Help for Multifamily Building Owners to Cut Carbon Pollution

Multifamily housing property owners can cut carbon pollution and save money under an agreement signed by the EPA and Freddie Mac. The agreement outlines strategies to save water, energy and money for multifamily property owners and residents. Housing industry studies have projected that multifamily properties can become 30 percent more efficient by 2020, unlocking $9 […]

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Crowdfunding Site Provides Capital for High-Impact Solar Energy Projects

Lack of access to financing can keep many otherwise worthy solar energy projects from being built in poor and underserved areas, but a solar crowdfunding site is helping to connect individual investors with solar energy businesses and working to bring affordable solar energy to communities around the world. — Full Story at Ecopreneurist —

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Pedicab Company (Green Business Idea)

If you love riding your bike, interacting with people, and being able to work outside and set your own hours, then one green business idea to consider is starting a pedicab company. Depending on your location, a pedicab ride can appeal to customers in different ways, whether it’s being able to choose a fossil-fuel-free form […]

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Exit Interview: Ben Packard, Starbucks

Exit Interview is an occasional series profiling sustainability professionals who recently have left their job. For 15 years, Ben Packard was on the front lines of Starbucks’ sustainability initiatives, rising from environmental manager in 1998, a freshly minted MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, to become its VP of global responsibility […]

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Nestlé chairman warns against playing God over climate change

Peter Brabeck courts controversy by claiming climate change is largely down to natural cycles and society should focus on adaptation. Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck has a history of courting controversy and is likely to further inflame his critics with his belief that man-made emissions are not the primary reason behind our changing climate. While scientists […]

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We Proved Selling ‘Odd’ Women’s Products Can Create Social Change

What happens when we infuse a business with social change goals? It’s the focus of “Not Business as Usual,” a new documentary about a group of Vancouver-based “social entrepreneurs.” And it suggests that the outcome is not just positive, but moreover represents the future of capitalism as we know it. — Full Story at Huffington […]

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Kimberly-Clark Named to ‘Natural Capital Leaders Index’

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has been named to the first “Natural Capital Leaders Index” of global companies that have successfully reported growing revenues in recent years while reducing environmental impacts. The Natural Capital Leaders Index was published this month by GreenBiz Group, in association with Trucost plc, as part of its seventh annual report, State of Green […]

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Fukushima to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040

The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change. The mayor of the region, which has a population of about two million people, hopes that community energy schemes will wean the region off fossil fuels […]

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European Union Sets New Targets For Renewable Energy, GHG Emissions

At the last UN Climate Summit, participating countries agreed to arrive at the 2015 treaty meeting with concrete climate targets in hand that would be implemented no later than 2020. To get the ball rolling, the European Commission announced its goals last week. The EU set a new binding target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) […]

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P&G Removing Phosphates from All Detergents by End of 2015

Procter & Gamble announced this week that it will eliminate phosphates from all of its laundry detergents — which include brands such as Tide, Ariel, Cheer, Gain, Ace and Bold — by the end of 2015. The company says the goal of the change is to provide consumers with superior cleaning performance while eliminating the […]

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Co-operatives the sustainable business model – a view from Davos

The value of Co-operatives is poorly understood by society and by Government and the regulation of co-op enterprises remains less developed than for investment driven enterprises. World Economic Fora have themes. Last year’s Davos was about “Resilient Dynamism”. This year’s leitmotiv is “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business”. The Forum […]

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Vertegy Assisted 15 Projects Earn LEED Certification in 2013

In the midst of separating from the Alberici enterprise and establishing itself as an independent company, Vertegy, LLC, helped reaffirm its position as a dominant force in the green building industry in 2013. The company’s award-winning sustainability consulting services last year alone helped 15 buildings in Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and overseas in Doha, Qatar, earn […]

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Fixing the Broken Compass: Finding Our Way to Natural Capitalism

In 1999, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and chief scientist Amory Lovins co-authored a piece for the Harvard Business Review entitled “A Road Map for Natural Capitalism.” It aimed to come up with a new economic model that took the needs of sustainability into account. This article laid out the business logic for solving environmental problems […]

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The Future According to Mr. Clean Energy

Jigar Shah likes math. It inspires him. After all, crunching numbers allowed him to convince wary investors of the money-making potential of solar energy, allowing him to ignite an industry that was crippled by roadblocks. At that time, 10 years ago, he says, profit-hungry investors simply did not understand the extraordinary economic returns of green […]

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Caribbean Climate Innovation Center to promote green business, reduce climate risks

The World Bank says business hub inaugurated on Monday will support the growing number of clean energy and climate technology ventures in the Caribbean. It said the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC), the first of its kind in the region, would help reduce the significant threats posed by climate change through the creation of new […]

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Green businesses condemn David Cameron’s “boast” of slashing green regulations

Organisations and companies operating in the green business sector have reacted angrily to David Cameron’s pledge to small businesses to slash environmental and green building regulations. In a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) yesterday, the Prime Minister said he would be saving small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) over £850 million a year […]

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7 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2014

Earlier this month, the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched its “Stories to Watch in 2014.” All years are important, but decisions made in 2014 will have a striking impact for decades to come. Here are seven potential game-changers. 1. The Year of Cities: How Will They Grow? We’re currently in the midst of the most […]

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Thinking Outside the Box: Solar-Covered Bridge, Bike Highway for London

Originally built in 1886, the Victorian-era bridge has a brand new look – a canopy of 4,400 solar PV panels! They supply half the energy for the busy railroad station underneath, Blackfriars Station. Built by Solarcentury, the 6,000-plus square meters of solar panels can generate 900,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, reducing the carbon […]

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US fracking revolution dilutes EU climate & energy plan

On the face of it, this week’s EU climate and energy package, with its targets for cutbacks in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and the uptake of renewable energy up to the year 2030, looks impressive. The central element in the package is a binding EU-wide 40% reduction in GHG emissions over 1990 levels by […]

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Partnership looking at sustainable construction

Northern Saskatchewan residents should re-think how they build and operate their homes. That’s the message coming out of the Prince Albert Model Forest board meeting. The non-profit organization is dedicated to finding and building sustainable communities while protecting Saskatchewan’s forests. With that in mind they invited local resident Thomas Porter to give a presentation to […]

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