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Small Business: The 'Neglected Middle' Of Climate Change

Daniel Hill | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Daniel Hill

Individually, a small business might use less energy than a 50-story office building. But cumulatively, small businesses in the U.S. alone contribute roughly $60 billion in annual energy costs and nearly half a billion metric tons of annual carbon emissions each year. That's equivalent to powering half the homes in the U.S. every year. Now consider the number of small businesses across the world, and the environmental impact becomes significant.

INVEST in Our Veterans and Our Energy Future

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

Let's employ the ingenuity and expertise of our nation's veterans to build the world's sustainable energy future, right here in America.

Scaling Up: What It Takes To Create Responsible Practices On A Global Scale

Adam Mott | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Adam Mott

Companies that are the largest in their industry face a unique challenge each time they make a move in sustainability. Should they use their scale to change their industry globally for the greater good, or should they prioritize quick wins, creating aspirational, sustainability-based fame for their products?

Another Step Towards Ecological Seafood Menus

Tim O'Shea | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
Tim O'Shea

With regard to sustainability, size does matter rather a bit, and our choices around seafood are core to why our oceans are being depleted and habitats destroyed at levels that cannot be adequately replenished, unless we change what we are doing.

Making a Kidswear Brand #ArtofY

Alex Schattner | Posted 12.03.2014 | Small Business
Alex Schattner

As a photographer, Roland Bello made frequent trips to Europe. His friend Tania Vargas, a new mom working in marketing, always had the same request: bring back children's underwear.

Shift Your Spending To Make A Real Difference

Diane MacEachern | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Diane MacEachern

As much as manufacturers oppose environmental legislation and regulation, they embrace what happens in the marketplace. They have to. Consumer dollars are their lifeblood. Corporate need for profit gives consumers power. Why don't we use it?

Get Mad And Take Action

Kees Kruythoff | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Kees Kruythoff

NRG CEO David Crane's recent blog 'Being Mad As Hell for the Clean Energy Revolution' is spot on. His passion inspires me to join in the call for action on the challenge of climate change and many societal issues that our world faces today.

Whether It's Green Growth, Green Economy, Or Creative Economy, It's All About Modern Jobs

Yvo de Boer | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Yvo de Boer

To my mind, the Creative Economy naturally lends itself to incorporating a green pillar. Innovative approaches to addressing pressing societal and economic issues can create jobs, green the economy, and increase the country's international competitiveness.

Designing Modular Garden Blocks for Raised Beds (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 08.09.2014 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

What's it take to turn an initial idea into a finished commercial product? For Doug Holcomb, and two fellow classmates, it was a MBA course assignm...

Apple's New Green Manifesto: Renewable Energy Is Ready to Become Mainstream

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

Apple's bold move is an impetus for the private sector to move in the same direction. Renewable energy is ready to become mainstream, and those companies that fail to pick up on the trend will lose their competitive edge.

Bradenton Area: Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

Richard Bangs | Posted 02.15.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The Bradenton Area, on Florida's Gulf Coast, is the enemy of the artificial. It includes the town of Bradenton, Palmetto right across the Manatee River, Ellenton, the barrier island of Anna Maria, and a portion of Longboat Key, all part of Manatee County.

Creating a Lean and Green Enterprise

Keivan Zokaei | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Keivan Zokaei

The international governments' inaction and lack of leadership on environmental issues is clearly worrying. But, at the same time, one is encouraged by the proactive approaches of a few leading-edge companies.

San Francisco Closes Green Roof Gap

Amy E. Norquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Amy E. Norquist

Lately, there are a lot of articles mentioning San Francisco and the "Tale of Two Cities." They largely refer to economic disparities, but they could just as well be talking about those in the city that understand the connection between green infrastructure and clean air and water, and those that do not.

IPCC Report -- Economic Shock Therapy

Yvo de Boer | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Yvo de Boer

f a vaccine were 95 percent certain to have disastrous side effects, governments wouldn't require years of fruitless discussion before pulling it off the market. So how much certainty do we need before policymakers wake up and finally face the threat of climate change?

EVs in Paradise: A Look at Electric Vehicle Driving in Hawaii

Scott Cooney | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Scott Cooney

With a broader mix of clean energy, a climate that is very conducive to EV performance (i.e., not 110 degree Arizona and not negative 40 degree Alaska), and limited geography that virtually eliminates mile-range anxiety, Hawaii is pretty fertile ground for EV infrastructure development and mass market acceptance.

Delivering on Labor Day

Lise Van Susteren | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Lise Van Susteren

As we reflect on this Labor Day, in the context of a world desperate for leadership on climate, let us show authentic gratitude to the American worker by vowing that we will do all we can to ensure that none of us has to choose between a pay check, our dignity and the safety of the planet.

Are Benefit Corporations the New Limited Liability Company?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Benefit corporations still have a fiduciary responsibility to make money, but profit does not have to be the exclusive goal. In fact they are legally required to show how they created a public benefit in order to stay in compliance.

The Surprising Economics Of Sustainability

Yalmaz Siddiqui | Posted 09.08.2013 | Small Business
Yalmaz Siddiqui

The SMBs concerned about costs are allowing perception to stop them, and the SMBs going greener have uncovered the surprising economics of environmental sustainability. Which group are you in?

Cranes and Climate Change: Why Our Survival Depends on Local Solutions

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.02.2013 | Green
Carl Gibson

The UN estimates that between 150-200 species of plant, mammal, bird and insect species go extinct every 24 hours -- this is at a rate surpassing the rate of extinction the dinosaurs faced 65 million years ago.

Crash Course For Green Products

Neil B. Chambers | Posted 10.22.2013 | Small Business
Neil B. Chambers

Lots of folks are calling themselves green these days, but aren't actually creating anything uniquely green with their products. Today's green consumer is much more savvy and aware of greenwashing. Take the time to figure out what is actually sustainable about your product before you make claims about it.

The Amazing Race

Lou Leonard | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Lou Leonard

As Americans, we love reality TV. We particularly love shows that involve a race against time, creative problem solving and a big cash pay-off or othe...

American Businesses Should Influence Less Energy Consumption

Elischia Fludd | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Elischia Fludd

Businesses have a responsibility to keep the pressure on the public with more green choices and the public has a responsibility to challenge businesses to think what is good for all living things.

In Support of 'Not Quite' Sustainable Travel

Aaron Winston Smith | Posted 06.30.2013 | Travel
Aaron Winston Smith

If we want true wholesale change, we must give merit to those that have earned it, but we must also support those that are trying, especially in these difficult economic times.

Is a Green Job or Business Right for You?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.25.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Economic recovery is evading our most struggling populations. But as we celebrate Earth Day, now is a fitting time to highlight how the emerging green sector can bridge our communities to economic opportunity.

A Good Bug Doesn't Mean a Dead Bug

Larry Jacobs | Posted 06.12.2013 | Green
Larry Jacobs

The reality of our dependence on toxic pesticides in the United States and around the world can be hard to stomach. The toxic chemicals we spray on our crops aren't just killing pests.