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FAA Awards $7.7 million for Clean Jet Fuel Development

The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies who will help the agency develop and approve sustainably-sourced “drop-in” jet fuels that can be used without changing aircraft engine systems or airport fueling infrastructure. The funds are being distributed by the Department of Transportation’s John A. Volpe Center. “These new green … Continued

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Credit Unions Ask, ‘Now What?’ Answer: Invest in Cooperatives

Credit union membership continues to surge after the successful ‘Move Your Money’ campaign. The opportunity now exists to better articulate the connection between credit unions as cooperative businesses owned by the members and the need for them to invest more heavily in the growing cooperative business sector.

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Reality Tours – A Different Way of Travel

One of the original innovators in responsible tourism, Global Exchange’s Reality Tours, runs customizable trips to over 40 locations around the world including many countries rarely visited by tourists such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Iran, Cuba, Palestine and North Korea. Reality Tours promote peace through citizen diplomacy delegations, which creates personal engagements while traveling – real people and their personal stories, not just statistics.

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A Clean Resource Too Large to be Ignored – Geothermal Power Gains Steam

Geothermal power’s grown at a much slower rate than other forms of renewable energy over the past decade. That’s not due to a lack of resource potential, however. Recent studies have shown just how abundant geothermal resources are in many parts of the world. Growth rates are expected to be high in Kenya, Iceland, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru, while activity’s also ramping up in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and the Philippines.

BizBox: A Solar Powered Mobile Pop Up Shop

The term “pop up shop” has become common currency these days, but it hasn’t generally meant a store that actually pops up. Until now, that is. BizBox is as its name says: A business space in a box. This self contained, towable, solar powered space can be brought to its destination by your average consumer … Continued

Xtreme Power Storage

This video was syndicated with the permission of our friends at Future360 . Check out this interview with the founders of Xtreme Power, manufacturers of an energy storage solution for renewable energy. Xtreme Power’s patented power cell promises to be a game changer in how renewable energy is integrated into the grid.

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ShareNY: Is the Sharing Economy the New Economy?

On Saturday, November 19th and 20th, Shareable and Parsons Desis Lab hosted ShareNY, a conference on the sharing economy in New York City. If your reaction is, “But New Yorkers don’t share!” you’re probably forming judgments based on bad Hollywood movies. NYC is quite a shareable city; people live in apartment buildings (often with roommates), take public … Continued

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How to Build a Better Bailout: Consider Main Street

It seems to me that the big “government bailout” of banks and selected industries was significantly one sided. There could have been a more equitable solution that considered all sectors of society and not just the “fat cat risk-takers” and politically entrenched businesses. Here’s how:

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Municipal Catastrophe Bonds Would Incentivize Natural Disaster Mitigation

At least one catastrophic earthquake is likely to affect the San Francisco Bay Area in the coming decades. Earthquakes are unpredictable and can be economically, environmentally, and socially devastating. As regions like the Bay Area continue to become more densely populated, the magnitude of the impact and recovery will amplify.

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Social Entrepreneur Jumps on Treadmill to Fund Kickstarter Campaign

What do you when you find yourself $25,000 short on your Kickstarter funding goal with only few days remained before deadline? Most entrepreneurs will start thinking about plan B (maybe it’s time to get in touch with that rich uncle of yours who once said he believes in you) or wonder if the whole idea … Continued

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An Open Appeal to the SEC on Crowdfunding

As entrepreneurs looking to build businesses and contribute to our local economies, we are interested in having increased access to capital from unaccredited investors who are willing to contribute funds in smaller amounts.

How Islamic Finance can Contribute to the Global Economy

While not many ordinary Western consumers understand the principles of Islamic finance, an increasing number of Western institutions have begun to incorporate its principles into operations in some parts of the world.
Most people may know that Islamic finance bans interest, gambling and speculation, but not much more than that. What they don’t usually hear is that it also promotes the kind of focus on partnership and productive investment that seems to have been missing from the global boom of the first decade of the 21st century.

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Yellow Leaf Hammocks: A Powerful Example of Social Enterprise Done Well

While yellow leaves to most of us signify the changing of the seasons, to the Mlabri hill tribe of Thailand they mean a complete change in their lives. Yellow Leaf Hammocks are a vehicle to change their health, environment, and financial independence. These resilient people were able to create their own livelihood via these high … Continued