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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in California Compliance Market

by Lee Barken The winds of change are blowing across the climate change policy landscape. With legislation stalled in the Senate, attention now shifts to state and regional initiatives. In California, the Global Warming Solutions Act, better known as AB32 and passed in 2006, establishes a statewide mandate for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions, including participation … Continued

Peace Dividend Trust Leads International Aid Improvement in Afghanistan

The Peace Dividend Trust (PDT), Scott Gilmore’s brainchild, strives to make humanitarian aid more effective, efficient, and equitable, allowing foreign aid missions to achieve their goals faster. Working to cut out the middlemen while permitting the funds to flow from international procurement officers to local vendors, PDT encourages local resources to rebuild their economies rather than relying on expensive international aid workers and supplies. The Peace Dividend Marketplace is one result of the PDT.

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“Mango Store” Brings Retail Banking to the Unbanked

There are 30-40 million American households without a bank account, according to the Center for Financial Services Innovation, a fact that could either be seen as a sad statistic – or a tremendous business opportunity. Mango Money sees it as essentially both. The financial services company, launched in 2008, provides prepaid debit cards to customers … Continued

Sundrop Fuels: Dancin’ with the Blazing Sun for Biomass Gas

Hot, hot, hot. It almost sounds too good to be true: Using solar power to create fuel. It’s called solar biomass gasification, a concept and process that’s been around for a while, mostly in university research and scientific circles. A relatively new company that has emerged from that university research environment, Sundrop Fuels Inc., apparently … Continued

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Twicketer: The First Truly Paperless Ticketing Option?

Update: Twicketer Founder A-Sun Truth commented that this service now works on all web enabled phones. ~~~ Something interesting just happened. Reality met hype. For years now, event tickets have been from box offices and record shops, to online purchases. Eliminating the need to physically go to a ticket outlet is certainly a step forward. … Continued

Texas Company To Ship Alaskan Water To India

Every so often I read something that sends proverbial chills up my spine, such as an announcement earlier this month by a Texas water company: S2C Global Systems will ship three billion gallons of water every year from the Blue Lake Reservoir in Sitka, Alaska to the west coast of India and other Asian countries. … Continued

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New Resource Bank Goes “B Corp”

San Francisco-based New Resource Bank has always maintained a triple bottom line approach to its operations dating back to the opening in 2005.  In fact, the bank has offset 100 percent of its electricity usage and company travel by purchasing renewable energy certificates and also partners with iReuse to track and reduce waste and consumption.   To complement this already green … Continued

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iQ Cleaning Products: The Sweet Spot of Green, Convenient & Cheap?

In recent years, greener cleaning products have become increasingly popular. Whether it’s long time torch bearer Seventh Generation getting mainstream acceptance or big brands like Clorox with Green Works it’s clear that there is an enduring interest in a broad section of the population. But there’s a missed opportunity here. In reality, the major ingredient … Continued

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Small Business Strategy–Setting Up a Dynamic, Triple Bottom Line Advisory Board

The statistics are grim for entrepreneurs: 75% of startups are no longer in business after 5 years. Many sell, merge, or reorganize, but the majority of this number simply fail. What’s the biggest mistake that a solo entrepreneur makes? Undercapitalizing? Lack of planning? Failure to stick to the mission? Ineffective marketing? Lack of access to … Continued

OPXBIO Brings a High Tech Twist to Biofuel

Colorado-based OPX-Bio is a group of PhD’s and MBA’s who are clearly the smart guys in the room. Instead of driving tractors, are driving a massively parallel computer software algorithm that they call EDGE, which stands for Efficiency Directed Genome Engineering. It is this proprietary software which gives them their competitive edge in what they call third generation bio-engineering. OPX-Bio just received a $6 million ARPA-e grant, this one allocated by DOE for a process to combine CO2 and electricity to make a viable transportation fuel.

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UNICEF’s Dirty Water Vending Machines Raises Awareness in Manhattan

Last Friday, the United Nations agency installed a vending machine in Manhattan’s Union Square in raising awareness about the issue. Pedestrians who passed through 14th Street and Park Avenue were confronted with a vividly colored machine that offered dirty water in several varieties, including, typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and dengue.

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What’s Next in Social Enterprise? We Want to Know Your Ideas

Hope Consulting recently identified a whopping $120 billion opportunity for impact investment “hiding in plain sight,” that is, in people’s bank account. Impact investment (made by investors that are not only seeking financial return, but positive environmental and social impact) is a field we are just starting to identify and quantify.  As we begin to … Continued

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“Bolder” Startup Revamps Groupon Model to Do Some Good

By Dinesh Thirupuvanam With Groupon copycats now a dime a dozen it’s refreshing to see someone take their billion dollar model and put it to work for some good. Bolder, a San Francisco based startup, is challenging you to “create more good in your community, one action at a time.” So what happens if you … Continued