tons of carbon pollution a year, according to the report. By 2040 pollution from this sector is projected to increase by another 40 percent.

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Social Media for Social Entrepreneurs

Whether you are in the early days of your social enterprise or are more established, maximizing your social media presence across multiple networks helps you expand your organization by keeping you informed of trends, building brand credibility and nourishing your network of friends and partners.

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Horrors! Seattle is Moving to a $15/hour Minimum Wage

On June 2 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage, making Seattle the first major city in America to take this type of action to address income inequality.

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Business Inspired By Nature

Ought business to be striving for more than just limiting its harm? I think we intuitively know it can, yet it requires courage to break rank from our mainstream approach and current mindset.

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SolarCoin: Good for the Environment but Not Social Equity?

SolarCoin rewards solar power producers. Handing out digital cash to people with solar panels can benefit our electricity systems and the environment, but there might be more equitable ways to incentivize clean energy.

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Report: Government Could Catalyze Growth in U.S. ‘Impact Economy’

Employing an estimated 10 million people and generating revenues of some $500 billion, Deloitte Consulting’s GovLab lays out the reasons why, as well as how, the federal government could spur growth and development of the U.S. “impact economy.”