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Direct Investments in Renewable Energy Increasingly Attractive

Though posing challenges,taking equity stakes in wind, solar and other renewable energy projects can turn out to be ideal investments for pension funds, insurers and other long-term institutional investors. The need is certainly there, as the EU and other nations look to boost renewable energy capacity, stimulate their economies, create jobs and reduce carbon emissions.

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Borrego Solar Closes $64M Project Fund with Two US Banks

U.S. Bank and National Cooperative Bank of Washington D.C. are the latest two banks to invest in Borrego’s solar power funds as the San Diego-based solar PV installer and project developer seeks to fuel further expansion.

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Big Idea + People + Action = [The Story of] Change

In Annie Leonard and The Story of Stuff’s latest film, The Story of Change, Leonard describes three steps to effect change – a big idea, believers, and action. With the formula, Leonard calls her audience to action.

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SHE Enterprises Creates Banana Fluff Pads and Businesses in Africa

Many Harvard Business School classmates went to hedge funds or Wall Street, but Elizabeth Scharpf works in Africa… with sanitary pads.

In 2007, Scharpf started Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) to manufacture and distribute menstrual pads from banana leaf fiber. The idea came about because, while working in Mozambique in grad school, she learned many women in factories were missing work because of their periods.

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Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites

Up until now, it’s been illegal for private businesses to offer equity to anyone other than accredited investors in exchange for funding. The passing of the JOBS Act is about to change all of that. Once the rules are in place early next year, private businesses and startups will be able to use crowdfunding to give equity to investors who will get an actual monetary return instead of a sticker or T-shirt. This shift is expected to attract a huge influx of capital from regular Joes looking for better ways to invest.

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Compostable Toothbrush Keeps Your Teeth From Biodegrading

Toothbrushes are made up of plastic handles and plastic takes a long time to break down in a landfill. Experts recommend that toothbrushes be thrown away every three to four months, which makes for a lot of plastic ending up in landfills. Research reports claim that about 450 million toothbrushes end up in landfills every … Continued

Bay Area Delegates at Rio+20 Launch Global Urban Innovation Exchange

While many delegates left the Rio+20 Earth Summit disappointed by failed negotiations at the United Nations level, a small group of international entrepreneurs and innovators developed a collaborative vision for how sustainable innovation can be implemented in our local communities with the launch of Global Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX Global).

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Design Firm Turns Bullets Into Beads In Ethiopia

Raven+Lily, founded by two women, features an Ethiopian Collection whose jewelry is made from bullet casings found by farmers, a product of 20th century wars, on their lands and turned into beads.

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Joolz Turns the Humble Cardboard Box Into an Object of Delight

Companies have gone to great lengths to make their packaging more sustainable, but Dutch company Joolz has gone a simpler, brand valuable move: Make its packaging easily converted into useful objects themselves, from lampshades to chairs.

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.