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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

PeopleTowel Shows How a Green Business Can Effectively Use Social Media

Did you know you use an average of 2400-3000 paper towels a year, and that’s just at work? That when those paper towels decompose, they produce methane (cow fart anybody?) Even for the most sustainably-minded among us, there’s a sense that using paper towel is a “necessary evil,” or perhaps you kid yourself that they’re … Continued

Can Patch.com Help AOL Reinvent Itself?

AOL used to be the grand dame of the internet service providers until high speed internet came along. AOL has struggled to reinvent itself ever since. Perhaps the recently launched Patch.com, a local content site, will help AOL transform itself into the place to go for local content. Patch describes itself as a “community-specific news … Continued

ImagineH20 Water Prize Hits Liquid Gold

ImagineH20 held its inaugural Water Innovators Showcase two weeks ago, a swanky, well-attended event that introduced and celebrated the winners of its Water Prize Competition for Water Efficiency.  Imagine H20 is a nonprofit based in San Francisco whose mission is to, “inspire and empower people to solve water problems.”  Its vision is to “turn water … Continued

Fair Trade Tea Party Stages Violent Protest in Washington

Yesterday, protesters from the divisive Fair Trade Tea Party clashed with D.C. police, as violent protests erupted when throngs of activists descended upon Capitol Hill. The group, inspired by the larger Tea Party Movement, demonstrated in front of the nation’s capitol, each member carrying clenched fistfuls of tea bags, many of which were ethically-sourced from … Continued

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Can the US Learn from India’s Climate Change Policy?

India’s Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation: Carbon Trading and Beyond By Swapan Mehra 2010 could well end up being a landmark year for Green Development in India. On February 26th, Pranab Mukherjee, the Indian Finance Minister, announced the creation of a National Clean Energy Fund to support development of Renewable Energy to be financed by … Continued

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Carbon Trading Complexity Putting Strains on Market Reputation

A series of criminal investigations and auditor suspensions in carbon trading markets threaten to give the process of trading pollution credits the same bad reputation as “collateral debt obligations” and other arcane financial instruments that helped trigger the Great Recession. The problems also highlight a lack of personnel qualified to do the complex work of … Continued

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Industry Veteran Opines at Wall Street Green Trading Summit

Peter Fusaro knows environmental finance markets. As the Chairman of Global Change Associates, Fusaro is an energetic and tenacious green markets cheerleader with over 34 years of government policy and industry experience. When he took the stage at his 9th annual Wall Street Green Trading Summit last week in New York City, audience members perked … Continued

Green Choice Campaign 2010: Rate & Review Green Charities

If you have had experience with environmental non-profit organizations, why not share your story with the world? Whether your experience was fabulous, mediocre or somewhere in between, the GreatNonprofits Green Choice Campaign 2010 is asking for your input.  Now is your chance to review that green non-profit and share your experience.   Your review may help … Continued

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China Blistering Past US in Green Investment

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a study showing that for the first time, China is leading the United States in green technology investment.  Considering that China is four times the size of US, the study may not be surprising, but the pace at which Chinese investment has increased is certainly shocking.  Five years ago, the Chinese … Continued