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T. Boone Who? Warren Buffett Now the King of Wind

In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett noted that one of his portfolio companies, MidAmerican Energy, now leads all regulated utilities when it comes to wind energy.

Obsessed with Impact: The Mulago Foundation

The Mulago Foundation approaches funding social enterprise a bit differently than other foundations.  To sum it up in three words, it’s all about impact, impact, and impact.There are tons of great ideas in the world.  But an idea only has impact when put into action.  The Mulago Foundation investment strategy focuses not on formulating its … Continued

Book Review: Planet Home by Jeffrey Hollender

Recently, I interviewed Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation about his departure from the company, his new book, and what was next for him. Mr. Hollender is a humble hero of the green economy and a man whose work I’ve admired for years. So it was with great pleasure that I dove … Continued

The Hidden Reality Behind Social Impact Bonds

Hidden within President Obama’s proposed budget is a line item that attempts to start a new model for financing government controlled projects: Social Impact Bonds. So, what exactly are Social Impact Bonds? How much of the budget is allocated to this?  Will it actually work, or is it too good to be true? First off, … Continued

Shareholders File Record Number Of Environment Related Resolutions

A record number of climate and energy related shareholder resolutions have come to the table in proxy year 2011. In fact, shareholders have filed a total of 66 climate and energy resolutions, according to the environment and investment coalition Ceres. This represents a 50% increase over the 44 filed last year with coal, oil and … Continued

Avego: How To Take Cars off the Road, Now?

In our still car dominated society, traffic is, for the moment, a necessary evil. Sure, mass transit options are increasing in some cities, and numerous efforts are making bicycle commuting more amenable and doable. But rush hour is still a twice daily reality for most of us. What can be done to reduce traffic, right … Continued

Startup America Gives Cleantech Entrepreneurs a Leg Up

U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills on Wednesday revealed details of a pilot program through which it is working with four cleantech business accelerators across the country to provide mentoring to 100 entrepreneurs in the cleantech arena. The pilot is the inaugural program of the Entrepreneurial Mentor Corps (EMC), a component of Startup America, a … Continued

Proxy Power: This Year’s Hottest Issues

By Andrew Behar Shareholder activism is alive and well. This year individual and institutional investors will use their power to influence corporate policy on key social and environmental issues by casting their annual proxy votes. These votes are an important way for shareholders to send a much-needed message to companies that they expect honest, responsible … Continued

Haiti: New Model of a Wireless World is Emerging From the Rubble

The way we do business is going to be changing and some sneak previews of those changes are popping up in some pretty unlikely places. Like Haiti, for example, where humanitarian compassion and high-tech savvy are coming together in an impressive demonstration of what is possible in the absence of a functional business infrastructure as … Continued

Wyoming Wind to Light Up the Southwest

By Andrew Moore TransWest Express, LLC is nearing construction on the $3 billion TransWest Express Transmission Project, which would allow major southwestern cities to exploit Wyoming wind.  TrasWest, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anschultz Corp., plans to run 725 miles of high-voltage line from south-central Wyoming through Colorado and Utah into southern Nevada. After its … Continued

Nonprofit Wins Super Bowl

The city of Green Bay celebrated their team’s win at Super Bowl XLV, yesterday.  You may ask, what does a sports team have anything to do with sustainability?  No, it’s not because the Green Bay Packers hail from a city with the name “Green” in it. Nor is it because of the teams color scheme … Continued

A New Way To Conserve Electricity: Stickers?

How do you get people to save electricity? The pain of the monthly bill is certainly an incentive, but it’s an after the fact, fleeting one, people lapsing back into their usual behaviors. Video of giant crashing icebergs is far overused, and has no direct connection to people’s lives (Or so they think). Angry guilt … Continued

Obama Launches Partnership To Help Startups

The White House announced the Startup American Partnership (SAP) on January 31 which promotes entrepreneurship as part of President Obama’s National Innovation Strategy by investing in startup entrepreneurs. Facebook, Intel, and TECHStars are among the over a dozen companies and organizations that joined SAP. AOL co-founder Steve Case leads SAP, and Carl Schramm, president and … Continued

The Outdoor Industry’s Eco Index: How it Changes the Game for Any Business

By the Sequoia Lab Team If you could reduce your product packaging costs by 38% while offering a more sustainable solution to your customers, would you think twice? Many companies are taking bold steps to incorporate sustainability into their core business strategy, reaping not only brand and customer benefits, but bottom line benefits as well. … Continued

Unreasonable Institute: Pushing Beyond Out-of-the Box

Given the complex set of interlocking issues and problems that confront our society today, it would be comforting to know that there were groups of very smart people from all disciplines and walks of life getting together somewhere out of the fray, stepping back to try and come up with solutions that can address these … Continued