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Designing Modular Garden Blocks for Raised Beds (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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.

Report: Green Job Growth Outpaced All Other Industries

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.21.2013 | Green

For people looking to put their finances in the black, a new report suggests they may be wise to look green. That's according to a report released ...

Eco-preneurs Need to Look to Larger Retailers to Create Change

Tom Skazy | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Tom Skazy

Too often the highest aspirations of young eco-preneurs I meet are to sell their products into Whole Foods Market. To effect real, fundamental change, shouldn't we be focusing on the mainstream?

Big Money Finally Sees Green in Green Sector

Bill Radvak | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Bill Radvak

As always, it is a buyer-beware world, where extensive scrutiny must be made regarding the management, values and actions of a company before making an investment. For those who make wise selections for their alternative energy portfolio, great riches may be had.

The Incontrovertible Business Case for Clean Energy, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

"If we leave it to the market, as imperfect as it is, in due course we will transition away from dirty dangerous fossil fuels, and achieve an economy based on locally available clean energy. There will come a realization in which business and government join together to defeat this crisis."

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

We may not be keeping pace with these pressures, but leading companies continue to evolve more sustainable strategies and tactics. Let's look at some top macro- and company-level stories.

Heroes of the Planet

Doug Demeo | Posted 01.21.2013 | Green
Doug Demeo

A new sense of appreciation in humbled relationship with nature can spread like wildfire, and help us build an ecological foundation for life and prosperity, hundreds, even thousands of years into the future.

The Evolution of Sokol Blosser Wines

Mary Orlin | Posted 12.25.2012 | Food
Mary Orlin

Since it's founding in 1971, Sokol Blosser Winery has led the way in caring for the environment by employing green and sustainable practices. The Sokol Blosser motto: Be good to the earth.

Will We All Work From Home in the Future?

Chris Deary | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business
Chris Deary

As businesses become more and more aware of their impact on the environment, homeworking represents a significant opportunity for them to be kinder to the planet and their workers by sparing them the daily commute.