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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Finland Aims for 80 Percent Emissions Cuts with New Climate Act

Finland contributes little in the way of global carbon emissions, but is disproportionately feeling the effects of climate change. Passage of the national climate change act reinforces and builds momentum as Finland moves to build a healthy, vital low-carbon economy and society.

Investor Ready Cities: From Delhi to Chattanooga

It’s almost a cliché these days to say that infrastructure development is a crushing and highly complex problem, mainly because there’s so much to do but not enough financial resources available to do it. The trick, then, is how to address infrastructure needs.

PwC: Sustainability is Moving Into the Investment Mainstream

Eighty percent of institutional investors surveyed by PwC’s Resource Institute said sustainability factored into one or more investment contexts in the past year. As their numbers grow, institutional investors are pushing corporations to enhance their sustainability reporting and disclosure.