Resources & Information related to Investment & Markets, Socially Responsible Investing, SRI, Socially Conscious, Ethical Investing and more.

flexible-solar-film-natcore-200

Kodak’s New Film: Solar

One opportunity for struggling Kodak lies in thin-film solar technology. The company is partnering with Natcore Technologies to create flexible solar cells.

800px-Used_mattresses

Spring Back Recycling Builds Up Lives While Breaking Down Mattresses

Getting rid of mattresses is difficult. Most landfills don’t want them as they are bulky and the springs in them damage the crushing equipment. This is where Spring Back, the mattress recycling initiative comes in. Nashville-based Spring Back Recycling is a non-profit organization that works to break down mattresses and build up the lives of formerly incarcerated … Continued

ablebanking-logo-photo

AbleBanking: A New Bank the Big Ones Shouldn’t Ignore

Did you know Bank of America donated around $200 million last year to charitable causes? It sounds impressive, until you find out that that’s 0.02% of deposits. With all the consumer uproar around banks adding new fees, and the huge success Bank Transfer Day had getting people to move their money to a local credit … Continued

Socapaquababe

Impact Investing Expands in Hawai’i

Impact investing is filling a void in the sustainable economy, giving green startups access to capital that has long been the challenge to many sustainable enterprises.

money

Rocky Road Ahead: An Economic and Political Outlook for 2012

Here are a few predictions and observations we’ve pulled together based on the past year’s experience at LJPR, LLC, an independent wealth management firm, managing over $400 million in assets as of November 2011. You may want to sit down with a favorite beverage or even an aspirin. In general, we’re certain this will not be a nice steady year.

feat-solar-india

India Emerges as Solar Energy Hotspot

A growing host of India’s business conglomerates is leveraging the Indian government’s national solar energy program and investing in the sector, that latest being the Bhanshali group’s Talma Chemical Industries. Talma’s Visual Percept Solar Projects intends to invest in building 100-MW of solar energy generation capacity.

SunPower-Win-the-Solar-Power-System-Plant-in-Mexico

California Renewable Energy Off to a Good Start in 2012 with Five Big Projects

Renewable energy is getting off to a good 2012 start in California with the approval of 5 renewable energy projects that will bring more than 1-GW of clean electrical power and more than 2,900-GWh per year of clean energy on-line. California’s Public Utilities Commission approved investor-owned utility contracts for three SunPower solar, one NextEra Energy wind and one Pattern Energy wind energy project with Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Social Entrepreneurship: A Quest to be More Fully Human

Social entrepreneurs are starting new organizations that combine best management practices with a socio-ecological purpose. They are expanding the boundaries of what it means to do business and innovating new organizational structures to respond to the needs and demands of an aching society.

push-trailer

Electric Bicycle Trailer From Ridekick Offers a Useful Boost

Fort Collins, Colorado-based start-up, Ridekick, has a new take on the electric bicycle: they offer something that’s not a bicycle at all. Instead, they think an electric powered trailer that can be easily attached to most conventional bikes is a better solution. The Ridekick is an option for the cyclist who wants either full time, … Continued

askamee_screenshot

AMEE Makes Carbon Footprinting Easier and More Fun

At first glance, AMEE, a venture-backed UK company launched in 2008, looks like any other carbon tracking and management provider. But upon further investigation, it becomes clear that although still in its early stages, the AMEE platform has the potential to be much more. The company’s mission is to make the world’s environmental data more accessible … Continued

feat-yvon-chouinard

Patagonia Founder First in Line to Register as Benefit Corporation

Since the dawn of corporate social responsibility, Patagonia has been it’s pioneer and poster child. The company was founded on the principle that the business’s bottom line was more than just monetary. As early as 1974, founder Yvon Chouinard published an essay in the Patagonia catalog urging climbers to be more conscious of their motives and to … Continued

Peer-to-Peer Vehicle Sharing Start-Up Launches In San Francisco

They say the best days of boat ownership are but two; the day you buy it, and the day you sell it. In the time between, the hassles and cost of insurance, maintenance and storage are a large burden to bear for a few days of fun, when you actually get to use it. Even … Continued

Lucky-ant-crowdfunding-nyc-logo-photo

Kickstarter-Style Crowdfunding for Local Businesses

2011 was the year that crowdfunding came of age, with Kickstarter leading the way, along with IndieGoGo and others, presenting an appealing idea: support an innovative new product, service, creative project, or cause, and in return get a reward depending on your level of money pledged. Though the models vary, they each provide effective incentive … Continued