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Book Review: The New Sustainability Advantage, by Bob Willard

Bob Willard’s 10th Anniversary book, The New Sustainability Advantage, is an update of the old with new and relevant examples. For sustainability non-believers, his book is a great first guide. It succinctly summarizes bottom-line benefits of sustainable practices in relevant business terms.

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Four Top Corporate Giving Programs

Did you know that thousands of companies offer corporate employee giving programs? These charitable programs are setup by corporations as a way to give back to local organizations where employees are donating either their time or money. In 2010, U.S. corporations gave $15 billion to charities with about 20-25% of that coming from employee giving programs.

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eGood Hooks Customers Up with Local Businesses that Give Back

An interview with Zack Swire, the founder of eGood – a new stat-up letting you use your mobile phone to find businesses in your area who give up to 10 percent of what you spend to great causes—and you don’t pay any extra!

Exclusive Interview: BMWi Radical Innovation In Mobility

The mobile electron is a 21st century mega-trend. What do I mean by “mobile electron?” It is a technology revolution enabled by a synergy of digital electronics, an emerging smarter grid, the explosion in consumer/business access to mobile communications and the increasingly intellegent mobile app that is delivering a cleaner, more efficient and mobile human … Continued

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The Case for Investing in Women

Women invest in their communities, which leads to increased financial growth and social opportunities for members of those communities.

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Will A123 Systems’ New Battery Technology Save It From Becoming Another Solyndra?

A123 Systems’ announcement on its new battery technology came just two weeks after the company warned that it may not be able to stay in business unless it will be able to secure more financing. While funding remains an issue, the troubled battery maker at least now has something that might be the light at the end of the tunnel. But will it be enough to save it from becoming another Solyndra?

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Why the Intersection of Cause and Commerce is Not Black or White

People who mix business and pro-social goals are often portrayed as either opportunistic corporate “cause washers” cynically exploiting nonprofits, or visionary social entrepreneurs for whom conducting trade is just a necessary evil in their quest to create a better world. A decade of studying the field has revealed a far more nuanced landscape filled with well-intentioned people doing their best to cope with diverse internal and external challenges from making payroll to figuring out the best way to distribute development aid.

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Alchemy Research: Cars Powered with Aluminum Grains

The Israeli company Alchemy Research offers a new method to power electric cars by using energy stored in aluminum grains. According to the company, cars powered with this type of energy can reach 2,400 km per tank.

B-Corp Squag Helps Autistic Kids Communicate

Sara Winter saw a problem: that autistic kids had a hard time communicating to their parents and peers. So the former dancer started a B-Corp and is selling memberships to families to facilitate connections.

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Paul Hawken: Be Bold and Fail

There are a ton of sustainable business ideas out there. Some of these ideas build gradually build upon prior technology. Other ideas catapult us beyond our imaginations. So what should an entrepreneur do? If we ask environmentalist and entrepreneur, Paul Hawken, he suggests to be bold and fail.

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Should We Praise Goldman Sachs for Pledging to Invest $40 Billion in Clean Energy?

Goldman Sachs announced on Thursday it plans to invest $40 billion of its own and its clients’ money in renewable energy projects over the next decade. There are some good reasons why this announcement should be praised and not ridiculed. At the same time, you always need to look at the big picture and when you do, suddenly this step looks more like a lipstick on a Wall-Street pig. So which one is it?

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The Access Economy Comes to Your Washing Machine

In many urban environments and college towns, people don’t own laundry machines. La Machine du Voison (“The Neighbor’s Machine”) aims to connect those who do with those who need one.

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Netherlands’ Repair Cafes Curb Consumerism

A repair cafe is a place you take your old, broken-down items, buy a cup of coffee, and get your things fixed so that you can continue using them.