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Guardian’s ‘Greenest-Government-Ever’ Meter Priorities

Damian Carrington at the Guardian has it right that the coalition government probably won’t do very well on the “greenest government ever-o-meter.” But probably more for the reasons suggested in the comments of the article than for the factors that Carrington outlines: national forests, flood defense, and high speed rail. While these are important they … Continued


Code for America: Hackers Helping Municipalities

Evidently corporate America needs to encourage a hacker culture to bounce back, and now local governments need hackers to help them solve their ever-increasing problems using their ever-decreasing budgets. Modeled after Teach for America, Doctors Without Borders and Architecture for Humanity, Code for America (CfA) officially launched on January 5, 2011. The brightest minds on the Internet … Continued


Badger Balm Pays More Than Lip Service To Fair Trade

Badger Balm has its origins in Bill and Katie Whyte’s New Hampshire home in 1995. Bill was a carpenter during the day and during his free time was a budding herbalist. Working outside, exposed to the harsh New England winters, Bill could not find a product to heal his hands after a day of hard work


A Reason to Smile: The Environmental Toothbrush

A toothbrush is something we (hopefully) use every day.  With high frequency use comes high frequency wear and tear.  Professionals suggest that we replace a toothbrush every three months.  But what happens to our old toothbrush?  Send it to landfill?  Recycle it?  The Environmental Toothbrush gives us another option.  We can now compost a toothbrush!


Is This the Time for Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship?

By Drew Tulchin, Managing Partner of Social Enterprise Associates Given the economic crisis in America, with unemployment at its highest levels in decades, creating new jobs for the 1 in 10 people out of work seems nearly impossible. Gone is the 1950’s “Company Man” who worked at one company for a salary, and got a … Continued


NedWater Turns the Water Cooler Into a Tool of Action

Many of you reading this have a glass of water sitting nearby. Water is typically seen either neutrally, something that just comes out of your tap, or contentiously, a wasteful carbon intensive purchase whose plastic containers generate huge amounts of waste annually. What if your water purchase was actually beneficial to many people, and its … Continued

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Future Standard Provides One Stop Shopping for Ethical Clothing

Jessica Althoff attended a conference in 2008 and was inspired by a panelist who said that we do not have to choose between our passions. The speaker mentioned that if you want to work for an organization that plants trees in the rain forest but love chocolate, work for a company that uses sustainably harvested cocoa. A light bulb went on, and this year, Future Standard launched.

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UK Energy Market Reform Too Good To Be True? Probably.

The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announced the biggest energy reform “in decades” on Friday. The reform package includes: a carbon price floor “increasing the cost of fossil fuel based generation, and strengthening the carbon price for UK electricity generators.” two Feed in Tarrifs: standard and premium contracts under which … Continued


Investments in Education: An Interview with Kim Smith

The following is a guest post from our friends at Investor’s Circle, who are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Investors’ Circle is thrilled to be partnering with education incubator Starl to co-produce a venture fair at the upcoming Education Innovation Forum, which will be held January 19-21st in Washington, … Continued


Bridging the Architectural Divide: Public Architecture

Since its inception in ancient times, architecture has been a service provided to the wealthy and powerful. The poor have buildings; the rich have architecture. This concept of architecture reaches beyond mere construction to a higher level of culture, theory, intellect, and art.


Bicycle + Lawnmower = Mowercycle

How do you combine American’s need for the big, the fast, and the green? (Yes, we’re talking about lawn care). Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have one answer in the works: The Mowercycle by  Real Power. One of the entrants in the third annual Engineering, Mechanics and Aeronautics design competition, Mowercycle combines the size … Continued


How “Dignified Capitalism” Can Address Poverty Better than Charity

Close your eyes and say it again… Capitalism. What images does the word evoke in your mind?

For most of the developed world there is a common public perception that providing aid to less fortunate countries is the most straightforward solution to alleviating global poverty.


Video Interview: SolarNexus on Getting Through the Solar Paperwork Hurdle

One of the major bottlenecks for solar installs in the US is paperwork.  For residential solar installers paperwork can take months, when the actual solar installation only takes a few days.  This interview with CEO Eric Alderman of software company SolarNexus profiles their technology for reducing paperwork overhead and reducing solar install cycle time and … Continued


Senda Athletics Launches Triple Bottom Line Nike

Thanks to the Hub I’ve been working alongside Senda Athlethics founder, Santiago Halty, for the past six months, so I’m excited to report on the launch of his company this week.  Senda Athletics aims to be a sporting goods company with a soul, making Fair Trade soccer balls and sustainably sourced apparrel. Listen to my … Continued

Ethical Investors Successfully Engage Companies and Governments

This article is reprinted with the permission of alrroya By Ron Robins Ethical and socially responsible (SR) investors and funds, through their powerful growing presence, are increasingly succeeding in engaging companies in the process of improving their environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and actions. And they are proving adept in getting governments and regulatory … Continued