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Career Reentry Programs Offer Solid Chances for Returnees

Career reentry programs offer solid chances to return to the workforce after having been absent for two or even 20 years. This growing trend brings diversity into the workplace by supporting former stay-at-home-moms and others who have left the workforce but are looking to return.

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This Hilarious Fake App Exploits the Power of Privilege

The winning entry at this year’s Comedy Hack Day in San Francisco, WellDeserved perfectly sums up everything that is wrong with Silicon Valley. From tech privilege to male privilege, this app even lets you monetize your hipster privilege. If you have any race, gender or socio-economic advantage you can exploit, this app is the place to do it.

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Peer-to-Peer Energy Sharing to Reduce Energy Poverty

Energy poverty is a global problem, even in economically well-developed countries. People suffering from energy poverty cannot afford to cool or heat their homes, cook for their children, conveniently wash clothes, or even read or study at night. They have to make difficult decisions that most of us never and shouldn’t have to face – do they put food on the table, or save money to keep the lights on and their house or apartment a safe temperature? For these families, crowdsourcing energy presents a unique opportunity.

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3p Weekend: The History of Earth Day — In Less Than 5 Minutes

Even as the cynic within us gripes about yet another Earth Day, it’s important to remember how the tradition began. Ready for a five-minute history lesson? Grab a fresh cup of coffee, and brush up on the history of Earth Day.

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Pop-Up Forest Campaign to Transform Times Square Into a Nature Exhibit

“If a forest can make it in Times Square, it can make it anywhere.” This twist on Sinatra’s iconic lyrics is how Brooklyn-based urban botanist Marielle Anzelone wraps up the video pitch for her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds towards installing a pop-up forest in Times Square.

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Apple Forges Historic Partnership on Forests

Apple is making waves in conservation and green energy as well as Internet and computing technology. On April 16, Apple and the Conservation Fund announced they are partnering to protect over 36,000 acres of working forestlands in Maine and North Carolina.

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5 Big Bets for Social Impact

At the Gathering of Leaders conference, Carol L. Cone, global chief strategist for business and social purpose at Edelman, spotted these five ‘big bets’ social entrepreneurs are making to tackle global challenges. From revolutionizing pediatrics to creating “the next generation of peacemakers,” these stories are sure to inspire.

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Embracing a New Definition for Social Investing

Definitions — we are so over them in the social investing sector. Yet once in a while a new definition comes along, and we really need to pay attention. That’s the case with the definition for social investing proposed by a new report, After the Gold Rush, from the Alternative Commission on Social Investment (ACSI). This report highlights telling developments in the practice of social investing and yields a new, clarifying meaning for the term.

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REI’s Co-op Business Model Produces Record Results

Posting record financial results for 2014, REI’s co-op business model is also delivering more in the way of social and environmental dividends. Besides paying out $168 million in cash dividends, REI will invest around $8 million in nonprofit community projects that promote outdoor life.

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Report: Climate Change is Dangerous to Your Health

How serious are the health-related impacts? Really, really serious, according to a 405-page draft climate and health assessment report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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Whirlpool and Habitat for Humanity Partnership: True Corporate Giving

What began with appliance donations has become one of Whirlpool’s most successful corporate social responsibility programs. It is hard to argue with the numbers: over US$85 million in donations since 1999, 8,000-plus company employees who have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and a renewed lease on life for over 100,000 families.

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Is Sleep the New Social Justice Issue?

America’s population of low-wage workers is becoming increasingly overextended and under-slept. African-Americans are over three times as likely as whites to report very short sleep, while Asians and non-Mexican Hispanics are two to three times as likely. Lower-income groups report very short sleep versus those who earn more than $75,000. Is sleep poverty just another form of social inequality?

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Report: Climate Change Poses High Risk for Low-Income Rural Communities

If you live on a fixed income, fluctuations in energy prices can have a dizzying impact. As climate justice advocate Gerald Durley put it during a recent conference call hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council: “When unprecedented weather disasters devastate the poorest neighborhoods in places like New Orleans, New Jersey and New York, [climate change] is a civil rights issue.”