The year was 1978. Jimmy Carter was president. The air was abuzz with the promise of solar energy. No pollution, no oil to run out of, no imports, no OPEC. We hadn’t even heard of global warming yet, but it was still a great idea. Fast forward to 2010. Once again there is a Democrat in the White House. And with the startling realization that man-made climate change has become the biggest threat to our way of life and our future, the air is once more abuzz with talk of renewables. But this time, instead of giving up the White House to an oil-obliged president, we have an oil-obliged Senate that refused to pass a much-needed Comprehensive Climate and Energy Bill. As a result, this summer could spell doom for more fragile green seedlings.
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Ethix Merch, which started in 2002, matches over 100 factories with clients that are seeking friendlier alternatives to the laser pen or plastic keychain. Where Ethix Merch steps away from its competition is that its staff works with its clients in choosing the best possible chotskies for that gig, taking into account budget, environmental considerations, and social consciousness into account.
You hear so much about green cars these days, from the ubiquitous Prius to the rarified Tesla. But what if you want to take matters in your own hands, but aren’t, shall we say, mechanically inclined? Green Drop Garage in Portland, Oregon is an unusual amalgamation of things, something that should be replicated widely, if … Continued
This weekend, ChicoBag kicked off its nationwide Bag Monster tour in San Francisco. The goal: bring an to end to single use plastic waste. A Bag Monster, an invention as crafty as ChicoBag’s patented product itself, is a costume made of 500 plastic bags, the number an average American uses yearly. With many companies and … Continued
Over the weekend, I read an inspiring book entitled, Hot, Rich, and Green: The Secret Formula Women are Using to Get Rich and Save the Planet. Rebecca Harrell Tickell, the author, gave a copy of her book to me last week. We met spontaneously in a parking lot in Venice, CA, where I was admiring … Continued
The Sierra Club is on the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s case for subsidizing fossil fuel projects around the world at the expense of clean energy projects as part of its huge portfolio of loans and loan guarantee programs. Ex-Im Bank’s activity comes despite pledges from the Obama Administration to phase out financial support for polluting projects. … Continued
Marcia Kramer Mayer and Paul J. Hinton of NERA Economic Consulting suggest that the SEC require investment advisors to report quarterly their assets under management, using an account code. Custodian banks in turn would report the quarter-end numbers of their advisors; clients, meanwhile, would have the option to enter their collective asset value of their investments.
Business cards. Try as we might to digitize the process of exchanging contact information, the ritual of exchanging business cards lives on. For many of us, we hand them out early and often, resulting in a pile of post conference cards sitting on our desk. Unless you’ve got a sharp memory or had a sharp … Continued
In partnership with TriplePundit, Scott Cooney’s GreenBusinessOwner.com is hosting a Social Entrepreneur Boot Camp in San Francisco August 21st-22nd. The intensive two day workshop will help attendees get their dream green business off the ground. Attendees will come in with an idea, and leave with the tools and training they need to make it happen. … Continued
Is it the new widget or new idea or the people behind the new widget or new idea that really excites venture capitalists? Virtually every company says its success hinges on the people they employ. And of course it’s people first, then planet and profit in the triple bottom line. What is not entirely clear … Continued
Social entrepreneurship has taken off in these regions, but enterprises tackling challenges from health care to microfinance struggle because they do not have the access to capital to expand their operations. The Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), based in Singapore, will try to change that, offering a hand up, not a hand out, to organizations who need funding.
Silicon Valley-based Soladigm is banking that electromagnetic windows’ pricing can decrease as they scale and builders install them in more office buildings. The three-year-old start-up, which is based in Milpitas, CA, has received funding from Sigma Partners and Khosla Ventures.
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
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.
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