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GE's Ecoimagination Makes Money in Clean Energy. About a $100 Billion!

March 27th, 2012 | by Priti Ambani

General Electric (GE) was in the news this week after it released its 2011 Annual Report. GE has spent several years positioning itself as an innovator in low-carbon technologies. Now the sustainable arm of the company — called ecoimagination — has generated $100 billion in revenues and is growing at more than twice the rate of the rest of the company, according to Mark Vachon, the vice president of eco-imagination. GE didn’t invest in climate solutions because it is home to a bunch of treehuggers. They did it because it is good for business

Eileen Fisher's Business Grant Program Seeks Applications From Women Entrepreneurs

March 25th, 2012 | by Priti Ambani

The EILEEN FISHER Women’s Business Grant program seeks applicants from women-owned businesses that combine the key principles of social consciousness, sustainability, and innovation. This year, Eileen Fisher Inc. will award up to 5 grants of $12,500 each. On-line applications will be posted on March 1st, 2012 on the Eileen Fisher, Inc. web site. The deadline is May 15th 2012 at 11:59 EST. To apply for this grant, your business must be: innovative, 100% women owned and produce products that foster environmental and economic health in the community

Importance of Mid-Sized Businesses In Our Economy

March 14th, 2012 | by Priti Ambani

For the economy to thrive, mid-sized business needs to thrive. And for Andy Monshaw, the general manager of global small- and medium-sized businesses at IBM, helping those companies is his expertise. GOOD chief community officer Max Schorr talks to Monshaw about the importance of mid-sized businesses in our economy

Can Our Failing Economic Systems Mimic Ecosystems For Survival?

February 20th, 2012 | by Priti Ambani

We are pleased to introduce a brand new post series called "Ecology + Economics" by Dr. Henry Cole. Dr. Cole (or Hank as he likes to be called) is the President at Henry S. Cole & Associates an environmental consulting firm that provides a unique blend of scientific, communications support and advocacy. He has a long and distinguished career as an environmental scientist and leader. Dr. Cole brings a wealth of experience, skill and credentials as a scientist and environmental leader. Through his posts, Dr. Cole plans to present a unique view of today issues - How we can make economic progress while sustaining our environment. Hank spoke to Ecopreneurist about how economic models need a rethink

What is Progress Made Of? (Part I)

January 17th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

Regarding technological innovation, progress and prosperity: Why we are where we are, and where we go from here. This is the first part of a 2-post guest appearance by Alex Magnin, a Brooklyn-based technology entrepreneur whose latest startup is helping to “green Hollywood” (more info at the bottom). This and the next post came about as a response to Peter Thiel’s ‘The End of the Future‘ tract. This one sets the scene, while the next one will delve into how all of this relates to cleantech a bit more — it is the ”ok, so what do we need to do” part, according to Magnin. Good stuff, so here it is…

Occupy Wall Street Is About Sustainability and Ecological Innovation

January 4th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

Much has been said in recent months about the Occupy Wall Street movement and its link with a broader movement to rein in wastefulness and unsustainable business practices through entrepreneurial innovation. Occupiers are often critiqued as being off-message or, worse, not having a message. Other times Occupiers are accused of being too vague or hypocritical. It seems most of middle America would rather complain about pictures of Occupy Wall Street protesters holding Starbucks coffees than actually listen to their grievances. The most common charge waged at the group is that they don't really know what they're protesting, that it's generalized liberal ambiguity. However, if you read between the lines, there are several clear messages emanating from Occupy Wall Street and they are perfectly aligned with environmental responsibility and sustainability:

GoGreen Conference Focuses on Sustainability and Sustaining Profits

November 18th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

The GoGreen Conference brings together businesses for one day to discuss sustainable business practices on a regional level. The conference caters to both established companies and start-ups who want their businesses to be more sustainable without sacrificing profits.

The United States Isn't Broke But Why is Our Economy Broken? It Favors the Top 1%

November 8th, 2011 | by Priti Ambani

The Story of Stuff Project takes on government subsidies in new online movie called 'The Story of Broke' and calls for investments in a clean, fair economy. The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken. We are producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money. The Story of Broke calls for a shift ingovernment spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment

Is the Occupy Movement a Call for Sustainability?

October 27th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

For years the American public has professed to care about the environment, yet their purchasing decisions did not reflect this value. Consumers have decried labor conditions, yet sought the lowest-price option for goods. The sustainability community in the United States has long called for a consumer awakening to the fact that each time they make a purchase, they are ‘voting with their dollars’ –supporting practices, governments and policies that they dislike in survey after survey. That is why I have watched with growing interest as Occupy demonstrations began and have grown from New York to more than 150 cities across the country and around the world. Using social media, I reached out to participants and organizers (I was admonished not to use the term ‘leaders’ as their role was to convene, not to direct) of the various movements. And what I found surprised me

Find Green Career Opportunities Through Our New 'Green Jobs Board'

October 24th, 2011 | by Priti Ambani

I am sure you have notices our new theme! To add to that we now have a Green Jobs Board for you all on the bottom-right side of all our pages this week. The system is specifically tailored to you all, but can be adjusted as time goes on to make it even more relevant. If you’re looking for a job (or just curious), check it out and let us know if you have any feedback

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