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Business is Crucial to Effect Large-Scale Change

Businesses in all industries have the power to effect change, from Walmart to B Lab to Zipcar, each with its own approach. Some companies are showing huge numbers conserving energy, water and natural resources, while others are investing in their workers by treating them well. The more innovative ways businesses think to reach out to and motivate people, the more we will see change.

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Target Teams Up with GoodGuide to Rate Sustainable Products

Target is teaming up with the makers of GoodGuide to develop a Sustainability Product Standard to rate thousands of products for health, transparency and overall environmental impact, the companies announced last week.

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FDA OKs Withdrawal of Arsenic in Animal Feed

After years of battle, the FDA is finally withdrawing veterinary drugs that contain arsenic. But it isn’t doing so because of public opinion or because food safety organizations have been pushing for years to have them withdrawn. The FDA has pulled them because the manufacturers asked them to.

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Rural Indian Artisans Capitalize on E-Commerce to Boost Sales

By Shaina Shealy What if female artisans in rural areas could deliver embroidery to the market directly from their village homes?  Would acquiring full reign over design, production and income amplify their independence and enrich their contribution to positive change in their communities? Technology’s Gift to India In 2011, 904 million people in India – … Continued

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The U.S. Bike Lane Boom

Cities are looking ahead and seeing the benefits of investing in bike infrastructure.

Featured panellists, left-right: Paul Polman, Unilever; Kajol, Help a Child Reach 5 advocate; Karl Hofmann, Population Services International; Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute.

4 Partnership Lessons from Unilever’s Lifebuoy Handwashing Campaign

By the time you finish reading this article (let’s say 5 minutes from now) 20 children around the world will die because of diarrhea or pneumonia. This is 2 million children every year. Unilever’s Lifebuoy wants to change this reality in a new campaign also representing a new era of partnerships.

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Top Execs Receive $24 Billion From Federal Contracts Each Year

New research from think tank Demos has found that the current contracting practices from the federal government pays top corporate executives nearly $24 billion per year. The organization postulates that if these contracting policies were reformed to limit the taxpayer contribution to executive pay at the salary of the U.S. Vice President ($230,700), then full-time workers could potentially receive an annual pay increase of nearly $14,000, with no additional cost to taxpayers.

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NOAA Restoration Center Funds Community Ocean Clean Up Projects

The vastness of the world ocean makes it easier to ignore or rationalize our using it as cheap, convenient dumping ground — but we do so at our own peril and at our own expense. Taking matters into their own hands, 11 community organizations have received nearly $1M in funds for marine/coastal clean-up initiatives from NOAA’s Restoration Center.

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Investing in Biking Yields a Big Bang for Portland’s Public Buck

Portland’s been a leading light when it comes to investing in biking and factoring biking and walking into its integrated transportation, socioeconomic development and sustainability planning. It even has a “Bicycle Plan for 2030,” which calls for 25% of city travel to be on bikes.

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Target Puts Bullseye on Your Organic Food Dollar

Target’s Simply Balanced collection, scheduled for a full rollout next month, will have an assortment of about 250 products. Nearly half of the line is organic, and three-quarters of it is GMO-free.

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Climate Trolls Outdo Themselves with Creepy Health Care Ad

The industrialist Koch Brothers, who fund climate change denial, are behind the new “creepy Uncle Sam” anti-ACA ads from Generation America. The question is, what does climate change denial have to do with the Affordable Care Act?