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Eco Growers Group

Eco Ventures Group: A Growing Family Sustainable Businesses

Florida’s Eco Ventures Group is building a family of businesses management says is grounded in Triple Bottom Line principles, including recovering of precious, rare earth and industry metals; producing advanced biofuels from recovered and virgin oils and animals fats; and growing tropical oilseeds using sustainable methods that protect the environment.

Innovation: Aluminum Shipping Pallets

The worldwide transportation of goods within the global supply chain has a carbon footprint of around 2,800 mega- tonnes CO2e (see PDF). Weight is a major factor in transportation fuel consumption and green house gas (GHG) emissions. Less weight means the potential for lower fuel consumption and lower GHG emissions. A ubiquitous component of the … Continued

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The Great American Suburban Ponzi Scheme

Suburbs are a uniquely American and relatively recent phenomenon; an experiment, if you will, that came about as the result of the simultaneous surge in prosperity with the emergence of the automobile and the availability of relatively cheap land surrounding our cities. Given the enormous growth that this suburban lifestyle has experienced, it has truly become equated with the American Way of Life.
But a number of people are beginning to question the wisdom of this outward migration, leaving many cities on the brink of collapse after having drained the rural landscape of its inhabitants. Are the suburbs sustainable?


Solar Crowdsourcing: ‘One Nation Off the Grid’

In partnership with 175 solar power systems installers, One Block Off the Grid has launched its nationwide”One Nation Off the Grid” project, which includes offering group buying solar power systems deals at the county level across 34 US states, as well as a public US Solar Map detailing state renewable energy policies and potential job creation should stronger policies be enacted.


Invigorating Local Economies with Tourism

Imagine your last memorable vacation. Now imagine your trip if you had known it provided jobs that protect nature, grow local economies, and nourish communities. Makes it feel that much better, right? Currently, 40% to 80% of each dollar spent by a tourist leaves the area it is spent in. It doesn’t have to be … Continued

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In the Field: What to do When You Don’t Speak Swahili

This post is part of a series by dMBA students as part of their Social Venture summer course. For context and introduction, click here.By Eric Persha By Olivia Nava I become hyper aware of human-to-human communication when I’m in a foreign country. Communication ranges from miming to casual conversing to sharing complex theories and ideas. … Continued


Catalytic Clothing: Mobile Air Pollution Fighter?

In the past 5-7 years, the idea of green living and taking personal responsibility for the health of the environment at large, has gotten a lot of play. If you were to judge by the amount of media coverage and appearances in television, film, etc, it would seem a huge number of people are shifting … Continued


In the Field: Saba Saba International Trade Fair

During our visit to Tanzania, we were lucky to be in the field while the Saba Saba festival was occurring in Dar es Salaam. Saba Saba (“seven seven” in Swahili) is the July 7th Tanzanian national holiday, celebrating the 1954 founding of the Tanzanian political party, the Tanganyika African National Union. It also refers to the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair, held every year near Kurasini.

Bank of America

Bank of America Gives $208 Million to Charity in 2010

The CSR reporting companies club is adding a new member. This is good news for the club because this is not just another company, but Bank of America (BofA), one of the world’s largest and powerful financial institutions, which is releasing today its first CSR report ever. This is an interesting report as it provides … Continued


Florida LED Start-up Celebrates Milestone, Doubles Workforce

Sizable strides have been made recently in the volume and quality of LED lighting available, and companies in the US are at the forefront, demonstrating the potential for clean technology investments to spur economic growth and generate new, relatively well-paid jobs. One case in point is Florida’s Lighting Science Group, which recently celebrated a production … Continued


The Role of Trust in Sustainable Business

By: Barbara Kimmel What is the role of trust in creating sustainable business? Trust Across America posed this question to several experts to assist us in our own research on trustworthy business practices. Why is the creation of measurable standards of trust important?  According to Frank Sonnenberg, author of Managing With a Conscience, In the twentieth … Continued

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How Can People Be Effectively Persuaded to Conserve Water?

Water. In most modern societies, residents don’t have to worry about where their supply comes from or if it may run out. But as recent extended droughts in Texas and other places have shown, we cannot afford to continue passing the buck to others when it comes to responsible water use. But how, in a … Continued