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While not many ordinary Western consumers understand the principles of Islamic finance, an increasing number of Western institutions have begun to incorporate its principles into operations in some parts of the world.
Most people may know that Islamic finance bans interest, gambling and speculation, but not much more than that. What they don’t usually hear is that it also promotes the kind of focus on partnership and productive investment that seems to have been missing from the global boom of the first decade of the 21st century.
While yellow leaves to most of us signify the changing of the seasons, to the Mlabri hill tribe of Thailand they mean a complete change in their lives. Yellow Leaf Hammocks are a vehicle to change their health, environment, and financial independence. These resilient people were able to create their own livelihood via these high … Continued
LA’s solar power and green jobs potential remains largely untapped, due in large part to lack of action by local government, according to a UCLA-USC study presented at the Los Angeles Business Council Institute on Tuesday. The report’s authors found that the city and region lags the rest of the state when it comes to solar power and green jobs. Enacting a solar power feed-in tariff, they add, could create $2 billion in local investment and create 16,000 job-years with a minimal impact on ratepayers.
The One Laptop Per Child initiative run by the NGO of the same name has done great work in distributing technology in impoverished areas. They have boosted educational facilities in countries like India, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Peru, Kenya, Haiti and other developing countries. The organization has recently announced that it will soon begin to air-drop laptops … Continued
By John Havens Recyclebank’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Ian Yolles had a chance to sit down with Yoxi, one of Opportunity Green’s sponsors a few weeks back to talk about gamification as a model for positive change. Ian spoke at the conference on Thursday for the panel, Interconnected: Accelerating Green Product Innovation and New Business Models.
We are writing to commend your vote on Oct. 18, 2011, to implement position limits on commodities speculators, including oil speculators. Further, we would like to voice some of our concerns regarding the regulation of oil price speculation and the affects on the general well-being of the American people in response to the CFTC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RIN 3038-AD15 and RIN-AD16 on the topic of Position Limit for Commodity Derivatives, dated January 26, 2011.
Through Community Solar programs—which overcome the high upfront costs of going solar and the complexities of solar subsidy programs—we can jumpstart the solar economy, saving households billions of dollars and creating new jobs, while bringing these benefits to the country’s poorest neighborhoods.
Last week could be considered a good week for Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protestors – Bank of America backed off its plans to charge debit card fees due to public pressure and SaveUp, a new program rewarding people not for spending, but for saving, was launched. Although the launch of SaveUp has no direct connection … Continued
Efficient roads and traffic systems are one of the most important components of urban infrastructure. The study of traffic flows therefore is needed to design better roads, highway systems, bike lanes, sidewalks and other necessities. Cities are now home to 50 percent of the world’s population and this number is said to grow in the … Continued
Integrating renewable energy into international development projects is exciting, difficult and time consuming – but that has not reduced the interest from the private and non-profit sectors and the engineers, students, and clean-energy professionals that are anxious to be involved in these kinds of projects.
Adam Capital Clean Energy Finance, a private investment firm, has agreed to lend $1 million to finance rooftop solar panels for 85 low-income homes in New Orleans. The loan is with Sustainable Environmental Enterprises of Louisiana, a community-development organization engaged in financing solar projects for disadvantaged communities. A joint press release from Adam Capital and … Continued
The following post is part of TriplePundit’s coverage of the 2011 Net Impact Conference in Portland, Oregon. To read the rest of our coverage, click here. By Eliza Huleatt Amid all of the big-name companies and organizations present at the 2011 Net Impact Conference, one new player was working hard to get noticed. KarmaGoat is a … Continued
Wind power, on paper, sounds like a good idea. No emissions generated. High potential for energy generation, when optimally located. No dependence on foreign oil. And yet, wind power often gets hit with a number of doubts and concerns: first, theres the fact that the wind does not always blow. Will it be a source … Continued