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Westly Group Announces 150 Million Cleantech Fund

The Westly Group recently announced their 160M cleantech fund at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. Future360 got the inside story on the announcement.

According to Steve Westly, it’s harbinger of things to come. Westly cites the IPO for Tesla as the first time people saw a big transformational idea come to fore.

April 5th

Filtered Water Coolers: Disrupting an Old and Ineffective Model

Did you know that when you pay for bottled water, whether it is single serve or bottled water systems at work, 90% of the cost goes towards handling, transportation and delivery. Moreover, there is a huge environmental cost associated with plastic waste. All this for water that is available at a faucet? Makes no sense.

March 26th

Stocking Up on Your Social Conscience

The Social Stock Exchange (SSE) is looking to become the premier venue and access portal for Social Enterprises and Social Purposes Businesses seeking to raise risk capital and for Social Impact Investors looking to find global businesses which reflect their values.

March 26th

Don’t Buy Fancy Pants – Lease Them!

Everyone loves wearing well-fitting designer jeans, but no enjoys paying designer prices.  A new program in the Netherlands allows consumers to eliminate wasteful spending on clothes.   Instead of owning a pair of jeans for life, fashionistas can now keep them for a year before sending them back to be recycled and receiving something fresh […]

March 20th

Go Carbon Neutral (or Better) with Pear Energy: CEO Interview Series

Businesses and families looking to cut their carbon emissions have a lot of options these days. One inexpensive and extremely effective way to cut carbon emissions and help fight climate change is to offset your company or household footprint with carbon offsets. Pear Energy is a company that provides carbon offsets for businesses and homes. For the cost of a couple of cups of coffee a week, most businesses can go carbon neutral with Pear Energy and help the company drive investment on a large scale into new renewable energy projects.

March 20th

Three Lessons for a Sustainable Economy | Building A Sustainable Economy

In 2008 Lehman Brothers collapsed in a fiery inferno and the capital markets were consumed by brimstone. Or so some would have us believe. The truth is it was all perfectly predictable because sudden collapses of confidence are built into today’s business cycle, where those with assets to protect try to inflate their value as much as possible before they cash in and leave others high and dry. Having a business cycle delimited by such extremes is in few peoples’ interests and one of the biggest challenges of building a sustainable economy is ensure that the boom/bust cycle is of net benefit to the majority of businesses.

March 4th

Geekbots for Gardens: HarvestGeek

Harvest Geek is all about marrying high-tech innovation with low tech slow food growing. Say what? HarvestBots are small electronic devices deployed in your garden which monitor vitals and automate equipment.

February 26th

What is Sacred Economics?

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

February 26th

Hangout with an Ecopreneur: Tinia Pina on Feb 26, 4 pm EST

We are proud to announce a new Hangout-on-Air series on Ecopreneurist called “Hangout with an Ecopreneur.” Every Tuesday we will chat with an entrepreneur who is creating an impact through a viable business. We hope these inspiring stories and lessons learned will encourage you to dream big and do good.

For our next hangout on-air on Google+, we will chat with Tinia Pina, the Founder and CEO of Re-Nuble, an organics-to-energy social enterprise based in the D.C. metropolitan area.

February 22nd

Rebelling With Your Feet to help Ethiopia: Sole Rebels

What do you do when there’s no jobs in your community? Well, if you are Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, you rebel by creating jobs in a sustainable industry, that’s how!

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu began SoleRebels as a way of bringing jobs to her community. When she migrated from the countryside in Gojjam to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia in search of ‘a better life’ and saw that there really wasn’t one – she took action

February 21st

How Surfing for Change is Helping Save Surf Ecosystems and Communities

Kyle Thiermann is a professional surfer and journalist, who travels around the world to surf. While on his travels Kyle saw communities in distress and was disturbed by the fact that he did nothing more than surfing to help the communities. Along the way Kyle realized that the survival of the sport that he loved so much depended heavily of the prosperity of the ecosystem and the locals. He became a stakeholder to help some of the biggest issues they were facing.

February 18th

Share and Swap Craft Supplies for Free!

Have leftover yarn, extra buttons or scraps of ribbon you haven’t used in months? Did you know there was someone out there looking for those scraps of colorful yarn or mis-matched buttons or just about anything not useful to you anymore! Our sister site, Crafting a Green World has just unveiled a brand spanking new Share-and-Swap feature for craft supplies! How awesome is that?

February 11th