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Fair Trade Goods From Danger Zones: Is the Label Necessary?

Fair Trade certification has been a path for moving goods from developing countries to wealthier consumers in the developed world, whether they are buying coffee, clothing, or shea butter.  For those of us who never had the opportunity to enter the Peace Corps, buying a fair trade product makes us feel better about products from Africa, Asia, … Continued

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Wattbot: A Personalized Tool to Cut Consumer Energy Costs

Want to reduce your energy bills but don’t know where to start or what to do? Brain-numbed by all you need to know to make the best choices? The quest is over.  Wattbot was designed with you in mind. “Wattbot helps people save money on their energy,” says Wattbot’s co-founder and vice president of business … Continued

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Inka Biospheric Systems “Sun Curve” Finds Niche in Education

It started out as a tool to help feed people in refugee camps—a metal contraption that folded out and up, with a fish tank, wind turbine, solar panel and a one-inch thick “Bio-Quilt” which enables plants to grow with no soil and little water.  Then, a United Nations refugee mission in Africa told inventor Paul … Continued

The Beat Waste Startup Challenge

By the Myoo Create Team If you haven’t already heard, right now there’s a boat constructed of 12,000 plastic bottles sailing across the Pacific to highlight the growing problem of plastic waste trashing our oceans. It’s what Triple Pundit contributor Bill Di Benedetto called: “a publicity stunt that’s also pretty neat.” Well, now the Plastiki … Continued

Creating Green Jobs From Urban Blights–The Cleveland Experience

In last week’s Social Enterprise World Forum, the Democracy Collaborative discussed how they engaged ‘anchor institutions’ to generate local economic development by helping them shift their procurement policies to incorporate more local and sustainable choices.  It’s a chicken and egg problem, of course, in that if the supply for something can’t be met locally, an … Continued

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Carbon Voyage: A Green Voyage to and from the Airport

We are becoming more aware that air travel has a detrimental effect on air quality and is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.  The question of mitigating air travel has no easy answers, especially since discount air travel has surged in Europe over the past several years.  Nevertheless, one UK firm is tackling … Continued

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Part Two: Interview with Shareable.net’s Neal Gorenflo

This is the second of a two-part interview with Neal Gorenflo, a co-founder of Shareable.net, a magazine that “tells the story of sharing” and covers “the people, places, and projects that are bringing a shareable world to life.” In part one, Gorenflo explained how the startup magazine began, and he let us in on its … Continued

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Kopernik Connects the Developing World with Appropriate Technology

Sometimes, utter frustration can lead to solutions – as it did when 30-somethings Ewa Wojkowska and Toshihiro Nakamura realized that the barriers of cost and distribution of innovative technological products that could improve the quality of life in developing countries kept them from getting to where they were most needed. To solve that, they invested … Continued

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Two Offshore Scenarios: Clean Wind and Burning Oil

The contrast between the promise of renewable energy and the perils of fossil fuels was on full display yesterday, and it could not be more stark. Hours before Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced approval for the nation’s first offshore wind farm, which will generate as much as 454 megawatts of clean, limitless energy, the US … Continued

Why Doesn’t Goldman Sachs Bailout Greece?

After Standard & Poor’s downgraded Greek government debt to “junk” status today, stock markets swooned worldwide on fears that Greece’s problems could infect the rest of the European economy and, in the worst case scenario, drag the world economy back into recession. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, executives from investment banking behemoth … Continued

Buying American Wind

Growing up in Essex, Maryland — a very blue collar section of Baltimore County — the phrase “Buy American” was more than just a rallying cry for those who championed domestic manufacturing. It was simply how things were done. Even when the oil crisis of the 1970s hit, you would’ve been hard-pressed to find a single … Continued

Small Is Beautiful–Communities Fight GHG Emissions

With all the big news from the governments and big businesses announcing efficiency gains, offsets, retrofits, and other sustainability initiatives, it’s easy to lose site of the local efforts gaining traction across the country and world.  Microenterprise and community-based efforts at energy efficiency, alternative energy, and social entrepreneurship–such as solar powered cafes in remote rural … Continued