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Walmart Releases 2010 Sustainability Report

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, released its third annual Sustainability Report Wednesday. The report outlines the company’s progress in a range of social responsibility measures, including energy efficiency, emissions reductions and labor conditions. Of particular emphasis this year is the global nature of Walmart’s sustainability efforts. The report includes extensive information on sustainability goals overseas, … Continued

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Asian Technology Giants Striding into Green Products

In separate announcements over the last week, two of the world’s largest makers of electronic devices, Samsung and Panasonic, have announced multi-billion dollar investments in green technology. Despite the rather dry language of these financial announcements, the sheer amount of money involved is an exciting indication that key business decision-makers believe green technology is the future. Their … Continued

What the Frack is Going On?

Hydraulic fracturing.  Sounds like something the guy next door did to his souped up Toyota Corolla’s suspension system.  Well, it’s actually far worse.  Hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) is a process in which water, chemicals and other particles are injected into the ground, anywhere from 5,000 to 20,000 feet below the surface, in order to stimulate … Continued

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Energy In Common Launches Kiva-like Platform to Combat Energy Poverty

Did you know that 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to energy?  Hugh Whalan, CEO of Energy in Common (EIC), refers to these people as energy impoverished and has made it his mission to eradicate 15 million cases of energy poverty in the next five years by making green energy loans powered by individual contributions. … Continued

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