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Net Impact 2011 Conference Panel: Finance Careers for Good

By Jacen Greene “We’re going to occupy Wall Street from the inside.” Those words, spoken as part of the introductory speech of the 2011 Net Impact Conference, certainly applied to the topics and audience of a conference panel on “Finance for Good: Creating a Career with Impact.” The wide-ranging discussion covered topics such as how … Continued

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Socially Responsible Investing: How Small Investors Can Drive Change

By Jacen Greene From Quaker prohibitions on slave trading, to boycotts of firms doing business in apartheid South Africa, to analyzing corporate carbon emissions, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) has come a long way. In a panel session called “SRI 3.0: the Evolution of Socially Responsible Investing” at the 2011 Net Impact Conference, a group of … Continued

California Finalized Details of Its Cap-and-Trade Program

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) finalized the rules for the golden state’s cap-and-trade program last week. The cap-and-trade program is part of California’s climate change law (AB 32) which mandates greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. The program covers 360 businesses representing 600 facilities, and will be implemented in … Continued

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New Geothermal Drilling Project Opens Up in Chile

Ormat Nevada announced five awards to explore for geothermal resources in Chile while the 2011 GEA Expo taking place in San Diego this week highlights Southern California’s geothermal resources.

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Water Infrastructure Monitoring Pioneer TaKaDu Wins Global Cleantech 100 Award

On Tuesday, while Israelis celebrated the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive in Gaza for five years by Hamas, the team of TaKaDu, an Israeli start-up had another reason for celebration. That same day their company was the “Company of the Year – Europe & Israel” in the prestigious 2011 Global Cleantech … Continued

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Including People with Disabilities Strengthens Communities

Ginger is independent, funny and has a passion for animals. Growing up in a rural community near Kalamazoo, Michigan, she loved and cared for the many dogs, cats and horses that surrounded her. She also has a developmental disability that limits her ability to drive and keep a job. Ginger wanted to share her love … Continued

Two Square Meter: Skin Nourishing Eco Friendly Clothing? Yes.

In a time where organic clothing has expanded far beyond hippie boutiques and shoppers in Target don’t bat an eye at seeing it offered there, it is not a big leap to consider that clothing may one day actually be good for you. Two Square Meter has done just that, with a line of clothing … Continued

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Project Alba: Untapping the World’s Agricultural Potential

By Victoria L. Petitjean I met Guillaume and Victor at a friends’ dinner, in Paris, a year and a half ago. The 3 of us were about to go and live in Cambodia, separately but all working on development projects. I have been following G&V’s incredible project and adventure ever since. Project Alba is the … Continued

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South Africa Enacts CO2 Emissions Cap as UN Climate Negotiators to Converge on Durban

The South African government will enact an emissions cap and new energy industry regulations in an effort to spur development of alternative, clean and renewable energy and mitigate climate change. The new regulations will penalize heavy polluters that don’t comply with greenhouse gas emission limits with fines.

The new plan was adopted by the South African cabinet of President Jacob Zuma Tuesday in advance of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change representatives from around the world converging on the South African coastal city of Durban later this year in what’s set to be the most important round of UN efforts to hammer out a successor or alternative to the 1992 Kyoto Protocol since the UNFCCC’s 2009 Conference of Parties gathering in Copenhagen in 2009.

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GRI to Ensure Sustainability Reporting in Listed Companies

GRI recently released a report on why sustainability reporting is important for listed companies. At a recent event hosted by the Shangai Stock Exchange, they observed that all State Owned Enterprises in China must produce reports. As a result, China has seen a huge increasing in reporting in the private sector as well.  The Shangai … Continued

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IBM Joins EcoGrid EU Renewable Energy-Smart Grid Consortium

IBM’s signing on as a member of EcoGrid EU, a consortium of companies that is planning a European Union (EU) smart grid that will source at least 50% of its electrical power from renewable sources, such as wind, solar and biogas. Smart grids are central elements in making the transition from fossil fuel-based to clean, renewable energy systems. It will take massive investments in electrical power infrastructure and may take a decade or more to make the transition worldwide. The EcoGrid EU project is likely to speed up the process substantially.

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Philippe Cousteau: From Grant-Seeker to Grantmaker and Fund Creator

Philippe Cousteau, grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, aimed to accomplish two goals when he spoke at SXSW Eco last week. First, he came to talk about environmental conservationism with a receptive audience. Second, he came to announce two new endeavors, a conscious investment fund, and a grant-making foundation. Cousteau’s polished speech hit all the … Continued

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Pre-Occupied with Wall Street: A Systems Thinking Perspective

The Occupy Wall Street movement has grown exponentially over the past week. What began as a movement targeting Wall Street has turned into something larger than just economic circumstances, but encompassing social and environmental concerns. Let’s take a systems thinking look at just blaming Wall Street, and why Wall Street is only a symptom of the … Continued

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Nike to Launch Green VC Arm to Accelerate Sustainability and Profit

Nike is no stranger to green innovation. From creating the Nike Trash Talk, the first performance basketball shoe made from manufacturing waste to working with GreenXchange, a platform for the sharing of patents. Stimulating intellectual capital and property, to spurring innovation and sustainability, Nike seems to be experiencing many shapes and forms of green innovation. Now … Continued