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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?


Researchers Call for Happiness-Based Policies

The World Happiness Report, which was inspired by a UN resolution in 2011 to encourage countries to use happiness in future policy making, is out and reveals some interesting truths about the world’s population, what is important to us, what isn’t and what will make for a richer world.

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SOCAP: Leaving an Impact After You’re Gone

Premal Shah, President of Kiva.org, summed up the week at SOCAP13: “If everything you do, you do for yourself, then when you die it all disappears. If everything you do, you do for others, it all lives on.”


Vancouver, San Francisco: Bike Lanes Boost Revenue for Retailers

Retailers are getting behind cities like Vancouver and New Westminster in BC, Canada as they widen their bike lanes, revamp their streets and restructure their commuter lanes to accommodate cyclists. The reason? It pays to be accessible to today’s metro cycling community.

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Can Technology Make Green, Sustainable Cities?

Can making city smarter reduce poverty, hunger and inequality? And if it can, how can we ensure that it will, and not just enrich those few who have their hands on the controls? These are questions that I believe will loom large in the years and decades to come.


Shampoo Manufacturers Sued for Use of Toxic Substance Without Label Warning

Earlier this week, California’s Center for Environmental Health filed lawsuits against 98 personal care product manufacturers after it found products containing cocamide DEA in shampoos, soaps and lotions did not carry warnings that are now required under California’s Prop 65.

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The Business Case for Strategic Philanthropy

SAP’s work around the world is an example of making the business case for strategic philanthropy as part of a firm’s program of CSR in emerging markets.