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The Solar Energy Window Plug: Sign Me Up Too, Scotty!

The solar-powered window plug is the latest rage – at least according to the chatter on the prestigious tech magazine yankodesign.com and the viral postings on the Internet. So does it really matter that the gadget is still in early concept mode? Apparently not to its growing fan base.

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Affinity Credit Cards: Do They Make an Impact?

Affinity cards are offered through partnerships between major banks and nonprofit organizations. Every time you make a purchase with your affinity credit card, your banking institution donates a percentage to the nonprofit partner. Do they make an impact?

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Financial Resources to Catalyze New Economy Solutions

This article is the first in a series that seeks to identify existing funds generating positive social and environmental impact along with a traditional bottom line; codifying existing financing strategies for the new economy.

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Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations are the Key to Ending Homelessness

It will take organizations from several disciplines working together to put an end to homelessness. Veterans, families and children are hardest hit. President Obama’s Opening Doors initiative and new opportunities for funding like crowdfunding are rays of light for this dark problem.

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Reinvented Business Growth: Co-Sustaining Locally

If small businesses contribute to American growth, and local business growth supports communities, then a variety of communities will risk losing opportunities at both economic, social, cultural, and business development if we ignore local initiatives.

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance Explains Why Cleantech Investment is Down

How does the big picture of cleantech investment look? Is it positive or grim? Luckily, we have Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) to provide us with some answers. Unfortunately, the news isn’t very good – the first quarter for 2013 was the weakest quarter for cleantech investment since 2009.

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What a Dustup! Enigma Is NY’s TechCrunch Battlefield Winner

More than 25 startup companies competed last week for the Disrupt Cup at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 Startup Battlefield. Thirty companies were selected of the hundreds that applied to enter the competition and by the third day, seven had been short-listed for a run at the Disrupt Cup. The winner? Read on.

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Microfinance Needs Better Policies to Safeguard the Environment

Many see microfinance as a solution to poverty. It may be a powerful tool, but what can it do to finally build the sustainable economy we desperately need? Of what use will microfinance be if it contributes to the environmental degradation that aggravates inequality and poverty?

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A Paradigm Shift in EU Climate Policy

A rejection by the European Parliament to reduce supply in the European emissions trading system means European carbon prices will remain low in the long term. This article lays out the factors which led to the current situation and the implications for other carbon markets.

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Solutions SF Provides Homeless with Job Skills and Homes

Solutions SF, the social enterprise wing of the Community Housing Partnership trains qualified applicants to become employees of housing units not just owned by CHP, but offers personnel to staff housing all across the city. This helps previously homeless individuals not only develop bankable job skills, but gain valuable experience.

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Songa Asks: Can Fashion be Sustainable?

Sustainable fashion sounds like an oxymoron. Nevertheless, you may have heard the phrase recently in television advertisements, department stores, and on the runway. Is this the new face of fashion?

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How Runa is Empowering Ecuadorian Farmers

We had a chance to speak with Dan Maccombie about his exciting journey in the tea industry. Here’s an excerpt of that interview.