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The Future of Money and Technology Summit

It’s high conference season and this Monday, April 26th I’ll be attending The Future of Money and Technology Summit at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. (Get tickets here.)  The goal of the conference is to discuss the convergence of cash, commerce and technology, showcase new products, and make deals. Speakers include leaders from PayPal, … Continued

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Intuit Gives a Voice to Local Businesses That Make a Difference

Since the B Corporation movement’s inception a few years ago, policy makers are closer to giving businesses the option to create an organization that can be profitable and do good:  currently the stark choice is to be solely a corporation or a non-profit.  The work and advocacy by B Lab, the organization behind B Corporations, … Continued

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A Free Market Earth Day List

Well it’s about that time again. Earth Day is around the corner, so get ready for those obligatory Earth Day Resolution lists that will inevitably saturate the Internet on April 22. Some will suggest turning off the water while brushing your teeth or lowering your thermostat. Others will tell you to try carpooling or recycling. … Continued

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BP Oil Sands Resolution Defeated As New Pipeline Moves Forward

BP shareholders overwhelmingly rejected a resolution that would have required the company to report on the environmental, financial and reputational risks of developing Canadian oil sands projects. The resolution was rejected by 85 percent of shareholders voting. The news comes as a proposed pipeline to deliver crude from oil sands in Canada to Texas passed … Continued

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Carbon Trading: A Market Treehuggers and Investment Bankers Can All Call Home

The population of people who cared about the carbon markets in their infancy were mostly passionate about finding a solution to climate change, and using the power of markets to drive business innovation. That crowd has slowly shifted to include those with finance backgrounds- individuals who recognize the financial gains to be made from getting into this market in its early stages.

Yogo: The Path to Mass Electric Vehicle Adoption?

You live in a city. You don’t need a car. A scooter seems like a good idea, but they produce nasty emissions. Electric scooter? Not going to cut it, because you’d have to plug it into an outlet and don’t have a garage. This is the scenario many urban dwellers with a sustainable mindset face. … Continued

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Garments From Yak Wool Offer Himalayan Hope

It’s not often that clothing manufacturing can achieve a social purpose.  Clothing and footwear companies somehow find a way to draw activists’ ire, due to everything from labor violations to questionable sourcing of raw materials.  One company, however, brings together social entrepreneurship and luxury adventure-wear. Khunu, with offices in Hong Kong and Colorado, uses yak … Continued

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What Doesn’t Kill You: Cap-and-Trade Endures

Like global warming, cap-and-trade isn’t going away. The trading system in place in Europe has managed to survive a series of scandals in the last year or so, and the price of a permit to emit one metric ton of carbon has been rising steadily for the last month — despite an oversupply due to … Continued

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The International Case for Carbon and the Economy

By Henry Derwent, President and CEO, IETA As Congress shifts its attention from health care to energy and climate change, the discussion will undoubtedly return to the role of international offsets in a cap-and-trade system. It will again focus on the ability of international offsets to ensure cost containment and provide a more liquid domestic … Continued

A Quirky Path to Exciting Product Development

Quirky, a company that collaboratively designs consumer products, sells them, and then shares the revenues with its online community, raised US$6 million in Series A capital this week from RRE Ventures. The Internet certainly has revolutionized commerce:  people can open a business with little start-up capital, individuals can sell their wares using a third party … Continued

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CSR Reporting: What Investors Want

Who really reads CSR reports? Do investors really use them?  I heard speakers from Intel, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Merck & Co., and CalSTRS offer differing answers to these questions during a panel on CSR reporting at the recent Financial Times Conference “Investing in a Sustainable Future.” Merck’s Director of Corporate Responsibility Maggie Kohn … Continued

Don’t Get Bamboozled: How to Respond to the FTC’s Recent Crackdown on Greenwashing

By: Michael Wolfe, Director, Environmental Certification Services Scientific Certification Systems Since the Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to 78 companies advising them to stop illegally labeling and advertising rayon products as “bamboo,” manufacturers and retailers have been wondering if this signals a widespread greenwash crackdown. The risk is clear—the textile market, for example, has … Continued

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Salesforce GreenExchange: Open Source Sustainability?

Chances are that you’ve used a CRM (customer relationship management) tool for some job function at one time or another.  Taming the wild beast of a CRM often became the bane of my past jobs—and to its credit, salesforce.com really leveled the CRM playing field.  salesforce.com’s product line, working from the cloud, not only made … Continued

New Sky Energy Turning Agricultural Waste into Clean Water for California’s Farms

The last several years have not been easy for California’s San Joaquin Valley, which is arguably the nation’s bread basket—or perhaps, fruit basket for its plentiful citrus, stone fruit, and grapes. Sparse rain and reduced water moved from the Sacramento river delta region has resulted in barren farms and dying orchards.  Meanwhile, irrigation runoff has … Continued