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Can the VC Community Disrupt Serial Incarceration?

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.


Millennials Take On Monsanto

Why Monsanto will never rule the food world: The three-prong movement that’s stopping the beast in its tracks.

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Trans Energy to Restore Streams, Wetlands Damaged by Fracking

Reaching a settlement with the EPA and Justice Department, Trans Energy has agreed to pay a $3 million penalty and spend an estimated $13 million to restores streams and wetlands in West Virginia damaged as a result of dumping dredge and fill material associated with fracking the Marcellus Shale.

Most families in Maungu have no electricity or water. Providing small loans for items such as solar lamps and rain water harvesting tanks is one way that micro-finance organizations can experiment to better serve the poor.

Making the Case for Nonprofits in Microfinance

Microfinance has reached a stage in its lifecycle where it has become more stable as a financial inclusion tool, but with that stability can come stagnation. By exploring the role that nonprofits can serve in the ever-evolving sector of microfinance — serving the unprofitable, building trust and promoting innovation — experimentation and discovery can thrive.


Survey: Furniture Companies Dropping Flame Retardants

It’s been a good month for sustainable furniture advocates in California. The state’s recent update of TB 117, which in effect allows furniture manufacturers to drop flame retardants from their product ingredients, is having a noticeable effect on the industry, according to the Center for Environmental Health. At the same time, California Senate took another step toward ensuring new flammability standards will be ready to go by Jan. 2015. All of this was bad news for chemical company Chemtura, which filed suit against the state to stop TB 117. A tentative ruling released last week rejected the criteria for the challenge, calling it “absurd.”


EPA Launches Criminal Investigation Against Tyson Foods

It’s been a rough year for Tyson Foods. In June the company was sued by the state of Missouri for a wastewater discharge that effectively overloaded the local wastewater plant and resulted in the death of some 100,000 fish downstream. According to the company’s latest SEC filing, it’s now the subject of an EPA criminal investigation.


Malaria Vaccine Offers New Prevention Methods

Scientists seem to be coming up with new vaccines every day. But GlaxoSmithKline’s malaria vaccine could be a game-changer — both for science and for those communities hit hard by this devastating disease.

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A Millennial’s Letter to Financial Services Industry

As millennials we want our work to have meaning for ourselves and the world, and we place a higher value on consumer goods that have some sort of beneficial social or environmental impact. Although we are generally more conservative in our investment decisions than previous generations (can you blame us?), we are willing to take on more financial risk if it increases exposure to ESG impact.

Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation

Millennials are Changing the Investment Conversation

Amidst all the talk about the trillions of dollars in wealth transfer and flood of stats coming out about millennials, I thought I’d spend some time talking about what I see millennial investors doing as it relates to investing. I do so from my role at Calvert Foundation, working with investors, their financial advisors, their brokerage firms, and the entrepreneurs and organizations creating local solutions in their communities.