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Japan Plans Floating Windfarm Off Fukushima Coast

Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry announced it will invest as much as 20 billion yen ($260 million) to build a pilot offshore wind project comprised of six, 2-megawatt (MW) floating wind turbines off the coast of Fukushima to rebuild the region’s energy infrastructure.

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CDP Global Forum’s Comprehensive Look at Sustainable Business

On Wednesday the Global Forum had an international gathering of business and political leaders in a unique virtual workshop-style discussion which focused on ways to create sustainable, profitable business growth around the world. The 2-hour meeting organized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The meeting took a realistic tone, bridging long-term vision with existing challenges. First, … Continued

Mission-driven entrepreneur business plan competition–deadline October 12th

An upcoming business plan competition hosted by The William James Foundation provides mission-driven entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete for investment dollars, as well as many other prizes. Exclusively for mission-driven entrepreneurs, the competition’s volunteer judges (including yours truly!) provide feedback on entrants’ business plans. The William James Foundation’s Sustainable Business Plan Competition offers a total … Continued

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DOE Awards $15 Million for Electric Vehicle Adoption Programs

The DOE awarded ~$15 million for 16 projects in 24 states and DC ‘to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles across the nation and seven projects in seven states to help prepare college students for careers designing and building advanced vehicle technologies.’

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RainSaucers Make Rainwater Harvesting More Accessible

I love reading about little innovations that make life easier for so many people with eco-friendly solutions. In the realm of water conservation, every drop is precious and rain water is one of the purest forms of water before it reaches the ground. It has long been used for non-potable uses and rain water harvesting … Continued

Island Community Invests in Tidal Energy

The world’s first community-owned tidal power plant is moving towards completion on the northernmost UK Shetland island of Yell. Locals are looking to the grid-connected, 30MW tidal power generator to provide an anchor to the economy, as well as a source of clean, renewable power.

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Saleforce’s Benioff on the Future ‘Corporate Spring’

Yesterday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff kicked off Dreamforce 2011, the largest cloud computing event of the year with over 45,000 in attendance and 35,000 joining online. Benioff took the stage at San Francisco’s Moscone Center to the pulsing sound of Metallica drawing an image of the future of social enterprise with Salesforce at the helm. … Continued

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Sweet Beginnings: Creating a Buzz with Honey and Green Jobs

You don’t often think of airports and honeybees together in the same context. And you never think of airports, honeybees and ex-convicts together, but that is exactly what Sweet Beginnings is doing. Sweet Beginnings LLC makes raw honey and honey infused personal care products. They have an all natural urban apiary in the North Lawndale … Continued

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Thriving Microfinance Sector Strengthens Colombia’s Economy

Nearly 50% of Colombia’s 46 million citizens live below the poverty line. Microfinance organizations such as Colombians Supporting Colombians (CAC) are giving budding entrepreneurs a leg up by providing micro-loans and other banking services that conventional banks are unwilling to offer. Some $3.5 billion in micro-credit was disbursed in 2010 to more than 2 million borrowers.

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Mobile Unlocks the Future of Local

Mobile is unlocking possibilities for local lifestyles that could very well redefine consumption as we know it. Location based micro-economies are emerging with increasing levels of sophistication – micro-economies operated by you and I. Now, anyone with a smartphone and something to offer can be a friendly neighbourhood retailer. Every day, mobile startups are creatively making this easier and more enjoyable in the name of collaborative consumption, the groundswell movement within which true sustainability may finally be achieved.

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Legacoop Cooperative in Bologna, Italy Empowers Worker-Owners

This post is the first in a series of articles by Jeffrey Hollender on cooperative businesses models, specifically from Mondragón, Spain That Italian and Basque cooperatives have grown so large is somewhat a mystery since, unlike capitalist enterprises, cooperatives are not expansionist by nature… Capitalist enterprises tend towards growth because increased scale generally leads to … Continued

We Must Put a Price on Carbon: EU to the Rescue Again?

Boyd Cohen, Co-author, Climate Capitalism Many public policy gurus and economists will tell you that if we truly want to decarbonize our economy we need to actually put a price on carbon.  Just last week I conducted a book launch for Climate Capitalism in Portland with the support of Sustainable Business Oregon, Net Impact and … Continued

Bibliotaxi Transforms Cabs into Local Libraries

On a survey published earlier this year by NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, 31.3% of the respondents picked the Taxi TV as the worst thing about cab riding today. Although so many New Yorkers hate these TV sets, the commission’s reply is actually adding another channel with more shopping and cooking shows. Maybe the commission … Continued

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Fracking, Risk and Investment: NY Attorney General Adds Fuel to the Fire

Investors are growing increasingly wary of fracking, a method of natural gas extraction that involves pumping a chemical brine underground at high pressure. Full disclosure of the risks of fracking, including water contamination and the accuracy of estimates on well output have been the subject of a growing number of shareholder resolutions. Now the New … Continued