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Options for Investing in Sustainability and the Cleantech Economy

January 1st, 2013 | by Scott Cooney

The field of impact investing has revolutionized the concept of investing for more than just profits. There are good trends. Private sector investment in green technology and other eco-friendly businesses is booming. So…you’re not alone, and the growth in these markets means that more money will continue to flow in, and, as the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all ships

1% For the Planet Program: Network with Like-Minded Businesses

May 30th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

In 2002, Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia) and Craig Mathews started the 1% for the Planet Program as a way of bringing together companies that want to help the environment and help other companies do the same. Its mission is to “build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.” Member companies range from large corporate entities to small non-profits all over the world

Getting Grant Support For Your Sustainable Business

April 13th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

There are many benefits of operating a sustainable business, one of which is the ability to receive outside contributions and grants. While a sustainable business – as with any commercial operation – is naturally committed to supporting itself through profit raised from its products and services, it also often shares ideologies more suitable of a non-profit or an NGO. A sustainable enterprise has a cause distinct from revenue and supports an ideal in addition to the product behind which it stands. Such values often gain favor among government agencies, advocacy organizations, and environmental groups – entities all of which are willing to give out grants to companies that support their cause

How to be a Truly Sustainable Business

March 12th, 2009 | by Paul Smith

In these turbulent economic times, there's two major approaches that can happen: tighten everything down and hope you survive, or create new opportunities, within your business or in a whole new one. For those that choose the second option, there are several interesting paths to follow, and many places to find ideas to inspire which one you choose. Springwise is my favorite, with thousands of trend spotters around the world, writing brief, engaging pieces on companies expanding what's possible. For quick scanning, they're categorized by type, as in Eco & Sustainability, Style & Design, Non-profit & Social Cause, and Life Hacks. This piece on Scout Books, sustainably made custom designed journals created for what Springwise calls "minipreneurs" is one example. Though this article was focused on how Pinball Publishing enables ecologically minded artists and innovative swag seekers to create high quality journals to their specifications in a relatively small run, suitable for selling on Etsy stores and the like, it was when I looked further at Pinball itself that I saw a dynamic business model well suited for these times

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