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The Mission-Profit Continuum: A Lesson from Executive Shadowing

By Stephen Huie This past Friday, I visited Community Wealth Ventures and Share Our Strength as part of the Smith Net Impact Club’s Executive Shadowing Program.  Other students visited Noblis, a non-profit scientific and engineering research center. I learned a lot, especially about the role of mission in circumscribing the limits of earned income social ventures. Community Wealth Ventures Community … Continued

Video Interview: The Latest in Clean Energy

In this interview, Susan Preston of California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) updates us on the latest energy ventures.  CalCEF is a private venture capital fund that invests in seed stage clean energy companies.  They invest in a diverse range of energy related companies from energy efficiency, renewable energy, to smart grid. The fund portfolio includes … Continued

Seventh Generation’s New Packaging Misses the Mark: What Needs to Be Done

I had an intriguing collision with reality this week. Ecologic, a company whose early test products I covered in early 2010, sent me a bottle of Seventh Generation laundry detergent, so I could see first hand what new style, resource efficient, recyclable, compostable, biodegradable packaging looks like in person. I have to say, I was … Continued

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ESG Ratings via Financial Times and London Stock Exchange

With 2,300 public companies rated, the FTSE’s ESG ratings are gaining respect in the responsible investment realm. Portfolio managers are turning more and more to these types of standards to help determine investment risks. As the transparency surrounding environmental, social, and corporate governance increases, investors are actively seeking companies that have solid ratings or steady … Continued

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Clean-Technology Trends 2011: Shaping Clean Energy Markets for the Next Decade

By Tracy Taylor According to Clean Energy Trends 2011, a new report by Clean Edge, the growth of clean technology over the last decade rivals that of the internet and computers, and it is poised to continue the trend.  Clean Edge’s research revealed biofuels, wind power, and solar photovoltaics combined to create a $188.1 billion … Continued

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The 5th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival: More Than Just a Concert

On July 29th through August 1st this summer, Newark, New Jersey’s Lincoln Park will host its 5th Annual Music Festival.  And despite the impressive lineup (featuring the likes of Carrie Jackson, Adegoke Steve Colson, Lance Williams and True Worship, Keith Bailey & A.N.T, Danny Krivit, Kenny Bobien, Loleatta Holloway, and DJs Immortal Technique and 9th … Continued

Partners Beyond Carbon: Cargill and EOS Climate

Cargill and EOS Climate have partnered up to curb emissions from aging refrigerators and air conditioners.  This is a relationpship where each company can do what it does best, leveraging the strength of its business partner. Cargill is not only one of the oldest, but one of the largest privately held corporations in the United … Continued

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

Today, poverty is an epidemic. A startling portion of the world’s population dies from preventable diseases, our environmental resources are being depleted at unprecedented rates, and things we take for granted in first world countries — clean water, sufficient food, an opportunity for education — are impossible dreams elsewhere. We know these are issues, but … Continued

SEC Considering Crowdsourced Funding

Let’s say you want to invest in the latest and greatest sustainable start-up.  You can only afford to invest $100.  There are also hundreds of other individuals in your same situation, believing in the start ups mission and vision, yet with limited funds.  Are you legally allowed to invest?  Are you legally allowed to risk … Continued

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A Common Language for Impact Investing

As graduate students pursuing MBAs in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School, we are advocates for the myriad possibilities for positive economic and social development inherent within the emerging asset class of impact investing.

SEC Decides in Favor of Corporate Transparency

Green investing and big corporations are not mutually exclusive, but it is impossible to make an informed investment decision when corporations fail to answer key questions about their operations. The environmentally responsible advisory firm Green Century Capital Management has translated this dilemma into a common ground for all investors, green or not, by characterizing disclosure … Continued

Start Me Up: Climate Corps Fellow Takes Knowledge to a Startup

By: Jeff Crystal, COO of Voltaic Systems This article is part of a four part series about EDF Climate Corps alumni and the various green career paths they embark on after business school. In 2007, EDF Climate Corps helped launch me into my career at the intersection of business and the environment. When the opportunity … Continued

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Q&A on California’s Proposed “Flexible Purpose Corporation”

Yesterday, the California Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions met to review SB201- a bill that would create a new form of corporation for social benefit known as the “Flexible Purpose Corporation.” To better understand the legislation, we chatted with one of its co-drafters: Will Fitzpatrick, General Counsel of the Omidyar Network.   TriplePundit: … Continued

Find a Career that Gives You Passion in Six Easy Steps

By Zachary Olson Everyone’s been lured into those seminars that are supposed to teach you THE SECRET to something, like finding happiness and blah blah blah, but then you end up just wanting to leave as soon as possible because they’re telling you things that seem like just common sense. But then sometimes, if you’re … Continued