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Proxy Power: This Year’s Hottest Issues

By Andrew Behar Shareholder activism is alive and well. This year individual and institutional investors will use their power to influence corporate policy on key social and environmental issues by casting their annual proxy votes. These votes are an important way for shareholders to send a much-needed message to companies that they expect honest, responsible … Continued

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Haiti: New Model of a Wireless World is Emerging From the Rubble

The way we do business is going to be changing and some sneak previews of those changes are popping up in some pretty unlikely places. Like Haiti, for example, where humanitarian compassion and high-tech savvy are coming together in an impressive demonstration of what is possible in the absence of a functional business infrastructure as … Continued

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Wyoming Wind to Light Up the Southwest

By Andrew Moore TransWest Express, LLC is nearing construction on the $3 billion TransWest Express Transmission Project, which would allow major southwestern cities to exploit Wyoming wind.  TrasWest, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anschultz Corp., plans to run 725 miles of high-voltage line from south-central Wyoming through Colorado and Utah into southern Nevada. After its … Continued

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Nonprofit Wins Super Bowl

The city of Green Bay celebrated their team’s win at Super Bowl XLV, yesterday.  You may ask, what does a sports team have anything to do with sustainability?  No, it’s not because the Green Bay Packers hail from a city with the name “Green” in it. Nor is it because of the teams color scheme … Continued

A New Way To Conserve Electricity: Stickers?

How do you get people to save electricity? The pain of the monthly bill is certainly an incentive, but it’s an after the fact, fleeting one, people lapsing back into their usual behaviors. Video of giant crashing icebergs is far overused, and has no direct connection to people’s lives (Or so they think). Angry guilt … Continued

Obama Launches Partnership To Help Startups

The White House announced the Startup American Partnership (SAP) on January 31 which promotes entrepreneurship as part of President Obama’s National Innovation Strategy by investing in startup entrepreneurs. Facebook, Intel, and TECHStars are among the over a dozen companies and organizations that joined SAP. AOL co-founder Steve Case leads SAP, and Carl Schramm, president and … Continued

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The Outdoor Industry’s Eco Index: How it Changes the Game for Any Business

By the Sequoia Lab Team If you could reduce your product packaging costs by 38% while offering a more sustainable solution to your customers, would you think twice? Many companies are taking bold steps to incorporate sustainability into their core business strategy, reaping not only brand and customer benefits, but bottom line benefits as well. … Continued

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Unreasonable Institute: Pushing Beyond Out-of-the Box

Given the complex set of interlocking issues and problems that confront our society today, it would be comforting to know that there were groups of very smart people from all disciplines and walks of life getting together somewhere out of the fray, stepping back to try and come up with solutions that can address these … Continued

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Video Interview: Deciphering Socially Responsible Investing?

One dollar of every eight in the US is invested in socially responsible companies.  In this interview, Paul Herman, the CEO of HIP Investor, explains how company sustainability metrics are tied to profitability. In addition to risk and return, many investors today are seeking social and environmental impact.  HIP Investor calculates a HIP score using … Continued

UniversalGiving founder on trends in CSR and volunteering [Video]

I got the chance to sit down with Pamela Hawley,  co-founder of VolunteerMatch and founder of UniversalGiving.  Hawley is one of my favorite women in the social enterprise space.  A dynamic and ambitious leader, Hawley also has a side career in improv and acting.  Also, be sure to check out her heartwarming blog. Watch the interview to learn … Continued

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Suitsak: The Key to a Major Increase in White Collar Bicycle Commuters?

In many parts of the world, cities are actively taking steps to increase biking as a daily activity – London’s “bicycle superhighway” is the latest example, generating a staggering 70% increase in bike use in one year, even on regular streets. But there’s a hitch to getting a broader professional segment of the population on … Continued

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Investors Ask Oil and Gas Companies To Report Fracking Risks

Investors filed shareholder resolutions with nine oil and gas companies, asking them to report on plans to deal with the risks surrounding natural gas hydraulic fracturing (commonly called ‘fracking’) in the U.S. The risks investors want the companies to report on include chemical use and water contamination. Fracking injects water, chemicals and particles underground to … Continued

Raising Capital as a Sustainable Entrepreneur

Many entrepreneurs start their company with their own money, with credit cards, or with a loan from friends and family. One reason for this approach is that this is easier money to acquire than bank loans, angel investment, or venture capital. The other major reason is that the other major option (raising equity capital), is … Continued

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Invest Ethically for ‘All Good’ Returns

This piece originally appeared at Alrroya.com which holds the copyright. By: Ron Robins Investors rarely think about how their investments really affect them other than on a financial basis. Though some might incorporate sustainable investing or avoid tobacco stocks etc. for other and/or personal reasons. But looking deeper, investors would realize that all investment actions … Continued

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How a Social Entrepreneur Builds a Future out of Beirut’s Past

Benedicte de Blavous Moubarak founded 2B Design in 2004, with the idea that she could bring together people who may practice different religions, but were marginalized, often because of disabilities, and could not find gainful work. The result are pieces that reflect Beirut’s glorious past.