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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Get Your Hands Dirty on Your Next Vacation with Zuvy

Do you love to travel and experience new cultures? Better yet, do you have exotic travel plans for this holiday season? If either answer is yes, Zuvy is a start-up you need to know about. Zuvy matches travelers like you with hand-selected and meaningful in-country service experiences at organizations working to change the world. If … Continued

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Whole Foods + Etsy = Abe’s Market

Abe’s Market is a natural goods store using smart strategies to overcome green retail’s pricing problem through social media.

Mentorship as a Way to Foster New Green Businesses?

The need for green workforce development is clear. It is also clear that the majority of new jobs are created by small business, roughly 60%, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. So how do we help get a lot of startups to lift us out of this recession and dramatically shift the makeup of … Continued

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Is Social Enterprise The New Cure For AIDS and Poverty?

By Peter Glenn As we commemorate another World AIDS Day, we have some cause for celebration.  UNAIDS reports that new infection rates have decreased 20% over the last 10 years and 56 countries have “stabilized or significantly reduced new infections.”  Also, millions of people living with the virus in the developing world now have access … Continued

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Sir Richard’s Condoms: Buy One, Give One

You might have read about the Pope’s recent (slight) revision of the Catholic Church’s stance on condom-use — a stance with far greater impact in the developing world than elsewhere. In a case of near-perfect timing, Sir Richard’s Condom Company has entered the market, promising to donate one condom to the developing world for every … Continued

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#1 Problem Facing Social Entrepreneurs? Lack of Capital. What to do?

Recently, in conversation with Kevin Danaher, whose non-profit Global Exchange is the co-producer of the Green Festival, I asked him what he’s learned in several years running the Green Festivals. It’s clear that the events keep growing, that more and more people are looking to get into their dream of becoming a Green Business Owner, … Continued

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A Huge Shift In Business Began on October 1st, 2010

Something huge quietly happened on October 1st, 2010. Something that is the start of a powerful, powerfully beneficial way to do business: Global Contribution Corporation became one of the first Benefit Corporations in the world. Hang on. Hasn’t B Lab‘s B Corp status been in existence since 2006, and there’s now hundreds of companies that … Continued

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Eco-Entrepreneurship Opportunity: Sustainable Coffee Shop

Do you enjoy serving people? Are you into community? Do you like rainforests? If so, then going into business as a green coffee shop owner might be your ticket to ride.  You might be wondering about how much you can possibly make from people who bring their laptop into your cafe, order a $3.25 latte, … Continued