All posts from Scott Cooney

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Mobile tech empowers residential energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is, hands-down, the most effective way for us to get to a low or no carbon future. According to an analysis by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (see above), it’s the absolute cheapest source of energy, by a 3 to 1 margin, that we can explore. It’s (relatively) easy, it’s inexpensive, and the technology is proven […]

June 24th

Own Less, Do More with this Sustainable Business

We’re big fans of conscious consumerism here on Important Media, and we love learning about brands that are doing sustainable business right. We met the fine folks from Nomadix at Wanderlust Squaw Valley (CA), and were instantly intrigued by their awesome products and #ownlessdomore attitude. Doing more with less stuff is the ethos behind Nomadix, offering a line of versatile towels […]

December 2nd

Ecopreneurship Profile: The PlanToys Story of Sustainable, Healthy Toys and a Triple Bottom Line Company

Occasionally we profile companies we love here on Ecopreneurist. Recently, I had the pleasure to interview Kosin Virapornsawan, current business development director of PlanToys, a sustainable toy manufacturer. Sustainable Way, Sustainable Play: PlanToys Company Profile and History “When they started the company (Plant Group),” said Virapornsawan, “the first investors had an architecture background. After they […]

September 18th

The Hub in Honolulu: A Virtual Tour

The Hub, a progressive coworking organization serving to help mission-driven entrepreneurs around the world get their businesses off the ground, has opened a space in Honolulu’s hip Kakaako neighborhood. The space, first announced right here on Ecopreneurist, has been in the planning phases for well over a year. The ProtoHub, as it’s being called, opened its […]

September 17th

Wanderlust: Yoga, Art, Mindfulness, and Sustainability

  Wanderlust’s second Oahu festival took place the weekend of March 1st on the fabled North Shore at Turtle Bay Resort. Andrea Bertoli of Vibrant Wellness Journal and I were graciously treated to a press pass to the event, giving us access to yoga classes, nature walks, educational “talk story” sessions with local progressive leaders, […]

March 4th

Hiking Hawaii Cafe: Innovative Social Entrepreneurship Marketing Model (Interview)

I’ve always been impressed by companies that are really innovative and creative with their green marketing. Hiking Hawaii Cafe is a great example. The cafe serves a lot of healthy, vegetarian, and local options, organic coffee, and fruit smoothies and juices. In that way, it’s a lot like many other little green cafes–the type of […]

September 24th

Envision Hawaii Social Enterprise Speaker Series: Spencer Toyama

This is part of a series of articles written about Envision Hawaii, Honolulu’s monthly First Tuesday gathering that showcases the coolest, greenest goings-on in the emerald of the Pacific. Ecopreneurist is proud to be the official media sponsor of Envision Hawaii….see previous Envision Hawaii articles and speakers here.  This month’s Envision Hawaii First Tuesday speaker […]

September 4th

The business case for LED Lighting

It is fascinating to think about how many different types of businesses there are out there. Out of all of the goals these businesses have, there are two that virtually all of them share, to make and save money. Even though this is a truth about business, it often has a negative connotation to the […]

August 26th

Donovan Kealoha of Lanaians for Responsible Growth, at Envision Hawaii

This is part of a series of articles written about Envision Hawaii, Honolulu’s monthly First Tuesday gathering that showcases the coolest, greenest goings-on in the emerald of the Pacific. Ecopreneurist is proud to be the official media sponsor of Envision Hawaii….see previous Envision Hawaii articles and speakers here.  Donovan Kealoha, a technology entrepreneur whose startup […]

August 7th

The Ho Ike Way, Business Social Responsibility in Hawaii

This is part of a series of articles written about Envision Hawaii, Honolulu’s monthly First Tuesday gathering that showcases the coolest, greenest goings-on in the emerald of the Pacific. Ecopreneurist is proud to be the official media sponsor of Envision Hawaii….see previous Envision Hawaii articles and speakers here.  This month’s Envision Hawaii speaker was Kehau […]

July 2nd

The HUB comes to Honolulu

This is part of a series of articles written about Envision Hawaii, Honolulu’s monthly First Tuesday gathering that showcases the coolest, greenest goings-on in the emerald of the Pacific. Ecopreneurist is proud to be the official media sponsor of Envision Hawaii….see previous Envision Hawaii articles and speakers here.  The green coworking space known as the […]

June 4th