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The Solar Bottleneck

Bottleneck was the word of the day at the recently held Distributed Solar Summit. The good news is that solar panel prices are at historically low levels. The increasing price competitiveness of solar is attracting a growing number of customers. However, the potential for explosive growth in solar installations is bottlenecked by regulation, rule-making and … Continued

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Corporations With Benefits

Since 2007, B Lab has been certifying companies that pledged to meet comprehensive standards for social and environmental performance (in addition to running viable businesses, of course). Through a vetting and auditing process, B Lab began certifying some applicant companies as “B Corps” and today there are more than 475 of these firms, across 60 different industries.

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Credit Unions Ask, ‘Now What?’ Answer: Invest in Cooperatives

Credit union membership continues to surge after the successful ‘Move Your Money’ campaign. The opportunity now exists to better articulate the connection between credit unions as cooperative businesses owned by the members and the need for them to invest more heavily in the growing cooperative business sector.

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Sprawl and Depression: Is There a Link?

The American Dream of the suburban home with a white picket fence and 2.3 kids has been decried for having negative and far reaching environmental and public health implications. Besides the paving over of fertile agricultural lands, air pollution from longer commutes, increased need for infrastructure development, and subsequent increased tax load, there’s the thought … Continued

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Peugeot Launches 74 mpg Diesel Hybrid

For those of you, like myself, who have been wondering when someone would get around to combining the two highest-mileage automobile propulsion strategies, hybrid and diesel, your wait is finally over—almost. French automaker Peugeot just launched their Hybrid 3008, which they call, “the world’s first diesel ‘full hybrid’ production car.” The new 3008 HYbrid4 is … Continued

Sustainable America Part 2: It Took a “Bearheart” Land Developer to Revitalize a Vital Wetland

By: Richard Thornton – Community Planner, Architect and Native American Historian Five hundred years ago, the young Spanish colonial town of Pensacola was surrounded by permanent and seasonal wetlands. The swamps were considered a vital part of the colony’s defenses – in more ways than one. They made transportation of heavy siege cannons near the … Continued

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UK Quietly Supports Canadian Tar Sands Exports to EU

The UK government has been lending secret support to Canada’s campaign against the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which would greatly restrict tar sands imports into EU member countries, according to The Guardian’s recent article. The UK government even went as far as opening a “new consulate in the province to support British commercial interests,” … Continued

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Bringing Social Impact Bonds to California

This post is part of the capital markets open letter project by MBA students at Presidio Graduate School. Open Letter To Governor Jerry Brown From Katherine Athavale, Katie Branagh, Norman Rossman, Dale Wannen Dear Governor Brown: We are writing you to ask your support for an innovative new way of financing positive social outcomes: the … Continued

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Should Congress Slash the Budget For National Parks Conservation?

What is going on in Congress? First, it talks about giving pizza sauce the status of a vegetable, now it wants to cut the budget for national parks. A number of federal programs are under discussion to be axed and a ‘super committee’ is said to be in charge of trimming excess spending to rein in … Continued

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KivuWatt: Powering Rwanda and Averting Disaster

This post is part of a series on exploring Rwanda as part of the International Reporting Project’s Gatekeeper Editor trip. Follow along on our page here. One of the more vivid memories of my childhood was hearing about the 1985 disaster at Lake Nyos in Cameroon. In case you forgot, Lake Nyos was naturally super-saturated with dissolved carbon … Continued

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How to Build a Better Bailout: Consider Main Street

It seems to me that the big “government bailout” of banks and selected industries was significantly one sided. There could have been a more equitable solution that considered all sectors of society and not just the “fat cat risk-takers” and politically entrenched businesses. Here’s how:

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University Students’ Right to Protest Safely

We are in the middle of a climate of political unrest bred by economic inequality. It’s a climate that has the students on edge and the police on edge. But what does it have to do with sustainability?

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An Open Appeal to the SEC on Crowdfunding

As entrepreneurs looking to build businesses and contribute to our local economies, we are interested in having increased access to capital from unaccredited investors who are willing to contribute funds in smaller amounts.