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

February 18th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

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


Mexico’s New Climate Change Law Almost a Reality

April 16th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

Mexico’s new General Climate Change Law will be the second such law in the world, positioning Mexico as a competitive economy in the renewable energy sector. Already approved by the Mexican House of Representatives with 280 votes in favor and 10 against, the General Climate Change Law will become a reality once approved by the Mexican Senate


Government and Financial Services Lag in Sustainability Engagement, Small Businesses Shine: Brighter Planet Survey

December 7th, 2011 | by Priti Ambani

Shareholder pressure and greater demands for corporate accountability are the fastest growing catalysts for greener workplaces, according to a new survey released today by Brighter Planet, a provider of carbon and energy calculations. Demands for corporate and social accountability are at an all-time high. Many organizations are floundering in their efforts to promote sustainability. Financial services, government and wholesale sectors are the laggards in sustainability engagement, while environmental, energy, utility, and non-profit organizations get the highest ratings for program effectiveness. Smaller organizations tend to outperform larger ones


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



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