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Invigorating Local Economies with Tourism

Imagine your last memorable vacation. Now imagine your trip if you had known it provided jobs that protect nature, grow local economies, and nourish communities. Makes it feel that much better, right? Currently, 40% to 80% of each dollar spent by a tourist leaves the area it is spent in. It doesn’t have to be … Continued

In the Field: What to do When You Don’t Speak Swahili

This post is part of a series by dMBA students as part of their Social Venture summer course. For context and introduction, click here.By Eric Persha By Olivia Nava I become hyper aware of human-to-human communication when I’m in a foreign country. Communication ranges from miming to casual conversing to sharing complex theories and ideas. … Continued

Catalytic Clothing: Mobile Air Pollution Fighter?

In the past 5-7 years, the idea of green living and taking personal responsibility for the health of the environment at large, has gotten a lot of play. If you were to judge by the amount of media coverage and appearances in television, film, etc, it would seem a huge number of people are shifting … Continued

In the Field: Saba Saba International Trade Fair

During our visit to Tanzania, we were lucky to be in the field while the Saba Saba festival was occurring in Dar es Salaam. Saba Saba (“seven seven” in Swahili) is the July 7th Tanzanian national holiday, celebrating the 1954 founding of the Tanzanian political party, the Tanganyika African National Union. It also refers to the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair, held every year near Kurasini.

Bank of America Gives $208 Million to Charity in 2010

The CSR reporting companies club is adding a new member. This is good news for the club because this is not just another company, but Bank of America (BofA), one of the world’s largest and powerful financial institutions, which is releasing today its first CSR report ever. This is an interesting report as it provides … Continued

Florida LED Start-up Celebrates Milestone, Doubles Workforce

Sizable strides have been made recently in the volume and quality of LED lighting available, and companies in the US are at the forefront, demonstrating the potential for clean technology investments to spur economic growth and generate new, relatively well-paid jobs. One case in point is Florida’s Lighting Science Group, which recently celebrated a production … Continued

The Role of Trust in Sustainable Business

By: Barbara Kimmel What is the role of trust in creating sustainable business? Trust Across America posed this question to several experts to assist us in our own research on trustworthy business practices. Why is the creation of measurable standards of trust important?  According to Frank Sonnenberg, author of Managing With a Conscience, In the twentieth … Continued

How Can People Be Effectively Persuaded to Conserve Water?

Water. In most modern societies, residents don’t have to worry about where their supply comes from or if it may run out. But as recent extended droughts in Texas and other places have shown, we cannot afford to continue passing the buck to others when it comes to responsible water use. But how, in a … Continued

Interview: Angel Investor’s Five Best Practices For Attracting Capital

The key to raising money is building investor trust. There is a formula for doing so. The entrepreneurs that succeed in raising capital for their business know the formula for crafting a compelling story that earns the trust and investment of angel investors. James Magowan is an angel investor I met at an Investors Circle … Continued

Creating Hybrid Value Chains with the Ashoka Foundation

The Ashoka Foundation is the largest association of leading social entrepreneurs in the world.  They work on three simple levels: By supporting individual social entrepreneurs throughout their life cycle, they bring communities together. These communities then help leverage their impact, scale their ideas and capture and disseminate their best practices. Then they help to build the … Continued

Bank of America Putting Billions into Solar

This deal is a really big deal.

Bank of America announced an agreement this week with ProLogis, and NRG Energy and the US DOE’s Loan Program Office to finance the deployment of up to $2.6 billion of commercial and industrial rooftop solar installations, all across the country.

This will be the largest distributed solar deal in history, which will create the equivalent of over 10,000 job-years, while providing 733MW of distributed solar energy, which is enough to power 100,000 homes across 28 states.