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CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN Updates

Via CleanTechnica: We’ve got several notable updates regarding our first cleantech conference — CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN — to share with you. First of all, we now have: → a Facebook event page (share with friends!) → an event webpage (which we’ll continuously update) → an eventbrite page for registering (again, register, and share with friends!) … and a confirmed […]

March 25th

5 Key Sustainability Updates for 2013

This is a guest post by Heidi Quigley and it was first published on “Sustainable Ink”. Heidi looks at 5 key sustainability updates for 2013 in her post. E-waste is increasingly becoming an issue in this country, and many households are unsure of how to dispose of old computers, phones and other products. If you are looking for […]

July 30th

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

Code for America’s Civic Startup Accelerator is Disrupting Public Service

What is a Civic Startup? A startup or business that directly or indirectly helps the government function better and become more efficient in citizen services and engagement. Code for America (CfA)’s accelerator program wants to disrupt how public service functions.

The CfA Accelerator is an early stage seed startup accelerator focused on the civic space – that is, government, community, and the interaction between the two.

February 18th

Five Reasons Why Slower Growth Isn’t Necessarily Bad

While it’s true that fewer babies were born last year than in previous years (due to the recession, most likely), our total fertility rate – the number of babies born to the average woman over her lifetime – has barely budged. Most American women want about two kids. That’s been true for decades, and it likely will remain true for decades to come.

But what if the professional fertility doom-mongers are right? What if the United States’ population stops growing and instead remains level? I’d like to shuck common wisdom and offer five reasons why a higher birth rate isn’t a panacea for us or the rest of the planet.

January 23rd

The Eco-Cliff and the Fiscal Cliff

We’ve been hearing about the fiscal cliff a lot lately, about the risk of falling over the edge by failing to reach a political agreement, triggering automatic tax increases and spending cuts by the US goverment. It sounds like we’re about to sail off the edge of the world, a new end of the world since the last one failed to materialize.

Personally, I think we’d be better off with less political theater and more good old-fashioned political compromise, the messy but effective work of legislating. But for all of the drama, I’m wondering why we worry so much about the fiscal cliff and government debt while we do our collective best to ignore a bigger issue – the Eco Cliff we are sailing toward, and our continued environmental debt.

December 29th

Cleantech Challenge Mexico Names Its Winners

Last month, Cleantech Challenge Mexico honored the competition’s eight finalists during its award ceremony held in Mexico City. The winner of the completion took away MX$250,000 in cash, while the eight finalists were eligible for up to US$30 million in venture capital investments.

October 28th

Communities Purchase Solar in Bulk and Drive Down Costs Together

Article originally published at NREL’s Renewable Energy Project Finance website Think of it like Costco or Sam’s Club for purchasing solar photovolatics (PV). Some savvy folks in Oregon thought it would be a great idea to buy PV in bulk for their neighborhood to get a big volume discount and share the savings with neighbors. So […]

September 25th

New Furnace & AC Efficiency Standards: What to Anticipate

There are two general methods by which governments can reduce greenhouse gas emissions: by putting a price on carbon (via a carbon tax or cap-and-trade), or by mandating higher efficiency standards. With cap-and-trade legislation deadlocked in Congress, the federal government has been moving to reduce personal GHG’s through higher efficiency standards.

September 10th

Urban Prototyping San Francisco: Design For Public Space Contest. Apply now!

Calling designers, architects, artists, makers, coders, activists — lift your city UP! Do you see the public realm as a canvas? Do you have a design or technology project that could transform the way people experience the city? Bring your projects to life at San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping (UP) Festival – you’ll get a materials stipend, a downtown street exhibition, and a chance to change cities forever through your work.

August 13th

Luther College and Decorah, Iowa, Partner to Bring Clean Energy To Residents

The Energy Department’s new video series, “Energy in Our Community,” features small communities throughout the country that are striving to become more sustainable, are investing in the green economy, and are bringing the benefits of clean energy to local residents and workers. Iowa’s Luther College is becoming a model for its community in Decorah, Iowa, on reducing energy waste and by deploying clean, renewable energy projects campus-wide.

July 19th

How a Hoax Book Burning Party Saved a Town Library

Troy, Michigan couldn’t afford to sustain its library, so it scheduled a vote for a tax increase. A strong anti-tax group waged a dominating campaign against it. The library supporters in a last bid attempt approached a media agency for help on the vote. The agency used an innovative “reverse psychology” campaign to help the town understand the importance of the library.

July 17th