First Green Bank is employing a new business model in building a community-focused “green” bank in the heart of Florida. The winner of Ernst & Young’s 2015 “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, CEO Ken LaRoe and First Green’s bankers are intent on going beyond sustainability to regenerate central Florida environmentally and socially, as well as economically.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the nod to increasing the country’s solar capacity five-fold, to a goal of 100 gigawatts by 2022. The environmental progress doesn’t come without a pinch in the pursestrings: The 100 GW target is expected to cost around 600,000 crore, an equivalence of a whopping US$100 billion.
No more letter writing, Craigslist digging or labor-intensive GoFundMe campaigns to manage when setting up a profile on Good360 will do.
In the late 1990s, faced with overwhelming public anger, Nike accepted responsibility for poor working conditions in its supplier factories and vowed to change. Now, the company is considered a corporate responsibility leader. As a result, the apparel giant has not only gained props with consumers, but also gleaned tangible business benefits.
Newhaven is a slightly run-down harbor town with a busy ferry port in East Sussex, England. In recent years, the area has received government funding as part of an effort to regenerate the town and port. To make locals part of the process, officials recruited photographer Carlotta Luke to artfully document the revitalization of Newhaven step by step.
Hungry farmers needed help. Chipotle said, “Hey, we know a little bit about food.” Then the fast-casual chain jumped on a tractor with the International Rescue Committee.
A study was just released that says outdoor green spaces make kids smarter. After a year, the participants who were exposed to the most green areas experienced an overall memory increase by an average of 22.8 percent, and inattentiveness declined by 18.9 percent. Not too shabby for a walk in the park!
Much of the shortsighted, flawed thinking that helps maintain the generational gap also works to hinder the sustainability movement. Let’s break it down: Although people long to understand each other, they also long for shortcuts to understanding each other. Each attempt to cultivate a list of defining characteristics – tree-hugger, gas-guzzler, baby boomer, millennial – is another misguided endeavor to find a relational shortcut.
A group of 16 cities from around the world will be participating in a 24-hour climate hackathon on June 18, which they are calling a Climathon.
More and more Americans say they support humane treatment of farm animals. Fortunately, animal welfare and affordability aren’t mutually exclusive.
Pope Francis has been a trailblazer in many ways. Now he has rocked the world yet again, weighing in with a papal encyclical on the question of climate change. Mother Jones obtained a leaked copy.
Many organizations are missing out on women reaching their full potential by hindering their contribution. What can aware men do to remove leadership hurdles for women in the workplace?
Puerto Rico’s debt is now well above $70 billion, which is roughly 70 percent of the island’s GDP. That is not an insignificant amount of debt. Put yourself in the shoes of the Puerto Rican government. How would you pay that off?
Reading the startling fact that socks are the most requested items in homeless shelters was the catalyst that inspired David Heath and Randy Goldberg to found Bombas, a New York City-based sock company that has taken the one-for-one donation model to a new level.
Is there anything about the Koch Brothers’ Heartland Institute that isn’t disingenuous? This week the group announced its 2015 Climate Change Award winners, though, if it were being truthful it should have called them the Climate Change Denial Awards.