Through Community Solar programs—which overcome the high upfront costs of going solar and the complexities of solar subsidy programs—we can jumpstart the solar economy, saving households billions of dollars and creating new jobs, while bringing these benefits to the country’s poorest neighborhoods.
Last week could be considered a good week for Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protestors – Bank of America backed off its plans to charge debit card fees due to public pressure and SaveUp, a new program rewarding people not for spending, but for saving, was launched. Although the launch of SaveUp has no direct connection … Continued
Last month, Shaw’s Supermarkets, owned by SUPERVALU, launched a sustainable seafood program in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Both ensure that the seafood Shaw’s sells is globally certified and locally verified by these two leading sustainable seafood organizations. These verifications provide consumers with the confidence of … Continued
Bicycling has seen an unprecedented rise in popularity, support, and accessibility these days, worldwide. To be sure part of this can be credited to the faltering global economy. In the US, there’s also been a willingness on the part of both federal and state government (questionably motivated Republican threats aside) to make an investment in … Continued
Although it is not as commonly used as food and water, soap is a good example of the inequality in resource use between the developed and the developing worlds. Think about this – while hotels in the U.S. throw away millions of used soap bars every day, impoverished people around the world die every day … Continued
Integrating renewable energy into international development projects is exciting, difficult and time consuming – but that has not reduced the interest from the private and non-profit sectors and the engineers, students, and clean-energy professionals that are anxious to be involved in these kinds of projects.
A common comment I have heard in working with hundreds of business owners across America this year is, “I would like to eat organic food but it is too expensive.” At first I tried to address these concerns intellectually by comparing value and values. Then in one city a business owner confronted me with this … Continued
A fan of experiential learning, I entered a session called “Would You Survive? Base of the Pyramid Urban Slum Simulation” with very little knowledge of what would unfold or how my fellow conference attendees would transform around me.
I originally had grand intentions to create an enlightened piece about integral leadership and spiral dynamics… well, not really, but it sounds dazzling. Instead, my attention was swayed by the news of the more than 48 exotic animals running loose in Zanesville, Ohio.
Industrialization in Africa must start from the bottom up, by building sustainable businesses run by locals that don’t rely on outside charity or exploiting the environment.
I’m excited to be departing for Kigali, Rwanda today along with 11 writers and journalists as part of the two-week long International Reporting Project’s Gatekeeper Editor Trip for Fall 2011. It goes without saying that this will likely be one of the most interesting trips anyone from the 3p team has attended and I’m extremely honored to … Continued
Adam Capital Clean Energy Finance, a private investment firm, has agreed to lend $1 million to finance rooftop solar panels for 85 low-income homes in New Orleans. The loan is with Sustainable Environmental Enterprises of Louisiana, a community-development organization engaged in financing solar projects for disadvantaged communities. A joint press release from Adam Capital and … Continued
It’s been a tough year for the image of microfinance. Mohammud Yunus was removed from his Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank in March and scandals have erupted due to increased debt and high interest rates in countries such as India. Is microfinance just a fad that is now approaching its end?
The 7 billionth baby was born on 31st October in Lucknow, India and by the time you read this, the world will have gone past the 7 billion mark. Author of The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University recently gave an interview where he emphasized that global population has more than doubled since he wrote the book in 1968. … Continued
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the Los Angeles Green Festival entitled, “My brother-in-law is a global warming denier,” attempting to answer that very question.