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Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 2)

Oringally posted at the  SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability blog, cross posted with permission This blog is a follow up to my prior blog Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1) where I discuss the book Betterness: Economics for Humans, by Umair Haque as a new standard for how we measure the contributions of business to society. […]

July 22nd

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

Homeboy Industries’ Fresh Take

Providing support for and re-training at-risk or formerly gang affiliated youth is definitely a public health issue. Current figures show recidivism among youthful offenders is extremely high: 2/3 will be re-arrested and up to 1/3 of youthful offenders are re-incarcerated within a few years after their initial release.

January 31st

Start Me Up with Startup Box – South Bronx Community Startup

“Imagine no possessions. It’s easy if you can – nothing to kill or die for. A brotherhood of man.” —John Lennon. Startup box is an organization which invites people (men and women) to re-imagine the relationship between education, community and commerce. Their goal is to unlock the potential of underserved communities everywhere.

December 27th

Sherpaa – Guiding Your Business to Easier Healthcare

It’s no secret that the American healthcare system is flawed. Even for those insured, dealing with the system is oftentimes more trouble than it’s worth. Why should a silly little finger cut set you back $4000 and 8 hours in the ER? It shouldn’t. And Sherpaa is here to help manage the system.

September 18th

Vegan, FSC, Fair Trade shoes

A couple months ago while strolling or rather avoiding the Bay Bridge rush hour type traffic masses in the Green Festival we spotted a shoe company. No dahhling, we didn’t spy any sustainably made Manolo Blahnik pumps (we wish) but rather some shoes that caused a Chuck Taylor déjà vu. Even more than the shoe, […]

January 16th

Who Are These Ecopreneurs?

I present some preliminary demographic data from survey research I conducted with successful ecopreneurs during the research leading to the publication of my book, Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill).

January 5th

The Human Resources Advantage in Green Businesses

Last week I blogged about avoiding trouble with human resource issues, and this week I’m taking a more upbeat note. As a green business, you’ve got a hiring and motivational advantage, and you should retain those dedicated employees with as many benefits as you can without breaking the bank. Alignment around the Environmental Mission One […]

October 29th

Green Businesses, Mind Your Human Resources

As a consultant to a number of start up companies and as a friend to many more talented, educated, otherwise stellar founders of companies, I have observed a significantly high number of missteps around human resource issues. Whether the result is a costly lawsuit or just hurt feelings, HR mistakes are easy to make and […]

October 22nd

Four Reasons: Green still the way to go despite a nose-diving economy

Photo credits: recently wrote an excellent guide for small business owners on proactive moves they can take to survive – and better yet, thrive – in the nose-diving economy. “You Can Weather the Economic Storm (Product price sensitivity and financial creativity can help you thrive in any economy)” is especially relevant for green […]

October 9th

Undress for Success!

As mentioned last week in my post about greening HR, telecommuting is often cited as one of the most valuable (to both employers and employees) green benefit to offer. Telecommuting has been credited with a variety of advantages including improved work/family balance, supervisor-staff relationships, job satisfaction, worker retention, productivity and career prospects, as well as […]

October 8th


CSR – HR = PR (Corporate Social Responsibility – Human Resources = Public Relations) I came across this “equation” yesterday while researching best green HR practices. It is a quote by Adine Mees and Jamie Bunham of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility from DRIVING SUCCESS: Human resources and sustainable development. They then followed with this: […]

October 2nd

Triple Bottom Line: More about People than Profits

Last week I shared the triple bottom line adapted from our ECOpreneuring book. The triple bottom line encompasses people, planet and (some) profits. Since people run a business, I started by examining how the DNA of a Green Business Starts with People, touching on customers and employees (apparently not highly valued at the now defunct […]

September 17th

Are Green Collar Jobs Affected by the Shaky Economy?

It seems no matter where you look these days, there’s bad news about the US economy. Does that extend to the budding green collar jobs market as well? Yes and no. I spoke to Nick Ellis, Managing Partner at Bright Green Talent, a US/UK based recruiting agency with a focus on green jobs, and a […]

July 24th