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Sinautec Makes Ultracapacitors Work

Ultracapacitors are the Holy Grail of clean transportation: they’re powerful, they’re reliable, they’re relatively inexpensive and they charge in minutes. But they also discharge in minutes, and that’s the problem companies like EEStor and Altair Nano are working furiously to combat. Even the best ultracapacitors have about five percent of the average lithium-ion battery’s storage … Continued

From BizTechDay: Seven Things Small Business Owners Need to Know to Succeed

I’ll be blogging today and tomorrow from BizTechDay, the small business and entrepreneur conference. I seem to attend every possible social/enviromental entrepreneurship oriented conference, so this will be an intereting change of pace given the focus on pure entrepreneurship. Mark O’Leary from Comcast Business Class kicked off the conference with citing seven things small business … Continued

New Book Gives the Low-Down on Green Business Models

There’s a lot of hype in this field about how “green is gold.” But there is little hard evidence that shows actual trends and models in green business operations. A new book, “Hybrid Organizations: New Business Models for Environmental Leadership,” aims to fill that gap by providing up-to-date analysis of green start-up firms. Of course, … Continued

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First Solar First Renewable Energy Company on the S&P 500

First Solar, the Chosen One of thin film solar panel manufacturers, has achieved a first for any pure-play renewable energy company: inclusion on the venerable Standard & Poor’s Index of 500 commonly traded stocks. Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar was added to the S&P 500 after the market closed October 15. The company will be part … Continued

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Microlending: Panacea or Patchwork?

  Microlending has been hailed as the panacea of poverty.  They theory is simple:  lend the poor a small amount of money so they can start/grow their business, charge tiny interest rates (microcredit), then once business starts booming, the borrowers can easily pay the loan.  Woosh! Just like that, poverty disappears.  Or does it? The … Continued

ZippGo Offers to Green Your Next Move

There are many ways to produce less waste. When it comes to pollution prevention, the best way to limit the amount of trash you throw away is to reduce it altogether. If you can’t reduce, then reuse containers and products you already have. If reusing still isn’t feasible, try to recycle as much as possible … Continued

HVAC Industry Proposes Regional Efficiency Standards

A group of U.S. HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) manufacturers signed a deal Tuesday designed to improve regional efficiency standards and building codes throughout the country. The proposed standards are also aimed at balancing the desire for greater state and regional flexibility with the need for a uniform HVAC marketplace, and stabilizing the HVAC … Continued

Open Data Isn’t Just a Good Idea, It’s Factual

Above: “U.S. Hikes”, a live data table by Factual.com: Click & Scroll to view & edit data. “Decisions. They are made every day. Some are made on the fly such as when a low fuel alert prompts me to stop at the nearest gas station. Some are more considered, involving detailed research and analysis, perhaps … Continued

Blue Source, Goldman in “Largest Publicly Announced” Carbon Offset Deal

Carbon offset developer Blue Source announced the completion of the “largest publicly announced U.S. offset deal” (his description, reportedly): a $12 million carbon transaction between Blue Source and Goldman Sachs Group. The deal reportedly met Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and Voluntary Carbon Standard quality standards. It also included credits from North Carolina’s Alligator River Forestry … Continued

Woolworth Descendant Selling Eco-Products Online

Priscilla Woolworth, great-granddaughter of F. W. Woolworth, who started the iconic five-and-dime store Woolworth in 1878, launched an eponymous online general store for eco-friendly products in January. Time Magazine recently been named her a “New Green Pioneer” in its Green Design 100 list. Her goal with priscillawoolworth.com is to “provide the best selection of eco-friendly … Continued

Facebook, “Gross National Happiness,” and… Sustainable Business?

Is it possible to establish the overall mood of a nation? Apparently it is–if you’re Facebook (FB). The popular social networking site recently developed a new app by which it aims to determine its users’ “gross national happiness.” By searching public and semi-public FB forums for words and phrases deemed “happy,” “sad,” or “indifferent” by … Continued

Seafood Just Got Better Thanks to CleanFish

Grocery shopping for the health conscious is increasingly off-putting, as decisions are no longer just generic versus brand name. Harmful pesticides are found in everyday food products and government promises to rid the nation’s food supply of these chemicals remain unfulfilled. Once considered a luxury item, fish is now eaten everyday by consumers. To meet … Continued

China Caps Investment in Industry – May Limit Green Technology Development

China ordered sweeping limits on investment in cement, steelmaking, and other industries Wednesday, in an apparent effort to curb overexpansion and its snowball effect. (China’s hefty stimulus package, and a mandate that banks increase lending sharply in the first half of the year, spurred an investment boom that has analysts worried.) While preventing these issues … Continued