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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


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


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


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


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


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 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.


Social Entrepreneurship in Bosnia: A Brilliant Mozaik

Zoran Pulijic started Mozaik in 2000 with the belief that Bosnians know the best way how to build opportunity in their towns and villages. Pulijic and his colleagues developed what they describe as its Community Driven Development (CDD) methodology, which works to achieve maximum participation with community members on local development projects.

Mafuta Sasa's WVO to bio-diesel refinery, established in 2008, was the first of its kind in East Africa. Their goal is to supply a cheaper, cleaner, and sustainable alternative to petroleum diesel to Tanzania. Bio-diesel burns 75% cleaner, and costs on average 350 Tanzanian Shillings cheaper than petroleum diesel. Photo by Jonathan Kalan

The (BoP) Project: Turning Wasted Vegetable Oil into Fuel for Africa

By Jonathan Kalan, Founder of The (BoP) Project. This is the second installment from The (BoP) Project, a journey to discover, document, and share stories of remarkable social entrepreneurs, enterprises and innovations across east Africa. Michael Mwakilasa is not your typical Tanzanian entrepreneur. With a beaming smile, warm handshake, and a half-New-York, half-Tanzanian accented “Hey man!” … Continued