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Venture Capitalists Invest More Funding in Solar

Solar energy project funding and capital raised by third-party solar finance companies have exceeded that for all of 2012 through 3Q 2013, according to Mercom Capital’s Q3 2013 Solar Funding and M&A Report.

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Rural Indian Artisans Capitalize on E-Commerce to Boost Sales

By Shaina Shealy What if female artisans in rural areas could deliver embroidery to the market directly from their village homes?  Would acquiring full reign over design, production and income amplify their independence and enrich their contribution to positive change in their communities? Technology’s Gift to India In 2011, 904 million people in India – … Continued

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Good Deeds Attract Top Millennial Talent

Millennials are bringing new values with them as they begin their careers. The careers that appeal to them are about more than just turning a profit. They are not just looking for a steady paycheck: they are looking for a way to make an impact and be a force for good.

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Is Divestment from Fossil Fuels a Sound Financial Play?

Divestment from fossil fuels makes a strong political statement, but the markets are not always the right place to make such a bold case. In current economic times, however, portfolios can benefit from such a move while advancing the health of our environment.

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Abengoa Secures Financing to Complete Europe’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Complex

At 100 MW and producing at half-planned capacity — enough to supply some 104,000 households — Abengoa secured financing to complete the Extremadura Solar Complex, good news for Spain’s beleaguered solar and renewable energy industry. Set to be the largest concentrating solar power facility in Europe, the CSP facility in Extremadura will help Spain avoid carbon emissions and meet EU renewable energy targets.

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Bombas Socks’ One-for-One Model Encourages Us To ‘Bee Better’

New York-based startup Bombas Socks is poised to revolutionize the sock industry while spreading its message of pushing yourself to “Bee Better.” Startups like Bombas Socks, who can contribute to a flourishing future economically, socially and environmentally, are invited to enter the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open by Sunday September 29th.

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Paul Polak: How to End Poverty Through Profits

There are thousands of global organizations, with tens of thousands of hard-working human beings, attempting to lift these 2.7 billion people out of poverty. But absent some notable success stories, the nonprofit sector has failed to solve the issue of poverty in a measurable, scalable way. We need big business to tackle the extraordinary challenge of ending poverty.

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New Legal Rule Will Open Floodgates to Business Investment

The rules for businesses raising money are changing, in a way that could connect millions of values-driven investors with social entrepreneurs. This could mean real change for our communities, cities, and rural areas.

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Live Chat with Ben Pawsey and the SB Innovation Open Team

Join us as we chat with Ben Pawsey next Wednesday. The open is a friendly competition between startups who, given the right support and exposure, can contribute to a flourishing future economically, socially and environmentally.

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Canadian Pipeline Sheds Light on Ecological Impacts of Keystone XL

If President Obama was looking for data and proof that the oil sands extraction process would affect climate change, he needn’t have looked any further than Vancouver, BC, Canada, where last year, Canada’s preeminent policy think tank, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), published its own report detailing the potential effects of another Canadian oil sands endeavor, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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Europe’s Stranded Assets: Cautionary Tale for Global Investors

Do your investments have exposure to assets linked to fossil fuel extraction and power generation? The recent closure of several large fossil fuel-powered plants in Europe demonstrates the risk for CO2-emitting assets to become stranded in a carbon constrained world.

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U.S. Lags Behind UK on Mining, Oil and Gas Transparency

There is a global push to enforce disclosure when it comes to mining, oil and gas corporations that pay large sums to foreign governments for the right to mine in their countries. But getting laws enforced that will ensure transparency (and hopefully help regulate human rights and environmental abuses) is harder than it should be – even here in the U.S.