Rural communities bear the majority of our nation’s resources – food, water, energy – yet work opportunities there are scarce. With the careful planning and capital that New Markets Tax Credits deliver, areas like Aroostook County are enjoying greater economic diversity and are stemming outmigration.
Now in its sixth year, the Tom’s of Maine 50 States for Good program rewards grassroots nonprofits with a total of $500,000 in project funding. But the natural personal care brand doesn’t pluck these groups out of thin air — it allows the public to weigh in on how funding is dispersed through a simple online nomination.
Here in the West, NGOs like Greenpeace are often equated with environmental stewardship. But its message can be controversial in India sometimes, especially when the nonprofit says it can prove that pesticides are evident in India’s most cherished beverage, chai. But a recent suit by the agrochem industry hasn’t dented its continuing effort to steer some tea growers away from pesticide use.
As citizens and world leaders converge on New York City seeking a way to address climate change, across the U.S. tens of millions are also out of work. At first glance jobs and climate seem to be distinct policy questions, but they are in fact deeply intertwined.
The Confronting Climate Change is Good Economics plenary session presented at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting this week, drew consensus among notable panelists that spoke to the changing values of companies and cities as it relates to planning effectively to leverage solutions that bridge both capital and climate change alleviation.
The world’s six leading multilateral development banks have reaffirmed their commitments to take action on climate change in advance of the U.N. Climate Summit in NYC. That includes promoting private and public sector investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as adopting the same methods of tracking and accounting for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
The National Chicken Council says concern about antibiotic resistance being spread from poultry to humans is overblown. It’s responding to a Reuters article that included quotes from Britain’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies. Reuter has it wrong, says NCC. Only 10 percent of the antibiotics noted as used in chickens are also used in humans. So how can there be a big concern? The advocacy organization does note, however, that big changes are on they way.
Partnerships between international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and businesses are fairly new and somewhat uncomfortable territory in Canada. There is, however, a small but growing number of Canadian INGOs positioning themselves as having a service to offer business that will create value for both the core business of a company and meet the mandate of the NGO.
From helping the poor to getting money out of politics: A young filmmaker’s journey to change the world. Award-winner Holly Mosher discussed her two films Bonsai People and Pay 2 Play.
The latest entrant in the one-for-one model popularized by TOMS shoes is SWAP Socks, makers of fashionably-mismatched socks. SWAP Socks will give 50 percent of its profits to the SEVA Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing sight to visually-impaired people around the world. 3p Editor in Chief Jen Boynton recently attended the kickoff event for SWAP Socks’ Indiegogo campaign, held at Opaque restaurant in San Francisco and learned all about it.
More Than Me (MTM) Academy is a girls school in Monrovia, Liberia founded in September 2013. MTM enrolls 125 girls from a slum called West Point, a neighborhood known to have the highest rates of child prostitution in the country.
OSHA never ran an inspection of the scrap metal recycling facility where a worker was killed earlier this year–typical for this understaffed agency.
There is nothing the startup community loves more than a good disruption. And what better to disrupt than the prison-industrial complex — after all, a staggering 100 million Americans have criminal records and keeping them locked up costs us $63.4 billion a year. One woman has a plan to solve the problem with entrepreneurial teaching.