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New Jersey Turns to Distributed Resources to Enhance Energy Resilience

With memories of the devastation Superstorm Sandy caused still fresh, the Christie administration launched the N.J. Energy Resilience Bank. The first of its kind in the nation, ERB was seeded with an initial $200 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds.

Isidore Electronics Recycling provides job opportunities for previously incarcerated Los Angeles residents while finding a new home for e-waste.

3p Weekend: 11 Companies That Hire the Formerly Incarcerated

It’s no secret that finding a job after being released from prison is an often insurmountable task, leading to skyrocketing recidivism rates across the country. While many companies are hesitant to hire the formerly incarcerated, a number of enterprises are taking a chance on these men and women — and, in turn, giving them a second chance at life.

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Ashoka’s Vision to Develop an International Age of Social Entrepreneurship

Ashoka has always been the world’s leader in developing the idea of a social entrepreneur. It is an international non-government organization looking to develop a world where everyone is a change-maker. Here, is a a brief illumination of the challenges and mission of Ashoka’s São Paulo, Brazil branch.

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Is 2014 Really the Year of Impact Investing?

Earlier this year, on this forum, I proclaimed that 2014 would be The Year of Impact Investing. Now that half the year is in the history books, it’s fair to ask if 2014 is living up to that billing. Let’s take a look at what the first six months of the year have produced.

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Storing Data in the Cloud: How Safe is It?

Inherent in corporate social responsibility, data security takes on even greater importance given the profusion of mobile devices and use of cloud services. Though it remains of paramount concern, research indicates cloud security concerns will abate with greater familiarity and usage.

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No Tesla Charging Stations? Chinese Business Man Builds His Own

Zong needed a way to get his new Tesla home from the dealership; his idea evolved to a “demonstration of the power of Internet-based organizing and a grassroots alternative to government-backed charging-facility projects,” the Caixin report says.

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California, Massachusetts Top U.S. Clean Tech Rankings

California ranked tops in clean tech leadership among U.S. states for the fifth year running, while three California metro areas took the top three spots. Following Massachusetts, Oregon ranked third among U.S. states, with Portland earning fourth place among U.S. metro areas, according to Clean Edge’s “2014 Clean Tech Leadership Index.”

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6 Tips for Making Your First Crowdfunding Campaign a Success

In January a Forbes article reported that 2013 “yielded an estimated $5 billion in global crowdfunding with about 30 percent of that total going to social causes.” When many people make a small donation, magic can happen.

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Germany Sets Three National Solar Records in Two Weeks

New records for solar power production are coming and going at a fast pace in sunny Germany, where the latent effects of a democratic feed-in tariff continue to fuel adoption. All that solar energy capacity is driving innovation and the need for energy storage solutions.