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SBIO 2013 Semi-finalist Interview: Ecopia

Using the starch from tapioca, social enterprise Ecopia produces a fully degradable, recyclable, and non-GMO bio-plastic, referred to as ECOPLAS®, while also seeking to drive social value within the communities that create its product.


Amid European Solar Slow Down, Americas, Asia-Pacific Pick Up the Slack

Though it still accounts for 50% of global demand, PV growth slowed considerably YoY in the EU in 2012. A record-setting year in the Americas and Asia-Pacific took up the slack. 31.1 GW of PV systems were installed globally in 2012, up from 30.4 GW in 2011; as PV remained the third most important renewable energy source in terms of globally installed capacity, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s latest “Photovoltaic Barometer.”

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Wall Street Gives Cash and Clout to Rapidly Growing Solar Market

Do massive investments from Wall Street mean the solar powered revolution is here to stay? Billions in investment and new financing systems help solidify the solar industry and make solar power more accessible to businesses and households.

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SBIO Semi-Finalist 2013: Blue Box

James Metropoulos founded Blue Box as an innovative method of cleaning industrial equipment with very few chemicals and at very low cost.


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 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?


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.


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.


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.


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.